With so many dining options at Avenue’s Mall, Dean and Deluca had an appeal which led us to explore the restaurant. On entering,we got to know it was a restaurant with an adjoined gourmet store. It displayed a variety of imported fruits and vegetables, honey, chocolates,flavoured non- alcoholic beers, breads, cheese etc.
What caught our eye was their double trouble chocolate handmade gourmet fudge bar. We bought it with all excitement even though according to us it was slightly pricey. Took a bite and it was such a disappointment. Extremely sweet and dense I couldn’t afford another bite.
The food looked promising as we saw sharwama platters as we passed by their live counters and we gave in to the urge to try out their delicacies.
With no assistance received ,we found a table for ourselves and scrolled through their menu .The menu looked attractive and consisted a wide range of appetizers,steaks,Arabic food ,burgers,sharwamas,sushi and more .
We decided to order sushi, honey–BBQ shortribs along with sea food ragout, grilled angus rib eye and coolers namely Bora Bora and Obsession.
Both coolers arrived first. Bora Bora was a blend of pineapple, passion fruit, lemonade, grenadine and soda water. Obession was an interesting mix of orange juice, apple, lemon, strawberries and passion fruit. Refreshing and fruity at every sip the flavours were spot on.
Then a colourful platter of sushi was served. We called for the Special Maki Roll. It came with a small portion of pickled ginger, wasabi and a soya based sauce. Sushi was good with combined complementary flavours of shrimps, lettuce, avocado and crab roll, rolled in sushi rice into a soybean sheet.
Soon the Grilled Angus Rib Eye steak followed, we were given the option of with or without fat and we chose the latter. The presentation was good, given with a side of mushrooms, mashed potatoes,wasabi coleslaw and a mushroom sauce to go with the steak. We cut a bite sized portion and weren’t very impressed. The steak was dry and chewy, but the mushroom sauce saved the dish. The mashed potatoes weren’t seasoned and felt like we were served boiled potatoes. The Wasabi coleslaw was mediocre at best and did not compliment the flavour palette.
Next was the sea food ragout. A creamy saffron based sauce with a mild lemon cent was loaded with shrimps, salmon chunks, hamur(local catch) etc. It was well prepared but didn’t suit our liking as the dish had a dominant fishy flavour.
We then had the Honey-BBQ short ribs. A decent chunk of tender meat served with a side of fries, wasabi coleslaw and some extra barbeque sauce. The barbeque sauce with a tinge of honey gave the ribs its signature taste and aroma.
Talking about the service even though it being a weekday, the staff looked over worked and hasty not only in terms of hospitality but also the short comings of the classics we ordered. Overall the dining experience from this renowned restaurant wasn’t alluring.
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Reviewed by – Mariam .Tarwalla