Barcelos comes to the Village

By 07:47 Tuesday 12 January 2016 ,

Where: 1st Floor, Building 2, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi
Cuisine: Portuguese, African
Cost: Rs. 1,200 for two

As a food blogger, you never get tired of some things- like asking every other food enthusiast you meet about their thoughts on the black burger facade, or whether they prefer Nando's or Barcelos, or which peri peri sauce wins. Barcelos {it's marketing team, to be specific} has therefore, done a commendable job in that sense- they've made sure that the brand is being talked about even when it had been operating from just a single outlet in the city in Khan Market. I had never been a big fan of the food {although, I did love the molecular drinks} but a visit to their second and newest outlet in Hauz Khas Village changed my opinion.

What impressed me the most is how thoughtfully they've designed the place. Located right beside Imperfecto on the first floor, Barcelos has a spacious and uncluttered seating area which you won't find in most HKV eateries. It's got a two table outdoor seating, a quick-dine area, big enough bar and a more laid back lounge area, along with a separate smoking area. It is very warm, colourful {thanks to the wall murals} and pleasantly bright.

I can only speak for the vegetarians {please don't stop reading?} and tell you whether it is a good decision to accompany your chicken-eating friends to Barcelos.

Well, yes, it's quite alright.

Order the Kiwi Cooler or Hey Rosie as you begin, the former tastes like summer and the latter reminds you of spring. The drinks really don't need the fairly overdone liquid nitrogen gimmick that follows. You may now proceed to the mighty Vegetarian Platter. It's got quite a few grilled bites {think paneer, pineapple, babycorn, stuffed mushrooms} and kebabs that'll fill you right up. The Veg Falafel Pita is yummy with crunchy veggies, nicely done falafel patties and a mayo based dressing that holds it all together- the portion by the way, is huge. Move on to the mini potato sliders that are four differently coloured mini burgers. Taste-wise I only liked the white one because of the weird yet innovative combination of coconut and orange- you gotta be a little open-minded, gaiz! Finish off with the lovely hot chocolate brownie with silver coated vanilla ice-cream and a nutty biscuit.

After all this, you can also amuse yourself by looking at the happy faces of your non vegetarian friends- I hear the Chicken Espetada, Flame Grilled Peri Peri Chicken, and Chicken Liver with Garlic bread is something else!

In conclusion, I am not repulsed by the idea of going to Barcelos again like I used to be. In fact, I am looking forward to try the rest of the Vegetarian food, get suuuper drunk on the molecular cocktails and click a gazillion selfies in front of their pretty walls. S&S approves!

Barcelos Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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