In a line: South extension market gets jazzy(literally!) with The Bar Cat.
Cuisine: European, American
Price for two: Rs. 2000(approx)
Location: E-17, Third Floor, South Extension 2, New Delhi
Nearest metro station: AIIMS
Must haves: Spinach and mushroom tree, wild mushroom risotto, chorizo and pork sausage flatbread, Philadelphia cheesecake
What comprises of a good dining experience? The food would be an obvious pick, but that isn’t the only ingredient to make a meal a memory. The ambience, the seating, the backdrop music, the presentation of the food and the pricing also play a crucial role in deciding if the outing was worth it or not.
One place that ticked all the right boxes recently would be the newly opened jazz themed restaurant named The Bar Cat. Nestled up on the third floor in the middle of the once thriving South Extension Market, The Bar Cat has everything that makes up for a good restaurant. The fuss-free interiors exude a contemporary aura and are marked by simplicity and elegance. The restaurant is spread across two floors and while the terrace is currently under construction, the lower floor is where I found refuge last Sunday.
The American and European food inspired menu has at its disposal, a melange of interesting and unusual dishes that are sure to please, not only the palate but the eyes as well. I commenced the meal with crusty potato skins, that were filled with a spicy Philadelphia cheese filling along with sundried tomatoes, and the chicken leg mousse, that had a piece of flatbread topped with chicken mousse infused with the rather strong welsh cheese. The spinach and mushroom tree is what turned out to be the best amongst the other hors d’oeuvres that I had. Crispy tempura fried spinach leaves were topped with a creamy mushroom ragout and were lightly drizzled with balsamic vinegar. The tree-like presentation and the unusual combination made it my favourite!
While waiting for my mains to arrive, I sipped on to their virgin version of a cosmopolitan, named Doodle doe along with a bowl of nuts coated in a spicy mix. But it was the wired Joe that had my attention. An unpretentious drink prepared with an espresso shot and tonic water.
Porcini mushroom tossed wild mushroom risotto, drizzled with the flavoursome truffle oil, the wild mushroom risotto was demolished in no time. The Norwegian salmon had a beautifully crisp skin and perfectly cooked meat that was topped with olives and was placed over a bed of wilted greens. And then came the roasted pork belly, the pièce de résistance of my meal. A succulent piece of pork belly topped with red wine jus along with mashed potatoes and granny smith puree. But it was the crunchy pork skin crackling that had me sold on the dish. Needless to say, a must have!
To wrap up my meal, I got myself the Philadelphia cheesecake and I am glad that I took that decision. There was a zingy citrusy kick in the cheesecake that was accentuated with the berry compote and berry jelly. The almond crumbles and chocolate tuile gave an element of crunch, making it a texturally balanced dessert.
Confession: Overall, my meal at The Bar Cat saw only highs and no lows, making it a place that I’d certainly go back to. The liquor licence is expected to arrive by the end of the second week of September, so that’s when I’ll be headed back here.
Value for money: 4.5/5