Hit up California Boulevard when you can’t pick a cuisine and want a bite of diversity and deliciousness in a cosy space perfect for get togethers and family meals!
The menu reads like a beautiful indulging novel that is hard to put down, offering a cross section of cuisines and a serious dilemma to diners because ordering here, my friend is a task, because being spoilt for choice is a real thing.
Split in several sections across two floors, there is a spot for everyone’s liking. Based on the “Californian” theme, the interiors have bits and pieces of the state right from the surf boards to the pervasive blue light reflection and the majestic motorbike at the entrance along with several other architectural manifestations. Aesthetics on point.
Hospitality and service deserves a paragraph or two at the least. Immensely attentive staff members and thunder fast food service. The effictivness in service elevates any ordinary dining experience to a memorable one and this sure as hell was one.
We started off by ordering a rather large array of starters.
Dilli ki chaat comprised of crispy fried spinach leaves laced with tamarind yogurt & mint chutney stunningly meshed into a beautiful light bite.
Peri Peri chicken and Beer Batter Fish have familiar standard tastes. Perfectly cooked meat and heavily flavoured. Classics done well.
Prawn tempura roll and Smoked salmon rolls are decent attempts at offering a Japanese dining experience. Moderately flavoured, rolled and served, these little babies made me happy by just being on my table. Not extra ordinary but sufficed my sushi cravings with quality and modesty.
Bang Bang duck rolls were pretty bangin’ to say the least. I am pretty prejudiced to duck for just being its sweet rich self. Stuffed with zesty juliennes of cucumber, tender duck meat, spring onions and bathed in abundance of Hoison and plum sauce, the flavours were smacking. The pancake could have been softer!
Prawn Agilo is a divine pairing of subtle grilled prawn sitting on soft feta cheese spiked with the characteristic herbaceous flavourings. When the mild-mannered prawn combines with the feta with a kick, it becomes the hero of the hour.
Vegetarians will be delighted at the utter sight of Paneer sushi, an indianised fusion version of the popular Japanese food. Cottage cheese rolls stuffed with tangy cheesey mushroom mint & Ginger. Sprightly sauces that make it a refreshing snack all together.
The steamed pork buns and Prawn Har Gao seemed rather lost and exhausted of texture or flavour. Can be avoided.
Grilled Chicken burger had an Intensely flavoured chicken patty that came separately sizzling on a hot plate, enmeshed in cheese & laid back on a bed of crisp vegetables. Quite a sexy sight!
While I enjoyed the juiciness of the chicken, I missed a flavour balance in the burger.
Homemade Ravioli with chicken cheese & fungus was like Christmas on my plate. Rich spiked ravioli garbed in a creamy sauce, Italian in texture but kinda desi in its gooey flavour. Resplendent on the palate.
Dessert comprises the signature Chocolate bombe of a rich dark brownie and other accoutrements, the dish is finished a le gueridon, poured over with a warm decadent toffee sauce which transmutes the entire pudding into an inchoate chocolatey mess. it’s addressed with the complete silence of good eating.
Sacher Torte is for those who like their sweet in moderation. Viennese special chocolate cake with a thin layers of apricot jam. Much dense and not so rich on the palate, I liked this one for clean flavours and the play of textures.
Swish sophisticated oasis in Gurgaon that’s the ideal destination for a culinary journey across the globe, impeccable service and a very warm vibe with an infinite menu of adventurous food!
Cost/ person : Rs 800
Will I visit again? Yes.