I visited The California Boulevard's Gurgaon location in Sector 29. It is known for its fine dining and Hollywood-inspired theme ambiance. It prides itself on the California "experience" and making fine dining available for all. And it appears that is something they are achieving, for a Sunday afternoon, there were a surprising number of guests in the restaurant.
The servers were well-trained in being available, but not hovering. The meal commenced with a waiter putting a silver bowl with a small white square in front of me. He then poured water over it and voila! I had a small wet wipe for my hands. It was a much nicer presentation than a finger bowl with nothing to dry your hands on. Not a novel concept, but something different from most restaurants I have eaten at in India. While our hostess ordered a variety of bitings for us, I did get a chance to look at the menu and was quite impressed by the selection which is apparently going to grow in the next few weeks with a new menu being launched. One thing I didn't get to try, but will definitely order next time is their cheese fondue. I love fondue (who doesn't love a pot of molten cheese?!) and didn't even know that there was a restaurant offering that option in Gurgaon.
We started with their version of a Dilli ki Chaat nibbler. I'm used to it looking like this:
|Crunchy spinach leaves with yogurt, tamarind, and mint chutney|
|Cottage cheese roll stuffed with cheesy mushrooms, cilantro, ginger, and mint|
|Punjabi-inspired minced chicken kebab on a sugarcane stick with yogurt, tamarind, and mint chutney dipping sauces|
|Thai-inspired prawn spring roll stuffed with prawns, glass noodles, shitake mushrooms, peppers, and carrots|
|By drizzling caramel over the chocolate sphere it shatters outward to reveal more chocolatey goodness|
|The waiter used the blow torch to melt the outer chocolate layer to reveal the kulfi ice cream within|
|A trio of (L-R vanilla, blueberry, and coffee flavored custards) crème brûlées caramelized with a blow torch at the table|