In the age of social networking, it was only a matter of time before someone opened an eatery exploring the idea. Cafe Public Connection looms large and new in Connaught Place and purports itself as a celebration of all things that bring people together. The restaurant-cum-bar is cavernous and spread over two floors. Flagged with stonework, pillared and equipped with private dining rooms themed around movies, sports and other activities of their ilk, PC (if we may) is the latest in the litany of wining and dining spaces in Delhi’s central market.
The menu, taking inspiration from the space, is large, like you’re supposed to make your life, touching shores from Asia to Europe to the Levant. The southern hemisphere, so far, is unexplored. There is an equal emphasis on the liquor list, featuring quite the collection of cocktails apart from the usual libations. The highlight, we’re informed, is the Phone Booth, a miniature phone box filled with a litre of various alcoholic concoctions, a drink you definitely need to fortify yourself before consuming.
Wanting to dip our feet in a little bit of everything we start off with an order of Lasooni Murg Tikka, Mushroom Pate and Spicy Meatballs with Pineapple Salsa. The pate, eschewing our alphabetisation, comes first — smeared across crispy garlic bread, a most welcome touch — its earthiness belied by an underlying creaminess that rounds it up very nicely. The meatballs are similarly pleasing to the palate; small roundels of mince, spiked with spice and accoutred in a chunky roasted pineapple salsa. The tikkas are très ordinaire, much the same you’d find anywhere else in the city, the lasooni bit getting blown away by the smokiness of the tandoor.
Our mains are an irreverent American Beef Steak Burger, matched up against a Middle Eastern Shish Taouk. The burger is brawnier than a Mr Universe contestant: a ginormous medium rare patty (our specification) barely contained between toasted buns and a side of fries. The Shish touk comes with the usual pickled veggies, a blunt hummus, and a zingy garlic yoghurt, all to be wrapped in pita breads. It’s a tie.
The dessert section, at the moment, features a lonely Brownie with Ice Cream, which we decide to skip. We figure there’s enough sugar, fermented or otherwise, in the bar menu.
Meal for Two: Rs 2,000 (including taxes, excluding alcohol)
Address: F-39-40, 1st and 2nd Floor, Inner Circle, Connaught Place.