EATING OUT The recently opened restaurant-cum-bar Firefly has some interesting eats to go with your drinks

Everybody wants to make it big in life and shine bright someday but there are few who are able to achieve it. A man living his daily life with the philosophy of living well, to shine bright and strong, even if it is for a brief moment, is Kushagra Nagrath who has recently opened a small restaurant– cum–bar called Firefly at the happening New Friends Colony market in New Delhi. As I enter the restaurant I see a wall on my right having illuminated pictures of extraordinary people who have shined as a firefly in their life. Thoughtfully placed pictures of Steve Jobs and Madhubala along with Jim Morrison and Bob Marley are a delight to watch. Kushagra is able to create an ambience which is homely, comfortable and stylish. It is nice to see him taking care of minute details such as hangers to put the bags and sockets below every table to plug in your laptop. Being a chef himself, he has intelligently chosen the food menu from world cuisine “which are close to our palate.”

I start with the munchies. First come the onion rings , crisp and light. Not like the ones where the crust goes into the mouth and the slice of onion keeps hanging. Fries with lamb chilli are tasty too. Ask the chef for a slice of pita bread and enjoy your bowl of finely minced lamb chilli.

Khushagra feels that at the end of the day we all love home food, so he has added home-style potato chips which come along most of the dishes. They really remind me of my grandmother who used to make them with sun-dried potato slices. I also try out chicken wings, worth trying at Firefly. They are served in four ways. I like the ones that comes corn crusted and crispy tossed in hot sauce. The chicken wings are nicely coated with the crust and are juicy and tender inside.

I, however, think that the chicken sliders would become one of the fast moving dishes of the restaurant as it is easy to eat, not loaded with extra veggies and is tasty.

Grilled chicken platter at Firefly makes you taste every part of the chicken. The African import bunny chow is close to our pau bhaji and is a complete meal in itself. Try it. Before signing off, I am served a bowl of chocolate fondue, beautifully presented and sinfully delightful to taste. I like the idea of marshmallows dipped in hot chocolate.

Meal for two

Rs.1000

OSAMA JALALI

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