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Gurgaon is  rapidly developing into a major FOOD DESTINATION.

I share with you some happy and memorable moments spent at a new 24 hour coffee shop in the vicinity of Delhi.

The G cafe at The Crown Plaza Hotel, Gurgaon has adorned  new clothes .

Have a look at the New  ultra chic urbane look of THE G CAFE.

G Cafe
G Cafe

The cheese and salad ( and soup and… )  counter at the entrance is stunning.

Cheese and salad Bar
Cheese and Salad Bar

A beautifully laid out spread of cheese. Each type of cheese has the country of Origin marked as well.

Cheese
Cheese

The G cafe has an impressive live counter serving Sushi and Tepanyaki. Japanese Cuisine  has definetly arrived in India.

Tepanyaki and Sushi Bar
Tepanyaki and Sushi Bar

Tantalizing Sea Food including Lobsters and Tiger Prawns  are preserved on ice.

Sea Food
Sea Food

The restaurant is very spacious and spread over two levels.

It also has a lovely open air area in the midst of water bodies.

The restaurant
The restaurant

You can watch these magicians ,the Chefs,  at work. The cafe has many live counters too.

Observe the goose, sorry chicken, being cooked.

Open Kitchen
Open Kitchen

Beautifully laid out Spicy Red Indian Section.

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Spicy Indian Spread

The salads and deserts are laid out in a similar manner , in an  open refrigerated shelf.

Macaroons
Macaroons

I have been to the Crown Plaza Hotel several years ago. All I can is what a TRANSFORMATION. A new destination has emerged in Gurgaon.

The chefs are subtly sending a message with Onions adorning the Pasta Coiffure. Residents of Delhi need no further prompting.

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KANTO MATSURI : FESTIVAL OF LANTERNS

It is almost thirty years since I first traveled to Japan.

Had never heard of Sushi  , let alone any other Japanese food type.

How the world has changed, Japanese restaurants have mushroomed in my hometown of New Delhi. Sushi has become a mainstay of all buffets in  fancy hotels  and a must like for all  socialites ( read Page 3) . I have even seen Sushi bars in the malls. Is the day far when they are available along with momos at every street cafe ?

Now in Sakura, New Delhi  celebrating “Kanto Matsuri” , the pole lantern festival .

entrance
                            entrance

The  Red Lanterns and colour red seem to be the main theme of this restaurant serving Japanese cuisine, located on the first floor  within the Metropolitan Hotel  , New Delhi.

seating inside
seating inside

A well stocked bar with the sea food prominently displayed on the counter.

We were however the ‘only foreigners’ in this restaurant, all the tables were occupied by Japanese guests.

the bar
the bar

An introduction to the festival of lanterns and the menu( by the talented chefs ) for the evening  was placed on every table.

lantern festival
              pole lantern festival

A unique feature in many parts of the Far East including Japan is  the display of “faux food”. Thus  only for looking, not eating .

decorative food
                               decorative food

Sea Food is a cornerstone  of Japanese cuisine . The various types are displayed in the  restaurant .

octopus
                       octopus( centre) 

salmon ( peach coloured) is on the extreme right.

sea food

The vegetarian and non vegetarian menus.I kept a careful watch so as not to miss a course.

veg menu

Non Veg menu
                  Non Veg menu

I love Edamame beans.The tofu ( extreme left)  was super soft and simply melted away in the mouth. Japanese momos ( Yaki Gyoza) are in the centre.

edame beans momos
            edamame beans and  momos

Can any food be complete without drinks ? Beer seemed to very popular amongst all the guests.

mixologist not mysoginist
              mixologist not misogynist

The sauce with the salad was fantastic.

salad
                                        salad

Sushi has become the chic food now.

sushi in progress
             sushi in progress

The Miso soup was a surprise  add-on by the chef . It was not listed on the printed menu.

Japanese cuisine is always aesthetically presented and looks like a piece of art.

miso soup plus sushi
                miso soup plus sushi

The tempura.( similar to  the Indian pakoras)  Did the faux tempura look better? Please do comment.

tempura
                               Yasai Tempura

Hot noodle soup or Shoyu Ramen.

final course of noodles
                   final course : noodle soup  

I was ready to burst. Skipped the ice cream and the tea as well.But you can have it.

Sayonara. Leave you with more of the colour Red.( picture is straight off the camera, no filters, no editing)

More lanterns
                More lanterns