I finally stepped out to eat at a restaurant last week. Since it was my first restaurant visit after the pandemic hit, I wanted to choose a restaurant that was safe and at the same time the food so good that it was worth taking the plunge.
Sana-Di-Ge coastal cuisine restaurant tucked in Delhi's posh Malcha Marg- rose to the occasion. We were welcomed by mask-clad staff and Sana-Di-Ge's signature welcome drink- Ginger flavoured Coconut Water. We seated on our table on the top floor of the three-storied restaurants. The tables had cards with QR codes from which I was able to access the elaborate menu of the restaurant in a jiffy on my mobile.
I kickstarted the afternoon with Prawn Ghee Roast, which had just the right spice and authentic flavours. This was followed with another star appetizer- Stuffed Kurle, shredded crab meat tossed with fierce Goan spices stuffed back into the shell, baked. The meal would have been incomplete without the Pomfret in Malabari spices. The authentic flavours of the coastal cuisine were nothing short of a gastronomical extravaganza. The restaurant does some great vegetarian, chicken, and mutton appetizers but I aimed only for seafood that afternoon.
These were accompanied by equally tasty cocktails the bartender customized to our liking. Vodka infused with cinnamon and spices- a perfect summer drink and later a Gin garnished with fresh Rosemary. Sipping cocktails at a bar is also something I have dearly missed ever since we were locked down.
For the main course, one has the option of choosing from the variety of fish curries or settle for chicken or mutton curry. Denji Karavali Curry, fresh sea crabs cooked in a spiced gravy in Karavali style; Meen Moilee, fish simmered in coconut milk; Kozhi Chettinad, a Chettinad specialty chicken; Mutton Stew are some of the must-try items on the main course menu.
Sana-Di-Ge sources all the sea catch, spices, and ingredients fresh from Karnataka, the state of its popular outpost in Bangalore. This is one of the reasons why the coastal food at this restaurant is so good.
I rounded up my meal with Elaneer Payasam- a dessert with coconut cream and fresh coconut pulp. As I gorged on it, things felt normal and for some time it didn't feel like that we are in the middle of a pandemic. Sana-Di-Ge's food has that power to transport you to another world. Also don't miss the filter coffee!