Back to Gurgaon next week and wondered if anyone had any thoughts on good places?
Last week colleagues took me to the following:
Dum Pukht at the ITC Maurya was very refined and good. I was with a vegetarian colleague so stuck to the veggies. The tomato sauce with the paneer was really great with good layers of flavour and the morel biryani (Noorani Guchchi Biryani) was very good, it was subtle but with an outstanding aroma when it was opened.
Punjab Grill in the Ambiance Mall: we went to two restaurants in malls, both really popular and doing great business. If you have a rimantic notion of eating Indian food in historic "real" settings it's wise to remember the middle classes in India are heading to trendy modern places in malls and hotels. We went here for lunch and it was good, some very fine mutton (goat?) curry. It was quick and simple but very decent.
"Strikers" Namche Bazaar is in the Global Foyer Mall, Strikers is a craft brewery which makes four styles of beer and has a bar with (loud) live music and apparently quite a scene later at night. The beer was a bit sweet for my taste but he food in the adjacent restaurant was surprisingly good. I was very dubious about taken to a trendy restaurant which is part of a nightclub/brewery but it was good. The place was full of multi-generational families and we had a pretty good meal.
Last, and least was "Seasonal Tastes" at the Westin, its the usual pan asian buffet with a few Indian food stations. The curries are OK but he kebabs are not cooked to order and the bread service erratic, its Ok whilst waiting for the long flight home but not much else.
So back again next week - does anyone have any other recommendations close by - I don't fancy travelling too far in the traffic and monsoon rains!