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A wild animal that has clearly been wounded since the last time we saw it, Rhino has degenerated from an exciting molecular mixology bar and thriving nightclub to a generic bhangra-playing post-work drinking spot in Gurgaon. Rustic and earthy colours make up their large indoor space with a stage area offset by a beautiful balcony, now usually inhabited by loud drunk groups. Their previous experiments with molecular mixology have clearly been abandoned and both our Techno Apple and Melon Cyclone were forgettable. Even our much-recommend Watermelon Bliss with mint air and watermelon carpaccio has lost its candy-like sweet texture and taste. Besieged by a clientele that probably does not pay heed to bar escapades, their usual orders now include straight drinks or classic cocktails. Thankfully, the food has maintained its good run with the Cajun Spiced Chicken Tenders and Pecan Stuffed Mushrooms filling up our un-spirited bellies. Wednesdays see their Ladies Night while Thursdays Corporate Nights are busy, but it's a jungle out there and sadly, we've lost one of our favourite beasts to the night.
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A multitude of seating options are offered at this lounge. You may sit indoor where there is also a dance floor or you could take our advice and head for the roof top terrace, because frankly that is the best part of this café. The food, unfortunately, disappoints and it really is for a hookah or drink on the terrace why you should visit Café 27. The Vegetable Salt and Pepper is nice enough or you could munch on the tangy Chili Chicken. The non vegetarian Kebab Platter is value for money.
Buzz: 3/5 | Décor: 2.5/5
-By Deepali Gupta
Café 27 is located at number 26, so there is no explanation for its random name, though the bar is surprisingly spacious considering the locality it’s in. Climb up the steps and you find a comfortable looking place lined with hookahs. There are a number of seating options, but the terrace is the most happening area. Order a Manhattan or a Mojito, though we say go for the Cristal Sangria accompanied with a Veg/Non Veg. Kebab Platter. The Kasondhi Machhi Tikka and Murgh Reshmi Tikka go well with the drinks. In mocktails, the Sunrise Smoothie and Virgin Miami Vice are a hit. The in-house DJ plays all kinds of music to keep the mood upbeat while Fridays are Sufi Nights. Good food and attentive service makes this place a favourite with families and large groups.HAPPY HOURS: Noon to 6pm.