DARYAGANJ restaurant , a North Indian cuisine restaurant conceptualized with the principle of celebrating the culinary legacy of Late Kundan Lal Jaggi and the resilience and innovation of the Hindu Punjabi refugees , has recently opened its doors in New Delhi with due credit to his grandson Raghav Jaggi and his childhood friend,restaurateur Amit Bagga.
Kundan Lal Jaggi was one of the founders of an iconic restaurant which opened in 1947 in the locality of Daryaganj in Delhi where the most popular dishes of tandoori cuisine were invented , he was one of the great inventive pioneers of Tandoori cuisine and is often credited for making it popular all over the world.
Recently launched in Aerocity followed by its subsequent launch in Connaught Place, the culinary legacy of DARYAGANJ restaurant goes back decades to the era of Indian Independence, when Mr. Kundan Lal Jaggi, a refugee from Peshawar came to Delhi with nothing but the skills to make the best Tandoori Food and started an iconic restaurant in the lanes of Daryaganj. He was the Inventor of the legendary Butter Chicken and Dal Makhani, arguably the most selling dishes in any Indian restaurant set up in India and the world.
Growing up admiring the legacy of his grandfather, Raghav who was a young boy at that time, was in awe of the iconic dishes that his grandfather had invented. Years later, he decided to carry forward this legacy and dedicate the brand “DARYAGANJ” to his grandfather.
DARYAGANJ Restaurant will be recreating the Daryaganj experience with a set meal of many courses specially crafted to showcase the history of Tandoori cuisine and its evolution, serving all dishes invented by Mr Kundan Lal Jaggi.
Raghav Jaggi, Founder and Promoter, iterates, “DARYAGANJ brand is conceived as to celebrate the legacy of my grandfather by blending old world flavors and closely guarded recipes with the most talented and creative team to truly create a best in class dining experience reminiscent of a bygone era”.
Amit Bagga coming from a family which was in the business of automobiles, diversified into the restaurant business ten years back is a hardcore hands on restaurateur, who pays attention to every detail in his restaurants making sure all the five senses of a customer are evoked positively and they end up having a memorable experience.
The food at DARYAGANJ restaurant will be a celebration of robust Indian flavors from the post independence era, brought to life using fresh local produce. Not just the food, but the interiors of the restaurant are designed in such a manner that it celebrates nostalgia from the "Daryaganj days" and inventiveness of the pioneers.
The dishes on the menu will take you back to the lanes of daryaganj and enthrall you with the true food a lot of generations have grown up with. The food is authentic, with a selection of tandoor-grilled meats, seafood and vegetables prepared live to perfection. Cooked with the freshest ingredients, the extensive menu will feature Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Pakora, The original Dal Makhani, The original butter chicken, Egg halwa, Gatti Pulao etc.
The live kulfi counter serving authentic Kulfi will be the highlight and the guests will be spoilt for choice.
The restaurant has been carefully designed and thought of something that is sure to touch and captivate all 5 senses – sense of taste (Robust North Indian Flavours), sense of touch (Tables made up of specially selected stones), sense of sight( interiors designed in such a way that it celebrates nostalgia from 1950’s days and inventiveness of the pioneers), sense of smell (kitchen is designed in a way that the aroma of the cuisine will seep out of it) and sense of hearing (the kind of music that will be played at the restaurant will be soulful and unplugged).
The idea is to revive forgotten flavors on the palate, the unsung flavors of nostalgia!