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Ignore the Name, Savour the Food

Tashan appears to have everything going for it. Wading into the experience as cautiously as Sid Khullar did, primarily due to the juvenile nature of the name, he thought the food was very good, the plating and formats very innovative and altogether, a great experience. You should visit.

Going by the name, I would have expected a campus-style restaurant adorned with fading tinsel and mirrored walls, serving up all manner of value-for-money, filling food for cash-strapped students. As it turned out, Tashan is a swanky, well-appointed restaurant in the equally swanky GK II market, serving (largely north) Indian fare with contemporary twists and modern plating. Quite the existential anti-thesis I thought.

[quote]They have a good thing going for themselves, the folks at Tashan. With a name like that every customer is going to not only be appreciative of the food, they may just be a little grateful too![/quote]

With a capacity of about 60 covers, Tashan offers patrons an evolved menu, attentive service and pleasant interiors, the only outdated element being their selection of cocktails. I began with a very garlicky, very smooth and very satisfying Lasooni Onion Soup (INR 245) that I suggest you begin with too, and avoid the dreary Quinoa Salad (INR 345), choosing instead their crisp and comforting Yogurt Fritters (INR 325), where the mozzarella within isn’t quite apparent, though I was assured it was in there some place. Moving onward, I thought the Tashani Mutton Taco (INR 525) a great concept that will encourage some of us to move beyond our jaded palates and experiment with flavours that we wouldn’t otherwise bring together; would you consider experimenting with dosas, cheese fondue, a masala keema, tomato salsa and an udupi coconut chutney? I did, and loved it.

The Tashani Mutton Taco is an innovative combination of dosa pancakes, salsa, spicy mutton keema, cheese fondue and a typical Udupi coconut chutney. The combination is inventive and very satisfying!
The Tashani Mutton Taco is an innovative combination of dosa pancakes, salsa, spicy mutton keema, cheese fondue and a typical Udupi coconut chutney. The combination is inventive and very satisfying!

Moving on to our mains, while the Gol Boti Ragout (INR 545) was nice, if average, the Trio of Arbi (INR 385) was a show-stopper. If you like your colocasia root (we’ve been eating the stuff for 10,000 years!) you’ll likely love this dish, which includes arbi fries, arbi curry and mashed arbi.  My meal was concluded with the excellent, if pricey Bhuni Roti ka Halwa (INR 375), a dish that’ll surprise you with its deliciousness and simplicity.

Tashan appears to have everything going for it. Wading into the experience as cautiously as I did, primarily due to the juvenile nature of the name, I thought the food was very good, the plating and formats very innovative and altogether, a great experience. You should visit.

By Sid Khullar

Sid Khullar is a wellness coach who works with different aspects of lifestyle change towards the accomplishment of goals such as weight loss and blood sugar management among other health situations that require the presence of specialised, precise diets and lifestyle change. His methods address aspects of food, nutrition and the mind.