Home / Mint-lounge / Features /  Lounge Review | Le Bistro du Parc, Defence Colony, Delhi

The charming P’tit Bar, opposite the Moolchand flyover in Defence Colony, Delhi, has been replaced by a new French bistro, which came up about a week ago. But don’t roll your eyes just yet. It’s not another nouvelle cuisine place like Chez Nini or Très (in Lodhi Colony Market), but the kind of no-frills café, with a provisional menu written out on a blackboard, where Amélie Poulain (of the film Amélie) might have had a daydreamy luncheon by herself. We were there for dinner though, when it was bustling, and neither the bland music nor the strong lights felt particularly conducive to romance or reverie.

The good stuff

The industrial look may not be to everyone’s taste, but the friendly young owner will put you at ease immediately. The fruity mocktails—we loved the orange mojito—were perfectly serviceable in the absence of a wine list, which should be in place before long.

Although the Nicoise Salad on the menu looked appetizing, we decided to try a vegeterian Caledon Salad ( 170), which is usually lovely for summery nights. It proved to be an excellent choice.

The combination of grapes, pear, peanuts, seasoned with olive oil infused with mint, pistachio and green peas purée, was delicious. The Oxtail Terrine ( 250), chopped into fine slivers, was succulent, with a rich flavour, though we wished it was a little less fatty and had more consistency.

We wanted to try the Chicken Liver Parfait, which was sadly not available, but the patronne promised to include steak tartare (finely chopped raw meat garnished with onions, garlic, capers and other seasonings) on the menu if she could come by good beef in Delhi. All the ingredients are sourced from local markets and they taste amazingly fresh.

The best part is that the starters can be ordered as mains and the mains served as small plates, depending on how gluttonous you may be feeling. We had Poached Pear in Chocolate ( 300) for dessert, and loved the light tanginess of the pear with the headiness of the condiment.

The not-so-good

The Poached Basa Filet ( 600) and the Roasted Tomatoes ( 450) in the main course were nice but did not set our hearts aflutter. Neither seemed to have soaked in the flavours, though the sauces, cheesy without being too thick, were yum. It also took some time for the food to arrive, which made us wonder if we should order the dessert halfway through the mains to allow for the waiting time. Had we known earlier, we might have ordered more appetizers and skipped the mains altogether.

Talk plastic

The salads are priced at 170-250. The main course ranges from 450-600. A three-course meal for two (two starters, two mains and one dessert) without alcohol costs 2,513.

Le Bistro du Parc, A 57, 58, 59, DDA Shopping Complex, Defence Colony. For reservations, call 46780080.

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