Cafe E - You've Made the Tabloids!
Cafe E should be noted as more than just a cafe for tired shoppers to come rest at. With a great selection of salads, sandwiches, crepes and waffles it definitely fills a much needed void in the market for such a menu. Its so hard to find more than four interesting options for a sandwich on most menus let alone an entire menu dedicated to them. And you know the best part? They actually do it well.
Located conveniently in the foyer of the mall, though I have to say I'm not much of a fan of the ambience or lack of. I had lunch with Armani and dessert with Cartier. I would think it would be a boring people watching spot since the stores all lie empty but I was wrong. The cafe itself is quite a circus of people. Tempted but don't worry I'm not going mock the walking designer clone billboards, that this mall should display in a shop of its own. We all know they're funny but god it's getting unoriginal. My favourite are the husbands, frustrated but clearly have accepted their fate as they sit with mounds of shopping bags, the kids .. oh and the maids of course.
- Herb Chicken Sandwich - So I messed up. We had ordered the Croque Monsieur - Or their version of it is what the menu said. I love croque monsieurs! But then suddenly something in me changed. (Happens all the time!) And I craved a simple grilled chicken and cheese sandwich. The herb chicken cheese sandwich sounded the closest. So we changed the order. Bad move. I didn't realize it was going to be a pesto of herbs smothered through out, imagined more a chicken seasoned with some herbs. Wasn't bad at all but my pre-conceived expectations of this put a bit of a dampener on it. The panini was quite good. The herb pesto was zingy with a dominant flavour of dill.
- Smoked Salmon, Goat Cheese Crepe w/ Herbed Sour Cream and Capers - This dish would have been a star if they just got the proportions right. The crepe was nice and thin for starters not some gross stodgy mess. It tasted wonderful on its own which is key. So they got the hardest part right. Their fault sadly was being over generous. Perhaps it was some ignoramus who wanted his money's worth and had a hissy fit which led to this mess. The mess I refer to is the extravagant amount of salmon in here. Smoked salmon being as bold and salty as it is, it's best eaten with minimal ingredients surrounding it, preferably in daintier proportions. Firstly, the goat cheese is very judiciously sprinkled on top of the crepe. I could not taste any inside, instead they put this sour cream, big mistake I thought. Unless of course the almost repulsive amount of salmon inside over powered everything else in there! Besides taking the salmon for what it is, lets not forget this delicate thin crepe, so humble in providing itself as a mere vessel. I hate it being over staged for all the wrong reasons. I took out at least half the amount of salmon in there to make it somewhat forgivable. I will definitely order the crepe a 100 times over, with some other filling, or specify to cut down the amount of salmon in there by at least half! I would actually be very happy rolling it up and eating it plain with a sprinkling of sugar. Yum! Officially my favourite crepe in the city! Curious to try the sweet ones too.
- Waffles w/ Berry Cinnamon Compote, Maple Syrup and Mascarpone - I am so happy to have found good crepes and good waffles all in one place! The waffles were super light. Crisp on the outside with a warm fluffy center. The berry compote was delicious, the maple syrup and waffle combo alone I am always happy with. The only let down was the mascarpone. Not bad but not great, had a slight astringent taste to it.
They have a range of soups, smoothies and juices too. I definitely recommend Cafe E for your next lunch. I only visit Emporio to eat (Thai at Setz)!! Well the reason's the same but the outcome will vary. Lets say you won't have to bend my waffle to bring me here again!
Mid Range - Sandwiches ranging form Rs. 350 to Rs. 500
11a.m to 9p.m
151, DLF Emporio Mall,
Nelson Mandela Marg,
Labels: Cafes, Crepes, Favourites, Healthy Options, Sandwiches, Waffles