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There has been a sudden spurt in the number of new lounges that have mushroomed in Chandigarh. 26 Boulevard is as the name mentions, housed in the row of lounges/nightclubs in Sector 26. The decor does little to distinguish itself in this milieu. In fact, it is quite lacklustre during the day. There are plenty of seating options and the island bar takes centre stage. The menu is again quite similar to what most lounge/cafes dish out these days. Of course, it is multi-cuisine and yes, the emphasis is on popular appetizers and main course. There are the likes of ‘Tandoori Murg’, ‘Mutton Seekh Kebab’, ‘Tandoori Soya Chaap’; you get the drift. It also includes a mix of pastas, pizzas, burgers, wraps, sandwiches et al. If you are watching your calorie intake, the section offering dishes fresh off the grill will interest you. The main course hop-scotches across cuisines and offers some surprises like ‘Dalcha Gosht’, ‘Vietnamese Grilled Salmon’, ‘Thyme Polenta’, to list a few. The service though needs to pick up.
Chandigarh is known for it’s dynamic colourful nightlife brought on forth by fun-loving Punjabi community predominating the city. As most people know, Punjabis are an exuberant lot who likes to live life to it’s fullest, hence, string of pubs and bars scattered around in various corners of the city. One of the coolest watering holes in Chandigarh is ’26 Boulevard’, a mecca for those who doesn’t want to splurge too much and yet want to tap into some of that vibrant nightlife of Chandigarh city. Although 26 Boulevard is part of the huge trendy line-up of Sector 26 in Chandigarh, it distinguishes itself by offering it’s tipplers a chance to party until way past midnight among other things. The mood is always upbeat here.
The bar gives even the most common drinks a unique flair before presenting them to you. Chili spicy beer is beer infused with jalapeno and lime, herbal LIIT, orange banta, achari daiquiri, chocolate margarita, are some of their concoctions we like. A wide spread of multi-cuisine nibbles can be tapped into to satiate your hunger pangs. 26 Boulevard keeps it’s focus on popular, main-stream appetizers and main course rather than taking the unusual route. Begin munching on, zaafrani pista paneer malai, crumb fried pork sausages, mushroom & cheese cigars, teekhi tandoori soya chaap, lime-honey glazed prawns, kastoori murgh kebab, palak chana shammi, chimichurri sole tikka and butter mushroom toasties. As you drift towards the main section of the menu you will come upon a plethora of dishes such as, dalcha gosht, Vietnamese grilled salmon, sesame chicken noodle bowl, Malaysian fish curry, creole stuffed chicken, thyme polenta and mutton chaap masaledar.
Go with a sharing platter if you are part of a large group. Finish off the meal with something sweet. 26 Boulevard offers a selection of desserts such as, oreo banoffee pie, velvet cake, strawberry cheesecake, fire n ice waffle and coffee rosagulla tiramisu. Atmosphere is all the more elevated when they do live music gigs. It’s the night when the bar comes close to spilling. While 26 Boulevard is nothing to boast of during the day, as the evening comes it morphs into a hip lounge affair accentuated with ambient lights and pulsating mood. The long dining room of 26 Boulevard is filled with tables flanked by comfy booths and chairs. Find a nook for yourself as space to lounge is plenty. Slip outdoors to dine al fresco.
Keywords: Sector 26, Chandigarh, Lounge, Outdoor, Live Music, Multi-Cuisine, Medium Pricey, Trendy, Bar.
Summary: The mood is always fun and upbeat at the casual lounge, 26 Boulevard. Fixed in Sector 26 in Chandigarh, the bar is a must feature on your steady pub crawl. Live music, multi-cuisine menu and a lovely outdoor space, puts 26 Boulevard on most tippler’s radar.