Sophisticated decor, dim lighting and regal colour; on the first glance Anglow Whiskey Bar and Anglo Indian Kitchen oozes of the charm and elegance of the army, and rightly so. Owner Ajit Singh was raised as an army-child and everything from the interior to the menu reflected that. Introducing Anglo Indian food to Delhi, the restaurant serves meals derived from French and English cuisine, Indianised during colonisation. Anglo-Indian food is not uncommon in army messes and thus very familiar to Singh. Delectable fusion food is accompanied by the elaborate bar, eager to serve you their signature whiskey cocktails.
The restaurant is nestled among the assortment of stores in Khan Market, just a brisk six-minute walk from the Khan Market metro station. If you decide to take your personal vehicle, just travel to store 57 in Khan Market.
True to its name, the first view in all its grandeur is the impressive collection of alcohol. While the interiors may not be for everyone, they were right up my alley. Bold, dark walls - patterned and solid- wrapped the room in a sophisticated, up-class look. The lofty furniture adds to the regal touch contrasted by the funky artwork that add an element of ridicule in the heavily fancy ambience. True to the nature of the restaurant, a wall adornment of shotgun shells compliment the army background of Singh. Additionally, the elaborate bar is a nice- even necessary in my opinion- touch, keeping in theme with the name.
The menu is an extension of the owner’s personality. Extensive descriptions accompany the names of the dishes, possibly easily recognisable by only people with an army upbringing. As the feast poured out on the table, Chef Michael introduced us to the history of the dish while Singh revealed childhood memories associated with it. Eating the bread-pudding or the Shammi Kebabs as Singh narrated the tales, took us on a nostalgic journey. The appetisers were simple and soulful, nothing that left me stunned. However, the mains brought me back to the table with the packed flavours in minimalistic recipes. While the desserts piqued my interest, the most memorable elements were the drinks. Blended with fresh ingredients and infused flavours, the restaurant chucks sugary syrups for an authentic taste, thankfully.
What we recommend
You have a lot to choose from. While all the mains were hearty meals, one that stood out for me was the Chicken Dak-Bungalow curry, perfect for the rainy weather in my opinion. Served with rice, this curry is like a home-made mildly spiced gravy, only better. Fret not vegetarians, there is a vegetable counterpart too. For a beverage, I highly recommend- especially for the coffee addicts- the Coffee Train cocktail. A blend of scotch, coffee, caramel, lime, banana clarified with milk, topped with an egg white whip and coffee dust, the drink is in two words- utterly delicious. Those with a sweet tooth must try their Bread Pudding with marmalade. The sweetness of the bread pudding is complimented perfectly with the slight tartness of the marmalade.
INR 2000 for two (Zomato Gold users can save up with the 1+1 offer on the food).