This is the first time i'm reviewing anything in my life, but have wanted to jump on the bandwagon for a long time, for the lack of decent accurate reviews.
Hard Rock Cafe, Delhi is located on the first floor of DLF Place Mall in Saket. There were no issues with the location, the parking, or any issues to get to the place.
There were friendly staff outside to help one with the reservations, though i must comment that their estimation of the time it might take to get a table is really off. (though one has to blame the patrons of the place more than the staff for that).
As soon as we stepped inside, it felt like we had been transported to another world. The decor was very well done and tasteful. You could feel rock. The whole thing was very leather, dark, and adequately lighted. The air conditioners were doing a fine job. The walls were adorned with rock memorabilia. There were autographed guitars, concert worn apparel, and even Tina turners wig. For me the best memorabilia was seeing ZZTop's initialed electric guitar.
The layout was also well done, as soon as one entered to the left were the tables and the seating area. To the right was the bar and a stage for live performances. between the bar and the stage was an open floor with some sofa seater tables. There was a dedicated well cut off smoking area (thank god for that). and there were more tables on the right side of the bar. outside there was a souvenir shop that had some good tshirts and nice pins for collectors (bear in mind that these are collectibles so they are slightly over priced, but i think that was fair)
We had reached a bit late (9:15pm) and understandably the tables were all taken since its new and there's a whole load of buzz going around in delhi about the place. They gave us the option of hanging around the bar and to grab a few drinks while we waited for a table and we did that so that we could soak our gray cells in the music and the ethanol that followed.
The music was very tasteful. The played songs ranging from classic rock, to pop rock to even modern rock. Before going i had read a lot of reviews that seemed to be thrashing the music played so i thought that i'd include a list of the songs i heard that i was there and then people could decide for themselves
God Gave rock n Roll to you by Kiss
Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard
Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynrd
The Reason by Hoobastank
Come together by The Beatles
Living on the Edge by Aerosmith
I Love Rock n Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Susie Q by CCR
Riders on the Storm by the Doors
On the whole, i thought the music kicked ass, and it was perfect for the whole Hard Rock Cafe theme. The volume was apt, and the music could be heard and felt at the same time. They also feature live acts every Thursday.
The Bar was lively with the Bartenders pouring drinks as fast as they could and still making conversation as much as they could. The whole bar was done in a dark wood theme and had a rather nice display of the ethanol available. There were people complaining about how they had to repeat like 10times and 15times but i think those guys should go back to haldirams, which is where someone might give a crap about their retarded complaints. I ordered 2 rounds of drinks, which didn't take too much time, and paid and left the counter in about 3-5 minutes.
However since we did not get a table we hung out in front of the bar and jammed to the music chatting away waiting for our table. And unfortunately even after we had been there for about 1hr 30 mins we couldn't get a table. So we left, but still we had a truly wonderful time.
The prices are a bit on the higher side and i'm talking about the drinks only (cause thats all we had). 3 Rum and Cokes, 1 Breezer, 2 beers and a Baileys Irish Cream with Crushed Ice put us down by about 1700 which i dont think was too unreasonable for any place carrying the HRC tag.
1. Good Location
2. Good Parking
3. Excellent Decor
4. Music - Smashing, Well Played
5. Bar, Bartenders - 8/10
6. Awesome Memorabilia to look at
7. Separate Smoking Area
8. Good Places to eat around in the same building
1. Limited Seating (they advertise 200, i doubt that seriously)
2. They dont accept reservations.
3. Inaccurate waiting time estimations
As far as this review goes, it excludes the food and the waiters (because we didnt get a chance to experience that).
I thought the crowd was not too bad, though definitely it was very delhiesque (all fart, no shit). There were a whole bunch of guys there just because its the new cool place in town so they just had to be seen there. But what i found most wierd was that i couldnt see anyone even tapping their feet, moving their heads or even singing along to some of the most commonly heard and best rock music, Some people were taking photographs there, which is thought was okay (entirely personal opinion) since HRC itself is like a monument to Rock Music.
There was no prescibed dress code and was rather casual, its not too bad, though i'd like to tell people that minimalist grunge (esp on men) in a swank bar doesnt just cut it.
The Music and Decor was monumental.
Maybe they could add more tables, but honestly i didnt see the space. The other saving grace is that even if one doesnt get a chance to eat at HRC, u can come for the music and come soak ur brain cells in a bit of ethanol and then there are enough good food options in the DLF PLace mall itself. (of which i highy highly recommend Mainland China).
Also i hope to see reservations in the future, i think that culture must come to Delhi also, the whole first come first serve is rather unbecoming for an establishment such as HRC. HRC Mumbai, Pune and B'lore all take reservations.
- get there early (8ish maybe)
- get a driver/designated driver
- don't come only for the dinner, come for the music and see the magical effect that ethanol and good rock can do to you.
- dont mind if u dont get a table, just get in there and let the music melt away the tiring day.
I hope that the crowd will improve slowly as the kids go away as more new places open that will be the new "we have to go here or we arent cool anymore" place. Hoping to also see reservations soon.
So for those who love your rock music, HRC is a worth the money you will spend there. I for one am going to be there more often than not.
Until next time, LOVE ALL SERVE ALL