Not a big fan of middle easterners cuisine but certainly converted thanks to a visit to Cafe 5 which is serving some astounding Lebon flavours in a rather small and humble space but don’t let the docile vibe of the little den fool you into thinking it is anything less than a jackpot.
I certainly hit it and had one of the most decadent Lebanese food affair here.
The menu is pretty vast considering just how limited this cuisine is, that or I am just being prejudiced.
These guys are whipping some serious sorcery in terms of complex flavours in something as ordinary as hummus. Offering an excellent variety from mild, spicy to healthy, their hummus will leave you licking your fingers and your plate until you are embarrassed by rolling eyes around you.
Sun dried tomato hummus is so beautiful and tart with sweet under tones mixed into creamy hummus.
Spicy pepper hummus had me on my knees, asking for innumerable refills. With traces of an achari flavour, spicy and so full bodied, this is my fave food right now. Not far behind in terms of flavour and leases calories was the spinach hummus, fresh and so chunky & lovely.
I gulped humongous bites with soft pita and crunchy vegetables until I sopped up all plates on the table.
Up next came the Spicy Chicken in Hummus dripping of a godly marinara sauce with tender chicken bits sitting inside a hummus ring. So smooth and velvety, this is a star dish and highly recommended to anyone who remotely even loved food, and not just Lebanese.
The vegetarian variant was just a delightful and delicious.
Chicken shawarma is classic with soft notes of chicken covered in a mild lime mayonnaise dressing, some crunchy lettuce inside big pita breads. Simple and straightforward.
The lamb Mince Shawarma is what’s making the magic happen with the most beautiful tasting spicy lamb in ruby hues wrapped with creamy Mayo inside pittas. So good!
The vegetarians seemed to loving their paneer shawarma and Falafel which looked effortlessly fresh and inviting. Didn’t quite try the former but I would give full marks to the falafel.
Finished off the meal on a sweet note of rather Indian flavours of Kheer, which was lightly sweetened and tasted just about perfect at the end of this massive feast of big bold flavours.
Cost/ Person: Rs 300
Will I visit again? Yes.