South Indian cuisine in Delhi is colossally dominated by restaurants serving run-of-the-mill dishes such as Idli, Dosa, Uthapam and the like. Although, we all love these beautiful and delicious dishes, there’s a lot more to explore and taste. Zambar brings the splendour and warmth of the south Indian cuisine to Delhi in many forms; Namely, Chettinad, Kuttanad, Malabar, Coorgi, Mangalorean and Madras cuisines from all parts of South India. The two dedicated head chefs bring forth their experiences with food from Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu with immense energy and of course that one thing we all want, deliciousness!
I recently visited Zambar to try their new offerings and I was overawed by the flavours and the variety. Being a vegetarian isn’t the best thing when you walk into a real South Indian restaurant, but with so much delicious food put out by the team at Zambar, it surely works. Another distinguishing factor is the hospitality extended by the Zambar team. They definitely cook and bring to the table food cooked with a lot of passion and love, which is very important. I tried the following dishes:
Assorted Basket of Pappadums, Appalams, Vadam and Vathals: A lot of delicious fried food along with some delicious chutneys paved the way for the rest of the meal. The variety of flavours, textures and tastes, especially with the chutneys, was quite exciting.
Rasam: I had rasam after a really long time, and it was amazing. It was the right consistency with the right amount of spices.
Vegetable Stuffed Pappadums: This was quite an innovative dish, with vegetables cooked in south indian spices was stuffed inside a pappad and fried. It was tasty too.
Potato Cafreal: I’m usually not a fan of potato dishes but this one was just great. The marination was so good that I kept going back for more.
Puttu & Kadla Curry: A signature south Indian dish that just need to be on the menu, it was rich in flavour and absolutely delish. One of the highlights of the meal. I would surely recommend this dish.
Veg Kothu Roti: This again was such an innovation. To mix parantha with veggies was a risk worth taking. It was just scrumptious. Another recommended dish.
Idiappam: The first I tried Idiappam was in Bangalore, a long time back. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find this dish anywhere in Delhi and I was more than happy to see it on the menu at Zambar. And fortunately, I loved it! Must try!
Payasam: This was more like a south indian version of seviyan cooked in milk, and delicious nevertheless.
Lemongrass and Mint Granita topped with Coconut Milk: This was served as a palate cleanser. It was pretty good, refreshing and yummy.
South Indian Filter Coffee: One of the best I’ve had.
Overall, I’d say the new addition are surely worth a try, and even repeats! Loved the vibe and the food.