The Yellow Chilli represents Indian food in all its quirkiness and diversity. Travel across India with just your five senses and a plate. It’s a casual restaurant that serves popular Indian food with a twist.
With a variety of dishes specially designed by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor during his travel across India, The Yellow Chilli provides a veritable gastronomic tour of India with destinations that showcase the quintessential dishes of each region like the Sham Savera, Lala Mussa Dal and Dum Biryani.
This particular branch of the yellow chilli serves really good food! Fast service, quirky interiors and delicious food at reasonable prices if what it is all about.
After being greeted extremely warmly, we settled down and were served complimentary papads with one of the most delicious mint chutney’s i have ever had. I don’t think highlighting this in a restaurant is important, but this was so good that it went well with everything we had there on after.
For drinks, we had the Masala Mint Cooler which hit the right spot. It was strong and maybe not for everyone but did have a tangy punch to it.
For appetizers, we had the Mix Veg Grill which consisted of:
- Aloo Nazakat – Scooped potatoes stuffed with sweet corn, nuts and served with crisp potato wafers. This was decently good.
- Chana Jor Garam Tikki – OMG this was really good! Potato patty coated with crunchy chickpea flakes served with mint cream yoghurt and papaya relish. The chickpea flakes added to the flavor of the patty and made it quite different than the usual kebabs.
- Hare Masale Ka Bhuna Paneer – Grilled cottage cheese with mint and coriander and loads of green masala. The paneer was soft and succulent and grilled very well.
- Harippa Paneer Tikka – Cottage cheese taken to the next gourmet level with chillis, tomato and garlic with mukka pyaz and cherry tomatoes. Here the paneer was charcoaled in red spices and again grilled well.
- Shabnam Ke Moti – Mushroom Caps overflowing with cheese and cooked to a delicious golden hue in the tandoor. Mushrooms with cheese. Who can resist!
We then moved to the main course and had their famous Lalla Mussa Daal (a combination of black and green lentils) is the black daal which was downright delicious! I now know why it is so tasty. Thick and rich but not so heavy, it went well with the hot naans served.
We also tried the Paneer Taka Tak which is bite sized cottage cheese tikkas cooked, till dry, on a griddle with fresh chopped tomatoes. The ingredients and the way it was cooked was really good. The thick gravy gave the perfect blend to this dish.
Shaam Savera, which is a signature creation, is spinach koftas filled with creamy cottage cheese, served on a velvety tomato butter gravy. This is a bit to the heavy side and a bit sweet but very different in taste and definitely a must try.
We also tried their Garha Dum Ke Aloo which is kashmiri style bite sized potatoes in yoghurt, cashew nuts, and saffron gravy tempered with star anise and browned garlic. This dish could really do without the pieces of cashewnuts as they just got in the way of the delicious flavours of the gravy.
Our meal ended with the most amazing dessert Zauk E Shahi which had mini gulab jamunsserved with rabdi and crispy sweetened bread. The unique take on the trasitional Shahi Tukda made it really delectable and will definitely leave you wanting more.
We also tried the Gulab E Gulkand which was the Gulab Jamun stuffed with candied rose petals. I am not sure if they were out of rose petals that day but we couldn;t taste anything of the soft and the gulab kamun too tasted a bit uncooked.
Masala Cutting Chai has to be the end of every Indian meal and so we did end ours with this less sweetened tea which was served rather cutely.
the yellow chilli is recommended for casual dining of Indian food which is made with excellent quality.