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Niche: it’s all about progressive food

Niche became the talk of the town as soon as it was launched with much fanfare and drooling images all over the social media. Recently, THN got an invitation to visit one of the new entrants to Connaught Place. Here is our pictorial journey of Niche, which we found to one of the most varied and classy outlets that have opened recently.

Niche logoWe were welcomed by the restaurant manager Harjeet Singh who showed us around the place.

Bar counter at Niche, Connaught PlaceAs soon as you enter you will be welcomed by this extensive bar. We liked the idea of keeping LED lit candles above the glasses as it gives a broader perspective to the place.

Dining area at Niche, Connaught PlaceThis was our favourite part of the place, a more refined space with leather upholstery and panelling on the walls. Here one can enjoy their food in the natural light and you can sit here in the summers as the air conditioning is powerful.

Lounge area at Niche, Connaught PlaceA lounge area for the music lovers.

Terrace area at Niche, Connaught PlaceA bright balcony with high chairs as well as the regular ones overlooking the Statesman House makes Niche a prime place for evening coffees and Sunday brunches.

Backyard terrace at Niche, Connaught PlaceThis restaurant also has a backyard terrace. Yes! you heard it right, a carefully decorated place with rustic overtones. If you want to go al fresco and enjoy your drink sans the noise of running traffic in Connaught Place then this is your place.

Bird in the Hand at Niche, Connaught PlaceWhat better visual than having a drink like this in front of you in the month of May. Bird in the Hand is a concoction of Fig infused Maker’s Mark, Taylor’s Fine Ruby Port, Creme De Mure Cirtus, {niche} Apple & Cinnamon Smoke, Abbott’s Bitters. Though I felt that the smoke overpowered the drink a bit. As you see the dressing, the limes are specially dehydrated with a dehydrating machine and hence the retain their original colour and texture.

IMG_9499 copyNow let’s talk food. Before going to the place I thought it would also be a bombardment of nitrogen-infused dishes similar to the recently-opened gastronomic destinations but it is different. Chef Arvind Bharti told us that at Niche they focus is on progressive food, to take fusion cuisine on an another level. We had the Pulled Kathal Tacos to start our meal, served with salsa and kasundi sour cream.

IMG_9504 copyFrench Onion Soup Rings will go well with people who love onions to the core. Onion rings placed on a creamy onion based soup.

IMG_9508 copyAs this dish came to our table we understood what Chef Arvind was trying to tell us. The dish is named Hari Saag; it is polenta crusted fried yoghurt ball, corn bread, jaggery chips & white butter soil. Deja vu anyone?

IMG_9521 copyWe can’t break the food tradition and commit a sin. A meal should end with a dessert and it was cheesecake for us.

DSC_1389 copySo what do you do when you take so many calories? I drink tea and the English breakfast tea at Niche is a true delight.

Restaurant details
Cost for two: Rs. 2,000 plus taxes
Venue: Niche Lounge & Bistro, 2nd & 3rd Floor,
M-16, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi – 110001
Timings: 11 am to 1 am
For reservations: 9599289970/73


Text and images by Supriya Aggarwal

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