It's a Wednesday evening and your boss has just told you you need to a pick a place to the take your clients from Singapore. Mind you, they are used to eating some outstanding food so this is your opportunity to not only showcase Delhi's newfound culinary prowess to your guests but to show off your knowledge of the latest on the social circuit to your boss. If you are in such a dilemma and are located in Gurgaon or South Delhi, head to the newly-launched Smoke House BBQ.
The space, which is located on a terrace, is informal but chic and upbeat, so it works well especially with clients who are in theor 30s to early 40s. The chairs resemble pods and look a bit space age but are extremely comfortable and the view is 'wow'. I know the Qutub Minar is not lit up or anything but having a meal with a beautiful view of the monument makes the experience that much richer.
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Meal for two (without alcohol) Rs 2,400 plus taxes
- Atomic Drumsticks
- Banoffee Pie
And then of course there is the nofuss, well-seasoned food and extremely well thought-out menu. There are a selection of BBQ-type salads and sandwiches and of course a great range off the grill. A staple like corn-on-the-cob gets a smoky twist here which is crunchy and elevates it from a pedestrian starter to something exciting. The same goes for the Atomic Drumsticks which are seriously potent (would recommend you check the spice quotient of your clients before trying this) and leave your lips and tongue tasting delicious fire. Just the stuff Delhi winters demand.
For mains I would recommend the grilled salmon with whiskey maple soy glaze which is cooked beautifully or the pulled pork and sweet mango pickle burger which is served up elegantly with some excellent coleslaw and fries that are crisp and oil-free. I tried the charmoula spiced chargrilled tiger prawns which were a tad disappointing as the prawns had been overcooked and the quinoa it was served with was too dry. The banoffee pie as it is labelled is a great way to end the meal but avoid the gooey chocolate slice which seemed simply too dense.
That apart, the drinks are a big plus at Smoke House BBQ. Given the lineage of the brand, it is only fitting they serve good cocktails. The cococolada is almost like a pina colada dessert so order it towards the end of your meal or try one of their special margaritas which feature seasonal flavours. The service is attentive and the staff extremely quick on the uptake.
Highly recommended for an evening with clients, especially between November and March when the Delhi weather is on its behaviour and the joys of dining outdoors abundant.