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THROUGHOUT their checkered history, bloodied by the atrocities committed on them, Armenians have found refuge in India. Today, about 150 Armenians are living in Kolkata and the Armenian College there draws students from this Orthodox Christian community across the world. Not much was known, though, about the community that settled in Asansol, West Bengal, to develop the vibrant district town’s iron and steel industry, till Sabyasachi Gorai, a talented young chef previously with AD Singh, opened Lavaash by Saby at the picture-postcard-pretty restored heritage building Ambavatta One in Mehrauli. The Armenians gave the world lavash, the soft and thin unleavened flatbread; they created the tonir, an underground clay oven that metamorphosed into the tandoor; and their cabbage or grapevine-wrapped tolma, dumplings (manti) served with sour cream, and khoravat (grilled meats) now have a worldwide following. The flamboyant chef has dipped into this culinary tradition at Lavaash by Saby, his 150-seater restaurant set to open in phases. It has several positives working in its favour, not the least of which are the banana flower (mocha) puffs, onion tolma bulging with mustard-spiked prawns, the pizza-like pide (another Armenian speciality) topped up with molten cheese and runny egg, and manti served out of an earthenware steamer designed especially for the dumplings. Lavaash by Saby has potential.
I put my head round the door of Lavaash by Saby a few weeks ago, when I went to dine at the neighbouring EN (an excellent destination for Japanese food), and I thought this one is not for me. It seemed very noisy and rather disorganised... But then some friends came to town and wanted to try something different in the Mehrauli area. I looked up some reviews, noticed there was an Asansol connection, got intrigued by the idea of Armenian food, and off we headed to Lavaash by Saby. Yes it was noisy (they kindly turned the music down a bit) and somewhat chaotic, but if you are relaxed about it all, it adds to the fun. The food was yummy - lots of interesting new combinations and tastes. I particularly recommend the Eggplant Tolma, the Lavash Fish (Bekti wrapped in a thin 'bag' of pastry) and their tender Spicy Chicken. For desert the Ponchik (an Armenian version of doughnuts) filled with Nutella was heaven ! The pricing was good too. My only real complaint is that we had a corner setting on the narrow verandah and the seats were uncomfortable and the table too low to really enjoy your meal.
Food is very good, with delightful Kolkata delicacy as additional attraction. Probably only armenian joint in Delhi. But it also has lots of other kinds of cuisine to satisfy all.
Had an Eazydiner reservation, reached in time, inside seating had no one, asked to be seated at a corner table, were told another had been reserved for us but which we didn't like, anyway sat at another & ordered drinks, after a few minutes were again told to the one they had pointed out as reserved for us, on being told that we would rather leave at this behaviour we were actually then seated at our original choice. Don't understand what the kerfuffle was all about as for the next 2+ hours the place was not full. Anyway after that the service & food were fine, think we are getting better at ordering at this place after the few visits we have made. Ah yes crib#2, a glass of ordinary white at 650++ & a pint of Bud at 325++, when will the rapacious pricing of alcohol by restauranteurs change?
I am really happy that after so much anticipation around this place that I have finally decided to go and try their armenian cuisine. I must say the moment I enter this place I was very confident of my choice but after we were served our drinks I was happiest. Being a vegetarian I have to be limited with my options but still whatever I ordered lived better then my expectations. i tried daddy's tomato which was a delight as I have not seen something like this at any other place.It was accompanied with lentil sticks which has all the right amount of spices and crunch and tomato gravy( extra points for that). My most favourite dish of the night was their pizza which I loved like anything.Although I wan more options in that but chef saby was so sweet to explain me that due to its thin crust it ll not be able to sustain any toppings. Anyhow loved it.. I would surely like to mention the sweet accompaniments that they serve you in the end..they are the most delicious ones you gonna try and I feel its their USP Loved the ambience, food and decor A must visit place.
One of the most memorable culinary experiences I ever had. Lavaash by saby is an Armenian restaurant with a touch of Bengal. Nested in the kalka dass marg mehrauli, this place is a heaven for food lovers and the ratings and reviews are quite justified. The scenic view of qutub minar and the white tone of the balcony give a fabulous setting to the restaurant. We were not much familiar with the names of the menu so asked for a few recommendations from our server. We start with cheesy bread called SPICED PIDE PIE, coated with egg and spices and just melted in our mouths and also CRISPY LENTIL STICKS, which were served with tangy green chutney. The LAVAASH PIZZA was fantastic, not very cheesy, perfect thin crust, loaded with pine nuts, onion seeds. The LAMB KOOBIDEH was not only a treat to the palate but our eyes too. Served on roomali style bread with tangy green chutney and kasundhi mustard, this was super succulent lamb mince kebabs which tasted delicious. We ended our meal on a perfect sweet note with a dessert called MILK CHOCLATE AND CHEERY CHEESE CAKE which too was outstanding. Not too sweet and glazed with cherry compote. A simple yet a delectable food experience are tough to find in the city these days. Lavaash by saby certainly made sure that I leave with a smile and my palate fully pampered. I simply can’t wait to be back anytime soon. Must try: Spiced Pide pie Lavaash Pizza Lamb Koobideh Milk chocolate and Cherry Cheese cake
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Our love for well-designed stylish dining spaces have often taken us to ends of the country impressing us with the need to explore what India has to offer and break away from the conventional dining. Gastronomy in New Delhi has gone under a huge transformation and the patrons now willingly welcome the more refined and fashionable versions of conventional fine dining. ‘Lavaash By Saby’ is the brainchild of Chef Sabyasachi Gorai who was previously with famed AD Singh and found the inspiration of the restaurant in the coal sooted lanes of Asansol, West Bengal. It’s a little unknown fact that many Armenian families after fleeing home found refuge in various parts of the country and some of them settled in Asansol. Sabyasachi Gorai or as lovingly known as Saby dipped into the culture and bought its vibrancy and authenticity to the old roads of Mehrauli, New Delhi.
Lavaash By Saby is a good-looking stylish fine dining restaurant run by a passionate chef who is influenced by the joys of Bengal and Armenia and captures the same through his fantastic menu. With your drinks enjoy some starters like, chicken skewers, crispy lentil sticks, spiced soy keema koobideh, classical meat dolma, char grilled mutton ribs, the valley view cutlet, eggplant tolma, Jurassic cheese lavaash pizza and roasted cauliflower & pumpkin kebob. Main course entails, dill marinated pork chop, prawn claypot casserole, mushroom manti, lavaash fish, tenderloin steak and spiced pide pie. Tickle your sweet buds with the old monk mousse, Armenian coffee cream pot, ponchiki, chefs gata and milk chocolate walnut & cherry cheesecake.
Saby found a picture perfect heritage villa in Ambavatta One and converted it into a tranquil paradise of flavours and style. He then chose to throw away the edgy modernity of today’s trendy dining spaces and paved his own way with handlooms of West Bengal. The fetching beauty of hand-embroidered kanthawork upholstery that covers the chairs to the delightful motifs of peacock, parrots and pomegranates that seems to be everywhere, lends the space an enchanting appeal. A chrome yellow painted room flooded with sunshine and a vast sunlit courtyard shaded by a neem tree beckons one to relax and soak in the leisurely ambience. Lavaash may not be cheap but it takes you on a rollercoaster of flavours that stay with you for weeks to come.