In a line: A classy restaurant serving gourmet Italian food with ease.
Price for two: Rs. 1500(approx)
Location: N-2, Kasbah, Greater Kailash (GK) 1, New Delhi
Must haves: Gamberetti limone, virgin sangria freddo, Torta Royale
If you’re in a mood to spend some quality time with your loved one, slowly sipping on prosecco, in a romantic, dim-lit restaurant serving authentic Italian food, then Spago is just the right place for you.
A name to reckon with when it comes to authentic Italian food, Spago, located in N-Block, Greater Kailash Market, is the perfect place to unwind after a hectic day. Yellow lighting render a soothing vibe to the place and the simplistic interiors are marked by chic wooden furniture adorned with floral accents, hanging lamps and a well stocked bar that is ready to offer some commendable concoctions.
After devouring the complementary bread basket with pesto and olive oil, I moved towards the simple and delicious crostini pollo, which had thin slices of bread, topped with mildly herbed chicken and parmesan shavings. The pesto gnocchi was a well balanced dish in terms of the texture, with softness coming from the fluffy potato dumpling and the element of crunch coming from the toasted pine nuts. After chefs recommendation, I opted for gamberetti limone, dish prepared by marinating jumbo prawns in a lemon butter sauce and then grilling them. The grilling rendered a delicious charred and smoky flavour in the otherwise simple dish.
I washed these dishes down with a glass of signature cocktail, sangria bianco and their virgin sangria freddo. Though not a teetotaler, I preferred the sangria freddo, that was prepared with tea, fruits and cranberry juice.
Without resting my fork for a while, I jumped onto ravioli di spinaci, that was topped with a tomato and cheese based sauce. I’d prefer to have lesser sauce over the spinach and ricotta cheese ravioli, so that the pasta is visible and does not get submerged in the sauce. Risotto fungi, though a pricy affair, was added to the list of the best mushroom risotto that I’ve tried so far. My visit wouldn’t have been successful with a loaded pizza. On recommendation, I opted for Della Casa, thin crust pizza topped with chicken, black olives, onions and sweet peppers. While it was good, it certainly wasn’t much of a pleaser.
Meal had to conclude on a sweet note and what better way to conclude a happy meal than with chocolate. Hence, I chose to indulge into a dark chocolate based dessert: Torta di fango, and white chocolate based dessert: Torta Royale. Torta di fango had a slice of eggless warm chocolate mud cake with vanilla gelato over crunchy waffle cone. Torta royale, their specialty dessert, is a delicious white chocolate and mascarpone cake that is baked freshly in the oven. While both with delicious at their own individual places, freshly baked cake was indeed a winner and torta royale got well justified as their specialty.
Confession: Spago is a cosy restaurant that cooks up some amazing Italian gourmet dishes at ease. Swift and polite service, along with delicious food and clean ambiance make it the perfect place to go with a loved one.
Value for money: 3.5/5