Tried and Tasted: AMPM Café & Bar, Galleria

By 13:09 Friday 22 June 2018 , ,

Where: Second floor, Galleria Market, DLF phase 4, Gurgaon
Cuisine: North Indian, American, Italian, Chinese
Cost: 1500 for two

I visited Gurgaon's popular Galleria market for the first time and was pleasantly surprised to see such great shopping and dining options. However, I was most excited about AMPM, mainly because I'm such a fan of their Rajouri Garden outlet. My friends and I have celebrated so many birthdays at AMPM, and attended so many DJ sessions and Ladies nights and have always come back with a good experience. Naturally, I expected nothing less from the Gurgaon outlet and I wasn't let down.

They've got a great outdoor seating area with an uninterrupted view of the Gurgaon skyline and comfy couches to chill for hours. The interiors are tastefully decorated with black and white portraits, tiny plants and big glass windows that let in plenty of natural light. They've got an open kitchen and you can see your food getting prepared- right from the beginning to the final garnish on the counter. There's also a slightly elevated stage area for live performances, you can stay updated about the gigs here.

Since it was a Saturday, I felt like having a nice cocktail and had QUITE A LOT of choices, thanks to AMPM's extensive bar menu. Each cocktail was unique and looked like a work of art {I really liked that they had included a picture of each drink along with a fun description in the menu}. I do appreciate classics but it had been far too long since a restaurant bar had truly surprised me. I went for the one that sounded the most adventurous and non-sweet. Hakim's Stinger {base: Swedish vodka} will remind you of your grandma's home-made pickles with the added freshness of orange, fig and star anise, along with the spicy kick of chaat masala, black salt and cinnamon. Served in a vintage clay pot, I could see the beautiful garnish of yellow mustard seeds along with everything else. A very soul-satisfying and eye-pleasing concoction in all.

Coming to the food, the AMPM Chaat is unmissable. It combines all your favourite chaats, right from sev to papri to palak patta and even a bit of ragada, and gives you a well-balanced mix. Their Mezze Platter is a dream come true for all Lebanese lovers. I couldn't get enough of the fresh, grilled pita and crunchy falafels and the dips too, were equally loved {especially the near-perfect hummus and tangy baba ganoush}. 

Dal Makhni Shots have really become a thing here in Delhi and it's actually a great way to turn your mains into starters, which gives you more room to try new stuff. Mini Garlic Naan was a great side to the lovely dal but my friend insisted that it stands no chance against the hearty Butter Chicken Slider that followed. He also recommends their Chilly Chiken and crunchy, deep fried Chicken in a Basket for the non-vegetarians. For dessert, we tried the Swiss Kiss shake from AMPM's popular 'Lickables' menu which comprises of a variety of edible shakes. Surprisingly, it wasn't as heavy as it looked and made for the perfect sweet ending to our meal.

Overall, I absolutely loved the preparation as well as the presentation at the cafe and can't wait to go back on a good-weather day to make the most of its outdoor seating. You should too!

AMPM Café & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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