Wenger’s in Delhi, for all time


I felt like part of Picasso’s Blue Period — besides that I used to be inexperienced — when a good friend advised me how he’d been spending his time. One day, he knowledgeable me with some glee, he’d visited Wenger’s in Connaught Place, and had eaten all sorts of goodies from there. I used to be immediately envious and shortly checked to see if they’d ship in East Delhi. In the subsequent second I used to be my golden sunny self once I learnt that they did certainly.

This needs to be stated out aloud from rooftops: Wenger’s is the perfect. I’ve had scrumptious patties and pastries from elsewhere, however few can outdo the magic that this previous bakery wields. I even have nostalgic hyperlinks with Wenger’s. In the early ‘60s, when I was a wee lad, my mother would occasionally take me there. Sometimes we sat in its restaurant that was right above and where they served Chinese and Continental fare (it later became the American Express office). Those days there were three places that we used to go to: Wenger’s, Tea House and Nanking (I keep in mind its cutlets and even the face of a server). The final two downed their shutters lengthy years in the past. Thankfully, Wenger’s carries on.

So, the second I discovered that I might get a few of my favorite snacks delivered from there, I positioned an order on-line (Wengers.in/retailer). Two of our all-time favourites needed to be there, in fact. So I requested for hen patties (₹80) and mutton shammi kebabs (₹80). Then we thought we’d have a hen quiche, a ham and pineapple pizza, and a mushroom and cheese pizza. I additionally requested for a loaf of sundried tomato bread (₹70). With a stiff higher lip, I didn’t have a look at the dessert part. One should hold a stern eye on one’s well being. All advised, the invoice, together with transport and processing charges, got here to ₹1,006, and served as three completely happy meals.

The meals arrived on the designated day, on the designated time. The pizzas, kebabs and quiche have been our dinner; the bread (with a hen paste from Licious) was our breakfast the subsequent day, and we had the patties with tea. Wenger’s pizzas are particular: They will not be thick or flour-laden, like a number of the mass produced ones. A bit of smaller than the MNC fare, they’re additionally lots cheaper. The ham-and-pineapple pizza prices ₹150, and the mushroom one is at ₹130. The crust is skinny but substantial, and the toppings are very good.

I couldn’t get to style the ham in the ham and pineapple pizza (in the event that they have been there, they have been camouflaged nicely), however the pineapple had melted into the cheese, and the candy and salty flavours collectively did an excellent act. The mushroom pizza was oozing with toppings, and two pizzas and a kebab every have been sufficient for the three of us. The kebabs have been the way in which I remembered them: thick and juicy.

The quiche was a pleasing shock. I had thought it could be massive sufficient for three, nevertheless it was excellent for one. It was excellent although, with juicy bits of hen embedded in the creamy mattress and a crunchy crust. The bread was recent and pitted with sundried tomatoes and olives. And the patties have been buttery and flaky, as they’re meant to be. The shredded hen stuffing had all the precise flavours, too.

I’m going again to the location. This time, there shall be a quiche for every certainly one of us. And, perhaps, if the stiff higher lip uncurls a bit, even an éclair or two.

The author is a seasoned meals critic

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