In a line: A new enterant in Khan market that will surely give a good competition to the already existing restaurants!
Cuisine: European, Continental
Price for two: Rs. 1500(approx)
Location: 26, Khan Market, New Delhi
Nearest metro station: Khan market
Must haves: Prawns ajilo, beetroot, feta and walnut burger, pan seared sea bass, chocolate fondant
Some tastes are made to leave an impression so vivid, that you can recollect them, just by the very thought of them. And this is exactly what happened with me, after I paid a visit to the newly opened restaurant in Khan Market, Civil House.
The effort of walking up two flight of stairs seemed to be all worth it, the moment I entered the elegant and vibrant restaurant that is done up in muted tones of brown and white, which lend a clean character to the space.
Though not a huge area, the right window layout, gives a sense of openness to the restaurant. While the indoor and terrace seating were chic and simple, I decided to sit in the beautiful balcony that is adorned with hanging flower pots and flower vines, overlooking the market.
Impressed with the two page continental and European menu, I decided to start my Sunday brunch with some refreshing goat cheese, aragula and braised beetroot salad, that had crunchy bits of candied walnuts, that added a new element to the dish. The simplistic prawns ajilo in lemon and coriander broth was perfect to set my palate for the coming courses.
While the fish and chips burger is an interesting addition to the menu, I’d anyday opt for the beetroot, feta and walnut burger. Though I was initially skeptical about it, hands down, it was a game changer. The addition of humus, the sweetness of the beet in contrast to the saltiness of the feta cheese, brought together a great burger. The roasted potato wedges that came along could be more crunchy, but the fresh salad did the trick for me.
Even though everything was going good so far, the mains took my experience to a whole new level. Be it the medium rare cooked pork tournedo, that came with buttery mashed potatoes and mustard cream or the falling off-the-bone red wine braised lamb shank, things were just getting better. The highlight however, was stolen by the pan seared sea bass, that came atop a bed of vegetable risotto along with fennel butter. Though I’d advise them to put the sea bass, skin side up, allowing us to savour the crunch and add another crunch element to the dish, other than the blanched asparagus.
Civil house amped it up after I got to know that their desserts are in-house. Even though they have just 3 desserts in the menu, all three do justice and are made to perfection. A nutella lover shouldn’t miss on to the hazelnut and nutella torte, and the nutella and hazelnut milkshake. The vanilla panacotta, set perfectly, had a spicy peppery aftertaste, that made it all the more special. But the choco-holic in me, is forcing me to declare the chocolate fondant as the winner amongst the three. Topped with a scoop of ice cream, the fondant oozed chocolaty goodness, and the light hint of sea salt added dept to the dessert, thereby, making it a favourite of mine!
Confession: Overall, my visit to Civil House turned out to be much better than what I had envisioned. The whole vibe of the place makes it perfect to come along with some friends over some great food, and therefore, does justice to the name of the place. Food might take some time to come, but who wants to rush while enjoying food that is this good?
Value for money: 4/5