The Big Sunday Brunch @ Café Knosh, Kempinski Ambience Hotel, Vivek Vihar
A lazy Sunday brunch – no cooking at home, no deciding which cuisine to eat and the fun of eating at new places. Not getting too many options for Brunch in the part of NCR we stay, we find ourselves in Gurgaon at least fortnightly to satisfy our palate. The Big Sunday Brunch @ Café Knosh in the Kempinski Hotel came to the rescue!
On the third floor, a little navigation and a walk led us past the other 2 restaurants – Dilli 32 & Mei Kun – to the profligately spread Café Khosh. The place is huge with plush interiors and a kids’ area with balloon artist and tattoo artist make this an ideal choice with parents.
The restaurant is adjacent to the pool, which had live counters during our time of visit. Welcomed at the door by the chivalrous staff with cold towels and a welcome drink, the vibrancy impressed us at the first sight – imparting that energy to enjoy the brunch.
The staff is extremely genteel, have full competence about the menu and the food. The servers didn’t droop around the table but were swift to pull out the chair every time we got up to refill.
Glasses were never empty and the used plates were absent by the time we came with new ones. Feedback was taken from every table and complaints (if any) were resolved quickly.
The welcome drinks – litchi & orange coolers with diced fruit pieces – served at the perfect temperature – very refreshing. The Virgin Mojito was little on the sweeter side but good.
The other drink I ordered was some mixture of juices and was quite good.
The live counters had Chaat Stalls, Matar Kulcha, Shawarma, Laksa, Tawa counter and Kebab counter. Laksa – comes from Malaysian cuisine – consists of coconut based soup with choice of vegetables/meat – chosen ones were shrimp, broccoli and zucchini. This was the star of the evening and was perfect in all senses – must have. From the tawa counter – Mutton Chat was great while Keema Kaleji was average. Seekh Kebab was better than most but not the best.
Baby corn, Garlic Mushroom, Mortadella & Garlic Prawns – were grilled live. The first 2 were passable but Mortadella & Garlic Prawns were great. Baked eggs with vegetables was another good thing on the menu. They have a huge salad counter and we couldn’t taste everything, but a couple of items – salads and accompaniments – were great.
The main course consisted of Chicken Bao and Spicy Lamb dumplings. The taste is great, just ask the server to make sure he serves them steaming hot. Chicken Ratatouille was great, Prawn Kali Mirch tasted more like Prawn Tamatar, Steamed Salmon was very subtly flavored and conserved the flavor of the fish – smooth on the palate. Pasta in white sauce with vegetables was one of best in the area.
Mutton Nawabi Curry tasted authentic. Dal Dilli32 is awesome and is among the best ones available. Chicken biryani is prepared in the dum style and is very tasteful, though I would have preferred the chicken pieces to be a bit juicier, or it may be that I chose the wrong one!
They are going to spoil you with the choice of desserts offered. We could have never tasted everything available on the menu, but whatever we did was great.
The desserts sampled were – Prunes Pie, Kiwi Crostata, Crime Caramel, and Mud Cake. Others on the menu were – Lemon Chocolate Roulade, Papaya Pie, Berry Pie, Caramel Nutty Pie, Apricot Pie, Assorted Crostata, Lamington, Profiterole, Jamaican Fruit Cake, Fraise Mango Soufflé, Linzer Torte, Apple Pie, Brownie Cheese Cake, Gulab Kheer, Mango Berry Macaroon Cheese Cake, Fruit Cobbler, Rajbhog, Baked Yoghurt and some other things I don’t seem to remember only because they did not impress me much.
A great place to have a relaxed Sunday brunch. Rationally priced for the offering, I can visit them again and again, just to have Laksa and finish sampling each and everything on the dessert menu.
Happy Brunching ☺
Review Credit: Abhik D.
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