Cuisine: American-style bar snacks
Atmospherics: The quintessential neighbourhood bar where friends gather to meet. It has all the fixings: the interiors are all-wood, rugged and the chairs are mis-matched. The drinks may be the reason why the place is so crowded, but the food is more than adequate too. I went with suitably low expectations because of the less than felicitous name, but the cheerful interiors and complete lack of pretension had me hooked. Even the service style – slightly raw yet fairly efficient – is a dramatic departure from the norm in this market. The best part is that if there is parking space to be had at all, it is in this ‘Not Just Parathas’ corner of GK 2. Everywhere else is a challenge to find parking. The other thing is that is somewhat of a novelty is that there is plenty on the menu to order in between meals – burgers, sliders, chicken wings, even artery-clogging breakfasts.
Table talk: Don’t even think of missing their best offering: wings/strips/drumsticks with a sauce that ranges from savoury to incendiary. You choose the number of pieces you want – each has a different cost. Four is the least one can order (Rs 249/249/159) and 30 the most (Rs 1499/1499/449). But the trick is in knowing what sauce to order, as that makes all the difference. Salt and vinegar is mildly spiced as is teriyaki sauce; chipotle barbecue sauce is very hot yet tasty and I didn’t have the guts to try the pain 100% which is very, very hot according to the menu. Next come a variety of poutine. I chose the regular (Rs 149) one with rather tasty brown gravy, on which chips and sour cream are placed. You can’t go wrong with the simplest dishes here. My chilli cheese slider (Rs 249) featured a pau-like bun that had been lightly toasted for extra crispness on the outside with a patty that was pleasantly crunchy outside with pickled gherkins and a slice of tomato nestling on the spicy mayo. There were three sliders in one serving: Zingo Star is almost embarrassingly inexpensive!
Plus and minus: In this age of technology, it is unforgivable for a menu to be peppered with so many spelling mistakes. But that is more than compensated with the peppy vibe, low prices and great value for money, plus interesting choices for vegetarians.
Ratings: Food 3.00; Service: 3.00; Décor: 3.50
M 80, Greater Kailash II, near Nature’s Basket
Tel: 41644646; +91 8860094646
Open from 11.30 am to 1 am
Alcohol served; credit cards accepted
Meal for two: Rs 1,000