Cocktails and Dreams is one of my favourite places in Gurgaon because the owners know that dining out is an experience, where food and drink is one of the factors. When I heard they had opened a new eatery above their famous pub, I made it a priority on my to-try list. This weekend, while we hadn’t really planned on eating there, it smelt just so heavenly that we were drawn in.
The Darjeeling momo, vegetarian and pork. This is possibly the first momo I’ve eaten where I’ve enjoyed the outer casing as much as the inside filling. Made of a traditional fermented dough, this really tasted like it was homemade (but at the house of a really fantastic Darjeeling based cook!). It was served with a coriander and sesame chutney, and the red-alert-blow-your-brains-out-spicy Dalle Khursani dip. This is made from ghost chillies brought to Cafe Lungta especially from Darjeeling. The dip was not my speed, but the green chutney definitely was. Delicious start to the meal.
The thakali thali came highly recommended and consisted of dal (kalo dal), curried vegetables, salad, fermented mustard leaves (gundruk ko achaar), daikon radish pickle (mula ko achaar), tomato relish (tamatar ko achaar), mustard potatoes, and spinach sautéed in red chilli and garlic, and steamed white rice. Everything was so unique, but consistently delicate and really packed with flavour. The spinach and curried vegetables paired so well with the rice and various achaars, that the flavour of everything was elevated.
A meal I would definitely repeat. If you’re a dal chawal fan like me, this is a Himalayan version that you cannot miss.