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.

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 not-so-good

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?

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A meal for two without alcohol can cost around Rs1,500 (taxes extra).