After a couple of years of existing as a stand-alone eatery at Greater Kailash 2, Smoke House has opened a new outlet, a Deli, at The DLF Place mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. The Deli stocks cheeses such as Brie, Camembert, Black Pepper Gouda, Emmenthal; meats such as smoked bacon (in house and imported varieties), Chorizo, Bratwurst, Pancetta; and organic foods such as pastas, and rice from the Altitude store apart for a eatery and a bakery that is open from 9.30am.
The good stuff
The decor is all white with black squiggle drawings, eclectic lamps (no two are alike), a corner with books that you could borrow to read while waiting for your meal. This makes the Deli a place you would like to hang out in, rather than rush in and out for a quick meal which is usually the case with most restaurants in a mall.
We started our meal with a Smoked Chicken Ceasar Salad (Rs240). For once the salad leaves (lettuce and rocket leaves) were fresh and crisp and not out of the freezer. Adding oak-smoked bacon gave the salad an extra crunch. For the main course, we had Cambodian Basa with Lemon and Dill (Rs450), Croque Monsieur sandwich Rs410) and Smoked Pumpkin with Soy Corn Construct (Rs240). Though the fish tasted a little too salty, the garlic in the sauce with oak smoked pimento was not overpowering. I never thought I would say this, but the pumpkin with soya and corn actually tasted great. The accompanying gorgonzola pesto cream sauce had a strong flavour of basil, often missing in Indian versions of pesto. Coating the bread with a little egg white before grilling the sandwich with smoked black forest ham and pineapple made the sandwich stand out from the ordinary.
The deli is bright and energetic space
The eatery has a variety of sandwiches and noshes (light snacks) on the menu as well as a great breakfast selection. From cereals, nine varieties of omelettes (mild English cheddar, ground tenderloin, lox and onion jam, turkey pastrami) served with pumpernickel or rye bread, smoked hash browns and brown sugar tomatoes, to fresh fruit smoothies such as Stress Buster smoothie (fresh banana, fig, yoghurt and ashwagandha) and Blueberry smoothie.
The fish was too salty. All the ingredients of the dishes are not mentioned in the descriptors. We were quite surprised to find a thick layer of spinach in the Smoked Pumpkin with Soy Corn Construct. Don’t get me wrong, the dish was great even with spinach, but what if it was served to someone who does like a layer of boiled and sauted greens for dinner?
A meal for two without alcohol can cost around Rs1,500 (taxes extra).