This, ladies and gentlemen, is a much awaited post – by whoever saw the pictures of incredibly cool dishes at the brand new Tashan Restaurant I recently visited, by folks on Instagram who saw the pictures I posted before writing this post, and by myself because well, as silly as it might sound, I really wanted to write about this experience and I took so long because I wanted to do total justice to it. And here I am!
Firstly, a big thank you to Manjulika for taking me to Tashan Restaurant! This was a truly an amazing experience – not only because the food was unbelievably outstanding, but also because Tashan tells a tale of passion and of following your dreams, and you already know this is kind of my favorite thing in the world.
After a power packed day of virtually Shopping In Malaysia, closing an important work meeting, fun times with all the girls and long cab rides, we reached GK-2, and entered the dimly, albeit very elegantly lit, Tashan Restaurant. The four of us were starving by the time we got to this restaurant in the posh neighborhood of Greater Kailash-2. eating in Delhi restaurants is always fun, but I am primarily a Travel Blogger and I write about food and restaurants only when I absolutely love something. So, no points for guessing how much I loved eating at Tashan!
And what a delight it was! We were greeted by the owner Mr Akshay Adya and he guided us to his favorite table, looking out at the road. First impression: The four of us unanimously loved the vibe of the place at once – softly lit, light music playing in the background and tastefully done interiors in subtle shades and walls that told a story. The light music was appreciated by all four of us because we are not big fans of loud music that hampers conversations. We love to eat our hearts out and talk to our heart’s delight through it all. So, full marks to Tashan for the perfect ambiance.
Amidst fun chatter, the first food items arrived – a Crispy Roomali Roti with Sauce of The Day – they have a new sauce everyday and we got Roasted Tomato and Garlic which was good. This is a table staple so it will be served to you no matter what you order, and I’m sure you’ll ask for more. The presentation, as you can see, is impeccably quirky and appealing.
For drinks, I went for an Ice Tea which was served in a tumbler, while each of my friends got themselves some hot soup, a Kiwi Delight and Beer. The Kiwi drink was so, so good that I ended up drinking half of it. Did not taste the soup or the beer, and my ice tea was pretty decent, even though it was a little less sweet for my usual taste. Then started the menu reading and the heavy What-To-Order consulting with each other. All the times on the menu seemed good, and I noticed that the quirky twist to Indian dishes was quite evident from the menu itself. Oh – I said to my girls – this is going to be a fun experience!
Tashan Restaurant is a Contemporary Indian Food Heaven.
You have to remember that Tashan Restaurant is a Contemporary Indian Food Heaven in my opinion – which essentially means that it adds a quirky twist to our regular Indian delicacies, and they have managed to take the flavors and the experience of eating, miles forward. I mean, even if it’s plain old Butter Chicken, it doesn’t have to be boring, you know? And I’ll admit, although I am a big foodie and I keep trying new things, I haven’t been a fan of experiments with Indian dishes before this. I am an out an out authentic flavor lover because more often than not, experiments with the Indian classic flavors tend to spoil the original dish or completely kills the soul of the robust Indian flavors, which is a pity.
And – This is where Tashan wins! Their food keeps the soul of the Indian food intact, while taking that flavors to a whole new level of Foodgasm. Yes, that’s the word I’m going for, because it fits! And Tashan’s got the visual element right on point! All of their dishes are extremely well presented and I almost didn’t want to dig into them before clicking pictures – they were that pretty. Like this Crispy Roomali which is my new favorite snack because – Yum!
We then had some yummy Cinnamon Carrot Soup which was served to us hot, in shot glasses. It was really good and even Naina, who is not a fan of cinnamon flavor, devoured it like the rest of us.
Next to arrive at the table was the Rasam in tiny beer mugs – and I fell in love with the unique presentation finesse of Tashan, yet again. The flavors were Tangy Pepper & Tomato, Thai and Pineapple. I loved the Pepper flavor because I love spicy and tangy flavors.
The interesting Couscous Salad was the next and yet again, Tashan managed to change my stand on another food item – I now like couscous. This was an interesting amalgamation of tangy flavor from the peppers and tomato, and the earthy goodness of well cooked couscous, with a dash of lime.
After the salad, fresh and warmed up plates were placed in front of us, and the next item arrived. This was an ambitious Baingan & Aloo Ki Chaat (Baby Brinjals/Eggplant and Potato) which came with Akshay’s strong recommendation. Are you fooled by the name and thinking it was a mistake? Well, just look at it below! It was a revelation! Who knew baby Brinjals could taste that good? I can easily say that this was my favorite dish of the night, it was that good. Lip smacking flavor packed and delicious, I almost asked for more! You HAVE to try it, people. Just go, and order the Baingan and Aloo ki chaat and attain food-nirvana. Go!
Only after the eggplant & potato chaat was over, did we shift to the next starter : Lahsuni Fish Tikka. This was yummy goodness on a bed of roasted beetroot. Everything on the plates in Tashan, is edible -right to the flowers and tiny leaflets. It makes for a balanced potion, with bursting flavors and different textures on a plate.
The other starter that blew my mind away with its – please excuse the teenage lingo – awesome-sauce! The Jack in a Pocket – with garlic dip and hummus. Jack-fruit in Pita Pockets, can you see the creativity here? It was soft and yummy and addictive and – I could go on for hours, really. For a hardcore non-vegetarian like me, this was like awakening. You have to try it to believe it.
In starters, the Chicken Tangri Stuffed with Couscous was also on the menu, and we enjoyed it equally. The stuffing was something new that I tried, and it gave a different texture to the chicken which was refreshing. It was served with a thick puree of roasted carrots flavored with herbs. I had my tummy full already so I only had a tiny bite of the chicken, but my friends loved it.
After the round of starters, we were served Jal Jeera Shots as palate cleansers. We sure had tried some strong flavors, and before the main-course, the perfectly balanced jal jeera proved helpful.
For the main-course, we got ourselves the Assorted Bread Basket which had quite a hearty collection of naans, roti-breads and other breads. I had asked for the Crab Curry and it turned out to be really, really good. I last had crab curry in Hong Kong, and my love for sea food is no secret. The crab was succulent, fresh and served in a pool of aromatic curry and a yellow flower. Now, the aroma of sea food, especially Crab, can be too much for some people, and my friends were not a fa of the fragrant crab on my table – but I absolutely loved it. So, if you are a crab person, this is for you. Dig in!
My friends ordered the Lamb Nalli and Punjabi Gatta Curry. The lamb was packed full of traditional flavors and the nicely trimmed bone was topped with vanilla foam to give it a twist. It was succulent and hearty.
The Gatta Curry is traditionally a Rajasthani Cuisine and Tashan puts the Punjabi dash to it, and makes it a finger licking combination of flavors. My vegetarian friend relished it to no end. The presentation for both these dishes were amazing – something that we were automatically looking forward to by now because they had set high standards since the very beginning (Hint – Crispy Roomali!) And Tashan did not let us down at all.
Akshay also suggested we try the Ghar Ki Daal, that changes every day and I can bet it is scrumptious – although we did not try it because hello, have you seen how much food we already ate? Also, we were trying to leave something for the next visit because we are all going back tot Tashan for sure. I also gathered from the very happy next table-occupants, that the Paneer Hungama was life changing and the Pesahwari Daal is a must-try at Tashan. Okay then, menu for my next visit is already set!
We were so full that I, for one, wanted to crash right there, but we still had desert to eat. What could top the savoury dishes we had just tried, you ask? Well, prepare to be as surprised as I was – because Tashan Restaurant managed to wow us yet again with two astounding desserts.
The first was Bhuni Roti Ka Halwa – which was a whimsical take on my favorite Choorma from Rajasthan. This was crumbled wheat-bread with chunks of blueberries and was crunchy and warm and soft and all things nice. Visually, it was mighty appetizing as well.
The second dessert won all our hearts and literally made us swoon. Presenting – Motichoor & Rabri Filled Crepes. Light and fluffy crepes filled with layers of Motichoor and Rabri, topped with a dollop of whipped cream – in short, a totally irresistible dish. Don’t let the explanation or the name fool you, this is NOT an overtly sweet dish – the sweetness is subtle which comes as a surprise when you take the fits bite, and Tashan has managed to bring all these traditionally verrry different elements seamlessly together, and make them do the sweet salsa. This dish was the ultimate finish to our memorable Tashan Experience.
You can probably make out that we ate a lot. A. Lot.
And we loved everything – from the ambiance, to the service to the food itself. What a food heaven!
Akshay the owner, was friendly and very courteous. When you meet him, you can tell that this is a guy who’s driven solely by passion. I later discovered that he left his corporate life in Australia to pursue his culinary dream, and his love for food and to make people happy, shows. Passion is the key ingredient at Tashan, and he is already seeing his dream come true. Throughout the evening, he personally looked after not only us, but all the guests Tashan had for dinner. And let me tell you, it was a full house – and Tashan is only a few of weeks old!
That, my friends, is the biggest sign of a place doing good by treating people well and being loved in turn. I hope all the foodies in Delhi find time to check out Tashan Restaurant in GK-2, and obviously, you know what to order, right? And oh, if you try something that I didn’t and should have – let me know, okay? I’ll try it the next time I’m there, because Tashan will see a lot more of me, for sure. Until then, keep travelling, keep exploring and keep your Tashan on.