Overfeeding at California Boulevard, Gurogaon

755621995California Boulevard, Gurgaon is one of the new entrants into the fine dining scenario at Gurgaon. The brand already has a well-established sibling in Rajouri Garden, New Delhi.

We were delighted to visit the establishment for lunch on a national holiday. You see, a national holiday is always a dry day in India, and that meant no liquors or cocktails. I was so happy for that.

IMG_2465The moment I saw the Harley Davidson bike parked right at the entrance, I started longing for more westerners from the USA. Once inside the doors, I went back to my Los Angeles times during my stint at California a couple of years back. The memories of Hollywood Walk of Fame were relived as I walked on the stars with Hollywood star’s names on them. The bar is a perfect replica of San Francisco tram right at the entrance. The restaurant was divided on two floors.

Designed with modern theme the place has a classical decor. Amazing ambiance with vintage looking furniture and décor, the walls are adorned with LED boards which runs Hollywood posters.

We started with a range of mock-tails and ordered the Mango smoothie, Chocolate shake, and Spicy Guava Mary. The Spicy Guava Mary was spicy as the name suggests, and chat masala gave it an ultimate twist. The Chocolate shake was good, and Mango smoothie gentle in taste but refreshing in nature.

I was told that they overfeed you at California Boulevard, and when the appetizers started to roll in, I realised that I was informed the truth and only the truth. We had Dilli Ki Chat, a deep fried battered Spinach with chat toppings and loads of sev. It was amazing. The Tangy Button Mushrooms were next on the list, and they were the best mushrooms one can ever have. Even mushrooms would love to be treated this way. The flavour was tangy, sweet and spicy. The sweet chili sauce served along with the mushrooms was a perfect combination.

It was the turn of vegetarian Sushi now. We tried the Sushi Panner Rolls. My colleague was not sure whether to try this or not, but, after the first bite he was seen asking for more. Crispy rolls filled with mushrooms, mint and coriander, served with four different types of chutney it was superb. Next was Sushi rolls stuffed with asparagus, peppers and served with an amazing wasabi, Kikkoman soy and ginger sauce. The flavours were amazing.

Then followed the Mozzarella sticks, and Duo of Paneer Tikka, and Vegetable Dim Sums. They did not stop here and brought the Bruschettas. And after all this came the soup – the chilled Blueberry soup. I started thinking if soup is being served now, then surely by the time we finish up our lunch, we would’nt be able to walk out properly. The soup was served chilled and was heavenly. Last but not the least, we were served the California Veggie Pizza. The thin crust pizza was topped with mushroom, sun-dried tomato, and other veggies with a generous sprinkle of mozzarella cheese. The pizza was lip smackingly delicious.

We were so full by then and we had just reached page 4 of the 19 page menu. We still wanted to try more and were served two delicious dishes from the main course section. Ratatouille (Fresh styled vegetables cooked in wine and served on a bed of steamed rice) and Mexican Veg chilli (assorted vegetables braised in spiced tomatos and served with garlicky rice and sour cream) were fantabulous. We tasted just bits of them and waited for the best part of any meals – The Desserts.

We had the Kulfi Bon Bon and the Chocolate Bomb. Kulfi Bon Bon is one of the restaurant’s best sellers. The waiter then poured hot chocolate on the warm brownie sphere and the bomb exploded right in front of our eyes to reveal the vanilla ice cream. The presentation of this dish was outstanding.IMG_2516

IMG_2517The California Boulevard’s décor surely takes one through a hurried tour into California’s Hollywood area and the food was amazing. It is definitely one of the places to visit in Gurgaon.

 

My Ratings

Décor : 4.5/5          Hospitality : 4.5/5             Food : 4.5/5         Location : 5/5

Address:  IFFCO Chowk, Gurgaon, Near IFFCO Chowk metro station.

Note: Images of the dishes are of actual serving sizes.  Review done on invitation from the establishment and views expressed are entirely ours and without any bias. No monetary favour was received.

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