Juxtaposing the capital’s busiest space, Connaught Place, lies a space of culinary zen named WITC—Wok In The Clouds. Read on to know why we loved it! By Bayar Jain
The seemingly-never ending car ride from Gurugram to Connaught Place was enough to get my stomach rumbling. The bustle in the city’s centre only made me hungrier. As I climbed up the stairs to enter WITC — Wok In The Clouds, a zen-like calm enveloped me. Picture a mix of blue and ochre couches along the walls, cushioned chairs lined along the centre, and 90’s themed tin boards and exaggerated bottle caps donning the walls. While on one end, a well-stocked display bar leaves you transfixed, on the other, views of the passing shoppers beneath will keep you captivated. For me, however, their multi-cuisine and drinks menu did the trick; leading me to get on with my food journey instantly.
Without wasting much time, I flip through their menus and place my order. Shahi Nuts Chaat, Broccoli Baby Corn Mushroom in Black Bean Sauce, Kesar Kulfi, and of course, drinks to gulp it all down. Feeling indecisive (in my defence, their bar menu spans 15 pages!), I settle with two drinks — Deli Margarita, and Sea Buckthorn and Mint Pani Puri.
The Deli Margarita was absolutely delicious! The taste of Jalapenos infused with tequila and blended with spiced guava juice give the drink a yummy peppery touch. As the light orange concoction made its way through my throat, the lingering flavour of fresh cilantro had me hooked. The crunch of the accompanying Shaahi Nuts Chaat — a spicy melange of peanuts, cashews, nachos, crushed paapad and diced onions topped with fresh mint chutney only made it better.
The colourful food carousal continued with the vodka-based Sea Buckthorn. Paired with bite-sized, potato filled puris, the twist in the traditionally street-side delicacy comes due to the earthy flavours of the drink, which substitutes the otherwise raw mango-infused water. Though uncommon and peculiar to taste, a few sips later, the drink finds a way to grow on you.
WITC has a range of Indian, European, and Italian foods to choose from. I, however, settle with the waiter recommended Pan-Asian Broccoli Baby Corn Mushroom in Black Bean Sauce for the main course. Strings of delicious dough noodles peppered with just the right amount of red chilli greeted me. A happy bowl of fresh veggies in a pungent black bean sauce made me grin from ear to ear. Adding to my already elated state, however, were the accompanying spring rolls. The paper-thin rolls of flavour were cooked to perfection, adding the ideal levels of crunch to the overall dish.
By now, my faith in the staff had already been ascertained. Naturally, then, I let the chef woo me with his recommendations for dessert. I’m glad I did! Serving as the apt way to end a food journey, the supremely light Kesar Kulfi left me floored. Although not a fan of this particular flavour in desserts, I kept inching towards the milky goodness for seconds. Tidbits of candied fruit cubes and fresh kiwis amplified the taste further. One word — yummy!
All in all, next time you find yourself walking aimlessly around New Delhi‘s Connaught Place, head to WITC. With flavours so good, and ambience so cosy, we assure you’ll be ‘Wok’-ing in the clouds!