In a line: Binge on to a variety of cafe-style food at a price that wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Cuisine: Cafe, Indian, Italian, Mexican and Chinese
Price for two: Rs. 750(approx)
Location: 9, Ground Floor, Benito Juarez Marg, Satyaniketan, New Delhi
Must haves: Choco brownie shake, pasta platter, keema pao
Inspite of the never-ending construction and difficult to find parking space, Satyaniketan is always the best option to catch up friends over some good food without burning a hole in your pocket while you bunk a lecture or two.
Even though there are a number of options to choose from, and you might as well feel spoilt for choice, there are a few which have made their mark. And one such place, that is slowly making its presence felt is QRO Gourmeteriia.
Upgraded version of the gloomy halloween-themed Dark House Cafe, QRO Gourmeteriia is a complete transformation and offers a vibrant ambiance with the simplistic interiors and bright lighting.
The average food and beverage per person cost would be around Rs. 300-400 and the quality and quantity of food as well as beverage is big enough to share and enjoy.
Offering a variety of Indian, Italian, Mexican and Chinese dishes, it could actually become quite confusing to decide onto a dish as you scroll across the rather long menu and would make one wonder as to how is a small kitchen able to come up with that number of dishes. And hence, thinking along the same lines, I opted to order a variety of dishes, to see if they live upto the mark.
I started my meal with my all time favourite cheesy fries(Rs. 130) that came in a big plate that was loaded with fries and topped generously with delicious cheese sauce. This was washed down with a refreshing cranberry mojito(Rs. 130), that had a mellow hint of mint. After having looked at a number of reviews, I ordered the much talked about Keema Pao(Chicken: Rs. 140). Spicy chicken keema that was packed full of flavour served with bun maska and crunchy onions, this was indeed a great pick from the menu.
Easiest way to cut down on the long menu is to order their platters which cover a number of dishes at once. I opted for the non-veg platter(Rs. 400) and pasta platter(Rs. 200). The non veg platter comprised of some delicious spicy chicken wings, chicken sausages in cheese sauce, chicken satay, chilli chicken, chicken patty and vegetables tossed in herbs and butter. While the satay and patty were tad bit dry, all the other dishes were delicious. The pasta platter is a steal deal and should not be missed at any cost. In just Rs. 200, you get three different types of pasta with garlic bread(Red sauce, white sauce and pesto). Though it lacked a bit of seasoning, the oregano and chilli flakes helped me to adjust and make it perfect.
I didn’t have space for desserts as I decided to have their shakes that come in tall glasses and are fulfilling in themselves. Out of the kit kat shake(Rs. 135) and choco brownie shake(Rs. 140), the choco brownie shake deserves brownie points and was indeed the best way to end my meal on a happy note!
Confession: I would look forward to their service improving a bit and would like to see more attentive staff when I order the keema pao and choco brownie shake next time.
Value for money: 4/5