Dynamic pricing of liquor has been around for sometime in Delhi and Gurgaon, but has now been introduced in NOIDA. NOIDA Bar Exchange brings to you the concept – demand based pricing of liquor.
Located inside Smaaash, the gaming hub, NOIDA Bar Exchange gives you the perfect place to unwind with friends. A few sessions of games at Smaaash whenever you want, combined with drinks and food and live gigs is all you can ask for a casual outing. On the day of our visit, there was a band playing and after they finished, the in-house DJ played foot tapping music. There’s a huge screen streaming live matches. With a mix of comfortable sofas & high tables for seating, the place is ideal for small to medium groups.
As soon as you are seated, you are assisted to download the Noida Bar Exchange App (they do have a WiFi, ask your server for details). That’s pretty much it, keep looking for the prices of your drink in the app and order. Your server has to confirm your order, so if you don’t see it approved in a while, do look out (happened just one out of 4 times with us). Depending on the orders of the day, you might get your favorite drink at low prices (we saw Glenlivet 12 YO served at180 & Black Label at 150). The cocktails are served on the same concept. We tried a Mojito and a Daiquiri – and we must admit, they do get their cocktails right.
The menu presents quite a choice ranging from oriental to Indian, burgers, sandwiches, pasta and pizza and sizzlers as well. As usual, we didn’t order anything from the Indian and Oriental sections and stuck to our choice of burger and pasta, among others!
Tempura Stuffed Mushrooms with Thyme & Basil is a good appetizer to start with. Mushrooms with a cheesy stuffing, tossed with Thai herbs, served on a bed of fried spinach – this one’s on the spicier side, quite flavorful though. Galouti Kebab was another recommendation from the Chef, and we told they are a little different from what we might be used to. Rightly so, these are very different – though the kebabs do give you the galouti texture from the inside, the outer layer is crisp. An addition of a parantha would have made this dish better.
tempura stuffed mushroom with thyme and basil
Kicked Up Chicken Burger is the only non-veg. burger on the menu and worth trying. Quite huge, this one’s got a juicy chicken patty, fried egg, lettuce, jalapeno and glazed onions and makes a good burger altogether. Spaghetti with Basil Pesto (NV) could have had more pesto in it, but was otherwise good to have.
kicked up chicken burger
spaghetti with basil pesto
We just tried a single dessert – Red Velvet Cheese Cake, and it didn’t meet expectations. It didn’t come together nicely. The cake was too moist and the cream cheese missed the flavor it should have had.
Some polishing on the service front will be nice. It was flawless to start with, when the restaurant was nearly full, but towards the end, when we were one of the last 2 tables, we had trouble locating our server (ironical, isn’t it). But once we got hold of him, everything was fine.
P.S. – This review was done on an invitation from the restaurant. Views are ours and unbiased. Portion sizes might have been customized for the experience.