A modern Levant eating house and bar – Syrah, Hyatt Regency Delhi’s latest fine-dining offering is the perfect place to unwind in Delhi’s magical autumn evenings. Text and photographs by Priyanka Chakrabarti and Hyatt Regency Delhi
Imagine savouring velvety-textured hummus with freshly baked pita bread on a nippy autumn evening. Add to it, smokey cocktails, eccentric décor, cosy corners, house music, an electric-blue pool in the backdrop, warm hospitality and safety protocols on point – and you will gift yourself a perfect dining experience. Hyatt Regency Delhi’s most recent masterpiece, Syrah, hosted an exclusive curtain-raiser last evening, and we had a great time!
Chef De Cuisine, Mohamed Hussein Ibrahim Kasem presented an array of Eastern Mediterranean dishes to us that are heavily influenced by flavours of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine and even southernmost Turkey.
We started the evening with some roasted capsicum dip and veggie sticks, and some hot cheese poppers to go with. And of course, red wine sangria and whiskey-based cocktails followed suit. We highly recommend Irish Angle – an Irish whiskey-based concoction with hints of Campari, honey, lavender and lime.
Then, we moved on to a beautiful melange of cold and hot mezze platters. Think, Tabbouleh – finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, spring onions, fresh mint and crushed wheat tossed in zesty lemon juice and olive oil; Hummus Kawarma – hummus topped with lamb cubes, pine nuts and oodles of butter; Moutabal – charcoal-grilled aubergine with Tahina paste, yoghurt and garlic, topped with a drizzle of lemon juice; Moutabal Beetroot – grated beetroot mixed with Tahina paste, yoghurt and a dash of lemon salt; and our favourite, the Laban Bel Khayar – yoghurt whipped with freshly crushed mint leaves, grated cucumber and some garlic.
For the hot mezzes, special mention of Kibbeh Maklieh is a must – deep-fried minced lamb meat cooked with crushed wheat and onions. This mildly spiced starter packed an outburst of flavours in its tiny demeanour. Vegetarian folks, do try their Fatayer Sabanekh – deep-fried pastry with fresh spinach stuffing, cooked with onions, sumac, pine nuts and pomegranate molasses.
Moving on to mains and grills, their Bamya Bel Zate is a must-try – okra cooked in olive oil with tomatoes, garlic, onions and fresh coriander leaves. This bhindi preparation with a twist came in a humble bowl with coriander garnishing, but it sure packed a punch in every bite! We loved Jaweneh Makhlee too – fried chicken wings doused in garlic, lemon juice and coriander leaves.
And then we indulged in a hot lamb Shawarma roll that came with fresh onion salad and garlic chilli sauce – unleashing an explosion of authentic Middle-Eastern flavours, this was a total winner!
But as they say, always save the best for last – to conclude the main course, we indulged in a humble serving of Samakeh Harrah – baked fillet of sea bass cooked in hot Tahina sauce and cumin, and topped with pine nuts. Meals like this sweep you off your feet.
Lastly, before bidding adieu to the Syrah, we savoured some delectable desserts – a warm date cake that came with vanilla ice cream and molten caramel sauce, and Um Ali – pastry crispy butter dough with milk, nuts and dollops of whipped cream.
All the dishes here are doused in fresh herbs and spices, and all the meat-based offerings are meticulously soaked in delectable marinades – right from mild to spicy. Visit Syrah with your friends and family, order large plates and share a hearty meal over a quality conversation. And, while you are at it, be assured that your safety is well taken care of.
Address: Syrah, Hyatt Regency Delhi, Ground Floor, Bikaji Cama Place, RK Puram New Delhi, Delhi – 110066.
Price for two: INR 4,000 approx.