There are some ideas that seem like a no-brainer – once someone has thought of them. Sitting at a table at the New Delhi National Crafts Museum & Hastkala Academy's new outdoor restaurant, Café Lota, which soon fills up with what appear to be silver-haired doyennes of Indian arts and letters and ambitious design school graduates, we couldn’t help but wonder: Why wasn’t this here before?
The Ministry of Textiles, which runs the National Crafts Museum & Hastkala Academy, claims to have had a north Indian food cafeteria at the decades-old institution, which we must admit, we cannot recall at all. But the new spot, which offers contemporary versions of several regional Indian dishes, paired with a wide variety of grains, such as red rice and millet, seems much more in keeping with the museum’s back-to-the-roots ethos.
We can’t pretend to be the first to discover this spot. It opened in October and folks who have paid a visit have praised its version of fish and chips, amaranth-encrusted batter-fried sole with sweet potato fries.
What we liked about the food was that there are many options that seem – amazingly – pretty healthy. What we liked about the setting was everything, including the terra-cotta horse, the passing groups of visiting school children and the All India Radio broadcasts of classical music — so retro.
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Café Lota Reviews
- TripAdvisor -- http://www.tripadvisor.in/Restaurant_Review-g304551-d5001898-Reviews-Cafe_Lota-New_Delhi_National_Capital_Territory_of_Delhi.html#REVIEWS
- A Mad Tea Party -- http://madteaparty.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/cafe-lota-at-the-national-crafts-museum/
- Time Out Delhi -- http://www.timeoutdelhi.net/restaurants-caf%C3%A9s/reviews/review-cafe-lota
- The Hindu -- http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/the-abode-of-foods/article5231472.ece
- Sound Tree Magazine -- http://soundtreemagazine.com/venue/organic-is-the-new-delicious-with-cafe-lota/
- SoDelhi -- http://www.sodelhi.com/casual-dining/8476-cafe-lota-restaurant-pragati-maidan-new-delhi