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  1. Barood Bar Wall
    Photograph: Barood
  2. Barood Interior
    Photograph: Barood

Time Out says

What is the lovechild of modern Indian restaurant Revolver and Michelin-starred Hamamoto comes a wildly imaginative Japanese–Indian izakaya like never seen before. Hidden away from prying eyes, Barood – which also translates to a series of explosions – is a hedonistic oasis channelling Paris in the 60s. Think dark alleyways, intimate lights, and plush red leather booth seats. Together with tantric beats and a luscious plum-licked room, the space is undeniably sexy. But the energy? Dangerous.

Reimagining tapas with his signature smoke, Saurabh Udinia – executive chef of Revolver – turns up the heat with lavishly bold ingredients and exotic spice. Apart from elevated regional Indian favourites, the menu also boasts a series of treats featuring uni, otoro, lobster and A5 Wagyu neatly presented on handcrafted pottery ware from Khurja, India. And dishes that stood out were aplenty. 

Take the mini duck pancake ($22) for instance, it is a formidable combination of textures with a warm peppery tang to finish. Or the unctuous pakora bread ($28) crowned with creamy uni balanced with a touch of tamarind. There’s also the explosive tease of the Barood balls ($22) which is a spicy savoury Manchurian-inspired glazed chicken meatball. Though it was the succulent masala rock lobster taco ($28) that fondly reminded us of Udinia’s culinary flair. The tantalising two-biter came smothered in smoked chillies and vibrance of lime crema over a corn tortilla. 

If all that heat got you craving for a refreshing tipple or three, have a go at a curated mix of cocktails. Though after having a gander at the 200-strong bottle selection calmly sitting behind the alluring crimson bar, we think you’re better off with a dram or two of single malt, tequila or even mezcal. Whether it is a raucous group night out or a steamy hot date, this wonderland for the senses is the perfect wingman for a heart-throbbing night out and hopefully after.

Dawson Tan
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Dawson Tan


56A Tras St
Opening hours:
Wed-Sun 5pm-12am (Closed on Mon and Tues)
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