Comorin, Chef Manish Mehrotra’s Latest In Gurgaon Makes A Delicious Debut
It’d be quite shocking if you didn’t hear about Indian Accent this whole year. In some context or the other, Chef Manish Mehrotra’s flagship restaurant at The Lodhi, New Delhi, was amongst the newsmakers in the restaurant space all through 2018. Earlier this year, Indian Accent made it to TIME magazine’s list featuring the best places to visit, shop and eat at. The list was called the 100 Greatest Places For 2018 and Indian Accent was the only restaurant from India to make it to the coveted list. It was No.19 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant and No.1 in India, not to mention several other ‘Best Restaurant lists’ it made it too. While this was going on, Chef Manish Mehrotra was busy extending the success of Indian Accent to London, even as the New York branch was simultaneously wowing guests and critics alike.
The latest from Chef Mehrotra is called Comorin, named so in reference to Cape Comorin (Kanyakumari); it opened for guests in early December at Gurgaon’s Horizon Two Food Plaza. Comorin is unlike Indian Accent in many ways; firstly, it’s not a fine dining restaurant that serves tasting menus. Secondly, the space is envisioned as a hub for community dining over comfort food and drinks.
The menu has been designed by Chef Mehrotra, and flourishes with the kind of interesting flavour combinations that have come to be his signature style. Take Samosa with Gujarati kadhi chaat, for instance. The combination of kadhi and a crispy samosa, served like a chaat, is fairly common in Rajasthan. Some even try a variation with punjabi kadhi, which is thicker and creamier as compared to the Rajasthani version.
Chef Mehrotra uses Gujarati kadhi (mildly sweet, usually with the use of jaggery) in his take on this regional street food to come up with a winner. Another super dish is the Sweet Corn Khichhdi. Who would think that a khicchdi of any kind could occupy a place of pride at a restaurant of this level? Well, Chef Mehrotra does and what a fabulous play of textures this one has! Some of the other popular dishes include Andhra Chicken, Hot Buttered Seekh Kebabs, Haleem with Toast and Doda Tart.