LOCATION: One Style Mile, Mehrauli, Inside Olive Qutub
PRICE FOR TWO: Rs.1,850
TIMINGS: 10am to 12am
What was originally the horses den in an old haveli, overlooking an open courtyard, and then later turned into a Green House, The Grammar Room sure has a story to tell. To get to this cosy cafe you have to enter through Olive Bar and Kitchen and you will be directed to this tiny white gate which leads to a small footbridge with water bodies on wither side (sounds fancier than it is) and then you enter The Grammar Room (A.K.A- TGR). With an open kitchen, indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the mehrauli forest, this is a perfect place for casual meetings, coffee dates, breakfast or even to drop by on your own. They have a great collection of books, games, colouring books to keep you occupied and not to mention their artisanal cocktails and great coffee to ease the mind. They don't take reservation and it gets quite busy in the evening, they have a nice indie music playlist and staff is very courteous and sweet.
The Curry Up Bowl with udon noodles tossed in yellow curry with seasonal vegetables with options of poached egg, chicken and prawn is amazing! The flavours are freshly Thai and the crispy fried chicken is to die for.
The Katsu chicken sandwich with chicken marinated in soy and sake in multigrain bread with togarashi fried makes for a nice snack.
TGR sticky Japanese egg fried rice tossed with seasonal greens, topped with tofu, garlic chips and fried onions (add prawns or bacon) is a decent rice dish to share if you're not that hungry. It can get a little dry as it does not have a gravy but you can always ask for more sauce.
Chef Satish's messy burger (a daily special that found its place in the menu) is my personal favourite. Stuffed inside a dijon mustard and parmesan brioche burger bun is chicken marinated in gochujang (Korean red chili paste) with pickles, lettuce and topped with a fried egg! It's as messy and delicious as it sounds! It comes with purple potato chips and a tomato calabrese sauce and is surely filling, don't get into the mess of sharing :P
The Chef Sahil Fries with truffle garlic parmesan is a good starter for the table and the best dessert is the Cookie and Milk for Rs. 400, worth every penny. You get a warm chocolate chip cookie which comes with vanilla infused milk on the side and once you break the cookie and pour in the milk, it's like you've taken a bite of heaven.
The brekka platter comes with bacon scrambled eggs, a Japanese omelette, crumb fried scotch eggs, with parmesan sticks and garlic bread with onion jam on the side. Great scrambled and poached eggs but over all the dish had a few drawbacks but Vishwani and Tanya, the masterminds behind TGR were happy to take feedback and have come up with something better to replace this egg platter.
Great food takes love and patience so make sure you give 15-20 minutes for your food to come and let me just put it out there, I love The Grammar Room so much that I can keep going back !