In one of the busiest cities, Delhi, I found a corner where two separated countries, India and Pakistan, rendezvous. A part of the mouth-watering Pakistani delicacies lives in Hauz Khas village. Tucked away on a cobbled leafy part of the quaint village is where you will find an epicurean’s oasis – Raas.
My friend and I entered this restaurant where the interiors are given a trendy yet traditional look. There is enough walking space between the seats and one can relax on the comfortable couches. The decor allows the beauty of the food to shine.
The large windows panes overlook the Hauz Khas fort and the beautiful greenery outside add charm to the live sufi music being played inside the restaurant. One can enjoy live sufi music every weekend at RAAS and if in case you plan to visit RAAS on a weekend night, be sure to book a table in advance.
As soon as we settled on our table, an attended dressed in a safari suit approached us in a friendly voice and served us the Papad along with a bowl of dhaniye ki chutney. Another server came and handed over the menu cards.
To start our meal, we ordered Hara Kebab and within minutes we were served with some mushy pieces of kebabs to go with salad. Cooked with remarkable ingredients, the kebabs tasted extraordinary and melted in our mouth (literally).
After having the delicious starters, our expectations rose high from the main course. From the long list of options, we opted for Kashmiri Dhingri Mahar and Kalonji wale Bengan. We also ordered for butter naan to go with the dishes. The waiting time was not too long and we were presented with the food.
The dishes were executed perfectly and the moist baby eggplants cooked in the creamy spicy gravy was impeccable.
Even though our tummies were full with the delicious food but as they say there is always some space left for desert. After having the rich traditional food, we ordered sugar – free phirni, a favourite petite of any south asian. The sweet dish was served in an earthen bowl which added to the rusty feel and the nostalgia. The sugar – free phirni was the perfect way to end our meal at RAAS.
Brainchild of Priyank Sukhija and Umang Tewari, Raas is delight for those who love to relish their taste buds in comfy and super stylist ambience. It is a warm, cozy, comfortable where each meal is a treasured time to relax and share a bounty of wonderful food with family and friends.
Cost: Rs 2000 for two (without alcohol)
Location: 9 A, 1st Floor, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi
Text by Dhruv Bansal