The Schengen Visa is the representative of the
collective of 26 European countries that have mutually decided to eliminate
passport and immigration controls at their joint borders. Within the Schengen
area, concurrently, the citizens of these 26 European countries are free to
travel in and out of this zone as one single country sharing equal
international travel rights. The citizens of the Schengen zone countries
cherish the right to migrate internationally without any limitations, the basis
of free movement, one of the basic human rights.
All the countries in the Schengen area have diverse
culture and heritage. Their languages are different, the Food is different and
so are the socio cultural norms. But we as Indians living in Delhi/Ncr region
are much luckier than those people, as we do not even require a VISA to travel
and savour the diverse variety of food these nations have to offer. We can just
head to the SCHENGEN- Deli, Bistro at Malcha Market, Chanakya Puri and have it
all. Countries like Austria, Germany,
Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland to name a few
have so much to offer, which is unimaginable.
We were lucky enough to attend the ongoing Greek Food
Fest at Schnegen. Every couple of months they come out with a food festival
showcasing one of the Schengen nations. The ambience of the place is cool,
serene and modern. One can just grab a book and sit for hours, sipping coffee
and savouring sinfully delectable bakeries.
Not too big a place, but done up on three levels with a
beautiful terrace, this place is a must visit. It’s very popular among Expats
living in the nearby areas. This place serves breakfast starting from 8 a.m.
which makes it more unique.
|Lamb Ketedas, Spanakopita and Panko crumbed Queen olives (clockwise)|
|Classic Horiatiki Greek Salad and Oktapodi ( clockwise)|
We as TWCI- The Writers Collective of India, were
specially there to enjoy the Greek food.
One of the most passionate, Chef Piyush Jain explained us the whole
concept and the origins of the dishes on offer and guided us thru the ending
journey of food. We started with the Fasolada, a white bean soup with celery,
onions and carrots. I found it to be too sour for my palette, but others liked
it. The Classic Horiatiki Greek salad was soulfully refreshing with tossed
tomatoes, olives, capsicum, cucumber and crumbled feta cheese. I loved it and
had it the most. The Dolmades , a vine leaf stuffed with Arborio rice and
almonds on a bed of tzatziki sauce was just heavenly. Soft and mosit texture
with crunch of almonds and sourness of tzatziki. It was just awesome. Greek
food without the mention of sea food is like a rose without fragrance.
Oktapodi, char grilled octopus tentacle served with rocket leaves, pickled
onions and confit cherry tomatoes. But, for us the octopus was a little too
chewy as it was only pickled. Not suitable for our Indian palettes. The Kotovolo Souvlaki wraps (chicken) and the
Lamb Keftedes resemble our Indian rolls and koftas a lot. The wrap was stuffed
with fresh and crunchy cucumber and oregano chicken chunks with chili and
served with fries on the side. Lamb keftedas are mutton mince balls served with
tomato olive relish and red cabbage. We loved both these dishes and even re
ordered the wrap.
|Basa Paupiette , Fasolada and Kotopoulo Souvlaki Wrap ( clockwise)|
|Kotopoulo Krasato, MoyEaka , Dolmades (clockwise)|
I had to miss one of the most exotic dishes in our meal, Basa
Paupiette as it had prawns. And, by now we all know, I am dead allergic to
prawns. This dish was loved by all and was appreciated to the limit. It was Basa rolled with prawns on a bed of
spinach and garlic potato mash. But, I
was lucky enough to savour the other speciality which MoyEaka, a layers of
eggplant, potatoes and tenderloin mince topped with a cream sauce. This was a
wholesome dish with all the lovely flavors of meat and spices coming thru very
well. I also ordered the Lamb Shanks
from the regular menu, which was a star dish, I must admit. Very well braised
lamb shank crusted with herbs, served with a flavorful ratatouille and potato
mash. I can always order this dish and have it full.
|Greek and Other desserts|
How can a meal be complete without a Dessert, and
specially a Greek one ? We were served Baklava,
done in Greek style. A hearty dessert full of pistachios, ghee, nuts soaked in
honey syrup stuffed in phylo pastry baked to perfection served with vanilla ice
cream. We were also served with an unusual Greek dessert, Galaktoboreko which
was a soft custard filled inside a Phylo pastry again with orange glaze and
vanilla ice cream. We relished both of them and were craving for more.
I was going thru their breakfast menu and next time I am
surely coming for the breakfast. They have lots to offer like pancakes,
waffles, French toast, fresh breakfast breads and pastries omelettes, baked
hash and much more.
I suggest all to try this place once, and I am sure you
will definitely fall in love with it forever.
|Team TWCI - The Writers Collective of India ( Vicky, Avininder Singh and Ambika) with Team Schengen Mr. Gaurav Sharma (Mgr.) extreme left , Chef Piyush Jain (centre) & Gaurav ( Mixologist ) extreme right.|
22/48 , Malcha Marg, Chanakya Puri, New Delhi, 110021
Ph. No. +91 9810303445, +91 7042028006
Meal For Two - 1500 approx.
Written and Pics by : Vickrham Vicky