Set in the buzzing social stronghold of Aerocity, Playground at JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity brings to the table an expansive social lounge, a quirky Food Truck and introduces the city’s most chic and exclusive speakeasy, all under one roof.
Walking across the open-air foyer, you enter a world so different, that one is mesmerised by the beauty of the glass facades that create a striking contrast with colourful pop art that adorns the in-house food truck. Yogesh Saini, the brain behind Delhi Street Art has done the graffiti for Playground.
Grab a glass of some of the finest offerings in the city and sway to the high energy music that permeates the lounge, or perhaps let the most tender and choicest cuts melt in your mouth while you absorb the vibe of the area.
Set in the elite Aerocity, Playground ensures that there is never a dull moment for the guests. The menu too is built to mesh itself well into the mind of an avid foodie. The grand Food Truck at the entrance thrives on a young, lively atmosphere that reminds people of the movie ‘Chef’ and Jon Favreau’s eclectic cooking style. Delhi Street Art has once again worked its magic, decorating the truck with art and standout hues of blue and pinks that keenly reflect of the glass dividers of the social lounge. Serving up an array of sandwiches, poutine, hot dogs and falafel, the Food Truck promises to elevate the guests’ experience by providing delicious food, on the go.
While talking about food, small plates menu is the dominant theme at Playground. Chef Verma serves global food, where flavours – both bold and subtle – combine to create an experience. Artisanal burrata with basil pesto, clear tomato consommé and pine-nuts rests on a bed of heirloom tomatoes…. the delicate flavours a delight to the palate as is the dish a treat to the eyes. Balik Salmon comes with avocado, rocket leaves, pine-nuts, a generous dressing of extra virgin olive oil and multigrain breadsticks. Continuing the journey, the Gambas Al Ajillo (garlic shrimp) with prawns cooked in white wine, lemon and garlic and the in-house Smoked Baby Back Ribs served in a glass dome, with rosewood smoke are the perfect way to allow Chef Verma to showcase his inimitable talent and structure his menu in such a way that the palate of the connoisseur and the critic is satisfied alike.
The finishing touch to the Playground is provided by the elusive Speakeasy. Partially hidden behind street art, this members’ only lounge houses coveted bottles and niche spaces. Mood lighting, luxurious interiors, wood panelling and handcrafted leather loungers from Timothy Oulton set the Speakeasy apart from the rest of the property. Being a member’s exclusive privilege, the interiors boast of plush sofas dominated by blue tones and wood, while the imposing bar stretches across the other side of the area.
Redefining nightlife at Delhi-NCR, JW Marriott Aerocity has successfully created an amalgamation of gastronomic wonder and luxurious interiors, while focusing on the preferences of its patrons and marking a new step in the hospitality sector in the country.
Images by Supriya Aggarwal