In a line: A pocket friendly, self-service family diner.
Cuisine: North Indian, Chinese, Street snacks
Price for two: Rs. 500(approx)
Location: Food court, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj
Must haves: Street food platter, Chinese platter
Whether you’re craving for some spicy gol gappas, fluffy bhaturas, buttery pav bhaaji, Indian-ised chinese or fulfilling North Indian food, this place is well equipped to satiate all your cravings.
Recently opened self service restaurant in the food court of Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, Lemondrops is the perfect place to visit along with your family, when you wish to have some delicious vegetarian food, at a price that wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Their menu goes from chaat to South Indian snacks to vegetarian starters to North Indian mains and Chinese food items, and concludes with Indian desserts and ice creams. Platters at Lemondrops are probably their mainstay, and hence, whenever I go there, I end up ordering at least one.
While the North Indian platter and kebab platter are something that all of us are aware of, and have tried at multiple restaurants, Lemondrops also has South Indian platter, Chinese platter, and my favourite, street food platter.
The street food platter consists of chole bhature, pav bhaaji, dahi bhalla, dhokla, salad and gulab jamun, and is the perfect way to have a bit of everything. Chinese platter consists of chopsuey, paneer momos, veg fried rice, hakka noodles and manchurian. While I liked it the first time I visited, on my second visit, it was bland and unappetising.
All the South Indian dishes that are offered here, are accompanied along with some fresh coconut, chilli, tomato and ginger chutney, that help elevate the dish. The warm and soft idly or crispy and hot vada, both tasted great and are recommended.
The seasonal moong dal halwa and gajar halwa find their way in the menu along with rasmalai, rabri and gulab jamun, but it will be their hot and crisp jalebis, made in desi ghee, which I always end up ordering. Topped with sliced pistachios and almonds, the jalebis are perfect to give any of its competitors, a run for its money.
Confession: Even though it will take a while to find a place to sit, as the restaurant is mostly occupied during lunch and dinner timings, the wait will be worth it, after you dig into their pocket friendly food. After having visited the place a number of times, consistency in the quality of food is certainly an issue that needs to be taken care of.
Value for money: 3.5/5