By the team behind Summer House Cafe comes – Auro Kitchen and Bar.. well technically it’s just kitchen yet. They’re awaiting the liquor license.
Auro has a lovely spacious terrace in addition to an indoor seating. The ambiance is relatively simple, and the hero is here is the food.
The menu is a mix of different Indian dishes each with a contemporary twist; it also has some European dishes which have been presented in a desi avatar, a usual bland shepherd’s pie with a Five spice kick and Scotch eggs in madras masala. Auro manages to do what a lot of new restaurants with fusion and contemporary Indian food have failed to do; Auro has retained the authenticity of dishes while adding that modern touch.
We started our meal with some crunchy non-oily little flavor bombs called Gunpowder Chicken popcorn served alongside some gunpowder chutney, The Raw banana chaat which was crispy raw banana spiced tikkis with some chutney; chickpea was an absolute delight for anyone who loves veggies. Pushing the boundaries with fusion the real rockstar was the Jackfruit Fajitas, the bold dish that left me so impressed iI don’t even want to give out too many spoilers you just have to try it to believe me.
Moving to some mains we order some Chicken Cafreal served with Goan pao and some paprika spiced potato wedges, a traditional Goan dish that is served ;like it just should be, the Chef’s love of Goan cuisine is evident in the menu and we decided to try some Mushroom Potato Xacuti Curry served alongside some rice, possibly my least favorite dish of the night the curry had a little more of makhani curry than Xacuti. Last but the not least the Haleem bowled us over and how the rich haleem was served like khao suey with little bowls of mint, lemon, chili ghee, ginger and so on. The melt in the mouth goodness was gone in 60 seconds!
Ending our delightful meal we ordered Bebinca with coconut ice cream, oh yes the goan classic took me straight to the little goan home run cafes that serve this beauty, the coconut ice cream makes it a complete dessert. We also tried some Chargrilled Gulab Jamuns that sat cushioned on a bed of crispy vermicelli and rose mascarpone and some ginger biscuit crumbs. Now that’s like a Gulab Jamun that went abroad for higher education; it is a fusion that is done right.
Here’s a place that’s perfect for a date or when you’re catching up with friends after a long day. It’s away from all hustle bustle for a perfect meal. A menu that impresses and service that does it complete justice. It will be interesting to see how it fares once they start with drinks, but for now, they have Hookah and some classic Non- alcoholic beverages on the menu.
I’m surely going back to try the dishes I’ve missed. Delhi you have a new gem here.