Gurgoan, 18th April 2015: Gurgoan Foodie hosted the inaugural Gurgaon Foodie Restaurants Awards(GFRA) today at Indian Grill Room, Gurgaon, where all the leading restaurants from the millennium city- Gurgaon participated to emerge the best in the city. It is a unique set of awards. It is for the first time that a community of foodies has come together to honour the best in F&B.
Gurgaon is the land of amazing diversity in food. Here a senior Goan couple has an eatery that has never run short of customers for close to a decade. An Oriya homemaker has set up a modest restaurant where some are getting their first taste of Santula. A Nepali chef has the suburb’s sizeable Japanese diaspora enthralled with his authentic bento boxes. And a Bengali chef has been turning out some of the best Tapas this side of Spain for his admiring European and Indian patrons. No wonder that Gurgaon is increasingly referred to as the nation’s Food Capital.
Gurgaon Foodie Restaurant Awards (GFRA) ceremony was held on 18th April at the Indian Grill Room rooftop.The awards reflect the true choice of the Gurgaon Foodie members and their family and friends without any jury influencing the process and no sponsors to compromise on objectivity. The award ceremony is a ticketed event with foodies paying to celebrate. So, the GFRA Awards are the most honest and transparent awards ever conducted.
Among the winners are some very uniquely Gurgaon brands like Farzi café getting the restaurant of the year, Café Delhi Heights as the best café, Olive Bistro as the best European restaurant, The Monk as the best Pan Asian restaurant and Fat Lulu’s for the best pizza. A complete list of winners is provided at the end of the note.
Aalok Wadhwa, founder- Gurgaon Foodie said, “Gurgaon Foodie restaurant awards will reflect the true choice of this community without any jury influencing the process and no sponsors to compromise on objectivity. The awards are going to be the most honest and transparent awards ever hosted in India, and a tribute to the power of social media!’’
ZorawarKalra, Founder and Managing Director, Massive Restaurants Pvt.Ltdsaid on winning two awards for Farzi Café in the European category, “We are very ecstatic at being honoured with two awards at the 2015 edition of Gurgaon Foodies Restaurant Awards for our modern Indian bistro, Farzi Café. The tremendous response received from our patrons in just 9 months of opening is indeed very humbling and makes us push the envelope further to offer a delectable culinary experience, while continuing to innovate.”
AD Singh- Director –Olive Bar & Kitchen said on Olive winning the top award in the European category, “I wanted to be here to support the Gurgaon foodie awards as their format seems very fair and credible. Gurgaon is an important market for us as both Olive and Soda are here and we've been very pleased with the audience here since we opened.”
On winning the award of Only Delivery Bakers category – Divya Sreeji (De Cakery) said, “I'm a NIFT graduate turned IT professional who finally found her calling in a bowl of butter, flour and sugar. I love inventing new flavours and combinations and nothing excites me more than working on a challenging new design. Gurgaon Foodie group is a thriving, vibrant group of enthusiastic foodies who bond together over reviews, discussions, pictures, recipes, get togethers and the common love of good food. The best thing about the group is that it is non-commercial and the admins are active and ensure no marketing, direct or indirect is encouraged. Needless to say, I'm addicted to it!”
Smita Sabharwal From My Kitchen won the award in Home Delivery category said, “I'm a fun loving person and I just believe in 'Doing' what I 'Love'. This is my mantra to excel. Food has been my passion and cooking began the next passion. Gurgaon Foodie Group is a wonderful platform for the budding & aspiring entrepreneurs in the food industry to grow, reach out to the right kind of customers. It is actually bridging the gap of what people need and how they can get exactly what they want. The Forum is involved in several initiatives to motivate people like us to do better and better.’’
How it was done:
The admins of Gurgaon Foodie group, after thoughtfulsamplingand have put together a list of shortlisted restaurants based on the restaurants trending the most on Gurgaon Foodie group, which Gurgaon foodie members can vote for. Whoever gets most votes, wins. The process and the results will be totally transparent. The choice of Gurgaon Foodie members wins.
The nominated contenders are up at the group website’s specially created microsite at http://gurgaonfoodie.com/
awards2015/. For every category, Gurgaon foodie members will vote. In the unlikely case of any ties in the number of votes, the award will be shared.
The Award Ceremony:
This is open to all Gurgaon foodie members. Like any group event, members, including the winners pay for some good food and good spirits at very reasonable rates. The winners who attend will be given a certificate while the members cheer for them, and those who are shortlisted have been mailed an e-certificate which they can print and display proudly at their restaurant.
Open for all to see, the awards are conducted in the true Gurgaon Foodie spirit. No money is involved at all, keeping the group non-commercial.
Gurgaon Foodie is a community of 11,000+hand-picked members that is a microcosm of what this metropolis is. Gurgaon Foodie group and food in Gurgaon are now totally synonymous with each other. These members regularly meet and interact on a Facebook group: (https://www.facebook.com/
groups/GurgaonFoodie/). Their website (http://gurgaonfoodie.com/) is a resource to a community of ardent foodies from Gurgaon, Faridabad, Delhi and Noida who constantly seek new food adventures for all things to do with food, drink and eating out, and living healthy. In terms of customer power, this group is a force to reckon with, and many of the successful restaurants in Gurgaon owe their success to the patronage of this group.
Here is a list of the winners
Dhaba by Claridges
Great Kebab Factory - Park Plaza
5* - All day dining
Threesixtyone Degrees - The Oberoi
Spectra - The Leela Ambience
Other Indian Regional Cuisine
Chilli's , Ambience Mall
Smokey's BBQ and Grill, Cyber Hub
Café Delhi Heights
Roots - Café in the Park
Prego - The Westin Gurgaon
Gung The Palace
Thai Pavilion - Vivanta by Taj
Crusty Gourmet Pizzas & More
Best Kebabs/Nonveg Street food
Qureshi's Kabab Corner
From My Kitchen (SmitaSabharwal)
Asian Haus/Sushi Haus
Only Delivery - Bakers
De Cakery (DivyaSreeji)
Truffle Tangles (IlaPrakash Singh), Healthy Bakers (Sonica Singh)
Soi 7 Pub & Brewery
Hard Rock Café, Cyberhub
The Wine Company
Best Lounge & Bar
Underdoggs Sports Bar & Grill, Ambience Mall
The Beer Café
Debut Restaurant of the year
The Piano Man Garden Café
Restaurant of the year