One mustn’t head to a review with any expectations. However, If I am candid, it was hard to follow that for the first time, for Plats Delhi. When the chef-owner duo has worked the kitchens at gems like EVOO Eatery & Pizzeria, Tres, Shibuya, and Le Cantine, you involuntary look forward to good food. And not reserving the verdict for the last this once, yes, Plats delivers that and more.
Opened last week by Hanisha Singh and Jamsheed Bhote, Plats (French for ‘plates’) serves dishes from across the world, cooked using European techniques. Right off a busy Malviya Nagar road, the rush outside slinks away as soon as you step into this calming space. Clean lines, solid colours, plants and books spotted along corners, mirrors creating the illusion of more space—the intelligent design is sure to catch your eye. Not so hyped as to take away from the meal, yet conducive to make it a great one, the ambience makes a great first impression.
My first taste of Plats is the Strawberry and Balsamic Shrub Tonic. One sip, and the fact that Singh and Bhote are married not only to each other but also to fashioning splendid dining experiences, is cemented. The shrub is house-made, just like everything else on the menu, and is the ideal ratio of sweet & tart you’d want from it. The Shroom Buns are airy pops, mushroom pate covered in choux pastry, and a hint of truffle. The goat cheese and rocket leaves only help enhance the taste. If you’ve ever liked a truffle pasta (and who hasn’t?), this is an elevated version of that, all in a bite. The Turkish Lamb Meatballs are served alongside lavaash and a pistachio and feta dip (a great alternative to the Indian mint chutney!). And carry none of the heaviness of red meat, but all the flavour.
The Pork and Chorizo Dumplings pair two favourites—chorizo and dumplings. The dumplings are soft and hot even after being on the table for a while, and the pork is tender as can be. A fun comfort food for all the pork lovers! The Potato Latkes and the Charred Broccoli are great vegetarian options. The former is a fried potato cake (here, cube) topped with smoked carrots that seek to resemble a salmon flavour, and cream cheese. It’s an innovative treatment of the humble potato, and you may want to try it just for that. The Broccoli looks as beautiful as it tastes. A ‘tree’ atop a spicy sambal romesco sauce, sprinkled with chili peanut crumble, the dish’s smokiness and spice make it possibly the best way to have your greens.
For dessert, the Tiramisu Mille Crepe Cake called out to me, and it was no disappointment. Not your usual mille feuille or tiramisu, its only inspired from the respective technique and taste profiles. Layers of chocolate crepes and mascarpone, with a pot of espresso chocolate dip on the side, it’s simply heavenly. The crepes, cheese, and coffee-chocolate notes play along the memories of childhood flavours, and leave you with a warm, satisfied smile.
The menu pans across an extensive array of small & large plates, meal bowls, healthy offerings, sandwich and sharing boards. And with their hearty portions (something the couple lives by), you’ll have to make a few visits to go through it all—and in all likelihood, you’d want to. Their liquor license is awaited, and soon you’ll have a wine & beer menu to accompany your eats.
To sum up, Plats is all about food close to your heart, emanating from memories, travels, or simply the love for a dish. And impeccable technique being the common factor through these global flavours. Casual fine dining at its best, it’ll be on your mind, be it a last moment plan or a special occasion celebration. You can sense the heart Singh and Bhote have put into setting up the space in every element, and from the ambiance to the food, head here for a soulful experience.
Where: C-51, Shivalik, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi
Contact: +9188821 55809
Opening hours: 12:30 pm to 11 pm, all days
Recommended dishes: Charred Broccoli, Turkish Lamb Meatballs, Tiramisu Mille Crepe Cake
Price: Rs 2,000 for two, taxes extra
Noise levels: Medium
All images: Courtesy Plats Delhi