In a line: An enterant in Sector 29 market, that’ll surely give a tough competiton to its fellow restaurants.
Cuisine: Modern Indian
Price for two: Rs. 1500(approx)
Location: Sector 29, Gurgaon
Must haves: GHEE ROAST LAMB CHOPS(Caps came in as an imperative)
It’s a necessity, a requirement for some.
It is also a form of art, a form of expression for the others.
A place that made dining an experience, a celebration of everything delicious, Philtre, was my haunt last weekend. Opening its doors in the gastronomical hub of Gurgaon, Sector 29, Philtre, which translates to Love Potion in French, is a labour of love by three hospitality experts- a mixologist, a chef and a operations wizard, who have come up with a place, that is bound to give a very tough competition to its fellow restaurants in the market.
With ample natural lighting and lots of greenery, Philtre is a cosy restaurant that boasts of a mix of French and Greek-style decor and has indoor seating and an elegant terrace seating at disposal.
Given that Winters have just started to bloom, I chose to sit under the mellow sunlight on the beautiful terrace, to indulge in a culinary affair that Chef Gaurav Raghuvanshi had in place for me. The food, he said, is not fusion, but authentic, that has been presented in an upclass manner to please to customers eye and palate alike.
Soup and salad course is generally skipped by me, but upon Chef’s recommendation, I chose to get a bowl of botanical berry soup and a portion of ram ladoo salad. Prepared with white tomatoes, the creamy soup was paired with basil lavash that added some crunch. The ram ladoo salad came in as a surprise, with crispy ram ladoos tossed with chutneys and Argentinian salad made with red cabbage, lettuce and pomegranate seeds. The tomato salsa beneath added another flavour quotient.
While there is an eclectic offering in the appetisers, some of them are certainly not to be missed. One of those is the rajma galauti with ulta tawa parantha nacho and achaari mayo. If only vegetarian galautis tasted this good, I’d never miss its non-vegetarian counterpart. Another unique dish on the menu is the maggi fish fingers. Fish fingers, instead of being crumb coated, were coated with raw maggi noodles and was deep fried till golden and crisp. Accompanied with masala tartar, these fish fingers are unlike any other.
But the highlight of the entire meal would be the ghee roast lamb chops. A hot-selling dish of their menu, the ghee roast lamb chops is the dish that I’d come back for, again and again. Meat cooked for 6 hours in a beautiful marinade that is replete with spices, this falling-off-the-bone lamb chop has been the best that I’ve ever had to date. The masala on the mutton was so good, that even though the mains flew in, I didn’t let go off the mutton chops plate, only to scrape off the tingly masala and have it with mains.
The mains are set combinations with breads that perfectly accompany the dish and accentuate its flavours. For vegetarians, the Amritsari falafel curry should be the way go to. Deep fried and crunchy falafels in a tomato-based gravy paired with a beautiful dhaniya kulcha. Though I’d pick the martaban kukkad any day, thanks to the juicy morsels of chicken floating in a spicy curry that is served with Gujarati methi thepla.
The sugar-free dessert, litchi rabri pannacotta is topped with a crunchy almond tuile and comes along with saffron foam, that resembles daulat ki chaat can be a great pick if you don’t like overly sweet desserts. The kulfi falooda is what I feel, turned out to be the best dessert to end the meal with. The creamy kulfi that was very mildly sweet was sitting atop the falooda alonside a stack of fresh fruits, malai peda and pan spheres. Finish the fruits, dig in to the falooda kulfi and end your meal with the pan spheres, that taste exactly like pan, the quintessential Indian digestive.
Confession: Overall, Philtre turned out to be way better than what I had expected. After having visited a number of outlets in Sector 29, I’d have to say that this has become a favourite of mine, thanks to the warm hospitality, fret-free interiors and a great kitchen team. Even if you’re not in the mood for drinks, just go and gorge on to the ghee roast lamb chops and you’ll be more than satisfied.
Value for money: 4/5