The newly launched menu at Mellt includes dishes that stand out

Defence Colony market has always been one of my favourites, with its plethora of dining options. This time I went to review the recently launched menu of Mellt. It is simple and is a collection of all the dishes Delhiites love to enjoy and offers several cuisine varieties, including Oriental, Continental and North Indian. Though the décor is in white for a classy feel, it is rather simple and could do with some improvement.

Broccoli soup, a soothing green colour and viscous which made it quite filling, was a delicious starting point. The Hawaiian salad that followed was tangy, with grilled chicken strips adding some protein to the healthy bowl of salad.

The cumin fried chicken with cornflakes coating was crunchy and tasty, but the rubyan mishwi was over seasoned and the size of the prawn disappointing.

It was in the Indian section that the chef served some amazing delicacies. The murgh lahsooni tikka had perfectly balanced flavours with garlic adding life to the preparation. Reshmi kababs were full on succulence but I would have preferred them a tad more tender. Papadi paneer tikka was nicely marinated and coated with crushed papad that resulted in a crunchy coating, but the steam oozing out from the hot cottage cheese made the papads a bit soggy and defeated the purpose. The ajwaini fish tikka was one dish prepared to perfection, with a nice robust flavour of mustard.

Done with appetisers, the carnivore in me was summoned by some interesting names like junglee mass and dhaba murgh. Junglee mass (maas) is a Rajasthani delicacy that used to be made using meat procured from hunting expeditions. At Mellt, it was replaced by a neatly cut mutton. It went well with lachcha parantha but I would have loved it with a missi roti and some more spice to the curry. Surprisingly their stuffed chicken breast with onion sauce stood out as a winner. The chef needs to be praised for replacing the common mushroom or rosemary sauce with an onion-based sauce, giving the combination a new life.

There’s always room for dessert. Besides, their kulfis were something special and a must-try in the dessert menu. Paan kulfi had a nice aftertaste, refreshing my taste buds and giving me a reason to come back.

Meal for two: Rs.1500

47, Main Market, Defence Colony

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