Variety is the buzzword
OF RESTAURANTS that one has heard of often, some proclaim spice as their strengths while others beckon you for the sake of the traditional. Rarely do you find a call being made to the "chicken hearted", rarely do you get a chance to have a date with the "veg wedge", and never quite really does a tavern ask you to shoot. Yet this is what the buzz has been about at the City Center Mall in Gurgaon. At Buzz, now part of a chain of restaurants-cum-pubs with one in Saket and another in Gurgaon, you get to have a shy at all this and much more.
Far from the madding crowd, it serves an assortment of cuisines. Thai, Continental, Chinese, Indonesian, Lebanese one can have it all. The sautéed stuffed mushrooms served with salsa immediately give you a hint of some Mexican fare. The Vegetable Dynabites, an assortment of stuffed jalapenos, onion rings, potato croquettes and cheese fritters, served with sauce picante continues the exotic element.
For the less adventurous, there are the scrumptious seasoned lamb nuggets and salt and pepper varieties of chicken or vegetables as you choose. The prices of these starters, however at times rival those of the main course dishes, but then the size of the portions also does. The "chicken hearted" might go in for layers of pasta with herbed chicken and creamy cheese sauce, smothered with grated mozzarella that goes by the name chicken lasagne. A Goan fish curry provides an Indian touch against the exotica, such as a Thai prawn curry.
The vegetarians may go in for the evergreen dal makhni or the enticing Queso de Indomex, which gives a new meaning to cottage cheese and rice. Loads of variety catering to all tastes, lovely music, a female deejay and a modern feel with its asymmetric ceiling might just also draw in the ladies for kitty parties. A salad section would take care of those on a diet, while the tandoori section allows one to avoid oil. But the latter can be skipped, even though the fish tikkas are tender, as are the Seekh kebabs.
One should save space for the lovely mocktails, cocktails, wines and shooters. It's worth trying one of the shooters with a flame lit on its surface. So venture out of Delhi only when you also want to step beyond the regular continental stuff.
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