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A feeling of déjà vu washed over us the minute we walked into Hitchki, Kala Ghoda’s newest mid-range bar and modern Indian restaurant. The place looks and feels like The Local, the shabby chic bar located just minutes away on MG Road, the menu reads like the Social chain of gastropubs and the music is a mean mix of retro and pop numbers we expect to hear at a gymkhana bar night.

With a no-frills approach to design and casual, friendly service, Hitchki is a budget bar that differs from other budget bars only slightly in terms of pricing. We paid a visit to test whether more of the same can really be a good thing.

The good stuff

Hitchki’s ode to nostalgia is subtle—we found old school gaming consoles like Nintendo’s King Kong lined on a wall in the toilet but other design accents included potted plants on walls. Even the cutlery here is cooler: sleek black-coloured forks and knives with matching black plates. We cannot express how great it felt to have a thick paper napkin placed on our tables instead of lousy toilet paper rolls that a lot of cool places tend to provide these days.

Apart from the decidedly sophisticated look, Hitchki has a wide and varied menu with happy hour-pricing until 8pm every day. Did we mention that the place opens at 8am and serves all-day breakfast too?

We kicked off a mellow dinner with a round of signature drinks.

The Mango Bite (Rs249), as the name suggests, tasted like its namesake, mango-flavoured hard-boiled candy, laced with chaat masala. Our dinner companion also enjoyed the smoky flavour in the Master Blaster (Rs249), a strange mix of cranberry juice with a “nicotine infused" whisky laced with “hickory smoke". But with prices starting as low as Rs99 for 30ml shots of domestic spirits and a pint of Kingfisher, it is easy to overlook the ambitious cocktail list here and stick to mixing your own drinks.

From the equally long list of appetizers, we tried Charlie Chapli Kebabs (Rs290), very basic mince lamb patties; Patrani Chilli Poppers (Rs220), large paneer stuffed chillies in a fiery mustard sauce; and some cashew nut and mixed vegetable patties that tasted a lot like hara bhara kebabs with a cheesy centre called Full Zhol Che (Rs220). We also enjoyed a single main dish of Maharashtrian Savji Mutton (Rs440) served with buttery kulchas. The only complaint we had with our food was that all of it was a bit too spicy.

The not-so-good

Everything, including the service and the food and drink, is a bit so-so at Hitchki except for its reasonable pricing. Some of the dishes tasted like they came out of ready-to-eat packets of frozen food. Another thing we loathe about the new budget bars are the tiny, unisex loos.

Our major grouse with the place was the loud, garish music and the absurd menu descriptions of the dishes. We decided to skip desserts here when we read that a green tea and cream cheese dessert is called “Baby Ko Base Pasand Hai" and found another one called “Hazelnut Crème Bru…Le Le". We ended our evening with a sweet treat from La Folie Patisserie next door instead.

Talk plastic

We paid a total of Rs2,105 for two cocktails, three appetizers and a main dish.

Hitchki, 59, Dr VB Gandhi Marg, near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, Fort (46129999). Open from 8am-1am.

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