Homophonic to the Hindi insult (depending on what kind of Bollywood movies you grew up watching), Camino is a recent addition to the Capital’s food and music scene. With several gigs every week and an eclectic playlist, the restaurant brings more sparkle to the culinary bastion that is GK2’s M-block market, in this case, literally. Iridescent in the night, the al-fresco dining area on the roof is floored with LED lighting, while a spot-lit stage acts as the focal point for the lower level. The servers slip around swiftly, eager to please.
The food and drinks menus are as large as a circus poster, with a variety of eater-tainments to outdo even a Barnum Brothers’ enterprise. The food is structured around a ‘Global Tapas’ format, small portions of dishes from around the world, some classic, others with some element of fusion, apart from main dishes and the sine qua non of pasta and Indian dishes. There’s a complementary selection of cocktails with flavours from here, there and everywhere and a litany of liquor, complete with tasting notes for single malts and enough liqueurs to have you tripping over both your feet and pronunciation. And yes, there is Camino Tequila as well.
We begin with a Tapas platter, choosing Patatas Bravas (a fiery potato preparation that sprouts all over tapas bars in Spain), Anticuchos (a Peruvian-origin street dish of beef tenderloin-skewers) and Voodoo Prawn (a chef’s special accompanied by chili jam).
Skewered as it is, the beef comes first and in turn holds us arrested until the last morsel. More melting than a puppy Gif and as smoky as a hearth in the winter, the beef remains a cherished memory even as we write. The Patatas come armed with a sense of the familiar, not dissimilar to aloo chaat sans the tri-colouring, but with a piquancy the Indian version would do extremely well with. The prawn comes last, and while keeping the party in our mouth going, fails to make an entrance thanks to the succulence of the earlier invitees.
Post-tapas and liquid intervals, we decide to keep things simple with the Classic Carbonara, al dente spaghetti garbed in bacon, Parmesan, cream and cracked pepper, a comfort food if there ever was one. It comes comfortably executed, but it could have done with a lick of cream.For dessert we travel back to familiar turf, ordering a Banoffee Pie, which comes chilled in a heavy-cut glass. It’s a delicious homecoming.
Meal for Two: Rs 2,500 (with taxes and alcohol)
Address: M 13, M Block Market, Greater Kailash – 2