Head to this romantic little restaurant in south Delhi for the ultimate Valentine’s Day date!

Looking for a perfect restaurant for a late wintery Valentine’s Day dinner? We have found just the place for you! Placed in a lovely colourful outdoor setting with retro music playing all along in the background, Anticlock is the place to be.

This quirky little restaurant, which recently opened in Park Inn, Radisson, by evolving the idea of regional appetizing for the first time in the city is a blessing for all the night owls as it is open from 7pm to 4am. The courtyard seating under the open sky makes it perfect for an amazing al-fresco dine–in experience. The live display kitchen of the restaurant definitely attracts the keen eye of any visitor.

And don’t you worry about ‘dilli ki sardi’, as the warm ambience paired with the well-placed angithis (heaters) will keep you warm for sure.

Under the guidance of head chef Sushmit, the place serves an immersive variety of regional flavours from different parts of the country, inclusive of exotic drinks mentioned in their pretty unique menu. An additional offering this restaurant provides is the romantic set-up which is ideal for spending some quality time with your date.

The first thing you get after you take a table is a complementary and flavourful jhal muri. The freshly cut tomatoes and onions in it work as the perfect start for your food.

Jhal muri

With 25 appetizers ranging from Street style momos, Litti-chokha, Bengali fish fry, Burnt galric prawns to Mutton Ghee Roast, and beer costing between Rs 175 and Rs 395 for a pint, you wouldn’t want to leave this place for a long time. I started by ordering my favourite drink – Long Island Iced Tea (classic) paired with some Dahi Mirchi Kebabs, Chicken Kothu Parotha and Nawabi Seekh Kebab.

Dahi Mirchi Kebabs, Chicken Kothu Parotha and Margarita.

While the Dahi Mirchi Kebabs were so soft that they just glided down my throat, the Chicken Kothu Parotha – a South Indian delicacy, shredded chapati, egg and chicken tossed in a heavy cast iron girdle, served with salan – was the clear winner.

Chicken Kothu Parotha

While you will find a range of dishes in the menu card, starting from Kerala Pineapple curry, Makki Roti-te-sarson ka saag to Kosha Mangsho (a Bengali speciality) and East India Pork Vindaloo, next on my plate was some mouth-watering Junglee Laal Maas (Hunter Style fiery hot Rajasthani lamb dish with rustic flavour), flavourful Chicken Chettinad, Paneer Makhani, Dal Makhani with some tandoori roti and garlic naan.

The ‘awesome’ Dal Makhani, slow-cooked on charcoal for hours, deserves a special round of applause.

The dessert menu comprises of Kesar Pista phirni, Chocolate mousse, Shahi Tukda, Gulab jamun and Tutti fruity sundae.

Anticlock is an ideal place for all those who want to try something different from regular conventional dishes and are bar-be-que lovers with that special deviation for smoked food.

What to have: Dahi Mirchi Kebab, Dal Makhani and Chicken Kothu Parotha

Perfect for: Family outings and date night

What did I love: Ambience and food

Rating: 4.5/5

Price for two: Rs 1,800

Location: Anticlock, Park Inn by Radisson Delhi, Lajpat Nagar – 4, New Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Moolchand

Call for reservation: 011-46515151