India Today: Forget Hauz Khas Village; Sangam Courtyard is Delhi’s new food Hub

This year has seen Delhi’s old school single-screen cinema, Sangam, crumble and resurrect itself as PVR Sangam–with a food “courtyard”. Clearly this isn’t a regular food court at a Delhi cinema or mall, and it was named to ensure that no one inferred otherwise.

People in cars and at restaurant tables have groaned for a while now, about how going out for a meal translates into enduring a traffic jam to get to Hauz Khas Village, or suffer torturous parking in Khan Market (and we all know neither of these exercises builds character). RK Puram is still too new at the game to be accepted as or even considered one of Delhi’s food-centric neighbourhoods, but it’s hard for chowhounds to not be flattered when they have Manu Chandra, Marut Sikka, and Ritu Dalmia competing for their attention.

When we asked why Sangam Courtyard was chosen over other locations for The Fatty Bao, one of the year’s most awaited openings, chef Manu Chandra proclaimed: “Delhi has many vibrant food zones, and food malls are doing very well here. We look at revitalizing markets, and when we opened Monkey Bar in Vasant Kunj and CP, we led the move towards these destinations. The spanking new Sangam Courtyard at RK Puram a perfect location for a brand like The Fatty Bao.”

The South East Asian restaurant has Dilliwalas territorial about it already (why must Bangalore and Mumbai have all the glory) and Cafe Diva, with its sturdy reputation, need make no noise.

Delhi Club House is slightly more novel, even if it may resemble 1911 at The Imperial and The Yellow Brick Road in decor and menu, respectively. It’s contemporary colonial–a well-stocked bar, glass facade, and verandah are all in place. Most elderly guests seated at the tables here look like they could easily be members at The Delhi Golf Club.

A Cafe Delhi Heights gets its share of Juicy Lucy (burger) loyalists and the Starbucks outlet is thronged with students on weekday afternoons.

Ziu, the complex’s newest opening, calls itself a “progressive Thai cuisine” restaurant.

“I think there is a vibrant brand mix at the courtyard, which makes it interesting for diners looking for a quiet meal, a quick coffee, or an evening drink. Each place is unique in terms of cuisine and ambiance, both of which are the decisive factors for consumers to choose from,” said chef Chandra.

We’re wondering if a bar or club (remember Ivy at The Lotus Towers, in New Friends Colony?) might be in the talks. Either way, it seems like DLF Cyber Hub in Gurgaon has got some serious competition.

Read the original article on India Today here! 

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