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It's time for you to schedule a trip to Delhi: the summer's finally over, the weather's getting crisp and the Capital is bursting to its seams with a fresh batch of restaurants and bars. We do a round-up of the most exciting of these, for your viewing pleasure.

Band Stand: Scheduled to kick off in a month, this live music venue shares its owners with the very buzzy Summer House Café. We hear that the two spaces will have a lot of the same design elements, including large balconies, long strip bars, and stages dominating one corner. Band Stand will program jazz, blues and funk while serving cocktails and “nouvelle tapas” which we’re curious to sample. Getting there: Aurobindo Market. 

Cofood Café: Perched on the first floor of the building that houses GreenR in Shahpur Jat, this new eatery will serve sustainable, eco-friendly, California inspired vegetarian cuisine. Think jackfruit carnitas with corn flour arepas and vegan desserts like raw strawberry cheesecake. So far, they’ve partnered with Antidote for cold-pressed juices, Blue Tokai for coffee, Earthloaf for chocolate and PiccoLicko for gelato, so guess where we’ll be drinking a hippy-hippy shake at next week. Getting there: 416, Shahpur Jat.

Sprawled over 17,000 square feet, you could stage the Battle of Moria in this cavernous new bar. We scanned the extensive menu looking for a flagon of Miruvor, but settled instead for “Warrior’s Favourite”.

Ek Bar: AD Singh and chef Sujan Sarkar’s Indian cocktail bar is generating a buzz too loud to ignore. We’ll reveal more in our forthcoming review, but expect updated Indian dishes and cocktails infused with homegrown flavours. A concoction of iced kahwa, whiskey, grapefruit and spices, served in a vintage tea-set is the one we’re thirsting for. Getting there: D17, First Floor, Defence Colony, call 41688811.

Lord Of The Drinks: Sprawled over 17,000 square feet, you could stage the Battle of Moria in this cavernous new bar. We scanned the extensive menu looking for a flagon of Miruvor, but settled instead for “Warrior’s Favourite”. Meet us here on Saturday night, sipping cocktails, nerding out on Lord Of The Ring references and taking in the nighttime panorama of Connaught Place. Getting there: G-72, First Floor, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, call 33106440.

The Junkyard Café: The Junkyard Cafe won’t be operational until the end of October but we’ve got it firmly in our sights. Run by the same folks who were responsible for the musically-inclined Out Of The Box in Hauz Khas Village, The Junkyard Café will feature a large live music stage and a menu offering two diametrically different options: super healthy or complete junk. Should you choose the former, a calorie counter will be provided to keep your intake in check. Getting there: N 90, 91, 92, 93 and half of 94, second floor, Munshi Lal Building, Connaught Place, call 9599947642.

The Piano Man: A jazz bar, café and fine dining restaurant all rolled into one, The Piano Man is worth a visit. While the ground and mezzanine floors encompass a Prohibition-style jazz bar and stage, the first floor houses a cafe called Cake Away. The second floor is dedicated to a fining dining restaurant called Dirty Apron, which will open soon. Incidentally, The Piano Man’s predecessor in Vasant Vihar shut shop a while ago, so we’re quite intrigued about how version 2.0 will measure up. Getting there: B 6-7/22, Safdarjung Enclave, call 33106260.

The Village Deck: Details for this restaurant are still very much under wraps (almost impossible in Delhi), but we do know that it’s scheduled to open in the next two weeks and will offer an amazing view of Hauz Khas Village lake. Cocktails will most definitely be involved. Getting there: 26, Hauz Khas Village,call 64000009.

Ziu: Opening in the first week of October, Ziu’s fine dining restaurant will serve Gurmehar Sethi’s (ex Nobu and Le Cirque) “progressive” Thai cuisine, involving lots of molecular gastronomy and nitrogen-based concoctions. For instance, cocktails will be “cooked” tableside. We can’t wait to go. Getting there: Sangam Courtyard, Major Somnath Marg, Sector 9, R K Puram, call 26180711.


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