Business Today: Live Local, Eat Global

Jul 17, 2011

Already blessed with some innovative fine dining options, with the openings of the stylish wine lounge and global cuisine restaurant L’Angoor, the choices have just gotten better  for Gurgaon’s professional community.

In the burgeoning Indian world of fine dining, culinary wizards and wine stewards are rewriting the repast rituals. Now, L’Angoor promises to give stiff competition to the established eateries with a swank wine lounge helmed by resident sommelier Davide Zubani while executive chef Hitesh Gupta dazzles diners with his platters of chic eats.

The 40-cover restaurant at the Global Business Park in Gurgaon is neatly sliced into a bespoke lounge area and natural oak-wood dining space awash with warm lighting.

You can hit the culinary trail at L’Angoor  with zesty orange and fennel salad studded with succulent prawns or some spicy mozzarella samosas, which go down well with a glass of Felton Road Riesling 2008, redolent ripe apricots and summer blooms.

Zubani guides you through an extensive wine list featuring vintages like Chateau Latour and Chateau Mouton Rothschild from France, Barbaresco from Italy and Opus One from the US. All the 130 labels of wine, priced between Rs.1600 to Rs.40000 per bottle, are stocked in a temperature and humidity controlled cellar. Besides wine, tipplers can also choose from a wide variety of single malts, liqueurs, and other spirits. Complementing the fine spirits are luxurious fare such as Blue Summer Crab Cakes, Crunchy Apples and Gulf Prawns Wrapped in Chicken, Broiled Lobster Tail with Spicy Pomegranate Sauce  as well as Seared Alaskan Halibut.

Presentation is given top biling. The chilled melon soup comes in martini glass, streaked a funky crimson with red watermelon and white musk melon. Equally charming is a scallop appetiser where the juicy molluse is served on a giant spoon over a bed of golden corn mush and embellished with pomegranate seeds. But the restaurant‘s obsession with shape and texture is best reflected in a luscious kaffir lime ice cream that’s daintily scooped inside a whole orange shell.

Gupta aims to tease the palate with a starburst of Indian flavours like curry leaves, coconut milk, and mustard seeds that accent Western dishes like seared prawns. Even the lamb consommé scales new heights with a smidgen of coriander.

L’Angoor takes its liquors seriously, so prepare to be serenaded with chicken marinated in Cabernet Sauvignon, potatoes stuffed with lamb braised in Shiraz and more. The dessert offerings do not skimp on liqueurs either. The most glamorous entry in this section is the Groppino, a whipped concoction compromising Prosecco, an Italian white wine , lemon sorbet and vodka. The non-alcoholic  stars of the dessert menu include mango mascarpone as well as homemade ice creams with quirky flavours like midori and rose petal.

While dinner is an elaborate multicourse affair, lunch is more casual with sandwiches, artisanal burgers and pastas. L’Angoor is glamorous and experimental in equal measure. A dinner at this outfit can only be described as an exercise in culinary excess. Well, the guests definitely aren’t complaining!

Meal for two: approximately Rs.2500 without liquor

At : Global Business Park, Gurgaon

Phone: 0124-4061666



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