Butter chicken fries might sound like the last things you’d order, especially when served in the fevered hell-hole of Hauz Khas Village; but in truth, you’re missing out. Starchy, fat, firm and laced with vinegar, these are closer to poutine than Punjab, and on a rainy afternoon when we’re riding solo, they make for a king’s feast.
Green, Eggs & Ham
Our surroundings don’t hurt, the lush-green sanctuary of Cibo Coma bravely holding its own against South Delhi’s dustbowl. Honey-coloured and humming with people, this new restaurant offers long wooden tables where you can set up your laptop; and a wicker swing in the corner, perfect to climb into with a good book. We sink into one of the many black bucket chairs, take in the soothing colour-scheme and sip on our blueberry lemonade, refreshing and un-cloying. We are content.
Our surroundings don’t hurt, the lush-green sanctuary of Cibo Coma bravely holding its own against South Delhi’s dustbowl.
For later we pack a jerk chicken toastie and peri-peri chicken wrap, both of which travel well. Layered with mashed potatoes, chicken chunks and green peppers, the sandwich is hearty but forgettable. The wrap, however, is a winner, creamy mayo mixing nicely with tender chicken, all wrapped up in the softest tortilla.
The Memory Of Trees
Accompanied by huge potato wedges and followed by a gooey, cake-y brownie, this makes for a festive, picnic-y meal, and best of all, carries with it the memory of a mossy afternoon.
Getting there: Cibo Coma, T-40, Haus Khas Tank, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi. A meal for two costs Rs 880.
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This story was contributed by Avantika Mehta, an independent journalist whose work has appeared in the Hindustan Times and Scroll. She is on Twitter and Instagram as bitingfriends.
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