JW Marriottat Aerocity has added a new outing venue, with the launch of the restaurant-cum-bar, Playground. As the name suggests, the venue offers wide interiors with a well-stocked bar and a fun menu indoors, and a real-live food truck parked outside under the trees, manned by merry chefs. The easy informal layout and ambience of the restaurant is likely to become a draw for the younger visitors. JW Marriott commissioned artist Yogesh Saini from Delhi Street Art for the many paintings and graffiti on the food truck and the walls of Playground.
The more interesting space at Playgound is the by-invitation-only secret den behind the bar, Speakeasy. Borrowing only the name and concept of a secret hideout in the prohibition era in the US, where illicit liquor was served and people mingled unmindful of colour or social status, this Speakeasy at JW Marriott is rather an elite spot. Tucked behind an inconspicuous sliding door that blends with the wall painted with street art, the more elegant and subdued space opens up another world. Designed to offer a more rarified experience, the interiors are very old-English exclusive club kind with leather and wood and brass, Timothy Oulton furniture, a bar with aged whiskies and single malts, softer music. Good place for a private tête-à-tête, secret meetings, cosy gatherings, away from the riff-raff outside, so to speak. The older single malts are here, and the attention to detail by the bartender is a few notches higher. There’s a catch. Only if you are blue-chip can you slide past the sliding door, which is pass-word protected.
Outside of the Speakeasy, it is yet great fun. The bar at Playground and the Speakeasy has the very talented Israeli mixologist Tzvika Furman from Tel Aviv. The bar has all the whiskeys, singles, blends, listed region vise, whether Singles from Speyside or Highland or Lowland or Isle, Reserves and Blends, Irish, Canadian, Indian, American Bourbon,40 brands of special craft beers from everywhere are all very well, but the winner
is the cocktails that Tzvika mixes. Rishi Verma, Chef de Cuisine has crafted a gourmet menu that is fun, yet with ample options for guilt-free dining. The artisanal Burratta is recommended. The kitchens at W Marriott Aerocity have done well across all their restaurants, whether the multiple cuisines at K3 or Akira Back. The food truck kitchen offers typical fare like sliders, wraps, hot dogs, bangers and mash. The garden seating is apt in the winter sun or summer nights. The astronaut on the driver’s seat of the food truck is a conversation point.
We also found out that Nitesh Gandhi, General Manager, JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity can really get the tempo going as a drummer. All that Playground needs is a dance floor to jive.