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On the top floor is a bar and a restaurant, the interiors of which are done up in slightly assertive colours. In good weather, it is pleasant to sit out on the open terrace, especially when there’s less traffic. Service has been known to suffer when the restaurant is booked for private parties. The food is not the star of the show here, but the makhana bhel and dahi bhalla have their takers. Stick to the tried-and-tested chilli chicken and paneer tikka for best results.
Connaught Place may have once been the Commercial Capital of the capital of India, owing to the presence of large amount of government & private offices in and around this area, but after reaching the pinnacle in that instead of dulling down by just being content with that, it expanded towards a new horizon, the food business and having some of the biggest restaurants open shop there, is now one of the most exciting food hub of Delhi/NCR.With the kind of heavy footfall this area witnesses on almost daily basis, the entrepreneurs and the restaurant owners are playing their part by bringing up some new experiments in terms of food/ambiance, something which is quite evident from the meteoric rise in the number of eateries opening up here every fortnight. While these new places give customers a chance to visit and try new interiors, cuisines and hospitality, it makes for a nerve wrecking time for the owners of already operational outlets as they stand a very big chance of losing out on their potentially loyal customers. But there are always some places which have risen above all this petty competition, mainly because they know the tricks and trades of the trade, being in business and performing admirably for years. Ardor is one such special place. Located in the N block of CP, the outlet is easy to locate and is known to almost everyone who has been a regular to the KFCs and McDs here. The property may not be new but they recently gone a management cleanse and are gearing up to do every single thing in their power to perform even better and further the legacy. Occupying a multi-storey building, the place offers three types of seating arrangements over two floors. The first floor has bright interiors, boasts of Live Sufi Music Performances over lunch/dinner making it a perfect place for family outings. Second floor in complete contrast has dim lighting, huge bar right in the middle, comfy couches to settle down on and foot-tapping music to give a lounge like experience. They also stream live telecast of IPL matches so that always makes for a fun time after office with friends or colleagues. The second floor also offers a outdoor/terrace seating from where you can enjoy your food, drinks and sheeshas overlooking the hustle bustle of CP.Being in numbers and all alcoholics, we straight away headed to the second floor and as soon as we settled down, the sheeshas were planted on the tables and the drinks started to flow with the first round comprising of Black Russian, Sex on the Beach and an Avalanche which was the only drink from the mocktails section comprising of mint leaves, crushed ice, lime, ginger, and orange juice (because every alcoholic group carries a teetotaler along) with Kache Kele and Rajma ki Tikki, Veg salt and pepper for the green team (vegetarians) and Prawns, Fish for the team red (non vegetarians) for starters. The Veg Salt and pepper with its simple presentation had great flavors thanks to being slightly on the spicier side. Next the chef showed us some innovation by mixing Banana and Kidney Beans and presenting them as a galouti kebab. This appetizer was not just soothing to the eyes but to the taste buds as well. For the next round of drinks, LIIT, Moscow Mule, Martinis, beer pints and change in Sheeshas were asked for, along with Crunchy Baby Corns and Mushrooms, tandoori flower, bharma chutney ke aloo with stuffed mushroom caps as munchies. The LIIT, Beers and Martinis are few of the most popular and ordered drinks and don’t need much of an introduction as they and fun go hand in hand. The Tandoori flowers served with chopped onions and mint chutney were actually cauliflower fritters and were good taste-wise. Being a mushroom lover makes me always give some extra points to the mushroom dishes and as always I loved the stuffed mushroom caps which had such an amazing filling of cheese that the love bar got raised to sky. Seeing the teetotaler enjoying his time made me dubious of his choices but they proved well placed when the Banana Caramel shake, Ardor Special bounty dark shake were tried by me along with the Veg Pizza. The banana Caramel shake was a eclectic mix of caramel and ice cream with banana slices on the top. The pizza was not an ordinary one either being loaded with cheese, veggies and other toppings thus having enough flavour to get liked by almost everyone on the table.For the mains, we tried our hands on the Green Thai Curry, Dal Makhni, Veg Lajawab with some assorted breads and rice. The Green thai curry is a crowd fav in our group and is ordered whenever we dine out. The dish Veg Lajawab was something new for me and it totally justified being called their in house specialty as it was truly something special. Vegetables on top of Palak gravy and loads of cheese just added to the “lajawab” factor of the dish and from the very first spoon of it, you will get to know the reason behind this name. After mains arrived the best thing for any sweettooth like me, the desserts. Tila Kulfi, Matka Kulfi and Brownie with Vanilla ice cream were the three we tried and the trio was just amazing with the Matka Kulfi having a taste to die for.All the drinks and food were made to perfection, hats off to both the chef and the bartender for mixing things up and coming up with such delightful concoctions. All in all a must visit place whether for partying or just for a fun outing.Recommended!!
We tried the Nawabi food festival on Last Sunday, were thrilled with the food preparation, burrah kebab, dal Makhani, non veg platter, Phirnee, impeccable service, an ideal treat for connoisseur, when in Delhi, please don't miss this place.
A place not at all suitable for parties! Nothing you would get that was committed. DJ was stopped in the middle of the party. Only the cheap brands in alcohol were served and the ones which were included in the package were denied.
Huge place, interesting decor (the valves and pipes made me remember by engineering days), good music, nice crowd, lovely CP view, crisp Delhi weather (if you ignore the smog late evening), and to top it all I had the company of my buddies. Made for a lovely evening :)
If you are looking for a place for a family get together or a place to enjoy live music, then Ardor 2.1 is a place for you.Being a hardcore non vegetarian food lover, I don't get impressed by vegetarian food unless its extremely tasty but Ardor 2.1 definitely lifted up to all my expectations. This place serves one of the most delicious vegetarian food in the Connaught Place area. I loved khumb achari, veg salt and pepper, dal makhani croquettes and paneer mirch ki seekh. You must try their veg lasagna, its outstanding. Coming to non vegetarian food, I really liked the non veg platter which had almost all the varieties of snack in the menu. I didn't really enjoy drinks from the menu since they were quite average. Only drink I loved was a watermelon cocktail which was served inside a watermelon.This place doesn't have a lot of dessert options to choose from, I think they should introduce more dessert options in the menu.
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One of the pleasures of dining in Connaught Place is the stunning ambience the location provides, enveloped in history and a foliage of thick greenery that seems to become even greener after a seasonal shower. It is a popular known fact that Outer Circle in Connaught Place is crammed with a plethora of trendy restaurants and pubs, seeped in feel good vibe and providing a happening backdrop for the cityâ€™s party set. Many pubs have taken advantage of the stunning location especially if they are fortunate enough to be located on rooftop, by giving their patrons a breath-taking atmosphere to party in. â€˜Ardor 2.1â€™ gives partying a new edge with its eye-catching interiors and a superb crowd pleasing menu. Find Ardor 2.1 in N Block of Outer Circle or simply follow the line of the fashionable bar hoppers.
Ardor 2.1 is not exactly cheap and practices a very lavish well-spread out menu that tackles North Indian, Chinese, Continental and Italian cuisines. Find an outdoor table with the help of your server and start your evening by admiring the view laid out in front of you. Nurse your chosen drink while you browse through the wide menu looking for the yummiest of appetizers. Menu is quite innovative and you get to try starters like, dal makhani croquettes, pasta salad, gosht seekh kebab, crispy fried jumbo prawns, bharwa chutney wale aloo, dahi bhalla papdi chaat, tomato brochettes, dragon chicken, tandoori rani and murgh gazab ka seena. Find temptation in, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, curries, quesadillas, roasted lamb chops, fish tawa masala, biryanis, oriental gravies and grilled sole fish.
There are some predictable conventional desserts on the menu but if you want to jazz things up then gulab jamun cheese cake and phirni with paan ice cream are good options. Spread onto two levels, Ardor 2.1 has a separate stylish dining room on the lower level. The upper level or terrace comes with a bar so one can guess how much the place is popular with the youth. Find a corner that is suitable to you, the bar opens into several nooks well-furnished with sofas or casual chairs. Dimly lit bar is generously spaced with plush sofas and chairs taking up the space. With live music flowing in the background and with a general cool vibe, Ardor 2.1 makes up for ideal party destination any day of the week.