Soaring high with friends

Food review

Give me more Kamalkaze, more Salchipapas, more Tikka Tacos. Though everything at Social menu is an exquisite experiment with food from various cuisines and concepts, but few do stand out.

Social at Defence Colony does not need an introduction as it has already gathered steam after the film Tamasha where the restaurant has been featured. Recall the book Catch-22 which was dear to Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) that shone with the Social logo and the 15 to 20 minutes long scene of Tara (Deepika Padukone) and Ved ‘breaking up’ at its Hauz Khas outlet.

It’s difficult to say whether Defence Colony and Hauz Khas market make Social boom, or it’s Social that makes the markets boom.

Once you enter the place, it already feels like home. The chairs and tables are sparsely placed with enough room for everyone. Never seems too full, even during gigs, ladies night or any night as a matter of fact. Yellow dim lights fill the space, light and adapters as fixtures, kitsch wall are art on unkempt browning walls, make you feel like you are in an old fort with friends (but with more amenities).

The menu as mentioned above is full of surprises, don’t be taken aback by the contorted quirky names. Metrolife had a chance to try everything from each bar. The Salchipapas look as delightful as they taste, fries topped with Thousand Island Dressing, Honey Mustard Chicken Sausages and Fried Egg, is the best to have with Social Long Island Iced Tea (LIIT) (‘Classic’, ‘Electric’ and ‘Toxic’ varieties). The 500 ml LIIT is going to come till your knees and the 1,000 ml will be a little above and the colourful ‘Toxic’ and ‘Electric’ ones will make you effervescent before you have even taken a sip.

Though Salchipapas have been Metrolife’s favourite, but Pears, beetroot and Chevre salad: A salad with assorted greens and balsamic reduction is what we started with. We had the Schizophrenia cocktail with it. It was new in the menu and inside a mirror handiwork, styled with a purple orchid. One cannot ignore this idea for a cocktail presentation, while sipping out of an artistic submission like that on the table.

Pork Belly pops were bite-sized fried pork belly tossed with curry leaf powder, served with apple and dried chilli chutney, a finger food, will satiate your mind and stomach both. The Street Laksa Curry, a coconut based curry made with a home-made Laksa Paste, served with noodles, broccoli, zucchini, bell peppers, with choices of chicken/seafood/veg is thai origin main dish. It is like Thai Yellow Curry Chopsuey with ‘Social innovation’.

For dessert, the Gadbad Shetty is another new addition to the menu, it is a Manglorean Ice Cream Sundae – strawberry and vanilla heavy with berry syrup – good enough for two. The Sticky Toffee Pudding will make your night at the restaurant end with a good feel. Or you can order more Kamalkaze, which are ‘cocktail shots’ in Homeopathy drug bottles and is a must try.

Social soars highest in presentation, proportion and style. Creating the right mood with music and ambience are tricks to win any moody heart and only some restaurants manage to accomplish that.


 Address: 28A, Defence Colony Market
 Cost for two: Rs 1,000 +
 Timings: 10 am to 12.30 am

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