Delhi Gets A New Tapas Bar With Quirky Modern Indian Food Menu
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Indian food is known to be versatile, so much so that it can be tweaked in several ways to create different dishes with unique flavours and textures. No wonder, modern Indian cuisine is enjoying a growing popularity among young Indian foodies. If you too are someone who loves to devour desi flavours with a modern twist, we have the perfect place for you. Amaltas - Indian Tapas and Bar is a newest addition to Delhi’s restaurant scene, and the place is already redefining modern Indian cuisine with a Tapas concept. Perhaps, it’s one of the firsts to do so in the Indian food sector.

Nestled in the bustling GK-2 Market, Amaltas is a cosy yet vibrant place with Chef Udit Maheshwari at the helm of it. The interiors are brightly done with a touch of Amaltas seen at every nook and corner. With ample sunlight filtering into the place, a day visit is sure to give you some stunning Instagram-worthy pictures.  

The menu is deeply rooted in regional Indian cuisines. However, the dishes take inspiration from around the world. We sat down to try some of the best suggestions from the chef himself and started the meal with Jalebi Chaat. The tanginess of chaat and crispiness of savoury jalebi complemented the slightly sweet dish, which is perfect for a wholesome snack. 

For drinks, we had Konkan Sour and Asafoetida Sour that were as unique and refreshing as they sounded. We then moved onto the Kachampuli Chicken Wings that are an Indian take on barbecue wings. For the unversed, Kachampuli is dark vinegar from Coorg. It is made from the fruit known as panampuli, a type of kokum. Next, we had the Tibetan-special Tingmo - a soft bread splayed with chilli garlic paste in the middle. We loved the pillowy bread paired with lip-smacking masala.  

The bacon stuffed kulcha had the perfect smokiness of tandoor, but the quantity of filling could have been better. What stood out was the Kalimpong Cheese Tart, made with Sharp Gouda cheese from the hills of Kalimpong in West Bengal. The satisfying balance between the crunchy tart and the melt-in-mouth cheese was unmissable. They also have Bandel Cheese Seekh Kebab with spinach and cashews, and we think it is quite the innovative treat. Then, we have the sweetcorn momos with Gondhoraj Lebu Broth, inspired by Kolkata’s momos and soup. A hearty affair for sure, especially during the winter months. 

The Fish Tikkas too were a delight. While Saffron Fish Tikka has the perfect play of spices and herbs, the Kerala Fish Tikka could have been better. Since we were quite full by then, we couldn’t manage to move to the main course. However, the options looked irresistible. From Tamarind Fish Curry, Mushroom Stew to Broccoli Makhani, and Warli Meat Curry to Mutton Pepper Toast, there are options galore and we think we’ll go back for just the main course. 

We reserved some space for the dessert, and opted for Chocolate and Jaggery Pot Au Creme and it definitely didn’t disappoint us. A bonus at Amaltas is the inclusion of several vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free dishes – which are hard to come by in Indian cuisine. 

Amaltas - Indian Tapas and Bar

Address: M25, First Floor, GK2, M Block Market, Delhi 

Timings: 12 pm to 11 pm 

Price (for two): ₹1,000 (plus taxes)