Delhi Durbaar at Up North, Raintree - A CFG Showcase

Up North, the roof top restaurant at Raintree AnnaSalai, specializing in punjabi cuisine is celebrating "Delhi Durbaar" a festival that celebrates the authentic delicacies from our country's capital. Couple of us were invited to try out the offerings from the customized set menu.

The restaurant gives a stunning view of the ever buzzing Anna Salai which otherwise is annoying from the ground :P The dimly lit ambiance and the cool breeze will give a pleasant feel for sure. We chose to dine in the private area as it had better lighting.

The set menu, available only for dinner, has unlimited pre-plated starters served on the table. It also has some unique mains and desserts. We started off with lamb galouti with masala fondue and boondi crisps. The galouti was too soft and tasted great. The platter had barrah kebab (lamb chops), murgh chapli kebab (minced chicken patties), bhuna kukkad batear (BBQd quail), ajwani jhinga (bbqd prawns) and macchi afghani (BBQd sea sole). Out of all the starters the quail topped the list in taste. It was a perfect blend of spices & yoghurt and the hint of lime lifted the taste to whole new level. The lamb chops were equally good. Tender and juicy meat falling off the bones, it was yumm. This was my first time with sea sole fish, so I couldn't come to a conclusion of my liking to it. The prawns needed little more marination and needed to be juicy as well. The chicken patties were too dry and lacked flavour. Along with the starters we were served a mocktail, which had a dominating lychee flavour along with a hint of cranberry.

A live chat counter and paratha counter was set up in one corner. I had few spoonfuls of the papdi chaat. It was crunchy and delicious. We get to choose from different stuffing for the paratha. Out of aloo, paneer and mutton keema, I went for the keema and fellow foodie had paneer paratha. Keema stuffing was spicy and good but the paratha could be a bit more softer with some more ghee smeared on it. It looked and tasted dry.

Along with paratha, there was also mutton biriyani and few more accompaniments. I was told that the mutton biriyani was made in pan and that explained the dryness of the rice. The mutton was tender and perfect in flavours. The makhani chooza - the butter chicken gravy was creamy and heavy and more tangy. The murgh tariwala was light and watery and went well with the biriyani. Out of all I liked the kadhai ki macchi a lot. The gravy tasted a bit tangy and spicy and the bassa fish was melt in the mouth kinda one. I also had some Dal makhani which was yummilicious.

For desserts they have plain/fruit/paneer jalebi along with rabdi and kulfi. The rabdi was top notch. Thick and creamy with perfect sweetness it was yummy. The malai kulfi was a bit pasty. The plain jalebi was good. Crispy and sweet. Yet it lacked sourness which would have cut the overdose of sugar. Both the paneer jalebi and fruit jalebi lacked something.

Since this was an invited dinner, cannot talk about the service and pricing. Learnt that the pricing is 1150 ++ for veg and 1250 ++ for non-veg. The restaurant manager Mr. Kapoor took all our feedback on a positive note. The staff were so polite and helpful.

The Delhi Durbaar festival will be celebrated till 24th August.

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only.

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