At a time when speciality restaurant is a buzz word, opening a multi-cuisine restaurant that too in a huge space covered over two floors in heart of Delhi, Connought Place, is a risky venture. The quality and consistency across cuisines is difficult to sustain apart from huge inventory one requires to manage the show.
Ardor bar and restaurant did it, and too in style. The contemporary fine dine decor on level one and dim light feel at the pub on the level two is boundary less and goes well with most cuisines. Akash Dixit, executive chef at Ardor laid stress on presentation and said, “Eye appeal is a must before a guest digs into his food”.
We picked dishes from different sections to get an idea if Ardor does something better than the others. In starters, the Grilled Cottage Cheese (325) stuffed with Jalapeno, Cornichons (Pickled cucumber or gherkin) and roasted tomato sauce was sinful, juicy and chunky. Perhaps for me, cottage cheese never tasted so good. Steamed dumplings consisting of Mix Veg with Silken Tofu (355) and Chicken with shredded ginger (385) were nicely spiced with a perfect thin covering which required no accompaniment. The crispy spinach and corn rolls (295) and Sesame fish Fingers (355) were at best, average. Cheese filled Gazab ka Seena (399) was a mouthful, which reminded of stuffed tangri made popular by Lucknow.
I was impressed to see Nihari (385) in the menu. This large melt-in-the-mouth meaty and tender dish can’t be termed Nihari. This mild, non-fat flowing and relatively thick gravy aren’t characteristics of a good Nihari. Though I can understand the oil was reduced to cater to guest’s preference, but overall wouldn’t dare to compare the beautiful flavours of Nihari. It was closest to a Nalli curry. Still it was made so well that whenever I am back at Ardour, this dish is definitely on my menu.
Kesari phirni (125) was nice as usual but Apple and Prune Strudel (225) had a hard outer layer and couldn’t be cut using any force. The filling was so addictive that despite the odd we ordered another helping.
It is a new place and faced common teething problems – Training level of staff and controlling the music decibel levels. The time I went, it was mostly empty but given the large hall it is bound to get noisy as tables fill-in.
Overall, it is too soon to pass any verdict. I would definitely be visiting it again to say with confidence if it deserves a visit.
Ratings out of 5
Food: 3.0 | Ambiance: 3.5 | Service: 2.5 |Overall: 3.0
Cuisine: Multicuisine| Meal for Two: Rs 1500 | Alcohol: Yes | Credit Card: Yes| Timing: 12AM – 1AM (Lounge) and 12AM – 11.30PM (Restaurant) | Happy Hours: 1PM – 9PM (1+1 on select brands)
Address: N-55-56 & 88-89, Outer Circle (Infront of KFC), Connought Place, New Delhi | Phone: 011- 45152266-68