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PROLIFIC restaurateur AD Singh has gentrified the central idea of Gurgaon’s AHATAs and Kerala’s Kallu Shappus and created an open-in-the-evenings-only “Indian cocktail bar” where a quirky décor dominated by a bespectacled elephant complements a deliciously experimental menu crafted by Sujan Sarkar, who returned from London last year after successful stints at Michelin-star restaurants, hangouts of high rollers and The Whistling Shop, rated by Zagat as one of London’s best cocktail bars. My favourites are the masala taftan served with a jar of chicken liver and bheja (brain) pate, the oddly named Punjabi Poboy Burger with batter-fried soft shell crabs (not quite a Punjabi speciality, but one you’d like to get your teeth into!), and the unputdownable jhaal moori granola bar with avocado, imli gel and micro greens served, like a marriage made in heaven, with a Vineet Bhatia-inspired dahi bhalla sorbet. The cocktails by fresh-from-Melbourne mixologist Nitin Tewari come with refreshing twists and no off-the-shelf syrups and canned juices. The must-have ‘Mojito 6’ is a cool combination of Bacardi, starfruit juice, honey water, Ayurvedic six-spice mix and mint leaves. It’s an “Indian cocktail” without being outlandishly so.
Ek bar has a lively ambiance along with some lip smackingly delicious food, even though the portions are small. The service is great too. Things to try here are -
1. Non veg thali
3.Lehsuni chicken tikka
4.Carrot halwa cake
5. Auroville brownie
Things to avoid -
1. Tuna papdi chaat
Went for the sunday brunch thing. The food was well made with only a few off dishes that seemed to lack....something. The tenderloin would be an example, it needed some crunch, perhaps best delivered by way of a crystallised tamarind garlic slice encased within the neer dosa 'roll'.
All in all, it was a great meal. The Chafee mocktail was excellent and excellently unique. Would have it again.
Stand outs were:
- the outdoor terrace. The inside space was too cold and loud for us
- The Caesar salad
- Fresh mozzarella with tomato + walnut chutney
- The service
- The chocolate dessert
- The yogurt based dessert
- Pork Belly
- Kabab Thali
The near misses were:
- The cold + loud inside space
- Tenderloin Neer Dosa Roll
- Chicken 65 sliders
- Khameeri 'Pizza'
- Non-Veg Thali
- The other mocktails. Too sweet and cloyingly normal
The place is conveniently located on the main road just next to the BP petrol pump in Def Col. While the prices for beverages are on a higher side....but they have few innovative options. We ordered Ragda Patty....which was very nice and filling, Veg thaali which was like an indian starter sampler. The best part was the desert...we ordered chocolate fudge brownie which was the best item of what we ordered. They must add few more options in the mocktail. The staff is very friendly and nice. A must visit place!
I had been wanting to go to this new place for a while now but finally ended up going last week. The ambiance is exquisite, , the seating very different that lends a whole new space to the area, and location is what works the most in favour of this place. Ek bar as the name suggests is as different a place could be with interior thats so eclectic and interesting at the same time. We tried sitting both indoor and outdoors but enjoyed sitting outdoor the most with electric chimneys lending coziness coupled with the winter chill, it was just perfect. Sadly though none of us were drinking so just tried sampling the food. We ordered the veg thali which was served in an actual thali with a baby sized naan,it has mirchi pakora and beetroot tikki, paneer tikka and some amazing chutneys...it was wonderful. I ordered the goli kebab which was minced chicken stuffed with walnuts with a not the conventional saucy gravy, it was a different and a very unique kinda sauce which had the dahi bhalla flavours bursting in!! it was quite a shame that i had to rush and could not complete the meal with more stuff rolling!!! i have to go gain to sample other stuff!!must visit twice!!
Beautiful interiors& decor, unique and interesting cocktails and a different quirky menu; Ek Bar is a must-try place for everyone! Mostly finger food with a little Indian Fusion style but the food was delicious. Must Try their signature dish; Ek Bar Granola & the sausage Platter which has sausages that I didn't even know existed ! Perfect Place for those who like to experience new things and embrace new flavours!
Ek Bar is an all-new bar dedicated for drinking along with some munchies in Defence Colony, Delhi. Owned by AD Singh, also owner of the Olive group, replaced by Diva Kitsch, the bar aims at providing an experience that would leave you thinking about it for days post the visit as to what went into your dish. Ek Bar gives vibes of a fest or a carnival from the time you enter to the time you leave the place. Talking about fun, there is a giant merry-go-round right on top of the bar. The spiral staircase leads to the rooftop bar, with a funky chandelier and vibrant décor. It is basically a conglomerate of several things tucked into one which are the vintage pictures on the walls, the elephant mascot, and addictive music.
Chef Sujan Sarkar has brought together varied unusual recipes and preparations that fall under the category of modern Indian fusion. The food and drinks have an Indian touch to them. Some of the drinks include Sher Singh, murabba mule, platform @ CST and more with a blend of ingredients such as amrak, murabba, and other Indian spices. Some of the dishes that can be tried include khameeri pizza, veg and non veg thali, Ek Bar – granola bar, Andaman tuna papdi chaat, baked mushroom chilla and Hyderabadi keema fettuccini. For a sugar rush, you can try baked saffron yoghurt, Auroville chocolate brownie and kubhani cheese cake.
As you enter the bar, you can watch the bartenders performing a welcoming shaking jig for you. Upon that, as the place is new and the menu concept is new as well, the staff graciously attends to every guest and bids them happily with a smile.