Raise the Bar remains the talk of the town post their launch party a couple of weeks back. With a drop dead gorgeous view of the concrete jungle, Raise the Bar sits on the sixth floor of the Clarence Hotel and the bustle of Gurgaon draws you in. They have a LIT bar, nitty gritties everywhere and comfortable couches to chill in this winter season.
We started with some of their classic drinks – Roaring Twenties, Hiss in the dark and Jazz. The drinks are a perfect, perfect balance between all the ingredients and the liquor content. The Hiss in the Dark was my favourite – a variation of espresso martini and is absolutely lip smacking with coffee liqueur and vodka.
As for the grub – Chicken bacon roll – roasted chicken wrapped with smoked bacon served with creamy carrot mash and chargrilled asparagus. The chicken bacon rolls are tantalizing to the core accompanies perfectly with greens and mashes and a dash of whisky sauce. Balinese chicken skewers – juicy chicken satay served with raw papaya salad and peanut sauce.
Spaghetti in Alfredo sauce with chicken – spaghetti done al dente tossed in a creamy cheesy sauce, topped with black and green olives, basil and smoked chicken.
Persian lamb chops glazed with garlic butter and served with a smoky BBQ sauce. Indian lamb chops, braised with garlic butter and drizzled over with a sweet barbecue sauce and some fresh rosemary sprigs. The lamb chops are tantalizing to the core, but the chops seemed like loners in need of some creamy mash and tossed greens to complete the dish.
We ended the meal with a Coffee Cheesecake – cream cheese infused with coffee beans, kahlua, topped with caramelised popcorn, salted caramel and chocolate sugar works. This was the cherry on the top, the salted caramel sugar works were the most tantalizing bit of this dessert.
Raise the Bar is quite literally raising the bar in Gurgaon with their fine cocktails and Continental offerings. To top it all the cheesecake.
Where? Raise the Bar, Clarence Hotel, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Price for two – 2500INR approx
Cuisine – Continental, Cocktails