Farzi Cafe in Delhi's Connaught Place

   Farzi Cafe in Delhi's Connaught Place.

Farzi Cafe in Delhi's Connaught Place.

I would never have found Farzi Cafe without a guide as the entrance to the restaurant is inside a clothing store in Delhi's Connaught Place.

The restaurant was large and brimming with energy, the décor dramatic. The menu was whimsical and promised, truthfully, that “every dish has its own history and a story to tell.” Mister Tikku explained that the restaurant’s popularity is due to a menu that features the staples of every Indian’s childhood – kachori, bhel, and idlis – served with a contemporary flare. And a generous dose of theatrics, I might add.

Farzi Cafe's dramatic mishti doi shot

The show starts with a mishti dahi shot, dramatically served in a swirl of (dry ice) mist. In front of your eyes, the Bottle Ka Gin is covered with a bell jar and infused with wood chip smoke, from old Jack Daniels casks, I’m told. No ordinary smoke, this.

  14 MB Bottle Ka Gin at Farzi looped.

14 MB Bottle Ka Gin at Farzi looped.