Delhi doesn’t have too much by way of al fresco fine-dining venues. Thus far, Olive and Tonino in Mehrauli, Sevilla at The Claridges, and AI in Saket’s MGF Mall were more or less all the options we had. But now, a new member has joined the club, and it is not just about food either.
We say so because the drive leading to Spice is a treat in itself, with virtually no traffic and minimal street lighting. All you need to do is ignore the few messy patches that are a result of the ongoing construction work.
Those familiar with the garden know that it already had an open-air eat-out option thanks to Magique, food consultant Marut Sikka’s baby. And now that next-door neighbour Spice has come along, all of two months old, the venue is definitely worth a weekend excursion.
Spice comes first as you make your way up a cobbled path. The Oriental place, the newest offering from the Q’BA people, is set along a curvy pebbled path, and has created its own identity despite a few basic similarities with Magique.
A meal for two costs between Rs 1,600 and Rs 2,000, while at Magique, you pay Rs 1,600 approximately. And once you’re done eating, go walkabout in the ‘heritage surroundings’. We did say it wasn’t just about the food.