I visited the original Via Delhi in Oud Metha over five years ago and was not at all impressed with the food. I was, however, very impressed with the service. And it’s the friendly service at this new branch in Barsha South which won me over (literally) from the minute I stepped into their handsomely decorated restaurant at The Wings near Miracle Garden. I was here on a whim, a breakfast whim. Tijo, their delightfully chirpy morning supervisor, suggested I start with what they call cutting chai – tea with milk and LOTS of sugar. For breakfast proper, he went on to recommend the Chole Bhature, Puri Bhaji and Bread Omelette. I ordered all three.
Chole, also known as Channa, is basically chickpeas cooked in spices. It’s a deliciously tangy, savoury dish…with consequences. I just look at it and start farting involuntarily. Eat a bowl full and I turn into a WMD. It’s a good thing I was having breakfast after my doctor’s appointment. The bhature, which the chole is served with, is a fluffy deep-fried puri, only bigger. Puri Bhaji is very similar; the bhaji a lumpy, lightly spiced potato gruel replacing the chickpeas, fried puris replacing the bhature. Both dishes were superb. The bread omelette turned out to be a masala omelette (also known as an Indian omelette) folded around a slice of toast – brilliant.
Well, things have obviously changed at Via Delhi since I was last there. I met their chef, Mukesh and restaurant manager, Pinderjee – good people. For my next visit, and there will be a next visit for sure, Tijo joined them in recommending the Sultani Tangri, Mutton Rara, Chicken Changezi, Daal Makhani and Jeera Rice. Sounds good to me. I can’t wait to go back.
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