Throughout the week, the excitement of next weekend continues to simmer in the back of our minds. While some of us just want to laze around the house, others want to relax by doing all we can and experiencing the bustling city in its most basic form. Delhi offers a wealth of options for a rejuvenating getaway in one form or another. But finding a rhythm that offers everything under one roof is difficult. Khubani, Andaz Delhi, nestled in Aerocity, beckons us all for an all-encompassing royal experience that lingers.
Food, ambiance, music, luxury, entertainment – I checked it all off my checklist with a visit to Khubani.
As soon as you enter, you are greeted by a large fountain that leads you to a monumental two-story dome that houses the royal restobar with a massive bar right in the center. One look around and I was wowed by the beautiful Persian themed decor with intricate traditional rugs adorning the walls and twinkling chandeliers hanging from the roof.
I started the evening with King of Khubani cocktail – a gin-based drink seasoned with spices. Vodka lovers must try Revolution, which contains vodka mixed with a myriad of spice flavors and orange juice. And those who are looking for something different to make their evening interesting can try Chai Martini.
The food menu is an amalgamation of flavors from around the world but showcases Middle Eastern culture through its Turkish menu. Whatever you choose to eat, don’t start without trying the sushi. Phoenix Roll (shrimp tempura flanked with cucumber and avocado) not to be missed. California our way – the crab sushi flavored with mayonnaise, avocado and cucumber is another must. Rainbow Crystal Ravioli provide the perfect meatball vibe with succulent chicken and complementary flavors.
From Asian cuisine, I first tried Smoked Green Banana Leaf Wrapped Fishwhich, honestly, was a bit too bland for my palate, but it earned a few points for its presentation and soft, doughy texture. Khubani Kapanir is a must if you are a vegetarian. Even if you’re not, the crispy, chewy texture and blend of flavors won’t let you run out of meat. I would rate them Thai curry like medium with regular flavors but pad thai noodles were truly exceptional.
Now, food isn’t the only thing on the agenda when we go out on weekends. And I’m glad I chose Khubani for the high octane place he turned after dinner. Aerial acrobatics, belly dancing, fire dancing, Sufi melodies, pop music – there is so much to keep you entertained and shaking your leg to the sound of kicking music.
What: Khubai, Andaz Delhi
Where: Asset #1, Hospitality District Delhi, Aerocity, New Delhi
When: 12 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Cost: INR 2,000 for two people (approximately)