The boy & I had a cosy evening at The Hungry Monkey last evening. Here are some photographs.

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Above, mandatory car selfie on our way to the restaurant at Safdarjung Enclave, opposite the beautiful Deer Park. On the right and below, the terrace of the establishment, which is built over three floors. ( The place is easily identifiable from the road due to it’s proximity to the red & purple neon glow of a Cafe Coffee Day. )

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The evening was planned around a theme of A Theatre of Cocktails as The Hungry Monkey has recently acquired it’s liquor license and while they have scored high on the food reviews, the drinks have only just started to flow. A handful of special cocktails had been planned for the evening.

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Above, the Moscow Mule. Below, with Arijit Bose who is a bar consultant / mixologist ( you’ve seen him on the Naina.co blog previously on the Cointreaukini story that was also published in L’Officiel magazine. He was recently also part of the Berentzen evening at PCO and I LOVE the cocktails he mixes. When I know he’s going to be around, I make a beeline for the bar & wait patiently for him to hand me a drink. He’s a busy man. )

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I didn’t know it then but the Pepperdine was my favorite cocktail from the evening. Loved it’s earthy, peppery notes and the ginger-ale base balanced the zing SO well. I could’ve had another glass except it was super stiff!

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Above, Arijit at his mixing desk while I lean over from my table listening and watching intently. ( This photo was possible because of the DUO Camera on the HTC One M8 phone. Snap a picture of your own self as well as what’s happening in front of you, at the same time. Brilliant. I can think of SO many uses for this! )

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Above left, the Pepperdine.

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Blow torches and “kartoos boxes” were put into service to create this bourbon-based drink. Not only was the drink kickass ( the teetotaller boy LOVED it! ), it was quite a show put on by Arijit. Good call by The Hungry Monkey boys ( Sameer, Abhishek & Rohan ) to get Arijit on-board for the evening.

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Above left is “Lou’s Lucky Leprechaun”, which has egg whites and a LOT of alcohol!

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Above, selfie-time with Sahil Marwaha of Beam & Words. Finally we met!

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My shiny Mango sling bag resting on the dining table as we waited for our dinner. ( It’s not a new purchase but I love it so much! It’s cute, small, functional and I love the really long crossbody strap. )

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Above, the Heisen Burger that the boy ordered and below, the Espresso Pan Fried Chicken Breast that I ordered. ( Espresso because the chicken was served with a side of coffee sauce! It was delightful. )

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Above, mandatory loo selfie yes. The flamingo on the wall gave me company.

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Flat tire on our way back. Luckily the driver was a genius as he barely took 5 minutes to fix it while the DND Expressway Usher stared at us while we took selfies in the backseat of the car.

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Cosy cute evening at a cosy cute place. I’ve never been inside the Deer Park and now I’m intrigued. It’s a nice location for a restaurant, can go for a walk right after heavy dining. ( The restaurant is in the DDA Market. You can’t miss the Cafe Coffee Day. )

 

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( All photographs above shot on the HTC One M8 mobile phone & edited in Lightroom. )

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  1. I’ve lived in Safdarjung Enclave for a REALLY long time, until I moved out of Delhi. Used to go for early morning walks to deer park with dad. If you get the chance, you should certainly pay a visit. Deer park is actually flanked by 2 other parks – Rose garden (which will lead you to the IIT road ,you only have to go left on that road to hit the DDA market) and Community Park (take a right from Park Balluchi restaurant within Deer park). Community park is my favourite for its old ruins. If I remember correctly it has Khilji’s (or some other Mughal’s) fort and a large water reservoir (where actress Rekha is rumored to have had her wedding reception). There are few places as serene and picturesque as Deer park+Community park+Rose garden. I hope you’ll take some pictures of the place sometime!! 🙂

    1. Hey V, wow. Now I’m seriously considering spending some time there and making photos. Let’s see! Thank you for the beautiful comment.

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