{Tried And Tasted}: Liquarium, HKV

By 10:57 Friday, 12 February 2016 , , ,

Where: 30, Ground Floor, Hauz Khas Village {Back door entry near the parking}
Cuisine: Italian, Chinese, North Indian
Cost: 1500 for two

While there is no dearth of choices, each time I go to my favourites in HKV, I can't help but feel a little "been there, done that". A friend recently told me about Liquarium, a relatively new cafe I hadn't heard of and decided to give it a try. It is a small, cozy place with very simple old school decor. A big highlight is the live music {which was a tad bit loud for me} that plays all day long until 11PM. The dimly lit space has got a raw feel to it and a good mix of Indo-chinese and Indo-Italian dishes to choose from, along with the regular North Indian fare.

I am not much of a sheesha person but if you are, they've got you covered. I went for a Virgin Mojito and Green Apple Vodka cocktail, nothing too strong but refreshing nonetheless. This could be your regular place to chill after work over drinks with some good ol tandoori bites I was happy with the nicely done Paneer Tikka and my non-vegetarian friend recommends the succulent Chicken Tikka and Chicken Shashlik that came with a lovely yogurt dip and bell peppers.

The vegetarian Mezze platter missed the pickled vegetables/ olives but compensated with a fresh quinoa parsley salad. The pita bread wasn't as soft as I would have liked- the falafel and hummus were the saving grace of an average platter. Fish Tikka, I was told, was bang on with a crispy well done skin and mint dip. I couldn't try some of the dishes I would have liked to- I was told they are short-staffed on Tuesdays {hey, how was I supposed to know?}. The service otherwise, is quite fast and the staff is super attentive.

I feel Liquarium could have done a lot of things better- it does not live up to the HKV standards. It could work well as a student cafe, only if the price point was a little lower. The food didn't blow my mind and as much as I'd like to come for the live music, I wouldn't be thinking of going alone. If you are a girl, it is the kind of place you'd rather visit in a group and if you're a guy, gather your boys and chug the night away with some nice Bollywood melodies. 

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

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