Remember those halcyon days of childhood, peppered with occasional trips to the nearest national monument? You probably whiled away the journey playing I Spy and Antakshari, warbling out songs from Eena meena deeka to 99 Bottles of beer on the wall. The Wine Company in Cyber Hub, Gurgaon, rather recalls that latter ditty, except these are wine bottles and they are not only the wall; they are everywhere.
The Wine Company is a “wine bistro” purveying food and alcohol, but with a difference. The restaurant also doubles up as a wine shop, where guests can pick up bottles of wine (and spirits) at wholesale prices, to accompany their meal, or take them home. There are over 150 brands of wine and alcohol available and while the wine list isn’t the most extensive (for example, the Chilean and the Argentinian selection is limited to one variety each), it’s certainly representative, with wines from over 30 countries available.
The restaurant itself is done up a la European cafe: brick walls, dark wooden flooring, chalkboard menus, some spectacular food and wine shots, and of course cases and display chillers, teeming with bottles of both still and bubbly. The menu is essentially European with minor tweaking done in places. Currently, the a la carte menu is only available at dinner, lunch relegated to a buffet. While the former is replete with items such as Beef Meatballs cooked in Jameson Whiskey, Mussles in Chili Cilantro Oil and a Broccoli and Blue Cheese Soup, the latter is nothing to turn your nose up at either. Comprising a full spread, the buffet menu boasts of live pasta, pancake stations and wood-fired pizza straight from kitchen to table, apart from the usual trappings.
Having visited during lunch hours, we more than make do with the buffet: Roast Lamb and German Potato and Pork Salads, Potato Rosti with Wasabi Mayonaisse, Basa Fish in a Lemon Butter Sauce, and Chicken Fricassee, among a host of other dishes. The food is superlative, the Fricassee and the Potato and Pork Salad stand out in particular. A bottle (or two) of wine being rather hedonistic for a working lunch, we stick to the house wine which, at Rs 225 a glass, is a reasonable affair.
For dessert, we are served something which, as our server quips, is not recommended for children. It turns out to be a Whiskey and Chocolate mousse, so soaked in alcohol that it probably needs its own liquor license. Upon exiting, we just hope we can find our way back. Soon.