Enticing you with its traditional, hot crumbling cookies just as you enter, the DoubleTree by Hilton is a recent addition to the Delhi -Gurgaon hospitality scene. Located on Gurgaon's Golf Course road, the hotel is just a 30-minute ride from the airport, and targets coporates visiting the capital on business.
Located in the lobby, Spiritual Bar & Lounge stretches vertically long on two levels. The sunken bar features an illuminated bar-top, dark wood parquet floor and high chairs. Running alongside just a couple of steps above, a carpeted stretch along the pit offers more comfortable dining with low cushioned seats. The staff is extremely proud of its cocktail menu, especially the grilled pineapple mojito. This showpiece made up of pineapples grilled on a tableside barbecue, dark rum, mint, lemon and brown sugar, is put together with a flash of showmanship. Not much of a cocktail girl, I found the mix a tad too sweet and had to surrender just a few sips in. The apple brulee, a concoction of vodka, fresh apples and cinnamon, went down much smoother and was a fresh and interesting drink.
For dinner, we ordered a platter of buffalo wings, garlic squid and prawns. Full points for quantity, but not so much on quality. While the wings were no different from the kind served at fastfood counters, the prawns were overcooked and the squid was average. Our next order however, more than made up for the initial disappointment. The verdura pizza comes with a thin, woodfired crust and is loaded with zucchini, eggplant, peppers, olives and asparagus. These were perfectly marinated and scattered generously across the base. Each mouthful was an explosion of flavours, and won us over despite being completely vegetarian. It was time to call it a night, and after much insistence from the bartender to try his signature paan martini, we concurred. This creation by the bartender has the same flavours as the original paan, but tastes ten times better; a refreshing palette-cleanser at the end of a heavy meal, it hit the spot.
Spiritual propagates itself as a cocktail lounge, but delivers on some of the best wood-fire pizzas the city has to offer. I'd definitely go back just for another slice. The staff is indulgent and friendly, however their service lacks efficiency. Worth a visit.
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Meal for two (with alcohol) Rs 3,500 including taxes
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