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  • Monkey Bar, India’s first gastropub, now opens in New Delhi

    Published on January 10, 2014


    New Delhi : It’s fun, it’s quirky, it’s inspired by New York, yet, unabashedly Indian. Welcome to Monkey Bar! Monkey Bar, India’s first gastropub brand now joins New Delhi’s skyline with its promise to offer you anything but the usual! Located in the heart of south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj, Monkey Bar, the Indian avatar of the Gastropub, puts its own unique spin on the internationally popular Copper Monkey @Monkey Bar - Photo Credit Kunal Chandraconcept. It has the essence of a pub and is backed by excellent food and service, at accessible prices. Kheema Bao, dry aged and wood-fired burgers, cocktails in Nutella jars and copper tumblers, Aam panna with vodka, Galouti Killer served with pav, onions and chutney, Spiked Nachos, Sundae Sandwiches and a whole lot more awaits you! Fresh, innovative and affordable cool.

    Housed in a spectacular 47 feet high glass pyramid built using a mix of steel tubes and reflective glass, Monkey Bar’s interiors evoke the feeling of being in a fun NYC space. It’s a personification of juxtapositions; exposed brick walls, soft wood floors, booths, mismatched lights and fixtures are just some of the elements that come together in this space to create a cohesive whole. The space is welcoming, intimate and quite effortlessly dramatic. Long solid wood bar counter, edgy in-built bar stools, opaque glass, concrete tables, fun posters and wall hangings give the space a distinctly ‘comfy’ feel, without ever seeming over-designed. This 3,500 square feet space, spanning two levels, reflects an urban chic vibe. A long bar, with the tree trunk counter top, is the first sight that greets a guest. Off the entrance at the end of the corridor is a games room on one side offering pool and foosball, while the stairs on the other side lead to the mezzanine. Raised areas like the bar, the stage and restaurant area with long booth seats on a mezzanine, demarcate zones successfully while providing visual interest and connect with varied levels. It would be most appropriate to say that the interior design of this gastropub is in absolute consonance with the architecture of its shell creating just the right vibe of an unmistakably ‘laid-back’ space.

    Rethinking pub food with firm Indian roots, and just enough twists and tweaks, is what the menu at Monkey Bar reflects. The menu is not only inclusive, but also caters to the palate of the uninitiated and the gourmand, alike. The food is wholesome, great quality and affordable and the menu offers the best of international and Indian dishes. While being innovative it is perhaps a bit non-conformist too, effortlessly offering Mee Goreng, MobarLaksa, Shrimp Newburg with Brown Rice, Berry Pulao, Parsee Orderlies Mutton Curryand Sticky Date Pudding, among a host of other eclectic dishes. Traditional dishes like Pork Sorpotel wind up in little jam pots, the traditional Coorg delicacy Pandi Curry is paired with warm grilled Fresh Pita Bread, brain fry and offal moved out of their traditional JamaMasjid bastion to be presented in a whole new avatar.  Even the vadapav is adapted, tweaked, made hugely playful and placed comfortably in a setting that immediately puts its customers at ease.  Monkey Bar Burgers seriously challenge MoBar Burger MONKEY BAR, New Delhi-002 Sanjay Ramchandrantraditional notions of what a burger should be: dry, aged and wood grilled, smoky and juicy, even well done. Even a Sundae is converted into a multi-layered sandwich, which requires great skill to create – the Mobar Sundae Sandwich and happiness of many a customer. Desserts like the Pineapple Outside In, with rum soaked pineapple baked to order in a rich brioche, andFlourless XS Cake promise potent doses of decadent comfort. The Monkey Bar food menu designed to be a bonafide dining out option when one is looking for a great evening out with friends.The crockery here is cheerfully mismatched and, somehow, perfectly complements the honest wholesomeness of the food. Wooden trays with an assortment of hot sauces will keep the most hardened chilli-freaks satisfied.

     Monkey Bar set a benchmark for its innovative food and often-irreverent take on the concept of traditional cuisines. As important as food, design and music, the bar at Monkey Bar keeps abreast offering you trendy and affordable yet fabulous tasting cocktails. True to its service standards, the first thing bartenders are taught is the art of the genuinesmile. The smiling bar churns out some super refreshing fruit cocktails, ultra chilled beer and unusual concoctions like the Mangaa, Copper Monkey, Go Guava, Mary Beer and martinis served in rock glasses. We junk all the rules here and strike off the sugary sweet concoctions – replacing them with a host of original, hugely trendy, yet, innovative drinks. It’s no longer about regular cocktails but a whole new spin where innovation and freshness are firmly at the forefront.

    Taking the most ubiquitous of things and giving them a spin, a nudge towards being cool and so very relevant is what the Monkey Bar mantra is all about. Food is as important as the design and music and, for once, the bar has kept abreast. A cocktail ceased to be the rather posh Cosmopolitan or the hugely boring Mojito. It’s trendy and affordable and, above all, high on taste! Monkey Bar is an all-day gastropub and there’s never a dull moment. The music is buzzy and the pool table is more of an invitation to unwind over a beer after work than a game centre. You don’t make a reservation at Monkey Bar; you amble in whenever the mood grabs you. The vibe is cool NYC meets trendy, young India. It is new, yet, familiar. This is exactly my kind of place. And yours.