The much-in-vogue (read foodies) ZomatoMeetup happened at this beautiful and compact restaurant right opposite to the picturesque Deer Park. An earthy ambiance and yellow-orange lighting perfectly fit in with my visual imagery of the place when I had first heard the name “Charcoal Tandoor Grill” ! The glass facade gave a sense of space overlooking the park. Full marks for the setup .
The atmosphere was gleeful with so many enthusiastic food-lovers under one-roof . Elegant scrolls designed for the meet were kept on our table to view what all we gastrophiles would be treated with shortly. It was an eclectic mix of Indian & European cuisines. Expectations did soar high, and the array of starters which followed soon after were indeed impressive, and some yeah, lip-smacking!
Starters: Highlight of the evening for sure For almost every preparation stood out in its own unique way, and the attention to details was visible. The place should soon be able to create a niche for itself in the Tandoor & BBQ segment.
Murg Malai Tikka : One of the best I have had, the creamy tikkas were simply brilliant and succulent, not too bland as well. Would be a repeat visitor for this!
Mahi Amritsari: Crispy fried sole fish was a winner with the mayo sauce.
The Greens : (Charcoal Tandoori Broccoli, Paneer Tikka, Tandoori Aloo, Tandoori Mushroom) Broccoli was real fresh and crunchy ; even though I usually refrain from it, this trial was worth it. Paneer was soft and well marinated. Tandoori Aloo was nice with loads of sesame seed coating and green sauce dip.
Paprika Chicken Pizza : Ok. Didn’t really get the punch of Paprika here. Probably didn’t suit the palette much after the heavy round of Indian tikkas.
Mutton Barra : The lamb chops looked every bit exquisite, but I found the marinade a tad salty. Each portion was huge and filling.
Charcoal Nimboo Mutton : On the owner’s special recommendation, we tried this. True to its name, the preparation was tangy and quirky for the taste buds, and was pretty much a perfect end to the long-trail of starters
Main Course: We were awful full by the time main course arrived. Frankly , this part was usual affair for me. Naans and Parathas served with the following were soft and fresh.
Butter Murgh : Decent, boneless good-old Butter chicken ! The Shredded pieces format led me to reminisce about the Original Murg Makhani at Daryaganj !
Laal Maas : Surprisingly got a sweet taste, which was unlike the usual perception of Lal Maas to be extremely hot and spicy.
Daal Makhani : Creamy and rich, this one can barely ever get wrong among good restaurants in “Dilli” !
Fillet of River Sole with Parsley Butter Sauce : CTG has got all things right with River Sole ! Folks opting for European cuisine here should definitely try this.
Penne Arrabiata Chicken : Have surely had better Penne before, this one was strictly average.
Hot Chocolate Truffle with Vanila Ice Cream : A special shout-out for this, completely loved the splash of sweet flavors after the food-a-thon.
Phirnee : Little too sweet , but the grinding of rice seemed just right.
Overall Verdict : * * * *
A big thumbs up for the BBQ segment, there were some really innovative and delicious preparations . At the same time, some grey-areas (like the Pasta) remain which should get a redo. Price-wise, CTG is pretty reasonable. Given the location and its positioning as evident by the restaurant’s very name, CTG should create buzz among the food-fraternity soon !
PS : This #ZomatoMeetup was a sure-shot success with the lovely folks and the food !