When a seasoned restaurateur like Birender Gusain opens a new destination to dine, expectations naturally tend to be high. D’Destination Bar Lounge N Fine Dine, the multi-cuisine eatery in Aurobindo Place market, doesn’t disappoint in most counts. To begin with, it’s easy to locate, as it’s set on the main road of Hauz Khaz, towards Green Park, away from the cramped alleys of Hauz Khas village.
The menu is a blessing for those coming in large groups, having different preferences, and looking for a variety. From desi kebabs, koftas, a mix of Indian breads to the very Oriental Thai curries, sushis, dimsums and even creamy pastas and quesadillas — the options will floor you, and you might end up overeating. A word of caution — don’t aim to try everything on one visit, come back later, as the prices here are quite reasonable. A three-course meal for two would be within Rs 1,200, and considering the big portion sizes, you might even need to pack the remnants home. The liquor permit is expected by the end of this month, but their big range of mocktails surely make up for it.
The décor is neat, pristine white, but the dining area is a tad space-crunched. Especially, the tables for four perhaps need to be slightly larger for a better dining experience. However, the variety in the menu compensates for it all. The highlight of this place is the melt-in-your-mouth tikkas
— not surprising from Gusain, whose eatery, Kabab Mahal in Cape Town, South Africa is quite a hit with not just the locals but even with a host of Bollywood stars, who stop by Cape Town for shoots. Head here on weekends for a live performance by… well no rock band or DJ, but humble musicians from Rajasthan, who’ll strum the stringed Ravan Atta, belting out lilting notes of Kesariya balam … and the tunes will stay in your heart even when you go back home, as will the taste of the food.