Lemp Brew Pub and Kitchen is an outpost of the Lemp Brewing Company of St Louis, Missouri, USA, whose claim to fame is introducing lager beer to the Wild West in circa 1840. Now they are the seventh micro-brewery to open shop in Gurgaon, making our city the undisputed micro-brewery capital of northern India.
But then, that is not the reason why I am here. Lemp’s menu available on the internet has some interesting dishes. And in my quest to reach foodie parts of Gurgaon where no foodie has gone before, I am here to try them. I ask Chef Gopi Kirupananthan, a cruise line cooking veteran, on the kind of food he dishes up. Tactfully he replies “we serve fusion cuisine, food for the pleasure of people”.
I start off with the prawn and bacon lemp salad (Rs 180). What I am served is lots of greens with crisp bacon, prawns grilled just right, and an unusual dressing made from mixing vinegar, chilly flakes, salt and pepper with their freshly brewed Cherokee beer. The salad is all that it should be and more.
The service here is languid (which is the polite way of saying it is slooooooow). As I wait for the next dish, I do have the time to notice the lavish interiors, and giant vats brewing beer sitting on a mezzanine above the dining area.
I have been looking forward to trying Coq au vin (Rs 325), a French classic. Loosely translated as chicken with wine, legend has it that this was the favourite of the ancient Gallic warriors, and also the legendary Julius Caesar. Standard recipe calls for a chicken, red wine (often Burgundy), bacon, button mushrooms, onions, and garlic. The dish I am served, alas, breaks my heart. It has skipped the bacon, which is like skipping the butter in butter chicken. The dish lacks the smoky taste that is so necessary in this iconic dish. To be fair, if the dish had been called chicken in red wine sauce, it would have made for a tasty experience, devoid of any expectations. The chef says that this is a concession they have made for their diners who apparently do not like bacon in their chicken dish.
A good while later the mixed meat sizzler (Rs 475) arrives. It has an interesting mix of lamb kidneys, liver, chicken sausage, chicken breast, meat balls and bacon sizzling amongst a lot of veggies, topped with a fried egg and with French fries on the side. This is a nice carnivore treat. I especially like the smoking hot lamb kidneys and meat balls.
The food here is average. But I am sure that the seven different freshly brewed beers would add some enjoyment to the meal.
Ratings out of 5
Food: 2.5 | Ambiance: 3.5 | Service: 2.0 |Overall: 2.5
Meal for Two: Rs 1200 | Alcohol: Lots | Credit Card: Yes| Timing: 12:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Address: 2nd Floor, Star Mall, Sector 30, South City 1, Gurgaon| Phone: +918527244000, +918527233000
A version of this review first appeared in Friday Gurgaon