You’ve got to visit Taksim at the re-launched Ansal Plaza (Khel Gaon, Delhi) to believe that this recently opened restaurant is going by reservations due to its excessive demand. Be it a cosy weekend hangout or an ice-cold weekday evening meetup, Taksim is getting sold out on table reservations as we speak. The credit goes to the restaurant’s location, impeccable menu plan and the earthy-meets-eclectic ambience with live music & dj nights to keep the spirits high.
Taking orders left, right and centre, the staff of Taksim is doing a tremendous job in keeping up with the demands of its customers, serving 2 floors,a mezzanine and a sprawling open-air patio setup; on a daily basis. Speaking about the ambience, the 4200 sq ft. place is well-lit, with wooden infrastructure, cutlery inspired modernistic art decor and comfortable seating arrangements.
With a fully equipped live bar, Taksim offers an array of imported and domestic hard drinks, along with some signature cocktails on demand. My favourite has to be the Summer Cyclist which has an interesting combination of Orange and Litchi juice. If you like spice, then opt for Amrud Masala which has a base of Guava juice and a concoction of green chillies and Tabasco blend.
No bar experience is complete if not for a dense list of nibblers and starters to munch on. Be it Lebanese platters, Mexican Salsa spread, American Diner Chips or Desi Fries; Taksim offers world cuisines on its menu.
We tried Thai Grilled Chili Basil, Bombay Chicken which is basically mince chicken cutlet served Bombay Pav style, Feta Stuffed Sweet Potato Patty, Palak Patta Ki Milly Filly Chat, Dahi Ke Sholey which was thick spiced yogurt wrapped in crispy fried bread, Cottage Cheese Shawarma Quesadilla and many other sliders to try out. What is worth appreciating is the well designed plating system that highlights each dish in its own way.
My vegetarian recommendation has to be Dahi Ke Sholey while my non-vegetarian favourite will be the Paprika Chicken Tikka which went well with my Summer Cyclist and then a glass of wine very well.
Moving on to the next course of their menu, Taksim is not just a lounge with sliders experience, but offers a wholesome 3-4 course meal menu as well!
The second course of our meal consisted of soups and salads combination. We tried Hot and Sour Chicken Soup which was the ‘Taksim Soup Of The Day’. The authenticity of the Chinese soup was spot on, with a great portion of it being served in a beautiful soup bowl, worthy for sharing among 2-3 people together.
Taksim offers salads like the traditional Spicy Thai Peanut Salad, Turkish Coban salad, the regular Ceasar Salad and a unique Taksim Spicy Chicken Salad; which is a must try for peri peri sauce lovers!
Moving on to the 3rd course of the meal, in main course we tried Pakistani Balti Gosht which was basically a very juicy curry with smokey marinated mutton pieces, Fusion Penne Makhani Pasta, Dal Makhni, Malai Kofta and a basket of assorted Indian breads on the side.
If you are a pizza lover then I recommend you trying their Butter Chicken pizza, which comes loaded with Butter Chicken gravy, chunks of finely chopped chicken pieces and a generous spread of Parmesan cheese baked for the perfect blend of flavours.
Dim Sums lovers too get to rejoice over choices like Tandoori Chicken Dim Sum, Brocolli Almond Dim Sums, Three Pepper Prawn Dim Sums and Ginger Corriander Chicken Dim Sums; among many other variety of Dim Sums available on the menu. Adding on a Turkish blend, Taksim offers Kabab Platters with a side of rice, salads and chutneys with nuts and Arabic spices as dressings.
The desserts too were beautifully presented with assorted biscuits, crumbles and edible flowers to add on colour and texture to the regular slices of Banoffie Pie, Chocolate Mousse and Blueberry Cheesecake. I cannot pick one of them as my personal favourite as all three desserts stood out in their own distinct ways.
Craving for some delish treat in Delhi? Visit Taksim!
CG 01, Ansal Plaza Mall, Khel Gaon Marg, New Delhi