If at first you’re questioning what ‘One8’ in One8 Commune is, it’s a enjoyable technique to say ‘18’, which is the Indian males’s cricket group captain Virat Kohli’s jersey quantity. It’s additionally the identify of his life-style model.
One8 Commune, the model’s newest opening, has the right combination of healthy-yet-delicious plus delicately indulgent meals, and is a superb translation of the picture Kohli has garnered over time: a as soon as boisterous Delhi boy, who’s made it massive, and is slowly steering himself with some flamboyance into being a accountable grown-up, buffing his tough edges until they gleam.
One8 Commune’s location at Aerocity can be symbolic of the individuals of a brand new New Delhi. Like Virat, they’re able to fly in and overseas regularly, changing into newly conscious of a throbbing international meals tradition. The menu is an unconfused, well-curated mixture of Mediterranean, Continental, and Asian, with a piece of (North) Indian Plates.
The vibe: There’s the unmissable Virat Kohli wall with simply his signature transposed onto a neon lightbulb. The decor is showy Delhi, with out being loud. A Virat jersey is on one other wall, lit up. Upstairs is a giant multi-game scoreboard, the place tennis, hockey, cricket, and some extra are included. There are not any TVs exhibiting sport re-runs right here; the main focus is on the meals. It’s contemporary with out being one other hipster place with light-toned wooden and indoor planters. The outside balcony seating is great and simple — there are crops right here, offset by the company world of glass exterior.
Do attempt: All the dishes on the Virat’s Favorite part of the menu. The crunch within the Superfood Salad comes from amaranth pops, not from leaves that make for a clumsy first-date expertise. The Mushroom Googly, a mushroom and truffle oil dimsum is gentle in your abdomen, but the distinct odor of the sprint of truffle oil leaves your tongue feeling such as you ate one thing a lot richer.
The Continental part of the menu has a Sriracha Rooster Taco, which chef Pawan has received excellent — the gentle shell taco holds simply sufficient hen bitter cream, guac, salsa and arugula with none of it spilling over your garments or leaking onto your chin.
That is in a method a metaphor for the entire dishes right here — indulgent with out leaving you stainedwith post-meal guilt.
The Black Rooster is sort of the star — your customary coal-grilled hen, however one which’s soaked in black sesame marinade. The flavour is nutty however with the feel of moist tandoori hen – Delhi needs to be mighty happy.
The dessert menu too caters to the Delhi id: We’re a metropolis that holds onto our sizzling chocolate fudge with emotional depth. The 5 Rivers Mud Cake is a deal with: one layer of white, one other of darkish, and a 3rd of combined mousse, with a berry compote on the aspect. The Chocolate Fondant is a basic crowd pleaser executed with finesse.
Skip: Nothing. Go in with as empty a abdomen as you’ll be able to. Positively attempt as a lot as you’ll be able to. The cocktail menu is effectively segregated too, in accordance with ‘history’: Prohibition Period, Disco Age, and Millennial, which is an attention-grabbing re-look on the evolution of drinks.
The Barry Manilow #Copacabana (Disco Age) with a little bit of their housemade Maraschino liqueur places you in a beach-mood instantly with out the standard coconutty pina colada having to take action. The showman wouldn’t disappoint.
The Danced within the Nile (Millennial) is a contemporary (and never pink) vodka combine regardless of the canned litchi in it.
Go together with: Buddies, household, or alone within the afternoons when it’s quieter. It is a place for all seasons and most events.
House bar: 120 covers, over 6,000 sq ft, child-friendly, no pets
How a lot? ₹2,500 for 2 (sans alcohol)
Attain: Worldmark II, eight Aerocity. Finest accessed by cab. And for those who do justice to this menu, you’ll wrestle to drive after.