Hauz Khas Social: Review

Perhaps the truth depends on a view of the lake

This new, wildly popular haunt tucked away in one of the alleys of Hauz Khas Village has been steady climbing the ladder to become one of the most coveted watering holes in that area. Tables are hard to come by if you decide to just waltz in without a reservation, but it is indeed worth the wait. Find your way to the host’s counter after making your way through the stone-walled passage and state your preference from amongst a myriad of seating choices. In my opinion, you should go with the area adjoining the terrace in the summer, and the terrace itself during times of pleasant weather if you are enamored by gorgeous views of lakes. I had the good fortune of grabbing a table right next to the ceiling-to-floor window and watching the sunset, and I have to say that the sangria tasted much sweeter during that half hour.

The bar menu is quite a quirky one and uses hashtags, and features ‘quarters’ along with the regular mix of spirits, beers, and wines. The quarter was served in an actual old-school glass flask, though the pricing was obviously of a higher level that your regular ‘theka’ pricing. The white sangria was the only non-standard beverage ordered on our table and it was served at the right temperature with fruits which tasted fresh. From what I’ve heard, their LLIIT is highly recommended as well and packs quite a punch.

To eat, the Chakhna Bitings Tiffin was served in an actual lunch box and seemed value for money to me. The double grilled Naga Chilli Cheese Toast had an interesting flavor as well, and is worth a shot. I found the sausages in the Sausage Fest to be a bit undercooked but the gravy and mash saved the dish; beware- this dish grows cold too quickly so order it when you’re ready to dig in. The ‘Them Potato Skins’ were a bit too sweet for my taste, but everyone else at my table found them to be decent.

The service was slower as peak hours hit, and I found the servers a bit strained under the load and therefore made less trips per table and sometimes helpless flailing of hands in the air was required. In the area we were seated, the music was at the right volume and got louder as the night progressed, as is the norm. The lighting was mostly natural during dusk and non-intrusive after it got dark. The smoking area also has a gorgeous view of the lake and on the left, one can see a bit of the Hauz Khas fort jutting out.

An evening spent at Hauz Khas Social isn’t cheap as compared to the other watering holes in Hauz Khas Village, but after a five hour stint, with a brilliant sunset and a breathtaking view of the lake, I found it to be good value for money. It would make for a perfect date evening in the spring and fall, with long twilight hours, and a nice setting for good conversation.

Cost for 3 with enough food and beverages to last us about five hours - INR 9,500

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