High5 Cafe & Bar, Hauz Khas Village

June 21, 2016
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For Delhiites, the ultimate Saturday evening destination is usually the the crowded streets of Hauz Khas Village. Amidst the hustle bustle of music and food lovers, their stand an array of restaurants/lounges/cafes and bars offering discounts and unique themes to attract the crowd. All like minded people look out for places that offer affordable food, complimentary or heavily discounted drinks for the ladies and offer leisure seating arrangements for a comfortable round of F&B over a course of 2-3 hours.

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I remember my college days when a hangout at HKV use to be nothing less of a luxury. Given all the taxation that has gone into driving the F&B forces of Delhi, it becomes a task matching good dining standards to a manageable bill cover up. Among the many thematic F&B hubs on the streets of HKV is High5 Cafe & Bar.

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The entire cafe & bar is decorated with low-volume lights for the perfect lounge effect.

The cafe is filled with wall art.

The cafe is filled with wall art.

Unlike any other lounge/bar experience, this one too stands out with its decorative interiors, dimly lit dining area and an evening live musical experience for its customers. Now, I would have expected the same sophisticated menu and costing layout, but I was quite surprised to see that given its course of service and seating arrangements, the menu was quite affordable from every aspect.

Coffee lovers should try out their variety of Cold Coffee mixes.

Choco Monster, Nutella Hazelnut | Coffee lovers should try out their variety of Cold Coffee mixes.

This cafe & bar comes with a variety of seating arrangements, right from a family/party sofa segment, a casual dining table experience, private lounging area to an open balcony area for smokers and day-cafe customers.

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One can definitely find a nice cosy spot at the balcony, overlooking lovely monsoon weather of Delhi, sipping one of their signature cocktails/mocktails and snacking on a platter of kebabs.

Refreshing Mocktails from High5 Cafe & Bar

Refreshing Mocktails from High5 Cafe & Bar

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Virgin Mojito, Virgin Mary, Italian Smooch

Although they don’t serve massive chunk of their menu in the afternoon, one can definitely expect a lot of variety in cuisines over evening snacking and dinner. Me and my team feasted on a few of their available signature dishes and were absolutely blown over by the flavours, preparation and presentation of each course.

Non Vegetarian Tandoor Platter

Non Vegetarian Tandoor Platter

The nibblers are spot on with options like Fried Cottage Cheese Fingers, Kookad Finger with Jagermeister Shots, Wassabi Mutar ki Tikki, etc. They also offer a variety of burgers like Spicy Cottage Cheese Burger, Chicken Tikka Burger and Lamb Cheese Burger for those who are famished and are looking for a quick fix.

Chilly Mushroom

Chilly Mushroom

High5 Cafe & Bar also offers a mini menu offering the epitome dishes from around the globe. You can order Italian style Penne Makhani Veg, American favourite Fish & Chips, Lebanese platter of Hummus with Falafal to the Portuguese flavours of Chicken in Peri Peri Sauce.

Kookad Finger with Jagermeister Shots

Kookad Finger with Jagermeister Shots

Kookad Finger with Jagermeister Shots

Kookad Finger with Jagermeister Shots

High5 Cafe & Bar is proud of their Chinese menu and definitely recommends it to their customers. They also have a massive Indian menu with traditional Tikka style appetisers to a main course platter of naan bread and curries for those who are looking at a proper dinner experience.

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Fried Cottage Cheese Fingers

Fried Cottage Cheese Fingers

And for those who are on a budget, they have plenty of Multi-Choice Platters that offer a variety of appetisers available on an assorted platter.

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From Seekh Kebab, Chicken Variety, Chinese platters to Soya Chaap and Sea Food platters; they offer it all! They also have special lunch F&B offers that include Beer Pitchers and Sheesha experiences.

Chocolate Walnut Brownie with Vanilla Scoop

Chocolate Walnut Brownie with Vanilla Scoop

For people who absolutely can’t do without a dose of sweetener, they have a satisfying menu of desserts as well. We highly recommend their Walnut Brownie and Vanilla Ice Cream combo to try out!

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To summarise it all, we are definitely recommending this place at HKV for those who are looking at pocket friendly lounge experiences with lip-smacking food presentations and no compromise on the quality & quantity of its service portions.

Verdict

Ambience : 4.5/5
Food : 4.5/5
Service : 4.2/5
Value for Money : 5/5

Check it out!

TB-6/1-A, 1st Floor, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

 Photographs by Aquib Siddiqui.

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