Food & Wine

Issue: June 2014

Monkey Bar, New Delhi

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Colourful and quirky with fresh and innovative cuisine and cocktails, this gastropub is a lively place to monkey around with your pals. What really got us were the names of the dishes...

It was swelteringly hot when we visited Monkey Bar, so a chilled Copper Monkey (whisky, mandarin, passion fruit, mint, bitters) and Mangaa (vodka, aam panna, sweet lime, jeera salt) cooled us down enough to take in the vibrant ambience—the glass dome ceiling here lets in ample amounts of natural light, making the place look bigger than it probably is. Then it was time to dig into the Bang Bang Prawns and Butterfly Chicken (two of the most popular starters here), the Pot Stickers (which are basically pan-seared dumplings), Tikki of Joy (Kolkata-inspired bekti cutlets filled with kasundi mustard and fennel—a dish Delhi’s foodies will love). If you really are an experimental eater, try the Chilli Brain, Goan Chorizo Pao or Sorpotel Jam Pot—the dishes are as innovative as the names.

For the main course, we chose the Berry Pulao, a flavoured rice preparation with chicken topped with caramelised onions, but were not too impressed by this Iranian dish which is a Mumbai institution. Known for their burgers, sliders and hotdogs, the portion sizes at this gastropub are huge. For dessert, it was the Chocolate Pot de Crème—feather-light chocolate soufflé topped with caramelised popcorn and served with slices of lemon cake that ended the meal on a happy note.

Address: Plot No 11, Pocket C 6 & 7, Commercial Complex, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi – 110 070.

Tel: +91-11-4109 5155

Read more in the June 2014 issue of Hi! BLITZ – the no.1 Lifestyle magazine.

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