An old world charm, pillars reminiscent of the times of the British, Ardor is located in Delhi’s renowned Connaught Place. Situated on the first floor in N block, the first thing that strikes you is the architecture of times gone by – high roof, long windows, and the colonial feel. Paintings adoring the walls, live-kitchen experience, a spacious sitting arrangement (It can accommodate 120 people in one go) and soothing music playing in the background completes the fine-dining experience. The place is ideal for family celebrations, located in the heart of the Capital and not too heavy on the pocket.
My friend and I were dazed by the menu. There is a huge variety to choose from—Indian, European and Chinese. So we opted for Indian starters—Kache kele aur Rajmah ki Tikki. A little spicy, it tasted yum with spicy green chutney. It made way for the main course. For the people who like to begin with a drink, the restaurant offers a wide choice. And for those who avoid hard drinks, there is a range of mocktails, soft drinks and juices.
After a delicious Indian start and service with a smile, we decided to get a taste of Europe and the Far East. We were going for vegetarian but the non-vegetarians have a vast choice. The Cottage Cheese Shashlik topped with herbed pilaf and curry sauce suited the Indian palette. The curry sauce was tasty and added the right flavour to the cottage cheese. But be warned, the helping is a lot, so two people can easily eat it. The other Oriental choice – Broccoli, Corn Kennels and Roasted Dry Pepper in White Garlic Sauce with veg fried rice – tasted even better. We ended our lunch with a sweet Walnut brownie and ice cream.
But it’s the second floor where the lounge is located that brings a zing to your outing. The turquoise walls transform the mood instantly with live music, jazz performers and more. The lounge offers a combined experience of its bold interiors and refreshing themes along with all the unique interactivity built in. The quirkiness is infused with interactive menus.
Ardor is the brainchild of Akshay Chaudhary and Karan Bhatia. Akshay says, “Ardor means lot of energy and the concept of combining fine dining and lounge area is a new thing. So we are hoping people welcome this new concept and enjoy the experience of fun, food, good music and exotic drinks with their friends and family.”
The India used to a mix and match flavours and the ability to try new cuisines would enjoy a happy lunch or dinner at Ardor.
Meal for two: Rs 1,500 plus taxes (without drinks)
Address: Ardor, N Block, 1st Floor, Near Fitness First, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Timings: Monday – Saturday: 12 pm to 12:30 am; Sunday: 12:30 pm – 12:30 am
Text by Ambica Gulati