BriX Street Bar & Rock Café
Ground Floor, SCO No. 30, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Timing: 12 noon – 12 midnight
As I enter the Sector 29 market, I am struck by its likeness to a giant stadium with a giant car park placed at the play area, and many restaurants—big and small—forming the stands. One such recently opened restaurant in this playground of gastronomy has a mouthful of a name, BriX Street Bar & Rock Café.
The interiors are what one would expect in a pub – exposed bricks (hence the name), a predominantly brown colour palette, posters and photos of various rock luminaries, a big bar proudly displaying a collection of bestselling foreign liquor, draught beer tap, some lounge sofas, some high stools and some low chairs (neither of which are particularly comfortable), and the usual dim lighting.
When I ask Chef Deepak what I should order, he strongly recommends the hamburgers, steaks and sizzlers.
The traditional hamburger (Rs. 425) is pretty huge. As it has to be, for the buns to accommodate a 250 gram tenderloin patty, mayonnaise, cheese, tomato slice and leaf lettuce – topped with gherkin. The bun is fresh, the patty well-seasoned – and hand-made as it should be. The dish looks good. I am soon to realise that this restaurant is very good at presentation of food.
The hamburger has never laid any claims to being a gourmet dish, and this one is very much at peace with itself, providing wholesome comfort. While it may be anatomically impossible to bite into this mammoth creation, I do succeed in getting my first bite in – the traditional messy way. The bite is all that a good burger should be—a mouthful of meaty madness.
Next, the fajita de pollo (Rs. 475) is a Tex-Mex dish. It hasprecisely plated grilled strips of chicken, on a bed of roasted onions and bell peppers; and is served with flour tortillas, green rice, sour cream, and pico de gallo (chopped tomatoes, onions and chillies). Under-seasoned, the dish tastes like it is bored with its existence. And this is a dish that is supposed to sizzle...
Things perk up again with the dessert. BriX signature chocolate fondue (Rs. 245) is an experience designed to overindulge. The fondue, placed in solitary splendour on a plate prettily inscribed with the restaurant’s name in chocolate sauce, is deceptively harmless looking. As the spoon digs in, out comes lava of molten chocolate – and the bowl of vanilla ice-cream is placed conveniently, to provide the right balance to the gooey goodness.
BriX is a welcome new addition to the Gurgaon night life. The food is designed to go well with a good pint of beer, while chilling out with friends.