Brewing Food

  • Aalok Wadhwa
  • India
  • Mar 09, 2012

Lemp Brew Pub and Kitchen

2nd Floor, Star Mall, Sector 30, South City 1, Gurgaon

Phone: +918527244000, +918527233000

Cuisine: Multi-cuisine

Timing: 12 noon – midnight 


Lemp Brew Pub and Kitchen is an outpost of the Lemp Brewing Company of St Louis, Missouri, USA. Their claim to fame is the introduction of lager beer to the Wild West, circa 1840. Now they are the seventh micro-brewery to open shop in Gurgaon – making our city the undisputed micro-brewery capital of northern India. 


Lemp’s menu, available on the internet, has some interesting dishes. I ask Chef Gopi Kirupananthan, a cruise-line cooking veteran, on the kind of food he dishes up. Tactfully he replies “we serve fusion cuisine – food for the pleasure of people”. 


I start off with the prawn and bacon lemp salad (Rs. 180). What I am served is lots of greens, with crisp bacon and prawns grilled just right; and an unusual dressing made from the mixing of vinegar, chilly flakes, salt and pepper, with their freshly brewed Cherokee beer. Quite a heady combination.


The service here is languid. As I wait for the next dish, I do have the time to notice the lavish interiors, and the giant vats (brewing beer) sitting on a mezzanine above the dining area.


I have been looking forward to Coq au vin (Rs. 325), a French classic. Loosely translated as chicken with wine, legend has it that this was the favourite of the ancient Gallic warriors; and also the legendary Julius Caesar. Te standard recipe calls for a chicken, red wine (often Burgundy), bacon, button mushrooms, onions, and garlic. The dish I am served, alas, has skipped the bacon – which is like skipping the butter in butter chicken. The dish lacks the smoky taste that is so necessary in this iconic dish. To be fair, if the dish had been called chicken in red wine sauce, it would have made for a tasty experience. The chef says that this is a concession they have made for their diners.


A while later the mixed meat sizzler (Rs. 475) arrives. It has an interesting mix of lamb kidneys, liver, chicken sausage, chicken breast, meat balls and bacon – sizzling amongst a lot of veggies, topped with a fried egg, and with French fries on the side. This is a nice carnivore treat. I especially like the smoking hot lamb kidneys, and meat balls.


The food here is good. And the different freshly brewed beers would surely add another dimension to the enjoyment. 



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