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Intro: A ground floor space in Connaught Place with valet parking/a dedicated parking lot!

Atmospherics:

It is just as well that the management hands out tiny torch-lights to diners, the better to look at the menu. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to read the menu: it’s that dark. However, it is probably intentional. The sound system is excellent and the type of music changes with the time of the day. At peak hours, it is unlikely that you will be able to speak at all. Most bars take short-cuts on the food. Not this one: the food here is one of the best aspects of Excuse Me Boss; in fact, it does a speciality restaurant proud. Don’t believe me? Try their Chinese section which manages to be supremely unpretentious yet packs a mean punch.

Table talk:

What is billed as Appetizers and Sidies (sic) are the munchies menu to go with drinks. The best of the lot is the lotus ferry (Rs 335) – crisp chips of lotus stem slices tossed in a sweetish sticky coating. As the ad says, nobody can eat just one! I haven’t tried the soups, pasta, noodles, salad, fajitas and sandwiches but instead have sampled the main courses on both visits. Mapo doufu (Rs 355) is the original street-food recipe. Diced tofu topped with minced pork and made sharp with the addition of Sichuan pepper is as good, if not better than any speciality restaurant in the NCR. It is the same case with the curiously named water fish (Rs 555). This signature Hunan dish requires years of practice and a steady hand: a pot of smoking oil has to be poured on to sliced raw fish in a serving bowl, so that the fish gets cooked in the bowl, off the fire. Why it is called ‘water’ fish and not ‘oil’ is a typically Chinese euphemism. It is a must-try. It is the same with the dry pot lamb (Rs 445) that is devoid of any gravy but has the subtle spicing of a dish from Xian. Such is the construction of the menu that one can keep visiting Excuse Me Boss several times before fatigue sets in.

Plus and minus:

The accessibility is the best part of the restaurant; on the minus side is the lack of interesting options for vegetarians.

Must try:

Sesame Chicken Salad; Reuben Burger; Lemon Grass Chicken

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Chicane is a good hangout for F1 enthusiasts and those who love good food and drinks. The resto-bar has quite a few surprises: plasma screens which zoom racing cars, a music system belting out rock music, and a young adrenalin-driven crowd. Don’t race your way through the food for the fare is good. Enjoy dishes like Mutton Burrah, Chicken Tikka with BBQ sauce, A Turkish Delight, Chicken Amritsari, Fish ‘n’ Chips, Zhuha Magic and Bahrain Afternoon. The dance floor and a live DJ enhances your experience. The Sunday mornings are specially good and the place comes alive whenever there is a F1 race.

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Buzz: 2.5/5 | Décor: 2.5/5

-By Deepali Gupta

Chicane is a spacious sports bar full of energy. Plaques and Formula One circuit maps on the walls, low seating, movable comfy sofas like sports car seats, and the floor appears reminiscent of the racing track! All this ignites the passion for speed. Three television screens make it a good place for watching a game while enjoying a drink. DJ Ankush plays all kinds of music to keep the guests grooving on the dance floor. However, the food is a disappointment though. However, there are takers for Golden-fried Baby Corn, Chilli Paneer, Tangdi Kebab and Chilli Fish. Hi-Octane (Tequila), Screwdriver, Jack in the Box and Bulldog Cooler are popular cocktails. Go for Chicane Basket, Fish n Chips, Shimla Kebab, Kashmiri Aloo or an assorted Kebab Platter. In mocktails, you could try Chicane Special, Lovely Lips and Sexy Cinderella. Chicane fails to live up to its potential. rnHAPPY HOURS: Noon to 7pm

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