The food at one8 Commune curated by Chef Sabyasachi Gorai and executed by Chef Pawan Bisht truly celebrates the spirit of global cuisine. The bar serving concoctions created by India’s finest mixologist Yangdup Lama elevates the experience further. By Kumar Shree
one8 Commune wins me right from the word ‘go’. A mere glance at the exterior seating and I’m hooked. The restaurant offers seating on two levels done in a way that flaunts plush seating adorning shades of blue, purple, peach, and beige. The upper deck also offers a semi-open seating space. It features a dedicated display (scoreboard) showing live stats of any sport going around the world.
The ground floor, however, is where all the glamour is. It is a well-lit set up with a generous amount of natural light filling up the area. A 3D-rendition of Virat Kohli’s signature highlighted in neon light adorns one wall, while the adjacent one forms a backdrop for a bar which takes pride in serving concoctions created by India’s finest mixologist, Yangdup Lama. All of this has me excited for the food, as I leave it on the chef to choose for me.
I begin with a refreshing Quinoa Bowl which is a cohesive marriage of sweet, tangy, and punchy. It leaves a creamy texture lingering on my palate and has me looking forward to the upcoming fares. Next up is an assortment of mock meat taco and chicken taco. The presentation for this one is splendid, and they taste amazing. It reminds me of a sub, only way fresher and more delicious.
Already registering the varied regions that these two courses have represented on my table, I sit in anticipation of what follows next. Out comes a bamboo casserole from the kitchen. I take off the lid to unveil Mushroom Googly Dumplings and Fiery Chicken Dumplings sitting under. Both are distinct in shape and colour (the mushroom ones are violet). The mushroom dumpling is mushy and has a more concentrated taste than the chicken dumplings. If asked to pick one, I would pick the mushroom. These are even Virat Kohli’s favourite, I’m told.
Servings of Pretty Pink Sushi (made using Norwegian salmon), asparagus and avocado sushi followed by the spicy and delicious Chilli Chicken Bao fill me up. The Bao melts almost instantly, leaving enough room for the chilli chicken under to entice my taste buds. I sip on some Belgian Oreo Shake to ease the chilli and help settle it all. The main course is yet to follow, and I’m already feeling full.
The Andhra Mutton Curry, Malai Kofta and Baked Paneer Masala paired with Missi Roti for mains work like a charm together. The mutton pieces are soft and succulent, and the gravy — rich. I can taste authentic Andhra spices in this curry. The kofta in Malai Kofta melts the moment I place it in my mouth, while the Baked Paneer Masala helps ease my guilt of feasting on a Sunday afternoon. By now, it is evident that no matter which cuisine of the world is served on the table, one8 Commune respects and treats it the way it deserves. Even if there are alterations to the original recipe, it is done only when necessary and carefully retains the originality of the dish. Kudos to chefs for this!
I’m stuffed but cannot decline the warm request to ‘try out’ the desserts. As I give a slight nod, I’m tricked with a dessert platter that adorns my table the very next moment. I see oven-baked cheesecake, Five Rivers Mud Cake and fudge brownie sitting on the platter. As I taste each of it, I instantly thank myself for not declining this altogether. The assortment is just wow, just like my experience at one8 Commune.
Address: Worldmark 2, 8, Aerocity, New Delhi, Delhi-110037
Timings: 11 am – 12 am
Cost for two: INR 2,000 (approx.)
Contact: 011 66992235