It was a Jab We Met (no, he didn’t fall in love 😉) moment for Ankur Agarwal, the man behind 38 Barracks, when he met a colonel while traveling in a train. Casual conversations of the line of duty, honor, disciplined life led Ankur to frame a picture in mind – of something to give back for the selfless life our defense services lead and it took the shape of 38 Barracks – a restaurant dedicated to the people enabling a pleasant life for us.
Everything has a touch of the theme – the interiors replicate the house of an officer – there are prized possessions on the walls as you will see in someone’s home & the menu has dishes named after related jargons.
The beverages we ordered were well made and keeping in mind our request for less alcohol in the cocktails. The AK-47 Sangria is very nice and you must try it when here. Garrison was the prefered one in the mocktails.
barracks special blueberry mojito
Our meal started with Beetroot Ki Galouti – which is an excellent dish with a crust of crispy panko (the menu mentions the fact), the name mis-leads a bit (I won’t expect panko crust on a galouti). Soldier’s Mirchi Wada is as good as it can get – tangy potato filled in banana peppers is served with a date chutney – the kick of the peppers is balanced very well by the sweet chutney. Spanakopita is spinach and feta filled phyllo wraps and are delectable – in spite of being deep fried, they don’t leave a trail of oil. Paneer Tikka Barrels – dry fruit stuffed cottage cheese steaks – lack the punch. Chicken Harissa Tikka stands true to its name and brings out the flavor of the harissa well. Olive Chicken Satay didn’t impress that much – the only portions of the chicken we liked was where olive crust.
olive crusted chicken satay
paneer tikka barrels
chicken harissa tikka
soldier’s mirchi wada
beetroot ki galaouti
From the mains, we got the suggestion of Barracks Special Butter Chicken, Subz Palak Milloni and Dal Makhani. Dal Makhani was as it should be & Subz Palak MIlloni fared well too. Barracks Special Butter Chicken is a must try here and paired with plain steamed rice, totally becomes the charmer for the taste buds.
subz palak milloni
barracks special butter chicken with steamed rice
Dessert was Baked Rasgulla Pie. Well, being a Bengali I have emotions attached with rasgulla, and here I couldn’t really feel it – the pie overpowered the subtle flavor of the rasgulla, but if you talk about the dish, it was a good one in whole.
baked rasgulla pie
We wanted to try a lot of items from the Western, Grills & Oriental section, but going with our policy of no wastage, we couldn’t. Another review will follow when we have tried the other sections of the restaurant.
M-38, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi
11 AM – 12 AM
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P.S. – This review was done on an invitation from the restaurant. The portions were customized for the experience.