[New Delhi] An award winning restaurant, Smoke House Deli is a café and delicatessen that has spread its wings across India.
This is largely due to the wide variety of options for food enthusiasts and being consistent in terms of service and overall ambiance.
Their branch in DLF Promenade, New Delhi, which I have visited a few times, is a delightfully chirpy place that even has open air seating.
The perfect spot to spend a long relaxing brunch during the warm winter afternoons of the city.
Smoke House Deli walks a thin line between casual and fine dining, presenting comfort food in lavish surroundings, and whips up dishes that impress in the form of taste, flavour, and subtle yet exquisite appearances.
It is part of the Impresario group of restaurants that has been one of the leading and driving forces in the country’s culinary expansion over the last decade.
As part of the group and under the guidance of one of the most notable individuals from the business, Riyaaz Amlani, the company as well as the restaurant has grown to become one of the most prominent brands of the Indian food industry.
At present the brand has four restaurants in New Delhi, two in Bangalore, and three in Mumbai. The Kolkata franchise has only recently closed down.
Quirky is the first thought that comes to mind when talking about Smoke House Delhi.
The atmosphere that is created is very professional and the food is something that is very close to my heart with dishes consisting of classic egg preparations, pizzas, pasta, and sandwiches being some of the best that can be found in the city.
Eating there is an experience and just like the diversity in its menu and ingredients, the restaurant is perfect for a variety of occasions be it a casual family get-together, a romantic dinner, or an important business lunch.
One of the odd things about Smoke House Deli is that they are hesitant about letting customers take photos of the restaurant’s interiors.
I have found this to be awkward and strange, but they do have extremely chic décor that comprises of beautifully drawn oddities on the walls along with vintage styled furniture that is both colourful and lively.
The walls are unique and make for a great conversational starter or are simply something to look at and admire as one waits for the food to arrive.
In fact, some of the art have QR codes on them that allow the guests use modern technology to learn a little something about the city they are in.
In hindsight, maybe not having seen the interiors prior to visiting the restaurant is a good thing as it provides as chance to be surprised and amazed when first visiting.
Smoke House Deli is known for serving some classic favourites along with presentations that are not always easily available at your average café.
Their all-day breakfast menu is my all-time favourite especially the selection of Eggs that range from Skillet Fried Eggs (Rs. 330, SGD$7.00) with chorizo and sausages to an Open Faced Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Omelette (Rs.230, SGD$5.00).
Some other signature dishes include Smoked Carrot and Ginger soup (Rs. 230, SGD$5.00) which comes with the option of adding smoked chicken, prawns or even ham; Kefir Soaked Chicken, Organic Red Rice, and Brown Rice Flakes salad (Rs. 440, SGD$9.15) accompanied by an apricot-chilli dressing; Smoked Salmon and Wasabi Bagel (Rs. 440, SGD$9.15).
However, if you want to really go all in, try the Saffron and Champaign Risotto with Chicken (Rs. 570, SGD$12.00) which is full of meaty goodness.
For someone like me, who has a sweet tooth, a meal at Smoke House Deli cannot be complete without that faultless Crème Brulee (Rs. 210, SGD$4.50)
The food at SMD, as it is often called by regulars, comes packed with flavours and they have perfected their cooking.
The only disappointment that I feel is that keeping in mind the pricing, sometimes the quantity/size of the dishes just isn’t enough.
Having evolved into a chain restaurant over the years, one of the specialities of Smoke House Deli is that even though the interiors might look similar when you go from one branch to another, a closer look with show more local eccentricity being part of it.
The restaurant has grown popular mostly by word of mouth and its clientele can swear by the food that they serve bringing a level of familiarity that is often hard to find in the volatile culinary business.
When visiting Smoke House Deli at Promenade Mall, New Delhi, I highly recommend sitting outside in the covered tent extension as it allows for more free space especially if you are with children who can then run around in the open courtyard adjoining to the restaurant.
If you’re looking for food that is guaranteed to impress, dishes that is full of flavours and presented beautifully, creations that are comforting, all the while sitting surrounded by equally captivating décor, in addition to immaculate service, then Smoke House Deli is a sure bet.
The fact that they remain steady day in and day out makes the restaurant the perfect place to visit when you want appetizing no-fuss food that will satisfy your soul.
Smoke House Deli
Ground Floor, DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
Tel: 011 46075646
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 1:00 am Daily
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Smoke House Deli
* Written by DFD’s India Correspondent @tickereatstheworld. Raghav is a travel and food writer who enjoys the thrill of discovering new places and writing about them. When he is not working, he can be found driving around his two kids from one birthday party to another.