[New Delhi] One of Delhi’s most popular restaurants, Pluck’s pride is its in-house garden that forms the basis of their fresh, contemporary menu.
The casualness of the setting and family-friendly atmosphere adds a sense of childish excitement to the presentations that are delicate and reflect the essence of fine dining.
Situated next to the lobby of Pullman Aerocity, near the International Airport in New Delhi, Pluck has all-day dining options that make it accessible to different kinds of diners.
The restaurant’s claim to fame is its organic garden where many of the ingredients are carefully grown throughout the year.
In addition to this, the chefs at Pluck prefer to work with seasonal ingredients and therefore their menu changes from time to time.
Sophistication oozes from every inch of Pluck.
From the moment the visitor is greeted with a smile at the entrance to the table settings, there is an understated elegance that creates a relaxing and happy atmosphere.
The cleverness of the actual menu is quite intriguing as well. Not only does it come on a tablet, but rather than giving a description of the food, there is a small video that shows the dish during preparation.
The interiors of Pluck consist of subtle colours, beautiful lights that hang from the ceiling, and large open spaces that on a Saturday night seemed vacant, but during their legendary Sunday Brunch must get busy.
Food is the heart and soul of Pluck.
The ingredients are treated with love, and the final creations are nothing short of eatable pieces of art that come laden with exotic flavour profiles and textures.
A must-have at Pluck are their soups which are always “poured” at the table. While the Lobster Bisque (Rs 1000, SGD19.80) was heavenly, rich with lobster butter, the chef was able to give the often-mundane Mulligatawny Soup (Rs 600, SGD11.80) a new life with its de-constructed presentation, modest spiciness, and smooth consistency.
The Trilogy of Lamb (Rs 1400, SGD27.75) was brilliant, showcasing the meat in three different avatars that consisted of a kebab, a lamb chop, and a roulade, each one with a unique set of taste.
Molecular gastronomy plays a vital role in the food served at Pluck, albeit in a less dramatic fashion.
The Golgappa and Caviar (Rs 625, SGD12.40) for example had a tangy dried ginger gastrique, and for dessert, there was the self-explanatory Baked Gulab Jamun Crème Brulee (Rs 600, SGD11.80).
For those who want to explore the entire spectrum of what’s on offer, the degustation menus (starting from Rs 2700, SGD53.50) are an excellent choice and consist of Pluck’s biggest sellers.
The staff at Pluck is amicable, forthcoming, and knowledgeable about the food they serve.
They explain the intricacies of every dish ordered and this minute interaction with the staff makes eating the food all the more exciting.
Pluck is a restaurant with more than just a pretty face. Beyond the fancy façade of the electronic menu and the novelty of the in-house garden is food that is complex and quite simply a festival of flavours and techniques.
Even though many will swear by their Sunday Brunch, I feel Pluck is the place to visit when it is less crowded, time is a friend, and you are in the mood to relish food that is guaranteed to be delectably satisfying.
Pullman New Delhi Aerocity, Asset No 02 GMR Hospitality District IGI Airport New Delhi
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 11:30pm (Mon – Sun)
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* 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.