In the chic inner lane of Khan Market,Out of the Box jumps out at you with its bright,psychedelic facade. The friendly and attentive staff usher guests in,giving them carte blanche in deciding their seating. The décor of the multi-level restaurant is pretty far-out: think Dr. Seuss colours,running in vertical stripes across the ceiling,walls and floor against a white background. The music is fine,but that is only if you like commercial house,pop and R&B. The furniture is a mix of old-school painted wooden chairs,square white vinyl tables and velveteen sofas. The stairwell is plastered with posters of the works of underground artists such as Banksy (whose artwork is also present in the menus).
The menu is a pleasure to read: colourful,extensive and full of graffiti and cartoons. Each course is divided into three sections classic,contemporary and and fusion. The options within these sections are varied,with most items begging individual attention. After much deliberation and soul searching,we decide to start with Makhani Hummus and Pita Bread,and Harissa Lamb Kebabs. The desi hummus,accompanied by really well-pickled veggies,makes for an excellent starter,though the makhani flavour overpowers the hummus itself,which is only discernible in the slight after-taste of tahina. However,it completely satiates our Dilli taste buds. The lamb kebabs are excruciatingly but exquisitely spicy,although their fierceness is suitably tempered by the accompanying hummus,pita bread and pickled vegetables (again).
For the main course,we order Massaman lamb curry,accompanied by Malabar paranthas. The curry is authentically Thai,a well-seasoned and well-balanced dish consisting lemon grass,galangal,coconut milk and of course,the lamb. The Malabar paranthas are a really good choice as an accompanying bread.
The dessert section itself is quite small,though there is a variety of pancakes,waffles and crepes all available in savoury,sweet and spicy variations. Having stuck to fusion till now,we decide to change tacks and go conventional. However,the tiramisu we ordered was more like a chocolate cake with tiramisu flavouring,in texture and flavour. This was the only disappointing course in the meal.
Even as we cleared our bill,we were planning our next visit. With its hipster ambience,excellent service,food (the desserts notwithstanding) and well-stocked bar,OTB promises to add to Khan Markets haute value.
Meal for two:Rs. 1,200
(including taxes,excluding alcohol)