In a nutshell:
Loved the experience & the food – a few ifs & buts though on the food. Will surely revisit to try out other cuisines.
Address & Menu card : Spectra
Meal for 2: Rs. 2000 onwards
Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian
Short description – In case u r in a hurry:
As u walk into Leela & then into the Coffee shop Spectra, ur eyes r overwhelmed with the decor & the look. I wud not say that it is the most artistic place I have been to but it is a visual delight.
As u walk in the restaurant u realize that the staff is very warm. I have this funny habit of wearing the most ordinary of clothes to a 5 or a 7 star & then asking for non bottled filtered water – The reaction is very interesting to see coz a section of the staff in most of these places tend to judge u by these initial parameters. Here at Spectra the reaction was as warm & normal as it could get & they passed my funny test with flying colors.
The Coffee shop has a very very interesting Japanese counter where u can chat with the chef, tailor-make ur sushis & sashimis & sit & eat on the bar table. The Chef rolls the sushis in front of u from scratch &serves.
A little away from there is the Chinese counter. Here again u can sit on counter, chat with the chef , tailor-make ur food & eat soups, stir fries , soupy noodles like thukpas etc. All ingredients are kept there as well & the colors of them are a visual delight.
There are also a good representation of cuisines that u usually do find too many Top end Restaurants specializing in. e.g Arab cuisine, Thai, Malaysian, Singaporean . They also have a large list of good unusual food (unusual when compared to menu cards of other delhi restaurants).
The menu card has a very large & wide selection vegetarian section.
Other interesting options are a breakfast spread Rs. 750 + taxes, a Lunch buffet of Rs. 1600 + taxes , a Sunday Brunch (with sparkling wine, house red & white wine, beer & vodka cocktails) & a Champagne Brunch for Rs. 3500 (Champagne in place of Sparkling wine + everything else) .
We liked the seafood soup, loved the Moroccan seafood grill & Freaked out on the outstanding tenderloin steak.
Detailed Description – In case u have the time to enjoy reading:
The bread basket which usually comes first surprisingly did not have sufficiently warm bread. The breads were pretty tasty though.
The Seafood soup that we ordered had prawns, scallops & Clams. It was tomato based, good, different, not tomatoee, but not in the same league as the best seafood soup I have ever had. I wud put this in a percentile range of 80 – 85% of all seafood soups I have ever had – the range includes everything from street-food to 5 star & 7 star Restaurants.
I dunno why my bread was served on the soup – maybe the bread just slid into the soup while serving. For my wife, the bread was served separately. Needless to say mine felt soggy & funny – like thin arrowroot biscuit dipped in tea. Wud have liked it better separate.
Moroccan seafood platter – mild spiced, made in olive oil, lots of red yellow & green bell pepper perfectly grilled with spices – very enjoyable.
Rossini tenderloin steak was served with truffle, pan seared foie gras, zucchini, aubergines, carrots, on a bed of normal mashed potatoes. The steak was Brilliant, mind-blowing, phenomenal. We had it Medium done – very very Juicy, soft & tasty. The accompaniments mentioned above were done up too good on the grill – mild charred, grilled & smoky flavored. The Super buttery & ‘full of flavor’ Foie gras (outstanding taste on its own )added an excellent taste & texture angle to the steak. One of the best steaks I have had in Gurgaon.
For drink we tried Home made mint punch – sweet & sour with a tinge. It was lemon juice, sweetener & freshly cut ginger – quite interesting, a bit over-sweetened for my taste, the ginger effect was super mild – The taste of the drink cud have been better if ginger were to be muddled with lemon / at least a tiny muddler provided. Interestingly the drink tasted much much better after 10 minutes of us trying to muddle the ginger with our stirrers.
Overall – Look forward to revisiting to sit & eat on Japanese bar, Chinese bar & to try out Arab & other ‘not much available in Delhi’ dishes.