January 17, 2008 @ 9:32 pm
Hello ladies and gentlemen.
Blogging frequency has been at an all time low owing to some busy schedules off-late. In between, I was in Gurgaon, braving the cold wave that hit me every moment I stepped out of my office.
The thing I loved about my trip there was one of the dinners. If you are in Gurgaon you should definitely drop into a restaurant called Machaan. The word, I was informed, means a place covered by a roof and open on all four sides. (I know, my Tamil readers might want to inform me about the slang that is used in common parlance)
Contrary to the definition, the restaurant had no roof. In other words, an open-air restaurant. Now, an open-air restaurant is commonplace and there is nothing unique about it.
However, Machaan is definitely a place to dine at when the temperatures are hovering at 4 to 5 degrees. The restaurant places burning wood embers right next to your seat so that frequent rubbing of palms near it can provide some relief from the freezing winds.
Then comes the best part – the food. The kababs are the best I have ever had across the country (and to top that statement, I haven’t travelled much around the country). After the starters were devoured with swift and furtive moves of the hand (mostly due to the chill in the air), came the piece de resistance, if that’s what you call something that is quite good to be written about in a grand way.
The aloo parathas were served hot, hotter than the burning embers and were the best aloo parathas I have ever had outside my home (and to top that statement, I have been around at home for quite long). The parathas were so good that we found ourselves refusing to order anything else and continued eating a steady stream of them.
Finally when done, the cold wind started getting nippier and we had to make our way to our cars.
But, yes, it was a wonderful dinner – partly due to the great food and mostly due to the freezing cold winds. A passing thought – I was, of course, alcohol deprived. (And no, that is not for the record so that Mrs. Dhi Only One reads it)