Sector 29 in Gurgaon has emerged to be the biggest foodie hub catering to all tastes and pockets. The global Gurgaon-ites and expats population settled in Gurgaon are constantly in search for specialty food which is showing in the way city has geared up to meet to their demanding nature.
No more dining-out means Punjabi and Chinese fare at a restaurant which would normally serve both. People are ready to experiment and they want to try out new interesting options not easily available or prepared at home. Ambience and service now holds as much importance, if not more, than the food itself.
Sector 29 is not only centrally located but also has a big advantage of ample parking without the hustle-bustle of a mall and a non-mall like parking rates. Proximity to metro is a big plus too. The culinary scene here started with Bikanerwala which served good vegetarian fare at a price point in easy reach of the middle class. Since then the market evolved and never looked back. Lot of specialty restaurant set shop here and have received terrific response from the citizens of G-Town.
Let us look at some of the options this market has to offer:
Gung: One of the best Korean joint in the Delhi-NCR region serving variety of imported meat cuts in a great ambience with Personal Dining Rooms and option of choosing a Karaoke facility. It is one of my personal favorite in the city.
Spaghetti Kitchen: A popular chain by celebrity Chef Bill Marchetti serving Italian cuisine.
21 Gun Salute: Though not a specialty North Indian restaurant but the décor using vintage cars gives this restaurant a class and a rich feel and certainly warrants a revisit.
Oriental Blooms: Serving Pan Asian cuisine with Teppanyaki food (live food counters)
Yo! China and Chin Chin: To satisfy our craving for Chinese food there are outlets which cater exclusively. Yo! China has come a long way and now serves much better Chinese food at a fairly reasonable price. Chin Chin which started as a delivery only option for Chinese food has set up its first restaurant in Sector 29.
Gola Sizzler: If you are a sizzler freak, look no further. Gola Sizzler (Defence Colony fame) is right here to satisfy our taste buds.
Bikanervala: Self-service vegetarian restaurant serving Indian, Chinese, Chaat and other popular street food stuff.
Pind Balluchi/ Park Balluchi: Both Pind and Park Balluchi are run by the same group and serve Mughlai dishes. Pind Balluchi draws huge waiting given its reasonable pricing and great food.
Swagath and Sagar Ratna: The very popular segment of South Indian food is catered by these two restaurants where Sagar Ratna is a vegetarian joint while Swagath caters to Non-Vegetarian too and has a wide range of seafood options too. Swagath besides offering Manglorean and Chettinad cuisine also has a wide range on North Indian dishes.
Sector-29 also offers fast food options like Pizza Hut, Dominos, McDonald and Subway that doesn’t need any introduction.
Gurgaon is a watering hole for NCR town and sector-29 is not far behind to cater to the segment. It has two micro-breweries serving fresh and in-house prepared beer. Hops N Brew was the first brewery-pub to come in Sector-29 and offers select variety from Continental, Italian, Lebanese, Thai, Chinese and Indian grilled food with option of choosing between open air and covered seating. The success was followed by Down Town which offered even classier interiors. Brix, a resto-bar is another option for foodies.
For discerning few who still believe that a rated Hotel is the best dining option may want to look at Park Premier, Lemon Tree Hotel, Peppermint Hotel and Crowne Plaza which are at a walking distance within Sector 29.
The market is maturing and more and more restaurants will soon set up shop here. Only thing that one currently misses here is the road side chat and golgappa stalls for which one may go to Bikanevala but still would miss the excitement to eat at road side stall. Making golgappas on your own with the ingredients served at Bikanervala is not all that fun after all.
If one of the parameter to judge a develop city is a foodie hub like Delhi has Pandara road, Mumbai has chaupati then Gurgaon is certainly in the league or ahead. It will be apt to say that Sector 29 is the biggest food court outside of a mall.
If you have a family or friends with different choices and you can’t make up your mind where to go, just head up to Sector-29.
– Pawan Soni