In a line: A casual and fine dining restaurant in Khan Market offering good food, heady drinks and chic ambiance.
Cuisine: Continental, Oriental, North Indian
Price for two: Rs. 2000(approx)
Must haves: Watermelon and feta cheese salad, kokum mocktail, dahi ke kebab, double spice fish
Nearest Metro Station: INA, Khan Market
Favoured by expats and Delhites, Khan Market is one of those shopping hoods where you need to have a loaded wallet to let your heart all out. The 21st most expensive retail street in the world, according to a survey by Cushman & Wakefield in 2010, Khan Market is a place for those who like to shop and eat and drink!
Jam packed with every cranny and every nook housing a watering hole, Khan Market is certainly a place for those who would like to stop over for a hearty meal, heady drinks and great time.
And one such place, where you can rely upon for a delicious meal in plush interiors is Wok in the Clouds. Take the flight of stairs and enter the fine dining area that is marked my hues of brown and crimson which pervade the entire restaurant and give it a contemporary and chic aura. The quirk element is added by the empty liquor bottles, used as lamps, marking that the place though may appear to be chic, has a good selection of concoctions at the bar. Take another flight of stairs and get seated in the lounge area with the bar right in front of you, where you can watch the mixologist weave some liquid magic.
Even though it is known for it’s oriental delicacies, the continental and North Indian section in the rather long menu is certainly worth a praise.
The best way to take the best of summer is to start with a refreshing watermelon cooler or a fresh and delicious watermelon and feta cheese salad, served inside a halved watermelon. The sweetness of the watermelon balanced out with the saltiness of the feta cheese and the crunch from the pine nuts, made it a overall texture-balanced dish. A masala lemonade might do the trick of energising you, but it is certainly not going to come close to the mint flavoured kokum mocktail.
A fan of sea food and spice, shouldn’t miss onto the double spicy fish, coated, fried and tossed in a drool-inducing sweet and spicy sauce with vegetables, and the chilli garlic prawns, which have a slight hint of spice because of the the dry cherry chillies. And if you’re not a fan of spice, then the mellow flavoured lemon fish with colorful and crunchy bell peppers can be your pick.
Take a break from international flavours and try their dahi ke kebab, which arrive like a lollipop or chaap and have the crisp coating of papad. Served with green chutney, these are a must have at WITC. The tandoori eggs, though have a mild tandoori kick to them, aren’t really something that would make one go back for again. The broccoli malai kebabs on the other hand, have a beautiful tandoori char that renders a nice smoky flavour, cooked perfectly, the crunch of the broccoli is maintained and are a must have for those who like adventure.
The Indian section, is equally competitive and is you wish to fall back to your desi roots for mains, then opt for the rustic desi ghee chicken curry that is made with roughly chopped onions and tomatoes along with khade masale. And if you like to go up an extra notch with flavour and spice, then the rogan josh paired with laccha parantha is going to be the best combination that one could ask for.
While the overall menu does justice to the cuisine and the number of dishes, ensuring that no palate goes unsatisfied, the dessert section somehow lacks the charm that it deserves. With only a handful of desserts to choose from, one with a sweet tooth will have to suffice from either the brownie sizzler or the 3 types of kulfis that are served in a platter, amongst which rose is the best.
Overall, the swift and attentive service along with good food and chic ambiance make this a great place to catch up with friends or family over a few drinks. The desserts need to be amped up a bit to provide a great experience all together.
Value for money: 3.5/5