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A happy coincidence just waiting to happen – Fork You comes from a seasoned stable of resto-bars, pubs and nightclubs and attempts to pull off the gastro-pub concept. It succeeds on several counts, not the least of which are its DIY mixology lessons or its already infamous big boy burgers. I call it a coincidence because that’s how we landed there one Saturday night, after panting our way up typical HKV stairs in search of a table to call our own for a few hours. We were rewarded with an experimental menu that lets you make your own cocktail, resulting in our signature mix of gin, kaffir lime, star anise and rose water. We chose to forego the options of adding juices and vegetables to our glass but you can brave it and for those who aren't trigger happy, the bartenders will guide you to the right choices. There are also Molecular Shots, Twisted Classic Cocktails by the glass and pitcher as well as Oak Cask Aged Cocktails, and we sampled one of each buoyed by our successful first attempt. From the former, the Bubble Gum is a fun quickie but there are plenty of suggestively named options on their cheeky shots-only table menu as well, while their take on Vodka OJ called Sunny Side comes spiked with cinnamon, cardamom and clove. Our favourite though was the Spiced Up Dark Rum with vermouth and vanilla that warmed our soul and kept us tippling through the night.

After all that drinking, we needed some munchies and while we lusted at the burgers and promised to return for them, our order of Grilled Chicken Wings and Panko Fried Prawns was equally satisfying. The interiors are nothing to write home about but you won’t get to see much of them anyway considering how packed the bar is with dancing, drinking and debauchery seeking souls. All of that holds especially true on Tuesdays when their Ladies Nights brings out all assortments of beauties (this humble reviewer included). So the next time you are in the market for a one-stop shop that has all the ingredients for a great night out, just say Fork You!

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Restaurant Review

Food: 3.5/5 | Décor: 3/5 | Service: 2.5/5

-By Marryam H Reshii

Hamburger patties that really are chargrilled and a stunning range of cocktails.

Intro
The lines between one eatery in Hauz Khas Village and the next are beginning to blur. Just about every restaurant concept on the planet has been done here. American grills, however, are being attempted for the first time at this location.

Atmospherics
Dark and dimly lit, the ceilings are exposed cement for an industrial feel, and that sets the tone for the strictly fuss-free food. Even the bright, zingy cocktails, many of which have been made to order, are colourful and contrast with the barely-lit backdrop. There are many sofas against the walls, but unless you have gone to drink, with a couple of snacks thrown in, your best bet is the restaurant seating. Service, let it be said, is where the fatal flaw of the restaurant lies. The staff is cheerfully clueless about the menu and don't know how to make recommendations.

Table Talk
Burnt mushroom soup (Rs 245) sounds less than felicitous but is rich, with umami appeal. Recommended for how a seemingly simple ingredient can be given a novel spin. Leafy orange (325) turned out to be the best of the salads: crumb fried chicken was sliced and combined with orange wedges and lettuce. It was another example of how well-known ingredients can be given a new twist. The best items on the menu are the smoked barbecued chicken (Rs 395) and the build your own burger (Rs 395 ++). The latter has its own menu in which you tick off the bun you want, the patty (vegetable, soya, lamb, tandoori chicken, fish, lamb, pork, tenderloin) its degree of doneness, the type of bun, accompaniments, sides, cheese, topping and sauce. It is fun trying to conjure up the best possibilities and even better when the burger is delivered. This is one of the few places in the NCR that actually uses a coal fire to grill a burger patty and the difference to the smoky flavour is enormous. (Don't believe the waiter who tells you that the tenderloin is imported: it isn't).

Plus and Minus
The onion rings (Rs 225), Forked spring rolls (Rs 325 for chicken) and grilled chicken wings (Rs 345) have been added to the menu to go with drinks rather than for any startling qualitative addition to the menu.

Must Try
Grilled fish with lemon butter sauce, chips and salsa; oak cask aged cocktails

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Moonshine is one of the several known names for illegally produced alcohol, so we went in expecting some exciting Prohibition era themed interiors and drinks at this village newbie. One of the biggest spaces on a single floor in the village, the interiors here were like any other bar with laser stars and hearts on the walls. Our hopes for some fun cocktails were heartbreakingly muffled by a simple menu. The bar was busy but the servers were prompt. The Fuzzy Jim n Coke was well, just Jim Beam and coke with the promised peach schnapps never making it to our glass and the Moonshine Special Caprioska (actually just plain Vodka and OJ) had none of the orange chunks, chaat masala and soda it had alluded to. Their somewhat redeeming drink – the Long Island Iced Tea's biggest merit was that it was chilled, just what a hot night in a packed space needed. The Quattro Formaggi Nachos ordered from the vegetarian section came with chicken chunks atop store bought nachos, which is a complete no-no for us, but the Stuffed Tandoori Mushrooms make for hearty non-fried bar food. Kudos to the staff for being able to get us our food at all seeing how busy the place was on the night we visited, punctuated by a confused playlist of old hip hop, R&B and commercial tracks. Honestly, this moonshine is on the expensive side for HKV, but if it's a night of dancing fuelled by beer or shots that you are aiming for, it might be for you.

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