Editor: Turquoise Cottage has been popularly known as TC. Post shifting from Adhchini, ‘TC’ is owned by another group and Turquise Cottage is now getting popularised as TQ.
As a young man in 2000s, we would be all flocking at TC over the weekends – and the place would offer the best of food and drinks… complimented by the best crowd in town and catalyzed by the mind blowing rock music.
But it was many years ago. I looked forward to visiting Turquoise Cottage to check how it has changed over time and if it fares well with the new competition. My last visit to the Vasant Vihar outlet was around 2008 when my old fauji gang had come together for a reunion.
Reaching the outlet around 9ish, we were welcomed by the staff and offered a reserved table in an otherwise completely full restaurant. The place has changed quite a bit since my last visit.
Concept of “rabbit hole” has been recently introduced where amateur musicians get an opportunity to play in front of the audience. I was quite impressed by the quality of musicians who were playing – from college going boys to corporate bit-wits, Indians as well as expats. The old TC used to have an interesting live band at the restaurant but this was much better than what I expected.
The drinks menu was extensive with varied options of cocktails and mocktails along with other IMFL and imported liquor. I opted for LIIT (Long Island Iced Tea) followed by the flagship cranberry-gin cocktail. My friend enjoyed his LIIT which I found to be a little stiff for my taste. The cranberry-gin cocktail was as good as usual (there isn’t much scope to goof up on the preparation anyways), but the un-chilled glass used in beer blaster was a dampener.
With the ongoing dim sum festival, we started with The Pak Choi Mushroom and water chestnut dumplings and the Chicken Bao. The lovely soft and pillowy texture of steamed bun goes well with drinks without getting too heavy. This was certainly made very well and the filling had perfect balance of sweet and salt. Another signature dish at Turquoise Cottage, the corn Fritters, like always is a good starter served the right way.
For the main course, I picked up their flagship vegetarian dish: Babycorn, Broccoli and Mushroom in Garlic Sauce, specifically requesting for mushroom to be removed. After a wait of 30 mins, the order arrived – a portion of steamed vegetables and a bowl of garlic gravy instead of what I ordered. The waiter had not got the order right, apparently since he was not writing down any orders and it was all memory based. On request for the order to be corrected, it took another 20 minutes before the main course arrived and yet again, was not done appropriately. It has mushrooms which I had specifically requested not to be added. Such instances happen and since this was the first time in my last several visits to Turquoise Cottage, I shall not read much into this. The dishes were well prepared and my friend’s Nasi Goreng was excellent – nice and spicy.
There are restaurants and there are legends. Turquoise Cottage has now carved a niche for itself and has become a brand to reckon with. A little more focus on the service is required to retain and strengthen its hold. Overall, it remains a great spot to have a good time.
Ratings out of 5:
Drinks: 3.5| Food: 3.5 | Service: 2.5 | Ambience: 4.0 | Overall 3.5
Cuisine: Thai and Chinese | Meal for two: Rs 1200 (Without Alcohol) | Credit Card: Yes | Alcohol: Yes
Address: 47, Basant Lok, Turquoise Cottage, Priya Cinema Complex, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi | Phone: 011-47686868
– Kapil Singh