Smoke House Deli in Vasant Kunj is as good an option for breakfast as for a lazy lunch

On the ground floor of the DLF Promenade Mall at New Delhi’s Vasant Kunj is located Smoke House Deli. Interiors are done in no fuss light white, at once setting you on the mood for a relaxed lunch. The option of whiling away time with a book picked from its bookshelf located in one corner till the meal arrives, is yet another stab at making a diner comfortable here.

Being a deli and a bakery, it ups its shutters from 9.30 a.m onwards. And if you are keen on trying it out for breakfast, let me give you the good news first — it offers you the option of picking some seven odd varieties of omelettes for your breakfast. fluffy, mixed vegetables, smoked pimento and turkey pastrami some of the choices. All egg and omelettes are served here with a choice of pumpernickel bread or toast, smoked hash browns and brown sugar tomatoes, which means a complete breakfast.

Since I visit it not for breaker, Chef Shamsul serves me some nice appetisers to begin my culinary journey at Smoke House Deli. One of them is paprika puffs in wasabi salsa, crispy and refreshing and the wasabi salsa, as a wasabi salsa should do, hits my sinuses straightaway.

Yet another dish I get is chickpea frillur. I also try out the chef’s tasty chicken in lemongrass and pesto skewers. The accompanying Greek salad with the appetisers add a semblance of health food to the experience.

In the main course, I go for zattar spiced tiger prawns layered with watermelon and smoked chilli jam which add a new dimension to the prawns. Try its in-house special, chilli crushed cobbler, it is super. Paper thin crispy layer on the fish fillet is perfect to bite on. The fish is suitably juicy and seasoned to perfection.

I also try out its peri peri rubbed grilled chicken. Must say, it is a treat. To go with the dishes, the chef serves me a nice mocktail, apple mojito. I like the idea of fresh diced apples dipped in the drink.

In dessert, I savour the now so common tiramisu. Its hourless chocolate fudge is also worth a try.

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