Can coasters make you drink more or a waiters smile make you hog more! Yes. At Monkey Bar, small things make a big difference. The experience is what one would visit here for.
Burly bouncers don't man the entrance, rude managers do not look at you with disdain and grumpy staff doesn't spill your meal. These are the three immediately noticeable aspect of this 'gastro-pub' to open in Delhi. Monkey bar is lively, inviting and 'no frills' hangout space to have opened in Delhi. Their strict no reservation policy does away with the 'VIP cult' that most places in the city aspire for, succumb to and ultimately fade away as a fad.
This Bengaluru wonder to set shop here ticks all the right boxes that a pub should. There's a hearty selection to feast on and quirky concoctions to sip on. Peppy beats and dancing space let you shake a leg and a decent activity zone lets you while the time away.
Quirk it up: Can coasters make you drink more or a waiters smile make you hog more! Yes. At Monkey Bar, small things make a big difference. The experience is what one would visit here for. You order a drink and it comes with a coaster that might tell you bits about being tipsy or have a message about your eating habits! If you're craving for something stuffing without burning a hole in your pocket, the staff advises you what to order! It's this friendly service, quirky interiors and a warm vibe that endears this place to first time visitor.
Gastro-grub: The menu is mouth watering and handiwork of one of the finest chefs Manu Chandra. His influence ensures that the non-veg fare has more to it than just chicken. One can actually count chicken dishes on finger tips and be tempted to try beef, pork, fish and lamb specialities dished out. Galouti Killer — mildly spiced kebabs served with a pav, Tiger Steak — really spicy steaks tossed in chilli paste, Devilled Fish — mildly spiced fish prepared with ginger, garlic and lemongrass taste and Quick Gun Murg-Hen — perfectly marinated succulent chicken cubes tickle the taste buds enough to be termed a 'speciality'. The menu also is dotted with popular street picks but given a contemporary twist. Vada Pav, fish cutlets, brain cutlets, kema pav, giant burgers and shaami kebabs are dished out in their modern avatar while retaining their essential taste and charm.
All this can be wolfed down with an equally heady drinks selection.
Word of caution: The men manning the show right now are the ones who have made its Bengaluru variant a hit. Consistency is what will either allow this place to sail or sink like many other 'sumtuous stars' in the city that shined brightly and died quickly.
As of now, Monkey Bar is a welcome addition to city's restaurant scene.
Must try dishes: Spiked nachos, Tamarind and masala flavoured potato in fresh buns with sev, Calcutta inspired Bhetki Fish cutlets, Brain cutlet with green chili and keema bao.
Meal for two: Rs 2,000 approx; Timings: Noon-midnight (Children (below 18 years) are permitted only till 6 pm)