Fork You in Hauz Khas Village is the latest entrant to the barn of burger bars.
The sudden burgeoning of burger bars across Delhi could be an indication of the formidable soft power of the US. Or maybe its because the Sandwich Renaissance sweeping the West has entered India leaving a trail of breadcrumbs across continents. But it is undoubtedly welcome and we visit Fork You in Hauz Khas Village in good spirits.
The restaurant interiors are as smoky as an eighties Hollywood movie,with dark wooden flooring,brick walls,and options of wooden and leather seating. The bar with the large Cocktail sign in red neon over it reinforces this association,and one almost expects to see Tom Cruise flipping bottles and doing other alcohol-based acrobatics.
The menu is simple as befits burger menus,a two-page affair,of which one is dominated by build-your-own burger options. More on that later. For those more Dionysian-ly inclined,there is a well-stocked bar and cocktail menu. For our appetisers,we go with BBQ Chicken Fingers,and the more traditional Potato Skins,avec bacon,of course. Our appetisers prove to be a palatable beginning to a promising meal. The potato skins are confections of cheese and crisp bacon,nicely augmented by a layer of mashed egg,a pleasant contrast to the sharpness of the cheese and bacon,cushioned in crisp potato skins. The chicken fingers are tender chicken pieces,in a golden breadcrumb batter,well complemented by the BBQ sauce.
For our mains,we breeze past pasta,mains,and pre-constructed burgers and go to the aforementioned build-your-own burger page. Patrons first select the meat (both non-vegetarian and vegetarian options),size,type of bun,cheese,sauce,toppings (you can choose up to three),and the sides. We end up creating an 8 oz Tenderloin patty in an Oregano bun sandwiched with Jalapenos,Lettuce and Caramelized Onions,American Cheddar with a Chipotle sauce,a task as Herculean reading or writing the above two lines. The burger,perhaps because its our very own,is superlative. The medium rare patty is juicy,redolent with flavour which melds perfectly with the exquisitely thumbed-off ingredients. All right,that might be overdoing it,but it is an extremely well crafted burger. The impetuosity with which we consumed carbohydrates and proteins made dessert a risky proposition,and so we beg off despite our maxim of theres always room for dessert. Well try some on our return.
Meal for two: Rs 2,000 (with taxes,exclusive of alcohol)
Address: 30,1st Floor,Hauz Khas Village