One of the great things about working out of SDA is the choicest of restaurants…. Name the cuisine, the price range, the service time and you have multiple options from rainbows to chi’s kitchen to costa to subway. It all depends on the time of the month and the money the IIT hostellers have… well for us it’s the time … anyways so among the usual list when I saw this neat little board reading “ The Kettle Drum” I could almost hear the music…… Ofcourse the music could also be an outcome of the fact that it was the fag end of a long / hectic day and one of those even longer weeks….. but right now we are focusing on the brighter side of life. So there it was a chirpy little place tucked into a corner next to spell & bound awaiting visitors.

The happy lettering had me at first glance and curious nia took over!!! “We have to check out this place.” Was the dictum to Vinay and KK, our anything for a hungry stomach rule meant the 3 of us trooped in to check out the new place. Ofcourse this was post my Spanish inquisition at entry on, “will our food arrive in 5 mins?? (hungry stomachs post work you see!) and a response promising pizzas in 7 mins, to which I happily agreed asking for a free pizza if its 8 J (Dominoes has spoilt us …) Opened just 3 days ago kettle drums delighted at first glance, a red brick wall on one side, neat wooden furniture – well spaced out….. n the best part…. A glass book shelve as a separating wall… so sitting here I could longing look at the books at spell & bound J. The few white walls were decorated with paintings of pumpkin vines and apple trees! So the place definitely looked upto expectations!! The menu was like any other café, pizzas, pastas, starters, mocktails and if I remember correctly a small selection of our basic cocktails too. The waiters were eager to serve and all crowded around to greet what must be among their first 10 tables.

The Kettle Drum

We decided to play it safe and ordered 3 fresh lime sodas ummm… and then I convinced KK to order an iced tea for the sake of the review J, hummus and pizza. We decided to do our own toppings and asked for a mozzarella with jalapeños, olives, and…. The and was complicated, they did not have sundried tomato only fresh tomatoes which are a little blah, we didn’t want mushrooms or onions, pineapples were not available and well shimla mirch aka capsicum or what our waiters fancily named bell peppers in all colors refused to excite us. So we asked for chilli and were offered green chilli instead of red, we agreed on mushrooms to balance the spice and placed our order.

Falafel with Hummus & Pita Bread
As we soaked in the atmosphere and cribbed about work, the lack of a life, quarter life crisis et all. The fresh limes and iced tea arrived, tall icy glasses with a wedge of lemon!!!! Glug Glug ahhhh types… and they tasted those good too… full marks on these!! So we awaited the food and SLAM SLAM the peace went out of the window, it was a waiter entering the restaurant! Mighty loud I say, and then in another 5 minutes Bang Bang waiter 3 decided to exit! Just before my ears went for a toss the maitre de had the good sense to rein in the troops and call them to order! The hummus and pita arrived JIT within 5 mins of placing the order and we lunged for it the neatly plated hummus and falafel with pita and a few boiled and colored veggies were amiss before I could manage a click. The hummus tasted good, though the olive oil was a tad too little thus it lacked the smoothness of the perfect hummus and was also a little watery making me suspect a bit of dilution. All in all I would give the hummus a 7 on 10 and would definitely not mind having it on another day or like we did on that day another round of hummus and pita for us hungry souls! The pizza arrived bang on the 7th minute and looked beautiful.
Pizza | Iced Tea | Fresh Lime Soda
Yes food can look beautiful, and if you don’t believe me have a look at this picture it is beautiful indeed. We dug in with great gusto and were rewarded with strands of mozzarella sticking following every slice on the lavishly cheesy pizza. The crust was super thin and baked just right, ten on ten on technique but the choice of toppings left much to be desired for us vegetarians. The waiters saw our smiles and came to enquire on the food, we replied with a positive with a small smile saying the helping of pita definitely needs to go up, and voila came someone with a lot more pita. Rewarded we decided to order another round of the hummus (it was a cold Delhi winter evening, thus the hunger) and this time the pita bread was significantly more. Enough that we finished the hummus with loads of bread and unashamedly asked for more hummus. The fact that we wiped all plates clean including the boiled gobhi is proof to the quality of food.
The Kettle drum shall be revisited next time I am at SDA and I shall try newer items on the menu for all your benefit.
Access: Easy
Price: Average – Rs 800 for two
Ambiance:  Book Shop, Café, Bright and Cheery
Food: Basic but great to taste!!

Categories: Cafes & Bistros


The Kettle Drum

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