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Thursday, May 20, 2010

United Coffee House , Connaught Place, New Delhi


If u are a Delhiite and a frequent CP-visitor and a foodie by birth , just like me and my hubby,well then u cannot ignore this place . Amidst the hustle-bustle of CP , the chaat-waala tempting u to dig into those mouth-watering masaaledaar dal-chaat or aaloo-chaat , if u are in the mood for some real food, this is simply ur destination , where ur food hunt comes to an end . If u visit CP and dont eat here once , I am sorry , u lost it ...
On most occasions , u would see a long list of people waiting for their turn to get in , and yes , u will have to wait , come on , achchha khaana paane ke liye thoda time to khona partaa hai na !!!! The friendly old man at the entrance will keep on apologising to u for the delay and will assure u that it wont take much long .. well,we being regulars now , he has actually started recognising us! As u step in , u cant but help look up at the huge chandelier on the ceiling . The beautifully done ceiling definitely needs a mention here ... There are a lot of tables , but as there is always a crowd , u will have to really look around for a place.
The waiter hands u the menu and then starts ur real test ... what to order ... in an amalgamation of the most fine dishes , how can u afford to select one and miss out on the other ... well , looks like u will have to come over next time for the remaining many dishes ..
For the meat lovers: the absolute must-haves here are butter chicken , mutton curry, murg handi , murg lababdar , there is meat cooked in spice and herbs , meat cooked in nuts and cheese , meat in simply hot spices , murg tikkas , kebabs , tandoori , sizzlers....
For the vegetarians: the must-haves are dal makhani, kaali dal,spicy paneer , kadahi paneer , shahi paneer , a few other paneer preparations , there is a very good dish in aloo , i really dont remember right now , but do ask the waiter for the special potato dish please ...
For the breads u may have rumali roti , tandoori roti , lachha parantha , pudina parantha , or aloo-naan , or butter-naan ..... thats just gonna melt in ur mouth ... its ok to cheat on the diet part once in a while , dont u agree !!!
For starters , u may select out of the many soup varieties , they are quite good . Plus as the wait time for food will be a bit longer than usual ( the place is always loaded with people ) , its a good idea to order together and ask for the soup or drinks to be brought first .
For families with kids , u can ask for the kid-chair , they have arrangements for the same ..
The ambience is very nice , with friendly waiters and good music in the background , not too loud and neither too soft .. There is also a live performance by their in-house singer , whose attempts are not the best but still good . The food is very reasonably priced.
United Coffee House is a sure-shot winner all the way , u can assess its popularity by the various groups of people waiting patiently outside ,patrons as well as first-timers,waiting just to get in and dig in to their favourite dishes . Whether a romantic evening , a business dinner , a casual meeting with acquaintances , family or friends outing , or just a quick grab , this is THE PLACE in saddi Dilli !!! Do let me know once you go out for this gastronomical extravagance ... till then , just think of the yummy food ...
Verdict: MUST VISIT