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Ever since it opened, foodies in the city have often said they’ve never had a disappointing meal at Café Delhi Heights. But the one thing that perhaps many don’t know is that the restaurant uses quite a few recipes from the founder Vikrant Batra’s mother Usha Batra’s kitchen.

That explains why their newly opened outlet at Khan Market feels like coming into a warm house with hospitable hosts. With dishes such as mom’s buttered chicken tikka masala and, Punjabi palak chole et all, there’s a lot on the menu to take you back to your mom’s kitchen. But, one wonders, why do people going out for a meal want to have a homely feel at a restaurant?

Explains owner Vikrant Batra, “With the working population eating out very often, people are interested in comfort food to break the monotony of home cooked food. Even though cloud kitchens are coming up in a big way people still prefer to eat at restaurants as the food is served hot with added perks of good ambience.” The popular restaurant Social’s Group executive chef Shamsul Wahid, adds, “We believe that the simplest of dishes always make our customers the happiest. Comfort food is something that all of us love at any part of the day and no matter where we are, and if a restaurant is able to fuse great comfort food and a wholesome experience together – it attracts the right consumers”

No wonder the restaurants dishes such as khichdi, kadhi chawal, Dhingra’s Punjabi breakfast are very popular.

HOMELY FEELS

There is something about comfort food that almost always brings a smile to your face. Why else will a restaurant in Gurugram’s swanky Sector 29 market serve a dish straight out of the pressure cooker? Perhaps because it takes people back to those family meals when the steaming hot cooker was placed in the centre of the table with everyone digging in and sharing that special meal. Prankster’s chef Harangad Singh says 80 per cent of his guests love the idea of nostalgic comfort food.

He says, “At Prankster, we have curated dishes which are nostalgic, suited to today’s palate but exactly made the way you used to eat food in your childhood. One such nostalgic home style dish is homely cooker meat in which we send the whole cooker on the table and the final whistle is blown right in front of the guests, spreading the aroma
of the meat.” Speaking of comfort, a restaurant that tops the mind here would be Monkey Bar. The popular gastropub is known for its relaxed ambience, delicious drinks and a unique menu. With dishes such as Chandra ji’s mutton curry, inspired by Kayastha style of cooking, butter chicken khichdi and the Indian odyssey platter – there’s never a dull meal at Monkey Bar. Says head chef Dheeraj Varma, “We don’t just replicate home food but also give a spin to it. People should be able to relate to the dishes we serve.”

SOUL FOOD

Being a restaurateur in Delhi currently and catering to the well-travelled Instagram generation is no mean feat. But notwithstanding food trends, comfort food will certainly always trend. Daryaganj restaurant’s co-owner Amit Bagga sums it up beautifully and says, “People these days are longing to belong. A good dine-in experience adds that human touch with good service staff along witha good quality home style meal. As restaurateurs, we understand this so well that we ask our servers to behave like hosts and serve guests as they would at their homes. Food served with love’ by our server this way gives a memorable experience to our guests.”

At the restaurant, comforting Indian dishes such as chicken and egg curry, saag meat are hotsellers.

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