I wanted to have a hot soup and a creamy chicken for lunch. I headed to The Jugaad Cafe Bar in Defence Colony Main Market. The restaurant occupies three levels – the ground floor has an impressive bar and seating area which is good if one wants to have couple of drinks and snack and the first floor is more open and has comfortable sofas and tables for dining.
A word about the decor. The decor, I found in this restaurant is popular nowadays and can be seen in many recently opened eating joints like Bunta Bar and Junkyard Cafe. This interior theme is often getting repeated in many smaller eateries also across Delhi NCR and is becoming fairly boring. The Jugaad Cafe Bar have used empty bottles, name plates of vehicles, chandeliers made of cycle tyres, pipelines as frames, aluminum muffin moulds stuck on acrylic sheets, gear wheels, spanners, bearing sand other tools to fabricate tables, etc. The end result may look good in low lighting. But, during the day, the interior exposes the chinks in the design – rusty metal joints, unclean floor, dust under the glass top of tables and worn out furniture. The interiors are definitely not the strength of this restaurant, since it lacked any innovation.
I ordered a Veg Manchow Soup and Chicken Charmula with Lemon Aioly to start with. The soup was hot and clean to taste.
The Chicken Charmula was served on a tile and I liked the presentation and the taste of the dish. This dish had chicken cubes lightly coated with herbs and cooked till it was tender and served on sliced onion in vinegar with the sauce on the side.
For the main course, I ordered a Stuffed Chicken Breast in Mushroom Curry Sauce. The dish had half of a chicken breast stuffed with onion and chilli cheese topped with creamy white mushroom, curry and coriander sauce served with mash and grilled vegetables with herbs. The mash and the grilled veggies tasted nice and the portion of it was more than sufficient. But the portion of chicken was not even filling for one person. I also missed the curry and coriander flavour in the dish.
The check came in a old school Camlin Scholar instrument box!
I paid Rs 1,500 for this lunch (including the tip) and I think it was little too steep for the food what this restaurant offered me.
What I liked about the restaurant were the items on the menu, which were given an Indian twist (or jugaadified). It is always exciting to taste something new. And I am sure, The Jugaad Cafe Bar will be a nice place to chill with your friends for a few drinks and snacks. It’s a 3.5/5 from me for this restaurant.