Ten Second Takeaway

Marked by old-style shutters with little bits of quirky decor peeking out at you from within, the colourful Guppy by ai boasts of a wide selection of Japanese fare, along with some great cocktails.

Guppy Love

The mood was set. We entered a pale teal courtyard and the rest of the journey to our table consisted of arches and creepers, AD Singh’s signature style, with Japanese-inspired murals. Polka dotted washrooms, random trinkets, illustrations and crafty installations, Guppy looked like—and we speak purely of the decor—the love child of Mamagoto and Olive.

Miso Happy

To start, with a spirit of anticipation and inquisitiveness, we tried the Miso Soup, which was served in a traditional Japanese ceramic bowl. The soup was warm and comforting, salty, dotted with seaweed and diced carrots, radish, creamy tofu and spring onions {which looked like the product of some crazy knife skills!}.

This was followed by The Guppy House Salad: Pickled beet, asparagus and broccoli dressed with Karashi mustard. The sheer vibrancy of the veggies made me feel healthy: Food should do that more often. Also, uber talented and engaging chef Vikram Khatri suggested healthy, gluten-free and vegan dietary options throughout.

We tried the Tenderloin Tetaki {Japanese version of Carpaccio}, veg rolls and two variations of Gyoza. The Tatatki meat was cool, pleasant and lay upon a bed of soy ponzu dressed julienned leeks. The Gyoza, both prawn and mushroom, were very good. The winning element in theses dishes was the accompanying sauce.

That’s How They Roll

guppy2The Spicy Salmon Roll was velvety with a hint of heat; the squishy fish burst with flavour mid-chew. The accompaniments supported the dish better than they usually do. The ginger was not only pickled but slightly sweetened too, and the wasabi had a bite to it, without the water-works. It is safe to say that Guppy is making the best sushi in Delhi.

The Pork Belly was easily the highlight of the meal; melt in your mouth, soft Belgian Pork Belly glazed with Soy Honey and Mustard Miso dipping sauce.

The Chashu Ramen however, lacked the salty slightly fatty quality that the world-famous ramen is addictive for. It was a refined version of what I have eaten in the past, a great ‘first time’ for ramen newbies.

We weren’t too impressed with the Cheesecake and the Red Velvet {they felt anti-climactic after the meal} but a taste of the home-made ice cream should be on your Guppy bucket list.

Where: 28, Main Market, Lodhi Colony

Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium

Contact: 011 24690005

Price: INR 2,000 for two {approx.}

Timings: 12pm – 3.30pm, 7pm – 1am

Images courtesy: Guppy by ai