Kiko-bā in Basant Vihar is the latest addition to Delhi’s raging culinary landscape. Hit the Japanese-inspired eatery to indulge in some contemporary Asian dishes. By Kumar Shree
Kiko-bā hits the home run with its exclusive setup. The chic restaurant resides in Basant Lok, Delhi’s preferred address for everything upmarket. As I step inside beyond the big black door, an entirely different world awaits me. A sense of warmth takes over as I take a moment to admire the Scandinavian design aesthetic. Everything, right from the wooden flooring to the lighting, the L-shaped seating arrangement, and the funky music in the background, set the mood right away. It is love at first sight!
Before I embark on my culinary journey through authentic Asian offerings—like those from Shibuya, Sichuan, Cantonese and Yunnan—Chef Vaibhav Bhargave sits with me for a quick walkthrough of the menu. If you’ve been to Guppy By Ai, The Drunken Botanist, Vietnom, or Takashi, chances are you’ve already tasted his genius.
He tells me that the cuisine at Kiko-bā comes with a distinctive twist. I verify his statement—and agree with his words—when the plates start flying to my table. While the dishes retain their traditional flavoursome soul, they are presented with a perfectly modern take, making them even more appealing. If you’re a believer of the statement ‘one eats with their eyes first,’ trust us, Kiko-bā has all the tricks to satiate all your senses.
I let Chef Bhargave choose his signature dishes for me. He prefers to serve Spinach Gomai, Edamame Hummus, Truffle Mushroom Dimsum, Grilled Avocado, Corn on the Cob, Rainbow Vegetable Curry, Basil Chilly Tofu, Singapore Rice Noodles, Mantao Bun, and Toffee Pudding. Each dish stands out in its own unique way!
I thoroughly enjoy every single offering that grace my table. However, one unmissable dish is the Spinach Gomai. The cold salad paired with a sesame dressing is an absolute delight. Edamame Hummus—which comes with root vegetable chips, chilli oil, and ketchup seasoning—is great to pair with drinks. I also love the delicate flavours of the Truffle Mushroom Dimsum and Corn on the Cob.
For the main course, Rainbow Vegetable Curry comes paired with Mantao Bun; it’s a delightful combination. If you order the Basil Chilli Tofu, pair it with Singapore Rice Noodles or a choice of rice. While I love both the curries, Basil Chilli Tofu is a clear winner for me.
For desserts, do not miss out on the Toffee Pudding! It is highly recommended by the chef.
Address: Kiko-bā, 62 Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar, Delhi
Timings: 12:30 to 3:30 pm, and 7 pm to 12 am (the latter slot usually extends by half an hour on weekends)
Price: INR 2,500 for two without alcohol (approx.)