Cuisine: Mostly Mexican
Blurb: Live music gigs and finger food
Atmospherics: I just love to see how restaurateurs open their second and subsequent branches. Though there is always a difference, there is also a strong resemblance to the original place. And so it is in the case of Depot 48 and its resemblance to Depot 29, though the latter has a far smaller floor area. The sombre grey interiors, large windows overlooking greenery and comfortable yet no-nonsense furniture has all been designed with a single thought in mind: to be an effective backdrop to the jazz, rock and Indie rock concerts that are held at least once a week. Though it is by no means apparent, all the materials have been chosen for their ability to absorb, diffuse and disperse sound, for the two partners are sound engineers in a parallel existence. The menu has been made in consultation with Ritu Dalmia.
Table talk: Although the restaurant is not specifically Mexican, it has more tacos, quesadillas and versions of guacamole than anything else on the menu. Burgers, salads and a mixed bag of pasta bring up the rear. The most expensive dish is Rs 690, so it is essentially a finger food joint where music and cocktails take centrestage. Vegetarians are spoilt for choice here: all the nuanced flavours are sweet-tangy-mildly-spiced with a dash of dairy for a touch of richness. Green apple, rocket and goat cheese (Rs 510) quesadillas are the best way to start your meal. The lightly baked green apple retains most of its crunchiness, together with a touch of cinnamon dust. Even the rocket leaves (which make their appearance in every single dish I ordered) are used with a light hand and the goat cheese adds the richness of dairy as well as a ripe tanginess. It is the same savoury richness with slow-roasted pumpkin with feta cheese and pine nuts (Rs 490) in the taco section. Whatever else you try, don’t miss the waffles with butter and maple syrup (Rs 490)
Plus and minus: Happy is the restaurant that does not have to try too hard to provide atmosphere: it’s available in bucketsful when they have their live performances (you can sign up for their calendar). It is time for them to start exploring more options in the menu: in the way of Mexican main courses or more varied offerings.
Must try: polenta crusted halibut; mac n cheese; coffee marinated mutton chops
Food: 3.50; Service: 3.50; Décor: 3.50
N 3, Level 2, Greater Kailash I, N Block Market Tel: 45081948
Meal for two: Rs 1800, Credit cards accepted; alcohol served, Open from 12 noon to 1 am