There is something magical about Dilli Ki Sardi (Delhi winters). Many love to hate it but let us agree winters make our city come alive - festivities, al fresco dining and shopping in high streets like Khan Market becomes fun. Winter is also the season for Sunday Brunches.
As the winter just set in I got an invite from Irezumi- a restaurant which turns into a happening lounge bar at night to come and experience their Sunday Brunch. I immediately agreed because of two reasons. First Irezumi serves Japanese and sushi is my new found love. But it’s the second reason that was more important. Irezemi is located in the heart of the city and offers a splendid view of the Lutyens Delhi.
|Irezumi transforms into a happening lounge in the evenings|
On a Sunday afternoon we reached Irezumi, located in a building that houses the Jaguar showroom on the ground floor. We chose to sit on the rooftop where you could see the iconic Delhi hotel Le Meridian, Shangri La and the bustling Janpath road. On a clear day you can spot the India Gate too. The sound of water from the fountains on the rooftop, the breeze and soft rays of the sun made it a perfect setting. The place was quiet unlike in the evenings when it’s bustling.
Chef Xavier Lepcha quickly came to greet us armed with the Sunday Brunch menu and his infectious smile. The menu was quite exhaustive. I skipped the soup, even though the options were quite tempting including the Burmese Khao Suey and Miso Soup and went straight to the salad, dimsums, sushi and sashimi. The Asian Caesar Salad, Prawn and Chicken Siew Mai and Salmon Maki Roll all met our expectations. The must try items on the Sunday Brunch menu include Kung Pao Chicken and Chilli Chicken pizza, yes you heard that right.
|Chef Xavier Lepcha makes Japanese (cuisine) look quite simple|
The Sunday Brunch menu is different from the regular menu at this Pan Asian restaurant. On a weekday you can go for a Non-Veg Sushi Platter ( Rs 1295) or a Veg Sushi Platter (Rs 995).
There was option of choosing wine, cocktails or the beer. I went for the tried and tested Cosmopolitan that was quite refreshing. But you must be more experimental when you visit the restaurant because they have some great cocktails. You must try Sake, a Japanese alcoholic drink made of fermented rice.
I had read mixed reviews about this place. Though everyone had good things to say about food, there were many who were not quite impressed by Irezumi's service, so I did go with a few pre-conceived notions. The food undoubtedly was good and service too was impressive if not impeccable. This Asian Tapas lounge might not be the best restaurant serving sushi in town but it definitely makes the Japanese and Oriental cuisine look familiar and less intimidating. For this the credit also goes to the friendly staff and chef
|Its the location and setting that makes Irezumi a treat!|
When in doubt ask the Chef! So for the main course if you don’t know what to order well here are Chef’s recommendations- Hainanese Crispy Fish topped with mushrooms and chillies and flambéed with Shaoxing Wine, Szechuan Poached Sliced Lamb with Fragrant Oil and Lantern Chilli and Choy Sum with Hot Garlic sauce.
It was the dessert that was the star that day- the Creme Brulee sampler that had the delectable dessert in two flavours is a must try. Next time I am going for the Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse Cake.
As I wrapped up my hearty meal, the servers were busy preparing for the Sundowner. Irezumi’s setting is indeed perfect for a lazy Sunday Brunch, a sundowner or a date night!
Address: Irezumi, 22A Janpath Road, Connought Place, New Delhi
Total Covers : 120
Average Cost of Meal for Two people: Rs 2500 (exclusive taxes and Alcohol)
Cost of Sunday Brunch: Rs 1795 per person