The Branch: Staying true to its roots
The Branch at the South-extension market is aptly named because it gives you the space to stay connected to your roots while being on cloud nine. How? The cuisine at this restaurant is really basic yet authentic in its own unique way. This cute little place, with lots of beautiful flowers greeting you at the entrance, a white tree with hanging flower-filled bulbs in the middle is perfect for every occasion – a first date, after-work meetings or a casual day out with friends.
Not one café, pub or restaurant in Delhi has been able to hold my attention for a long time. One visit and I never wanted to leave this place. No flashy colours, cosy cushion mattress to unwind and relax as you eat and talk, and good music. 'The Branch' has just launched recently, but the owner is already planning to give the Capital what it actually needs in 2017 – a projector for film screenings where one can just lay down on the mattress, eat anything they like and spend quality time.
Coming to the food, for a small restaurant like this one, the menu is quite charming. More than the food, I fell in love with the mocktails they are offering. Watermelon and Mint Cooler, with real watermelon extracts, a little pineapple juice, and some tangy cool melon leaves was out of this world. This, along with their Virgin Espresso Martini is undeniably the most unique and refreshing drink I have had in a long, long time. That's not all; the bartender at 'The Branch' needs a standing ovation for going out of his way to bring out far better versions of Red devils united and Mexican riders, which are worth trying. Apart from the mocktails, you can also go for gems, oreo and vanilla shake, and teas (both ice and hot).
Just beverages won't satisfy your hunger. To begin with, go for their signature Caesar salad and Quinoa Mango salad. They are healthy, in good quantity, light and sweet in taste. If you are in love with pasta and risotto, try out Seafood Risotto. With calamari, prawns, crab meat and garlic bread, a plate of this will leave you with a sweet, tangy flavour. To remain true to the Indian roots, 'The Branch' also offers some of the best food from the streets of Mumbai.
If you are a chicken lover, opt for their perfectly cooked, smokey, 'Bagdadi Restaurant style chicken boti' with paratha, laccha onion, and mint chutney. As I said, the menu is charming and options are endless. 'The Branch' is a new baby right now and will grow with time. Although there is a lot of variety, you might get the feeling that almost every dish has the same flavour, i.e., basil. Nonetheless, with drinks and some decent food, a day can end at a good note at 'The Branch'.