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Help Yourself To Some Saz!

Named after a New Orleans’ classic cocktail, Sazerac, the latest gourmand hub in town is a toast to classic Americana

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The capital has yet another sterling in its culinary smorgasbord. Sazerac is named after a cocktail by its name from New Orleans, which is also considered as America’s first cocktail. Located in a sleepy alley behind the Sundar Nagar market, this vibrant yet warm oasis is the latest go-to place. The group itself, Passcode Hospitality is known for its specialised offering and with this new concept they are trying to cater to all the needs of today’s diner. With the look of an American parlour booted with retro music and laid back seating, it’s a blend of vintage and au courant. Managing Director Passcode Hospitality Rakshay Dhariwal says, “With our other restaurants we are offering exclusive memberships and occasion based fine dining. However we realized people are looking for the same quality but in a cool, casual way. Sazerac is like a fun cousin of the old fashioned.” The theme is borrowed from the history of New Orleans which was interestingly a French quarter before the Americans took over.

Sazerac is an American Brasserie; a specialized cocktail den and a gourmet food kitchen. Sazerac fuses contemporary aesthetics with a classical touch, to stand out from typical venues in Delhi. It is a uniquely focused New Orleans experience which is fun and easy going. With some fairy lights, a book shelf and armchair sofas in one part of the luncheon spot, it has that cool creole vibe.

The menu is creative with every dish holding its own pride of place exuding originality. From the Sazerac queso bowl in starters with homemade corn chips that are light yet crispy, along with its wholesome dips to Pan seared sea bass in saffron sauce, everything tastes fresh and just right carrying a bespoke touch while feeling like comfort food. With flavors intact and meal satiating, one wants to savour every bite and like the hallmark of a good place, the fare doesn’t even sit heavy despite all the helpings.

An array of cocktails compliments the food and the manager is always at one’s disposal to help pair it with the order. The bartenders are also happy to concoct a new cocktail to match your taste. From the classic Sazerac cocktail to lighter variant Saz gin fizz there is something to tingle everyone’s drinking palate.

At Sazerac you can expect a mélange of classic and modern cocktails that capture the New Orleans sensibility. The cocktail experts whip up several variations of Sazerac, made in-house, like - the British Sazerac made with London Dry Gin and Peychaud’s Bitters or the After Drink Sazerac made using Bourbon and Coffee Liqueur. All these go very well with American culinary classics such as New Orleans Beetroot & Goat Cheese Burgers or San Francisco Bay Fish Tacos.

A visit to Sazerac is like a departure into the Americas of the 70’s, making you forget all your worldly woes for the moment as you let your senses be pleasantly hijacked.

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Shveta Bhagat

The author is a Delhi-based freelance writer

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