Phone: 011 33106124
Address: M 29, 1st Floor, Above HDFC Bank, M Block Market, Greater Kailash 2 (GK 2), New Delhi, India
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:00 AM
Meals for two: Rs. 1,600
Cuisines: Continental, Asian
Facilities: Full Bar Available, Table booking recommended, Nightlife, Live Music, Serves Cocktails, Live Entertainment, Indoor Seating
Sidecar, Greater Kailash 2, New Delhi: Decor
Built on two floors: first and second, the interiors of the first floor look more like an upmarket members-only club with old favorites played on a superior sound system at a pleasant decibel level. It helps that the interiors are all wood and that the armchairs are supremely comfortable. There are two well-stocked bookshelves. Upstairs is where poetry readings and book launches happen. It was in the invites to attend a couple of these that I first came across Sidecar. True the partners were managing the floor and pouring the drinks, but I took that to be because an event was taking place. I have subsequently been there a few more times and the partners have always been around: a huge deal in Delhi where managers of various calibers manage eateries while owners have distressingly little clue about what is actually going on.
Sidecar, Greater Kailash 2, New Delhi: Food
Two things stand out: first of all, no other restaurant has been plagiarized; this is an original menu, full of quirks (except avocado toast that you simply cannot escape today). Also, the cocktails are about the best you’ll get in the city: Yangdup Lama knows, to the last drop, the exact quantity of alcohol and natural flavoring to add. My chicken and corn soup with a fried egg (₹ 400) bore not a trace of the Chinese favorite and was more like a sophisticated chowder. Steamed chicken rice balls (₹ 450) was my absolute favorite. They were delicate morsels that did not crumble and make a mess, and the subtle flavor soared over the sticky black bean sauce. My other favorite was fried panko corn curd (₹ 350). Crisp on the outside and melting within, it was the play of textures that made it unmissable. The bloody Mary prawns (₹ 550) are reassuringly large and cooked perfectly to retain their bite; the flaming sauce that goes along with them is the exact recipe of the eponymous cocktail.
Plus & Minus:
You can spend the hours between lunch and dinner here catching up with books, work or friends and never feel out of place. Prices are down to earth and flavors are pronounced, as they should be at a bar. Doughnut toast just did not work for me, however.