These DLF people sure know how to design their buildings. Under the imposing twin towers of Building No. 9A and 9B in Gurgaon’s swanky Cyber City, we have this restaurant called Barrique. Now, whether the name refers to a French wooden barrel or the Hindi term to chop finely, is anyone’s guess. Right next to Mainland China, which was pretty much a disaster (see my review on this blog), Barrique is a multi cuisine haven for lunch-seekers and thirsty execs alike.
The massive wine rack at the entrance tells you that this place does serve alcohol. However, since we were dining there for lunch, that too on a weekday, alcoholic beverages were out of the question. What was also out of the question, were the mocktails, which can easily be substituted for with sugar syrup, says good friend and fellow foodie- Jairaj. We had ordered the Pollo ala Melagnaise and the Napoli Meatzaa- both of which, we are told, are quite representative of Barrique’s expertise in Italian cuisine.
We loved the food. The chicken wasn’t overcooked, like it is in most cases and the Meatzaa was exactly that- full of meat. The generous portions of bacon helped things along too. the flavours came out just right and even the cherry tomatoes in the chicken pasta were fresh. However, for hard-core carnivores, we would strongly recommend the grilled prawns (wrapped in bacon and served with their own barbeque sauce)- heaven! But then again, the dessert was a bit of a let down. We werent expecting cheesecake of Big Chill standards, but ordered the blueberry creme pie nonetheless. Unfortunately, the cream was too heavy and too sweet. The pie base wasnt exactly crumbly and frankly, the thing needed way more blueberry compote.
But, if I were to be on a mission to impress a potential client (or the cute girl in office) on a limited budget, I’d take them to lunch at Barrique.
|Ratings/ Quick Facts||Scale (on 10)/ Remarks|
|Ease of access||6|
|Quality of food||6|
|Value for money||5|
|Would I go back there?||Sure, just not every week|
|Meal for two||INR 1000 + taxes (without alcohol)|
- Stick to the Italian stuff. You’ll get better Indian fare at Punjabi by Nature across the road
- Getting there is not much of a pain- except for the toll plaza at the entrance to Gurgaon. The building no. is 9A- a little confusing for non cyber-city dwellers. Its at the first turn after the entrance to cyber-city. Valet parking is free.
- If having lunch, try getting a table next to the french windows.