The dining and drinking scene in Connaught Place continues to expand and reinvent itself, with flocks of local explorers in search of the next new hotspot for creative drinks. For all you party people, here is a sneak peek inside a garage bar & kitchen inspired by the motor city – Detroit, which recently opened its doors to patrons in Connaught Place, New Delhi.
The Decor story…
This is nn eclectic space inspired by the motor town with well-thought-out cocktails and food menu. With eclectic, grungy interiors featuring real vintage cars, a tailored DJ console inside a vintage truck, a massive LED screen belting out the latest music video, dim lighting from frosted globe lights, this new pub promises to be a veritable playground of dancing and debauchery right through to the wee small hours.
Giving the term private dining area a new meaning, one can even choose to dine in a swanky vintage car, with your date for the night. With a backdrop of unique art installations (the walls are adorned with different car models and even actual automobile parts, all painted in white) and a spectacular lay-out, Detroit Garage Bar and Kitchen is a quintessential lounge that has a quirky vibe, often seen internationally.
Food & Drinks…
Fresh flavours are the essence of the food at Detroit Garage Bar and Kitchen. The diverse menu offers a delicious fusion of European, American, Indian and even South East Asian fare. The presentation itself is fun and inspired by the motor city with the cutlery and serving trays in the shape of trucks and cars.
The Chef has developed a lineup of riffs on familiar comfort foods and bar snacks. Guests can feast on Mini macs ( baked cheesy macaroni cups with watermelon rucola salad) , Cottage cheese jammers (crispy noodles cottage cheese skewers with a green cocktail dip), chicken in a blanket (sizzling chicken puff with a tangy mustard chutney), Prawns dynamite ( my favourite, the crispy prawns in chilli wasabi sauce and iceberg shreds) and much more.
For the mains, there are some fun innovations to the favourites, including Cheetoz pizza, (a fun twist to the quintessential pizza, with Mac and cheese, topped with Cheetos), Cheddar bean and corn chimichanga (crispy tortilla rolls with tomato salsa), All American tacos (loaded with veggies and served with a salsa dip and sour cream on the side), Mutton rangoon buns ( crispy bun shells of spiced mutton keema Rangoon curry )and more.
From All American Cheese Tacos to Pickle Paneer Tikka, Soya Sliders, Grilled fish Spaghetti, twice cooked KungPao to Old Monk mutton chops, the menu has an array of choices to craft a lip smacking pair with the cocktails. For dessert, check out the Death by Detroit, the delicious sizzling chocolate brownie.
The bar menu zooms in on increasingly trendy cocktails and mocktails, as well as a large selection of beers and ales on tap. While you can certainly get the prerequisite classic cocktails (the menu is filled with them), Detroit Garage Bar and Kitchen has some clever pop-ups such as the Risky Chocolate ( a heavenly chocolaty creation with vanilla ice cream, vodka, kahlua, baileys and coffee) , Piston ( a wild concoction of Bacardi, Malibu, cranberry, orange juice and dark rum) and more. It keeps its tap rotating, has a profound bottle list with plenty of rare beers, and vast selection of whiskeys to boot. The bar seats are a mixture of spring bar stools and high top tables where you can find a new exotic cocktail or curl up with a classic.
Overall, the new pub promises to add more colour to the city’s nightlife. With efficient service, delicious, affordable cocktails and beer, and a lip smacking menu, it might just become a favourite hangout for the regulars.
Come back for more…
The place is rocking over weekends, with popular guest DJ’s and live bands wooing the guests, so make sure to call ahead for a reservation and don’t miss the Mini macs and Prawns dynamite.