Dip in the temperature, nip in the air, sundowners in your hand. With your favourite comfort food spiraling your winter appetite, this sounds like a perfect setting and perfect it is. Farzi Terrace, from the house of Massive Restaurants, recently opened its doors for food enthusiasts who love ‘modern’ Indian cuisine. Perched atop E-Block of the old colonial CP in central Delhi, this is the sixth addition to Farzi’s list. Massive Restaurants now boasts of four company owned and two franchisee cafes across the globe, including Dubai.
As I entered this terrace café, the first thing that struck me was the earthy natural feel. Brown dominates the space. Comfortably warm wooden interiors, brick floor, plush leatherette seating and hanging lamps uplift the mood. Just the kind of place to set your spirits high this winter season. “The décor emulates the play of metal and wood and is ingeniously nuanced with projection lighting and mirrors, each used in a way to accentuate the raw beauty of the place,” says Zorawar Kalra, Founder and Managing Director, Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd.
The cozy interior extends into an open bar. The massive island bar is flanked by high benches and bar stools. With lawn floor and hanging planters, the space gives the feel of a tiny terrace garden where you can enjoy your preferred aperitif.
Farzi Terrace is a casual dining café that caters to the young and not-so-young, alike. The space is expansive and has an air of intimacy. This cheerful café is sans unnecessary ornamentation. The ambience is voguish, music lively and there’s energy oozing out of every nook and cranny.
The word Farzi though, may sound a little boorish and may have different connotations. But here, it has just one meaning, that is ‘creating an illusion’ with its cuisine. “It’s our take on global comfort food, using fresh and robust ingredients and blending them with Indian cooking styles and flavours, using modernist culinary techniques and scientific methodologies. Farzi Café is for all those who love Indian food with their global favourites and are exploring to experience the next level,” says Kalra.
Farzi Café was born out of his sheer passion for Indian food. “Indian cuisine, until recently, always featured at the bottom of the pyramid of our choice of cuisine while choosing to dine out, a trend which always intrigued me. It was considered heavy, boring and lacked fun. Thus was born Farzi Café, which aimed at bringing Indian cuisine back in vogue and making it cool again, especially for the youth of the country.”
‘Magic is something you make in the kitchen’ says the menu. And rightly so. Whichever dish you savour here, a gamut of flavours collide your palate. Exploring and experimenting with molecular gastronomy, Farzi brings to table Indian gourmet with a twist, world class presentation and a delightful culinary experience. Indian classics commixed with world cuisine create a unique dining experience. Serving usual fares in an unusual way, the emphasis is on food that celebrates and honours gluttony.
Anything that you eat here is distinctive to taste. However, there are some dishes that have proved to be the star performers. Only at Farzi can you make your otherwise prosaic dal-chawal, a culinary delight. Crispy on the outside and soft from inside, Dal Chawal Arancini is served as tiny balls, with pickle, papad and chutney.
Take a foamy bite into Tempora Fried Prawns with Nimbu Mirchi air. These batter fried crunchy prawns coated with a tangy sauce, are served with foam produced scientifically using lemon and green chillies, and are simply delectable.
Farzi truly believes in the fact that you first devour with your eyes. Special care is given to the presentation of the food. And since it is Indian cuisine, it has to be colourful. Like Mini Raj Kachori. This traditional Indian savoury, filled with fresh coriander and tamarind chutney and curd, is served with a crispy okra salad to give it a unique twist. With a bright orange chutney flavoured foam on top, this dish is nothing short of a painting.
A new range of cocktails in the form of ‘Banta’ are carbonated drinks concocted with vodka. These cocktails have various ‘desi’ flavours like shikanji, aam papad and narangi. Served in a ‘Banta’ bottle, they are reminiscent of childhood. So is Chocolate Dome Horlicks Ice-Cream and Cashew-nut Mawa. At first this sweet dish looks like big chocolate ball. Only when a shot of hot Horlicks flavoured milk is poured over it, does it reveal the melt-in-mouth ice cream and nuts inside.
Other fares worth trying at Farzi Terrace are Grainy Mustard Fish Tikka, Ratatouille Bhaji Maska Focaccia and CTM – Chicken Tikka Masala Cornish Cruncher Naan. With names so quirky, the expectation goes up only to get a heightened sense of satisfaction when you savour it. “Farzi Café showcases innovation, which has been among one of the founding pillars of the organisation,” beams Kalra.
Farzi Terrace needs your leisurely hours so that the unexpected flavours receive the consideration they deserve. And while you’re at it, chase your blues away with your choice of flavoured hookah. An office party, a reunion, or a dine-out with friends and family, be ready to get Farzified this festive winter.
Article by Divya Rana Chhetri
Photo credits: Massive Restaurants
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