Army Style Dining at 38 Barracks

Written by Arati Thapa 20 May 2016
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The latest addition out to woo food lovers in the Capital is the new 38 Barracks. Located in the vibrant and happening spot in Connaught place, it offers a totally chivalrous hospitality in characteristic army style and a must visit for those who are enamoured by the romance of army spirit, adventure and gallantry.You can sense the ambience as you enter 125 cover restaurant that speaks of the warm style of hospitality that is unique only to the armed forces. The walls are adorned with rifles, medallions, books and gallantry awards that gives a feel of being inside an army officers house and brings upon  a comfort only warm hospitality can accord.

Army officers are known for the love of of the spirits and it is not surprising to find a variety of drinks here which is specially designed by Kumar Sambhav who is the Liquid Expert here. I ordered the Passion Fruit Caprissima Bacardi that was served in a bulb shaped glass on a bed dry ice coming out like smoke. Experiment from the list of innovative signature cocktails such as Barrack Special Molecular Mojito, Gunner, Aviation, Barracks Cooler etc when you are here. The mocktails section also boasts of interesting signatures like- Kiwi Mule, Sergeant, 49th Batalion and Hulk.

The food here is a mix of age old classics that are presented with a twist that is appealing to the eye as well as the palette.We tried the Paneer Tikka Barrels which were stuffed cottage cheese steaks, served with refreshing mint chutney. A must try is the Sea Food Pao Bhaji which was an amazing combination. The sea food accompaniment was mild but very flavourful and surprisingly went well with the famed mumbai paav bun. I also loved the Clash of the Clans which is the all-tide favourite fish and chips juxtaposed against the desi Ajwain Fish Tikka. A big thumbs up to the Barrack Prawns which was deliciously succulent.  The main course, Thali was rice, Daal Makhani and Butter Chicken served on a square wooden block. The menu has a plethora of dishes as Soldier’s Mirchi Wada, Batallion Samosa Booster, Snipper Seekh ‘Bairagi’, Barracks’ Prawns which will surely make you want to come for more. A lot of thought has been put into the cuisine and it is delectable but perhaps a little less of salt in the dishes would be easy for people like us who don't prefer too sharp a taste.

For deserts we had the Rasgulla Pie served with Vanilla ice-cream which was just amazing and I strongly recommend. The Swiss Pistachio Roulade was also served but I just could go beyond my experience of the Rasgulla Pie.

38 Barracks is the vision and venture of three dynamic entrepreneurs, Ankur Aggarwal, who comes from a family of restaurateurs and hospitality experts, Kumar Sambhav, Director cum Liquid Specialist and celebrity Chef Gautam Chaudhry, Chef Owner cum Food Designer who aim to offer a unique dining experience. I feel they are fairly successful in their venture. Do try their innovative presentation in a cozy army ambience.


38 Barracks Factsheet:

Venue: 38 Barracks, M-38, outer circle, C.P opp. Shankar Market

Time: 11 a.m – 1 a.m

Meal for two: INR 1200 + taxes exclusive of drinks

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