It’s now happening what should have happened long before. Connaught Place should have opened it wings long time back so that we did not have to face the ordeal of stepping into the cramped bylanes of places like Hauz Khas Village. The heart of the capital, CP, is a much better option when you feel like spending quality time with friends along with some decent cocktails or beer coupled with somewhat vacuous non attention seeking food. While some newly opened cafes in the area are actually kick ass, others just believe in managing to pull crowds using Social Media as it allows them to roll over in their self created glory which is somewhat distant to reality. The aura of self worth pretty much starts diluting in a while after the dust of the euphoria starts settling down.
The sudden surge of mediocrity that has hit the capital is here to stay as cutting costs means more profit. I would rather pay a grand more or cut down on a couple of drinks if I’m offered skillfully prepared food presented beautifully and having all flavours in place.
Café Public connection is a new entry in CP located in the inner circle. The tastefully done interiors of this spacious café remind me of Vault Café and La Piazza having that classic European feel to it. Apart from the massive lounge, there were private dining areas each having a theme of their own such as Hollywood, Sports, Industrial etc. The outdoor seating area has an amazing view of the inner circle. They have live music performance in the evening that will keep the guests entertained.
The well stocked bar offers a nice variety of cocktails and their serving size is just terrific. Do try their cocktails that are served with a hint of vanilla and you will be transported to seventh heaven. I tried Hello Kentucky which consisted of Jim Beam, Orange Juice and Orange Marmalade with a spicy hint of cloves. Then I tried ‘Energy Sipper’ which truly gave me a kick. It is the first time I came across an energy cocktail that consisted of Vodka, Gin, Orange Gatorade topped with lemonade. Both the cocktails were well made and weren’t too sweet.
I can’t comment much on the food because even though there were lot of innovative dishes on the menu, the special menu designed for us only included some run of the mill dishes like tikkas, seekh kebabs, fish fingers and mezze. The taste of everything was just about ok but it was the style of presentation that really disappointed me. One item that really stood out for me was Mutton Seekh Kebabs which were soft succulent and above all fresh, not the commercially produced variety. Even fish fingers were really good, crispy from outside and soft, juicy from the inside.
The competition is fierce and they have invested a lot on the location and décor. A little more trust in the right direction (read taste and presentation) and this place will potentially become one of the most popular hotspots in this part of the capital.
Cafe Public Connection
F block connaught Place inner circle
New Delhi, India
Meal for two – INR1500(Approx) without alcohol and taxes
Disclaimer – This review was done on an invitation from the establishment. Views expressed in the review is entirely ours and without any bias. Pictures of the dishes are not the standard portions, they are sample portions.