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After Stories – A calming place for storytellers!

In a world where the line between success and failure is very thin, nothing can be left to chance. For a restaurant that now seems to start with a name that stands apart. That was my first thought as I visited ‘After Stories’, in Sector 29 near the IFFCO Metro station Gurugram, a little away from the overcrowded sec 29 market and offering ample parking.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 17:38 Hrs  [IST]
By Pushpa Nair



The first thing that strikes you when you enter is that you have so many options to sit. You could sit in the basement with the music; dance and the bar with plush leather seats; or the ground floor which is relatively quieter; or the first floor; or outside as well. The restaurant is spread over three levels with each level having a different look, and the area breathes with openness, adding to the overall calming, relaxed tone in shades of brown. The 250-cover multi- cuisine restaurant is so spread that you can choose to have a conversation - a rarity in Sector 29, or let the music take you to another place.



Why ‘After Stories’, was my question to one of the owners Harshit Arora? A first time hospitality entrant, earlier in real estate, his response was very simple, ‘Everyone has a story to tell but we often forget that every story has an after story’ and thus the moniker. So for those storytellers around, head here to create memorable stories at After Stories, the ambience is perfect. The place prides itself on its beer and food, and the beer I had more than lived to its build up. With options like Milk Stout (silky smooth, creamy, and slightly sweet), Belgian Wit Beer (light, fluffy body and tart, lemony finish), Cyser (with apple, honey and yeast), Apple Cider (aromatic bursting bubbles of aroma), and Peach Ginger Melomel (fruity wine and meads concoction), their fresh beer menu spells refined class. Perfectly brewed with clear notes it was a delight to taste and more than made up for the torrid heat outside. They plan to keep introducing different and fresh flavours after certain intervals. The food was an interesting combination of choices although a bit spicy. The bheja fry or brain curry was a delight and rightly a very popular choice. Made from a young lamb’s brain, it’s a dish that is found sparingly in Gurugram. Apart from this, a number of other items like prawns pappad, chicken biryani, thai green curry, tawa meat bhuna masala, tandoori mushroom with stuffed cheese, veg pillow puffs etc., all offer you a complete experience. The music here varies from retro to other genres, a welcome relief from the normal music played in Gurugram. Sheesha is also available for those wishing to indulge. The average cost of a meal for two would be between INR 2000 -2500 with two beers.



What next ‘After Stories’? I asked Harshit. The response was emphatic – expansion. We are looking at two tier-II cities like Vishakapatnam and Indore to grow the next story. Clearly realty’s loss is hospitality’s gain. May we continue hearing more after stories.

 
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