A whimsical fantasy in the middle of the most happening place in Noida is probably the best way to describe this restaurant and the little surprise in this review. Sutra was planned- I’d heard a lot about how vibrant and happening it is; and Masia was a happy accident. Now that you’ve been warned, let’s dig right in!
P.S. Bring your appetites, this review is a treat - gastronomically and visually.
Sutra- Themed on a mystical forest fairyland, this restaurant is everything from an open-air deck to a dance floor to an indoor seating arrangement. They’ve got an elaborate bar menu and a colourful food menu. Greenery everywhere makes for a delightful evening walk where all you gotta do is walk right into Sutra.
Kiss of a Butterfly
This Ketel-One beauty was served in some sort of brass shaker and tasted tangy but sweet. It had hints of guava and house-special bitters which complemented the Ketel-One vodka. Oh and by the way, this was the third-prettiest drink from the three we had. (keep reading!)
Murg Bharwan Lahori
Chicken in chicken is a special kind of inception. The murg bharwan was a dish with four portions of chicken fillets stuffed with spicy chicken mince and char-grilled to perfection. Accompanied by mint chutney, this dish will be a hit with chicken-lovers. The lahori-styled stuffing lends flavour to the chicken on the whole.
Loud like Morn!
Pineapple inside-out! I think Sutra is really big on food-puns; and, I think they are doing a good job at it. This custom-made signature cocktail was served inside a pineapple shaped glass (if I may call it that) and was made with Smirnoff vodka, pineapple juice, smoked herbs and tiny pineapple chunks. After lifting the lid, we could see the aromatic smokiness drift through. The smoky flavour rubbed off so subtly on the drink that I thought this was an ingenious combination for a cocktail!
Laal Maas Risotto
Generally, a risotto has a fan following of its own. This one will have a larger fan following because it was fantastic! The chorizo was tenderly cooked and juicy, the risotto had the slightest hint of a desi twist and the cream…. *melts in your mouth* All in all, it was a delicious dish, and you will want more.
Let your Hearts Flutter
Almost like a science experiment, this colour-changing Tanqueray Gin special was the prettiest drink yet! It is the perfect refreshment for spring (or, as we call it in Delhi- ‘summer’) Garnished with rosemary and made with berry extract and cucumber juice, the elegant stunner was the most perfect cocktail of the evening!
Chicken Cracker Canape
Unique canapes made from tapioca (sabudana) were topped with creamy chicken and coleslaw. It was fresh, different and had a lingering taste. In spite of their extensive menu and multiple choices, I was glad I chose this dish. It was so good, it justified eating even after a satiating course at Sutra.
I was served one glorious slice of carrot cake. It was decadent, moist, and dressed with cream cheese. Every bite had me savouring all the tastes swirling in my mouth. Simply garnished with few tiny flowers was an ingenious expression of art.
This place deserves all the attention it can get, for all the attention it gives to detail. Masia to Sutra is like Elle Fanning to Dakota Fanning. They complement each other and give you a similar experience while adopting different styles.
TL;DR I GOAT you…..
Sutra is an established gastropub in the NCR region, but the ambience, cocktails and food in the Noida outlet make it exceptional. The service was on point. The mixologists and bartenders know what they’re doing. This place serves up the prettiest cocktails and some really good food. The risotto is a must-try.
Masia is the new kid on the block. They’ve got great food and authentic cooking techniques working for them. They also have exceptional cocktails. They have an alfresco-ish vibe but it’s very neat.
Both places are ideal for a date, an outing with your girl gang or a party, depends entirely on your mood!
Food: 5 out of 5
Drinks: 4.5 out of 5
Ambience: 4.5 out of 5
Staff: 5 out of 5
Value for money: 4 out of 5