There's good news for the city's night owls. If you are hungry for mouth-watering food and want to wash it down with a beer, or if you want to have another round of drinks after your favourite pub has closed for the night, then Imperfecto Shor could be your go-to place in the days to come. This newly launched 24x7 café in Aerocity promises to serve comfort food from all across the world not just 24 hours of the day, throughout the year, but also have you sip on their refreshing cocktails.
This is Delhi's first 24x7 café as we are the only stand-alone restaurant that can serve alcohol 24x7. Rest all are attached to either five star hotels or do not have a liquor licence, says Chef Akanksha Dean, the chef manager who has carefully curated the fine menu, which has the best of European, Asian, American and Indian cuisine. A brain child of the Imperfecto group, which was established in 2011 and operates nine high-performance restaurants and pubs across the city, Imperfecto Shor promises to be different from its other siblings The cafe also has a nightclub that is open only on weekends, but runs till wee hours of morning where prominent bands play live.
The place is an ode to the Gothic era. With walls featuring exposed bricks to give it a rustic character along with charpoy ceilings, the design has been put together by the creative director Nuria Rodriguez Parra. The pointed arch-shaped wooden door that welcomes you to the Gothic canvas paintings on the walls and handmade lights, everything will make you wonder if you have stepped into a Roman castle by mistake.
With so much attention paid to décor, food hasn't been given any secondary treatment. The menu lingers from a salad called Helen Charlotte's Heavenly Spirit which is a refreshing salad with watermelon, arugula, feta cheese and raspberry dressing. We have given every dish a name inspired by a Gothic character and tried to present our dish with a story, so that the Goth is there not just in the look of the place but also in food too, says Chef Dean. So there's a St Chappelles Stained Glass which is grilled pineapple with rum, hints of coconut and ricotta and Lord Byron's NeoGothic Rolls which are a new version of the classic spring rolls.
MORE TO TANGO
For the night crawlers, there are more options on offer. Many five star hotels in the town have 24x7 restaurants or coffee shops that serve cold salad to steaming cup of coffee, martinis to butter chicken and sandwich. The finedining restaurant Blooms at Eros Hotel in Nehru Place offers Milk Coffee with Jack Daniels to Tiramisu Tea and Kahlua, besides sushi, salad and soups. The multicuisine restaurant aptly called 24/7 Bar offers the best of a la carte and a buffet ranging from European to Indian.
Several properties by the Taj group offer all day and night dining experiences. Be it the erstwhile Machan at Taj Mahal Hotel or the Capital Kitchen at Taj Palace, these are places that are frequented patrons for leisure dining. The Yellow Brick Road at Ambassador, the Creo at Vivanta Dwarka and Culina44 at Taj City Centre Gurugram offer aplenty to satiate voracious appetites. The 24-hour astral coffee shop Zodiac at Fortune Select Excalibur serve severything from prawns to parathas and waffles to sushi. Delhi Pavilion at Sheraton Hotel, Eggspectations at Jaypee Vasnat Continental and Horn Please at Hotel Royal Castle in CR Park also run round the clock.
BY THE ROAD
There are several roadside dhabas that have achieved an iconic status in Delhi. The paranthewalaat Moolchand or AIIMS is every party-goers go to adda for crispy hot paranthas. Located at Nizamuddin station is Comesum which offers some decent meal combos throughout the day and night. Not to forget, the 24x7 convenience stores where you can pick up quick breakfast munchies.