Bo Tai, Zorawar Kalra’s restaurant-bar, is a stunning space right next to One Style Mile, Mehrauli. It has a unique spin on Thai food and some pretty potent cocktails.
Bo Tai By Zorawar Kalra Of Farzi & Pa Pa Ya Fame
It All Tais In
This restaurant takes it’s name very seriously. The stirrers, napkin holders and the other paraphernalia are all brassy, metal wires twisted into the shape of a bow tie, the restaurant’s pun-very-much-intended name. The effect is cute and quirky, and it’s clear from its primo location and mood-lighting rife set-up that the place will strike a cord with the Delhi diner.
A Real Prawn Star
The food is nothing if not experimental at Bo Tai. We’re impressed by the clear plates with water inside (that freeze and turn to ice, keeping the food cold on the table) that were created specifically for their scallop salads with gelato – which held up beautifully. The pork baos (tried by a colleague) are, he reckons, something to write home about. The pork sausage toasts and crispy lamb are also real delights, but we ended up ODing most on these giant, fat prawns stuffed with a coconut milk and veggie filling – there wasn’t a crumb left!
Raising The Bar
We’re told by an enthusiastic bartender that this is the first bar in the city to serve Monkey 47 Dry gin. More of a cocktails kind of person? The cocktails here are eclectic and intersting – which sometimes makes them a bit of an acquired taste. Fruit is a major player here, with core Thai cooking ingredients thrown into the mix (read: Galangal, lemongrass, and Thai red chill). You’ll see a lot of papaya, pineapple and strawberry making their way to you in everything from traditional snifter glasses to crazy fishbowls half-filled with potent blends.
So, We're Saying
The place is pretty, and has a great vibe. Check if out if you’re looking for something new and interesting to try, and are up for something experimental.