The Leela Palace in the Diplomatic Enclave of Chanakyapuri, Delhi NCR is a landmark in itself with the building that looks no less than a palace and service that you can expect out of any seven-star hotel. No wonder, it is one of the favourite residential destinations for overseas’ guests. We have spoken about the French-Italian restaurant Le Cirque and the Indian restaurant Jamavar, now let’s take a flight to the Oriental lands and perch on Japan. Megu – The Leela Palace! This is a high-profile Japanese resto-bar that is a jewel in the crown of Japanese restaurants in the city.
As you walk through the doors of Megu, you wonder how many millions have been spent to create what you are astounded by. In one word, it’s gorgeous! You feel yourself transported to a different world. The first thing you notice as you enter is the gigantic sculpture of a crystal Buddha. It is placed in the middle and the dining area surrounds it. This is just one part of the restaurant. There are four more – a large private dining room, a sushi bar, an informal room and an alfresco seating in the porch and lawn. Going by the looks of it, Megu is by far the best looking East Asian Restaurant in India.
Now coming to the food, Chef Yutaka Saito has crafted some nouvelle Japanese dishes while retaining the traditional flavours. Some of the dishes that are a clear winner at Megu are Rock Shrimp tempura, crispy calamari, steamed sea bass in a light, ginger and mushroom-infused liquor, Grilled King Salmon Chan-Chan style, Wagyu beef on a hot stone, pan-seared lobster, sushi and sashimi platter, and a lot more. The dishes might be new for the ones experimenting with Japanese food for the first time; but the staff is knowledgeable to help you make the right choice.
The bar menu flaunts 400 labels of wines and 10 varieties of sake. Some of the Japanese cocktails that you might try at Megu are Nature’s Glow, Haiku and Sansho + Shochu. Wagyu Croquettes, Spicy Salmon Belly and Creamy Rock Corn tempura are some choices that match well with the drinks.