Chor Bizarre New Delhi Reviews
Thick as Theives Feb 12, 2017
"Chor Bizarre" is an adaption of Chor Bazaar' which translates as 'thieves market'. The décor is dedicated to some of the items you might find in such a place. There is definitely a car, a piano and even a bed (it’s a table for 6). The atmosphere is quite fun and the staff are happy chappies. The beer is cold, the wine list good and service smooth as silk. The food is excellent. Large portions with everything cooked and seasoned to perfection. Absolutely fantastic. Chor opened in 1990 and has been highly acclaimed ever since. It even opened a branch in London in 1997 which has been named as a Top 10 restaurant in the city.
The menu specialises in Kashmiri dishes and has plenty for everyone, even vegetarians. Although meat dishes are confusingly called ‘non-vegetarian’, they deliver the goods in terms of quality and quantity. By Indian standards, this is not a cheap restaurant, but I left full and happy. I have to admit I was entertained by the fact that the wine menu was in the shape of a wine bottle you split open. The menu was cool as well and had lots of stories about Imperia India, including elephant polo.
If you have not had enough fun yet, you can go upstairs to the large bar filled with Bollywood movie posters. It’s called ‘Thugs’. Thugs or Thuggees were a fraternity of criminal assassins. They would lure victims to their deaths by strangulation and bury the bodies. It was a family tradition to be a member handed down from father to son. Except here, they just serve cold beers.
The only odd thing was when the bill came. Then the staff were all around as thick as thieves. I needed to pay by card and was escorted to the reception desk of the hotel the restaurant resides in. The service charge was already on the bill (8%) and a service tax (4.94%) as well as VAT of food (12.5%), VAT on booze (20%) and lastly VAT on aerated drinks (20%). This is all above board, but the waiters’ tip were already included. They look disappointed when they realised I would not be leaving extra. I suspect they do not see any or all of the ‘service charge’.
This is an expensive restaurant by Indian standards, but it was $50 for 2 people, loads of booze and all the taxes and charges. If you have never dined in a top restaurant, treat yourself here.
I enjoyed the ‘Non-vegetarian Sampler’. Let’s just call it a mixed grill to die for. With fresh Nan bread and cold beer – divine.
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Good food but serves is poor Aug 28, 2009
‘Chor Bizarre’ is a play on chor bazaar, which roughly translates as thief’s market, where diverse and not-always-legal items are bartered for and sold. No item of furniture in Chor Bizarre is the same as any other: each table, chair, wall hanging and decoration is unique, whether antique, one-off, reproduction or bric-a-brac.
The most famous item is a 1927 Fiat car. A buffet is served from the seating area, but the engine is still in full working order. A number of tables are actually horizontal glass display cases containing, amongst other things, coins, swords, artefacts from Kashmir and painful stone flip flops. Tucked in the corner of the wood-panelled room, opposite the library area, is a Wurlitzer juke box, shipped from Germany in 1946. Hanging from a wooden pillar is an intricately carved post box from Jaipur, now used as a place to drop comment cards.
Like the assorted furnishings, the food comes from all over India, representing the best of the country’s many different cuisines. Dishes from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Benares, Mumbai, Lucknow, Mangalore and Rajasthan are all on offer, but Chor Bizarre is best known for its Kashmiri and Mughlai cuisine.
Chor Bizarre recently won a Times of India award for the best Kashmiri food in Delhi.
We had our diner included in our traveldeal so we got a special thali.Indian Thali are several small bowls with dishes, curries for example with chicken, lamb, potatoes, goat cheese, Indian beans, rice and naan bread.
The food tasted very good, only some curries where to spicy for us. A lot of locals come here for diner, that often means that the food is good!
Although the food was good I founded the restaurant a diappointment. The serves was very bad, lack of interest, slow serves, you were looked away, grumpy waiters, expected lot of tipping for poor serves.
Although the restaurant was rewarded couple of times I didn't founded it living up to the positive compliments of the awards. Oké, the food does but the serves totaly not! So I would advise you to come here and have diner if you lock out ur good expectations
of having a real nice diner. If you come it will be only for tasting good cuisine.
Chor Bizarre’s expensive by Indian standards but reasonable to the Western wallet. Prices do not include tax (20% on alcoholic drinks, 12.5% on food) and tipping.
Chor Bizarre also has branches in Gurgaon, Noida and London, UK.
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