Ever since it opened its doors in 1965, The Oberoi, New Delhi has been an epicentre for the city’s glitterati and has seen the city living, growing and evolving. Delhi, too, has seen the iconic hotel changing (for good) and kept its space safe while it decided to go off for a two-year-long facelift. So, when The Oberoi returned with Omya—a modern Indian diner headed by Chef Alfred Prasad with his 13-year Michelin stint, it was sure to take the capital’s dining scene by storm. By Sushmita Srivastav
Don’t mistake it with just another Indian restaurant with regular staples, though. Even after a year later, Omya is still surprising its guests with its ever-changing menu, and authentic Indian flavours with subtle contemporary twists. Expect nothing less than freshest seasonal ingredients, dashes of colours, and visually delightful plating from the all-new ‘Colours of Spring’ menu.
The ambience is sure to sweep you off before you let the food land you to a gastronomic dreamland—think pretty orchids on the table, tasselled chandeliers, fine tableware, a coffered ceiling, and upholstered furniture with rich fabrics. While admiring the elegant décor, do a favour to yourself by ordering a bowl of Murgh Badami Shorba.
No matter what season it is, the creamy almond broth with a hint of garlic is a treat to your buds and is poured warm over a plate of tender chicken pieces and crisp leeks. Or you can find your solace from scorching summer by picking Anaar ka Panna that is served cold with the refreshing coolness of pomegranate, cucumber, melon and chia seeds.
The tender kebabs of Edamame Seekh come filled with spiced edamame and vegetable mix and melt in the mouth quite instantly. Served with a side of lotus tempura, this one is definitely a star dish in the vegetarian section. Hariyali Jhinga—tangy prawns tossed in coriander chutney and grilled in a tandoor—is amazingly complemented by the fennel and orange salad it is served with.
Next comes Barrah Chaap, the famous New Zealand lamb chops grilled to perfection and served with glazed vegetables and an onion ring. A delicious pick, however, you might want to give it a skip this time and keep it for your winter visit. But then, there is Gunpowder-Crusted Fish that you can choose. The pan-fried marinated Bhekti sits atop a bed of millet Khichdi and lime coconut sauce and does wonders to your palate without coming out too spicy.
Take our word and pick Bharwan Sabzi—you just cannot go wrong with banana chillies with potato filling and little aubergines filled with peanuts and sesame served over a yoghurt chickpea sauce. For dessert, opt for Omya Ghewar—giving your meal a perfect finish, this delightful dish of crisp Ghewar bites with mascarpone mango mousse, candied mint, mango gelato and fresh-cut mango pieces is a must-try for more reasons than one.
Meal For Two: INR 5,000 with alcohol (plus taxes)
Timings: 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm (Lunch) and 7.00 pm to 11.30 pm (Dinner)
Address: The Oberoi, Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, New Delhi
Reservations: (011) 2430 4370