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That's what happened to us last week. When Deeba, Parul and Himanshu, who's first time it was with us, met up for dinner at Cafe G at Crowne Plaza in Gurgaon. Spoilt for choice and eager to try out everything, we decided to shoot before we sat down to eat.
Truth was, there was a lot to shoot. But what I was totally taken in by, was how beautifully they had used food as decor. So aesthetically pleasing. I loved the jarred oranges and corn ears. I loved the bread castle, I loved the macaron towers. I loved, well, honestly everything.
When we walked in, there were hardly any people. Which meant we could be a little rambunctious, but even as we sat around and waiting for signature specials, we could see how quickly the place filled up. Lots and lots of expats wandered around trying to figure out what they'd like to eat. We, of course were too busy taking photographs.
Cafe G offers a buffet that changes daily. That days theme was Italian. Which meant that other than the Indian, European and Pan-Asian fare, we were being treated to some good Italian. And that didn't include the pizzas.
Of course, this also meant we were spoilt for choice. There were cold cuts, salads and cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. So you can just about imagine what I made a beeline for.
The thing with this buffet was that you were merely sampling. Because if you dared to eat more than a sample size portion, you'd be bursting from your seams. So when the super efficient and really friendly staff asked us to sample the hotel's Signature dishes, the four of looked at each other rather horrified.
More food!!? But you have to try, they said. Small portions please. And small portions is what we got. A lovely watermelon and feta salad, a lamb tagine with cous cous which was falling off the bone and an Thai eggplant salad, that was really quite phenomenal.
Would it surprise you, if I told you we licked the bowls of the specials clean? No? Ok then I've got to tell you what else we ate.
Off the European counter, I tried a number of things. The Hassel-back potatoes were lovely, Lamb Osso Bucco, which was falling off the bone again, Honey roasted chicken, Sea bass au papiote, Pumpkin lasagna and Eggplant parmesan
After which I headed straight for the Italian counter. Where I tried everything. And when I say tried, I mean tried. Teaspoon sized portions of the squid, polenta, the chicken, the risotto balls all made their way to my plate. And really that's all I could have possibly eaten.
I've got to be honest here. We were all eating small. You know why? Because the dessert spread was so vast that it was awesome! And well, you had to have kept space for that.
There was chocolate mudcake, strawberry pannacotta, pear tart, white chocolate and kiwi tartlets, baked yogurt, choux filled with white chocolate, passion fruit cakelets, cheesecake, Oh just so much. So so so so much
So what did I think of the meal? I wish I had more time or more of an appetite to do justice to the food. I thought that the salads are really lovely. I loved the fact that all of it was put on ice (like an oyster bar) which was a great way of keeping the cold cuts and the salads fresh.
I also like quite a bit of the mains. I think the Eggplant Parmesan was superb and even the sea bass. But the things that stole the show were the Signature dishes. I don't think I've had a better tagine. The Thai salad with the wonton was another show stopper for me, as was the coffee ice cream.
But more than anything, I really liked the ambiance. It was busy, but quietly so. It was aesthetic and not one bit jarring. And the company? Well, it's always the best isn't it?
The others that day at the Table:
Parul of The Shirazine
Deeba of Passionate about Baking
Himanshu of The White Ramekins