Old Delhi, through time, has come to embody different people and cultures, a result of which is a unique amalgamation that now manifests deep in the lanes of Delhi 6 and ostensibly in this once upon a time old and battered haveli which has now been revamped into a gorgeous site!
After six long years of work on the haveli, the 200-year-old Haveli Dharampura has been conserved and restored by Vijay Goel who holds Chandni Chowk as a special place in his heart.
The place plans on taking one back to the time of Shahjahanabad with kathak performances in the chowk, patang baazi and kabootar baazi on the chhat. This multiple-storied building with a beautiful terrace giving a skyline view of the entire Chandni Chowk will make a perfect place for tourists who are visiting Delhi to bask in all its ancient glory.
So here’s what we did - we visited the place for lunch and were treated with a thoroughly appetizing meal! Upon entering we were served up cute little glasses of spicy Kanji, a fermented drink made with sesame seeds.
Kiwi Strawberry & Berry Delight | Next up were a round of their mocktail and smoothies. Kiwi-Strawberry and Berry Delight (made entirely with black grapes) were quite refreshing options!
Chai Biscuit Mocktail | A tea-infused smoothie with a layer of crushed Parle G on the top - this innovative concoction straight up stole our heart!
Palak Chaat | Onto the starters, their Palak Chaat was a crisp, fried leaf of spinach wrapped in gram flour and topped with green chutney, saunth, pomegranate and namkeen. Yumm!
Mutton Korma & Paneer Makhani | For our main course, we sampled their Mutton Korma and Paneer Makhani with naan. With its gravy rich and thick and full of flavour, it made us go nuts over the authentic Mughlai flavours!
Kheer Trio | We ended our visit on a sweet note with their Kheer Trio, which was kheer in three different flavours - beetroot, paan and dates topped with fried makhana, roasted nuts and a slice of strawberry.
They’ll have 13 fully functional rooms, restaurants serving authentic food of Old Delhi, a hookah room, a library, an art gallery, a handicraft shops, spa and two courtyards for functions!
Haveli Dharampura opens in March. Visit their site for more updates!
How to Get There | Get down at Chawri Bazaar metro station, and then reach Jama Masjid Police station. From there walk to the street opposite ‘Gali Guliyan’, followed by a right turn at the T point of the gali. The 2nd Haveli is your destination - see you there!
When it Opens | 1st March 2016