Enjoy retro music with finger-licking fare

You may just miss this place if you are not attentive enough. A black door the size of a rat hole, cleverly ‘concealed’ between Address Home and Kilol in GK-I, N Block Market, leads to one of the most happening party places in the city these days, formerly called Urban Pind, but now rechristened Urban Knights.

Party-goers don’t expect much in terms of food from a bar-cum-restaurant, but rest assured, Urban Knight’s spirits and starters are capable of not just filling up empty stomachs but also have you licking your fingers away.

The first thing that will catch your eye at Urban Knights is its stunning décor. A narrow staircase leads to the bar-cum-dancing area which is done up evocatively in purple paint with golden Khajuraho sculptures embossed. As you move up to the first floor and then the terrace, the interiors change to pop art-style which is sure to get you in the party mood.

This place changed hands recently in August 2013 but thankfully not much has been altered. The lighting colour pattern remains the same – wine red, purple and midnight blue. The first two floors play Bollywood music and the open terrace belts out Retro. It’s fairly popular with expats, corporates, the fashion fraternity and youngsters, and rightly so.

The bar is done up colourfully and with panache. Drinks range from hardcore alcohol to cocktails, mocktails, gins, martinis and liqueurs. Long Island Ice Tea, Rhode Island Ice Tea, Cactus Bite and Bloody Mary are the most popular, though we can tell that the fruit juice mixes for non-alcoholics are equally good.

Almost all of their starters are worth having including the umpteen variety of chicken snacks – Tandoori, Haryali, Murgh Malai etc. The Tandoori Prawns are a much loved feature here other than the Fish Fingers. In vegetarian snacks, go for the potato preparations and Grilled Baby Corns, though, the mushrooms can easily be given
a miss.

There is a wide variety in main course with cuisines ranging from Indian, Mediterranean, Italian to Chinese. Patrons say that that’s not really their USP, though some bright spots do exist. In Indian fare, try the    Fish Amritsari, Paneer Makhni Kebab, Tandoori Aloo, Murgh Zaffrani and Phirni; and in Italian, go for the Pastas.
The Pasta Arrabiata with an assortment of condiments and butter-soaked garlic bread is easily one of the best in town. Among the pizzas, the Chicken Pizza is good value for money. We found the Hummus With Pita Bread pretty passable, though
we are told that it’s one of the favourites in Urban Knights circles.

The staff is knowledgeable and polite, and did we mention that there is a Ladies’ Nights on Wednesdays with some freebies too? This place surely gives party lovers reasons for a dekko!  

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