Oktoberfest is taking place across the world and there is a place in this city, which celebrates it in its true sense. If you want to go for the full German treat, Zu Tisch is where you need to be. It is a special cafe-cum-bar that serves up authentic German food and drinks.
The place has been designed in such a way that it carries off the vibes of Germany in not just its menu, but its decor and its service. Simply put, if you like German cuisine and have a love for beer, you just ought to pay a visit to Zu Tisch. It has tried to replicate the flavors of Germany, in Delhi. If you happen to be a Bayern Munich fan, this is the place you need to be during the Bundesliga. That’s the level of German culture they espouse.
Located in the cosy suburb of GK-1 M-Block market, the place is easily accessible. It occupies the first floor of a corner plot in the suburb. In addition to the first floor, it has an open space outside the bar and a terrace.
The ambiance is like that of a laidback lounge inspired by Germany. The walls are adorned by a physical map of Germany and the tables stand atop barrels, giving a true-blue German feel.
Even the washrooms are quirky, with a tyre surrounding the wash basin and a petrol dispenser for the tap.
The food and the service are something that one can really relish. Zu Tisch serves everything in an amazing way – the food is plated in the way that you would find at any high-end restaurant south of Europe. Not just the plating, but even the flavors are just brilliant. Whether it was the signature lamb shanks or the Chicken tikka sausage – the chef at the restaurant absolutely nailed it.
They make a special Cordon Bleu, a German Schnitzel, primarily made of Chicken breast, stuffed with ham, which in turn is stuffed with cheese and then it is rolled over, slightly shallow fried and then cooked in oven. It is then served with potatoes and dips.
They also have a chicken tikka sausage. Zu Tisch considers such unusual dishes part of its appeal. The entire sausage menu is 90%pork sausages and some chicken sausages. All the sausages are named with respect to different cars such as Ambassador(Indian brand) and Skoda, Volkswagen, BMW, Audi, more or less all German brands.
For the main course, there is a lot of German food on offer, also with the appetizers. The menu is almost 70-80% non-vegetarian and most of the meat is imported rather than locally sourced.
It is no secret that no German feast is complete without beer. Our favorite at Zu Tisch was the Berlin Beer which is a cocktail made with Cinnamon, Lemon Juice, Green Apple, Sugar Syrup and Tequila along with Erdingerweiss Beer and served in a fishbowl with a straw.
There is also a Peach Ice Tea, which is a non-alcoholic refreshing drink.
Another amazing thing was the way they served shots – with a dropper and syringe. It entails some really funny stuff that you can do when you get drunk.
Music and events
Zu Tisch keeps on holding events and even sponsors musicians from around Delhi. It also holds tributes to rock legends such as Bob Marley, Jim Morrison etc. and college nights, where people from a college perform alternatively with professional singers.
The cafe also transforms into a dance floor with live DJs and even the terrace has a DJ on Saturdays.
The offers for Oktoberfest are:
All you can eat with Bottomless Beer@Rs.2499
Bottomless Beer for one day@Rs.1599
Bottomless Beer for fifteen days@Rs. 5499 (1 PM – 9 PM)
Bottomless Beer for fifteen days@Rs.7499 (1 PM – 1 AM)
They will offer as much beer as you can drink for one day for Rs. 1599. You can even have the Erdinger on tap in this option and also club it up with something from the food menu for rs. 2499. (Prices are not inclusive of taxes)
The other option is that you can come from 1pm-1am or 1pm-9pm. During this period for any 3 hours you can have much beer as you want. You can come for 16 days during the period of the Oktoberfest and enjoy this scheme.
(A special word here for the Manager, Mr. Samrat Rishi who knows the cuisine and the menu thoroughly. If you are at Zu Tisch, do sit with him for a cordial chat and he will make some awesome recommendations.)