Chor Bizarre, Delhi

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    by DAO Written Jul 4, 2014

    "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.

    Favorite Dish:

    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.

    Opening Times:
    Monday- Sunday Lunch: 12:00 noon - 03:30 pm
    Dinner: 07:30 pm - 11:15 pm

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    Chor Bizarre: Chor Bizarre

    by husain Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    'Chor Bazaar' which translates as 'thieves market', and as you would perhaps expect to find at a thieves market- you have an eclectic collection of furniture and props that add to the ambience here...

    Favorite Dish: The restaurant specialises in North Indian and Kashmiri cuisine... They also serve the `Wazwan' - the legendary Kashmiri ceremonial feast of 36 courses.
    Also, the Chaat here is supposed to be good.

    The Chat-Mobile at Chor Bizarre Decor Jay meets Jiggs Kalra over lunch
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    Chor Bizarre: A disappointment

    by NedHopkins Updated Oct 31, 2007

    On my first extended trip to India, in 2004, my son and I had an outstanding, non-veg tandoori meal at Chor Bizarre. It was so good I decided to stay at the Hotel Broadway and enjoy its cuisine on all three days of my 2007 Delhi stay.

    I was disappointed. The food was adequate, nothing more.

    The service was fine and the ambience -- if you can call it that -- is worth a visit even if the meal won't be all that good. Hors d'oeuvres at lunch and dinner -- as well as egg and other dishes at breakfast -- are set atop a 1927 Fiat roadster; a four-poster bed forms one of the tables; and a "staircase to nowhere" rises between those two quirks.

    Favorite Dish: Butter Chicken was the better of the two meals I had at Chor Bizarre in 2007 (excluding the complimentary breakfasts). It didn't begin to compare with a similar dish at the Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel in Udaipur.

    The tandoori sampler (non-veg) offered meats that were dry and gristly.

    The hors d'oeuvres and breakfast table The bed as table
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    Chor Bizarre: Vey nice place, book in advance!!!

    by Jontxu Updated Jun 19, 2007

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    It was a vey nice experience, the atmosphere is good, and you´ll see many locals apart from the tourist groups that go to have dinner or lunch.
    We stayed at the hotel, what I would not recommend to anybody, but the restaurant was good, the service and the food, you need to book in advance because is always full.

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    Chor Bizarre: Chor Bizarre

    by virattravels Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Chor in Hindi means Thief. Bizarre ofcourse is an English word but sounds pretty much like bazaar. The concept behind Chor Bizarre is that no two things here are the same. No two tables are similar. No two plates are same and so on.

    Food is also good.

    They also have a branch in London and either of the restaurants would give you a 15% (or was it 10%) discount if you produce the bill of the other.

    Favorite Dish: Try Thali with Chat.

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