So it was time to spruce up for yet another night out. And Kebabs it were! After a whole day of detoxification, my willpower and I were ready to go weak in the knees. As I walked into this enormous hub of delicious, mouth watering food, I could see a sea of people gorging on decadent kebabs and Mughlai delicacies. The ease and accomplishment were evident on their faces as was on mine for having walked into a place that gave you your own mini barbecue that had been supplied amaranthine ember down beneath. This meant whirlpool indulgence. Wow! I was already happy at The Ancient Barbeque. We made ourselves comfortable on the table specially reserved by the hospitable manager. As he explained us the concept, I ran my eyes through the buzzing restaurant. The décor is contemporary with a hint of Indian sophistication. The live kitchen permits you to gauge the ardent hands at work. The aura, particularly, allows you to relax in the soothing backdrop of live music – soulful ghazals and old Hindi melodies. I decided to just splurge in the moment, hand picked for me. Thus began the ‘ancient’ ritual of mehman nawazi by a group of over-courteous waiters. The table has an embedded live barbeque that was adorned by luscious kebabs in steaks one after the other. I loved the cinnamon grilled pineapple, Lahori mutton seekh and the pudina fish tikka a lot. The place has a buffet concept along with the live barbeque on the table – that doesn’t let you move around a lot – just sit and relish a plathora of kebabs right off the grill alongside marinades and sauces. Next on my platter was something that I absolutely loved – prawns in Hunan style ( the only thing I took a second helping of). Perfect blend of spices and sauce, must say! While the kebabs were on the roll, the manager treated me to their signature mocktail – the smoked mojito which was refreshing and innovatively unique because of the layer of coriander sprinkles on the top. Though red meat and I are not best friends, I still loved the succulent tawa mutton – credits to the chef. Keeping the general palette of the Gurgaon in mind, he created an absolutely balanced mutton delicacy that was mild and flavoursome, synchronously. The place boasts of an insane variety of kebabs that keep floating throughout your brief stay. Yes, a special mention to the non-greasy dahi kebab with sesame coating – stands out! If you think this was it, then we not even past interval. Phewwwww….There was a wide spread of food at the counter waiting to be savoured. I brisk walked just gazing at what all I wanted to eat (with only a tad bit of space left). There were mutton curries, roghan josh, chicken delicacies, array of salads from fish, chicken to veg and a whole lot of Indian, Mughlai, Oriental, American dishes to choose from. I thoroughly enjoyed the rogan josh, that was a burst of flavours, with garlic naan and the murgh dum biryani – both deserve a thumbs up. As the ancient tradition goes, nothing ends without a sweet, thus, came my way an absolute delight – kesari kheer. Just the right bit sweet, dainty and savoury. Now that I had risen to the crescendo, I had to bid adieu to the ancient hub that has almost become the most popular contemporary hub of the foodies in Gurgaon. And as their tag line goes – I did eat a little more ;).
Food : ***
Warmth : ***
Aura : ***
Casa: 223 A, Good Earth City, Gurgaon, sector 50