For the sake of a perfect rooftop
Since it got its liquor license, the Hungry Monkey has been one of my go to suggestions for people looking to go out. My epic laziness has gotten in the way of my writing this review. At long last:
I wasn’t at all surprised when I heard about the Hungry Monkey winning various style and décor awards. Young but elegantly finished, laid back but warm, the Hungry Monkey can accommodate varied tastes and needs. If the rooftop isn’t full up then try to snag a seat there. It is, without any doubt, one of my favorite rooftops in the city.
I loved the Roasted Beetroot Tartare with Mascarpone, Mint and Toasted Pine Nuts. The Crispy Popcorn Shrimp with Tartar Sauce was well executed, comforting and uncomplicated. The Bomb Burger (Tenderloin, American Cheese, Gorgonzola, Bacon Aioli, Rocket, Onion Jam, Pickled Onion and House Mayo) was hearty and uninhibited.
The Hungry Monkey makes for a great setting to catch up for a conversational evening with coffee or something stronger. My personal favorites are the Moscow Mule (Vodka, Cucumber, Line and Ginger Ale) and Elderflower Cloud (Tequila, sweet lime and Elderflower cordial with freshly squeezed lime juice).
I was a little disappointed with the rather bland Penne Alla Vodka but the menu has a lot of interesting things I want to check out and their Sunday brunch spread looks fabulous. If you have trouble with menu, the cheerful Abhishek Patnaik is usually on hand to offer helpful suggestions.
You know how travel guides sometimes refer to a place as a city’s “best kept secret”? I’m beginning to believe that Delhi has too many people to keep anything secret. Serene and lovely when I first went, the place is fuller each time I visit. Book a table if you want to get dinner or are planning to visit on a weekend.