Perfect Taste Of India At Verandah Moonshine

This restaurant promises a meal that will remind you of the comfort of home
The beautiful interior at Verandah Moonshine
The beautiful interior at Verandah Moonshine

The feel is that of a hearty meal, straight out of the kitchen at home amidst a beautiful setting of green foliage, vines, warm lighting, swings for seats and floor-to-ceiling glass windows&mdashthe idea is to feel at home, feel comfortable and have a hearty meal. Verandah Moonshine, an open-courtyard-themed restaurant in the middle of the bustling Punjabi Bagh is an escape from the reality of the streets outside. Once inside, one can't help but get transported back to a rustic yet charming setting and the beautiful aroma from the chef's kitchen sure brings that familiar feeling of home. 

I was not new to Chef Pawan Bisht's creation, him being one of the city's most sought-after chefs. I knew just what to expect from his kitchen&mdasha no-fuss, healthy and hearty food. Not a believer of overly decorated plates, Chef Pawan maintained his signature&mdashquality over gimmicks. First to appear from his kitchen, chicken boti kebab&mdashtender, juicy chicken with just the right amount of charring, perfectly seasoned and beautifully coloured by deghi mirch left me wanting for more. Tandoori paneer and Kerala style tandoori prawns were next. While tandoori paneer had authentic taste of Delhi, prawn was an exciting combination of north and south India. Jumbo prawns prepared in coconut oil with fiery chillies and garnished with lemon juice, sauteed onion and coriander. 

Main course was an elaborate one that started with Nizami daawat wale kebab (perfect for two)&mdashjuicy and well seasoned mutton kebabs on a bed of fluffy hot paratha, garnished with mint chutney. The item no doubt heavy, had the perfect balance of spices that turned every bite into a burst of flavour. Next came a very pleasant surprise, Chicken Sanju Baba, inspired by the Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. A chicken dish prepared in a nut-based gravy, served with mini kulcha and an accompanying dish of palak lasooni.&nbspWith all the goodness of grilled meat and wonderful spices and flavours, what took me by surprise was the humble palak lasooni&mdashspinach paste cooked in pure desi ghee and finely chopped garlic. The dish gave other dishes on the table a stiff competition. The flavour of desi ghee&nbspand the sweetness of spinach and garlic was perfect in every sense. It's not just about quality at Verandah Moonshine, they believe in quantity as well. 

Must end a meal on a sweet note Go for their mava cheese cake. It comes with rose flavoured ice cream and berry compote. A perfect end to a perfect Indian meal. 

The Information

Where&nbspVerandah Moonshine, 2/85 Third Floor, Club Road, West Punjabi Bagh, Delhi.

Cost for two @INR 1500 for two, inclusive of taxes.

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