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.