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This Sunday I explored this heritage place called Lakhori which is not just a regular Fine Dining restaurant it’s an experience, situated under Haveli Dharampura in Old Delhi (Delhi6). This haveli is actually 140 years old and has been beautifully restored by Mr. Vijay Goel , who is currently a Rajya Sabha Member. He has always pursued his interest in preserving the old heritage by setting up the “Heritage India Foundation” to preserve India’s Cultural Heritage. And it took him total six years to restore this haveli.
Once you will enter this Haveli you will realize that its makers have kept its traditional style of construction and preserved this place’s antiquity and aesthetics on point. You must be wondering why they named it Lakhori “Lakhori is the name of red bricks made up of red clay and these bricks were quite popular during the Mughal Era especially in North India, you can even find them on the walls of the restaurant”. And I was wondering they saved money by not painting the walls 😛 😀
How To Reach Here:- Reaching here is quite simple, you can either reach here by public transport- Metro, Auto or a Cab and reach to Jama Masjid Police station from there you can ask anyone to guide you to either Gali Guliyan or Haveli Dharampura. You will even find sign boards to make sure you have reached to the right place.
We went there through our car, and parked it at the Jama Masjid’s parking area who charged us Rs.40/- for 3 hours. Lakhori is a walking distance from there and you can’t take your car inside the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk. Incase for some reason you can’t walk through, you can even hire a Rickshaw and ask him to drop you till Haveli Dharampura.
We were welcomed by a Darban at the door with a Namaste “Traditional Indian way of greeting someone”
They have a small reception with ladies restroom in the right, the reception guy will ask someone to guide you towards your table, and we had already made our table reserved so we didn’t find any hassle in getting a table. I am sure you can’t stop yourself from looking all around and appreciating the beauty, grace and elegance of this place. They even have an open seating area that has a beautiful marble fountain, for those who don’t know fountain is a signature of Mughal architecture. We preferred inside seating as we wanted to sit in air condition.
Usually on weekends Lakhori has a fixed menu which means you will be served with their fixed course of meals and either you have it or not, their charges for per person are fixed. So it’s always better to have it 😛 or else don’t go 😉 This time they are running a Mango Festival so their menu is based on that. Being a vegetarian, we opted for a veg menu which is for Rs.1800/+ taxes.
Our attendant started off with a welcome drink- “Amlana” which helps in enhancing your appetite and it was quite tasty, they served it in a shot glass. They then offered us with a Bar Menu where I opted for Red Wine and my husband opted for Heniken. They even have a huge variety of Mocktails, smoothies, Coffee and Teas too.
While enjoying our drinks we started off with SNACKS–
- Mango Kurkuri– Spring rolls filled with fresh vegetables- carrot, cucumber, mango & mint leaves.
- Mango mirchi Kulcha– small kulchas stuffed with green chutney, cottage cheese & a slice of mango.
- Mango dahi kebab– Hung curd mixed with mango pulp arancini balls scented with cardamom, served with coriander pesto.
- Aam Ki Gilouti– Gilouti kebabs with a tawa sliced mango beneath.
- Safeda Paneer Tikka– Marinated paneer served with chaat masala.
All the above mentioned items were served with 2 complimentary dips one was sweet and bit sour aam lauki ki launj and another one was mint and coriander chutney. We also asked him to serve some ring onions separately. As i personally love to eat them with green chutney (typical Indian 😉 )
All the items were damn sumptuous and palatable that even the current thought of them are making me hungry now 😛 the attendant did ask us do we want a repetition of any snacks, I nodded my head with a big “NO” because all of the items were quite filling and we also wanted to keep some space for our main course 🙂
After completing our snacks, our attendant just informed us that there will be a Kathak performance in a while and we can have a great view of it from 1st floor. We then went upstairs to have a view of Indian classical Kathak Dance performance with some classical music and a glass of wine in hand. That moment was truly mesmerizing. We then collected few memories through pictures and videos and came back to our table.
Events at Haveli Dharampura–
- Classical Kathak– Beautiful kathak dance performance happens here on weekends (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) from 8:00PM TO 9:00PM
- Patangbazi Kite Flying & Hi Tea– You can fly kites on their rooftop of the haveli every Saturday and Sunday from 4:00pm to 6:30pm, cost 1000/+ taxes, per person. Unfortunately I didn’t explore their rooftop on that day. But I am sure the view during the day time will be quite astonishing.
- During Weekdays– on Tuesday & Thursday from 7pm to 10pm you can enjoy there classic music.
- 15th Aug, Independence Day– On this coming Independence day you can even plan to attend there Kite Flying Event. You can enjoy Lunch with Kite Flying.
Cost Veg 1800/+taxes & Non-Veg 2200/+taxes Per Person
Now let’s talk about the Main Course–
We were served with the tomato soup then the below mentioned items followed one by one
- Dal Makhani
- Paneer Cannelloni
- Mango matter bharta
- Aloo katliyan achari
- With Assorted breads
- Jeera Pulao
- Mango papaya salad
- Boondi Raita
Pheww.. the quantity was suffice for 3-4 people so we served only the appropriate amount of food in our plates and left rest of the food untouched, so that It won’t get wasted. And whoever the chef is behind this great experience and taste, I am sure he is BRILLIANT in his job. And I will definitely meet him personal during my next visit to this place.
While posting my pictures, let me not forget to talk about their SERVICE, I will give them 5/5 for that. Throughout our meal the service was superlative; all the dishes were timely served. And we really felt like royalty at this luxurious surroundings. This place and the warmth you will get there is an experience that cannot be explained in words, for that you have to visit there atleast once. It is definitely a hidden gem in Delhi6.
Last but not the least our meal ended up with one more delicacy Aloo Paan Ka Zarda- Traditional aloo zarda, Beatle leaves served with icecream (someone please help me with a recipe for this, I am so dying to have it againL) It was so damn yum, can’t tell you seriously. Go there and experience it yourself 🙂
My overall experience at this place in ratings was 10 out of 5 and i will definitely look forward to experience some other events here soon.
See you all next time soon, with an another interesting post.