Moonshine is the latest buzz in the ever-escalating list of restaurants and lounges at Hauz Khas Village. Let’s check it out!
When we walked in, the first thing we noticed was the rustic vintage décor. Dim lighting, an artistic interpretation of Chicago’s skyline on the walls, posters showing different aspects of America – from the American flag to American pop culture. The vast expanse of the restaurant (it’s definitely one of the largest we’ve seen in HKV) is divided into sections. Every section has a different genre of music playing – so there’s a beat to suit every age and interest. While electronic, house, classic rock and jazz are regulars on the café’s playlist, they also host live performances.
We found some comfortable seats near the bar section and decided to focus on the food and drinks. The owners are three childhood friends – Kabeer Marwaha(25), Ankit Tayal(26) and Nitin Chaudhary(27). On Kabeer Marwaha’s special recommendation, we began our meal with Beetroot Carpaccio – which turned out to be a salad of sliced beetroot, crumbled feta and fresh rocket leaves. It was dressed in herbed vinaigrette and had caramelised walnuts sprinkled over it. If you want to feel virtuous and healthy, have this delicious salad.
Our first appetiser was the Mezze Veg Platter – which included falafel, pita bread, cheese fatayers and spinach fatayers, baba ganoush and hummus. While we were disappointed with the not-so-soft dough of the pita, we were thoroughly delighted with the Cheese Fatayers – which is essentially a cheese pie filled with onions and feta. Perfectly flavoured.
Our next appetiser was the Moonshine Sliders – these tiny little burgers were so tasty that we wiped them clean as soon as they arrived. They had a grilled chicken patty topped with aubergine, with a small helping of homemade salsa and mustard sauce. Ideal bar food.
Of the drinks, we tried the Midori Illusion – a vodka-based cocktail, infused with Midori (melon liqueur), triple sec, lemon and pineapple juice. It was mild, sweet and citric to taste. We also tried the Moonshine Caipiroska, which was too strong for us. Despite a surfeit of crushed ice, this vodka-based, soda and orange drink retained the tart taste of thechaat masala it was sprinkled with.
They also serve herbal hookahs with 0% tobacco, nicotine or tar. We tried the Chocolate and Mint-flavoured Eiffel Tower hookah (Rs 799), which came with double pipes. The body of the sheesha was shaped like the Eiffel Tower. Smooth and light, it had a good balance of both chocolate and mint flavours.
But why breathe in air, when you can have something more substantial? The main course menu offers a wide range of dishes for those looking for comfort food. We ordered a half-and-half of two pizzas. The Godfather half had tender ham and crisp bacon pieces with fresh diced bell pepper, onions and olives. The crisp base was delicious. The Taste of Delhi half had small pieces of cottage cheese, onions and capsicum, spread on a bed of mozzarella and topped with Indian spices. Both pizza halves were equally delicious, and we especially appreciated the generous quantities of mozzarella. However, the name ‘Delhi’ in the pizza had us expecting it to be far spicier.
Now to the downer. There are no desserts on the menu. Not even ice cream.
The service is courteous and quick, the food is delicious and quite evidently freshly made. Our overall experience was fairly good, except the no-dessert bit. It’s a break-away from the usual places in HKV, it’s spacious and definitely worth a visit.
Must-try: Godfather pizza and Midori Illusion cocktail
Meal For Two: Rs 1200 + taxes
This meal was sponsored by the restaurant.