This could have turned out to be a column full of raves and rants, but that was thankfully averted by more than a mile. So one super cold evening, I undertook the journey from Delhi to Gurgaon, to check out this new place which is very intriguingly called Spoonful of Soul.
The twists and turns of roads took me through sleeping neighbourhoods and I finally arrived at what looked like a traveller’s inn of yore. As I walked into the cobbled courtyard, I could see restaurants and designer boutiques around me. What made it even more interesting was was that the only way to reach the restaurant was a glass lift — nothing extraordinary but nice nevertheless.
Spoonful of Soul has been designed more like a cafe and as I walked in, warm hues of blue and purple and pink greeted me. The furniture is cane and wood, with rattan sofas filling up the cosy corners. A lot of soul has indeed gone into the décor. The walls have scooped shelves which house crockery — adding a nice touch.
The menu is a mix of Continental and Mediterranean and a board lists the Thai dishes of the day (you can also order Chinese). Though it has not opened very long back, the liquor license is already in place.But the alcohol list is not exhaustive and they would do well to add more brands. The restaurant has mostly the regular cocktails and some of the mocktails are quite good (though why the Peanut butter shake is listed as a mocktail is beyond comprehension). But among the mocktails, you can try the Virgin Cosmopolitan.
The food is mostly good. I was quite impressed with the way the Awesome foursome — which comprises kebabs made from chicken, fish and prawns — was served on skewers. Though it was served overcooked and slightly burnt. I also liked the idea behind the Prawn and apple salad — chunks of apple served with bits of prawns. If you don’t have any problem eating bacon, the Saltimbocca (see recipe) is a must eat.
Those with a sweet tooth, do not leave without gorging on the Sweet Zebra — a vanilla ice cream and Oreo biscuit sandwich. It is served slightly hard so that the ice cream doesn’t melt, but it is worth it.
At: Spoonful of Soul, 27 Nathupur Road, DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon
Timings: Noon to 3.30 pm (lunch); 7 pm to 11.30 pm (dinner)
Phone: 0124 30146022
Meal for two: Rs 1,000 (without alcohol)