Gastropub Review: Monkey Bar, Vasant Kunj, Delhi – 4/5 Stars

I was teleported to another world and it all seemed like magical experience from a land far far away – certainly not Delhi. Monkey Bar stands out because it is quirky, it is inside a glass pyramid and it is the liveliest place I have seen in a long time.

Monkey, Bar, Vasant, Kunj, Delhi

I went on a Tuesday night and to my surprise the place was buzzing with activity even at 7 pm. The atmosphere and the structure reminded me of the jolly glass dome restaurant at the top of one of London’s most elegant and iconic buildings – The Gherkin. Being able to create something this magnificent in Delhi is truly remarkable.

Monkey, Bar, Vasant, Kunj, Delhi

Moving straight to the grub. I’m terrified of multi-cuisine restaurants because they always tend to mess up something or the other. It is hard for one chef to be the master of a lot of different cuisines. However, at Monkey Bar, the co-owner of the restaurant is the Head Chef and his finesse is evident in everything he whips up for his patrons. The “Butterfly Chicken” for instance was a one of a kind starter stuffed in Monkey bar’s signature butterfly shells. It had sweet, spicy and crispy bits of chicken with sesame, chilly, honey and peppers in it.

Monkey, Bar, Vasant, Kunj, Delhi

The servers were very present and made recommendations when asked. Our server recommended us the “Tiger Steak” – the dish consisted of slices of steak tossed with chilly paste, galangal, ginger, bean sprouts, lemon, bok choy and peppers. The steak was well done and was a mélange of brilliant flavours.

Monkey, Bar, Vasant, Kunj, Delhi

The “Shaami Sliders” stole the show though. They tasted phenomenal. Mutton shaami had been pan seared and stuffed with egg and onions and was then sandwiched in soft, hot and fresh mini buns. These mini burgers were served with fresh pudina chutney and mayonnaise.

Monkey, Bar, Vasant, Kunj, Delhi

We learnt that Monkey Bar has an additional ‘special menu’ for Mocktoberfest utill the 17th of July. This menu was short and had a lot of different kinds of beers out of which we tried two – the “Estrella Damm” and “Früli”. Estrella Damm is a lager from Spain and it stands out for its creamy hops-flavoured froth and refreshing taste. I would rate it 6/10. Früli, a fruit beer from Belgium was more to my liking. It tasted easy, smooth and fruity. This beer had been infused with a strong strawberry flavour. I could also feel a slight hint of wheat and some bitterness that stayed on my tongue briefly. This beer isn’t as rich as some beers I have tried in the recent past but it was quite full-bodied.

Monkey, Bar, Vasant, Kunj, Delhi

I love desserts. I dream desserts and I live for desserts.

Monkey, Bar, Vasant, Kunj, Delhi

 

I would have stopped writing this review and flown back to India for Monkey Bar’s “Chocolate Pot de Crème with Salted Caramel”, if I wasn’t on a vacation with my adorable niece. Anyone who likes popcorn must try this innovative dessert. A bite of salted caramel popcorn with rich milk chocolate ganache and a small sliver of the poppy cake slice was pure bliss. I’m thinking about my dessert now…. *drool*.

Monkey, Bar, Vasant, Kunj, Delhi

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