It’s all Special
When the folks are getting older, as am I, each excuse to get together and enjoy a meal and drinks, is “special”. I made too many attempts at “66 at 888” but as is with witless me, none of them landed the way I wanted.
Having spent slightly over two months trying to get to Triple8, I’m glad it worked out that we landed up there on Mom’s birthday. We almost didn’t make it too. Just a day before our reservation, I fell ill and Dad and Mom both were feeling under the weather. It took a bit of convincing to not cancel. What worked, I think, is the fact that life is too short to not go to an amazing Asian restaurant and drink their Sake. Sushi and dimsums would be a bonus. And the Tom Yum soup would also help clear the sinuses for both Dad and I.
Delhi is rainy these day, hence the steamed-up glass photo of Mom above. Huge glass doors and windows at Triple8, letting in lovely blue monsoon light. I’ve color-corrected my images, so you won’t see most of the blue-tint, but it’s there, in the shadows.
It felt like a bit of a triumph to have made it to lunch and to have enjoyed it to boot. Special birthday wishes to a special uncle as well. And thanks Neha, for fixing this special lunch for us.
Food & Drinks
The Custard Bun for dessert. Seriously. I have no qualms starting my meal with dessert. Buttery fillings and not too sweet. Definitely getting this again whenever I go back. The Yuzu Cream with the buns was a delicacy in itself.
Then there were the lamb shanks with additional curry mopped up with the buns. I ate it like it’s supposed to be eaten. The soft, warn, layered bread, soaked in curry, dripping trails over my plate, into my mouth. Some of the sounds I made were not quite lady-like but I’m sure the chef would appreciate. ( Chef Vivek Rana has more than 15 years of experience and has worked at Indian Accent, which I have yet to eat at. )
The bacon-wrapped liver was good. The pork belly and pork ribs were melty and tasty and the goat brain was exquisite. Will have to do an Old-Delhi chakkar to satiate the greed now.
Because I was sniffling, I didn’t venture too far with the chilled cocktails but that also meant that I got to sample some excellent Cognac with hot water. Martell and Remy Martin XOs. We also had one Sake and a couple of Japanese beers.
The food and beverage menus are both quite extensive and you have lots to choose from whether you’re a vegetarian or non-vegetarian.
Ambiance & Location
Having been away from Ansal Plaza for a few years, I was surprised to look at it with new eyes. A Decathlon on the ground and first floors, an expansive drive-in ( especially for bloggers looking for locations to shoot at! ) and a multitude of restaurant / drinking options.
Triple8 has a nice velvet, red/magenta/burgundy/wine-colored vibe with tons of black and white photo frames on the walls. The bar is THE eye-catching section. With two levels for seating, there’s enough options for privacy or large groups. The space is relatively new right now, so it’s a great time to go and hog the chef’s attention all for yourself.
Previous food & restaurant related experiences & photos on this blog. #EyesForDining