A single meal is good enough to raise your standards to a level that you are spoilt for life. After that it becomes impossible to accept something substandard or ordinary. Bravo, Chef Noah Barnes for introducing new flavours and concepts in Delhi to experience and relish. A chef who’s crazy not only about his food but also his cocktails leaves no stone unturned to make sure you spend a memorable evening. His success can be witnessed from the packed evenings, even on weekdays, at the three celebrated cocktail bars of the capital- TabulaBeach Cafe, Arriba – Mexican Grill & Tequileria and of course The Hungry Monkey.
I was invited to the preview tasting of the California Tapas Festival that’ll be going on at The Hungry Monkey during the entire month of May. Tapas is the plural of Tapa which means a Spanish snack usually served with liquor, but in the English language it is treated as a concept and even a single snack is referred to as Tapas. But the difference between a Tapas and an appetizer is that you start your meal with Tapas and end your meal with Tapas. There are no separate courses.
Along with the snacks we tried some amazing Sangrias such as Cava (Sparkling Wine, triple sec, passion fruit, orange juice) and Rose (Rose wine, triple sec, cranberry juice, fresh fruits, rose petals, rose water), and some impressive cocktails. The famous “old fashioned” was the way it is supposed to be, no experimentation just the bourbon, citrus fruit and the flavour of oak barrel in which it was aged over 30 days. It gives such depth to the bourbon whiskey and the acidity of orange cuts through that bitterness perfectly.
With these amazing cocktails, there were different kinds of snacks with so many different varieties of meats. After tasting one, it seemed that the polite thing was to help yourself, eating everything in a spirit of experimentation, greedily coming back for more of my favourites. The dish of the day for me was Slow Smoked Bacon and Pork Belly Skewer. It was melt in mouth and the flavour of home-made mustard carried a punch with it. Mushroom Cappuccino, as the name suggests came out looking like a perfect cup of cappuccino with a creamy froth and roasted coffee beans floating on top. The moment of truth hit us when we tasted it as the froth was actually made of parmesan and the ‘roasted coffee beans’ were actually chopped roasted black olives, both floating on a rich, flavourful mushroom soup. Japanese Cold Spinach Salad, Paprika and Chipotle Spiced Prawn Skewer, Garlic Herb and Yoghurt Chicken Skewer perfectly fitted into the description and tasted really good.
Since I am a die hard sausage lover I can’t help but recommend Saffron Curried Chicken and Cheese Sausages which were served on a bed of mildly spiced cheesy potato mash. Overall it was a meal designed to give pleasure and I must say I’m spoilt for life.
B 6/6 DDA Market, Safdarjung Enclave
Opp. Deer Park
110029 New Delhi, India
Contact – +91 9810788196, 011 46049801
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.