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The neighbourhood’s long-awaited first whisky bistro actually manages to meet all those expectations and provides a dining experience that is likely to please almost all manner of appetites. The bar wall boasts a wide range of world-class whiskies. The list of offerings are likely to add up every now and then, there are selections of fine bourbon and Scotch already. Owners Ashish Kapur & Joydeep Singh have brought on Chef Akshay Bhardwaj, former stager at Noma to head the kitchen The menu here is not limited to clichéd gastropub food, instead centring more on other fares that pair well with whisky and other cocktails. The Pulled Pork is so satisfying. The meat is cooked to a point where it is perfectly soft but just short of dry and smothered with just the right amount of sauce filled in the Bao. Other star dishes include the African Hearth Chicken, Sloppy Poi and the Fish and chips. For dessert do not miss the Berry Balloon, the portion is ample and the ice cream cascades into a melting river of vanilla, adding a lovely creamy consistency that balances the denseness of Berry Compote. Service is just as enjoyable as the tasteful interior.
Whisky Samba is an eclectic mix of the allure of yore with the present-day charm effortlessly! Its very persona is defined by a basically back lit Ethyle conundrum surrounded by numerous bottles whose imposing presence is made known to all by the mirror top above! The tan leather seating with the teak look of the furniture add to the AHEM Irish look and hence an undoubtedly Euro flair of the yore. The very personality of this place gives a run for the money for any of the established brands with transnational and Cosmo touch effortlessly! Since the driving force behind this idea of Whisky Samba have already tried and succeeded albeit in slightly more extended way of branding in terms of Yo China & Dimsum Brothers across the nation. The testimony to this fact is today Whisky Samba caters to a aware, evolved and demanding Consumer with a whopping 150 plus varieties of Malt/Brand concoctions from Single Malts to Spay sides & blended Scotches, which is so far kind of far fetched when compared to any Brand in contemporary Alco Beverage business! Their collection of Ethyle brands comprises almost everything whose name is worth its salt …. Be it any bouquet, from woody, musk, earthy to sedate which all have been handpickingly selected, keeping in mind the way each is crafted and meticulously researched. Malt habits re orientation is actually an arduous task since each and every step and process per brand has to be done different and of course perfect! So from the name (which sounds youthful and adventurous) Samba attached to Whisky, to the vast selection of varieties as an ensemble to the unique way it is served to your glass, the entire process comes across as unique, offbeat and Hatke! This way Whisky Samba always thinks a step ahead to be prepared to deliver something that is better than anybody else is the present-day business. All this is integral to what Whisky Samba is all about and the ethos of them being some one who set the bench mark, remains constant. And that is what Whisky Samba is all about. So let us raise a toast for us and Samba and say Cheers !
Visited this place on a Saturday night for dinner. The ambience of the place was lively and the place was a house full. Loved the way they arranged all the bottles behind the bar. We ordered the Crispy Shitake Mushrooms. It was delicious and sufficient for 2 people. Special mention for the complimentary drink on arrival. The staff was extremely polite and highly efficient. Loved my experience here!
This is the first time I have visited Whisky Samba, and the place did not live up to the hype. Some good things - the cocktails. I am not a whisky drinker, yet I could stomach the welcome drink without gagging. For this, I compliment them. However, the range of cocktails for other drinks is very small. Negligible, I would say. The food - we ordered chicken and prawns - did not come with a determinate flavour. Here, I do have a gripe. The waiter and I assume that he possessed a modicum of intelligence, could see that we were a group of four people. Yet, the plate of prawns had three pieces. It would have been better if he had advised us upfront on alternatives, rather than expecting us to saw up the prawns to divide them amongst ourselves. Would I go back again? Despite the fact that my friends liked the whisky cocktails, with hesitation. The one vodka cocktail that they had was very 'girlie', and extremely sweet.
The bar has an amazing collection of whiskeys! Their cocktails too are great. The food portions are a tad too small but delicious and uniquely made. The ambiance and crowd are great and it is worth spending the evening there if you are in Gurugram.
We had dinner last night. Chic and happening place. The welcome drink , a mix of whiskey and ginger ale was refreshing. Good collection of whiskys, though the wine list can be improved. Food was very good and tasty, but the lighting was so subdued that you could not see the food to appreciate. Lighting needs improvement. The music started off at a good level, became too loud as the evening progressed resulting in inability to talk to friends. The lamb, fish and prawn dishes we ordered were excellent.
This is a well-known fact that whisky needs an acquired taste and not many find it a desirable drink, but there are people who prefer nothing else. They call themselves brew connoisseurs and are known to appreciate a glass of rich whisky now and then. It’s to target the whisky-loving sector that several whisky bars have popped up on city’s drinking scene, mainly to satisfy an older age group who can afford to dabble into a more exclusive range. If you too find this sort of scenario, right up your alley then ‘Whisky Samba’ is perfect for you. Whisky Samba is a unique whisky bistro situated at plaza level of Two Horizon Center on Golf Course Road, Gurgaon. By early evening the place starts getting filled up so its advisable to make a prior reservation.
Now what’s great about Whisky Samba is their bar selection which is, as expected, whisky heavy. The menu stocks on a vast range of excellent whiskies and other boozes but the best part is that they have come up with a food menu that pairs well with their whiskies. Chef Akshay Bhardwaj has come up with a clever exciting menu targeting Italian, Asian and Grilled food. While you sip on your whisky nibble on an assortment of appetizers like, caviar with toast & crème fraiche, sole fish chilli butter, bourbon duck cherry bao, rainbow veg skewers, Mexican cheesy stuffed bell peppers, pulled pork slider, tomato arancini balls, wasabi prawns and stir-fried spicy mushrooms. Follow that up with, chilli garlic plancha prawns, seafood risotto, truffle mac & cheese, grilled burrata & exotic vegetables, goat cheese ravioli, Kolkata style kasundi tenderloin skewer and charred scallops.
Try to taste their eleven-course tasting menu paired with vintage whiskies. Their focus on pairings is their USP. Do indulge in their sweet course and taste their plethora of innovative desserts, especially whiskey sour ice cream, kaffir lime cheesecake, 5 textures of pineapple, berry bubble specialty dessert, coconut pina colada ice cream, whisky & burnt caramel tiramisu and whisky samba chocolate soufflé. Whisky and cigars are a match made in heaven and Whisky Samba knows that. They stock on some wonderful blends you can puff. Interiors of Whisky Samba are designed in a European chic way, displaying an attractive image of leather couches, chandeliers and gleaming glass-pane façade. For a cozier setting sit outdoors. Whisky Samba is expensive but marvelous.