A restaurant with a classy ambience known for its curries and platters. Piali – The Curry Bistro in Connaught Place has set high standards for Indian favourites by offering authentic flavours and experimenting with attractive elements and ingredients to add fusion to the original preparations. The restaurant is favoured by gastronomes for its ambience, décor, food quality and presentation of food. As observed and experimented with, curries dominate every Indian thali or meal, such as Gatte ki Sabzi or Kadhi from Rajasthan, Rajma or Amritsari Choley from Punjab, to Fish Curry from Kolkata, Vindaloo or Xacutti from Goa and Assamese Black Curry from North-East. Serving more than 30 varieties of curries from all across the world, Piali – The Curry Bistro New Delhi is sure to spoil you for choice.
The cosy and dim lit interiors of Piali – The Curry Bistro CP give an antique look and provide a comfortable dining experience, resembling the living room of the 80s shown in movies such as those starring Amitabh Bachchan. The restaurant is divided into three sections, first one, as you enter has the regular chairs and tables, as you progress further in, you reach a fine dining area with loungers and sofas along with a fire place on one of the walls, which in winter acts as a blessing. The last section is the bar area with bar stools, and a well-stocked bar. The restaurant in all easily accommodates 150-200 guests at a time.
The presentation of the Food and drinks at Piali is worth appreciating, as they are consistent and prompt with their orders. The bartender can suggest some interesting cocktails and mocktails which most of the times turn out right. In terms of food recommendations, they are all attentive and helpful. The service is quick and the staff serves you without a frown on their faces.
The food comprises interesting innovative dishes. Serving preparations from all over the world, and every Indian state, the curries are most popular served as platters. Serving over 30 varieties of curries as well as other starters, there a vast menu to spoil you for choice.
This decadent Shake served at Piali – The Curry Bistro makes for a lovely start to your meal paired with starters and main course options. The shake is thick, so it can also suffice as a single order.
A refreshing delight, lavender lemonade is a great mocktail concocted and served here and comes topped with masala for a tangy twist. An interesting variation of classic lemonade.
Sindhi Choley Tikki
This is a North Indian specialty appetizer of aloo tikka, chana dal and stuffing in the centre. If had immediately on being served, it is crispy with soft chana dal melting in your mouth. It is a perfect blend of crispy and soft flavours.
These are deep-fried corn patties or croquettes, crispy and fresh, served with chilli mayonnaise. They don’t need any accompaniment, as they are heavy on their own.
The Chinese favourite – Chilli Chicken is an all-time favourite of every place and here as well, it is equally rejoiced and popular. Succulent chicken chunks tossed in vegetables and sauces, you can request the servers for the level of spices desired.
Tandoori Kohlapuri Pomfret
Tandoori whole pomfret marinated in Indian spices and cooked in a tandoor is an addictive starter and cannot let you stop at one bite. The fish bones though might be slightly tricky to separate.
Main Course 3.5/5
Served with soft garlic naan, this is a rich creamy and mildly tangy cottage cheese gravy tossed in vegetables such as onions, capsicum, tomatoes, etc. You can ask them to reduce the sweetness in the gravy if required.
Chiang Rai Curry Noodles
Hailing from Thailand, this thick coconut curry with red chilli paste is served with flat noodles on one side and curry on another, accompanied with fried shallots and kimchi salad. The curry is mild and smooth and goes well on a heavy stomach.
Mutton Curry is served in a traditional earthen pot with spicy and tangy curry with the flavour of Nigella seeds. It comes accompanied with lachcha paratha.
Tea Country Pork Curry
This fiery pork preparation from the tea gardens of Sri Lanka is a hit at this Piali in Connaught Place. It is served with Pol Roti, a preparation of coconut and white flour, with carrot sambal on the side.
This is a delicious dessert of halwa made of pineapple. The flavour is a mix of sweet semolina and tangy pineapple. Served hot, it tastes even better.
Rum Flambe Gulab Jamun
Rum coated Gulab Jamun comes served with vanilla ice cream in which the rum is poured over the gulab jamun to leave a slight ting of alcohol on your palate.
So, if you are a person who enjoys curries more than grills and dry dishes, head to Piali – The Curry Bistro in Connaught Place New Delhi.
Address: K 41, Level 1, Opposite PVR Plaza, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Tel: 011 3310 5525
Meal for Two: Rs. 1200