World food, progressive Indian
Surprisingly good food in an unlikely spot
Tucked away near Lifestyle on the second set of escalators in Ambience Mall, you are likely to miss it altogether because of the slightly obscure location. Once inside, it looks like a teeny bopper’s hangout: none too comfortable chairs, a colourful open kitchen, a fire-engine red coffee machine and menu cards that are in the guise of hard-bound books. There is no indication whatever to indicate that this is a temple of serious food, until the amuse bouche arrives: two florets of Thai red curry piped from a nozzle onto Melba toast. Though it tastes like regular spicy red curry, the consistency is mousse-like. And then you look around with renewed interest and notice that one of the flat screen TVs above the open kitchen is actually a screen projecting the goings on inside the kitchen.
The food here comes from all over the world: dimsum, tacos, kebabs, fatayer, steak, burgers. The novelty is that every last dish has been given the Terminus 1 spin. So, the corn and cheddar dimsum (Rs 295) has diced cheese that no dimsum in China is likely to include; the mac and cheddar tacos (Rs 275) come with sour cream and tomato salsa, but the macaroni is an innovation. The best part of Terminus 1 is the vegetarian section: half our meal was vegetarian simply because the dishes in that section sounded whacky on the menu and were great to taste too. Clotted curd croquettes (Rs 295) were deep-fried in panko crumbs for extra crispness, while the hung curd was mildly flavoured. The mango relish with ‘Spanish’ saffron was cloyingly sweet and there was no trace of the saffron, Spanish or otherwise. Keema khurchan fatayer (Rs 385) had too thick a crust to be a Lebanese fatayer, but nevertheless it made a tasty snack. The two best items on the menu were the steak au poivre (Rs 575) that is prepared sous vide and is available medium rare, medium or well-done and the T1 lamb burger (Rs 395). And the prize for the most innovative one has to go to ISBT Makhni Maggi (Rs 255): good old Maggi noodles with a deliciously savoury makhni sauce on it.
Being slightly off the beaten track in the mall, the kitchen here really does go the extra mile to make sure your experience is a pleasant one. Prices are much lower than the mall’s average. On the minus side, the seating really is not comfortable.
Must try: Rice-stuffed Spinach Balls; Sole Koliwada; Singaporean Laksa
Food: 3.50; Service: 3.00; Décor: 3.00
S-238, Second floor, Ambience Mall (near Lifestyle), Vasant Kunj,
Tel: 40870755, 40870756
Open from 12 noon to 12 midnight
Alcohol served, credit cards
Meal for two: Rs 2,000