Ignis, the new restaurant in Connaught Place, offers good view, good food
Rare is the restaurant that looks like a classic from the day it opens. Yet, that is exactly what Ignis looks like barely a week or two into its inauguration: an icon in the manner of United Coffee House. It has a touch of grandeur about it, will probably age well and has the distinction of possessing the finest view of any public space in Connaught Place.
The food is great as well, whether you choose home-style-meets-restaurant-food Indian or the superior western section. Don’t miss Chettinad mutton pepper fry (Rs 290), as authentic as anything you can find in Chettinad. The pieces of lamb are de-boned and neatly cubed, then napped in a thick masala that has the indefinable mélange of spices that you’ll hardly encounter in North India. Superb, even without roti or rice. The basil pepper paneer tikka (Rs 230) is a fabulous choice, too. Generous, thick chunks of paneer are marinated with what appears to be hung curd and cream, then doused with just the correct touch of freshly cracked, coarse black pepper and basil leaves.
However, asparagus and corn kebab (Rs 270) didn’t live up to its promise and subz moong dal seekh (Rs 220) had a base of mashed potatoes.
The hallmark of Ignis is its determination to push the frontiers of Indian food. This does not result in a fussy fusion, but in an unexpectedly delightful meal, the kind that you may have at your favourite aunt’s place. Dal Muradabadi (Rs 190) is an example. It is a completely unexceptional yellow dal, perked up 200 percent by the accompaniments: fried garlic bits, coriander and mint chutney, red chillies, a tangy spice blend and juliennes of ginger. It goes best with lashings of palak with garlic (Rs 250). The spinach is also available with paneer or mushroom, but the amount of garlic they use for the lasuni version packs a mean punch.
Martaban ka meat (Rs 290) and rara gosht (Rs 270) both taste like regular restaurant food.
The only offering I tried on the western section of the menu is the Irish lamb stew (Rs 280). It is a must-try for the sheer flavour of the gravy.
B-45, Inner Circle (Above Volga Restaurant)
Tel: 011- 43081984-86, 9810177466
Open from 11 am to 12 midnight
Average cost of meal for two : Rs.800.00