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Get grilled above the Equator...

If you have a taste for grilled food then Above the Equator is worth a visit. However, you should also have plenty of green notes to part with. MADHUR TANKHA has a bite...


DINING OUT can be an adventurous experience if you see the chef preparing your dish and mixing it with spices, that too of your choice. Seeing the chef George dexterously tossing and turning jumbo prawns, duck and salt water fish right before you at Gurgaon's Above The Equator is an enthralling experience and worthwhile too as it brushes up your cooking skills.

This 112-seater eating outlet is spread across four levels, each distinct in its mood, design and ambience. This happening place - there is a resident DJ and an impressive array of alcoholic beverages - in its earlier avatar was The Fireball and its rechristened name may bring a new windfall.

If you are hard pressed for time then this is certainly not the place for you. If you have the patience to wait for the chef to come out with his masterly dishes then you should go. The reason is that the griddle or grilling machine - located on the top deck - takes a long time to cook the dishes. There is a wide assortment of marinates and you have the discretion to choose spices, which jell and titillate your taste buds. You can be really fastidious as there are Asian, Mediterranean and Oriental style marinates to choose from. Asian style marinate has sherry, rice wine vinegar, honey chilli and soya sauce. In Oriental you have Szechwan, cloves and cinnamon. Mediterranean has oil, garlic, oregano and thyme. If you prefer barbeque then there is Worcestershire, brown sugar, tobacco and oil.



Prepare to have a blast at Above The Equator near Delhi.

For starters one tries Haryali Seekh Kababs, succulent but spiced a little out of proportion. Chicken Satay - priced at Rs. 125 - is painstakingly prepared from marinated chicken skewers and peanut sauce. Steaming hot Chicken Goulash soup is ideal for beating the wintry weather.

Grilled Jumbo Prawns are really out of the world. A big helping of Chicken Mongolian Barbeque - priced at a staggering Rs. 325 - is for those who don't want to try out more than one item.

There is a separate salad section too.

For those who want to enjoy their drinks there is a swanky bar, equipped with top-notch alcoholic brands. To keep those guzzling cheerful and in good spirits the bartender dexterously tosses the bottle, just like actor Tom Cruise as a barman did in "Cocktail". A gargantuan screen shows a Charlie Chaplin movie and on the floor people dance to the music of a DJ.

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