Dining in the New Year

Celebrate the new year at these four exceptional restaurants that promise a symphony of flavours, innovation, and immersive dining experiences.

South Indian Flavours Redefined

A recent addition to the food scene, Sambar Soul elevates the soulful flavours of south India. With dishes like crispy and savoury dosas, soft and fluffy idlis, spicy Chettinad curries, and the soothing embrace of hot filter coffee, the menu is a celebration of diversity. For those looking for an engaging and enjoyable trip through the culinary traditions of the area, Sambar Soul is a must-visit. Every dish serves as a testament to the authenticity and richness of South Indian cuisine.

In conclusion, these four newly launched restaurants offer a diverse tapestry of culinary experiences, from refined elegance to immersive storytelling and craft beer innovation. As they carve their places in the hearts of gastronomes across the country, each establishment beckons patrons to savour the unique flavours and stories that define the Indian dining landscape.

Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi of Karigari

A Culinary Symphony led by Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi

Karigari is a fine dining experience featuring a symphony of flavours and stories under the direction of chef Harpal Singh Sokhi. Karigari is more than just a restaurant; it's a canvas on which Chef Harpal paints his journey through the setbacks and victories of the food industry. After its grand launch in Dehradun and Punjabi Bagh, they are now planning to launch in Bangalore and aiming for global expansion by the end of next year. The menu, which features a delicious fusion of traditional Indian and exotic dishes, is a monument to authenticity and creativity. Every diner at Karigari has an immersive experience thanks to the restaurant's absolutely captivating ambience. Acknowledged by Restaurant India, Karigari intends to broaden its reach by launching numerous grand openings throughout the country.

Bottles and Barrels

Rediscovering Elegance in Gurugram

Bottles and Barrels, tucked away in the heart of Gurugram, is a monument to the return of refinement and class. The restaurant and bar, which just reopened, has a sophisticated feel to it with a sophisticated interior that makes for a welcoming ambiance. The food is visually appealing, which only enhances its allure. The renowned chef Gautam Chaudhry, who has worked for the Radisson Group, The Oberoi, will surely make you fall in love with his extravagant cuisines and plating styles. The Christmas Eve menu, which highlights the restaurant's culinary expertise through a carefully chosen selection of dishes, is a more recent addition to its menu. Not only is Bottles and Barrels a culinary delight, but it also boasts one of the best atmospheres in the area, enhanced by creative and remarkable drinks.

Bira Taproom

Crafting Beer Experiences in Delhi NCR

Reputedly known for its inventive craft beer, Bira 91 is expanding its successful history by opening a second taproom in the Delhi NCR region at DLF Avenue, Saket. Building on the success of its DLF CyberHub and Bengaluru taprooms, Bira 91 invites customers to explore a world of expertly crafted beer experiences. Beyond the tap, the place takes pride in creative pairings that improve the beer-drinking experience and make every visit a celebration of flavour and craftsmanship.


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