Ek Bar, the modern cocktail bar with a distinctly Indian flair, is delighted to announce a collaboration with 28 HongKong Street, a much-lauded establishment that has become known as one of the cornerstones of the burgeoning Singaporebar scene. Number 25 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list for 2017, it takes its cocktails seriously, and serves up beautifully complex, balanced classics or more bespoke creations, all accompanied by bar snacks that are touted as ‘almost legendary.’
On June 21 and 22, 2018, Co-Bar Captain Lukas Kaufmann and Sous Chef Richie Tam represented 28 HKS in a take-over of Ek Bar, for a one-of-its-kind pop-up event. The dynamic team offered Delhiites an exclusive, conceptual cocktail menu, inspired by the “Golden Age” of cocktails (between the 1860’s and Prohibition). This was when bartenders started to develop inventive versions of cocktails based around, and inspired by, their region’s aesthetic and style.
This philosophy ties in directly to Ek Bar’s ethos – that of embracing the new, globally-relevant bar vocabulary while maintaining a unique and playful Indian flourish. At Ek Bar as well, both the bar and food menus have a clear emphasis on local ingredients, celebrating regional influences whilst subtly employing modern techniques.
During this unique, two-day event, the team from 28 HKS offered Delhiites some of their finest signature cocktails paired with their most popular bar snacks. Highlights from this special menu include: Dillmatic, Tanqueray Gin, Dolin Dry (wine-based dry vermouth); snap pea, lemon, simple syrup and dill; 93 ‘Til Infinity, Encanto Pisco Grand and Noble (a Peruvian pisco), lemon juice, pineapple cordial and sparkling wine; Czech The Method, coffee, Jameson Original, Shepherd Neame Double Stout, Becherovka (herbal bitters), and burnt malt syrup; The Real Slim Shandy, Ketel One Vodka, Amaro Nonino (grappa), Marie Bizard Peche Du Verger (a peach-based liquer), lime juice, ginger honey and Hoegaarden; and Fernet about Dre, Fernet Branca (a bitter Italian amaro), Bacardi Black Rum, Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao, simple syrup and orange bitters. Each cocktail features intriguing garnishes, and balanced ingredients that are all house-made and a reflection of the local inspirations that led to their creation. To accompany the cocktail menu are hearty bar nibbles such as Salmon Poke; Mac n Cheese Balls; and Chicken Pie Tee.
This exciting collaboration is the first in a series of carefully-curated associations that Ek Bar is focusing on through the year, choosing partners that share a similar culinary philosophy, and look to champion the finest regional ingredients.
About Ek Bar
The Olive Group’s first Indian cocktail bar, Ek Bar first opened doors in late 2015, and has recently undergone a full-scale refurbishment, with an entirely revamped food and bar menu, as well as significant décor and design changes. The space offers stylish, regionally-inspired cocktails by consultant mixologist Nitin Tewari, and small plates by Chef Manu Chandra, that redefine bar food as a genre, in a setting that is both vintage yet sexy. The all-new, ‘Made in India’ Ek Bar is perfect for a refined, discerning audience.
D 17, First Floor, Defence Colony,
New Delhi – 110024
Tel: 011 4168 8811
Hours of Operation: 5:30 pm till 1 am, Monday-Sunday
Article by Karan Puri