Ta­pas, In­dian-style

Baar Baar from New York pops up in the Cap­i­tal this win­ter

India Today - - DINING - By PRACHI BHUCHAR

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)

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FIN­GER FOOD Duck kulcha (above) and cheese souf­fle (below) are part of the eclec­tic menu

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