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Bar Reviews > Delhi > Smokehouse Grill

P No-2, Vipps Centre, North Wing, Masjid Moth, Greater Kailash II, Delhi
Ph.41435530
Timings: 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Average User Rating 3.15
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  • Interiors: 4 / 5

  • Music: 4/5

  • Drinks: 3/5

  • Food: 3/5

  • Overall: 4/5



  • A warm Tulleeho welcome to our 2 newest joinees, Neeta and Prashant, and what better way to do it at the new lounge bar in town : Smokehouse Grill. Smoke as we shall refer to it henceforth is down the road from Savitri, in GK II and next to Mainland China. It’s subtle; the quirky logo is all you can see side-on and Riyaz Amlani’s bike parked outside. The logo can mean anything you want it to be, from a genetically confused chromosome to a drunk, but the waiter clarified by saying that it represented “Smoke”, or as Minakshi, said “what was he smoking?” Anyway, we met a team from Olive just exiting Smoke and AD Singh was waxing eloquent about the design. We asked him if he had tried the cocktails, of which we had heard nice things, but he replied, no he was working. So were we, as this column bears evidence.

    Smoke’s got a nice roomy lounge bar area with pop art interiors reminiscent of Seijo in Mumbai. A large well stocked bar takes up the central portion and lots of comfortable seating runs down the side. The side has wooden latticework running on top of what appeared to be a sheet of wallpaper stuck between two panes of glass. Smoke’s lounge area is nice and bright with the music loungy and not too loud, allowing the many pretty people around the luxury of a conversation at normal volumes. A flight of stairs takes you up to the dining area, which is clearly fine dine. The hostess at the door was doubtful if she could arrange a table for us without a reservation, but she was fine in us taking over the bar.

    Ilias, a visiting flair bartender from Flairmotion, London had visited Smoke, a couple of weeks ago and rhapsodized about the place, and especially over the smoked cocktails with sugarcane slivers as stirrers. We checked with the bartender, Joy, who’s ex-Calypso as is the manager, Debdeep. Smoke has an imported smoke machine, which uses 5 different types of wood, ranging from oak to apple to impart flavours to their ingredients. He showed us a glass full of melon balls and diced apples, all smoked, which tasted yum. The Smoke cocktail menu is pretty cool. Well laid out and with a marked international feel. Due mention is paid to the brands being used for different cocktails, so you know what you’re drinking (and paying for). We settled on a Smoked Apple Martini, a Smoked Melon Mojito, a Wet Ginger Martini, a Bacardi and Coke and a Mocktail. This was as we were wondering what stuff on the table we could whack. We also ordered a round of starters – Chorizos and more..

    The drinks duly arrived, as we were bitching about the meagerness of the starters, and were sampled. The Smoked Melon Mojito was a hit, with the generous dices of smoked melon and the sugarcane stirrer as was the Smoked Apple Martini, which finished far too soon. The Wet Ginger Martini, wasn’t balanced well however and was too sweet. I followed up my Appletini with a pint of Guinness, which hit all the spots the Martini hadn’t. We rounded off our evening checking out other parts of Smoke, with the wine rack by the side of the stairs catching our eye – if you order a bottle, they put your name on a neck tag and sling it around the bottle and keep the empty there. Well I’ve heard of vanity bottles, but a vanity wine rack is something else! Smoke’s sure got the pulse of Delhi. Check it out.

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