Nirvana by Night

B-Bar,the Indian avatar of the global restaurant Buddha-Bar,lives up to its reputation.

Written by Shantanu David | Published:September 20, 2012 1:52 am

B-Bar,the Indian avatar of the global restaurant Buddha-Bar,lives up to its reputation

Since the announcement of its arrival in India,Delhi’s swish set has been waiting to check into B-Bar. Known the world over as Buddha-Bar,the international chain of lounge-cum-restaurant,decided to assume the nom de guerre B-Bar to avoid ruffling feathers in India.

The uber-luxurious address is located in Select Citywalk in Saket. Apparently,no other venue in the city could offer B-Bar the kind of space it requires. By space,they mean a sweeping 16,000 sq ft for 330 guests.

The lounge rigorously adheres to its global standards in décor and proportions — the interiors are awash in deep crimson red,with splashes of burnished yellow and peacock blue,all of this suffused in lush golden light. The roof culminates in a blue-lit cupola situated at a neck-craning height right above the statuesque pillared main bar. In these settings,Buddha is an omniscient figure,present as a veritable army of statues perched in the corners,which dominate the space and serve as reliefs. The music is progressive,scaling heights as the evening advances and,mixed by a resident DJ,is exclusive to the club.

The menu meanders all over Asia,lingering almost lovingly in Japan,given the several pages devoted to sushi,maki and sashimi. The rolls comprise yellow fin tuna,raw sweet shrimp and flying fish roe among others. B-Bar signature dishes make up a separate section — a line-up of dishes such as lobster dumpling that are served in outposts around the globe. As a nod to India,the menu also includes mutton curry,cooked in Indian spices but finished off with coconut milk. The pricing is reasonable,if one compares it to other hedonist habitues around the Capital. A meal for two without alcohol would set you back by Rs 2,000. The drinks,on the other hand,are rather steep,though dotted with several interesting Asian twists to classic and contemporary cocktails.

All in all,B-Bar might just provide the nirvana that Delhi’s party crowd was in need of.

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