I am extremely particular about what I introduce my desi palate to. I do have an undying love for food but you can’t call me a “foodie” foodie. I am the kind of person who looks for chola bhaturas in the menu even if I am on a trip to the Northeast or somewhere down south. Yes, I am open to experimenting with what I eat but then it has to be absolutely amazing. There’s no compromising. Ever.
My recent visit to RYU, the new F&B destination of Gurugram is a perfect case in point. I had been meaning to take one of my friends out for a dinner date for a long time. So when she asked me to join her for a dinner at RYU, I couldn’t refuse. “It’s an Asian restaurant by the way,” my friend warned me. “But there’ll be booze, right?” I enquired. “Oh absolutely!” And off we went.The moment we stepped into the restaurant, we could instantly feel a euphoric vibe. We made our way to the roof top bar through a spiral staircase. Millenials and digital nomads of Gurugram occupied almost every table. Saturdays, you see. Dotted with Japanese umbrella inspired shades and Sakura tea replicas, the place had an unusual vibe to it. It wasn’t too much in your face like most Delhi nightclubs and rooftop lounges are and it wasn’t very sophisticated and formal either. It was just the kind of place you would like to be with your mains after a long week of hard labour.
The manager Mr. Raju Raj was kind enough to find a table for us. We started with their Mangolian Crispy Chicken and it had me at the very first bite with its smoky black peppery flavour. I knew the experience would be worth the run. (We had gone there from Mayur Vihar!)
For cocktails, my friend ordered the white spirit based Thai Malaysian Border, which came garnished with kaafir lime and a red chilli. I ordered a Smoked Popcorn Old Fashion, which turned out to be quite the star of the night, I must admit.
Up next was the delicious Sliced Crispy Chicken Honey Chill, sweet and spicy and topped with loads of sesame seeds. We also had a plate of Thai Potato Wedges and Classy Veg Spring Rolls and they didn’t disappoint either.
By now, we had run out of drinks and ordered a flowery wine, the name of which I can’t recall. But I do remember its unique aroma and flavour.For entrée, we had an array of dumplings. The spicy chicken and spicy pork dim sums stole the show, while the Oriental lamb dim sums gave them some tough competition.The filling in every dim sum was tender and absolutely yum. It only increased our appetite, and we ordered a non-veg kebab platter too. It had chicken tikka, mutton seekh kebab and fish tikka, all three of which could never go wrong. We had had quite a few cocktails by now and thoroughly enjoyed the peppy music as we caught up about our lives in between bites of dim sum.For dessert, we had a date and figs pancake in wonton sheet served with generous scoops of the good old vanilla ice cream.
By the time we came down, the DJ had got everyone into the groove at the ground floor. I was impressed with the cosy yet striking interiors which seemed to be deeply inspired by the culture of Japan, China and Malaysia. We decided to shake a leg or two to end the night on a perfect note.
All in all, we had a great experience. Casual diner by day, and a night club by night, RYU has to be on your wish list if you are in the Delhi-NCR region.
Where: Plot No. 27, NH-8, 32nd Avenue, Sector 15, Gurugram
Price: Rs 2,000 (approx) with alcohol