Whisky Samba is a brainchild of restaurateurs Ashish Kapur, Deepak Seth and Joydeep Singh, and aims to bring back the fun in drinking whisky. After the successful launch of Antares in Goa with celebrity chef Sarah Todd, and introducing a wine revolution with The Wine Company, this is the third spectacular new venture they have taken up. Whisky has always been considered to be a serious drink and the idea is to present mixology with a modern twist. From beginners to an enthusiast to a whisky connoisseur, there is something interesting in store for everyone.
Located in Two Horizon Centre, it houses over 140 different types of whiskies and the sight of the bar will make your jaw drop. The length of the bar is equivalent to the restaurant, imagine as you will. Everything about this place just screams class. Bar space, indoor seating and the patio outdoor seating comprises the whole area. The service is top notch and the servers are quite knowledgeable regarding what they are serving.
The menu of this place is very modern specializing in chargrilled meats. Started the meal with Boarding Pass. This whisky based cocktail was my meal ticket to the extravagance that followed. Amuse Bouche was Parmesan basket stuffed fresh strawberry, ricotta and scarmoza cheese, a perfect start to the meal. Next comes Achari Chicken on a parmesan biscotti topped with pickled gherkins, sour cream and chives. Never had achari chicken like this, definitely one of my favourites and is recommended.
Mushroom Risotto, the rice was cooked to perfection, it was rich and creamy, and the different textures of mushrooms incorporated in the dish, one being pickled and the other being charcoal mushroom crisp. Such a lovely dish this was, highly recommended. Next came goat cheese stuffed Tortellini topped with a thick plum reduction, perfectly balanced dish. The palate cleanser before the main course was an art piece. It was Whisky Sour ice shavings topped with fermented lily and passion fruit bubble covered with chocolate.
The main course was a carnivore’s delight. Braised buffalo ribs, Lamb Steak accompanied with sour cream and topped with lamb brains, and lastly Samba Style Pork. All the three dishes were served with a side of mash potatoes, jus, bun breads and salad. These kind of preparations is not easily found and every dish was absolutely unique. The jus served with the pork was to die for.
Now a special mention to the whiskies available. The drinks menu has been divided into section and the whiskies are categorized according to the flavours or limited editions. And there is also a separate section of whisky trails. The whiskies that you may not find anywhere else, you might end up getting a taste of that over here. A complete heaven for whisky lovers. That being said, their signature cocktails are also something to lookout for.
I ordered three cocktails along with my dessert. Absinthe but Present, a deadly combination of Jim Bean, absinthe and orange. High Maintenance, I didn’t quite like the taste of this gin based drink, but what I absolutely loved was the spiced infused chocolate slice on top. Spicy La Vida Loca, this spicy vodka based drink turned out to be absolutely spectacular.
Lastly the desserts which were completely out of this world. Never tasted such unique stuff. Firewood Ice cream on a base of chocolate soil and ginger candy, absolutely yummy. 5 textures of Flamed Pineapple (fresh cuts as well as candied) topped with coconut cream. This is one of those warm soothing desserts which you just can’t get enough of. Chocolate Souffle with a side of Magnum chocolate bar stuffed with freshly ground mint. The word foodgasm was invented for dishes like this.
Chef Akshay Bhardwaj who has honed his skills at Noma in Copenhagen is the man behind all these spectacular creations. The menu has been created keeping in mind the progressive cooking styles from around the world. Whisky Samba is one more spectacular addition to my culinary journey. Whisky lover or not, this place should definitely be on your hit list.
Ambiance – 5/5
Service – 5/5
Drinks – 4.5/5
Food – 4.5/5