Tattva is the kind of place that one comes across increasingly all over the globe, yet it is the kind of place that is very rare in India. In fact my wishes to this place for survival (it is less than a year old) in this extremely tamsik country where people have lost all touch with real, saatvik food.
It is a bit of an effort to find Tattva, tucked way inside the guts of Hauz Khas village. But the walk through the meandering lanes is interesting enough to keep your interest going until you reach your destination. The place itself is small and intimate with a combination of low tables, chairs and cushions spread all around. The menu is actually quite extensive for a place like this, and it is a bit of a challenge to decide what to order. If you are with some other folks, it ould help to order a few items and share. Portions are relatively generous. If you are confused, just ask Smita the ever smiling hostess / owner for suggestions.
Smita did confirm that all the ingredients except chocolate (used in the desserts) were organic. Many of the dishes were very original and creative. However, the one impression that I walked away with was that the preparation of the dishes lacked finesse in terms of flavor. Almost every dish and drink I tried appeared lacking in something or infused with too much of something. This to me was perhaps a reflection of the lack of experience and continuity in the kitchen. With more experience I hope they will be able to do much better.
Be prepared for very relaxed service, and for very steep prices. This kind of place is only for the discerning few who know and understand saatvik food. If you are not one of them, stay away. The rest of us will be better off without you.
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