- credit card accepted
- must do for tourists
Iredus, located in the corporate heart of Gurgaon serves North Indian food besides a mix of International cuisines such as Mediterranean, Italian, American and Sea food. They pride themselves with the range of wines they offer which are of 24 varieties and that too on tap besides offering single malts, beers, black vodka etc. Innovative in every sense, this restaurant should be on every connoisseurs list.
SoDelhi Food Expert
It’s a breaking moment in the gastronomic world; Iredus - bar, lounge and curiosities, is the city’s new vitality with no easy parallels drawn; from being the new-kid-on-the-block to soon gaining the status of being the next-best-thing in town.
The edgy and stylish Scottish Dupleix home-like ambience is replete with a living room, family room, library and a dining room and an outdoor courtyard seating done up in wooden hues, metal grid and glass. Yes, you heard it right; practically everything you see around is up for grabs. From furniture to exclusive food products to eclectic knick-knacks sitting as props on the shelves. The emanating warmth enveloped us the moment we entered the precincts. Harley Davidson rules over the bar and the inspired lounge seating around it.
Penchant for collecting one-of-its-kind oddities, such as, an old trunk, a miniature bike, vintage railway lantern, table-carts, sofas & recliners are seemingly scattered casually around; however, having said that, there is nothing nonchalant about them. You follow the story and everything else falls into place.
The retail section stocks unexplored, undiscovered food products, which will make your lips querl in surprise and delight. Rare Chianti Classico Extra Virgin Oil which in fact is as exotic as wine; The Grown Up Chocolate Company crackers; or Bob Marley is not a mere name here. The signature coffee pack is as exclusive as the singer himself.
The place gets firsts on many counts. An engaging sybaritic den for those dog-tired, bone-weary, lotus-eaters, or just the eat, drink and be merry, types. Their overwhelming confluence of wines, spirits and world cuisine offered with an effervescent epicurean approach floored us.
The unique one-off state-of-the art wine unit with pre-paid card option stocks 24 varieties for discerning taste buds, with tasting at no charge. To top it with another first in the world, another exclusive enomatic dispenser of wines & whiskeys-on-tap displaying eight single cask whiskeys at a time are available. These are products of the Society in Scotland and are distributed only to members. We were very impressed by the limited editions. The bottles said it all. The one we picked up told us that only 207 barrels are actually made out of which only 8-9 are left in India. The names are equally quaint. So, there is Coffee, Kisses & Cappuccino. Talk of being exclusive. Coasters again come with etched piquant lines.
Stirred by the uber cozy surroundings, our appetites whetted, we went full throttle into the food. The starter platter of Rosemary, Garlic Flatbread with crostini and garlic bread-sticks with Hummus dip were great warmers, while sipping on Luca de Indi, Lychee Wine, (first in the world) set the ball rolling. On the rocks or cocktail Infusion shots of Cherry Bourbon, Saffron Gin, Star Anise Vodka, Spiced Rum, et al, were awesome tongue-ticklers.
The Chopped Asparagus & Feta Cheese on Bruschetta was devoured by us for its freshness and taste. The Tandoori Grilled Paneer Tikka with coriander chutney was the softest, juiciest cubes steeped in the masala. The classic Chettinad Black Pepper Chicken Fry was a spicy Iredus classic so juicy and succulent that it almost glistened in its juices embodying tantalizing flavours. Bingo!
The Tandoori Basa fish was a lovely golden marinated in Kasundi mustard infused with spices; a delicate offering. The Keema and Omelette Pao, a simple street food was taken to another level; implicit in its simplicity with abundance of flavour sans extra oil with Keema Bhaji, garlic chilli, mustard, red chilli powder, and fried green chilli. Lip-smacking to the hilt!
The Rajasthani Mutton Sule had the conundrum of royal kitchen stamped all over it. The mutton was chargrilled and juiciously tender. Muli Ki Chutney was an alien accompaniment but delightful nevertheless. The Hummus Zucchini Pizza sported an innovative gutsy topping of hummus, chargrilled zucchini burnt garlic on fresh in-house thin crust. The Bourbon Chicken Wings marinated in Bourbon and dressed in BBQ sauce were appealing to the eyes and taste buds whilst the Barley Risotto with cheese was an unusual experiment which worked well on the palate. We just loved this lighter and healthier variation of the classic risotto.
Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani accompanied with Mirchi Ka Salan and Raita was light, non-greasy and aromatic. The Chicken Mango Curry using specially reared chicken basted over charcoal was sublime. A refreshing summer dish served with steamed rice - The Kalonji letting sparks fly.
The Spiced Cheese Cake with orange, ginger crust had us snookered. A spicy-kick dessert! The Chocolate Tiramisu was a first again, a delicious variant of the classic coffee flavour. We cavorted to the library side to nurse Hot Orange Mocha with infused orange peel while flipping through the Maharaja’s Cookbook.
They got it right every step along the way!
The heart shaped puri is something i would love to try out when i visit this restaurant with my girlfriend...Would definitely love to sit on those comfortable sofa's while I sip a mug of chilled beer.
Wow, never knew a place like this existed in Gurgaon. Wines on tap! Sounds like my kinda place. Gurgaon is slowly but surely getting there where food and drinks are concerned. Will definitely check it out the next time i'm there.