Photographs by Manoj Juyal.

The holiday season and the end of the year celebrations have begun and the best part about all this, apart from being with our loved ones, is the celebratory food and drinks. Let’s face it – food is our constant companion at every celebration. In fact, a lot of us remember certain parties because the food was that good!

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In short, every celebration has got a lot to do with the kind of food that accompanies it, it makes making merry merrier. Therefore, even though I rarely do food reviews since I’m neither a food blogger, nor a food critic, I have decided that I’m going to review as many places as I can for the holiday season – so that you and I get an idea about all the nice places to be at with our friends and family for the holidays!

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I was invited to Cafe Dalal Street recently, to try out their menu. I accepted the invitation and dressed myself in head to toe ivory and cream with turquoise accents.

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I paired an ivory waterfall jacket with cream pyjama pants and added a black belt with gold studs to give the outfit a bit of a structure.

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I then wore my beige/cream cape jacket to add another layer. I completed the outfit with turquoise earrings, heels and a clutch and I was good to go!

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Before telling you about the food and the drinks, let me tell you a bit about Cafe Dalal Street and why it stands out. Those of you who haven’t been there already must have guessed it by the name, this place is based on the concept of stock exchange. The only difference – trading is done with cocktails and not shares. The place is packed with screens everywhere, where everyone can see the prices of drinks going up and down, making it a fun and a safe gamble.

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As soon as I arrived, I could feel the party in the air since the pub is dimly but brilliantly lit. Therefore I ordered myself not one but two cocktails straight away!

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They were two of their signature cocktails – The Wolf Punch as well as The White Wine Zing Spritzer. The former came in a cute transparent tea cup and was nothing like anything I have ever tasted before. Even though I’m not fond of vodka, the flavour of apple vinegar and the aroma of cloves really challenges the pallet, so it’s definitely worth a try.

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The White Wine Zing Spritzer is a good balance of the bitterness of white wine and the sweetness of strawberries. It’s good for people who find wine too bitter, but for me – I like my wine as is.

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Now coming to the food – I decided to go for a vegetarian menu because, being a hard core meat eater, I tend to ignore vegetarian dishes. And my decision wasn’t wrong because everything I ordered was delicious, I didn’t miss meat at all!

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I first ordered the Loaded Nachos and boy were they loaded! Firstly, I would like to point that the size of the nachos was pretty decent. Why I’m saying that is because there are a lot of places that either crush the nachos or serve smaller nachos and I don’t like that. I love nachos, so the bigger the better.

They were loaded with cream cheese and fresh tomato salsa to balance the heaviness of cream cheese, making them a perfect companion for the cocktails.

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Then I ordered Jalapeño Poppers. They weren’t the minced jalapeño and cheese poppers, they were full sized, juicy jalapeños stuffed with cheese and encrusted in a thin, crispy cover. This dish is definitely a must!

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Finally I ordered the Exotic Veggie Pizza. It was a great pizza with a nice thin crust and generous amount of topping. It was a great end to a lovely meal, since I did not go for any dessert.

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My final verdict – the drinks are great but the food and the food portions are amazing! When I ate there, I felt very wholesome and satiated. One thing I would like to point out though is that even though the DJ had an amazing playlist, the music was way too loud for a conversation. So go there when you are in the mood to party amidst great food, but save it for later if you want to have a conversational evening.

Address: M-89/90, M Block, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi.

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