Head to this restaurant for amazing vegetarian and vegan food in Delhi
Vegetarians and vegans now have one more restaurant to satisfy their food cravings. Here’s a review of Kiara Soul Kitchen in Delhi.Updated: Apr 29, 2018 12:25 IST
In a city that is known for its butter chicken and juicy kebabs, where do non-meat eaters go? Now, they have one additional place to visit. The huge Golden Ratio-themed wall that greets you as you walk into the cosy Kiara Soul Kitchen is indicative of the mathematical minds of its co-owners -- one of them an IT geek and the other a management consultant. Both decided to leave their cushy jobs to feed vegetarians and vegan the kind of food you wont find elsewhere.
“The fact that our father and both of us are vegetarians helped. We are 50-60% vegan,” Madhav Windlass, the younger of the two brothers, told IANS as a chilled watermelon martini lightly spiked with lemon juice was served. Elder brother Manav is the IT geek. “We prepare all our dressings and sauces in-house, and use only environment-friendly and hand-crafted crockery. Also, we use farm fresh ingredients, some of which we grow on our own farm in Mehrauli,” Windlass added.
There was ample evidence of this in the Kiara Flower Pot quinoa and kale salad with chili garlic dressing that Chef Siddharth Choghle placed on the table, with the quinoa, kale, broccoli, red cabbage and crunchy peanuts blending perfectly to provide the ideal start to the meal. Next up was a Vietnamese cream soup with a heavenly aroma arrived at the table. To make it, a whole cauliflower was first boiled, then pureed and then boiled again in milk with the addition of a hint of cinnamon and star anise. In fact, if combined with garlic bread, it would make a meal by itself and I reluctantly had to stop at the half-way mark to leave room for the other items that were to come.
It proved to be a wise choice because the next dish Was steamed pok choy dumplings -- vegetables and mushrooms stuffed in a pok choy wrapping. It was a novel presentation with the crunchy and juicy pok choy leaf enhancing the flavours of the stuffing.
The okra tempura sushi that followed was rather disappointing, being rather hard to chew, but this was more than made up for by the rather unusual offering that came next -- gobhi paratha with pumpkin curry. What’s so unusual about that? Well, the paratha wasn’t your conventional paratha but a bite-sized dimsun base rolled and stuffed with cauliflower and mushrooms, first steamed and then grilled. It actually tasted like a paratha with the pumpkin curry providing the ideal accompaniment.
Being a light eater, I called it quits but Chef Choghle would have none of that. “If you want something light, try the eclectic Asian kulfi,” he suggested. It soon arrived in a three layered jar and I chose the coffee flavour over pan and lemongrass. “No sir, you must try all three; it’s a complete package,” Chef Choghle said. I did, and not surprisingly, it all vanished in a jiffy. One last question remained: How was the name Kiari Soul Kitchen chosen?
“Kiara means ‘God’s precious gift’ in Hindi. The cooking is from the soul,” Windlass explained. Overall, the evening provided ample proof of that.
What: Kiara Soul Kitchen; Where: M-30, M-Block Market, Greater Kailash II; Timings: Lunch - 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm; Dinner 7.30 pm- 11.30 pm; Cost for two: Rs 2,000
(The writer’s visit was at the restaurant’s invitation.)
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First Published: Apr 29, 2018 12:25 IST