Gurgaon (Gurugram) is home to a diverse population of people from across India as well as outside. No wonder it has some of the best food options from across the planet. This list attempts to provide Gurgaon foodies a list of top restaurants in each type of cuisine. Only major cuisine groups have been categorized as others would be part of the specialty cuisine list.
Here is the defining list of best restaurant from each genre:
Mughlai / North Indian – Karim’s, Sector 14
One of the iconic brands from Delhi, a number of purists would disagree on putting its name here simply because it is a branch and not the original. But on a personal note, and I have been a regular to the original Karim’s, this one is as good as any. Visitors must try the Mutton Korma over here. Tandoori rotis here are crispier than anywhere else. Other prominent items here include- the sheermaal (a kind of sweet bread), firni (similar to kheer), kebabs and Nihari.
Indian Vegetarian – Bikanervala, Sector 29
This is the ultimate Indian eating-out retail experience. One gets any item under the sun as long as it is vegetarian. The staff is mechanically efficient and it is a wonder how they manage such enormous traffic especially during peak season such as festivals like Diwali, Holi, Dussehra etc. The food is pretty good, the chhole- bhature and papdi- chaat being the best ones. By all means one must try the laddoos here. They ooze freshness.
South Indian – Cocoa Palm, DLF City Centre (MG Road)
Unlike several other places that claim to be the serving authentic South Indian but only do an assortment of dosas and idlis, this place actually does do justice to the term authentic. It serves the usual gravy items, rice based items and even meat preparations which are popular in south India. The appams here are fluffy, thought the parottas are a tad too oily. The Nilgiri Chicken is a concoction of numerous spices wonderfully simmered together. The interestingly named Ishtew (stew) for either vegetables or chicken are extremely wholesome preparations. Be prepared to face lot of chilies if one tries any of the Andhra based items.
Bengali – Oh! Calcutta, Cyber Hub
This place is worth its name especially if one goes for the buffet. The buffet is a delectable spread consisting of various dals, fish preparations, meats, vegetarian items, fries and sweets. The prawn / shrimp fries are especially good. The preparations are cooked in genuine Bengali style but innovations have been made on traditional methods. The buffet keeps changing from day to day but is at its best on weekends.
Chinese – Mainland China, Cyber Hub
This is another place which delivers its very best during the buffet. The starters are lavish and sometimes visitors fill themselves up with these but that must be taken care of to avoid. The main course consists of meat, fish and vegetarian items. Menu keeps changing and the best part is during the weekends. For some reason, the desserts especially the cakes are of top quality. One must undertake this buffet with the sternest of warnings not to eat anything else for the rest of the day.
European / Continental – Drift, Sector 44
This place also does Kashmiri food, but its offerings are certainly European. It has a wine based buffet which is reserved for weekends only. Imported wines (red, white and rose) from Australia, Italy and Argentina have been part of the fare in the past. The cold meats form an excellent start to the meat. The next section comprises the main items which includes a mix of gravy and dry items. The bacon is one their best. There is even a waffle counter. To top it all up are the desserts which includes a vast array of sweets and freshly cut fruits.
Korean – Gung the Palace, Sector 29
The bearers at this restaurant are usually surprised at seeing Indians, as this place on most occasions is teeming with expats especially from East Asia. Due to Gurgaon’s substantial expat populations, such places have emerged as sort of refuge for the foreigners. But for few Indians, Gung offers up a great adventure. By all means, one must try the squid, octopus and pork items here which are the very best. The Korean teas are served alongside. The side dishes that are accompaniments with all items themselves are extremely filling. The overall experience is an interesting one, as visitors need to take off their shoes and sit in a particular cabin with sliding doors.
Mexican – Salsa Salsaa!, Sahara Mall (MG Road)
This restaurant is located in a corner of a mall that is typically associated with inexpensive, functional shopping and a seedy nightlife. Yet on this corner one gets absolutely great food. The Mexican items such as Nachos and Burritos are of course wonderful. In addition they prepare unbelievably good sizzlers, with the asparagus stuffed chicken being the best of the lot. Pizzas are also crisp with the base being soft.
Microbrewery – Bronx, Sector 29
Among the slew of microbreweries dotting Gurgaon, this one stands out due to several reasons. All three varieties- wheat, dark and premium lager- are well prepared with the first two being especially good. The food is good with quantities being decent. The ambience is also well curated. Another plus point here is the taste in music which is soft and eclectic.
American- TGIF, MGF Metropolitan Mall (MG Road)
Before we start with the superlatives, just a few valid points of caution need to be presented. The prices have gone up astronomically and the music played is so loud that one will never be able to have a meaningful conversation here. The only respite here fortunately is the quality of food which undoubtedly is very good. Please try any of the steaks here as they are the specialties. Also the Cajun cuisine is well made involving seafood. They also have some signature items infused with Jack Daniel’s during the cooking process.
Well these are my recommendations, looking forward to hearing what you Foodiye from Gurgaon have to say about the dining scene out there. Do share the outlets that you would want me to visit.. 🙂