MB’s Defence Colony, New Delhi – Review
Legacy based businesses have seen evolution as generations have passed. Young blood has infused newer ideas into conventional businesses and for the better. MB’s Defence Colony Market is one such example of such forward integration. From running a very famous all general needs merchants store by the same name in the same neighbourhood, the Malik Brothers also operate a three storied restaurant & bar that goes by seemingly chic name of MB’s. When I quizzed the steward in the restaurant about the full form of the acronym, I could not resist a laugh when the unassuming dude said “Malik Baraadars”.
Vijay Jassal and I met up an early evening and found ourselves strolling right through the doors of MB’s Defence Colony. The ambience grabbed me as a bit dark to the risk of being called dull and the music a tad loud. Though, the stewards were prompt and assisted us to find a nice table where we could sip our beer and watch the ongoing IPL match. They even turned down the music on our request considering we were the only ones on the floor. Their menu is hotch potch with all and sundry on it so we decided to stick to our regular “Punjabi” fare to go with our sundowning beer – Tandoori ishtyle.
Order taking was instant and we ordered a round of a pitcher of Kingfisher draught beer (Rs. 520 and the Happy Hours were on so we got two of them) and a Murgh Tikka Kaali Mirch (Rs. 325) to go with it. Service was fast and the beer appeared in no time and the tikka followed a wee bit later. Surprisingly, I quite liked the reasonably sized morsels of chicken out of which the taste of black pepper was coming out delicately. Recommended.
To place another order, I rummaged through the menu for something more meaty and zeroed down on the Adraki Mutton ki Boti (Rs. 325). Both Vijay and I concurred that it was under done and not charred enough. I could taste the moisture through the masala. We sent the boti back for a makeover and the results were even disastrous. This one became incredibly chewy and surely cancelled out.
With the second pitcher in by now, the third round of chicken (safer always at a place like this) to appear on our table was aptly christened Murgh Malai Maska (Rs. 325) and was worth its butter and salt. Highly recommended.
Overall a good place to catch up with friends over a beer and reasonably average ++ food. The smokers do need to visit the alley that also doubles up as a fire escape and service staircase between the restaurant & restroom to satiate their nicotine pangs.
The bill at MB’s Defence Colony stood at a reasonable Rs. 1170 inclusive of taxes and service charge. And the fact that we were not billed for the cancelled out Mutton Boti speaks of the good ethics of the place.
Check Amount: Rs. 1170 | Revisit plans: Sure! Lots more to check out
Find out more about MB’s Defence Colony. Additional details are given below.
37, Defence Colony Market, New Delhi
Cuisine: Indian/ Chinese/ Continental
Loo on premises: Yes
Air Conditioning: Yes
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
Do they deliver: Yes
Takeaways Offered: Yes
Host Parties at Venue: Yes
Parking: Street side
Live Music: No! Piped music is available
Television Screening: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes! In an alleyway on the same floor