GK 1, New Delhi
Reviewed By Srishti Bhatia
Cuisine: German (and European)
On the Menu: Frikadelle Mit Pommes Frites (Pork Meatballs with Potato Wedges), Zwiebel Ringe (Onion Rings), BBQ Spare Ribs, Bayrische Bier Kase (Bavarian Beer cheese soup), Kartoffel Salat (German Potato salad), Wiener Schnitzel Mit Pommes Frites Salat (Pork Schnitzel with Potato Wedges and salad), Asparago Pizza, Eisbein (Lamb Shank – with mashed potato and braised cabbage), Pasta in white sauce
The Experience:When I entered Zu Tisch, I instantly got transported to a German tavern. Dim lit wooden interiors, a wall with an outline of the Germany map. I was charmed until I saw the couple on the next table sip their drinks from a tall laboratory test-tube and a fishbowl. Well, a popular bar in Delhi has just this theme. Minus 10 points for the originality. I hoped the flavours would be authentic German—I would know because I have travelled there a few times and am an avid foodie.
The good stuff: The menu has a great variety, focusing on German, but popular international food is served too. The Bavarian Beer Cheese Soup with lamb was delightful, and nothing like anything I’ve had before. The hint of beer made all the difference. The chef nailed the BBQ spare ribs! They were soft, oozing with taste. I was extremely contented with the Eisbein. The lamb shank was cooked to perfection and the mashed potato was delightful. This meal is sufficient as a main course for one person, and a highly recommended one. The asparagus pizza is a good option for vegetarians.
My pick among the drinks: the Thai Mama. The distinct flavour of kaffir lime leaves along with fresh oranges, pineapple and rum is wonderful.
The not-so-good stuff: The dishes I was most excited for, turned out to be the most disappointing. This includes the Traditional German Potato Salad, Weiner Schnitzel, and sauerkraut. All I can say is, the look and taste is far from authentic. The potato salad was not German and the Schnitzel was tiny, very thin and chewy. The National dish of Austria deserves more respect, so does the traditional German Potato Salad. You might think why I’m not talking about German sausages? Oh, that’s because they weren’t even available.
My verdict (and suggestion): This place does not do justice to the main cuisine they are offering. It’s unfair to those who haven’t tasted authentic German cuisine before, because they will end up with a completely different (and a not-so-good) opinion on the food. Chef needs to be trained, along with the staff, who were not the most attentive. The owner/s should travel to Germany to try the food, and try bringing the same quality back for us. Taking inspiration from the bar concept of someplace popular is not a recipe for success. It all comes down to the food. A little effort should be put into serving something close to authentic. Ditch those beakers and tubes and get the beer mugs out!
Address: 2nd Floor, M 18, M Block Market, Greater Kailash (GK) 1, New Delhi
Timings: 11 AM to 1 AM
Meal for two: Approx. Rs. 1200 for two (with Alcohol)
3 Point Impression: Comfortable. Not genuine. Confused.