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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.
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.