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If you really want to know where power resides in Delhi, go to Dakshin and see the top secretaries to the Government of India (a high proportion of whom are South Indians) being wined and dined by eager supplicants. The menu is divided by state, but by common agreement, the food from Tamil Nadu is the restaurant's specialty. The atmosphere is slightly hushed, reverential and yes, Brahminical but then that suits the South Indian power elite the best.
For my money, the best fine dining in south Delhi. Not cheap by any means, but when you want to splurge, you're guaranteed to have an outstanding meal. Everything will be just perfect: food, service, ambience,
Fantastic food and courteous staff. They give really nice suggestions too., sometimes I tend to overeat... just amazing. Must visit.
Am a regular to this restaurant. Visited on December 19th after couple of months. Fluer, who is an old-timer at the restaurant, knew exactly what would interest us. Starters were great.. just the right texture and flavour. The chutneys, as usual, were wonderful. Food was simply superb and served with warmth. And to round it off, the coffee was perfect.
Pros: +Food is good +Most prices for food are reasonable +Decent service from waiters and staff Cons: -Questionable ethics in billing and charges -Drink prices, notably sparkling water and alcohol, are grossly overpriced -Desserts over priced Summary: It's unfortunate that a place with great food is marred by questionable owner /manager ethics. First, when we were reviewing the bill, the lady who gave us recommendations earlier, whom I'm assuming is the Manager or Owner, came by to "explain" our bill as she assertively went over every line item. Something didn't feel right but the names are so convoluted that it seemed like her explanations were sound. It wasn't until the next morning when we were looking at the receipt and Googling each item to find out what they were that we noticed the 350INR Veechu Paratha was never served to us. For the upscale-ness of such a restaurant this is an amateur and insulting mistake. The second disappointment was payment. I was never offered a review of the POS entry or currency selection, so I assumed that the local currency option was chosen. My US cards don't have any FOREX fees. When I checked my bank app the next morning, I was shocked to see that the unfavorable USD conversion was opted and charged to my CC. This results in an 8USD difference had we chosen the INR option. Even if you apply a standard forex fee of 3.5% on most cards to our bill it would still only be a 4USD difference. A shame that an upscale restaurant would resort to these practices for small gains. I don't care how good your food is, if your business ethics are suspect, you don't deserve any customers. But alas, we still need to be fair, so let's add a star because the food, was quite good. 2/5 Rating, would not recommend unless you can't find any decent options elsewhere.
Great meal in lovely surroundings. We had the chef’s special prawns for starters and they were delicious. The main course was equally good. We were served by Sudheer Singh who helped ably with our menu choices. The bill was 7000 rupees for food and drinks but the experience will be remembered for a long time.
If I said to you that power resides in the hands of some south Indian cooking chefs you might not believe me. Try visiting â€˜Dakshinâ€™ at Sheraton, Saket, New Delhi, where all the bigwigs of government front are wined and dined. You will find officials and secretaries in important positions are wooed here by favour seeking businessmen. A classy and hush-hush kind of place Dakshin demands to be seen and heard. Simply decorated with pastel colours and crystal the restaurant is regal in look. Beautifully carved diya towers at corners of southern architecture lends the authenticity to the place. Dakshin was popularized by the ITC after it opened in Chennai and earned repute. After that it has become part of gastro scenes of various cities. Food is the main focus here besides the ambience. The southern delicacies whipped by the chefs are lip smacking and deserve every praise it gets. The cuisine covers various southern regions but the restaurant specializes in Tamil Naiduâ€™s delicacies.
The south Indian fare is vegetarian mainly but the restaurant serves seafood in Kerala style too. Menu is vast and offers loads of variety. Mustard, chilli, lentil, rice and coconut milk are the prominent factors of southern cuisine. Start your meal with flavoursome rasam or neer more as palette cleanser then follow it with rasa vadai, gobhi kempu, khaima samosa, dakshin year, kozhi sukka varuval, meen varuval and kuzhipaniyaram i.e., tempered rice and lentil dumpling shallow fried. The mains are a melting pot of various states with their own unique signatures. Some of the delicacies are patchakari stew, gnandu puttu, meen moilee, ennai karthrikai, chettinad chops, kodi koora, avial, erachi ishtoo, dal thove, meen rava, batata soung and mamsam kajepu. In rice section you will find good old favourite dosas, bagala bhath, tarkari biryani and chitrannam.
Looking to taste little bit of everything? Then ask for a thali which is available in veg and non-veg both. There is a seafood thali for the customers who want to delight in coastal fare. For your sweet tooth relish basundi, elaneer payasam, vattil appam, elai adai, indraiya payasam and beautifuly dense badam halwa. To drink order dark bitter south Indian special Kafi (Coffee). Some might feel itâ€™s wrong to drink alcohol with this sort of cuisine so the restaurant offers fruit based drinks too. Go with friends and as a couple. Dakshin is mildly expensive and quite affordable. Visit for food if not ambience.