It was a lazy Sunday afternoon, 8th March, Women’s day and Citibank Sunday brunch gave the opportunity to experience their lavish Sunday Brunch. Recommended to take a booking online on Citibank Sunday Brunch website, where you pay INR 1000 per head (discounted only for Citibank card holders; rack rate is 2499 +taxes) which is a steal for the experience.
Visited them with my wife and kids and as soon as you step into the property it shouts luxury. Impeccably white marble flooring, well appointed flower decoration and huge doors take your breath away.
We were warmly welcomed into Cilantro, the restaurant by Ekta at the door with a lovely smile who was prompt to get us a to comfortable table. We requested for a table with a sofa and it was taken care of immediately.
Since it was women’s day, my wife was welcomed with a rose and a complimentary cocktail. We opted for a martini and it was very well mixed. She enjoyed it thoroughly.
They have a nice and cosy kids play area with lots of toys, activities and a movie screen and a couple of attendants taking care of the kids. We tucked our kids there and they were well taken care of. They even have an interesting kid’s buffet with mini pizzas, fries, nuggets etc and kids love it.
Raman was the one helping us at our table.
The food journey started with a trip to the salad counter with lots and lots of choices. There is a junior chef appointed to talk you through the salads (could not catch her name as she was wearing a trainee tag). Started with Sushi (veg, tuna, salmon, prawns) and all very nicely done. Saudamini was kind enough to talk us through the tradition of having wasabi, ginger and soy sauce and their significance in ensuring sushi is relished in the best possible way.
The spread looks small at first but as highlighted by Executive chef Sandeep Kalra, who was kind enough to come down to our table and introduce himself, there are over 80 dishes on the spread which is overwhelming.
Next stop was the chat and we were served mouth watering Bhalla papdi, bhel puri and chana chat. The flavours, spices and texture was perfect for all three and they were thoroughly enjoyed.
One of the counters was dedicated to Shawarma. We were served two small rolls with babaganosh, hummus, curd with basil and cucumber. While the chicken filling was succulent, the overall taste was a little too bland for my liking. The dips were nice but some pickled veggies with it would have done the trick.
Wait, there is more. Next one was live stone oven pizza. I asked for a half and half 8″ pizza with pepperoni and smoked chicken. The pizza was nice and crisp with toppings well done and was soft enough to melt in your mouth. Sun dried tomatoes added to the flavours and I was craving for more.
There is a live grill as well set outside the restaurant and they have a full frill menu on offer.
I opted for Mediterranean grilled Prawns and chicken tikka. Prawns were well done with the charcoal flavour which was just perfect and was served with barbecue sauce. Chicken tikka was perfectly spiced and served with mint chutney.
Kids kept visiting us from the toy room and chef was kind enough to toss some great pasta for them.
Now we moved to the main course. With already full stomach could muster xourage to try only a few dishes of the many on offer. Appam and stew, fish in coconut gravy with rice, chicken do pyaza with tandoori roti, mutton biryani and veg biryani. Each one of them was perfectly cooked with the right flavour and none overpowering. Also had curd rice with fried chillis crushed and it was the perfect end to my meal.
Juices, lassi and ice tea was served along with the meal. We had a lot of refills of the lemon iced tea.
To follow this all was a lavish dessert menu with about 10 desserts on offer. I am not a dessert person but my wife tried about 5 of them. Pineapple pastry, phirni, mango cheese cake and tart were too good to resist.
Wanted to stay there for ever but had to move on. It is after a long time that I have experienced such hospitality and amazing food done and served perfectly.
The staff is at their feet and make you feel like a king.
My compliments to the chefs and the team at Cilantro. Also thanks to Citibank Sunday brunches to make it happen.
Go eat there.