Janpath Grill House, on the busiest street in CP or for that matter in entire Delhi, is one of the first restaurant which offers live Barbeque right on your table along with a Molecular twist.
I was awed by the spectacular fresco of entire CP on the wall – it was simply awesome. Full marks to the designer and also to Bhanu n his team for this. The restaurant is different from others; its simple, its elegant and it is pleasant. Proper lightings, eye pleasing murals on walls, and well spaced out sitting arrangements takes one away from the ‘Hustle n bustle’ of the crowded street outside.
Janpath is the place where you see loads n loads of people, both locals n outsiders. And thinking of such a simple décor on this street among so many other big names with glittering and hi-fi decors required some guts and thinking on part of the owners. They are going to counter this with the exquisite food n drinks that they have to offer.
They have a grill and buffet which brings the twisted live barbeque concept along with the molecular food. Concentrating only on North Indian desi food, Chef Tarun has tried to create fusion food with innovative use of molecular gastronomy. He aims to bring the fusion of live Barbeque and molecular food so that guests can enjoy grilling their own vegetarian and non-vegetarian barbeques on live grills embedded in their tables.
Spread out on an area of 5000 sqft, the restaurant has two floors with a total of 120 seating. The aesthetic interiors with a medieval touch and the lively ambience of the restaurant are very refreshing to connect with its vibrant consumer base.
The mock-tails at the restaurant are also unique. They sure will take you back into your childhood era. Hajmola, Thandai, Falsa sherbet, and many other funky street drinks which we normally used to have during our school/college days have been given a new Avtar through fusion and the results are amazing.
The same goes with the food too. Bhanu Nehra and Chef Tarun; both said that they wanted to create this new concept of serving what we Delhites love to eat, Street food. They have just given it a new dimension through fusion and molecular gastronomy.
The buffet at the restaurant offers an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Starters like Beetroot ki seekh, Naga Chilly Soya, Thai Curry Chicken Tikka deserve a special mention. The Main Course has a number of mouth-watering dishes like Chicken Biryani and Corn Pulao. For dessert, the chefs serve up delectable dishes like Shahi Tukda, Gulab Jamun and Phirni.
Now coming to our experience; we started with a few drinks and enjoyed having Hajmola Gola Soda, Nukkad Thandai, Gud ka Sharbat, Aam ki Shikanji, Phalsa Sharbat and Masala Chaas. Each one of them took me back to my youth times. I thoroughly enjoyed the thandai and the Falsa Sharbat. My colleague and other bloggers on my table went gaga over Aam ki Shikanji and I think the drink was served for three times on our table.
Our expectations were too high after these drinks and we were’nt disaapointed by the chef. It was a big surprise when he informed us that here that they have four different items in their Amuse Bouche section. That means four complimentary delicious dishes, what else can one ask for?
It started with Nitrogen Puffs, a molecular snack item, followed by Tomato – Imly shots, a plate of Golguppas and the finale was with a spectacular live demonstration of Chat making with liquid Nitrogen.
I was sitting in the table and watching others enjoy the dishes (I was relishing cut fruits; curtsey Chef – as I had my fast on the day _Thank you Bhanu n Tarun for the fruit platter).
It was the turn of starters now and my fellow members relished Basil Paneer Tikka, Pineapple Chaat, Matar aur Heeng kebab, Dahi Kebaba, and Wasabi Mushrooms. For non-veggie colleague, she tried Mutton Burrah, Cardamom Chicken Tikka, and a few other options. Both of them seemd satisfied, though in the non veg section, the comment was that it was over-spicy.
Moving on to the main course now, it was a massive buffet spread of Dal Makhani, Hing Dal Tadka, Kadahi Paneer, Gobhi Masala, Mutto Roganjosh, and few other non-veg preparations. The Hing Dal Tadka in Veggie section was superbly done. We could smell the Hing tadka sitting right at our tables. My colleague hailing from Kolkata compared the Tadka daal with what he normally consumes at some bestest street food joints in Kolkata. It in fact was served 3 times for him on table.
The delicious lunch ended with, once again some superb tasty desserts; Kheer, Phirni, Gulab Jamun and Sahi Tukda. Yes that’s all friends…
We spoke with Bhanu Nehra, Owner, Janpath Grill House, and he said “We are very delighted to announce the launch of Janpath Grill House, which is a first molecular grill and buffet and with this restaurant we bring the best of live barbeque experience and molecular food for our customers. We have worked hard to bring the best in our menu hence we believe that our restaurant will be very well accepted here by winning hearts of people. With the inception of this first restaurant, we are looking forward to open two more outlets of Janpath Grill House in Delhi / NCR by the end of 2017.
He further added that the concept at JGH is to entertain all age groups of clients, in a family, and not just the crowd from 20-30 age group like most of the other restaurants cater to. He said that the idea is to have an entire family come here and enjoy the food – in a manner they do at home.
The chef also added that they will not have a normal fixed menu – the menu will change every day of the week. There will be different kinds of combination on each day in both the starters and the buffet section.
Well they have opened their doors for you to come in and enjoy the great hospitality and the greatest of food n drinks on Janpath – So Rush in, and also be informed that they will not put a hole in your pockets for all these amazing dishes. Its gonna be very low priced, e.g INR 499 plus taxes for a Vegetarian Buffet and INR 599 plus taxes for non-veggie.
Service: 4.5/5 Ambiance: 4.5/5 Food: 4.5/5
Address: Janpath, CP, New Delhi
All photographs by Pradeep Chamaria / exatraveller.
Disclaimer : The views expressed are entirely our own, and for a particular time and day. Views on Veggie food by Mr Praveen, and on non-veggie by Ms Nivedita. We were invited for a review by the café and no money exchanged hands.