Caroused in the mezzanine, overlooking the augustness and the pomp, I wondered – what a resurrection of the erstwhile glory! After Lemp Brewery went on skids, the place has been renovated, with a fresh menu to look like what it stands as of today – The Liquor Warehouse. With a very innovative conviction of changing the face of whooping it up, the place boasts of a very impressive warehouse of your favorite potions. AS Rohit Sharma, Co-owner at TLW says, “you could order a bottle at the table and even if you don’t manage to finish it up the same night, we could keep it for you in the safe under your name, expiring only after 30 days“. Now that is safe banking for your favorite liquor – drink a little, save it for the rainy day. Ahaaaaaa!
The pub is routed through the globe – you’ve to be on the orb of night in order to reach it. Well, it is situated at the Star Mall, Gurgaon which is the shape of a globe. The negative marking for the place is that it is in a bromidic mall – inanimate and quite confusing – the mall’s entry is unfathomable. But one should solve the puzzle, not rocket science though, just to get a hang of this awesome place with wonderful vibe. The pub is on the 2nd floor – doors open to a huge sanguine and gleaming indoors. Lofty high ceiling and adamant, rigid glazing pillars stand tall surrounding the lounges – a crescent forms the dance floor and rising above it is the lounge to sit with your chalice and chews. By the balustrade you would be able to walk up the mezzanine, which could also be used/reserved for private parties. The decor is keeping in sync with the mood of people who come to wassail and party – so the vibrancy of the place reflects in its lighting which is desirably mellow-yellow, honeyed with a tinge of luminous red – the ceiling has a circle of cylinders with Led lights inside – they unitedly created a magnetic vibe. Throughout the lounge, we have screens fitted so you wouldn’t miss out on your favorite match ever while guzzling on beer and few really out-of-the-box cocktail entrees.
What I really liked was the Espresso Martini – a concoction of one shot coffee, vodka, kahlua liqueur and a magic ingredient that Rohit refused to reveal (which I feel was cocoa). This frothy drink will have you asking for more. Another unforgettable drink that actually was a dessert drink was the Apple Rumble – it’s apple-pie pulverized – cinnamon infused brown sugar, spiciness of the rum and apple juice all sit on a scoop of ice-cream – creamy and frothy, this drink is delightful.
Can I get away without talking about the highlight much-upons – ummmm, Never. So let me straight away start talking about the most shocking yet scrumptious snack of the night – the Chicken Chaat. Yes, you heard me right – in the city that can thrive upon chaat alone, TLW has introduced tender crispy chicken in the face of an authentic chaat with all traditional accompaniments like curd, tamarind and Coriander chutney, pomegranate seeds etc – flavorful and unique – don’t hesitate to order it. They are boastful of their thin crust pizzas and quite rightly so. The Thai Spiced Pizza with Chicken and an aftertaste of lemongrass is awesome. What I really relished was the Gourmet Chicken Burger – their signature burger which stands the test of credence, completely. Fried chicken patty was tender and so succulent sitting on the base of luscious cheddar, bacon, aioli that imparted the garlic and lemon zest flavor to the rich burger and beetroot served with wedges and mustard. Wow- I can feel the pangs now! The Veg Sampler was loaded with delicacies of which I liked the Paneer Harrissa Tikka – traditional paneer tikka given a fusion twist – marinated with the Middle Eastern spices and served with tamarind compote. You could also try the Curried Beans Bruscetta that has French Baguettes as the base and is dressed with ratatouille that are baked Mediterranean veggies(again an influence of France on the dish) – Fusion Galore! Awesome in taste and great company to beer. The menu is not extensive but has been deeply thought over and the fusion has resulted in dishes worth a pat on the back. The Biryanis are also a must try – it can give any good biryani house a run for their money. The snacks on the menu are unique and deliciously designed. The Guard of Honour Chicken are chicken wings infused with South Indian flavors – Raise hell!
The place has a huge terrace seating that overlooks the beautiful highway and serene duskiness that is quite a luxury. We spent a great evening celebrating the triumph of the good old pulsating hub!
Casa: Star Mall, Sector 30, Gurgaon