There was a time when the upscale Khan Market had only a few ‘real’ cafés to its credit. Places like Chonas, which were fast food-cum-fine-dining-cum pub-cum everything else, had people queuing up, but still, the market looked dead by 9 pm. Then, a mini revolution of sorts happened 4-5 years back, with places like Big Chill and Market Café setting shop. And suddenly, as if by some overnight stroke of magic, every other address in the Middle Lane got converted into a plush cafe, putting pressure on the smug leaders to innovate.
Among the wiser ones to reinvent itself at the right time is Market Café, that, in its new avatar, has turned into a more colourful and cheerful version of itself.
You are likely to notice youngsters with their laptops out, considering the free Wi-fi. On a quick trip last weekend, I spotted many new Mexican delicacies added to the menu. But sticking to my all-time favourite—hummus with pickled chicken (225), that’s served with fresh pita, turned out to be good, too.
It’s one of the best pickled chicken you would get in Delhi. There was no time for soup, but a friend who’s a regular insisted that I mention the spinach and roast garlic soup (155) that’s great, though expensive. I tried the popular rolled tortilla, or the Rotola, which had spicy Mayan chicken with jalapeno mayonnaise (225). It tasted yum, though the portion could have been bigger. The Western Barbeque Chicken Pizza (315) that came next was the only thing so far which could be called average. There was nothing particularly wrong with it, but was a bit too rich and cheesy for the diet conscious yuppies who throng the place. Barring the steep pricing which they ought to address, Market Café has everything it takes to remain ahead of the pack.
Jimmy Chew is an anonymous reviewer who pays for the food.