The vault cafe by Umang Tewari in Connaught Place off late has got everyone in Delhi talking about it.I happened to visit the place last week and can now say I would like to back again.
The thematic colonial interiors with stone walls and heavy iron gates were impressive , the bar was a big one which looked like a prefect place to unwind after a long day spent at the workplace, the music thankfully was not the usual loud.
The place had different seating areas-the private vaults where you can hang around with your gang (6 or more) or host private family dinners. These vaults are known by there numbers. No.38 I remember was the biggest.
The main seating area was quite spacious however the area outside was not very big but had a decent view of Connaught place. Owing to the weather sitting in the open was a pleasant experience.
They have a multi-cuisine menu with Indian , Chinese , Continental and Mediterranean dishes at offer. The menu with mocktails, cocktails, smoothies and shakes is a regular one.
We started with drinks and ordered Lynchberg Lemonade-a whiskey based drink with lavender& cinnamon and a Ferrero Rocher shake. Both were good and prepared well, the shake was not too sweet as I feared it would be.
Drink with dry-ice
For starters the head chef presented us with the Platters first. I insisted upon something veg. as I wanted to see what other options do they have other than the good old cheese or paneer which has been beaten to death. So here was The Tandoor trail, a veg platter with kebabs , tikkas and chat.The tandoori soya chaap and the kebabs on the platter were simply delicious!
Next up was the Mediterranean platter where I liked Zatar chicken the most which was cooked well and the right dose of herbs from the Zatar added to the fresh flavor in the chicken.Fish and Lamb on the platter were too bland for my liking
I couldn’t have left without trying something Chinese so I went with Prawn and Chive dumplings for Dimsums. The chives enhanced the prawn flavors without coming on too strong They were simply amazing with the sauce.This was followed by Amritsari Fish Tikka,Spicy Peri Peri Chicken , Tofu and Bellpepper Chilli sauce ( too spicy!) and finally Nihari -Pakistan with Naan Bread.
Prawn & Chive dumplings
Of all this I would recommend Amritsari Fish Tikka and Nihari. I don’t eat fish much but this one was a real winner. -moist and tender, well marinated not too spicy and cooked to perfection. Nihari was good, what worked for me was a strong cardamom flavored gravy
Amritsari Fish Tikka
By this time I was too full and had no space left for desserts. May be next time on and when they have a more interesting menu of it.
Me at The Vault Cafe
My verdict – The place is good for your group parties and for the tried and tested food flavors
Interiors-Spacious. Colonial Theme
Drinks- A little cheaper than other cafes of its kind
Food Recommendation- The Tandoor Trail platter (Veg), Prawn and Chive dumplings , Nihari and Amritsari Fish Tikka
Service & Staff- Quick & friendly