On March 13, 2016, I attended the launch party of Delhi's first Aphrodisiac inspired bar by the name of Hotmess. Brainchild of restaurateurs Akshay Anand and Bhupinder Singh, Hotmess is a fitting reply to Delhi's overcrowded gastronomic and pub scene.
For the uninitiated, Akshay is also the name behind some of the finest F&B properties in Delhi such as the 1 Café Bar, which brought back the Karaoke culture in vogue seven years back when it first opened in the plush Select Citywalk mall. Akshay's other properties like 1 Boulevard in Saket also did pretty good in terms of changing the music dynamism of Delhi.
Speaking personally, I am a huge fan of The Town House Cafe and Unplugged Courtyard, two of his most loved properties to date. With Hotmess, Akshay is upping the ante several notches higher by being the first of its kind standalone outlet with an Aphrodisiac bar.
Here are my Top 10 recommendations for visiting Hotmess – Kitchen and Bar.
# 1. Akshay's love for music combined with experience of running the most successful restaurants in the national capital is clearly on display at Hotmess. In fact, as soon as you enter the world of Hotmess, you can't help but rave about its five-star services, whether it is quality of food, beverages, or anything else.
|Hotmess - Kitchen and Bar|
#2. Think of good places to enjoy nightlife at pocket friendly prices, and it can’t get any better than Hotmess. It is the most innovative and quirky addition to Delhi’s amazing food culture and nightlife - a perfect amalgamation of chic interiors, lip-smacking food, classic drinks, and pulsating events.
|Interiors at Hotmess|
#3. Once inside, the eclectic ambience bowls you over. The interiors are fresh, contemporary, and inviting – with focus on artistic posters and frames depicting the Aphrodisiac theme. The place is well lit with swanky windows, bright and colorful furniture.
|Seating at Hotmess|
One of the most eye-catching corners at Hotmess is where you have the Slanting Bar. Ask for the Smoke Cocktail Shisha at the bar, an absolute must for Shisha lovers.
|Slanting Bar at Hotmess|
#4. The food at Hotmess is a result of extensive research – studying cuisines that continue to enthrall the world – yet keeping in mind the favorite and flavorful Indian palate.
|Signature Mocktail Rang De Basanti at Hotmess|
Brace yourself for indulgence when you go for the North Indian, American, and Mediterranean cuisines at Hotmess! Subtle ingredients and native methods blend together to stimulate, inspire, and produce exotic flavors.
|Rabri Firni (Dessert) at Hotmess|
#5. The menu offers the best of authentic delicacies, youthful continental selection, high nutritive salads, healthy soups, spicy Indian, Italian pizzas, mouthwatering pastas, and much more.
|Jumbo Keema Paratha at Hotmess|
#6. At Hotmess, expect a variety of innovative recipes being used, with Aphrodisiac ingredients like hot chilies, asparagus and avocados, bananas, chocolates, pomegranates, red wine, vanilla, watermelons, etc. These ingredients are known to boost energy, sharpen memory, and fight flab.
|Chocolate Cake at Hotmess|
#7. Hotmess is all set to introduce Molecular Gastronomy as part of their new offering. They also stock the world's finest spirits, so while you guzzle cocktails created by exceptional mixologists, get transported to the mystic world of music with a bone shaking sound system and production that is bound to leave a perfect impression.
|Cocktails at Hotmess|
#8. Being located in the heart of Delhi (Connaught Place), this new restaurant with its lounge and bar is easily accessible to corporates, shoppers, and youngsters, alike.
#9. The kitchen at Hotmess is in the capable hands of Chef Parampreet Singh, who has spent innumerable years in the F&B industry, honing his culinary skills and perfecting the art of global cuisines.
|Chef Parampreet Singh|
#10. Finally, don't forget to savor Hotmess Signatures like the Chur Chur Flaky Pizza, Crazy Burgers, Bourbon Chicken, Nacho Pencho, Paper Chicken, Rang De Basanti mocktail, among others.
|Chur Chur Flaky Pizza at Hotmess|
So what are you waiting for? Come, explore the world of aphrodisiacs and experience an aromatic affair with the tangy and exotic flavors that excite and delight the palate with Hotmess.