Reporting from 38 barracks Sergeant. 38 barracks is our new base, Sir .If you are wondering what is it all about then you should definitely check out a colonel’s abode in army style , 38 barracks in Connaught Place.This place is inspired by some English era colonel interior. The moments you step into the place, you will be astonish to see how well interiors are done and each corner, giving the place a bit historical touch. It has everything a colonel residence would have. Be it from painting hanging on the blue dull wall, boxing glove, horse riding tools, guns and metal trophy or photo frames.
Managing Director Ankur Aggarwal has travelled many months trying to assemble all the collectables. There is a party space on ground floor, with dark brown leather sofas, wooden tables and brick walls . On first floor , it’s like a drawing room with a hall dissection, which gives an illusion of private area.
Eat ! Drink ! Slurp !
The food menu has specially been curated by celebrity chef Gautam Chaudhry. Coming to real deal , I really enjoyed Watermelon cooler from the place . You definitely try paneer tikka ‘barrels’. I am literally an expert in paneer tikka after testing almost dozens of same. And these were delicious. Paneer(Cottage cheese) was delectable with soft centered filling served with chach (Buttermilk). Chach was a bit salty though .But nevertheless, I am definitely going back for some of these. If you want to try some Rajasthani delicacy, Do try mirchi vada . The green chili was stuffed with spicy potato mix, wrapped in gram-floor and deep fried. The chili itself was not spicy but gives a crunchy texture to dish & mild spicy hint. Next on appetizer was spanakopita . Unlike the name , the dish wasn’t complicated. They were small phyllo wraps filled with spinach & feta cheese. The filling was perfectly balanced in creaminess and taste. The covering was crispy but oily at same time.
After an ambrosial round of appetizer, next was main course , we have to choose from Chinese , Italian or North-Indian , I was perplexed and muddled. Being a gluttonous for food, I decided to go with one dish from all. In Italian, I was fascinated with idea of eggplant and cheese i.e Eggplant Parmigiana with an alternative layers of crumbled eggplant and chewy Bocconcini. (Bocconcini are small mozzarella cheese , they are semi soft and originated in Naples,Italy).The dish was well cooked, cheese was melting , the eggplant itself didn’t have any taste but had a squash like texture. From Chinese culinary, we had an entire vegetarian platter from noodles to red schezwan curry to stir fried vegetable to Chinese napa salad with two different dips. Each of the item on platter was finely done, noodles were mild flavored accompanied with schezwan curry.
An Indian’s meal or appétit is half done without dal & roti. So , without any delay , We ordered Dal barracks (Their special version of Dal makhani ) and Some vegetarian biryani . Both were delectable. Dal was served hot and topped with generous amount of butter ( it’s not that I am complaining about butter ) . Veg biryani was not just a pulao but had a very good aroma and taste of spices. Well balanced with vegetables and fried onion for garnish.
After a scrumptious spread for dinner , we were all set for desserts. At end it’s the best part for dinner. While we wait for our dessert , we didn’t mind shaking our legs to some bollywood hit music. Undoubtedly their DJ will make you groove.
For dessert we were served swiss pistachio roulade, a soft and gooey cake with teeny pieces of pistachios topped with vanilla ice cream and berry coulis. The berry sauce was perfectly breaking the sweetness with fruity and pungent taste. You should definitely try this.
38 Barracks ,a place you would like to go on weekend for some party and live gigs. Burns a small hole in pocket and one of my favorites compared to other high notch eateries in locality. Some dish were masterful. Bar serves mediocre mixes.
Location : M -38 block , Outer Circle , Connaught Place
Valet Parking : Yes.
Live Performance : Yes
Cost for Two : Rs 1200/- (approx)
Nearest Metro Station : Rajiv Chowk Or Barakhamba ( Blue Line )