Phone: +91 9711009009
Address: Ministry Of Environment & Forest, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 PM
Meals for two: Rs. 2,000
Facilities: Indoor Seating
Perbacco, Lodhi Road, New Delhi: Decor
This is a restaurant that was created out of thin air by the talented Vikramaditya Singh, General Manager. The space was formerly a bar-cum-library under the previous management, but a few panels on one wall, glass murals on the ceiling and a peppy turquoise colour scheme makes it look colorful during the day and sophisticated in the evenings. Perbacco has tied up with Chef Adriano Baldassarre of Tordamatto, Rome (and ex of The Oberoi Mumbai) to make the menu, train the chefs and visit Perbacco periodically. There is a different menu at lunch and at dinner. The express lunch menu (Rs. 1500 plus taxes) has been conceptualized to be completed in 20 minutes and is rather like a bento box: soup, bread, appetizer, pasta, main course, dessert. Every course is served together, for speed of service. It is possible to order other lunch options including pizza or even the dinner menu at lunch-time.
Perbacco, Lodhi Road, New Delhi: Food
There is no doubt that it is the dinner menu that displays the full genius of the restaurant. Actually, even the bread served at the table is possibly the best in Delhi and it is hard to avoid making a meal of the flatbread alone. The food is excellent and this was long after Chef Adriano had left Delhi. The risi e bisi (Rs. 1,545) was a close relative of the Venetian classic, without the ham, so make it vegetarian compliant. This version had peas cooked separately, mashed thoroughly and then added to the rice which actually gave the dish a burst of flavor and colour, more than the traditional version with whole peas. I had not specified that I wanted the rice to be al dente, but it came perfectly cooked with a little bite in it: full marks to the chef! My main course was grilled lobster with garlic rosemary sauce (Rs. 2895) for an enormous lobster (or was it a crayfish, as it had no pincers?) Cooked to perfection, I thought it was a fair price for such fresh, premium seafood (there were a couple of fish options at the same price).
Perbacco, Lodhi Road, New Delhi: Plus & Minus
The only disappointment was the Italian seafood soup (Rs. 995) that had stock that was thin, watery and tasteless and there was only one kind of fish diced – no shrimp or squid.