Delhi is a Mecca for food lovers. Boasting of a plethora of cafes, restaurants, bakeries and roadside stalls, there’s no dearth of great eating out options for foodies.
Nestled in the heart of Shahpurjat is an exquisite restaurant that specializes in Bihari cuisine – Potbelly Rooftop cafe.
Potbelly has gained popularity over the last few years due to their delectable, authentic Bihari food and inviting atmosphere.
My Review of Potbelly Rooftop Cafe
As you reach the rooftop cafe, you are welcomed with a lovely view of the city. Look around and you will find the comfortable seats and pastel colors of the cafe quite soothing. The place has minimal decor, open spaces and lot of sunshine seeping in through the windows. This gives the entire cafe a very warm and fresh vibe.
Now, honestly, I had never tasted Bihari food before so I am not an expert judge nor am I a fabled food critic. My basic rule of thumb is simple – if it tastes good, it IS good. And the food here – Was indeed scrumptious.
We went around the cafe and after a short debate, chose a table by the window. Next, I started browsing the Potbelly secret menu for a bite – Okay, its no secret really lol. I wasn’t sure what to order so I had a brief tête-à-tête with the cafe owner Puja, who was courteous, friendly and helpful.
I was much more confident henceforth about my order. First, we tried ‘Mutton Keema Chop’. The presentation was very neat and it was served with ‘Sabudana Vada’ and ‘Pao’ (White Bread). The preparation was delectable and accurate as expected from a restaurant serving Bihari cuisine.
After that, we jumped in to try the famous ‘Litti Chokha’ and boy did it live up to the expectations. Served with mashed Brinjal and potato, this was the perfect appetizer. The combination of flavors along with the spices was immaculate and kept us wanting more. Although the portions seemed small but trust me, they were quite filling.
For our main-course we were served with ‘Khada Masala Mutton’ which is an amalgamation of dried whole spices cooked on slow fire, prepared in mustard oil. This style of cooking gives it the perfect reddish brown tinge. Rice & ‘Raita’ made for the perfect accompaniments and enhanced taste manifold. Mutton was prepared to perfection and kept tantalizing the taste buds in the right way all the time.
Last, but not the least, we experimented with some sea food and asked for the appetizing ‘Jingha Masala’ which is simply prawns in a spicy tomato curry. Mustard oil was the perfect base and brought out the flavor.
All dishes were accompanied with tasty “chutneys” and we delightfully ordered seconds.
To wash them all down we had ‘Apple Cinnamon Iced Tea’ and ‘Chocolate, Oreo Milkshake’ which complemented the food perfectly. Food is definitely a winner in this establishment and it’s clear that they take pride in their ingenuity and presentation.
The only drawback is the long climb through a narrow staircase. Indeed climbing 4 flights of stairs can be a deterring factor, for few, however, when you are rewarded with toothsome food, it sure is worth the exercise to expedite your appetite.
If you want to avoid the climb, you can always head to the other branch in Chanakyapuri which is comfortably located at the ground level.
So, if you are in Delhi and looking for a place to challenge your taste buds and try something different – Head to Potbelly.
Potbelly Rooftop Cafe
Bihar Niwas, Chanakyapuri
For reservations call – 011 6777 3589
*Disclaimer* – Thanks to Potbelly Rooftop Cafe for a delicious meal. However, all opinions are 100% my own.
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