Was invited for a menu tasting of Sanctum located adjacent to the Chancery Pavilion. This was for a ladies night. This used to be an exclusive members invite club when it started. Now all that exclusivity is open to the public. First glance, it looks chic with avant garde interiors. The ambience is high spirited with dj, loud music and psychedelic lights. If you are going for a conversation, drop it and groove to the music.
Lets get to the drinks and food shall we?
While I was quite satisfied with a large Ballentines whiskey, a few impressive looking cocktails and mocktails did make their way to our table and which I had little sip to get a taste of.
Diced Chicken in Lemon grass
Paneer Tikka lababdar
Murgh malai tikka
Baby corn Manchurian
I liked the tikki with the beetroot sauce and the murgh malai tikka among this impressive variety.
Main Course had a lot of dishes to choose from. Here are a few which I tool
Soup – The tomato soup was quite spicy and just right after a good number of sweet cocktails
Kadhai Chicken – A very balanced dish with just the right flavors. A good combo with roti
Chicken biryani – Very well made and just right for the ambience. Is it the best I have had? No…
Daal – There were two kinds of daal the panchvati and makhni. Both have a place in my heart. Really well made.
Anything chocolate and it just works for me so Chocolate mousse was my hero
Overall I felt the vegetarian dishes dominated their non veg counterparts in terms of taste and flavor. Coming from me who is a hardcore NV, that is something.
Last but not the least, would like to point out that a for a modern and hep place such as this, the starters were way too old fashioned. I would have preferred nachos, cheese stuffed fritters, parmesan sticks etc which are easier to eat and cleaner than tikkas and chilly chicken. The finger food should be able to keep the interest of the young crowd, especially during a ladies night and these will just not work. Main course is not something that would interest this crowd so the focus should be more on innovative and interesting finger food.
All of the food could use a bit more spice as I felt it was a bit bland for the Indian palate.
A few improvements on their food front should make this a rocking place
Service – 3.5/5 Though it was by invite I was looking at the service on other tables and they looked quite happy with their service