A Chic New Place In G Town Which Screams Comfort And Luxe In Every Aspect
What Makes It Awesome?
It is very rare you come across a restaurant that is luxe in every aspect, from décor to menu but is also very warm and inclusive! I say this because very often, grand places tend to have an air of exclusivity that isn’t very inviting and then you walk into G Town’s latest, Comorin and you realize, grandeur can be very welcoming too! Comorin is a big open plan, spread over three levels, elevated by just a couple of steps, to create a sense of spaciousness. The ceiling is industrially chic, the bar face is small and cosy and then there is a private dining room which is even cosier.
Service is impeccable which is no surprise and the bar menu is as impressive as the food menu. There is a shop, with a curated store of gourmet and lifestyle products within the premises and a coffee shop that serves some of the finest, artisan coffee.
The food at Comorin is a modern take on familiar classics from across the country without taking away from the comfort value of regional food or the flavours for that matter! This is probably the chicest place (outside of London) that you will find yourself enjoying dishes like Khichdi, Nimki, Kachumbar and Sev Puri and what an amazing Sev Puri It was! The menu is relatively no-frills, segmented into small and large plates with equal dishes under vegetarian and non-vegetarian. If you’re looking for comfort eating, start with the Gunpowder Idli, the chutneys are stellar by the way. The Sweet Corn Khichdi is also highly recommended, with the subtle sweetness of tender corn kernels and a topping of ‘sem ke beej’ that add just the right texture and leaves me amazed at where the Chef found them and how he decided to use them. On that note, another ingenious dish has got to be the Bacon Bread Pakora, have it just to see how it’s done and the Green Chilli Prawns, using the highly under-utilized, humble green chilli in all it’s glory.
Regarding comfort, skip it all and dig into the Haleem and be happy! Fortunately, the portions are perfect, allowing guests to eat more from the menu, so as you move to the main course, I suggest you go for the Malai Paneer Rara, where the ‘rara’ which is usually ‘keema’ in the mutton variant, is ‘soya’ granules. For meat eaters, the first things to try just have to be the Duck Khurchan and the Champaran Meat served with a Sattu Parantha, it’s like a regional home meets a restaurant straight out of ‘Sex and the City’!
The bar is where you will find everything made from scratch, including the vermouth, falernum and liqueurs. The cocktails are their versions of classics and each one is worthy of a mention but if I must choose, then I suggest you start with the Light and Dark Khus Vermouth and then move on to the cocktails. I’m going to be back for the following, the Ginger Limoncello, tart, ginger spiced and super refreshing even in the cold days of December, the Pickled Pom Whisky, made with an infusion of pickling spices and a hint of chocolate from Mole Bitters, it’s pure art. They have a Walnut Sour and a Vanilla Cognac (served as a liqueur) and a sugarcane juicer modelled into a shaker for the Ramos & Roses Gin Fizz. The desserts are innovative, laden with nostalgia yet somehow, all new to the palate. Familiar words like Dhoda (when in Gurgaon, of course!!), Nolen Gur, Cheeni Malai Toast, it's all there but don't leave without trying the Alwar Milk Cake ice cream! A trip to Comorin is all about discovery, about culinary heritage, artisan, handpicked products and how fabulous a bar can truly be!
What Could Be Better?
I think it’s safe to say, Comorin is just about as perfect as a restaurant ought to be! With a combo like Chef Mehrotra and Chef Dhiraj, it’s no surprise!!
How Much Did It Cost?
INR 1,000 - 3,000
Best To Go With?
Family, Big Group, Bae