The Champagne Brunch at Kiyan, Dusit Devarana

Situated close to the IGI Airport, Delhi is Dusit Devarana, a majestic property with a calm and serene setting propagated by the lush greenery and water bodies running across it. Invited over to Kiyan, which is Dusit Devarana's 'Global Cuisine' restaurant, we got to taste some of Chef Nishant's signature dishes in the Far Eastern, European and Indian cuisine.

Mumm Champagne
Mumm Champagne

We reached the restaurant for the Sunday Champagne Brunch at around 12:30 am. The restaurant is aptly located inside the property and is truly an oasis under the sky. Though the name Champagne Brunch sounds like a buffet, they serve everything on the table in order to avoid wastage of food.

We started off with cold appetizers along with which you can drink Mumm Champagne. The Thai chicken salad was the first thing on the menu and was sweet, salty and spicy all at the same time giving it the perfect combination to interest our palate.

Thai Chicken Salad
Thai Chicken Salad

Japanese melon wild arugula german ham
Japanese Melons, German Ham and Wild Arugula

Then arrived the cold cuts, Japanese melon, German ham, wild arugula with toasted nuts, and Meat and Cheese platter. The melon's sweetness richly complemented the ham's taste while the toasted nuts gave a bitter feel to it. The meat and cheese platter had perfectly sliced meat, and three cheeses - blue cheese, cheddar, and mozzarella, and was the perfect snack with the champagne. The meat was one of the best cuts I have ever had, and the cheeses were a good companion to the meat.

Meat and Cheese platter Kiyan
Meat and Cheese Platter

Chicken and veg dimsums
Chicken and Vegetable Dimsums

The Lotus Flower Chicken Dim Sums and the Summer Vegetable Dim Sums, which were served next, were accompanied by a sweetish sauce. The initial taste after the dip into the sauce was unexpected but the flavour slowly grew on us over the period. When we asked the chef, he maintained that some of the menu items were modified to suit the palate of the guests living there and hence the sauce differed from the traditional extra spicy one that we are habituated to. The dim sums had a rice flour coating, stuffed with perfectly cooked chicken and vegetables.

The Chili Garlic Prawns, dressed as a Satay was the best dish by far. The prawns were deveined and well cooked with the highlight being the Ham mixed with Mayo dip.

Chili Garlic Prawn Kyori
Chili Garlic Prawns

One of Chef Nishant's main specialities was the Three Chili Mock Chicken. Though the name suggests that it is a chicken dish, we were surprised when we found soya chunks that were indeed mocking chicken.  It had an excellent combination of sweetness and spices, making it a good snack to go with the champagne.

Three Chili Mock Chicken
Three Chili Mock Chicken

The Tom Yum Goong is a typical clear Thai Prawn soup, rich in flavour, imparting both hot and sour taste. The soup has an oily texture and a sharp sour taste due to the lime juice, lemongrass and fresh Galangal. Though I generally enjoy it, I felt that the quantity of lemongrass was a tad bit more than usual which disrupted the taste a little.

Thai Prawn Souip
Tom Yumm Goong

In the brunch menu are also Indian delicacies like the Galauti Kebab, the hallmark of Lucknawi cuisine, served on small tawa paranthas. The kebabs were made of pure minced meat and was evenly spiced complementing the sweet taste of parantha.

Lucknow Galouti Kabab
Lamb Galouti

For the main course, we had the Thai Massaman Curry and Pan Fried Red Snapper, Skillet Potato and Fennel Beurre Blanc. Thai Massaman curry, a Thai adaptation of the lamb curry from Middle Eastern cuisine had lamb and potato cooked along with Thai spices and coconut milk, which gave it the perfect sweetness the dish deserves.

Pan Fried Red Snapper
Pan Fried Red Snapper and Skillet Potato

In the desserts, the cream filled muffin was the star of the deserts with the Passion fruit Mousse coming in a close second. With every bite of the muffin, thick cream kept oozing out, drenching my fingers in a sweet but yummy foam. The sweetness in the cream was just right and it tasted perfect both with the muffin and when I tasted it of my fingers.

Desserts at Kiyan

A calm and serene romantic setting, Kiyan serves a delightful array of global cuisine dishes which is worth a try if cost is not a factor.

Cost for two - Rs 3800+ taxes (Champagne Brunch)

Kiyan, Dusit Devarana,
21st Milestone, Samalkha, NH8,
Near Rajokri, New Delhi


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