Potbelly has acquired cult status over these years in the capital (with its humble beginning at Shahpur Jat), and rightly so. This restaurant is located within Bihar Niwas Bhawan in Chanakyapuri’s embassy area, and is the go-to place for experiencing and relishing Bihari cuisine, which had barely been marketed in the past (barring the ubiquitous mentions of litti-chokha which wasn’t taken much seriously).
Recently came here for a Sunday brunch with family and waited some twenty minutes before we finally could get seated. Ambiance is simple and semi-rustic. The gentleman serving us had a very sweet Bhojpuri accent ( it truly felt home, literally 🙂 ) and was equally courteous, setting the tone just right for a heart meal ahead ! PS: It is a given here that excess dash of oil engulfs most curry preparations, so have no inhibitions on that front before digging in!
We started with Meat Pakora Basket, which had both chicken and mutton mince, fiercely spiced and aptly flavored. The golden fry crisp starters tasted excellent with green pudina chutney, and were finished in no time 😉
Mutton Chaamp has to be a winner each time I visited Potbelly ! As you can see, it is sinfully oily, but the khada masala gravy, rare mutton steak, boondi raitas and tawa mirchi paranthas make for a deadly combination. Strongly recommended for those in search of something ‘different’ and exotic.
Chicken Ishtew is almost antithetical to Chaamp’s hotness ! It is that light and mildly spiced (the word istew is an Indian take on English stew ). Gels well with steaming rice, with papad on the sides.
Well deserved place on the list of must visits for Regional Cuisines in Delhi ! Strongly recommended.
Price Worthiness: ****1/2 (highly price-friendly)
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