The 225-cover Rhino opened three weeks ago, occupying a huge corner of the top floor of the South Point Mall on Golf Course Road. This restaurant cum clubhouse aspires to be the latest hot-spot in Gurgaon, its name inspired from the calm and majestic personality of the endangered animal. The interiors are woody, with copper clad pillars and black granite flooring, giving the place a macho, yet lavish, look.
“We provide a casual fine dining experience with foods from Europe and the Middle East,” says executive chef Prem Nath, a hospitality veteran who has years of work experience in these areas. He proudly declares that only the best ingredients are allowed into his kitchen and that he personally ensures that the diners get dishes that they would expect in a high-end restaurant in Europe.
It is time to check out his claims and the first dish served to me is a duck salad with poached pears (Rs 350). It has thin slices of oven roasted duck and red wine poached pears. The dish is clean and tasty, though the duck is a trifle stringy. I like the hoisin sauce that have been blobbed around, providing a keen edge to the salad.
Soon after the mains are served. The first is the mixed grill (Rs 650). The goat chop here has meat so tender that it yields to the cut of a butter knife; the marinade of fresh garlic juice, chili flakes, salt and extra virgin olive oil make for a lingering aftertaste. The chicken has been grilled just enough to make it retain its succulent taste. The peppered salmon fillet is cooked to perfection —it is fresh, moist, flaky and delivers a beautiful clean taste, with a hit of broken fresh peppercorns.
Another surprise is the Qatari kabab (Rs 495). That the state of Qatar is rich in culinary tradition too is a discovery for me. The kabab is shaped like a seekh, and is robustly seasoned with Middle Eastern spices. What makes it extra-ordinary is the accompanying papaya salsa which is a simple preparation of finely chopped ripe papaya mixed with lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, chopped green chilies, coriander and of course salt and pepper.
The food at Rhino is some of the best I have tasted in Gurgaon. If they do manage to maintain this quality, it can be a big boon for Gurgaon Food Freak. I wish them the very best.
Food: 4.0 | Ambience: 4.0 | Service: 4.0
Meal for Two: Rs 1400| Alcohol: Yes| Credit Card: Yes| Timing: 12 Noon to 12 AM, 12 Noon to 2 AM (Weekends)
Address: Rhino, 312, South Point Mall, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon | Phone: +91 9560700123