The last few days have been a food and drink riot. Today I’m gonna go local and talk about what was good about Delhi Cocktail Week, Hindustan Times Palate Fest (Imagine Fest) and a quick food review of Nomad Cafe, Park Hotel at Design Fair 2017.
Delhi Cocktail Week 2017
Founded by Archit Singhal, this was the second year for DCW 2017. I really wanted to attend the opening party but I could only make it for 2 events.
The first one was a pub crawl in Connaught Place: where all of us bloggers/journalists/contest winners went from one place to the other every half an hour. While the idea was really good, I didn’t think the places covered in Connaught Place were NOT extraordinary, neither were their mixing skills.
I could only stay for two different places and had a great time meeting the PR team as well as Archit.
The closing party for Delhi Cocktail 2017 was at Parallel, Khan Market. My second time at Parallel, the little restaurant was littered with people; contrary to most quiet evenings. They had 5 cocktails out of which I enjoyed the Pisco (brandy) based cocktails the most. The service was slow: so all we could were Turkey Samosas with Murabba, but the menu was very refreshing and NOT pretentious.
Hindustan Times The Palate Fest 2017
So the food festival was actually a part of Imagine, 2017 at Nehru Park but we went straight to the food fest. The parking was a mess and there was a lot of dust but there was a lot of variety of food. From sushi to middle-eastern favorites and grills, there was almost everything. Unfortunately, it was a bit disorganized. Not only were most things overpriced, or even triple the price (a pint of beer was for Rs 400), but most merchants were not accepting PayTM or cards.
We ate a falafel, some good cold coffee, and a yummy pancake.
There were a lot of performers that added more good vibes to the setup.
The Nomad Cafe, Park Hotels at Design Fair 2017
OK, so firstly I want to confess that I had NO IDEA that there was a design fair/summit going on, let alone, like 3 kilometers from my house. I was invited by Park Hotels team who had teamed up with Nomad, a brand by Anuj Kothari. The Design Fair was frankly very inspiring: it’s a must for anybody who’s inspired by decor, designs and innovation. I headed straight to The Nomad Cafe to meet the Park Team, mingle with many writers and enjoy a great meal.
The theme was global street food with the best of Indian flavors. I started with an amla and mint banta which was uh-mazing! It was super refreshing and great on the gut too. Next up was herb-crust chicken and a quinoa salad with greens. Next, we tried chat platter which had aloo tikki, papri chaat, shakarkandi and more. I was looking forward to prawn curry but it didn’t seem to hit the point with me. For dessert, I ate a small helping of chocolate mousse!
It was amazing to see the team’s efforts to feed those visiting the fair as well as the media! The ambiance and the concept totally gelled with the Design Fair.
That, along with dinners at Tamura, dessert at Azote and taco tasting at La Bodega,
these past two weeks have been riveting! Don’t forget to watch our Instagram stories!