My first visit to QashQai on the opening weekend less than one year ago for dinner was as favourable as the most recent one yesterday for drinks and an early supper.
QashQai opened to well deserved rave reviews from all corners in the fall of 2008 and has maintained it's standards since, which is no mean feat in Delhi.
As you walk up the soothing pearly beige stairs, the strong calming aura of the royal purple decor invites you in from the madness of Shankar Market and Outer Circle traffic. The circular open bar is the first thing you see as you step into the lounge section of QashQai. There are also at least 5 staff members buzzing around this foyer area at any given time to carry you comfortably through the evening. The service is attentive and polite without being obtrusive.
The Basil Iced Tea @ Rs.89 is well worth stopping by in the day time to catch your breath. The same can be said for the Ginger and Basil Mojito @ Rs.429, especially during happy hours which currently run....wait for it...until 8pm....all 7 days including Saturday and Sunday.
The lounge seating is comfortable and spaciously organised into semi-open booths for 4-6 patrons with low stylish black tables and plasma screen TVs. The lighting is always at a romantic dim, as is, thankfully, the easy listening music.
The menu ranges from Italian appetisers, pastas, risottos to an adventurous crepe section to mediterranean/mid-east meat dishes to classic fish and chips to an Indian section for the inflexible dilli-wale. Somehow, they pull it off. The Mexican crepe with jalapenos and bellpeppers @Rs.249 was simply yummy. The scicilian sauteed chicken with white rice @ Rs. 350 hit the spot. I can also recommend the non veg mezze platter which is plentiful and ultimately value for money @ Rs.550.
The lounge section starts filling up around 8pm while the pretty white restaurant section by the windows looking onto Shankar Market is less crowded. I highly recommend QashQai from 6-8pm for the happy hours (1+1), good food, good service and the shaanti. No matter what time you walk in, QashQai makes an excellent date night choice for it's mood, decor, music, food, drinks and stellar sense of style.