Review: The Tipsy Project, Janakpuri

Spread out on two floors with uncluttered seating, The Tipsy Project is a lightly dim place which is best for friends to hangout, have some drinks and food while enjoying the music or a game of cricket. The seating is comfortable, with options of accommodating large groups of friends, couples and a bar table. The music is loud, and the day we visited was a mix of Punjabi and English songs – though they definitely failed to impress me.

The mixed cuisine menu offers you quite a variety. Chicken Tai-Chi is stir fried boneless chicken pieces with a variety of bell pepper and other veggies, a sweet and sour sauce. I would have a preferred it to be drier, but that’s a personal preference. Crispy Congee Lamb is a winner – the lamb as it should be and the sauces maintain the balance. Baked Chicken Nachos fare well, with in-house nachos topped with chicken and cheese, but the salsa fails to impress – too sweet. Pita bread with hummus repeats the story – the pita bread is good, but the consistency of the hummus is not – it is watery, but the taste is perfect.

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crispy crongee lamg

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chicken tai-chi

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baked chicken nachos

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pita bread with hummus

The TTP Special Pizza wins hands down – a combination of veggies and loads of cheese on a thin crust, wood fired – bliss! Penne in Golden Sauce (you’re right it’s not gold and it’s not that costly as well 🙂) – basically a mix sauce is a must try – the individual flavors of pesto, arrabbiata and alfredo retain themselves and create a medley of flavors.

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pasta in goldenn sauce

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TTP special pizza

With an extensive beverage menu, TTP is surely going to keep the alcohol loving fraternity happy. We tried a few cocktails and mocktails – Cucumber Spritzer & Fruit Punch from the mocktails section – the former refreshing and the latter a must try – temperature, taste and texture – all get full marks! From the cocktails menu Dirty Martini, Sangria, Green Apple Martini  were ordered and they absolutely justified themselves. A glass of Masala Coke (very well made) complimented the main course very well.

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dirty martini and green apple martini

For dessert, we could only try the TTP Special Pan Rabri – and I am pretty sure we didn’t make any mistake here – the pan flavor didn’t overpower, the sweetness was perfect. Wanted to try the Bailey’s Gulab Jamun as well, but our appetite didn’t agree with us!

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paan rabri

A good place to hang out with friends, have some drinks & enjoy those moments of friendship and love with music or over a cricket match – TTP brings cheer to the residents and visitors of Janakpuri – yeah definitely a place to get tipsy!

Plot 4, C Block, Community Centre, Pankha Road,Janakpuri, New Delhi
Open 11 AM to 1 AM
North Indian, Chinese, Italian – Extensive beverage menu and Hookahs!
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Elf Cafe & Bar (Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi) – 4/5 Stars

Why is one compelled to visit a place? For me it usually is when I hear from a lot of friends that this place shouldn’t be missed. Elf Cafe Lounge is all I heard from my group of foodie friends before I finally decided to visit the place in the lovely Hauz Khas Village.

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As a lot of other people may tell you, Hauz Khas isn’t as happening as it used to be, it could either be due to the controversy that caused some places to temporarily shut down. Whatever it was this place isn’t the same. There was a time when it used to be bustling with hipsters regardless of the time of the week. Anyhow, Elf Cafe Lounge is certainly a rare gem in the lovely crown that is Hauz Khas Village.
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This certainly is the most happening place at HKV, the place belongs to Dinesh Arora who is quite well known in the party scene of Delhi. You would know him from the newspapers! He runs other restaurants like Ivory and Wushu. This place is great for parties because it has private lounges and is at least 2000-3000 sq. feet in area. Its multi-cuisine menu consists of tandoori food, American, Spanish, Italian, etc. The restaurant does a good job with most of its dishes because it has well known chefs from around the globe.
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Elf is a very welcoming and unpretentious place with some really good food, my recommendations are: Dahi Kebab, Chicken Tikka Pizza, Pasta and Brownie Sundae. We happened to try a lot of different things but these were surely my top favourites.
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What I loved most was the music (sufi, soul, rock, you name it!) and the ambience. It is a perfect date kind of place. I would certainly pick Elf for a fun night out with my partner. I was informed by the server that the place also has an in-house bakery and they do personalised cakes for special occasions. I have only been to Elf once but I know where I’m gonna plan my partner’s surprise birthday party.
Keep partying!
Mayank
(Delhi Food Club)
Contact: ms.mayank@gmail.com

Monkey Bar (Vasant Kunj, Delhi) – 4.5/5 Stars

Monkey bar is the most interesting restaurant you will dine at!

Monkey Bar has been on my wish list for a very long time, I just haven’t been able to go there for some reason. Anyway, when I was invited to be there for the ongoing Mocktober fest, I rubbed my hands with glee.

Coconut Jumbo Prawns at Monkey Bar Delhi, Photo courtesy Sanjay Ramchandran (1)

Monkey Bar, for the uninitiated, is a gastro pub in Vasant Kunj and is the brainchild of AD Singh, one of India’s top restaurateurs. This is the second Monkey bar in the country, first being in Bangalore fittingly as it is India’s pub capital.

Butterfly Chicken at MONKEY BAR, New Delhi- 9384

Now, I really need to ask the owners whether the glass dome was already present and they decided to build a restaurant inside it or if they were really inspired by Louvre. Either way it is a striking structure and looks like a restaurant from a “galaxy far far away”.

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Monkey Bar is one of those restaurants whose vibe you can gauge the moment you step in. It is extremely cool, hip and young and the ambience contributes to it in no small measure. The posters and pop art pieces, from old Lindt signage to Johnny Walker wall clocks, it really is superb. Hidden in a nook is a game room that has a pool table, a Foosball Table and other game-y stuff.

 Tiger Steak @MONKEY BAR photo Kunal Chandra

Monkey Bar has a two level dining area and we were seated on the upper deck. Okay, onto the food – the Mocktober fest menu has around 27 beers from all over the world. Although my first choice Hoegarden was not available, I settled for an Estrella Damm (Spanish), while my partner had an interesting strawberry flavoured beer called Fruli (Belgian). Our starters were Butterfly Chicken (a la carte menu) and Beer battered tiger prawns (Mocktober menu).

St. Patricks' Spegatti at Monkey Bar Delhi, Photo courtesy Sanjay Ramchandran

The chicken filling was fab especially with a drizzle of the sweet and spicy sauce. It was presented well too, in a butterfly shaped shells. The butterfly shells on their own had no flavour but eaten along side the chicken it formed an interesting combination.

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The beer battered prawns were probably the only dish I did not like that evening. Although the batter was great, the beer made it light and yeasty, the prawns were chewy and a tad bland. It might have to do with the big tiger prawns coz I think smaller prawns are more flavourful than its larger cousin.

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We ordered tasting portions of many main course dishes and ill start with the two on the Mocktober menu first. We had the Cajun chicken taco pizza and St. Patricks Spaghetti. The Cajun chicken taco pizza was perfect. The spicing of the chicken was as good as the toasted tacos which was as good as the beer yoghurt on top. I was pleasantly surprised with the incorporation of beer in this dish, marvellous.

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St. Patricks spaghetti was a winner all the way. The stout and beef stew was slow cooked and still had pink in the middle, gorgeous taste. The buttered spaghetti was smooth, buttery and sinful and the combination of the two was hearty.

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Our a la carte was a portion of the mutton shami slider, tiger steak and the mobar bork. First things first, the mutton shami slider was probably the best dish I’ve had the whole year. Three little shami kebab burgers with mint chutney and coleslaw, the flavours in the shami blew me away. And to think that one of best shami kebabs in Delhi is in a high end gastro pub says something about the chef. You can come to this restaurant just for this and not be disappointed.

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The Tiger steak was well cooked and had so many interesting flavours in it, the heat of chilli paste, pungency of the galangal and the tang of lemon. Very nice indeed.

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Finally, the mobar bork is a pork belly dish, served on a bed of wonderfully cooked noodles. The pork belly was how a belly should be, fatty and crisp at the ends. I loved the dish and the combination of flavours were top notch.

Spiced Honey & Ale Cake AND Chocolate & Stout Pudding,Photo courtesy Sanjay Ramchandran

For desserts, I went for a Spiced Honey and Ale cake (Moktober menu) while my partner had the Chocolate pot de creme with salted caramel.

The Spiced Honey cake was beautiful with a strong sticky honey flavour and went well with the stout cream it was served with.

Chocolate Pot De Creme With Salted Caramel 2 - Monkey Bar - Photo Courtesy Kunal Chandra

My partner loved the chocolate pot but it really was not up my street as I like dark chocolate and hate popcorn. Anyway, she loved it so I will say that people who like that combination should surely give it a go.

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All in all, I loved the experience at Monkey Bar and would love to come back to enjoy it all over again, and for those mutton shami kebabs (Boy I am hungry again!!).

Review by: Mayank

Photo Credit: Shivangi Reviews

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