Restaurants come and go but only few make a lasting impact with something that’s really different from others. Varun Puri & Vivek Bhargava created their magic once with Lights Camera Action- Air Bar and they are here to do it once again with equal bang in a venture that goes by name of Imly. Opened barely a week ago at HOG market, Rajendra place; a 250 feet train waits for you at a walking distance from the metro station.
The place is unlike any other with its grand structure, prompt service and humble team stirring one hell of a meal all for you at a price bracket you wouldn’t dare imagine. The menu in simplest of terms carries the best of street food options from all parts of India, the common man’s budgeted meal on the run.
I started with Shikanji which is available in various flavours where I tried the pineapple and Kokam ones. Kokam would be something new to north indian. It is an indigenous berry that grows in Western Ghats and is plucked for making a concentrate juice which can be diluted with water, works as a great cooler and has a long shelf life upto 6 months. The Dahi gol-gappa is served on a Ferris wheel which clearly dusts a lot of dirt on the usual street variants with its great taste.
The Gol-gappa’s come parked on cannon as if it was a battlefield, the water is mildly flavoured. The Chola Bhatura is a clearly the most worked upon dish from the menu with a final one emerging as winner after trying 40 different vendors across all nook and corners of Delhi.
The Kalmi Vade from Gujarat is a sweeping victory with Lahsun ki chutney and the Pav-Bhaji is no less, super soft breads and well meshed potato curry.
The Chinese bhel is something that’d put a Chinese to shame, with such a crazy alteration to their simplistic cuisine but the Bombay people consume it as an everyday meal with full pride; and Imli does a version that’s clearly better than the famous vendors of Dadar.
The combo meal of gatta curry, bikaneri paratha and dahi gujiya was a combination well served with super soft paratha, light gatta curry but the gujiya was slightly watery with probably less soaking time in curd and mine was unfortunately plated with a human-hair in it, although it’s a human error and the team was happy to swap it for a fresh one.
For the desserts there is Rasmalai Tiramisu which can put the finest of soufflé to shame with its light frothy texture and a soft rasmalai at the base. It is the best way to end your meal here.
The place is apt for kids & people who want to enjoy chaat in a clean environment and are not analytical about the finesse of it. The PLF (pocket loosening factor) is 500 INR for 2 and the suggested orders are Pao-Bhaji, Kalmi Vade and Rasmalai Tiramisu.