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The Clock Tower, Golf Course road, Gurgaon

“Nostalgia is a bitch”

Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries rightly mentions nostalgia as someone quite annoying or reminding you of something/someone painful.

How about a place, a fine dining brewery which makes you nostalgic and in a good way? Where you can see and listen to retro songs, relish the posters of numerous rock bands, your favourite cartoons and comic strips? Head to the The Clock Tower situated at the Golf Course road.

The place is hugely huge. Forgive the grammatical error, but I could not call it grandiloquent because it is not grand, it is huge and so immersed in the pop culture paraphernalia. From the posters of Black Sabbath and AC/DC to the common man cartoons by R.K. Laxman, from the comic strips of Archies to a huge screen playing Dancing Queen by Abba, they have it all. Since I am a huge fan of rock, metal and retro music and the old world comics, I thoroughly enjoyed soaking in all this place has to offer.

Here are a few dishes that I relished :

Non Veg Mezze platter : This has to be the best non veg Mezze platter I have ever tasted. It has the softest pita bread which not too soft so as to disintegrate, soft and chewy lam kibbeh which are ooh-so-delicious with cashews in their cores, finest hummus with hints of garlic, tzaziki with the perfect sour cream and sweet caramelize onions and lovely baba ganoush with the blossoming flavours of garlic and egg plant. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Chilli Chicken : These were spicy to the core, thin crusted, soft and chewy.

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Dahi ke kebab : Not recommended at all. The yoghurt was not smooth and was disintegrating. The taste was too sweet with not the right balance of flavours.

Pan seared basa : A huge fillet of basa topped with lemon garlic sauce and fresh parsley, on a bed of mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables, this could have been better. The basa was seared but was disintegrating to small pieces and hence difficult to eat. The mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables were fine.

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Notorious bangers and mash : Wow and yum are the words! Pork sausages in the usual shape as well as in snail shape on a bed of mashed potatoes and boiled peas were heavenly. I never ever had a better sausage till date. The sausages were chewy, finely minced and delicately falvoured. The covering was firm and had not dissolved.

Non veg mughlai platter : Pretty average. The chicken pieces were dry and the seekh kebabs were way too chewy.

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Factory by Sutra, Sector 29, Gurgaon

In this age of cut throat competition in the food industry, the latest trend to emerge is the emergence of themed based restaurants. Sometimes you are disappointed by the themes and sometimes you are baffled by the dexterity with which the décor and the dishes are done.

Factory by Sutra is a microbrewery situated in sector 29, Gurgaon. The unplastered walls, the over hanging ropes, portraits of the 20th century factory workers and the round plates of factory workers justify the theme of this huge resto-bar.

Moving on to the items I tried :

Natwarlol : A lovely mocktail made up of crushed and strained pomegranates and apples and chaat masala, this is a must try if you love fresh and sweet flavours of fruits with the zingy flavour of chaat masala.

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Kurkuri bhindi : A very innovative dish, I must say. Fine julliennes of lady finger or okra fried in gram flour and served with tartar sauce. The okra jullienes are way too crispy but some were quite thin and hence were a but burnt.

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Delhi 6 : Our usual paani poori is well innovated here with the filling of another staple of India – bhel poori. Eat it and there is an explosion of so many flavours. The gol gappas are light, thin and airy; the bhel poori is crunchy, sweet and tangy and the sev in the bhel has a very fine quality. RECOMMENDED.

Chilli chicken pita pocket : Served with a sweet chilli sauce, this is an innovative fusion of the Bao and the pita pockets. The soft baos are shaped into pita pockets and filled with a lovely filling of chilli chicken. The small chunks of chicken were sweet as well as spicy in flavour and were ohhh-so-soft soft and chewy. Each and every bite was redolent with flavours. The sweetness of finely chopped onions and bell peppers was so prominent here that you will go gaga over it. I wish it was served with a different sauce as the served sauce had the same flavour as the pita filling.

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Chicken dimsums : These will definitely transfer you into a long food coma. Topped with red chilli ppoweder and chopped coriander, the dimsums had a moist, soft and thin skin with a filling of finely minced chewy chicken. The dip served with these was way too hot and spicy – made up with milk, red chilli sauce, schezwan sauce and chicken broth. RECOMMENDED.

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Laal maas pao : The fusion gets better here. This dish has the softest buns or paos you will ever taste – well buttered and not crumbling into chunks. The laal maas was exemplary – topped with the finest julliennes of ginger which gave their characteristic pungent flavour. The mutton was ohh-so-succulent and chewy and the gravy was spicy and thick. RECOMMENDED.

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Fish in lemon butter sauce : The fish could have been grilled more as it was disintegrating and lacked a fine crust which is a characteristic of such dishes. The sauce was thick, had the lovely amalgamation of chopped garlic and parsley, but a bit salty and could have been thicker. Since lemon was squeezed over the fish, the saltiness in the sauce was enhanced.

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Chocolate rum balls : What a dessert! The usual rum filled chocolate balls were mashed and the thick mixture was made into balls and coated with thick dark chocolate syrup and topped with white chocolate shavings. The balls were melt in the mouth, soft, gooey and had a bitter sweet taste. RECOMMENDED.

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