Line Of No Control, a newly-opened restaurant at Munirka offers delectable Pakistani and Indian food

A blend of Pakistani and Indian dishes in any restaurant has the power to draw crowd, particularly in North India for obvious reasons. Many have tried this, some failed to bring alive the real taste of the food, some have succeeded though. Dhiraj Arora's restaurant, Line Of No Control, recently opened at Qutub Institutional Area in New Delhi, is also based on this very blend of Indian and Pakistani dishes. With successful restaurants like Shalom and Laidbackwaters to name, Arora's latest eatery holds an instant promise of good food and great ambience to diners. Sniffing for this USP, one pays a visit to Line of No Control. As you enter, you are actually made to cross the line of no control here, as the name of the restaurant is written right on the ground just before the door. The smiling waiters wearing black silk kurtas look quite suited for the occasion and colourful lighting, elegant furniture and antiques placed in different sections of the restaurant present an interesting medley. Soothing Sufi music playing in the background definitely adds to the aura.

Bhaditraka and bakharkhani

Moving on to the food, one finds that Chef Oishi Neoyagi has done his homework pretty well. The result is an interesting list of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. For starters, you can try the kesari murgh tikka, tilwala murgh tikka, bhaditraka (this is claimed to be a 900-year-old recipe), hara seekh kabab, mirch aur malai ki seekh or the aloo aur makki ki seekh. There is Afghani kalmi kabab too but the version fails to impress much. In the main course, relish curries like dal gosht and murgh kali mirch. The vegetarians can enjoy the dal makhanwali, subz and korma. You must not miss on the variety of breads like the bakharkhani and sheermal here. Being a vegetarian himself, Arora has taken particular care of the vegetarian section of the menu. To sum up your meal, there are gurh ki kheer and kesari phirnee.

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