The very mention of Pakistani food brings about a surge of emotions in the hearts of Delhiites, several of whom have grown up hearing stories about Lahore’s finger-licking fare from grandparents. So when seasoned restaurateur Priyank Sukhija saw sound business sense in playing up these emotions to open Delhi’s first niche fine diner for Indo-Pak food, it was a win-win for both him, and the foodies in the town. The result: Raas opened its doors in Delhi’s ‘tony village’ — Hauz Khas— last month.
Invited to sample the rather elaborate menu in the restaurant located right next doors to the group’s Turkish eatery, Masha, the first things that struck us was how well-lit the place that overlooks the famous Hauz Khas greens was, especially in view of Hauz Khas’s obsession with dimly lit sheesha bars.
Though strangely, nothing in the decor highlights the Pak connect, appetisers comprise not just quintessential Pakistani delicacies such as Paya Shorba (Rs 195), Lahori Tangri Kebab (Rs 575) and Peshawari Burra Kebab (Rs 555) but also a western touch in the form of lemon grass or vanilla chicken tikkas. Our pick for the main course is Lahori Mutton (Rs 585) and Kalonji Wale Baingan (Rs 425) which have just the right flavour. Oh, and don’t miss the Rose Petal Kheer (Rs 255) for a final sweet touch to the experience.
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