The newly launched Fusion Lounge in South Delhi offers new gastronomic opportunities
Delhi is undoubtedly a city to party and have good food. A novel addition to the Capital’s culinary experience is the recently launched Fusion Lounge, located at the posh M-Block Market in Greater Kailash-II. Fusion Lounge has a rustic ambience with a dark yet beautifully lighted setup. The red leather couches are stylish and comfortable. One of its more unique features is the option of playing songs with their videos on a large screen right in front of you.
Apart from good music and a party atmosphere, it serves some exotic fusion food. You can just about choose blindly from the extensive menu and rest assured that something tasty would come your way.
I started with a non-vegetarian platter and loved every bit of it. Shish Taouk, one of my favourite Lebanese delicacies, was char-grilled to perfection and had nice subtle flavours of traditional Lebanese spices. Hummus served alongside was also fresh, with a nice aroma of olive.
Delhi’s favourite murgh malai tikka was very juicy and succulent — with a great texture and creaminess. The mutton seekh needs a mention too, for its freshness and perfect seasoning. The fusion special cheese trio of chicken tikka was stuffed with cream and turned out to be a fine Indo-French combine.
But one delicacy for which I would visit Fusion Lounge again and again was the Fusion BBQ Chicken wings — really exceptional. While it was not so visibly pleasing, one bit was enough to convince me of its merit: crispy from the outside and juicy to the core.
The pizza was a bit soggy and lacked the crispiness of a good crust. The burgers were worth a try. I loved the juicy lamb burger and the fajita wraps.
Some classic songs with their videos kept me entertained while the main course was prepared. And soon Chef Negi appeared with some hardcore North Indian delicacies — like butter chicken, kadhai paneer, dal makhni and rogan josh.
Having a proper Indian main course in a lounge listening to Jim Morrison or Metallica is fusion of another kind! Chef Negi whetted my curiosity when he said the dal makhni was cooked overnight on a spit fire, so I tasted it first. But I found it a bit low on seasoning. I loved the rogan josh, a Kashmiri delicacy and enjoyed it with a lachha paratha. The chicken butter masala was also tasty, infused with the flavour of kasoori methi.
Meal for two – Rs.1500