At the entrance, they did the now normal and mandatory temperature check and hand sanitization. The staff was wearing masks and gloves and the place looked spick and span. Tremendous efforts are being made to keep the place up and running without any compromise whatsoever. They also have kept a board outside mentioning a long list of safety measures in place. It is quite reassuring for a customer.
Ambience: One word to best describe the vibe is, relaxed. You can sit down, enjoy your cup of freshly brewed coffee or sip on a glass of wine while enjoying the delectable fare from the numerous cuisines they have to offer. There is both indoor and outdoor seating available. You have lush green creepers on the outside which shuts you from the cacophony on the streets outside.
Food: I tried various dishes and would give a detailed review with special mention to the unmissable. I got to know they have the same staff for almost more than a decade, which is why they have such stronghold on their menu.
Drinks: The place has an insane wine collection, including many imported ones, which is sadly not available as of now due to the govt guidelines. However, you can purchase them to take along. We, therefore, ordered the watermelon ice tea and the virgin mojito. They were refreshing and perfect to set the mood.
Salads: We had the watermelon and feta cheese salad. Vibrant, fresh and light. Do not miss this.
Soups: Tried a couple of soups, roasted pumpkin with parmesan and creamy corn and chicken. Both the soups were beautifully prepared, however, I am partial to the pumpkin one. It was too good.
Starters: Tried many dishes in the starters, as elucidated below:
Jalapeno Poppers and Chicken Tartlets: They came in a tart shell which was extremely soft and just melted in the mouth. The tartness of Jalapenos carried it amazingly well.
Fish Fingers: A dish you can bet on to be good. Fish was fresh and well fried. The mustard sauce gave it the kick it needed.
Pav Bhaji Fondue: It was terrific. The bhaji was toothsome. Here is one place that has got the pav bhaji flavour bang on. Must have.
Cheeselings: It's a modern take on the peanut masala with the cheese lings replacing the peanuts. A nice munching snack which came on a cute bicycle.
Main Course: The main course included chicken pepperoni pizza, Margherita pizza, veg lasagna, chicken Burmese khow suey, and eggplant parmigiana. Everything was nicely done. Special mention to the eggplant parmigiana. It was insanely good, the eggplant had that quintessential burnt flavour. A standout dish.
Desserts: We savoured many dishes in the desserts - choco lava cake, blueberry cheesecake, Irish cream and mint chocolate cup, banoffee trifle and lemongrass crème brûlée. Everyone had their favourites, but I liked the lemongrass crème brûlée. It was creamy and had a very subtle hint of lemongrass.
Overall, it was a pretty satisfying lunch, to say the least. The staff was prompt and attentive. Even the owner, Vandana was very gregarious and hands-on with everything. Visit the place with your friends and family. It's open for dine-in and has all the safety measures in place. And the food is top-notch. Recommended.