Thursday, January 19, 2017

Soi 7 Pub and Brewery - The Best Watering Hole in DLF CyberHub Gurgaon

In this blog post, I cover the best watering hole in DLF CyberHub Gurgaon by the name of Soi 7 Pub and Brewery. Even though this property was launched way back in October 2013, it was only last month that I could get to visit it; wonder what took me so long!



For the uninitiated, Soi 7 derives its name from one of the most popular sub-streets in Sukhumvit Bangkok, which is hailed for its vibrant nightlife and food.


Riding high on good food and drinks, this Soi 7 too offers a near perfect ambiance to let your foot down after a hard day's work.


Open every day from 12 pm to 1 am, Soi 7 compiles essential components of the Asian kitchen, promising meals that are full of exotic flavors, aromas, and textures, yet extremely low-fat content.


The cuisine is authentic Pan Asian with signature dishes like the Yakitori, Ginger Chicken Dumplings, Prawns Salt and Pepper, Thai Green Curry, etc.


When it comes to the drinks menu, you're spoilt for choice; their microbrewery serves the finest variety of freshly brewed beers, including my favorites - Knock Out and Cobra Punch. All freshly brewed beers, in fact, are named after Muay Thai kickboxing moves.


Run by the good old folks who brought the popular Striker Pub and Brewery to the city, Soi 7 has a lot going for it right from the word go!

Rooftop seating is probably their biggest highlight - IMHO the best outdoor spot you'll find anywhere to spend a romantic winter evening. That said, make sure your reservations are done well in advance, as the place is chock-a-block with patrons even on weekdays.


Make no mistake, Soi 7 is not just frequented by foodies alone but also by party animals. Catch the TOYA BAND live in action every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and groove to their scintillating Rock & Roll music while gorging on your favorite food and drinks.


Sufi Tuesdays at Soi 7 are all about crooning to soulful music with live bands like QAREEB and FAKHRI.


Ladies have an even greater reason to rejoice as every Thursday 6 pm onwards, unlimited cocktails and mocktails are on the house for all women. It's Ladies Night after all!


Soi 7 is definitely not your run-of-the-mill Asian themed restaurant; instead, it is a great place to spend one whole day feasting your eyes on superb pub food, a wide range of spirits, and live acts that'll keep you coming for more!

Soi 7 Pub & Brewery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Authentic Middle Eastern Fare For You - Only at Pier 38 – Bar & Kitchen

In this blog post, I review a new casual dining restaurant in the heart of DLF CyberHub Gurgaon called Pier 38 – Bar & Kitchen.


If you're looking for authentic Lebanese, Persian or Arabic fare, Pier 38 is the place to be!


The elaborate menu has plenty to offer in terms of flavors and textures; choose from an array of Middle Eastern dishes, be it the fresh salads like Fattoush/Tabbouleh, hot/cold Mezze, Koobideh wraps, Pita pockets, etc.


The Persian BBQ dishes, in particular, are to die for! Another recommendation would be the hot Turkish pides (a. k. a. the Turkish pizzas).

Seeking the perfect Desi grub to complement your drinks? A selection of choicest Indian starters is also available just in case.


The Arabic main course is designed to delight your senses with a variety of assorted breads like the Khubus, Afghani naan, Pita, and Lavash.

The restaurant also offers the best of eclectic nightlife experience; in fact, the fun starts right at the Cocktail Bar which houses an entire range of signature drinks.


My recommendation would be the Watermelon Daiquiri Sangria, prepared with fresh watermelon pulp and classic white wine. The tangy yet sweet taste of the sangria manages to hit the right notes on your taste buds.

La Orange Cosmo is meant for the connoisseurs of taste; subtly smokey with the freshness of muddled orange and orange zest. If you're a sucker for Old Monk, go for the Apple Haze. This one is a must have!

Tequila Coffee, as the name suggests, is absolutely soothing for this wintery season. For the teetotalers, the chutney mocktail and the KitKat shake rate high on the priority list!

The decor at Pier 38 is chic and contemporary, drawing inspiration from an actual pleasure pier. Al fresco dining is an option too in case temperatures and weather are the most favorable.


Suffice to say, Pier 38 succeeds in bringing the flavors of Persia and the Arab world to the discerning foodies of Gurgaon!

[Address: Pier 38, First Floor, DLF CyberHub, Cyber City, Gurgaon
Meal for two: INR 1500/-
Timings: 12 noon to 12:30 am]

Pier 38 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Sunday, January 01, 2017

A Day at Prankster - India's First Food and Brewery Campus

In this blog post, I cover India's first food and brewery campus in Sector 29, Gurgaon, called the Prankster.


The brainchild of famous restaurateurs, Inderjeet and Jasmeet Banga, Prankster has a lot going for it!


Hailed as the biggest single floor restaurant in Gurgaon since its launch in September 2016, Prankster is built around the 'Back to college/university' theme with varied sections like the Classroom, Library, Lovers Point, Mixology Lab, Canteen, Parking Lot, Principal's Room, Hostel Room, Amphitheater, etc.


With a strong emphasis on food, Prankster introduces the 'Nostalgic-Progressive' cuisine for the first time ever. The food is futuristic yet succeeds in making you nostalgic from the word go!


Credits for the innovation in food go to two people primarily - Pawan Soni - a seasoned blogger who is now a leading partner at Prankster, and Chef Harangad Singh - who was formerly employed with reputed F&B properties like Tresind (Dubai) and Varq at The Taj Mahal Hotel (Delhi).

Here's what you should try on your first (or subsequent) visit.

Amuse–bouche

  • Flat Gappe: Baked flat gappa with a sphere of sweet and tangy water, offered as a complimentary appetizer at Prankster.

Soup

  • Sambhar Cappuccino with Dosai Crisp: Light sambhar presented in the form of a soup, served alongside dehydrated dosa papad.

Salad

  • Dry Fruit Salad: A progressive take on dry fruit salad, contains tamarind glazed dry fruit with nitro treated orange segment.

Bar Nibbles Veg

  • Lotus Root Fritters: Available from 12 noon to 7 pm only, these delicious snacks are literally to die for!

Small Plates Veg

  • Pao Bhaji Zinker: A classic fast food dish presented in its modern spicy avatar, served with Maharashtrian garlic chutney.

Room for more? Go for the kick-ass Honey Chilli Potato with Pepper Slaw or the nitro cooked Dahi Bhalla with Roomali Sev.


Small Plates Non-Veg

Among the non-veg offering, I absolutely loved the Imly glazed Kung Pao Chicken with Coconut Foam and the Masala Teriyaki Lamb Chops with curried mash.


Char Grills Veg

  • Litchi Tikka: Like me, even you can't help but drool over these sublime juicy whole litchis grilled in the tandoor and paired with cheese.

Mains Veg

  • Jodhpuri Paratha with Mock Meat: The flaky Jodhpuri paratha is a treat for all "magaz" lovers.

Mains Non-Veg

  • 1440 Minutes - Nalli Nahari with Saffron Sheermal: You can't get enough of the sweet traditional leavened flat bread, served as part of a meal with delicious mutton curry called Nalli Nahari.

Desserts

  • Jalebi Platter: On one hand you have the thin, crisp saffron jalebi served with rabdi. On the other hand, you have a modern twist to the classic jalebi served in the form of saffron soft serve, jalebi crisp, jalebi pearls, jalebi dots, and chena jalebi churros.

You can also try the Deconstructed Jingle Pudding, an unconventional dessert where you can eat the plate too!


The interiors at Prankster are aesthetically done, courtesy Abhigyan Neogi, Principal and Founder at Chromed Design Studio. The 250-seater restaurant is the most innovative F&B Campus in the country spread over 10,000 square feet area, complete with bunk beds, wall graffitis, parked Lambretta scooters and Mahindra jeep, Chinese food van, etc.


The 35-feet-long bar, right opposite the Canteen section, is another revelation. Stocking the choicest spirits from around the world, it is probably one of the longest bars in Gurgaon, where every shelf reminds you of lockers in college. I quite enjoyed the house brews, especially the Premium and Dark Roasted beers.


More than anything, Prankster surprises you with its unparalleled innovation and ingenuity, paving the way to future while taking the Modern Indian and Multi-Cuisine food to a whole new level altogether.

[Address: Prankster, 8-9-10, Sector 29 Main Market, Gurgaon
Phone: 0124-4266653/54
Cuisine: Modern Indian and Multi-Cuisine
Meal for Two: INR 1500
Alcohol: Yes
Credit Card: Yes
Microbrewery: Yes
Timings: 12 Noon to 12 Midnight]

Prankster Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato