Delhi now has ‘gimmick’ eateries
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Delhi now has ‘gimmick’ eateries

Expect the unexpected when you go out to dine next time, as city restaurants are pulling out wacky gimmicks to tickle your funny bone.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2012 00:45 IST
Hindustan Times

Expect the unexpected when you go out to dine next time, as city restaurants are pulling out wacky gimmicks to tickle your funny bone.

If you have a thing for humour, you’ll love it and go home with an ear-to-ear grin pasted on your face. If you don’t, you’ll crib, curse, complain. A new trend is seeing city restaurants get bolder and risk ‘messing up with the guests’, in the name of fun.

From waiters almost spilling hot coffee on you to a bartender bonking your head with a hammer as you down a shot, eateries are whipping up gimmicks to make your dining experience more fun. We take you through the best that’s in offer.

Where waiters are a crazy lot!
If you are an unsuspecting guest at Prego in Westin, Gurgaon, you’ll think the waiters have lost their mind. If you’re a regular, you’ll come back for more wacky fun. Ask for espresso, and a waiter drops the hot drink on you. As you shriek in shock, you realise the cup is empty. Say ‘nothing’ when they ask what would you like for dessert, and you see an empty plate on your table with ‘nothing’ written on it with chocolate. “And if you ask for ‘wine by the glass’, what you get is a 3000 ml glass to help yourself,” says Amit Kumar, manager.
Where: Prego, No. 1, MG Road, Gurgaon;
Cuisine: Italian;
Meal for two: Rs. 3,500

A hammer on your head!
Called the ‘OTB hammer’, this gimmick at Out of the Box, Hauz Khas Village, is designed on the lines of what the famous Slammer Bar in Greece offers to its patrons. Go to the bartender, wear a helmet, and take a shot. As you put your glass on the table, the bartender slams you on your head with a hammer. “It’s the mind-boggling buzz that people enjoy with the slamming of the hammer,” says Priyank Sukhija, owner, Out of the Box.
Where: Out of the Box, Hauz Khas Village
Cuisine: Global street food
Meal for two: Rs. 1,200

Laugh out loud at yourself!
If you’re game for some self-depreciating humour, you will not mind this one a bit. At Buzz, Saket, while you are busy enjoying your meal and chatting with your dining partner, a waiter will quietly paste a funny sticker on your back. Along with your hand-drawn cartoon, the sticker will have a funny message scribbled on it. “This is something special in store for our regular patrons. It will leave them in splits. And of course, someone will point out the sticker before they step out from here,” says Gagan Kapoor, owner, Buzz.
Where: Buzz, Saket
Cuisine: Multi-cuisine
Meal for two: Rs. 1,200

Pay to be ‘mistreated’ in Chicago
Dick’s Last Resort in Chicago, US, is a popular restaurant that is famous for hiring rude, obnoxious staff. Guests look forward to be placed in awkward situations. The staff gives out adult bibs and big paper hats with wild, wacky quotes written on them. The picnic style tables have no napkins. It’s the serving staff that throws the napkins on the customers. A board on one of the walls in the restaurant says, ‘Beware of the waiters’.

Are guests game for it?
Most diners seem to be enjoying the pranks. “Dining out becomes horribly boring if there’s no novelty. Eateries playing pranks on customers is a popular trend aboard. It’s great that we’re finally putting our sense of humour to use. I’m game for it,” says 29 year-old businessman Karan Wasal. But some say that such gimmicks could spoil a relaxed, peaceful meal. “When I’m dining out with my family, or all by myself, I wouldn’t like someone disturbing my meal just for fun,” says media person Sonali Chowdhury.

First Published: Oct 12, 2012 19:08 IST