Ardor 2.1 – Passion for Ghazal and Food.
You know what’s the best thing that I like about Delhi. Of Course, it’s food, but what makes food here so different in variety ye so authentic in taste? It’s the presence of different cultures and the harmonious conglomeration that makes all of this possible. You can get world class Bhel Puri and lip smacking Chole Bhature under one roof. Which other city or state can boast of this – None. This is the primary I cannot stop loving Delhi.
Coming to Delhi, there are many markets that have risen in past 2-3 years, especially when it comes to food. Be it Khan Market, GTB Nagar or Vasant Kunj, there are innumerable choices present. A perfect example of being spoilt for choice. From Cocktails to Italian Food to Molecular Desserts, there are option all around.
Then there is Connaught Place. The hub of all of these activities. No other area or market can come close to Connaught Place when it comes to Restaurants/Cafe’s in one single area. Right from Block A to Block P, the buildings are filled with eateries and there is no possibility that you are not going to find that particular kind of place you were thinking of having your meal at. And my particular kind of place that day was Ardor 2.1. Located in Block N, it will be hardly 5 minutes walking distance if you exit from Gate No. 6 of Rajiv Chowk.
Coming to this place, it is spread over two floors, and both the floors have very different decor and ambiance. You have lounge at the upper floor which is ideal if you are there to party with your friends. In the lower level, there is a fine dine restaurant with chic interiors and calm ambiance. Prefer this floor when you are in a mood to relax or with your family. Combining both the floors, they have seating capacity of around 200 people.
What I really liked about this place was the quirky sense of humor that is depicted through laminated posters. Be it Mr Bean as Chulbul Pandey from Dabangg or Mona Lisa as a Saree Clad women with a huge nose piercing and Mehendi in her hands, there are other many such paintings to amuse you. Also, how can mention of Ghazal can be given a miss. That is the USP of the place. Except for Tuesday, they have arrangement of Live Ghazal during dinner time.
Coming to food, in Starters, first there was Vegetable Kebab Platter. I usually call for a platter when I am not sure how the dishes will turn out. This can be an ideal gauge where they are two or three item at max of a particular dish. There nine different starters with two pieces each. My favorite out of them all was Paneer Mirch ke Seekh and Makai De Pudine Di Tikki. Recommended. Out of all, Tandoori Soya Chaap Punjabi could have been better.
Then there was Dal Makhani Croquettes. This dish was under the category of Fusion Food which is Chef’s Special. This was a unique experience. Solidified version of Dal Makhani was served inside deep fried Croquettes and jumbled with Cheddar and Mozzarella Cheese. This was the first time I was Dal Makhani in such different manner. The taste of both, Dal Makhani and Cheese, was present and I completely loved it. Highly Recommended.
Next starter to come was Fruit Masala Chana Tokri Chaat. The name of the dish was quite intriguing and this was the primary reason why I went ahead with this dish. And the looks did full justice to the name. It was quite heavy to come under the category of a Starter! The presentation was bang on, especially with the hollow Apple in between stuffed with Masala Chana, Pomegranate and Sev and dressed with Saunth Chutney and Sweet Curd.
Salt And Pepper American Corn and Crispy Honey Chilli Potatoes were other starters that were ordered. Both of them were crispy but I preferred Corn over Chilli Potatoes. Sweet Corn are best when they are crispy and in this case a hint of spices were also there. Chilli Potatoes were with ideal spice and honey in them.
In Drinks, Oreo Mint Milkshake, Cadbury Caramel Shake and Banana And Caramel Shake was there. This was the first time I was trying Oreo Shake with Mint flavor in it. Use Of Oreo and Mint was in balance which made it really good. Cadbury Caramel Shake was in no doubt the best of all. Rich Caramel taste and use of Cadbury Chocolate made it really really good. Highly Recommended. Banana And Caramel Shake was decent in taste. Taste of Banana was in higher ratio.
In Main Course, first there was Dal Ardor (Makhani). There was so much dishes ordered in Starter’s that there was hardly any space left in my stomach but still there were few Main items. Dal Makhani is one dish that I can always fall back upon, so, without any doubt I called for it. Thick and with creamy layer, it was very well enjoyed with Garlic Naan. Recommended.
Punjabi Chana Masala and Ardor Special Dal Tadka were other gravy dishes that were ordered. Dal Tadka was my personal favorite there. To enjoy it fully, Missi Roti was ordered. The combination is highly recommended by me. Punjabi Chana was cooked to perfection and was garnished with Onions and Tomatoes on top with drops of Lemon squashed on top.
In Breads, Butter Naan, Lachha Parantha, Garlic Naan and Missi Roti was there. These different varieties of Breads were mixed and matched with each and every gravy. Garlic Naan was specially ordered to enjoy with Dal Makhani whereas Missi Roti was exclusive with Dal Tadka as that is the best way in my opinion.
In Desserts, Hot Gulab Jamun and Matka Kulfi was there. As I really enjoyed there Fusion Starters, I was looking for Fusion Desserts too. Gulab Jamun Cheesecake sounded really interesting. Sadly, it wasn’t available at that moment. But both the desserts, Gulab Jamun and Matka Kulfi were the perfect things to end my meal with. In big restaurants like this, having quality Gulab Jamun is a rarity but that wasn’t the case with Ardor 2.1. Recommended.
Overall, my experience with Ardor 2.1 was nothing short of spectacular. I am very sure that I will be returning here very shortly to have those mouth watering Dal Makhani Croquettes along with a glass of Cadbury Caramel Shake. Recommended.