Address: T 304, Third Floor, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi India
Time: 12 Noon to 11:30 PM
Meals for two: Rs. 1,200
Cuisines: French, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, North Indian, European, Asian, Fusion
Facilities: Wheelchair Accessible, Vegetarian Only, Gluten Free Options, Live Sports Screening, Vegan Options, Sports TV, Serves Jain Food
Purple Greene, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi: Decor
The promotors of the restaurant kept having to entertain guests in their day job, and many of the guests were vegetarian. That is when they realized the total absence of a middle or upper level restaurant that is also meatless, as they ate their way through every outlet of Haldiram! To the average diner, vegetarian is synonymous with a certain kind of ethnicity and the great divide that Purple Greene has managed to bridge is to negate that sentiment. As I ate my way through mushroom soup and five grain risotto, cooked al dente, I did not have to cringe in my corner of a chole bhature dukan. Service is surprisingly well informed and if the seating does not qualify it for luxuriousness, it has a modern, young-at-heart feel and no-fuss service. Once the alcohol licence comes in, Purple Greene (Purple = luxury; Greene = ethical eating) will probably have to open more branches to accommodate a demographic that has never, shockingly, been catered for, hitherto.
Purple Greene, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi: Food
The key is that they serve food from as far afield as Italy, Thailand, Lebanon and USA, but stick to vegetarian dishes. Thus, tomato tartare, crunchy beans, basil oil (Rs. 275) has a French appeal with a tangy vinaigrette dressing and is served with Melba toast. Pea soup, goat cheese (Rs. 245) needs more flavor: the soup was a bit flat, though the sharpness of the goat cheese lifted it to some extent. What was marvelously inventive and delicately flavored was the peas and kale hummus (Rs. 345) that had chickpeas in it too, to qualify for the term hummus. Perhaps, in a few months, a new menu will be featured, but for now, there are a number of light, cold dishes that are perfect for this weather. The one Southeast Asian-inspired dish I ordered was lantern chilli tofu in lettuce cups that was a do-it-yourself production. With crushed peanuts and hoisin sauce, it gave one the opportunity to personalize the ingredients according to preference. Raw banana fingers, curry leaf pachadi dip (Rs. 245) turned out to be the dish with the most compelling, true-to-type flavors, the kind you’d expect in a roadside tea shop in Kerala.
Purple Greene, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi: Plus & Minus
The best option for entertaining vegetarian friends and family. Prices are low right now!