Sunday, August 07, 2005

gk ii renaissance?

A few posts back, I called for a renaissance of the GK2 M block market, which used to be Delhi's bar center and has not improved to match the city's ever-better bar scene over the past three years. Well, here's some (dubious) good news: the Odd Bin, with its hideous decor and torture-rack furniture, has finally been redone as a place called Soul Punjab (or Punjab Soul or something). It's a straight restaurant format and not the hippest hangout, but I predict this place is going to be a smash hit, vying with Flames, across the market. Soul Punjab/Punjab Soul offers a six or seven page menu of all the Punjabi favorites at very low prices for South Delhi liquor vends, and the planners saw fit to add a dozen varieties of tawa/tandoori paranthas to compete with the kitschy Not Just Paranthas across the way--they're damn good and you don't have to put up with all the little kids running around and screaming. The best news: beers are just Rs. 75 or 80! (Don't get me started on the ultimate combination of paranthas and beer--or why Delhi sweet shops should at least serve Kingfisher--I'm trying to keep these posts under 500 words).

Drawbacks: on its first Friday night, the place looked primed to attract Delhi's usual mustachioed marauders--ladies, be sure to come with glowering escorts.

8 comments:

Jabberwock said...

Sounds promising. Let me know when you guys are going next - will come across. Before it gets too Punju, of course.

Anonymous said...

Such are the concerns of our journos. Beer in GK2. Shame on you

Jason Overdorf said...

Well, I try to keep my pretentious whingeing to a minimum--and to publish it someplace where they'll pay me!

shyam said...

It is a folly of the highest order to discount the role of alcohol in contemp journalism. Hic!

Anonymous said...

There seems to be a unjustified comparision between soul punjab.punjabi soul and not just paranthas. You cannot compare 'not Just paranthas' with punjab soul a restaurant that serves beer for Rs. 75/80. 'not Just paranthas' is the first restaurant in the country to serve more that 100 varities of authentic and innovative paranthas. If your concern is so much for alcohol you could taste sharabi parantha in NJP. Shame on you and on your concerns.

Jason Overdorf said...

I am shouting with laughter, despite my shame.

radiks cutiepie said...

very well...very well...comments are to be tasted and digested.its nice to need the views of people.if we dont seem to agree to the thoughts of others,we may as well vary but maintain a decent approach to that and not just grab on to expressions and be loggerheads.Jason overdorf a very promising comment of yours.at least we know what your views are about not just paranthas or soul punjab..will surely visit the place to relish and entice our hunger.

Anonymous said...

I think 'not just paranthas' are struggling with their beer license!!!