In the old Noida, with mushrooming new sectors like 93A, 62, 61, 63 and what not, somehow sector 25,26,29,37 are now the ‘Old Noida’, there is a this bar called ‘Samarkand’. In old days, Sector 29 used to the 2nd point in terms of action after the legendary sector 18. I would have visited ‘Samarkand’ before but I went there recently and thought that would write a small review.
Location – Very well located. Right in the heart of Noida in sector 29, Ganga Shopping Complex.
Ambience – Mixed. There are two sections. They have tried to give this warm feel by using lot of wood but somehow it seems to have lived its life. The look is very much a yesteryear red-maroon kinds so it doesn’t look fresh nor modern.
Quality of Food/Drinks – Its a good place for non-cocktail crowd. Its difficult to ruin a old monk or a Kingfisher. Food was pretty good but they offer Mughlai and Indian-chinese kind of stuff so no special variety.
Pricing – High. A beer costs Rs 175, a 30 ml Smrinoff is at Rs 225 and a Chilli Chicken is at Rs 225. Their happy hours go till 8.30 PM and its at 40 % off. Considering that its Noida, prices are not too steep but for the kind of service and overall infrastructure, they can do well with either giving more discount during ‘Happy Hours’ or to increase the potion.
What to do – I wont not recommend this place so if you find yourself there, try to grab a seat in the open-terrace, you get some fresh air and you can smoke without leaving your table.
Overall, ok place for couple of drinks.