Khan Market was a place where Geeks like me went to get a hold on Foriegn (Imported) Magazines like Wired and Stuff when we could not get them in India, but over the last few years it’s turned into an eating destination and every now and then a new one pops up somewhere, recently in a mood for some comfort cafe type food, me and the meangeekchick ventured out to the central lane, looking for a new place, our last experience at Mrs. Kaurs could not have been worse and being told that they know what a waffle is, and not us, was really not acceptable to us, so it was to hunt for a new place, and then we spotted Watermelon.
The Name seemed interesting and the bright board outside looked nice, sadly the picture did not come out pretty well so you don’t have it here, but a flight of 2 stairs up (with a bit of a nausea’s feeling while climbing up – a bit later on that) brought us to a small little place, something that could fit about 40 people at one go, half inside and half outside on it’s patio, luckily the good weather has chosen to stay on in Delhi, and it was a nice evening, one, where we could sit outside, enjoy a meal and catch up on our work days (yes we work for the same company, but we have very different roles, and different offices).
Anyway coming back to the Nauseating Feeling while climbing up the stairs, was only Nauseous for me, as it was the smell of Wax from the Shanaz Hussain Parlor on the First floor, I believe Women are used to this smell (some men too these days, now what can I say).
The Moment you enter the restaurant there are two tables with bright concentric circle design upholstery, looking pretty, and then there is a small room which can seat about 8 odd people, in case you are a group and want to stick to this room. The Yellow Lights added to the Warmth of the place but made my photos come out a bit yellow over cast (please do excuse me for this).
Anyway, coming to the food, why we are here. The Restaurant as the Watermelon guys would like to call it, is a small tiny place, its got warm lighting, and the patio is an interesting place to be, it was still about 7pm, too early for dilli-wala‘s to get to dinner, and we had the whole place to ourselves, another good news was that the place did not have a liquor license as yet but was going to get one in April, so not a lot of people around at this hour for the happy hours.
A few minutes later we had the manager (Mr. Ravi Kiran) from the restaurant come over to ask us what we would like to eat, and if we would want a recommendation, he shared with us that the reason they chose to call the place Watermelon is, because it is a wholesome fruit and has good food value, he also shared that all their food is made with the best quality of olive oils (something we took with a pinch of salt, only to realize, he was right much later).
We started with their Signature Salad, called Watermelon Greens (Lettuce, Rocket, Goat Cheese, Watermelon all dressed with a Herbed Vinaigrette dressing). The Salad looked lovely though was a bit high on the dressing for me and meangeekchick but the olive oil as promised by our friend was one of the better ones, the leaves crunchy and the Goat cheese added a bright dimension to this salad, though the salad also had sunflower seeds in it, something that the menu did not mention, so if you are allergic to nuts / seeds, you need to tell them up front.
The salad was down in a minute and then my eyes fell on a Soup called the Green Pea Cappuccino, though not a friendly person when it comes to pea soups, we were both game to try, the soup was nice, though missed out on the broth, and the portion was very small, it was also served with a single slice of bread (not toasted) and this is where my angst with some restaurants begin, in case you see two people dining together ordering just a single soup, man include two slices of bread atleast, anyway, the soup was nice and it was time we ordered our main course.
Meangeekchick is a vegetarian, and she decided to get a Pizza Melanzana (Roast Peppers, Jalapenos, Mushrooms and Black Olives, She chose to replace the Mushrooms with more peppers) and trust me this is one of the best pizza’s I have had in a long time, the crust was thin and firmly done, the drizzle of olive oil on top, and the right amount of pizza sauce, and loaded with vegetables and not with cheese, made this taste heavenly, Since I eat everything, I could manage to steal a bit from her plate.
For me I ordered a Pan-seared Sea Bass with Baby Potatoes. The Dish looked lovely on it’s arrival, sadly the Baby Potatoes were missing it was actually potato balls scooped out of a Large Potato, something I did not appreciate and shared with our friend. Though the Fish was done perfectly and the Sauce mild and lightly seasoned offered a great balance to the roasted vegetables.
By Now we were in love with the place (no wonder they have all candle lights with hearts on them), but what is a good meal if not followed by a great desert, and on the recommendation of our manager friend, we ordered an Almo Choco Cake.
The Chocolate Cake came with a Scoop of Ice cream, thankfully in a separate bowl with a mint leaf dressing it. The Cake was topped with Caramelized Almonds and tasted heavenly, and finished up our meal well.
The damages were about Rs. 1500 for the two of us, we debated if it was worth it, and we agreed, the food was great, and the chef knew his business, he works from a small kitchen in the back of the restaurant and works up wonders, a warm place, that we would love to visit again, hospitable staff we can argue that cameras, taking notes, and taking pictures of dishes helps, but from other friends who eventually visited the place after our recommendation have come back saying staff is very friendly.
Though personally I hated the smell in the stair case, and would request the guys at Watermelon to light some Oil Burners so that we can have a nice smell as we enter, but the food makes this place a great option, so if you want to head out to a small eatery, for some great pizza and cafe type food, do check out watermelon at Khan Market.