After Hauz Khas and Defence Colony, Social’s latest haunt is nestled in the heart of Delhi, at D block, Connaught Place, just above Odeon Cinemas. Climb the wooden staircase to find yourself on a stone-floored space, which takes you back in time to your school days.
The space is decked up with wooden tables, chairs and benches, the kind you sat at as a uniformed and acne-marked student at school. Every table has its own typewriter and vintage telephone. Sweeping a look over the place, you will find trophies and a library in a large wall cabinet, a skeleton from the biology lab, wooden boards bearing names and marks of student (St. Mark). There is a cutlery stand made from wooden rulers, the balcony has an old school wooden swing and the home science department is the kitchen. A cozy community-like workspace at the back is assigned for the workaholics and if you do not enjoy yourself then principal’s room is waiting for you.
Additionally, the waiters serve you in school uniforms to complete this physical ode to the Alma Mater.
The menu has been crafted with creativity and so has the food and drink. You will find some really weird and funny names like Social Kamaikaze (shots), DawaDaru (vodka shots), the Ramesh & Suresh (a deep fried 5 star fruit & nut chocolate bars with hot chocolate fudge vanilla ice cream), Gadbad Shetty (Manglorean ice cream sundae) and few more. Social offers a wide variety of breakfast, starters, beverages, deserts and lots more for your appetite.
I began with the drink Schizophrenia (450) which is a combination of absolute kurant vodka, hint of lavender, which tastes sweet and sour both. It was brought to us in a wooden tray with an inclined mirror facing the customer and a little orchid in the glass, adding to the presentation.
Then I tried the Lantern (350) which combines the flavour of orange marmalade and whisky, which is quite strong by the way, presented the glass in the lantern which was quite unique.Kacha Aam and Pan Pasand vodka shots can also be tried.
Coming to the munchies, we tried Kerala coin pratha (190), assorted with the topping of paneer, onion and tomato. It gives you the perfect blend of flavours and was truly delicious.
Convinced that it will be a mouthful, we ordered Sriraja Chilly Paneer (220), which is little spicy and tangy. These make for an excellent drinking accompaniment.
Game of sling (260) is another drink I chose to try. It is a mixture of gin, cherry brandy, pineapple juice, lemon and soda, the combination goes swimmingly well.
Other options are VadaPaoBao (180).The aloo tiki that is stuffed with a spicy potato mix and curry leaves was inspired from the Bombay vada pao, served with garlic mayo and masala fries, it just worth the indulgence.
For main course, the pasta tiffin box is a must try. The delightful chorizo fettucini in a cheesy white sauce has all the ingredients of successful pasta. The sauce is super cheesy, the flavours are clean and the dish comes together quite nicely.
The endnote was the Layer Cake (180), served with chocolate cake, dark chocolate mousse, caramel mousse and nutty chocolate mousse without being saccharine sweet. The hot chocolate gananche gives an interesting contrast to the cake. All in all, one can definitely visit the place for a most palatable evening.