If you let an opportunity go, someone else will take it. As simple as that. Ashish Goyal and Taminder Bunny saw their empty plot in Gurgaon’s sector 29 as a huge money-spinning possibility. Six months later, they introduced Dockyard Brewing Co., a restaurant based on Goyal’s maritime interests of cruising to places far and beyond. All his experiences now dock in Gurgaon.
The place is like a cargo hold, constructed on the premise of a ship with a pier walkway to the entrance. You’ll see reclaimed miniature ship models, 19th-century ship wheel, ship labels inlayed into the floor, binnacles, sextants, compasses chronometers and many other kinds of thematic paraphernalia. “You have the smoking chamber as the engine room. Look up and you’ll see merchant chip flags and oars along with sails on the ceiling. The lighting is vintage inspired and has influences incorporating brass and metal from original ships. The walls too are lined with a variety of photos of ships,” says Bunny. Most attractively, the massive 30-feet video wall, which showcases underwater footage, brings marine life beautifully alive.
You can trust this place to have good seafood too. Try Haldi Mirchi Jhinga, Wok Tossed Prawns, Dockyard Fried Fish and Lager Batter Chilli Garlic Fish. These are just some of the highlights from the diverse multi-cuisine menu that offers Italian, Thai, Oriental, Indian and many others. To make your ordering experience easier, Goyal recommends a few signatures—Wheat Beer Pizza, Doodhi Dahi ki Galauti, Five Spice Lamb Chops, Wada Pao Sliders, Tandoori Platter, Schezwan Pepper Tiramisu. On a different note, don’t miss their handcraft beer. “I am a big foodie who can eat anything, anytime, anywhere. If you want to make me happy, give me food. Now that I have a restaurant of my own, getting the food I like is a lot easier,” says Goyal, sounding very happy. On the flip side, he confesses to finding it hard to maintain weight. That’s why the gymnasium is his second most favourite place, after the restaurant.
Affable and affectionate, Goyal is a complete people’s person. Astute and adroit, Bunny leads the pack in skill management and organisation. And that’s how this team of two cruise along the tide.