Right after I finished my DLF Promenade Fit and Fabulous Bloggers Meet, I rushed back home, to change and leave for my food tasting at Dirty Apron, The Piano Man Jazz Club. But to no surprise, Delhi traffic made me late.
Getting to The Piano Man
What was supposed to be a smooth ride to Safdarjung turned out to be painfully long and frustrating when I couldn’t find the restaurant. Apparently, Safdarjung residents are super cool, and have many markets with chic restaurants. I was an hour late to the tasting session and was relieved when I’d finally reached the sleepy B6 market. As I met Arjun from the PR team, I was greeted with pyjama clad blokes of Safdarjung Enclave who were just out to think about their day and smoke a cigarette.
Ambience and Decor: Dirty Apron
Two floors up into TPM is Dirty Apron, intact with about 10 tables (maybe lesser), wooden seating and Edison bulbs. They also have a passionate wait staff, a Head Chef, Manoj who had curated the entire menu and was very interested to talk about his new menu and take feedback from the patrons. PS: There are also members of their team who go around every table to ensure the guests are satisfied with the quality of their experience.
As 8 others were in their mid-course, I wasted no time in getting started. After ordering a glass of wine (and introducing myself to everybody on the table), I tried the Cold Soup: this had green apple, vermouth (that added a lot of acidity) and some pickled veggies. Not only did it look good but was quite refreshing since it lends a burst of flavours in your mouth.
Since I was late to the party, I’d skipped a course (which I shall talk about in a minute) and had a slice of their Verdure Pizza: the dough was soft, the pizza was crisp and had a fresh produce. I could taste the grilled zucchini as well as the onions but apparently it also had roasted eggplants.
A glass of white wine later, I went back a step and delved into what looked like a heavenly plate of salads. There was a classic Som Tam Salad which was appetitive: the combination of papaya along with thai flavours gave it a real kick. But my favourite turned out to grilled pear salad with blueberries and arugula leaves. The clever pairing of an amazing produce, along with the right ingredients was very stimulating for me. Plus, this salad is bound to be very high on antioxidants which is always welcome. (This reminds me: I have to add arugula to my grocery list). There was also a Beetroot and Feta salad.
Coming back to pizza on my Instagram, which made a lot of people text me, and ask me, if they should go and try it, the answer is YES! If you look for flavours, or are open to new combinations, you should definitely try their Oinker pizza (pork), Bulgogi pizza (Korean) or even a fried chicken pizza.
I ended the night on Blueberry Cheesecake. It was divine. And the people on the table (who apparently bake blueberry cheesecakes on their own) were satisfied too. There was also a Kaffir Lime Creme Brulee but I’ve left that for another night.
The people at Dirty Apron, including the Chef, seem to very passionate and particular about getting things right. Be it the correct consistency of the dough for a pizza, or sourcing fresh ingredients to serving authentic food, I like places that have people who are passionate about what they do. So if you think like me, you should go.
I went down to the Jazz Bar
With enough wine and good food in my system, I went down to the Jazz club: I had to, somebody was singing, very well, and very sincerely. A song about his ex later, I was ready to head back home.
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To sum it up…
Where did I go? Dirty Apron, The Piano Man Jazz Club
Where is it? Safdarjung Enclave, Opposite Dear Park
How much will it cost you? Rs 2,000 upwards
Will I go back to The Piano Man? Yes, if I can find it. Text me or drop a comment on how to find this market.
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