Cheers to the Cottage of High Spirits
By A Sarwar Borah
Published: 02nd Mar 2014 08:29:27 AM
American-Russian author and artist Vera Nazarian once said, “If music is a place, then jazz is the city, folk is the wilderness, rock is the road and classical is a temple.” Some may differ with Vera’s metaphors, but music is definitely a place that does magic to the spirit. There are many in the city that claim to offer the right mix of music, food and ambience that calms your spirit, but it’s hard to match the fan-following that Turquoise Cottage has.
The restro-bar, popularly referred as TC, has been serving Delhiites with its food and music for close to two decades and in these years, they have literally been places. The restro-bar was opened way back in 1997 at Adchini, then shifted to Vasant Vihar and now has moved to Saket at DLF Place Mall in search of greener pastures. Midway, they also opened an outlet at JMD Regent Square, Gurgaon. And, like the Pied Piper, wherever they went, fans followed.
Co-owner Gaurav Soral, an avid rock listener, says, “In the 90s, TC became a haven for lovers of hard, soft and pop rock and till date is the veritable platform for new musicians in the city to display their talent. Many bands, now popular across the country and globe, had their first brush with fame and stardom at TC.”
The inhouse band, John Mpamei and The Band, plays on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. On Wednesday, they also hold the Rabbit Hole session where musicians randomly come and jam with the inhouse band.
The awarded pan-Asian kitchen and bar at TC also has many connoisseurs. The menu comprises sushi platters, starters like TC’s Chilli Cottage Cheese, Chilly Sweet Corn Tempura, Steamed Edamame with Rock Salt, Prawn Chao Ming, Stock Poached Prawn Glazed with cooking wine and golden curry, to name a few. The pan-Asian menu is exhaustive and all encompassing.
All in all, Turquoise Cottage is a place that gets your spirit soaring.
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