When it comes to deciding where to eat, Delhiites, (partly indecisive) like me, have a hard time choosing. Solely for one reason—the options are aplenty. While my fellow millennials love to venture out to the NCR in search of everything new, noteworthy and delectable, I tend to be a little more conservative with my choices and stick to the city limits. But an exception had to be made when it was Michelin star chef Atul Kochhar’s much awaited comeback to the land of culinary magic, in Gurugram.
A little before the pandemic jolted the city again, I had the chance to experience a scrumptious meal at this modern Indian, uber-chic restaurant—SAGA: Cuisines of India. Vishal Anand’s brainchild and Chef Kochhar’s culinary experience come together in Gurugram and bring forward a bang-on entrant. At SAGA, it’s not just about the food narrating stories. Right from its interiors to the seating arrangement as well as the uniforms (designed by the famed Raghavendra Rathore, narrating the story of the Indian heritage while adding a modern touch), each element has a tale of its own to tell.
With a hard-to-miss glistening façade, much like a Parisian or a Roman museum, the restaurant is a 190-seater, spread over two levels and alfresco. The restaurant’s interiors boast of opulence while perfectly blending comfort. The seating arrangement has been crafted cleverly in order to offer the finest view of the exteriors, the outlet, as well as the band playing at the altar. However, that’s not what steals the show. It’s the 40-feet-high bar display, and one of the tallest, that’ll leave you spellbound. The restaurant exudes a modern Indian vibe by day that fades to make way for a chic evening spot and eventually possesses the ability to transform into a party outpost as soon as the music soars high.
What We’d Go Back For
When Chef Kochhar is involved, be assured that something larger than life is coming your way. Chef’s curated menu hits too close to home but also does not completely do away with a contemporary spin. With familiar flavours from all across the country, the menu traverses across land and sea alike and eventually diversifies into a burst of flavours.
I’ve been told that by means of this menu, Chef Kochhar has tried demonstrating a confluence of dishes that have left a strong mark across the globe, either due to their taste, flavors, ingredients, or techniques or the story that has travelled with the dish.
We recommend starting off with the Garhwali Kulth ki Kachori and Kandmool, moving on to Khari Paneer Tikka and going all out with the Punjabi Saag Paneer, Dal Moradabadi and Himachali Sepu Vadi.
Pro Tip: Keep an eye out for the fusion desserts that will quite literally leave you spoilt for choice.
Coming back to the bar, Akhilesh Sheoran, the manager, fares way well beyond expectations. As the evening progressed the signature SAGA cocktails made rounds, drawing inspiration from the length and breadth of India and seamlessly blending with the overall experience.
Did You Know
For those who enjoy their meals with melody, the outlet has well-placed JBL concert speakers within the interiors – the first of its kind for a restaurant. It is also the first permanent installation in India to have the JBL VTXA8 and VTXB18 line array loudspeakers—with proprietary JBL woofers, latest-generation high-frequency transducer and waveguide technology for an unmatched performance, efficiency, and a consistent 110-degrees of horizontal coverage.
Where: Vatika Atrium, Golf Course Road, Sector 53, Gurugram
Price: Rs3,000 plus taxes without alcohol
Call for reservations/deliveries: +91-7428922300/400