When we heard rumors that Trishna was coming to Delhi, we sat up and listened. After all, it’s not every day that Mumbai’s favorite seafood restaurant washes up on our shores. Turns out the songs of the sea were true - Trishna opened in Mehrauli on Thursday, and we hauled (b)ass to get there for the first catch.
Facing the Qutub Minar (quickly becoming Delhi’s gastronomic center), Trishna Delhi features a white gravel courtyard, lounge area, indoor seating and canopied rooftop. Done in a grey-beige-white palette, the decor is functional but a tad boring, waiting to be jazzed up by Delhi’s bling. The afternoon we attended, however, only three other tables were occupied.
Of Titanic Proportions
Service here is friendly but confused – “What is this Rawas Green Masala?” – “It’s a fish”. Thanks a lot! Turns out, the green masala is actually South Indian style thick gravy with a coconut and coriander base, super tasty with appams and steamed neer dosa. We also got excellent Chilli Garlic Prawns: five big, juicy prawns done Indian-Chinese style. We could eat these every day. Forever.
Feeling adventurous, we veered off seafood and also tried Mutton Trishna Special, six pieces of boneless mutton in rich tomato gravy. Half of these were super sexy and half felt like chewy old tires. The gravy, however, went excellently with plain Biryani Rice, cooked dum style but still not spicy.
Stuffed and suddenly aware that the music had switched from quawwali to a disco version of Saare Jahan Se Achha, we decided to forgo dessert, a good thing since it turns out that the meetha isn’t in yet. Special request to management: please fly down Parsi Daily kulfi along with your other Mumbai loot. Gratefully yours, Secret Scouters.
Fish You Were Here….
Trishna is a welcome addition to our fair city, especially since we have such limited seafood options. We only wish it wasn’t so outrageously expensive: Rs 4,500 for signature Butter Garlic Crabs (versus Rs 2500 for the same in Mumbai) with most seafood dishes ranging between Rs 800 to Rs 1,300. Ouch! Other than the prices, the menu is similar to the original and management claims to fly in the freshest catch daily. The restaurant doesn’t have a bar license yet, but hopes to get one soon.
A chilled glass of Chablis, prawns still briny from the sea, good company: that would float our boat, and yours too.
Getting there: Plot 4-1-14, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli, call 26645478, Rs 4,000 for a meal for two without alcohol.
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