When an Italian-Sikh husband and an Indian-Irish-Maltese wife are restaurateurs, it’s only natural that a global cuisine restaurant is in the making. Andrea Pauro recently opened Andrea’s Bar and Brasserie in Delhi’s Khan Market, his latest food space inspired by the brasseries of Paris, New York, and London. He’d started back in 2004, when his wife, designer Pia Pauro, and he opened the Italian Baci in Sundernagar Market. While that closed eventually, Amici and Andrea’s Eatery have had the capital’s heart for a few years now. Hailing from the family that owns The Imperial hotel in the city, it’s not a surprise that hospitality, good food, and being on the pulse of what diners want comes naturally to the Pauros.
And Andrea’s Bar and Brasserie (ABB) embodies just that. The semi-casual restaurant is split across two floors, a larger first floor for dining and a cosy second one with the bar and minimal tables. The decor is inspired by art deco, and boasts rich blue walls and artworks. We did feel the leopard print chairs were a bit out of place, but the attentive service and a menu that pulls you in are good enough to overlook this detail.
Asian, Italian, American, and Middle Eastern dishes make up the extensive menu. You’ll need a few visits to try it all. We tried an assortment of small plates, the Crunchy Kataifi Prawns are a must if you’re fond of seafood. The prawns are succulent and fresh, the coat of kataifi adding a nice texture to it. The Persian Lamb Chops were full of flavour, and remained soft even though they’d been on the table for a bit as we took our time to get to them. The Soft Tacos lean on Indian flavours, which is something we like anyway — think chicken with lots of bell peppers and mayo. The Sichuan Wontons, both mushroom and chicken, were sumptuous — a non-flimsy skin leading to juicy centre that thankfully doesn’t spill when you bite into it.
From the sharing plates, the Margherita pizza was great with the sauce, and ample cheese on top is always a good idea, although the crust could be worked upon a bit. The Krapow Chicken was a bowl of jasmine rice topped with slightly curried spicy chicken, bird’s eye chillies, and Thai basil. It was done rather well, the tender chicken and the flavours standing out, and is a must for those who like their food high on spice. While their liquor license is awaited, the non-alcoholic drinks are made expertly. Summer is Back is a mix of fresh orange juice, kaffir lime leaves, fizz, and their sweet & sour mix — a delight to sip on in this season. The Siam Watermelon Cooler and their coffee were others that had us hooked.
Generous portions and comfort food is what Andrea’s Bar and Brasserie is all about. A meal with friends and family over endless conversation, food and drinks is its vibe is. So if you’re on the lookout for a fun food catch-up, this could be your pick the next time.
Where: Shop No. 12, Khan Market, Rabindra Nagar, New Delhi
Opening hours: 11:30 am to 11:00 pm, all days
Recommended dishes: Kataifi Prawns
Price: Rs 2,000 plus taxes for two, without alcohol
Noise level: High during busy hours
Service: Attentive and informed
All images: Courtesy Andrea’s Bar and Brasserie (Facebook)