Last month, the swanky stretch of Mehrauli in New Delhi paved way for an elite new inhabitant by the name of BoTai, a modern Thai bar and grill that immediately established its supremacy over everybody else in a two-mile radius. By Anwesha Sanyal
It wasn’t the least bit surprising. The Massive Restaurants venture brought together by culinary stalwarts Zorawar and Dildeep Kalra, and Chef Sahil Singh of Pa Pa Ya fame, was launched on a Saturday evening and the invite I received was proof enough that this was big news (they had had sparkling wine sent to each guest with a letter). At the launch, the who’s-who was present, and we’d silently nodded in agreement about how it had been a while that One Style Mile had a new restaurant and how BoTai had just brought the vibe back.
When I found myself there for dinner on an evening shortly after, I was only glad to have secured one of the remaining tables on the terrace. The entire floor that BoTai occupies was full by 8.30pm and some more crowd was waiting at the bar to be seated.
What did I think of it?
There are some restaurants that immediately make an impression on you and climb up to your top five spots in the city. This was one of them. Two sizeable terraces with modern beige furniture offer spaced out seating and they are inevitably the first ones to be booked out. You can feel perfectly comfortable inside as well if you’re sitting near the bar. A discreet service complements a very interesting menu of everything from dim sums to a hearty massaman curry. Start with a Carpaccio of Scallops to wet your appetite and to slow you down, move on to the Ceviche of Chilean sea bass, then grilled jumbo prawns, rice dumplings, grilled lamb chops, and frangible mushrooms. They all deliver in consistency and taste, and have you float from one signature drink to another between each. If you’re here for drinks, try ordering a mix of starters. The signature cocktails come in unique serving glasses; try Full Moon Festival—a gin-based cocktail with strawberry, rose syrup, and spices—if you’re into whisky, try either the Naga Fireball or Bangkok Boulevard; you won’t be disappointed.
The unique selling factor of the restaurant is that you could take your boss, your partner, or your friends here, have a small, elegant birthday dinner, or just grab a few drinks mid-week. It blends into your mood for the evening rather than have you fit in.
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