Earlier in May this year Bo Tai celebrated it’s one-year anniversary, and now three months down the line they’ve launched an all-new menu, reinventing the Thai and Italian food they stand for. One of the few restaurants in Delhi that enjoy the privileged view of the Qutub Minar, Bo Tai is ideal for a lively lunches and dinners, which keep the place buzzing through the week.
The new menu takes on from its predecessor and has an extensive appetisers section, and two compact main sections for Thai and European grills each. It also continues the comfort food theme, and you’ll find popular flavours and soul-satisfying combinations across all the dishes. We started off with the lamb salad, which has thinly sliced lamb shallow fried lamb topped with sweet & chilli Thai dressing. Though the lamb didn’t carry much of its own flavour and had me thinking that chicken instead may just have been a better option, keeping the salad lighter, the dressing alone is done really well, making it a salad worth trying. The steamed prawns were a favourite, mildly spiced and the tenderest meat inside the shell.
The Thai duck wrapped in pancakes has pieces of duck meat soaked in slightly sweet Asian dressing, wrapped in pancakes specially made for Peking duck and brought in from China, and is a fun one to try. The minced chicken pockets, topped with kataifi and chilli oil sauce is hard to go wrong with, and is an all-rounder with all elements pandering to the feel-good tastes. And for those who love their seafood, the mussels salad and buttered scallops are must-haves. The lamb with mac ‘n’ cheese was another much-loved item on the menu. Burnt cheese on top of the macaroni is your go-to when looking for indulgence, and the lightly fried lamb is soft till the centre and falls of the bone. And so was the grilled eggplant with risotto, the mild burnt effect on thinly sliced eggplant and the cheesiest risotto come together to make a heartwarming dish.
The menu has been coneptalised by their Head Chef Sahil Singh, who’s been with Bo tai since the beginning; and pairs nicely with their curated cocktail menu that I spoke of earlier. Their desserts are the perfect conclusion to the indulgence-filled meals here, with the kataifi filled with solidified milk turning even those without a sweet tooth into fans.
Where: 6/4, Kalka Das Marg, Behind Qutub Minar, Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Opening hours: 11:30 am to 1 am, all days
Recommended drinks: Steamed Prawns, Grilled Eggplant and Champagne Rissoto
Price: Rs 3,500 plus taxes, for two
Noise levels: High
All images: Courtesy Bo Tai