Walking into Wok in the Clouds in Connaught Place
He kept his promise. We shifted to Delhi as a newly-married couple in the last week of December that year. After setting up home, we both ventured out to explore CP (that’s what the nerve centre of central Delhi is popularly known as) on January 1, 2008. I vividly remember falling for the white columns holding up the horse-shoe shaped structure, the numerous shops lined in the inner circle, the hawkers vending their colourful ware, the restaurants, the people, Keventers and Wengers… College kids, old couples, families… everyone was making the most of the first sunshine of 2008 in the balmy afternoon. I told my husband how wonderful I felt that every day I would have to come to this location for work at India Today…
In the next few years we frequented several eateries stationed at different locations in CP. Some were new, some old and some ancient. Over time, we noticed some closing down, too. But the character of CP never changed. It ran on with its characteristic buzz.
The air there continues to be electric. As I found yesterday, when I walked from the metro station to Wok in the Clouds, a promising new eatery in Block C. Serving robust Indian, continental and lipsmacking Chinese (the way the Indian palette prefers it), I was surprised to see it pretty occupied on a Wednesday afternoon.
With legendary restaurants and some new award-winning eateries as neighbours, Wok in the Clouds has made sure that they dish out a substantial spread of both food and beverages.
Slowly the assorted appetisers start appearing in front of us. It’s a fuss-free spread that is high on taste and isn’t pretentious. The portions are good as well, unlike what’s served at certain fancy places these days. The Chicken and Avocado salad is fresh, though the avocado could have been a tad more ripe.
Mughlai, Punjabi and north Indian food being a tad heavy on the stomach, it’s suggested you go slow on the starters here so that there is space left for the mains. Wish we had heeded that. Nevertheless, we did taste the glorious second course The vegetarian option being dal makhni and stuffed kulcha.
Stuffed like ducks in winter, we barely have space for dessert. But then, the triumvirate of rose, mango and pistachio kulfi is too good to let go off.
We walked out of Wok in the Clouds promising ourselves that we will be back soon. Because something tells us this eatery is here to stay in bustling CP. And for us, that’s another great reason to visit the city’s nerve centre.
At: Wok in the Clouds, Block C, Inner Circle, Connaught Place.