The Neem tree at Unplugged Courtyard provides shade to all and sundry seated in the Connaught Place eatery’s inner courtyard, colouring the sun’s beams in greens and soft yellows. By night, it is mired in fairy lights, lending the space a surreal luminescence. No matter the time of the day, the music flows through the entire restaurant, from its terrace to its indoor seating area, and of course, the ubiquitous courtyard.
A performance space with a calendar full of events, Unplugged Courtyard gives its food equal play. The menu is largely North Indian and Continental, along with a Braai (South African Barbecue) section, which was unfortunately not in operation at the time of our visit.
We start with the UC Chicken Platter, a pastiche of poultry featuring croquettes, wings, sausages and something called Ganna Chicken. The sausages are the anomaly on the plate, tediously chewy and bereft of any real flavour, tasting like they’re straight out of the bag. The rest of the fare fares much better: the wings are piquant little numbers while the croquettes come oozing with cheese and desiccated jalapenos. The winner is the ganna chicken, comprising a melt-in-the-mouth chicken seekh skewered on a sugarcane stick, well marinated and with a smoky finish.
You can call us chicken but we’re not done playing fowl yet. Next up is the Butter Chicken Tikka, clearly catering to Delhi’s less than delicate taste buds. The tikkas come large, succulent and steaming, served on crisp bits of naan, the butter chicken part of the dish served on the side, in the form of gravy, the idea being to dip your tikka and naan into its molten red depths. While not exactly what we had in mind, you can’t fault them on their flavour and as the music continues to spin, we put it away in record time.
Since the Braai has gone bye-bye at the moment, we turn to the wood-fired oven and order a Fungi Pungi Pizza. Lavishly decorated with assorted mushrooms, jalapenos, chorizo and olives, it’s delicious enough to ignore the name. As music is food for the soul, we soak up some more of it, promising to hit their dessert section on our next visit.
Meal for two: Rs 2000 (including taxes)Address: L 23/7, Near Odeon Cinema, Connaught Place CONTACT:33107701