Ok. I admit that I am an honest and ardent connoisseur of food – who else will “not give up like a devout” , to coin a phrase, on vexatious traffic for 3 hours, Gurgaon to Punjabi Bagh. I didn’t for sure because the intention to check out the ‘buzzing’ bar lounge at the Club road was uttermost. Buzz sits atop Starbucks overlooking the blaring street and the patrons who step out of their cars just to have a buzz of a night. Just a tad bit of problem before you commence the night – you’ve to walk up to the bar & lounge as the lift isn’t operational yet – :(. So just after doing that, we reached the nightclub and were greeted by the warm manager who then escorted us to the terrace reservations on top of the main lounge. Yes! you are right – time to walk up the stairs again. An outstretched themed pristine lounge on the second floor – atypical of Buzz, preceding the terrace seating, welcomes you – warm and private, it’s good for those relaxed amours. But the idea of sitting in the main lounge below insinuated with the idea of enjoying the chilly breeze on the terrace arrangements, which again is an added feature to the Buzz emblematic decor, which has been sensibly classified into separates for private affairs. The terrace also has an impressive wall art piece of Buddha that has been handpicked by Amanpreet Wahi Nerula, owner of Buzz Punjabi Bagh, herself – it adds a serene and calming effect to the otherwise buzzing terrace.
The main lounge on the 1st floor got the better of the terrace in my mind. As soon as I walked into the main lounge, the illustrative ‘Buzz’ lighting struck me – dim gold and captivating red – worked for me. A quiet quarantined corner table – again worked for me. And a good collection of Hindi popular and sufi music – worked for me in totality. Enjoying a goblet of Jacobs Creek, I awaited the starters. First on the table was a sampler of non veg delicacies – I skipped a beat at the Schezwan Pepper Prawns – spicy and tender – it will blow you away, literally. The Kung Pao Chicken is a must try – the chilly pepper flavour in soy sesame sauce infuses a mild heat to the stir fried chicken pieces – just beautiful! The best of the evening was yet to arrive. The Crispy Peppery Drums of Heaven – fried, succulent, juicy – I didn’t have to bite into the chicken, it tore with ease after soaking up the Schezwan sauce. The tikka a are also good here – the Traditional Chicken Malai Tikka in malai marination was flavourful and the Masala Corn Cake which is a corn kebab was interesting. The Vegetarians can also savour some really innovative dishes that have been done up with a twist. The Honey Chilly Mustard Potatoes are quite good – the mustard flavour adds a zing to the dish and makes our very own chilly potatoes unique.
Now was the time to bite into the main course while looking at the bar tender mix some interesting concoctions at the elaborate open bar that is strikingly noticeable. There are whole lot of options to choose from – Oriental, Indian, Italian, Burgers, Salads – what I would recommend is the Perennial Dal Makhni in tomato purée and cream that is outstanding. Also the Butter Chicken is quite like how it should be – scrumptious! Keeping the taste buds of the Punjabi Bagh patrons in mind, Buzz is holding the nerve right. Options aplenty, musical live nights with Djs and percussionists holding special nights, this place is all set to have the ball rolling for the nightlife lovers in West Delhi.
Food: *** & 1/2
Aura: *** & 1/2
Casa: 1/83, Club road, West Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi