Oh, so I have been to just quite a lot of restaurants and bars and pubs and what have you, that are so entirely boring that I don’t want to go again. Besides, I’m not a stickler for visiting trendy places that I wouldn’t usually pay a repeat visit to.
So when somebody suggested Sutra for a lunch date with the husband, I was not too sure. After all, I just needed a place to relax a bit, a soothing ambience and eat some really good food and not feel like I was there simply because somebody said so!
Now, the recently opened Sutra, in the Gardens Galleria mall in sector 38 of Noida, fashions itself as a gastropub. This basically means a place that serves high quality food with a cutting edge bar and all the works.
True to its classification, it lives up to the meaning of a ‘gastropub’ quite well. Food, so far, is top notch, both in taste and presentation. The drinks, at least the ones I tried, were really good. Watery cocktails are anathema to me; thankfully Sutra serves it potent and very useful that is! The LIIT that comes in a very tall 500 ml glass looks and tastes great. Even the Mojitos were good enough!
As for the food, they have an eclectic multi-cuisine menu that will let you jolt your tastebuds so you can try whatever you please. I usually gravitate towards the Asian selection and the husband, who normally prefers Indian, was more than willing to experiment so it was a happy marriage indeed. Pun intended!
The Wok Fried Chicken Chilli, Hakka Noodles with bacon or chicken as you please and of course, the caramelised Pork Belly, is a must try and even the Pizzas and Risottos come highly recommended.
Add to that, a sprawling area with classy, comfortable interiors, that spreads out into a counter for live music, a dance spot and the expansive terrace to either smoke or some getting away from the crowd, and you are pleasantly sorted. Service is quick and courteous and though we landed just as the place had opened and the service staff was still milling around, we were quietly eased in.
That said, even the gaggle of gaudily made up ladies in Navratri attire who danced with gusto to some really loud Bollywood numbers didn’t really make us feel out of place. Our date went on…
The cocktails did their job, I guess.