The Pretty Plat­ter

India Today - - SIMPLY DELHI - by Re­wati Rau

A multi- cui­sine menu is usu­ally not too en­cour­ag­ing. So, we went with pre­con­ceived no­tions to Elf Café Lounge, but, the broth is clearly not spoilt by too many cooks here. This lat­est en­trant in Hauz Khas Vil­lage’s brim­ming food

scene knows the tricks of the trade. We be­gan with the veg­e­tar­ian Filo Wrap from Spain, the menu card in­formed us, and the Chicken Es­petada from Por­tu­gal. We fell in love with the wrap, which had bel­lpep­pers drip­ping with cheese wrapped in filo sheets. Crunchy, cheesy and de­li­cious, it com­pletely set our mood for the meal. The Chicken Es­petada, which seemed like a dis­tant cousin of Chicken Tikka was wee a bit dry but quite flavour­ful. Our hopes were now high as we waited for our main course sip­ping some fruity cock­tails. We started with the Sa­maak E Harra from Le­banon. The mar­i­nated sole fish had a de­li­cious sprin­kling of spicy toma­toes and bell pep­pers and was served with sub­tly flavoured rice. Next came the Span­ish Crepes, stuffed with sweet corn and bell pep­per served with or­ange chilli salsa. With the per­fect sweet­ness and tang, the crepes were de­li­cious. Elf Café’s fi­nal test was the dessert. The Choco­late Mousse Can­nel­loni, a sweet can­nel­loni was stuffed with choco­late mousse, and driz­zled with white choco­late. While the mousse­was per­fectly gooey, the can­nel­loni was a lit­tle too hard to bite. Elf tran­froms into a lounge in the evening, but we rec­om­mend you go here for a leisurely lunch. Aver­age meal for two Rs 1,800 ex­clud­ing taxes At 26 A, 2nd Floor, Hauz Khas Vil­lage; Tel: 30146022

ANIL DAYAL

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