Phone: +91 7303156444, +91 7303157444
Address: The Walk, Worldmark 2, Aerocity, New Delhi, India
Time: 12 Noon – 1 AM
Meals for two: Rs. 1,800
Facilities: Full Bar Available, Serves Cocktails, Table booking recommended, Smoking Area, Nightlife, Indoor Seating, Valet Parking Available
Plum By Bent Chair, Aerocity, New Delhi: Decor
Large, crowded – with customers and decorative pieces alike – and always bustling cheerfully, this is Priyank Sukhija’s stab at reinventing his genre. He and partner Natasha Jain have opened a restaurant cum interior store, where everything from the plate you are eating off to the chair you are sitting on, is for sale. Jain, formerly a financial analyst, has set up a manufacturing unit that replicates handicrafts by machine, using man-made materials and combines age-old artistry with modern living. Some of the vases and ‘flowers’ next to my table were charming and all the chairs in sight looked both comfortable and elegant. The food comes from all over South East of Asia, some suitably jumbled up, but it is intentional, this blending of sushi with Thai sauce and Chinese dumplings with western ingredients. In a way, the food and the furniture compliment each other superbly: forget provenance; concentrate on the appearance / taste. The kitchen is headed by young Sagar Bajaj, formerly of Melbourne, who has been with Sukhija for a decade.
Plum By Bent Chair, Aerocity, New Delhi: Food
Corn curd cake (Rs. 495) was, like everything else on the menu, a sharing portion for 2-3 persons. A soft yet chewy texture without much flavor (though the menu promised asparagus, carrot and egg protein), it was pleasant if not memorable. Very similar in taste and texture was spiced turnip cake (Rs. 435) a bona fide dimsum on the menu of every Hong Kong dimsum house. Haters of turnip need not fear the pungent odour of the vegetable, as it is barely discernible. The lobster teriyaki mami noori (Rs. 795 for 4 pieces) turned out to be an uramaki roll with uber luxe ingredients: the firm, sweet lobster and the cloudlike avocado paste combining to great effect. It was served with real wasabi root and a shark-fin grater – not very common in a standalone restaurant and rather unexpected in that of an entrepreneur who has hitherto been known for running bars. Mixed seafood wok (Rs. 675) was listed under the small plates and is a light meal for one person.
Plum By Bent Chair, Aerocity, New Delhi: Plus & Minus
Though the food is certainly of a quality, it is the plethora of choices and the colorful interiors that add to the experience. The menu is peppered with several glaring spelling errors: unforgivable in this day and age of spell-check.