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One of the three restaurants at the Essex Farms is Essex Village. It does do some decent Indian food despite slow service. Start your meal with the 'Chaat Ka Khazana', which has a choice of chaats including papdi and aloo. The 'Murgh Tandoori' is really good with delicious smoky flavours which is what tandoori chicken is all about. However, the 'Seekh Chapli' and the 'Machhli Tikka Ajwaini' both had a peculiar aftertaste and were very dry. For the curries, the 'Nali Gosht' and the 'Paneer Jodhpuri' are really good. But what is absolutely spectacular are the 'Rotis' and 'Naans'. Hot crispy and just perfect, the Rotis have magic to redeem the afternoon. Do not forget to eat the 'Anjeer Badam Kulfi' – creamy and rich – delicious.
Sometimes location is all it takes to make the restaurant a success. â€˜Essex Garden Restaurantâ€™ at Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi, is located at the wonderful junction of south Delhi where the different cultures meet and blends into each other. The restaurant lies near IIT gate so it gets a lot of attention from the passersby. Essex garden restaurant is part of the Essex complex where a pastry shop, a bowling alley and a banquet are situated. The restaurant has ample amount of parking and the people who come here for other activities like bowling, stops by at the restaurant for a meal. DÃ©cor of the restaurant is simple and elegant in an unassuming way. Itâ€™s meant for family and friends who pop in for a quick lunch or dinner. The punters that visit includes both locals and tourists in equal parts. Restaurant is enveloped in greenery with lush plants scaling each yard.
The menu is wide and multicuisine. You will find north Indian, Chinese, continental and seafood here divided into separate section. In continental start with salad, minestrone, spicy vegetable soup, grilled prawns and crunchy fried fish. In second course you can have pepper grilled fish, chicken steak and fettuccini fungi. For dessert have cream caramel which is fantastic. Indian menu commences with starters like murg goli shorba, aloo chaat, tandoori pomfret, dudhia malai seekh, tawe wali champ and bharwan tandoori aloo. For second innings fish amritsari, kadai murg, nawabi bhuna gosht, sadras khumb, dum aloo Kashmiri, jheenga khada masala and paneer roomani can be had with Indian breads. Gulab jamun, rasmalai and kesar pista kulfi are the dessert course. The Chinese part of the menu starts with chilli chicken dry, prawn pepper salt, wantons and lotus stem salt n pepper. Mains have stir fried prawns, spicy honey chicken, double fried lamb hoisin sauce and tofu in basil sauce with noodles and fried rice.
Chinese sweet dessert has daarsan, sesame walnut and toffee banana/apple along with ice creams. To drink Essex garden restaurant serves tea, coffee, gingerale, juice and fresh lime soda. All the specialities are clearly marked on the menu. The restaurant is at the ideal location which makes it easily accessible. If going with kids you can leave them at kidâ€™s zone and quietly enjoy your lunch. The service is good and efficient. As far money is concerned the restaurant is affordable and within easy financial range.