The idea of eating smoked food is not something that sends my ever-so Punjabi palate into oral bliss, but the buzz (or, should I say, the smoke) around the Smoke House Grill is difficult to ignore.
Raised on the remains of the once-upon-a-time restaurant-bar, The Opera (Masjid Moth, Greater Kailash-II), this month- and-a-half-old eatery and lounge is divided into two zones. The bar, which accommodates about 40 people, is on the ground floor, while the dinner area upstairs seats about 60 people (12 tables). The decor is striking, with illustrations from graphic novels on the walls punctuating the minimal clean lines of the furniture.
The good stuff
For starters, this establishment serves cocktails with smoked ingredients. Be sure to try the Smoked Melon Mojito or the Smoked Apple Martini (smoked apple with Gilbeys Gin). If you are a Martini buff, then the inhouse bar consultant has concocted new recipes using herbs such as rosemary and lemongrass. Worth a foray if you are a cocktail explorer.
Not all the dishes on the menu are smoked. Also, most of the smoking is done while the ingredients are raw, and not cooked over smoke, which makes the smoked flavour mild and pleasing to the palate, rather than overwhelming.
Good news for vegetarians: The Smoke House Grill has an extensive selection for those who can’t abide flesh in both their main course and starters.
Their just-launched lunch menu gives you the option to try smoked sandwiches and bagels, too.
Kids are not allowed, so if you are in the mood for some family fun, Smoke House Grill is not the place to go. If you plan to visit during lunch hour to sample their new menu, be sure to carpool else you spend a considerable amount of time trying to squeeze your car into the parking lot. Parking can be a nightmare even at night, though the restaurant has valet parking.
The food is priced reasonably, but if you are a cocktail addict, be prepared to shell out a hefty sum because all the signature cocktails, as well as the Mojitos, cost Rs350 plus taxes. If you are looking for a date over drinks, then your tab is likely to be in the region of Rs2,500 for a couple of cocktails and two or three starters. A three-course meal for two without drinks will cost up to Rs2,500 and sharing is not an option because portion sizes are just enough for one.