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The second location of the bar formerly known as TC’s is spread across two floors with a giant samurai-like metal sculpture right at the entry, which probably serves no other purpose than scaring drunken guests at the end of a long happy hour fuelled night. In sharp contrast to the smoke-filled, packed to the rafter’s room that is the bar at Adchini, this one is a large space and hence, loses some of its dancing-next-to-a-sweaty-stranger charm. The menu is vast and features regular suspects besides attempting house specials like Half Moon — a mix of tequila, chocolate and mint that sounded great on paper but ended up being just ordinary as well as the Beer Shampoo — a blend of 3 white spirits, 1 dark spirit and a beer that could have tasted better had the bartender put in some effort. It’s the 1 + 1 on straight drinks and beer that bring in the crowds, so don’t get too experimental here. The snacks are average with the likes of a Continental Platter and Chilli Chicken. As a redeeming factor, they have a terrace area that would be great in cooler climes, but besides that, nostalgia’s the only reason to go. The Adchini branch though, still seems to flourishing.

HAPPY HOURS: 2pm to 10pm

Happy Hours: 2-10pm

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Food 3.5/5 | Décor: 3.5/5 | Service 3.5/5

-By Marryam H Reshii

The quintessential neighbourhood pub travels down the road, but keeps its spirit intact.nnThere are very few restaurants in the NCR with their own brand of food, but 100% Rock (formerly TC) is certainly one of them.nnAtmosphericsnThe eternally crowded, rather cramped TC of Adchini has now become 100% Rock. Its location in a mall has not cramped its style. Now situated over two floors, including a terrace, 100% Rock has lost none of its elan. It is still the same unpretentious pub that it started out being, over a decade ago. Undeterred by litigations, a change of name and a location in a mall, the Sliced Sole Chilly (Rs 475) continues to hit the spot for hundreds of customers.nnTable TalknThere are some classics on the menu that defy cuisine. Cheese balls with dips (Rs 235) may have taken its inspiration from an Italian starter with a firm, deep-fried orb with melting cheese inside, but the desi touch is unmistakable. However, it has become a sort of signature of the pub, and that's the way its regular customers like it. All is not Indianized on the menu, however. The baked onion soup (Rs 125) is hearty and surprisingly close to the original. The thick layer of melting cheese on top is what makes it one of the tastiest things on the menu.nnChicken satay with spicy peanut sauce (Rs 295) is generous in size. The chicken nuggets are far larger than they would be in South East Asia, with the result that the meat is more succulent. And the sauce is slightly more spicy than it need be - like a few other things on this menu - but that's because pub food is usually more chilli hot than necessary, to go better with a glass or three of beer.nnYou don't go to 100% Rock to partake of authentically cooked South East Asian food, but it is worth noting that a few dishes are far closer to the original than anywhere else in the city. Take for instance nasi goreng (Rs 325). You do have to use a dollop of prawn paste to it, or else it is just fried rice. What you get here is redolent with the fragrance of Indonesian prawn paste.nnMust TrynSub cum rice; chicken panquette; ROCK banana split.

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Spread over three floors, Essence specialises in old school hospitality. Its been only a year and the place is already popular; it remains filled to capacity. Along with a well-designed space, this resto-bar also has a separate banqueting area. The liquor menu has the usual suspects with some VFM deals and music is mostly comprised of Bollywood hits, but a plus point are their giant screens on all the floors that show live cricket matches, which is also when the bar offers one plus one on spirits. The cocktails to try are Picasso and Sex on the Beach. The kitchen is the star of the action though with delectable Tandoori Bharwan Paneer, Dahi ke Kebab, Sholay Paneer Tikka, Zucchini Galawat, Dariya ka Ratan, Amristari Fish and the house specialty of Murgh Hazarvi. The overall Essence is satisfying.HAPPY HOURS: Noon to 8 pm

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Food 3/5 | Décor: 2.5/5 | Service 2.5/5

-By Marryam H Reshii

More popular as a party venue, Essence also has restaurant dining which can do with some brighter lighting. Located right opposite Rajouri Metro Station, Essence is spread over three levels. A great place to watch a match on their giant screens with a group of friends. The food is just about passable, though the menu is an interesting read with 'Sharabi' Raan and Hoshiarpur ka Kukkad! Every table is served complementary welcome drinks as well as a starter .

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