We checked out a south Delhi restaurant that serves delectable European food
How often have you been to a restaurant and ended up loving everything you ordered? We think it’s a rarity. However, a recent visit to Plats changed that for us. Plats is Delhi’s new European restaurant which opened its doors in November 2019. We can safely say it is a culinary paradise that offers the best in food and experience alike.
Plats is a French word (pronounced as plaa) which literally translates to plates. Started by the duo and celebrated chefs Hanisha Singh and Jamsheed Bhote, the offerings at Plats are a testimony to their craft, skill and expertise in the field. This duo has been known for their contribution to several menus and dishes in Delhi’s top restaurants like Evoo, Tres and Shibuya. With Plats, it is clear that they have given their heart and soul to the project. Everything from the menu, to the recipes, to every ingredient is refreshing, novel and a class apart.
Minimalistic interiors that make a statement
Located on Shivalik road in south Delhi, Plats provides an unexpected setting in an otherwise bustling Malviya Nagar. With a general grey and white theme, the interiors at Plats are classy and minimal. White marble table tops with greyish green wooden chairs are spread across the space. The area isn’t too big but the large mirrors on the wall and the smart placement of decor and furniture give the illusion of more space. Hanging lamps offer subtle yellow lighting that add to the calm ambience. The playlist seems to be carefully curated with some Latino dance numbers playing on loop as you start the experience.
Depending on where you take a seat, you can view an open kitchen and watch the chefs live in action. The open kitchen makes it more transparent and casual. A hung brown paper roll lists down the specials for the day. Plats is yet to get an alcohol license, but they do have an interesting set of mocktails to try.
Food that radiates excellence
The menu at plats is neat, offering salads, cheese boards, sandwich boards, bowl meals, appetizers, mains and dessert. Each of these categories have a few items under them. Instead of going with our own choices, we used their staff’s help for recommendations. The staff was extremely helpful, knowing exactly what we would like best, and offering us a detailed suggestion of what we could opt for. We couldn’t have been happier.
For drinks, we went for their brand new additions – the Herb Garden Kombucha and the Hibiscus Berry Kombucha Sangria. Fresh, innovative and original, both these drinks were delicious. We were leaning a bit more towards the Herb Garden Kombucha with cucumbers, fresh herbs and Chia seeds. It would taste like a dream in summers!
For starters, we went with the Shroom Buns. As simple as they looked, they were a total surprise. Super light bites with a flaky yet solid and delicious exterior that showcases the genius pastry skills of chefs. The filling is a delicious mushroom and truffle mousse, that is so perfect that it feels like home. Each bun is topped with goat cheese and rocket leaves, which adds that extra zing and flavour to it. All the tiny bits and parts work really well, bringing out the best in each other. They make sense! We could honestly eat a million of these.
Our next choice was the Prawn and Calamari A’la Plancha. This dish is so beautifully presented, you might want to take a moment to soak in the aesthetics of it. It’s a burst of flavours. The broth is thin and gorgeous in colour and flavour combinations. It’s zesty with passionfruit and coriander oil shining through. The prawns were so soft and fresh, almost hard to find in a place like Delhi. The calamari was exquisite and again, felt super fresh. The quality of seafood felt like we were at a place by the beach serving their “catch of the day.” They have definitely done a fabulous job at sourcing the best of ingredients to make their dishes shine. This was topped with a celery herb salad, which was stimulating to the taste buds. Every element complemented one another, and the quality of the ingredients shone through.
For mains, we ordered the Braised and Pulled Lamb Crumbed Steak. Well, it was perfect! The lamb was cooked to perfection, with a crusty top, stuffed with caramelised onion and mint, and served on a bed of mashed potatoes (which we could eat a gallon of). The generous serving of a delectable lamb jus on the side certainly elevated the dish even more. It came with a side of perfectly sauteed and seasoned broccoli and bok choy. The lamb was tender and easy to cut through the knife. The mashed potatoes were the best mashed potatoes we have ever had, without trying to sound too dramatic. Each dsh just kept getting better than the previous one.
It was time for dessert, and we went with the staff’s recommendation – the Dark Chocolate, Apricot and Brandy Cake. It is a flourless cake made filled with apricots and more than a generous dose of brandy. Served alongside some vanilla bean ice cream, the combination was heavenly and helped us finish this epic meal on a high.