Does anyone bear in mind the time when Essex Farms was simply that — a farm that offered meat merchandise? It’s now a bustling meals hub, filled with eating places and cafes providing every kind of cuisines.
I went there with a bunch of shut buddies the opposite night, and was surprised. The town modifications earlier than you possibly can say “paneer pasanda” — and you discover that part of it has grown into some type of a ritzy arcade.
Let me begin in the beginning. Two buddies wished to take us out to dinner. They steered a few locations that I had not been to. One had a menu that was not very thrilling, and the opposite didn’t have parking house. I did a search and got here throughout a couple of promising eating places. One was Café Tesu, about which I had heard good issues. I steered it to the chums, they usually have been blissful, as they favored the meals there. So we, a bunch of six, landed up at Essex Farms, and located it buzzing with life. Café Tesu is likely one of the eating places there.
We hadn’t booked a desk, and once we reached, we discovered Tesu bursting on the seams. A useful household ready for dessert vacated their desk for us. I had a fast have a look at the menu. The soups embrace hen cappuccino with almond flakes (₹265), wild mushroom bisque (₹245) and khao suey (₹415-465). Salads embrace goat cheese and sluggish poached pear (₹495); on the record of small plates are kaffir lime chilli cottage cheese (₹395), child pork ribs (₹525) and chorizo and Bratwurst (₹495). I didn’t go any additional — chorizo and Bratwurst for me, I mentioned.
The others requested for a wide range of dishes — pasta with hen, a spicy hen pizza and a Parisian sandwich with roast hen.
One amongst us was eager on a ham and brie sandwich (₹425), however the waiter mentioned there was no brie. So my pal determined to have breakfast as an alternative of dinner, and requested for French toast.
We have been every very proud of the meals. My dish of meats had been sluggish cooked in an oven and got here with tomato fondue.
The chorizo was gentle and spicy, and the Bratwurst was crispy. The Parisian sandwich (₹545) consisted of beneficiant slices of multi-grain bread full of grilled hen tossed in purple wine and served with tomato chutney and carmelised onions. The meat was juicy, and complemented the sweetness of the onions.
The spicy hen sausage pizza (₹635) was scrumptious — with hen heaped over a skinny crust base. The pal cherished her creamy pasta (₹575), flavoured with pine nuts. The French toast (₹325) was shared by everyone, and nearly labored as dessert. This consisted of bread dipped in a custard batter, served with cinnamon cream.
Café Tesu wants a revisit. I wish to check out their lamb bourguignon — ready with brioche buns, floor lamb meat, brie cheese, caramelised onions and purple wine sauce (₹625).
The pizza part consists of traditional tomato and mozzarella (₹535), artichoke, mushroom, olives, jalapeno, rocket leaves and parmesan shavings (₹625) and a fig, bacon, and blue cheese pizza (₹650).
I’ve to thank my two buddies for that pleasant deal with, and for introducing me to Tesu. It marks the beginning of a significant — or do I imply meat-ful? — relationship.
The author is a seasoned meals critic