Food Review – LiveTooEat
Just a few weeks ago, we took a trip down to Gurgaon’s largest microbrewery – Unplugged Courtyard – known for its idyllic outdoor dining spots and great live music – to review their food, drinks and ambience .
Location / Ambience
The restaurant is well located in Udyog Vihar – with an easy approach from the National Highway 8. The place is really large, spread over 15,000 square feet (with a capacity of over 375 covers) spanning two levels – and has a very welcoming ambience, the décor being balanced between chic and comfortable. It has both indoor (air-conditioned) and outdoor al-fresco seating areas – which transports you into the climes of Goa, right in the heart of Gurgaon.
For drinks, we started with two cocktails – Jim-Pin and Rose. Jim-Pin was a bourbon based cocktails with fruity hints of mango and pineapple – with kaffir lime to add a really interesting twist. Rose, thanks to its name, had ederflower and rosemary muddled with blueberries and gin giving it a great refreshing yet subtle flavour. We then tried their Strawberry Orange Sangria which was amazing. Through the course of our meal, we also tried the cocktails Pisco Sour and Bottled Gini – both were very different in flavours but complimented our food greatly. Lastly, we tried their Barbarian mocktail with blueberry, rosemary and ginger ale which was very refreshing.
We started with two soups – the Vegetable Manchow which was full of flavour and the Winter Kharodo Ka Shorba which has a very surprising and unexpected flavour. It was served with a side of spicy kulchas which made a great combination. We then had the Paneer Multani – charred cottage cheese with a rich multani spice mix – which tasted great and the paneer was soft and well cooked. We then had the Basil and Pudina Murg Tikka – which was an interesting take on the regular Murg Tikka, with a marination of basil. Next up was the Tawa Chicken and Chur Chur Roti served with a fried egg and coconut gravy – which tasted great. We then tried something I have personally rarely tried in 30+ years of doing food reviews – which was a Fish Seekh – slow minced fish served as seekhs, with a delicious spiced nut relish. Moving on to Chimi Changa Rolls – with an extremely good crispy cream and cheese stuffing – the crispiness of the outer shell paired with the creaminess of the stuffing went very well together with lovely sauce it was served with..
We started with the Mutton Chap South Spicy Nasik Style – braised lamp chops in a south style gravy – the meat was soft, succulent and very tender, the gravy had great flavour and the dish paired very well with the spiced paranthas it was served with, all in all a great dish. Next up we had the Laal Maas Ki Lahori Seekh – minced lamb tenders in a seekh served with a walnut labneh – with excellent flavour. Those were followed by the most outstanding dish of the menu, the Mushroom Galouti – according to the chef, five-times minced mushrooms, smoked, and then served with paranthas – they were to die for, absolutely excellent with their soft and creamy texture and did not even taste like mushrooms
In desserts, we had a Banana and Toffee – which was a banana bread French toast with homemade toffee sauce and a benny granite – an amazing combination of flavours since I had tasted banana and toffee before, but the berry added a very nice twist. We also had an Avalanche of Chocolate – which is four different textures and strengths of chocolate in one desert – a simply sinful way to end a great meal.
Unplugged Courtyard has a very warm ambience – with both indoor and outdoor seating areas – making it a great place to unwind after work or just party with your friends. Their good food, wide range of cuisines and interesting beverage options make it a “must-visit” place in Gurgaon.
North Indian, Continental, Chinese
Chief Managing Director
Eastman Colour Restaurants