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Delhi’s little London is a mixed bag

india Updated: Aug 20, 2010 00:43 IST
Jimmy Chew
Jimmy Chew
Hindustan Times
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I’ve always wondered if there are enough cool hangout zones for a person who is visiting Delhi, doesn’t know anyone here, has a couple of hours to spare before he heads out of town and wants to spend them enjoying an ‘affordable’ drink. A visit to Drunken Duck, the bar at Connaught Place’s Piccadelhi restaurant gave me the answer. There are.

You feel a sudden surge of warmth as you enter the lower ground floor level of PVR Plaza multiplex where Piccadelhi, modelled on Southall in London, is located. It is a dimly lit, huge hall with a patisserie counter on the side, and distinct food and beverage zones in the front, directions to which are indicated as road signs. The Drunken Duck has a retro London feel to the décor. The focus wall is backlit and displays scans of British newspapers and famous movie slogans of the 70s.

Peppy music played in the background, as we sat down to experience the place. We couldn’t help but notice a young girl, with her luggage trolley resting on one side, enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and not in the least awkward about being unaccompanied in a Delhi bar. That comfort, I would say is a big positive of Drunken Duck.

The big negative, however, is that the much-in-demand ‘Happy Hours’ are only till 5 pm here, as compared to the usual 7 pm in most bars in the area. We asked for Draught beer and were told that it’s not available. Reluctantly settling for lager, we scanned the menu for appetisers and settled for Fish Chilli Garlic (R 375) and Diced Chicken in Szechwan pepper (R 305).

The chicken tasted well, though it was a bit on the soggy side. The fish was crisp and well cooked, but it would be wrong to associate the term chilli with a dish that was low even on salt. The prices at Drunken Duck are on a higher side in comparison to lounge bars in the area. And, I was hurt more when the staff bluntly refused to doggybag the leftovers, saying ‘We don’t pack food’. Between great ambience in a relaxed atmosphere and average food with high prices, figure your priorities before you try to turn a ‘drunken duck’.

Vital Stats

Where: Drunken Duck, Piccadelhi, PVR Plaza Complex, H Block, Connaught Place; 23316344
Meal for two: 1,500

Jimmy Chew is an anonymous reviewer who pays for the food. Restaurants have no prior information about the visit.