Hitchki a new kid on the block, making its debut in Dubai right from Mumbai. Its a not a new name infact already a famous retro bar in Mumbai and after proving themselves locally now they are forwarding international. Hitchki is an urdu word meaning Hiccups.
Tucked away with in Bazxar resturant located in Building 4, DIFC. Don’t get confused by assuming both the restaurant are same No!! they are different just located at the same spot.
Last night I was there for their exclusive tasting preview for media people. You would be thrilled to see the ambiance decked up with vintage props, quirky colorful wall and yes laid back style dining area. The open kitchen lets you to see the hustle and bustle in the background. The quirky colorful wall attracts your attention instantly and the hanging lamp and retro props gives a casual, friendly vibes to the whole setup,making it perfect for friends meetup and casual family dinners. The menu is comprised of quirky names with fusion taste and mostly revolves around the street food concept. Being a desi person I was excited to try some mouthwatering stuff.
We started of with the bloggers menu it was comprised of veg and non veg dishes. There was Rasam Minestrone (soup) and Mumbai ki Julius Ceaser (salad). Tangy soup was purely veg with the ingredients like english and indian vegetables It was thick and slurpy, crispy fried noodles was a perfect addition to give it a nice overall texture where as the salad was layered romaine leaves with parmesan papad. Crunchy and light in taste.
In starters there was
- Bhatti Ka Paneer
- Charlie Chapali Kebab
Bhatti Ka Paneer as name suggest it was pit roasted chunks of cottage cheese, being a hardcore non-veg I usually don’t like to eat paneer but they were so soft and well cooked. Charlie Chapali Kebab were as soft as clouds made with finest lamb mince, potatoes and mayo.
In mains following were served to us
- Kadai Paneer Lasagne
- Manglorean Chicken Curry
- Very Berry Biryani
Manglorean Chicken Curry had a very coconuty taste as mostly manglorean dishes have but the tanginess of tomato puree, was balancing the taste of coconut used in the making of it and made it a delightful curry with a tempering (tarqa) of curry leaves. Kadai Paneer Lasagne was average in taste, found a little heavy. On the other hand Very Berry Biryani an interesting combo of desi taste with the addition of berries, who could have thought of adding it but believe me it was exciting for palates and interesting to try with burhani raita. Tumbs up for it 🙂
Now come to that part of the meal that excites everyone, yes Dessert. Hitchki team has an interesting take on desserts by presenting in international style with desi taste. We got to try two dishes and the first one was with amazing presentation and interesting name Baration ka Swagat. At first glance it looks like a cake topped with consolidated cream and a sugar net frame but in reality this dessert is not that simple, it surprised you with layers of flavors. When you take a bite you feel dense dark chocolate taste with a crunch of sugar that fades in your mouth with paan flavor. The other one was Gulab Jaman Truffle which was again a fusion of desi sweets coated with the dark chocolate ganache dusted with cocoa and served on the bed of cocoa nibbles.
In drinks there was Geeta Babita and Nimbo Soda. Both were refreshing and not to forget we opted for non-alcoholic version of them, these are alcoholic drinks and if you refrain having alcohol, don’t forget to mention it while ordering. The only complain I have is that there was a long gap of serving between each course, which usually irritates.
Don’t forget to try out this new place with your friends and family and get immersed in a retro feel with a fusion of taste and presentation on indian street food.