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Wine & Dine

Budget bites


Restaurants that fill you up without emptying your pockets.

Delhi is the theme of both the dêcor and food of CMYK Cafê on Lodhi Road. Located in the bookstore of the same name, the cafê is filled with memorabilia about the city's culture and architectural history. The menu is a mix of street food such as anda parantha and kheema pav - the sort that can give you a 'Delhi belly' - South East Asian items and health foods, which for a change don't look as boring as lowcalorie food usually does.

Our kheema pav was basic, pulled no punches and tasted divine. If you're wary of eating a street food item in a sit-down restaurant, then don't be. The kheema might not have the grime that most people agree gives street food its taste, but it's delicious. The minced meat is accentuated with some melted butter and accompanied with soft buns, kuchumbar and pickle. It's not too heavy and you can't help but order another one. The thukpa with glass noodles is a generous portion, filled with leafy greens, ginger and spring onions and peppered with the right amount of spice.

For the more experimental, there is the ikan bulus fish cooked with Malaysian herbs. Wrapped in banana leaf, the fish is flavoured with lemon grass, coconut and turmeric and served with steamed rice. "Delhiites who are exposed to international cuisines look forward to familiar flavours with a modern twist and that gives us an opportunity to experiment while staying true to the dish, " says Justin Hong, the manager. The menu also has some unusual wraps and rolls, such as the Thai basil wrap and Turkish wrap along with more common items like the lamb kheema roll.

The health conscious will be glad to know that dessert options include a delectable yoghurt ice cream that bursts with the flavour of wild berry. But if you're not bothered by dietary restrictions, then linger over the lemon yoghurt cake with lemon sauce as you sip freshly brewed coffee.

CMYK Cafe, 15-16 Meharchand Market, Lodhi Road (97175-00063 ). Daily 11 am to 10. 30 pm. Meal for two approx Rs 500.

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