Amid the hubbub of new openings, especially in the thickly populated IT zones, few restaurants make a mark. And if they do, the key to their survival is interesting platter with excellent service. Another casual dine restaurant, Cafe Cilantro comes up at Hi-Tec City offering delicacies from select regions of the country. It offers a cosy environment complete with glass walls overlooking lush green lawns. The best part is that the restaurant offers services almost 24×7 as they have midnight menu as well that is served till 7 am. That’s going to be a major attraction for foodies and late-night corporates alike.
The place sports a quaint appearance with dark flooring and wooden furniture. From the ceiling hang brass vessels that double up as lamps lighting up the chairs that are woven with thick jute strings. The same metallic pots have been used as wall decor one one side of the cafe. The cutlery and crockery is simple, but neat. The place has two counters as part of the buffets services during lunch. One serves starters and non-vegetarian items while the other is for the vegetarians. The ceiling-to-floor glass doors throw back the light back to the furniture. The plants outside present a soothing view to the eyes.
What’s on the menu
The food is a mix from different regions classified into categories like breakfast, evening snacks, appetisers, Indian breads etc. We tried starters. The Cheddar Cheese Shammi Kebabs were juicy with balanced flavours that didn’t overpower one another. Dakhani Kozhi Fry lived up to its name with the spices and the colour of the succulent meat pieces served. They have a couple of dishes that share the name of the cafe and have cilantro leaves as the main ingredient. A few such dishes worth mentioning are Cilantro Tengdi Kebab, Cilantro Fish Croquettes, Cilantro Fish with Tomato Caper Sauce. The regional dishes like Kolkata Style Aloo Biryani, Meen Moilee (Kerala), Lamb Vindaloo stand out because the same aren’t easily available in the city.
Those who have a penchant for pastas and sauces can find something to suit international food category they have Fusilli in Creamy Walnut Sauce, Spaghetti Aglio Olio, Chicken Scallopini with Spaghetti and Lemon Cream. Says owner chef Chandra Shekhar Pandey, “We are still evolving and will add more dishes from different regions. We also plan to host corporate lunches soon.”
Price and portion
The serving is enough for a person and costs `950++ for two. The portions are just right. For example, the Gulab Jamuns were not only soft and light, but came in medium size that can be eaten in one go. Details: 33165730
— Saima Afreen