Just Introduced: The Jugaad Cafe and Bar, Defence Colony
For Delhiities jugaad is the mother of all innovations. And The Jugaad Cafe and Bar is proud to be one such innovation. The owners of this newly opened place, Vani Vats and Aryan Singh, have designed it smartly using everyday waste.
This peppy and quirky cafe cum bar will be a hit amongst the ones who loves the tadka of creativity in their lives. With extensive use of waste material like truck headlights to light up the space, chandeliers made out of cycle tyres, tables made out of scrap, washbasin created out of scooter tyre, glasses made of used beer bottles and table tops made up of wrenches, nuts and screws, the decor shows you the beautiful side of the trash.
Spread over three floors, it dons the cap of a cafe cum co-working space in the morning but as the sun sets, it paves out the right mood to party by turning into a restro-bar churning out some foot tapping numbers over innovative dishes inspired from around the world.
The menu has been curated by Head Food Consultant KP Singh and offers an array of fusion dishes with a touch of Indian street flavours. Tempting to try everything on their menu, I ordered Crispy Chilli Channa, Kurkure Bhutta, Vada Pao with Cutting Chai, Sushi Paneer and Todu Macroni Cheese Burger.
Crispy fried chickpea tossed in sweet chilli sauce can be your perfect chakna with beer. I loved their Kurkure Bhutta. This simple innovative dish is so impressive that I ended up asking its recipe. The entire wheat corn is served with kurkure crumble spicy tangy spread. There was a twist in this Vada Pao as the traditional potato vada was replaced by South Indian flavoured melting cheese vada and it tasted divine with the desi cutting chai. Surprisingly, Sushi Paneer had no ingredients of sushi, rather there was a thin layer of cottage cheese rolled with exotic veggies and herbs. The show-stealer for the evening was their Todu Macroni Cheese Burger which came sitting on a cot. It is a bun-less burger. The mouth-watering veggie patty is sandwich between crispy cheesy macroni tikkis.
As they are still waiting for the licence to serve liquor, you can meanwhile try their lip-smacking mocktails and smoothies. I tried Imli Flame and Ferrero Rocher Shake. Tangy tamarind paste, soda and a dash of red chilli makes it a must try. The shake was thick and creamy. The rich in flavour shake can be a complete meal in itself.
Just like their chatter-patter, their desserts are also equally jugaadu. Do try their Parle Ji Ka Jugaad and Litchi Tehri Shots. Cream packed between biscuits and topped with gems has become my all-time favourite and litchi blended well with rabri served in shot glasses transports you to another world of sweetness.
Where: The Jugaad Cafe and Bar, Defence Colony
Cost for two: INR 1,200 plus taxes