What used to be Smokehouse Grill is now Smokeys
Delhi was crying out for a New York style barbecue place. At last, we’ve been given Smokeys
You know those dark, all wood, masculine interiors that you see in the movies? Well, they’ve been recreated here in GK 2 now. Retro music, a superbly crafted menu and wines that are some of the most attractively priced in the city – it all adds up to a great dining experience. It is not a party place, nor is it a place to see and be seen. It is a place to have a great meal with your friends, where the decibel level will not go beyond a certain limit. There is an extensive spirits menu with several cocktails having been created for the Delhi palate. Should you wish to drink a bottle of wine, there is a great wine list at compelling prices, as a fixed, modest mark-up has been added to the entire list.
Where the menu is imbued with genius is the seamless marriage between western grills and inventive chillies. There are around a dozen different types of chillies that make their appearance, from yellow chilli and reshampatti to jalapeno and paprika. Spice is not a top-note here. It is a gentle buzz, along with one or two judiciously used spices, for example coriander and cinnamon in a few dishes. There is no spice quotient in, say, loaded potato skins (Rs 290) but there is in Devilled Tenderloin Skewers (Rs 410) which use reshampatti chillies from Andhra Pradesh. In addition to innovative sides and appetizers, there are a range of burgers which are the stars of the show. Hara Masala Chilli Tenderloin Burger (Rs 610) is representative of Smokeys burgers. There are scrambled eggs and sautéed onions as an accompaniment. You can order sliders (Rs 800) and instead of the usual three, you’ll get four miniature burgers of chicken, lamb with bacon and tenderloin.
Where there is barbecue, there has to be steak, and steak two ways (Rs 850) is the undoubted star of the show. One is a regular steak with your choice of doneness, encrusted with coriander seeds and coarsely crushed peppercorns; the other is a ragout of pulled tenderloin in a red wine sauce.
Plus and minus: The breads for the burgers and hot dogs are excellent and don’t disintegrate; the desserts fall short
Must try: three cheese stuffed jalapenos, 6 chillies chicken burger, Ras-al-Hanout marinated basa.
Ratings: Food 4; Service 4; Décor 3.50
Plot 2, VIPPS Centre, Local Shopping Centre, Masjid Moth, Greater Kailash 2
Open from 12 noon to 11.30 pm
Alcohol served; credit cards accepted