The Select CityWalk complex is steadily evolving into the Capital’s new grub street. Given the rate at which restaurants are popping up, it could soon steal Khan Market’s thunder as the hippest hang-out zone. The latest brand to stake out its territory at this shopping mile is Channel [V], with its first café-cum-lounge bar, The [V] Spot, lauching last month. They have plans to open across the country in the next few years, with the second one coming up in Chandigarh.
This is the first in a line of cafés Channel [V] will launch across the country.
The good stuff
The likeable aspect of The [V] Spot is its decor—it screams “cool”, and not in a bad way. Simpu Singh, Bai and the other [V] mascots are all there; you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve walked into the channel’s studios. Its trademark irreverent humour is sprinkled on the menu card, splashed across the walls and even on the staff’s tees. And with its Wi-Fi, the Xbox Kinect, iPad linked to Channel [V] studios, The [V] Spot is going to be a magnet for youngsters.
But the best part is the food. At places aspiring to be hang-outs, what comes out of the kitchen often feels like an afterthought. The [V] Spot, happily, is spot on with its food and prices. The Snack Harem (Rs 225), a Lebanese platter of arayes kafta, falafel, hummus, tahino, baba ganoush, etc., provided satisfying nibbles as we browsed through the innuendo-heavy menu, designed by chef Manu Chandra. The Oh My Dog (Rs 125) will, we predict, become one of the fastest-moving items, and deservedly so. But our pick of the starters was the Prawnster (Rs 295), tossed with garlic, olive oil, basil and pepper—the flavours were subtle, the prawn fresh and done to perfect succulence. The portions were sized generously enough for us to skip main courses and go straight to desserts. By this time, our expectations had soared, so the Loaded Eclair failed to live up to them. It was a decent eclair, but nothing special. The Ulta Pineapple, however, more than lived up to expectations, providing a highly gratifying end to a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Simpu Singh graces a wall at Spot.
What is a letdown is the very thing you would expect to be its strength—music. You walk in expecting some edgy music, given the Channel [V] association. What you get instead is a random mishmash of Summer of ’69 followed by Linkin Park followed by Pink Floyd covers. The house DJ seriously needs to update his playlist. The service staff, on the whole attentive and efficient, can seem at times a tad bit effusive. Perhaps it was the over-enthusiasm of the opening days—we were there on the fourth day of the launch.
Soups start at Rs 95, salads at Rs 175 and main courses at Rs 195. The sheeshas are priced at an average of Rs 375.