Dining over conversation, which is complaisantly convivial, marks the initiation of a rare twilight narrative that is surely not stopping anytime soon.
I was invited over to review this lounge-cum-fine dining throbbing in the heart of the most eventful site of the city – Connaught place. Well, it rests right above where Potpourri used to be in its preliminary days. Seemingly ok from when you look up at it standing by the street, with a comparatively squeezed elevator that could garrote you into exodus, it opened into a hall of fame, literally. The Ambrosia Bliss it was. With a phosphorescent reception, it felt I was underdressed for such ‘Red Carpet’ opulence. My table was booked in one of the classified corners of the lavish fine-dining with frosted-pearl leather high-back wing sofas. The décor is classically Moroccan with high ceilings, customary lantern chandeliers, pendant lamps that imparted warmth to the space, impressive crystals dangling around the Dome Lounge – (a classify VIP lounge that has catered to celebrities like Bipasha Basu, Govinda, Mohit Chuahan etc already since its inception is September 2014), motifs and carvings on the walls, and ostentatious liquor storage that has been entrenched amidst the expressive splendor. You cannot miss out on the expertise gone behind creating a space so exquisitely unique. The Fine-dining has lounge music on the go to keep you in high spirits. As I was on my jaunt to appraise the other lounges, I discovered the fine-dining wasn’t the only place that had me gaping with awe – there were volumes to travel around.
The Reception branches out into three zones – the first Fine Dining, the Second a Conference Hall-cum Party get-togethers lounge (with Moroccan wooden ceiling, traditionally handcrafted, palace style with amazing detailing in an antique finish) and the third that took my breath away – Bliss, the lounge. A huge lounge coruscating aureate and honeyed radiance – the extensive bar is luxuriously rich with gold polished plates in brass – it exudes luxury and splatter of rich hues add to the affluent style of life. I quickly changed my mind and my reserved table as well. From the fine dining I was now at Bliss, soaking up the warmth and bustle around. The most interesting part of the evening was now – with the entry of the Brand Manager, Ambrosia Bliss, Sachin Sachdeva. He brought adequate brightness to the otherwise gorgeously dim table, took us through the menu designed keeping in mind the taste buds of the Delhi foodies. Lot of innovation has been done around food to validate the name Ambrosia aka ‘Food of God’. He painstakingly customized a menu for me for the evening giving considerate eye to detailing – ensuring not one best selling item was missed out. Amiable, warm, sweet and loquacious just like me. He was particular about hospitality, promptness and common sense of the waiters serving us. We listened to some popular generes by the resident Dj. They have some really happening Saturday Nights – Sufi, Gazal, Folk and many more interesting nights. First on my table was the Truth or Dare – a mixture of gin, lime peel, chunks of beetroot topped with tonic water. The lime peel gave it the required punch and zest and the beetroot silently knitted in the darling mojo. We started with a Smoked Chicken Salad that was fresh, crunchy and just aptly sweet. The tasting platter had a lot of vegetarian nibbles to savor – highlight of which was the Mushroom Galauti Kebab – tender and succulent just like the authentic kebabs (you will never be able to decode mushrooms in it btw). The bestselling dish and the most popular ones are the Dimsums – the Chicken and Shitake Dimsums are to die for – thin layering outside just how I like so that what you chew is the hidden feast and not the crust. Combination of chicken, shitake was beautifully blended. The Spicy Hot Prawns were mildly hot with the under taste of the sweet Thai. What Sachin said was his favorite and now is mine as well, is the Steamed Fish Cake – a savory combination of the soul and Thai spices – coconut and garlic come together to create an amorous melody in your mouth and lemongrass will just linger on concomitantly. Another of my favorite from the fish dishes was the Chilli Mustard Fish with an addictive piquancy – tender but hot with red chillies. Awesome! The Mezze Platter and Tandoori Chicken Roulade are also worth a try. What was really innovative and unique was the Punjabi Kukkad Pizza – dedicate to tangy lovers. It had chicken tikka intertwined with our desi nimbu ka acchar (lemon pickle). I am not a fan of complicated pizzaz but this one is the most popular and as my friends on the table satiated on it, it definitely seemed so. I have to tell you to try the Blessed Angel – which is a cinnamon smoked cocktail with Bourbon Whisky. Quite delicious! For all those who love Indian food, do try the Dal Makhani, Rogan Josh and the assorted exotic Vegetables.
Before I stuffed myself with the delicacies, I left a little room for the deserts – the Coconut Crème Pudding is delicious – light, creamy and just so beautifully designed. Even the Bailey’s Cheesecake was yumm – Bailey’s being my fav liquor.
To cap it, we had Pan Shots which was a mix of tequila and pan. What a refreshing finish to the beautiful sojourn! We did savor the Food of Gods and Humans and angles and birds, and animals collectively!
Casa: L 51-54, Second Floor, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi 1