Zambar (19, Ground Floor, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon)


In a nutshell:

Thematic Décor that kept me engaged for a long time, average waiting staff who r just doing a job, and good but not outstanding South Indian vegetarian & non vegetarian food.

zambar
zambar

Address & other details:  Zambar

Meal for 2: Rs. 1000 onwards

Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

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receipt - proof of payment
receipt – proof of payment

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

malabar parota
malabar parota

Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:

A lot of people I have come across in Delhi NCR have the notion that South Indian restaurants serve only Idly dosa, vada. Zambar breaks the notion for such people. They serve vegetarian & nonvegetarian dishes from different parts of the 4 southern states. I guess there r not too many resturants that serve this cuisine outside of Amravathi , Swagath etc  & some 5 Star restaurants like Amaranta, Dakshin etc.

zambar
zambar

The walls have huge posters of South Indian Movies. That catches the eyes b4 anything else.

the dining hall
the dining hall

The furniture is basic polished wooden and have a retro look & feel.

furniture
furniture

The salt sprinklers, the trays in which malabar parotha is served, the serving utencils r not the usual ones but carefully chosen and stand out in the mind.

attention to details
attention to details

Staff were average. Not bad, nothing good to talk about. Our server just seemed to b doing a job.

an advertisement outside the restaurant
an advertisement outside the restaurant

Food here is firstly stuff that u do not get in most places. That makes one crave for it. Food was generally good. Some had sparks of brilliance but overall far short of ‘outstanding’. Authentic / rustic ness of home made south Indian food was missing. Pungency reduced. I guess this happened due to an effort to adapt taste & flavor to the family diner of Delhi.

South Indian Calamari / Squid rings
South Indian Calamari / Squid rings

Detailed Description – In case u have the Time to NJOY reading:

The first brush with something here was with Buttermilk. The tadka had been freshly made, flavors were all over the drink & infused into every drop of this drink. Rate it 4.5/5

Buttermilk
Buttermilk

Fresh Fruit juice of the day. I was told fresh fruit of the day was ‘musk melon’. Muskmelon juice sounded interesting & we ordered it. A Red colored thin juice came. I said ‘this is water melon’. He argued. I drank it. It was nothing but plain & simple watermelon juice .…………… unless the haunted atma of a murdered watermelon had entered a genuine muskmelon juice!!!!!

Muskmelon juice??
Muskmelon juice??

Assuming I ignore this spooky incident, I wud rate the bland, feeble, tasteless juice 2/5.

We then moved on to Gunpowder prawns – Prawns stir fried with ‘home made’ gunpowder – claimed the menu card. I always wonder ‘how can something served at a restuarnt b home-made.’ Isn’t that an oxymoron?

Gunpowder prawns
Gunpowder prawns

The prawns were very nice & soft. However the gunpowder did not have the zing that gunpowder is supposed to have. It was mildly flavored & mildly hot. I guess someone adjusted it for a kids menu & then forgot to change it back. Rate it 3/5

Gunpowder prawns
Gunpowder prawns

South Indian Calamari / Squid rings – Squid rings with a juicy seafood filling. That description in the menu card got us salivating. I do not remember seeing too many Indian restaurants serving calamari this way. Great concept. Very good taste. Really juicy inside but a bit far from excellence due to subdued flavors. Rate it 4.25/5

South Indian Calamari / Squid rings
South Indian Calamari / Squid rings

We also tried Zambar potato roast. Loved munching on this potato dry curry. Rate it 3.5/5.

Zambar potato roast
Zambar potato roast

We had this with Malabar Parota. It was nice, soft & flaky. Rate it 4.25/5

 

Malabar Parota
Malabar Parota

We also ordered Aleppey stir fried crab meat. This was nice. Though any preparation like this tends to kill the sweetness of crab meat & the flavors, they did not do a bad job of this. Rate it 4/5.

Aleppey stir fried crab meat
Aleppey stir fried crab meat

Achamma’s lamb curry – Grandmother’s recipe, lamb cubes simmered in coconut milk and spices. One of my co-dines who was a Keralite said it was not authentic. I thought so as well. However the taste of this gravy was really nice & we finished it off till the end. Rate it 4/5.

Achamma’s lamb curry
Achamma’s lamb curry

We enjoyed the meat curry with Neer dosa. Nice & soft but lack of fermented feel to it. Rate it 3/5.

Neer dosa
Neer dosa

Overall rating of food at Zambar averages out to 3.6/5. In the lack of options, I will keep going till a more authentic & rustic South Indian Nonvegetarian restaurant pops up in Gurgaon.

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