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How you see Machan depends on how old you are. If you are above 30 you probably remember its original avatar, which was a much-loved Delhi institution. For over a decade, Machan has been the only hotel restaurant in Delhi to be run like a standalone by Chef-Manager Tapas Bhattacharya who knows every regular by name. Younger guests and out-of-towners may be less nostalgic and judge it on its own terms: as a smart hotel coffee shop with no pretensions about its purpose. There is a popular lunch buffet but the restaurant really comes into its own on Sundays when it hosts a lavish oysters and caviar brunch.
There are some place in delhi which has always been there as a foundation of the society. A place where the major players rub shoulders and spend leisurely meals together. Machan at Taj mahal hotel, New delhi is an integral part of the tapestry representing the establishment opened decades ago. Machan is a restaurant that defines person its own each personality. For some itâ€™s just a coffee shop and for others itâ€™s a place to have brunch and meet friends. Machan is an all-day dining restaurant that serves food to its loyal customers each day. The person running that restaurant for years knows every regular by his name so that is a very special gesture. The interiors of the restaurant is classy in a laid back way. The high ceiling with arches and pale walls gives an airy feel. The huge bay windows extracts full advantage of the Delhiâ€™s greenery. The natural light flooding in washes the whole room in a soft light that makes it warmer. The food is as good as the location and the interiors.
The presentation of the food matches the status of the place. It is MasterChef quality. For first course you can choose any salad between atlantic smoked salmon, scallops, tomato & mozzarella salad. If soups are your call then crustacean bisque, paloc, plum tomato soup and chicken & farro soup are served at the restaurant. For heavier bite lean towards scrumptious burgers. Machan BLT, steak slider, forest mushroom focaccia, tenderloin burgers will fill your stomach and heart. Italian recipes like al pesto, risotto funghi, arrabbiata, open vegetable lasagne, are tried out too. Continental entrees like tiger prawns, Chilean sea bass, panko crumbed reef cod, thai curry, seared salmon, wild mushroom and vegetable fricasse top the list. The indian food is highly recommended here. It is delicious and very popular. Indian mains of tawa masala mahi and dungar maas are simply delightful. Bullâ€™s eye is the most favoured dessert. Besides that ginger panna cotta is good too.
The restaurant keeps in mind its foreign clientle and serves protein whey shake, lassi, probiotic yogurt smoothie, tea, coffee, juices in beverage section. Due to its classy location and its history Machan is expensive. But to gain a lovely experience and awesome food head to machan. The restaurant has all the qualities (Food, ambience, service) that define the fine all day dining place.