An architectural marvel, Spice Route, The Imperial, Delhi holds its own among the top restaurants across the globe. The magnificent space that took about seven years to be completed is akin to an archaeological site with stone sculptures, murals, and pillars comprising some intrinsic woodwork which makes it a unique dining experience for its guests.
As per their website, this one-of-a-kind space, designed by Rajeev Sethi, is hand-painted by mural painters (from a temple called Guruvayur, Kerala) making use of flower and vegetable dyes. Sculptures of mythological gods and goddesses will greet you as you enter this eclectic space and there’s a reason behind the narrow entrance (which allows one person at a time) because according to the makers, you enter and exit into this world alone.
Their seating arrangement is divided into several sections such as ‘Health and Support’ which includes an antique ceiling from Kerala, ‘Creativity’ which has a mural that has been left incomplete by the artist, ‘Relationship’ that allows only couples, ‘Fate and Fortune’, ‘Wealth’, ‘The Ancestral’ and the like.
Serving South East Asian cuisine by revered Chef Veena Arora, the culinary fare as per the website, traces the journey of the spices from Malabar Coast (Kerala) through Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia to Thailand and Vietnam. From its menu, you must try the Chemeen Thoren (Kerala style prawns, stir fried with coconut, curry leaves, and black tamarind, flavoured with mustard seeds), Bola Cutlis (meat cutlets flavoured with Sri Lankan curry powder), Cha Gio (Vietnamese minced pork and prawn spring roll, served with spicy garlic sauce), Malu Thel Dhala (slices of sole fillet stir fired with cinnamon and paprika powder, Sri Lankan style), Elu Mas Curry (Lamb slices simmered in Sri Lankan coconut curry), Irachi Stew (Kerala style mutton, simmered with coconut and milk stew, served traditionally with appams), or the Kaeng Kheow Waan Kai (chicken in signature Thai green curry).
We suggest you keep some space for the delectable desserts that include the Caramel Dua (Vietnamese style crème caramel flavoured with coconut milk), Ice Cream Shoco (Three scoops of double rich chocolate chip ice cream with warm fudge sauce), or the Coconut Delight (Chef’s coconut specialty from Kerala). These extraordinary picks will make your world go round especially if you’re one of those who possess a sweet tooth.
So if you’re an art and architecture fanatic, there’s no place else but Spice Route in the capital city that you need to head to right away.
Where: The Imperial, Janpath Lane, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Recommended for: Kaeng Kheow Waan Kai and Bola Cutlis
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