Baar Baar from New York pops up in the Capital this winter
What happens when Indian cuisine gets dressed up in hipster shades and finds its way overseas? You get a swish bar that’s modern yet Indian. Chef Sujan, who once helmed Olive Bar & Kitchen started Rooh, a dining space in San Francisco, and soon after, Baar Baar was born in New York. The Indian tapas bar has been running successfully in the Big Apple since 2017 and now, in a role reversal of sorts, the brand returns to test its Indian roots. The Baar Baar pop up at Khan Market will run till March and there has been an attempt to replicate its NYC formula here.
This is the place to head to for Indian ingredients-inspired cocktails and mocktails that are really inventive. The beetroot and raspberry kanji with chilli and lime brings home the taste of winter, while the seabuckthorn and gin cocktail is a great way to begin your meal. The eats are mostly short and delicious; ideal bar food. The homemade crisps (made using vegetables) and baked are served with a delicious tomato sea buckthorn chutney and the Kashmiri duck kulcha served with apricot and chilli chutney and parmesan is a generous appetiser with the soft, buttery kulcha packed with flavourful duck meat. With interesting vegetarian options using jackfruit, pumpkin and broccoli and a cheese thali that showcases the best of Indian cheeses, these make for ideal finger food at this Indian-style tapas bar. The chicken liver and liquid bhaje pate with salted chilli and a masala taftan leaves you wanting more and exposes you to a familiar yet unique flavour palate. The tandoori octopus with cauliflower and barley risotto and young garlic chutney is another thoughtful dish that is Indian in essence but without the smack of too much masala. There are no desserts so use up the saved calories by having an extra drink at this cool pop up that’s parked itself in Delhi for the moment. Where Baar Baar, Khan Market (middle lane) Meal for two (with alcohol) `2,400 and `1,800 (without alcohol)
FINGER FOOD Duck kulcha (above) and cheese souffle (below) are part of the eclectic menu