I have found the chillest place in Gurgaon! {The Hangout by 1861}

By 03:33 Saturday, 8 October 2016 , ,

Where: 2, Lower Ground Floor, DLF South Point Mall, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Italian
Cost: 1600 for two

I want to begin this review with the most important point- this place made me hate Gurgaon less. A tiny cafe tucked in a silent corner of DLF South Point Mall on Golf Course Road, The Hangout by 1861 has a happy vibe that'll transport you back to the carefree days- I could easily picture myself having a gala time with my BFF army at one of its American-style seating booths. 

The menu consists of mostly American fare with a touch of Tex-Mex.The same influence can also be seen in its decor, mostly characterised by wooden furniture, brick walls, vintage black and white photographs and bright yellow lighting. I visited on a Saturday and there was a live band playing the best of Hindi songs. It added to the whole experience and I just didn't want to leave the place. A great plus for me however, was that it wasn't too crowded or too loud even on a busy Saturday evening. You can have great conversations and enjoy the live music, both at the same time.

Coming to the grub, I began with a tall, creamy glass of Pina Colada. It's an ideal choice for those who plan on eating light, since it tends to make you feel a little full. Can be best described as sweet, refreshing and comforting. However, if you visit with drinking as the main agenda, go for a Manhattan (or three) - the classic concoction of whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters. 

We went for Crispy Potato Wedges to much on with the drinks. They were nothing special yet everything we needed- hearty seasoning, perfectly crisp skin and a sweet mint dip. Yum! The Crispy Baked Potato Skins were even better. Hollowed out potato halves stuffed with cheese and veggies, served with a dollop of sour cream and salsa. Definitely one of the highlights of the evening.

For non-vegetarians, Pepper Chicken is a great option (especially if you're downing it with beer). The chicken pieces are dunked in a tangy pepper sauce and grilled to perfection- hella hot but what's life without a little bit of fire, RAAITE? Do what you may but DO NOT leave without having the  Brooklyn Heights Chicken, a brilliant option from the mains. Fine quality chicken breast stuffed with baby spinach and a beautiful artichoke sauce, grilled and served with mashed potatoes + greens.

As a vegetarian, I was happy with Al Capone Penne (pasta in a tangy tomato sauce) and the Veggie Lovers Pizza. The super thin and crispy crust deserves a special mention. 

I was too full for dessert which was really sad because they have New York Cheesecake and Key Lime Pie, both of which rank pretty damn high in my "Desserts I'd Choose Over Life" List. Looking forward to try them out on my next visit- because The Hangout by 1861 is TOTALLY worth a second one. 

The Hangout by 1861 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

( Note: The non-vegetarian items have been reviewed with the help of a friend who can be trusted)

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  1. Wow, love this place.