Written by Rishabh Malik
It was my pehli bar at ekBar and let me tell you, everything there is – pretty. The place, the food, the drinks, everything at this place is just pretty to look at. They’ve tried to incorporate a lot of home grown flavours in their food and every dish in the menu has a story related to it, hence the name of the restaurant- ekBar. Their signature drinks too have Indian flavours in them that range from turmeric to kanji to murabba, and these might sound unusual but they’re surely worth a try. So if you have not been to ekBar ek bhi bar….you’re missing on something.
Ambiance – 4/5
Pretty again. They have nicely arranged the tables and you’ll notice a retro-modern-artistic fusion all around the place. It’s a great place to hang out with a group of friends and sip on their signature cocktails.
Their staff is well behaved and friendly. The waiters are really good with suggestions and they are more than happy to tell you the story associated to whatever you order from the menu.
Food and Drinks 4.5/5
Two words-pretty and yum (I can’t help but to use the word pretty again and again).
Almost all of their sauces and dips are made in house and they are a perfect accompaniment to their dishes.
Drinks: The bar tenders are highly skilled and their signature cocktails are a must try. We tried the ‘City of Nizams’ , which is a gin based cocktail with just the right amount of turmeric and a hint of orange, loved it. The other one which we tried was the ‘ekBar Kanji’, which is a tequila based drink mixed with black kanji (for those of you who don’t know what kanji is, it’s a traditional Indian drink made with beetroots and black carrots), I would recommend this one only if you’re a kanji or a beetroot fan.
Starters: We tried the mutton cutlet which was a bit chewy, full of Indian flavours and it was served with mustard mayo which accompanied the dish perfectly.
Then there was ekBar granola bar, which is a jhalmudi-bhelpuri-puffed rice bar topped with a fruity mix, coriander and sev. If you’re a bhelpoori lover, go for it as it’s far from the usual thing you get.
Finally we tried the Kataifi wrapped chilli paneer and it was one of the most beautiful dishes that I’ve ever seen. It was a big chunk of paneer with the Indian bhuna masala covered with vermicelli served with a lemon marmalade and pickled onions. Trust me, order this dish just to look at it.
Main Course: We started with the Tandoori Paneer Roll, which is their take on shahi paneer. It had paneer rolls (these guys are very generous with paneer in all their paneer dishes) filled with some sort of a crumbled cheese filling and shahi-paneer like gravy served with a small naan. If you’re a hard-core paneer fan, then you can probably try it.
Next we had their famous Non-Veg Thali. It had small portions for a thali, but somehow they still managed to fill us up. The thali had a duck puff, mutton galowti, chicken tikka sausage and a ‘Goan Chorizo Scotch egg’. The duck and the galowti were really flavourful, the sausage again was a bit chewy but nice. The Scotch egg was a no-no for me, they could’ve offered it as a separate dish in their menu and replaced it with something else in the thali. But overall their thali is a big yes for meat lovers.
We also tried one of their pizzas which are made on a khameeri roti base. The base somehow didn’t do justice to their toppings.
Dessert: We barely made it to the dessert, but it’s a sin to skip it….Right? We tried their signature dessert which is the ‘Haji Ali Filo Tart’ and it was just what we needed to end our meal. It was a filo pasty shell filled with a custard apple cream (the dish itself is inspired from the fruit cream that you get outside the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai) and it was topped with pecan nuts.Amazing.
We also tried their Moong Dal Baklawa, which was a mix between moong dal halwa, pastry and apricots. It is served with their in house lemon ice-cream and the ice cream tasted really fresh. I personally do not prefer anything with moong dal halwa but somehow this ice cream gave it a nice zesty punch.
Their dishes are decently priced, but if you have a large appetite, you mighhhhtt find their portions a bit small.