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Going Nuts With Coconuts : Nariyal Cafe in Delhi
Nariyal Café in Sarvodaya Enclave has taken Delhi by storm with its unique concept of serving food and beverages in coconut shells. And that’s not all; they even emboss your name on the coconut, adding a personalized touch to your dining experience. Allow us to give you a virtual tour of the place.
The décor’s prominent hues are white and aqua blue which gives you a sense of being near the sea. The peaceful ambiance is accentuated by embellishments like vibrant oars and lamps made with ropes. The menu brings together the best of coastal food from Goa, Maharashtra and South India along with a few fusion dishes. Special mention to their playlist for giving off a beachy-holiday vibe.
TOAST TO THE COAST
Their Freak Shakes bring pure visual and gastronomic joy. The Peanut Butter Freak Shake was topped with a frothy dollop of whipped cream, chunks of Oreo, chocolate vermicelli and colourful sprinkles. The shake itself was loaded with Peanut Butter and maintained a great balance between the sweet and salty flavour. The flavoured Nariyal Pani, however, was a disappointment. Even though, the presentation was enchanting, the overall taste was nothing exceptional.
Their Salad menu is full of fusion experiments. The Forgotten Grains Curry Leaves Salad was a healthy amalgamation of barley and jowar tossed in an apple cider dressing with onions and pomegranate seeds. This came in a Nariyal hemisphere, garnished with curry leaves. A major departure from the regular fare, the salad was extremely refreshing. Chicken Caferal Sliders packed the famous Goan chicken recipe into tiny buns and made for spicy and delectable sliders.
A SLICE OF THE COAST
Main course was served in coconut shells, yet again. Mutton Sukka Spaghetti sounded and smelled like a heavenly invention, bringing together Italian and South Indian Cuisine. But the spaghetti wasn’t sleek and long as it is supposed to be. Instead, the strands were cut short like desi noodles which dampened the experience. The Chettinad Chicken Dum Biryani was an ethereal blend of spices. Unlike most of the other Biryanis, the chicken was not undercooked here. Each chunk was succulent and laden with spices.
Murugan Chocolate Bomb is the regular chocolate bomb available in many restaurants where the server pours molten chocolate over the Chocó sphere until it melts away. Though it was nothing extraordinary, the whole routine never ceases to be a visual treat!
The presentation definitely takes the cake but dishes like Chicken Caferal sliders and Chettinad Chicken Dum Biryani promise a delightful meal. Nariyal Café has its own share of hits and misses but the overall experience is quite pleasing.