Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Lunch Experience at The California Boulevard, Gurgaon

Weekend calls for the break from the kitchen. To enjoy our weekend to the fullest, the boy and I decided to go for a hefty lunch at The California Boulevard in Sector 29, Gurgaon.

Our experience at California Boulevard was a very pleasant one. Located right next to IFFCO Chowk, the place was easy enough to find. We made our way inside and were very impressed with the decor. The restaurant is based on the classic Hollywood theme.

The Ambience

The interior had a vintage diner look, along with a sun-lit outdoor seating area, which doubled as the smoking area of the restaurant. As it was the lunch time and the Delhi heat is unbearable, we decided to sit inside. The chairs looked more like a recliner, giving it a laid back relaxed look.  Clean white table and shining cutlery won my heart. I like the places which gives you a luxurious feel.

Outdoor sitting has an ambience inspired from L.A. beaches; the shack look and the surfing boards complimented it.

The interiors and the feel of the restaurant is very Hollywood, classic and vibrant with digital screens all over showing the posters of golden classic actors and movies from the renowned Hollywood.

The Service.

Up on our arrival we were greeted by the staff with welcoming smile and great enthusiasm, I mean how often you visit a diner, where the staff gives you full attention and is always available even when the restaurant is totally full. Hats Off for that.

The person who assisted us to the table, throughout the time was at our service. As and when food came, he served it with a grand and pleasant smile.

After having our drinks and starters, the head chef of the restaurant also paid us the visit, to know about experience and to ask as to what we would like to have in the main course. The head chef is a jolly guy, who will recommend you his dishes.

The Food

We started with an assortment of delicious appetizers. First came the 'Dilli ki Chaat', which was a dish very similar to a sev puri, opting to use a roasted spinach leaf instead of the traditional puri, making it an healthy option to begin with. It was loaded with mint chutney and savory tamarind chutney and garnished with yogurt. I just cannot forget the taste of the classic chaat, it is still fresh in my memory.

This was followed by a platter of Bruschettas. I’m a huge fan of this Italian appetizer but not every one makes it right. The right amount of crispiness, olive oil and cheese on it is an art which very few can master. I’m so pleased to have it, because it was one of the best bruschettas I’ve ever had.

Then came Beer Batter Fish; I’m not a fan of fried fish, so I gave it a pass. Nonetheless, it truly looked tempting.

Mutton Gaulatti Kebabs are worth the mention. So soft, so gooey … It melted in the moment as we had it. (Pure Bliss!) and to finish things off, we ordered DELICIOUS meat fondue, served with bite sized pieces of Lamb and chicken and molten cheese, fries and crackers. It truly was a cherry on the cake. ( It’s a Must have)

Loaded up on their insane appetizers, we decided to skip straight to dessert. We called for a White Chocolate parfait and the 'TCB Kulfi Gazzak'. The Kulfi was easily one of the best I have ever eaten, and I was extremely tempted to get another, despite being full to the brim.

Closing out with a Bubbl Champanska and a traditional Hawaiian Chi Chi, we bid the restaurant farewell. From the quality of the food, to the range of choices, to the utmost service quality of the attending staff, The California Boulevard has definitely earned a place in our "Must go back" list!

Cost for two – 1500 INR (without alcohol)

Ambience- 5/5
Service- 4.5/5
Food- 4/5
Uniqueness – 4/5

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