Greek food festival at Schengen

Schengen, The name itself carries a behemoth weight of representing 26 prime countries in Europe; Fidgeting with the food from these places is no easy task either. Welcome to Schengen, Malcha-Marg. The place is an instant hit with anyone whose sensory organs respond to good ambience, located in prime NDMC market area; On reaching the gates you enter thru a bakery, making your way to the Bistro and Deli sections and at last follows the bar on second floor.

Interiors
Interiors
Kotopoulo-Souvlaki wrap (chicken marinated in oregano and chilli wrapped in pita)
Kotopoulo-Souvlaki wrap (chicken marinated in oregano and chilli wrapped in pita)

The ongoing Greek food festival under the thrift hands of Chef Piyush Jain is a masterstroke; anyone who wants to gorge on limited Greek palette can visit the place till 3rd May. The focus of the menu is more on entrée and mains; That’s where I placed my initial order for Kotopoulo-Souvlaki wrap and Spanakopita, where Souvlaki is one of the most common dishes coming from Greece, a great tasting light herb marinated chicken comes wrapped in Pita and is served with red cabbage and Fries as side, The Spanakopita is a clear winner with finest of the Phyllo pastry wrapped around a gooey mix of spinach and feta, it simply melts in your mouth effortlessly.

Spanakopita (Greek Phyllo patty wrapped around spinach and feta)
Spanakopita (Greek Phyllo patty wrapped around spinach and feta)
Lamb-Keftedes (lamb minced balls served with Tzatziki, tomato olive refresh & red-cabbage salad )
Lamb-Keftedes (lamb minced balls served with Tzatziki, tomato olive refresh & red-cabbage salad)

The next order of Lamb Keftedes had beautiful lamb minced meat balls on a bed of Tzatziki with olive and tomato relish, for a minute or two I was simply floating in dreams with this healthy load. From the mains I ordered Grilled Halloumi steak, for the ones who are not familiar with that name it’s a cheese made from mixture of goat and sheep’s milk (even cow at times). With a taste that’s a cross of cottage cheese and Mozzarella, I’m quiet convinced now why is Halloumi becoming a household name in the U.K.

Grilled Halloumi steaks (milk and oregano, marinated Halloumi steak served with pave of potato)
Grilled Halloumi steaks (milk and oregano, marinated Halloumi steak served with pave of potato)

The next order was Vine leaf wrapped lamb, where beautifully done ribs were wrapped in vine leaf grilled to perfection and were served with a pave of potato. I was already stuffed by the time this was plated but the sheer look of glistening well-done meat made me simply fly my hand right into it & i must say i wasn’t disappointing.

Vine leaf wrapped lamb (roast lamb, grape must with California grapes and pave of potato)
Vine leaf wrapped lamb (lamb roasted in vine leaf, grape must with California grapes and pave of potato)

From the desserts I ordered the evergreen time-tested Baklava which ultimate gave me one more chance to enjoy the Phyllo pastry, this time with a filling of pistachio and cashew though and a wonderful art of pistachio crust holding a dollop of vanilla ice-cream.

Baklava (Phyllo pastry, pistachio, cashew nuts, soaked in honey syrup, vanilla ice cream with pistachio crust)
Baklava (Phyllo pastry stuffed with pistachio & cashew nuts soaked in honey syrup, vanilla ice cream with pistachio crust)

The PLF for the place is 1500 INR for 2 for the Greek festival which is only till the 3rd of May, the place can be contacted on (011)33105778 and the suggested orders are Spanakopita, Lamb Keftedes and Vine-leaf wrapped lamb.

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