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“A+ for effort, A- for execution” 4 of 5 stars
Review of tattva - Art & Fresh Organic Kitchen

tattva - Art & Fresh Organic Kitchen
T 71, Green View Street | Near Yodakin Showroom, New Delhi 110016, India
+91 88 60 244640
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Ranked #51 of 4,085 Restaurants in New Delhi
Price range: $7 - $16
Cuisines: Vegetarian, Eclectic, Organic
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Description: Small bistro-style art cafe.Displaying and selling art by some of the best known names in Indian art.Small tables, small chairs, all made with recycled materials.a 5 to 7 min walk from the main street of hauz khas village.
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“A+ for effort, A- for execution”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

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.

Cheers

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Divine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

After searching for a restaurant that honours the timeless tradition of anna brahman or food is the creative power, the creative seed of consciousness, the search is finally over after discovering this divine restaurant that is quite magnificent. I sampled many of the dishes returning again and again and each dish is produced with ingredients that have been hand selected with utmost care and attention to the best quality and also the most ethicaly sourced.

Set a short wall off the main bustle of Hauz Khas village this is something to make the journey for and then to linger over the wonderful dishes and exceptional presentation.

I had the litchi sharbat which is made with organic sugar and does not leave you with the general sugar high from white sugar as the boora sugar it is made from is not a "refined" food as the white sugar that is prolific and omnipresent in all India today.

I had the Himalayan mountain tea which instantly transports one to snowcap peaks and timeless valleys without end.

All the main meals and platers and lovingly prepared and are not just delicious but one feels light and energised after eating them.

This is a true oasis and I must say after travelling all corners of India in search of organic and healthful food, this is the first completely genuine place that is service and operating from the heart.

Well done and may a new light of India's ancient grace and wisdom dawn.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Oasis of good food and calm atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

This is worth seeking out. To get there, walk down the main road in Hauz Khas village and turn left onto the last street before you get to the entrance to the monument. Right now the bagel shop is on the corner. Follow this down and around for 200 meters or so, passing a door marked The Rose on the left. Continue past the point when you think you're leaving the shopping district and continue around the curve. The restaurant will be on your left.

The food was wonderful--well prepared, not salty, light on the sauce, and intricate flavors. I had one of their pasta dishes and it was a welcome change from the usual heavy oily salty cheese-laden fare one might find elsewhere. The tea was also lovely. Everything was presented beautifully, and the simple, white, cooling interior created a calm atmosphere, like a bubble that kept the noises and pressures of Delhi out for a bit. Definitely recommend this place!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Not your typical indian food - top quality!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Tattva may not be easy to find but once you're there you won't regret it. The food is very tasty, fresh and healthy, all this in a nice atmosphere. Staff are warm and helpful and you feel like you could just hang out for a while and listen to Ella. Even if prices are quite high, you get your money's worth - which is not always the case in "cool" places in Delhi.

Visited November 2012
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“Great organic clever food - oasis of calm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Nice tasty modern vegetarian organic food! Bliss ... everything nice, no complaints at all - only two observations that aren't criticisms at all 1) it's not cheap Indian food - but you do get top quality and 2) the food preparation was a little slow the day we went (so if we had been in a hurry it could have been a problem - on the other hand, it is good to slow down and eat this kind of food at a relaxed pace!). Loved it.

p.s. to get to it, go into the village, past the entrance barrier where the guards check the cars from going in, up the road (3 minutes walk tops) to the entrance to the Feroz Sha tomb / madrassa complex (you HAVE to visit). About 20 metres before the lockable gate into this old complex, the road turns left and winds down right into Hauz Khas village proper. About 2 minutes walk down there you should find Tattva.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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