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Fans of prawns need not worry about staid, boring options in Delhi restaurants anymore. In fact, you would do good to explore prawn sampling beyond the golden fried prawns and tandoori prawns this season. The new shellfish dishes put out by a bevy of culinary talents across the city more than delivers. And prawn dining options are currently aplenty in both upscale and casual restaurants. So grab your napkin bib and get started on the cool prawn dishes your city has to offer.
Yum Yum Cha, whose outlets can be identified from a distance for its snaking queue of diners also have something innovative up its sleeves. The Rock Shrimp Shake (Rs. 585 plus taxes), offered here is drama on your table. Tempura fried prawns are brought in a glass jar. The next step involves pouring of the restaurant’s in-house dynamite sauce on the crispy yet juicy prawns. The top of the glass jar is then screwed on and its contents are shaken vigorously in front of you. The prawns, now coated with the zingy sauce, are finally poured into your serving bowl.
Another must-try here is a dish called Aromatic Prawns (Rs. 685 plus taxes), where stir-fried prawns are tossed with garlic, chillies and topped with crispy quinoa.
Smokey’s BBQ and Grill, which pays homage to juicy barbecued meat and grilled fare, is also giving its prawn dish a new spin. In a dish called Reshampatti Spiced Prawns; medium sized prawns are marinated in reshampatti chilli and served with hefty offerings of chicken sausages, quinoa, tangy yet fiery lemon butter sauce as well as a salad.
Price: Rs. 1100 plus taxes.
Lady Baga, the Goa beach shack themed restaurant, serves a unique prawn pulao, that is made only when an order comes through. As opposed to doling out pulao or biryanis that are made in large batches hours ago and reheated before serving, Lady Baga’s Prawn Pulao is made instantaneously with cooked basmati rice along with thick coconut milk and a medley of condiments.
Another must-try is a dish called Prawn With Love, the restaurant’s take on the legendary bright- orange Goan prawn curry. While North Indian gravies have fried masala, the masala is added raw in prawn with love, along with coconut milk and sautéed prawns.
Prawn Pulao - Rs. 525 plus taxes.
Prawns With Love - Rs. 675 plus taxes.
If European dining is your thing, you cannot go wrong with ATM Bistro that is nestled in the quiet neighbourhood of Sundar Nagar. For decadent spaghetti cravings, there is the Spaghetti Marinara that is loaded with succulent shrimps and parsley. While you are unlikely to chance upon spaghetti marinara with shrimp in Italy, the restaurant raises the luxury quotient of the dish by several notches by adding the freshest of shrimps. The whole affair is capped off with a black pepper tuile or baked wafer.
Price: For members of ATM Bistro, the price is Rs. 450 plus taxes, while non-members will have to pay Rs. 700 plus taxes.
At the ongoing Malaysian Food Festival (starting from September 9 to September 17), titled Taste of Malaysia at Tamra, the multi-cuisine restaurant at Shangri-La’s - Eros Hotel, there is a unique prawn dish on offer. Let your taste buds go on a global tour with the Udang Harimau Lemak Nenas (Tiger Prawn with Pineapple Coconut Gravy) that is redolent with the flavour of tropical fruits.
Price: Rs. 800 plus taxes.
Susmita Saha is a Delhi-based Features Writer. She has worked as an Assistant Editor at India Today and The Telegraph and writes on arts and culture, films, travel, food, architecture, design and various other lifestyle subjects. She has seriously itchy feet and plans to tick the world off her bucket list, one burger at a time.