Gurgaon is something different – it is more corporatised and has a different vibe then Delhi. Unlike Delhi, things move way too fast here. The Delhi life is more centred on group experiences while Gurgaon calls for individuality – it gives an individual outlook and choice in every segment of life. Even the fine dining in Gurgaon is like that.
Unlike Delhi, where almost every restaurant presents a combination of Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine, Gurgaon offers specialized dining options with places dedicated to creating that kind of cuisine and not a ‘make and merge’, the way Delhi does. One such place is the Terrace Restro-Bar, Indian Grill Room, located amidst the corporate desert of Sector 54, Gurgaon.
The Indian Grill Room, from the outset, does not feel or work like a normal restaurant. While we were invited for a review of the terrace bar, we did have a tour of the restaurant and what we found was pleasantly surprising – they change the menu every 15 days. They are also true to the ‘Indian’ in the name since they always keep only Indian food on the menu. Food is chosen from different parts of India for the restaurant and served as a buffet. Also, they have an open kitchen where food is made right in front of you.
We reviewed the terrace restro-bar.
Unlike the restaurant, the menu remains constant at the Terrace Restro-bar. The terrace restro bar is an open air place, where you can sit in daylight or have your dinner by candle light at the night. Both the food and the drink menu are vivid and there are many signature dishes and drinks available.
Ambience and Service
As far as the service was concerned, we felt a little delay in service, but that was later explained to us as done on purpose, so that we could cherish the food. Otherwise, the plating and the service was professional. The staff is courteous and really pays attention to what you say while the table setting and the serving did not leave us room to complain.
In terms of drinks, the restro-bar serves everything from Old Monk to the supremely expensive Dom Perignon. But, the signature drinks were the ones that we found the appealing.
These included – the Aam Panna Mojito, which tastes amazing. It is worth a mention since it is pretty difficult to create the perfect Aam Panna, let alone infuse it with other flavors and still maintain its authenticity.
Apart from that we also tried the Kiwi Julep which tasted amazing.
Another thing we were served was the Spicy Martini – but we found the spiciness of the drink and bitterness of the Vodka a bit too much. But the staff was very courteous and immediately changed it for another drink. Unlike us, if you have a spicy pallet, you should try it.
There are two bars on the terrace – one is the sporty Carlsberg counter while the other is the Chivas lounge.
If the drinks were interesting, the food didn’t lag behind. we were welcomed with an assorted papad spread, which comprises of two types of papad, seasoning and three types of Chutney. Of these, the Pineapple chutney tasted great.
Ajwaini Fish Tikka and Paneer Tikka @Terrace Restro-Bar, Indian Grill Room
Panch Puran Khumb @Terrace Restro-Bar, Indian Grill Room
Rampuri Seekh@Terrace Restro-Bar, Indian Grill Room
Then, we proceeded on to snacks. We were served both the veg and non-veg snacks. All have been either curated from Indian cuisine or created by the chef himself. The Paneer Tikka was soft, yet full of flavors while the Khumb was light. The Rampuri seekh and Ajwaini Fish Tikka were light and not too spicy.
After having all this, we lusted for a proper Indian meal for the main course. We were now served with the traditional main course, which comprised of Chicken Chettinaad, Mutton Rogan Josh for the non-vegetarians among us and Paneer Lababdar, Dal Makhni and Makai Palak for the vegetarians. Both were served with assorted breads.
As far as the main course was concerned, we were satisfied by scrumptiousness of ghee and the authentic Indian taste in the food.
No Indian meal is complete without dessert and the people at The Indian Grill recognize that. We were served some Moong Dal Jalebis, Rabri and Pista Ice Cream.
The Moong dal jalebis especially were incredibly light and crisp.
Altogether, the food was great, the service was good and the concept of a candlelight dinner has been nailed down at the Terrace Restro-Bar. One precaution though: Carry a jacket – it is getting cold in Gurgaon.
Besides the terrace restro-bar, we were also given a tour of the inner restaurant and it was really good to look at. The food preparation is equally enticing. The whole interior of the restaurant is inviting and we really like what we saw.
The brains behind the place is Kamal Khatter who has run restaurants in various parts of Delhi before coming to Gurgaon to open this place one and a half years ago.