Just when we thought to backpack and take a tour and eat what the world has to offer, Tourist happened. The restaurant tiny entrance might deceive you about the place enormity. The place escalates over 12000 sqft, extravagantly covering three floors and provides a unique experience on each level. Train bunks, Cool graffiti, airport style signages, mini train track laid overhead, two bars, an incredible library section, a live music console with a private area to sheesha lounge and a rooftop to die for. The place has covered it all, all quintessential for a globetrotter ?
Don’t Miss Out On
Look around and you will be fascinated. As you put down your first step, you will be captivated with gypsy feel. A shed load of books handpicked on travel and food. There is a marvellous graffiti of flights route across the world. If you stay longer here you might end up with your next vacation plans. Listen out to exclusive Tourist radio station playing the music of all genres across the globe. You know what impressed me a lot ? Their special curated nights with best DJ’s in town and two different genre music playing at roof top and in the restaurant.
Tourist has something or other to offer for everyone. If you are looking for non-alcoholic beverages, try out Cool sensation; which is basically a blend of watermelon,mint and a hint of masala.One absolute favourite mocktail is Go Green, mainly because kaffir taste gets us kicked up. For people who enjoy their glass of wine, try out their Signature Sangrias. For people looking for cocktails, young Indians is highly recommended.
Let’s Talk Food
The place will give you a culinary journey experience.Whether you crave for Asian zings, Italian European flavours or some fine Italian cuisine. You know what impressed my fork ? They offer food across the seven continents and the menu is divided into four passport booklets by region; South Asia, EU,the Far East and the Far West. The choices can be bit overwhelming ,but everything is good.
From Indian, we tried “Bites” by Bombay, a platter with Bombay street food essentials ; bhel poori, vada pav, Shakarpali (same as shaker pari in north India but with a slight variation) pairing it with special Sol Kadhi (Sol Kadhi is a common dish across especially in Konkan Belt made from kokum petals, scrapped coconut and spices). The vada pav was done in a burger style and tasted fantastic and so did the Sol kadhi, very refreshing. Only let down was bhel puri , it tasted flat.
Shimla Baji Bomb, a quirky dish that I really relished. A mix of vegetable fritters tossed with peanuts and dash of lemons. The texture and crunchiness went well with the sour and peppery taste.
Flame Grilled Croissant, from France, was basically a roadside sandwich with an alternate layer of pesto and tomato sauce with olives, pickle and cheese. Toasted bread with soft melting cheese and sour of pickle and pesto was burst of flavours.
Arancini from Italy is basically a rice and cheese dish deep fried dish with bread crumbs outside. It is crispy from outside and has a cheese and risotto filling inside, the dip complemented well.
America’s favourite, Fries done with a slight variation of cheese and a hint of garlic ; Hasselback Fries . The flavour was nice but lacked that crunch from outside. cheese and with a hint of garlic.
Pizza-Al-Taglio, presented in half cut barrel with a generous amount of cheese with a thin crust which was crispy at ends and topped with your choice of toppings. Can’t say No to Pizza.
For people whose appetite doesn’t satisfy without a wholesome meal. You can go for Dal Baluchi and Taka Taka Panner. Burmese Khao Sui Spaghetti Arabiatta are recommended.
Might Want To know
Tourist is a brainchild of people behind the successful Unplugged courtyard in CP and many other ventures, Mr.Dinesh Arora and Mr. Swaraj Singhi. Co-Partner and man behind the menu is Chef Akshay Nayyar, who is a celebrity and an award winning chef from UAE. They have done a tremendous and applauding work to bring such kind of place and getting new vibes for ‘DelhiWallas’. There is no better ways to experience different cultures than food. Food consumption varies from culture to culture and each experience is different than the other, but it is also what unifies every food lover globally.
The place was supposed to satiate my appetite for travelling, but now I go more with an urge of travelling, visiting soon to stamp each page of the passport.