Jainita Dadlani | May 05, 2014
India is as diverse as it is vast, with a population of 1.27 billion speaking as many as 780 different languages and dialects across the sub-continent. It comes as no surprise then that each region has evolved its own distinct culinary practices and flavours, influenced by the unique climate, terrain and history of the area. Welcome to Delhi 6, a dining experience that will transport you back in time straight to the heart of undivided colonial India’s Northwest Frontier Province. Described as rustic and robust, the cuisine reflects the ruggedness of the region’s Hindu Kush mountain range flanking present day Pakistan and Afghanistan. Food preparation is kept simple with chunks of meat, seafood and vegetables marinated sparingly and cooked in a traditional clay tandoor oven to preserve their tender and succulent texture and the aromatic, smoky flavor of a variety of spices. This tandoori style of cooking was popularised in Punjab and subsequently adopted by Delhi’s significant Punjabi population. For those of you wondering about the ‘6’ in Delhi 6 restaurant, it refers to the postal code of the Chandni Chowk area of Old Delhi, a shortened form of 110006. The area is one of the oldest and busiest markets in India with a potpourri of cuisines from Central Asia and North India.
We fell in love with Delhi 6 restaurant’s open concept dining, which immediately creates an inviting feeling with its combination of bright natural light flowing through the skylights and the vibrant earth-toned interior. A colourful montage of quintessential scenes of Delhi lines the brick wall length of the restaurant. The beautiful postcard-perfect images will make you want to hop on the next plane to the Motherland. The interior décor in the restaurant complements the rustic characteristics of Frontier cuisine. We were particularly enamored by the abstract splashes of colour on the textured wooden benches and chairs.
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in restaurants? Satisfy the voyeur in you with the open concept dining experience with a long glass panel extending the entire length of the kitchen. This allows you to witness the expert chefs in action as they marinate and grill your kebabs to perfection with artfully handpicked herbs and spices.
The menu opens with an interesting write-up about the history of frontier cuisine and promises of flavours that are “a delicious departure from the ordinary”. You can look forward to a great mix of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared in the signature tandoori style. Like any good Indian food menu, there are staple favourites such as Dal Makhani and Palak Paneer. But for those of you looking for something different, we suggest doing what we did – skip the mains and make a meal out of the interesting starters! We were also impressed by the ‘Wraps & Rolls” section, which allows you to choose from 4 different types of breads such as a Spinach Wheat variant of Roomali Roti. The word ‘roomali’ translates to ‘handkerchief’ in English and makes for a soft, thin and versatile flat bread great for wraps! However, the wraps and rolls are only available for breakfast from 10am-12noon and teatime from 3pm – 6pm (see the full menu). Little India Directory co-founder Razy and I sampled the tandoori vegetarian and non-vegetarian platters respectively. Each comprises 4 assorted tikkas and kebabs of the day, beautifully plated in a visual treat that serves as a precursor to what is in store for your taste buds.
As a vegetarian myself, I was pleasantly surprised by the creative ways in which common ingredients were put together to create something altogether new. For example, the ‘Bharwan Nukti Aloo’ was made from a sesame coated potato shell stuffed with a fine mix of chopped nuts, raisins and herbs. This made for an interesting combination of textures with the soft potato complementing the crunchy filling very well. For those of you looking for a more substantial meal, choose from a range of set meals which are a new addition to the menu. The Delhi 6 restaurant menu boasts a wide variety of breads, with some unique spins on the typical ‘Naan’ bread such as ‘Pesto Naan’ made with basil pesto or ‘Mini Olive Naan’. Pair your meal with a refreshing Masala Fresh Lime Soda, a tangy Indian version of the popular fizzy beverage. Or if you prefer something stronger, Delhi 6 also has a small bar of its own!
Overall, the Delhi 6 restaurant in Singapore is a must-try for anyone looking to broaden your palate and explore a different dimension of Indian cuisine. There is something for everyone on the menu and the quality and freshness of the ingredients grilled in the tandoor is evident in the subtle flavours and succulent textures in every mouthful.
Delhi 6 Frontier Cuisine is open everyday of the week from 11.00am to 10.00pm. For more details and reviews on the restaurant – Visit the Delhi 6 Frontier Cuisine Business Listing
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