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Easier policies, spending power, well-travelled consumers: Why Gurgaon’s in the mood to party as 2016 ends


As Gurgaon gets ready to ring in the new year, restaurateurs in the city share with us that it has been a great year for the nightlife sector, thanks to sophisticated, adventurous diners and progressive policies.

Zorawar Kalra: Gurgaon’s diners have developed a well-exposed and sophisticated palate

Gurgaon, touted to be the centre of commercial activity in NCR, with numerous indigenous and international business houses, well-planned infrastructure and ease of accessibility, has earned itself the title of the Millennium City. Over the years, Gurgaon has developed an international culture, with its diners having a well-exposed and sophisticated palate. To meet the demand of its diners, the city has dining out options and culinary centers like the DLF Cyber Hub – India’s first integrated F&B and entertainment destination. This year witnessed the emergence of many fine-dine restaurants, pubs and five star hotels in and around the city, which co-exist with the legacy of old Gurgaon eateries. This offers exciting dining options to a city that is passionate about its food and always open to new experiences. We created one such destination – Farzi Cafe – that broke the stereotype attached with Indian food, while focusing on enticing the youth to take pride in the country’s culinary history. Critically acclaimed, the cafe is considered to have revolutionised the concept of contemporary Indian dining, and also offers a platform to new-age artists and bands as well as established performers.

AD Singh: The pubs, bars and lounge segment here is growing the fastest
Our first exposure to the Gurgaon market was with our Bombay Irani cafe, SodaBottleOpenerWala. We were a bit apprehensive, as the audience here had no exposure to this kind of food. But to our pleasant surprise, it was widely accepted from day one. Next, we opened Olive in a bistro format, which was also a success. Between these two restaurants we’ve seen a diverse, adventurous audience, ranging from the very well-travelled to the rookie – all sharing a love for food. Like most emerging markets, the pubs, bars and lounge segment here is growing the fastest. Sector 29, for example, is an eye-opener. I believe that restaurants should be fun and owners must work on keeping the quality high, and keep innovating. We are now looking at bringing more of our brands here, mainly at Cyber Hub and 32nd Milestone. We have realized that Gurgaon’s diners are quite adventurous.

Riyaaz Amlani: Forward-looking policies make gurgaon a good place to work
Gurgaon is one of the most cosmopolitan cities of India, and the young, urban crowd looks forward to trying out different options when it comes to dining out. Speaking of what has changed in 2016, I am amazed at how Sector 29 has emerged as the microbrewery hub of NCR, and the credit goes to the forward-looking policies of Haryana government. Another big change in dining out is that now, restaurants are allowed to serve liquor in open-air spaces, something that we are still struggling with in Delhi. This will lead to more options coming up in Gurgaon in the food and nightlife sector. After demonetization, within NCR, Gurgaon was the least affected in terms of business, because the people here are more outgoing and chilled out. While Gurgaon has a range of casual dining options, there are not enough fine dining options. But that is all set to change in 2017, as some excellent, established names in fine dining will open in Gurgaon.”

Source: Times of India

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