Azure Hospitality, the makers behind Hotel Delmaar, are known to create products that carry a feel-good factor, and have stories behind them. From Mamagoto, inspired from Asian Hawkers, to Sly Granny, birthed from cross-lingual and cultural stories from our country, their latest follows the same trend of reviving nostalgia and passion. Hotel Delmaar transports one to the era of 1920s, when colonialists’ travel was at its peak, and family-run hotels were the talk of the day. Seeking to recreate the electric energy of those spaces, and the avid socialising amongst people who were in a foreign land together, they present food that’s a mix of modern and old classics, pandering to the popular palate.
White woodwork, wooden screens, wallpapered walls, ceiling lamps over tables — the décor certainly creates an illusion of dining in a space that existed a century ago. The calm exuded makes one forget that they’re in the bustling Select Citywalk, one of Delhi’s most flocked shopping centres. The space isn’t expansive, yet manages the aura of a grand hotel.
The menu has four sections — Small Plates, Sandwiches & Pizzas, Pastas, and Mains — with preparations from across the globe. The Paprika & Garlic Prawns are flavourful, with a strong seasoning of garlic and lemon. The garlic crostini paired with it is perfectly crisp, however, doused in more butter than pleasant, making it a tad greasy and salty. The Avocado Toast is prepared with multigrain bread, which doesn’t go mushy and remains crumbly till the end. The avocados are fresh, mixed with goat cheese for slight sour tang. Topped with salad onions, red radish, and coriander, and a side of cherry tomatoes and rocket leaves, the avo toast does justice to this sought-after dish.
The Confit Chicken Ravioli aces when it comes to the pasta and stuffed chicken, though falls short with the hollandaise it is laid on. The sauce is made with saffron and mixed with garlic burnt butter — perhaps the inclusion of too many ingredients led to a botched taste that was overtly buttery and briny. The Fish and Chips are an ode to the classic British dish. Accompanied by a tangy tartar sauce and mashed peas, the beer batter creating an ideal crunch, leading to fresh fish. The home-cut fries are cooked perfectly, golden-brown outsides biting into soft potato centres. The Crème Brûlée is a deviation from the classic, instead of a light-airy cream centre you’re greeted by a relatively dense, grainy cream concoction. That’s not to say there’s any deviation of flavour – barring the texture it carries the taste of a perfect cream and caramel pudding, and the new consistency is a change we don’t mind.
Their liquor licence wasn’t in the day we dined, but they’ll be serving an array of sangrias, beer, and wines from Chile, Australia, Spain, France, Argentina, Italy, and India. The non-alcoholic beverages comprise of mocktails, coffees, and teas.
The strength of Delmaar stems from from the fact that they seek to bring together old-world charm and comfort food, a quality that’s enduring and has timeless appeal. Don’t go here expecting master chef wonders every other day, but do go for trusted good food and flavours that won’t fail you.
Where: S-14 2nd Floor, Select CityWalk, Saket, New Delhi
Opening hours: From 12 pm-11:30 pm, all days
Recommended dishes: Avocado Toast
Price: Rs 2,500 for two, without alcohol, taxes extra
Noise level: High
Service: Helpful, could be more attentive
Video: Pranav Bhasin
All images: Courtesy Hotel Delmaar