Phone: +91 8470054321
Address: 25B, First Floor, Opposite Metro Pillar 117, Pusa Road, Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi, India
Time: 12 Noon – 1 AM
Meals for two: Rs. 1,000
Cuisines: Thai, Asian Fusion, Japanese, Chinese, Sushi, Italian
Facilities: Full Bar Available, Live Music, Smoking Area, Table booking recommended
Pikkle, Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi: Decor
In a building in the busy part of Pusa Road, barely 100 metres from the metro station, Pikkle is the younger country cousin of the ever-popular Lanterns, a couple of kilometers down the same road. Pikkle is located on the first floor of the building via a lift. Though the lighting and decor suggest that it is targeted for the young and trendy, it can be enjoyed by people of all ages, because the menu encapsulates elements like sushi without nori (seaweed) but instead uses a soya-based totally vegetarian substitute. Also, there is Indian food where only the presentation is out of the box but the flavors are as traditional as anything you’d get in the area. However, such is the excellence of the food that just the novelty factor and the innovative presentations more than make up for any discomfort.
Pikkle, Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi: Food
Smoked corn soup (Rs. 225/275 veg/chicken) not only has a gentle smoky flavor but a smooth texture unlike its Chinese counterpart and it bursts with the flavor of sweet corn. I love it because it is an unfamiliar riff on a familiar favorite. Mamenori sushi roll (Rs. 695) has not one filling but three, all chosen for their colour and textural contrast: cream cheese, asparagus and crispy tempura flakes with black rice. The mamenori sheets are factory-made to offer an alternative to those who are not comfortable with seaweed for whatever reason. There is only one kind of sushi that uses this product at Pikkle, though combination sushi (Rs. 745 for 8 pieces) too uses black rice with tuna and salmon. The Indian menu takes our cuisine to new heights. Dum ki pasliyan (Rs. 445) is one up on the tabak maaz of a Kashmiri wazwan, if such a thing is possible. The lamb ribs are cooked sous vide until meltingly tender and then pan fried. The jus is served separately. Modern egg curry (Rs. 395) is a steal at the price: the yolks and whites are cooked separately and rich lamb stock with fragrant spices is poured over it.
Pikkle, Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi: Plus & Minus
At dinner time, there is loud music and the light tends to hit you in the eye, though it is not adequate to read the menu in.