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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.
In Brief: Good - Location - Near metro Food - superb Ambiance - great decor and music Service - mostly very good balance Bad - a little pretentious Just travelling and needed to unwind after my flight. Had a great meal. Little expensive but probably worth it. Didn't like the airport price of a pint but that's how the get the "select" crowd. The decor is classy with subdued but comfortable lighting. Music was quite unobtrusive unlike so many trendy places nowadays. Service was good if a little pretentious. I asked for something spicy and the waiter went on a little bit too much about spoiling the flavour and so on. I enjoyed the flavour and the extra spicy sauce they gave me on the side. I don't like being patronise by the waiters but at least he realised I knew what I wanted and he gave me the extra spicy sauce in a side dish. Good place to treat a loved one. Sheeesha pipes available at an eye watering 1000!
We had some friends over from US, and we wanted them to experience one of the newer, fusion-Indian restaurants. Am happy to report that Ek Bar was a great hit with them. Going in early, we were lucky to grab an assortment of their innovative cocktails- Maharaj's Mix, Anarkali, Ek Bar Mary, City of Nizam & Ek Bar Chaas. If you can, try all of them, but I'd specifically recommend Anarkali & Chaas. In veg food, I'd strongly recommend Ek Bar Granola bar, the Paneer Pin Wheel & Baked Sali Jardaloo Potato. In dessert, go for Moong Daal Baklava & Auroville Choc brownie
It's quaint, inviting and they have tried to retain the old world charm of ' once upon a time' Not timeless or classic but a must visit once. It calls upon you to indulge and probably lose yourself in their air of high street dining . You will absolutely love their unique and classy cocktails. Sure fire, surprising and refreshing are their cocktails. Most of the time food is not of their menu which is a let down and food I would rate above average.
Amazing attention by the staff. Personalised food and drinks. Great ambience. Not to miss the cocktails. Must visit again and again!
A must visit place for all the innovative cocktails and lip smacking fusion food suited for all types of gathering from a romantic date to a corporate get together....celebrate your special moments in style as they personalise the experience and make you feel special
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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.