Into the City

India Today - - INSIDE - By Ekta Mar­waha

A check­list on what to do what

to eat and what to shop for.

This is the sort of place you’d like to go to af­ter a long day at work. Buzzing with people at all odd hours, this is where the city’s wine lovers are headed these days. Sim­ple and chic, The Wine Com­pany recre­ates the charm of a Euro­pean café with ex­posed brick walls, chalk boards, ch­ester­field so­fas, wine para­pher­na­lia and oak wood bar­rels.

Walk to­wards their wine cel­lar and take your pick from the wide range of do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional wines. If you are lucky, you might find some­one to guide you through, but if you reach at a busy hour you may just have to try your luck. Choose your bot­tle of white, red, rosé or bub­bly, call for some munchies, sit back and catch up on the lat­est buzz. This is prob­a­bly the only place in the city where you can buy a bot­tle at it’s cost price. Ask the chef to pair your wine with some cheese, and he’ll cre­ate a plat­ter of your choice.

Our plat­ter had olives, crack­ers, a few vari­ents of cheese. We, how­ever didn’t en­joy it much. What we par­tic­u­larly rec­om­mend is the karari roti— a huge roti, more like pa­pad, sprin­kled with some masala and baked to per­fec­tion. It’s crunchy, light, has a mild flavour and works well as a cracker to please the In­dian palate. In the mains, you could call for some pasta or thin-crust piz­zas, they do have an ex­ten­sive menu but noth­ing to boast about. The food is about aver­age. Go here just to en­joy the wine, and soak in the am­bi­ence. Meal for two Rs 2,000 At Cy­ber Hub, DLF Cy­ber City, Gur­gaon Tel 01244949684

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