Designed by Neha Gupta, architect, interior designer and co-founder of Beyond Designs and Beyond Designs Home, Nineteen78 restaurant is not only aesthetically appealing but tickles your tastebuds too. By Chirag Mohanty Samal
Amidst the hustle bustle of Select City Mall in Saket, Delhi, you do not expect to find an oasis of calm and decadent luxury. But walk into Nineteen78, the new restaurant by Neha Gupta architect, interior designer and co-founder of luxury furniture, home accessories and interiors solutions brand Beyond Designs and Beyond Designs Home, and you find yourself in a soothing, modern and upscale space.
The grey tone of the walls, the fun lights suspended from the ceiling and the quirky art framed on one of the walls add to the restaurant’s equable charm. The restaurant seems to be unperturbed by the enthusiastic shoppers and the crowded stores around it. The marble tables with metal cast bases are paired with retro-style wooden chairs or sofas to allow guests to get comfortable and relax before placing their orders. Though there are several modern elements in the interiors, the soul of the restaurant is inimitably vintage.
The multi-cuisine restaurant offers a cross section of European, Asian and Coastal cuisines. From Thai garlic prawns and Vietnamese caremelised dry chicken to Middle-eastern mezze platters, there are several options for diners. We began by calling for the creamy truffle-flavoured mushroom soup, and after finishing the last bit of it, we heartily agreed that it was a good decision. We quickly moved on to trying the Asian offerings and ended up sampling the sweet and spicy Hong Kong ginger fish that perfectly balanced the contrasting flavours.
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There’s a section of the menu that says “millennial friendly food” and offers a variety of pasta in different sauces, crispy fried rice and comfort foods like potato wedges, chicken and fish fingers. We tried the meatball spaghetti from this section and the pasta was just cooked right and the sauce tangy and flavourful.
When it came to choosing the desserts, we went for the classic apple crumble pie that was served with a generous dollop of ice cream and the mango sponge cake topped with creamy custard. Both were delicious and provided a fitting denouement to our meal.
Given the founder’s background in interior design, we went to Nineteen78 expecting to find an aesthetically appealing space and we weren’t disappointed but the food made quite an impact in terms of taste and presentation.
S-18, 2nd Floor, Select CITYWALK, Saket, New Delhi- 110017.
11am – 11pm, every day of the week.
INR 1,800 for two plus taxes