Just Introduced: Molecule, Gurgaon
During my school days, even a single thought of the word molecule used to give me goosebumps. I have never been a chemistry fan but the chemical combinations used in making the food based on molecular gastronomy at Molecule Cafe have changed my perception totally. The owners of the restaurant, Manish, Varun Puri and Vivek Bhargava, have spelled wonders in collating the different atoms like lip-smacking food, amazing drinks, awe-striking interiors to make Molecule an apt place to unwind your evenings.
Based on German-USA war theme, Molecule gives you an ultimate experience of finest air bar, molecular kitchen and freshly brewed beers. Brimming with elegance and class, the walls adorn 3D art installations apart from being beautifully dotted with war-related artefacts like guns, screwdrivers, big wheels, gears, pipes, valves which gives it an aesthetic look whereas the big shining breweries overlooking from the bar counter will transport you to the time of war between Germany and USA when the culture of brewing your own beer was a hit amongst the localities.
A lively bar, expansive dining room, comfy couches and soothing lighting sums up the beauty of this elegant restaurant. It also has an open terrace which gives a panoramic view of Gurgaon.
The food menu at Molecule explains the finesse and craftsmanship that has gone into building this tasteful eatery. Amazed by the unique concept, I was expecting the unexpected from their menu. But at the same time, the way their servers were dressed in camouflage also stunned me. They came march pasting with my first dish – Mushroom Cappuccino. The creamy mushroom soup served in a cup resting on a smoking truck was infused with thyme as parmesan foam sit on the top and truffle oil providing a distinctive taste to it. Next dish was as light as air and this is the reason it is called Air Bread. It was served with quattro formaggi sauce and paneer tikka with green chilli caviar.
This was followed by Veg Biryani Arancini, Dragon Smoke Popcorn, Chilli Paneer Samosa and Paneer Tikka Two Ways. Veg Biryani Arancini was served with dehydrated onions, raita sphere, pink peppercorns and salan crème. It was crispy from outside and oozing flavours from inside. Dragon Smoke Popcorns were finished with caramel and N2. These were served chilled and they throw out smoke as you munch them. Chilli Paneer Samosa was stuffed with paneer and its taste has the power to give competition to the authentic Chinese dishes. Paneer Tikka Two Ways comprised of two different types of paneer. One was sautéed in peri peri sauce and the other one in green pesto sauce. This melt-in-mouth dish was served with roast tomato and mint chutney.
Their Makhani Paneer pizza was the star dish for the evening. The wood fired pizza had the delicious topping of Indian delicacy shahi paneer with green chilli, onion and coriander sprinkled on it.
I paired my meal with Strawberry Lemonade and Warm Cranberry Cider. Strawberry Lemonade was sweet as refreshing whereas Warm Cranberry Cider proved apt for the season with cinnamon dominating the flavour of the drink.
Last but not the least was cones filled with strawberry yoghurt and green candy floss. This unique dessert reminded candy floss we enjoyed as kids. So, I must say it was a nostalgic ending to the heavenly meal.
Where: Molecule, Gurgaon
Cost for two: INR 1,200 plus taxes