Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Onwards and Upwards: Chez Nini Reaches New Heights

Chez NiniM.M.Khanna, INVC, Chandigarh,

Just over one year after opening, the roaring success to date of Chez Nini has meant that it’s high time to expand. After four months of careful design, curating, and decorating, Chef Nira is ready to open the stunning first floor extension to her popular French brasserie style restaurant, Chez Nini.The space, located above the current restaurant in the flourishing Mehar Chand Market, has been lovingly created in conjunction with Delhi-based artists and artisans using locally sourced materials. Featured in the space is an artwork by Delhi-based French artist Julien Segard conceptualised during his explorations of New Delhi and conceived as a tribute to its citizens of all creeds and castes. Other eyecatching design highlights include reclaimed, refurbished metal chairs, Balaji glass jars filled with extractions of beautiful found objects to create an exciting installation, antique baskets used as lights and ample use of Dholpuri stone from Rajasthan. The man-made interiors exist in harmony with peaceful views of treetops outside the ceiling-to-floor windows. The new space upstairs is served by a dedicated kitchen, but will function without a liquor license due to government restrictions, so Chef Nira has worked together with Arijit Bose of PCO to develop an inovative, healthful and delicious menu of alcohol-free cocktails. Chez Nini will also soon be launching one of the highest quality and most innovatibe selection of fresh pressed juices made with the city’s first Norwalk juicer. A full selection of wines, beers and spirits continues to be served on the ground floor. In conjunction with the launch of upstairs, Chez Nini is also launching a new menu which features all of the most popular dishes from the first year of operation including; New Delhi French Onion Soup; Nini’s Poutine and Coq au Vin.  Each week new and seasonal items will be developed and made available on the specials board so even the most regular of patrons can choose between their old favourites, and something to surprise the tastebuds. A full selection of breads, cakes, cupcakes and cronuts continues to be available to eat in or take away from the bakery on the first floor.

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