Finally after a long wait- I was at the niche –a lounge and a bar, situated at the outer circle of the Connaught place-the heart of Delhi.AS my eyes were soaking the tasteful and upmarket interiors of the space- wow! Was my instant reflex response.
The first thing which caught my attention other than its aesthetic and comfortable leather and tan sofa and design scheme was an elevated stage for a live performance-gosh! I was already impressed! I also noticed some comfortable white couch spread around, which were nicely enhancing the ambiance, the cosy fireplace was adding the warmth and character to the place.
Bar was right at the entrance as if welcoming with a cheer! Niche also has alfresco sitting options- front overlooking busy Barakhamba lane and back – quiet and peaceful with a mature peepal tree providing the much needed natural shades- you can select your place depending on your mood-isn’t that cool?
Let’s talk about food:
We were welcomed by Daisy drink a cocktail which was very pretty to look at and my friends seemingly enjoyed it I ordered for a beetroot and orange mocktail, it was thick drink with strong beetroot flavour and texture, in the mean while we were served with Beet Root and Goat Cheese Salad and Watermelon mozzarella cheese salad. Both the salads were very colourful and beautiful to look at and garnished with micro herbs and rocket leaves- refreshing but the flavours were mild
By now my hunger was doubled owing to the impressive menu and the unmatched ambiance. The first dish on the table was Cigar borak ,next was Jack Fruit Tacos- imagine a taco with jack fruit filling , well well – it was spicy cheesy and absolutely delicious and is a must try!
For the mains we were served the hero of the meal- Hari Saag, though I am not a Saag lover, but this twisted version of the green and its presentation has made me change my mind. The green gravy which had Polenta crusted fried yoghurt ball dunked in, and served with corn bread, gur chips and white butter soil was the dish of the day – authentic Indian taste with a little twist and stunning platting was magical. Next was Mushroom Risotto which was flavorsome as well.
Moving on to the dessert we agreed on a chef’s special, it was a Vanilla Cheesecake served with strawberry sorbet and fresh fruits ,again very appealing to the eyes with its color contrast, though mild in taste, however, I enjoyed the sorbet bit.
Niche is niche in actual sense only when it comes to its décor ambiance, and the detailed attention given to the food and drinks menu and presentation. Menu is progressive, but guess they still need to work a bit, to highlight the taste and flavors of the dishes- to offer a complete niche package.