If you have frequented the East of Kailash area in South Delhi, chances are you have come across Storm Bar & Grill. Conveniently located near the East of Kailash metro station, this restopub has recently undergone a makeover. And the new avatar, Storm Version 2, is better than even before.
We landed there on a hot Sunday afternoon for a laidback lunch. With deep, dark wood flooring and burnt-brick velvet uphostry, Storm Version 2 was all set to take us by storm, quite literally. The club music set the tempo right, and before we could realize afternoon rolled into evening. Notwithstanding the giant manual clock that formed the central piece of decor on the ceiling.
We started our feast with drinks and appetisers. And let us tell you that they have some innovative cocktails in the house. Passion Foamartini (or the Green Apple Foamartini) came covered in a cloud of smoke, and had a tantalizing taste. The Storm LIIT came in two flavours and extra-long glasses. Not that we were complaining. The Whisky Sour had the right punch. The pineapple and orange mocktails were refreshing. But what brought in the drama was the Coronarita. Yes, you guessed it right – a beer cocktail, complete with a bottle of beer (Ultra Max in this case) turned upside down on a heap of crushed ice in tangy, lemony flavour. The drink, however, took forever to come to our table! But in the meantime, we had icy cool hookah to keep us busy… The sheesha was smooth and silky and gave the right kick.
The starters pushed the envelope with fusion food. There was Maggi Aranchi, Singh Ching, Pao Bhaji Brushetta, Butter Chicken Tart (and the veggie variation, Kadai Vegetables Tart), Udta Punjab and Amritsari Fish ‘n’ Chips. The Maggi Aranchis were round crumb-fried balls filled with sticky Maggi and cheese, a variation of Mac & Cheese maybe. Both Singh Ching and Pao Bhaji Brushetta blended different cuisines. The Udta Punjab was Tandoori Chicken placed on a verticle skewer, rightly marinated. Talk about presentation! The Amritsari Fish & Chips melted in the mouth, while the accompanying French Fries added the right crunch. But you gotta taste their Butter Chicken Tart to believe that your plain ol’ Butter Chicken could blend into a cheese tart so seamlessly.
Compared to the high-drama starters, the Chicken Tikka Salad and Desi Thai Bhel felt bland and less dramatic. Not their fault. They set the standards high.
Pasta with Makhni Sauce, Penne Pasta tossed in North Indian Grave in place of the Italian Red Sause, did not disappoint either. It would have been better if the accompanying bread had come drizzled with garlic sauce dressing.
While the Nanza was your regular Butter Chicken on a Tandoori Naan topped with Mozzarella Cheese baked in oven.
For the mains, we more or less stuck to Indian flavours, barring the odd Thai Curry with Butter Naan. There were Dal Storm, Paneer Khatta Pyaaz, Bhuna Mutton, Chettinad Chicken and Malabar Paratha. While all the curries were true to their taste and the parathas light and flaky, the Chettinad Chicken failed to match up to the original taste from down South.
The desserts included Storm Fried Ice Cream and Gulab Jamun Cheese Cake. The Fried Ice Cream was good, but we’ve had it before. What made us go yummm… was the Gulab Jamun Cheese Cake. The jamuns hidden in the depths of the Cheese Cake made for a delightful burst of taste in the mouth. And we want to come back for more!!