In a nutshell:
A very cool café made by transforming yet preserving an Old house into a restaurant, good service & some very good Global food made using Local ingredients.
Address & other details: the corner courtyard
fb page: the corner courtyard
Meal for 2: Rs. 1000 onwards
Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian
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I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.
Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:
The house is situated in the corner of the road. I wud have passed by it numerous times earlier & never really noticed it. It wud have looked like any other old building on that street. Someone had the vision to see the potential of the building, do it up while preserving the look & feel. Hats off. The transformed building is now a landmark & stands out from the rest.
The interiors r just too good. I wud say that there r a few discovery zones inside. Each room has a character of its own while having a common design language.
A central Dining Hall has high ceiling & a passage balcony on one side.
A wall was full of brass daily use items. Looked stunning. An old door with movable shades (khorkhori) added to the look.
On the walls there were framed pictures of different rooms in the building & the façade before renovation. That made us realize how well the place has been done up.
We went here close to Durga Pujo. So we were given only Durga Pujo menu. As mentioned above, it had a wide & nice variety of dishes from around the world but made with local ingredients , with a local twist.
Food was very enjoyable in general.
Detailed Description – In case u have the Time to NJOY reading:
We started with a Caribbean drink that had green coconut water as base, gondhoraj flavor & an olive. Really nice. Rate it 4.25/5
We started our meal with Grilled Garlic prawn tossed in garlic, gondhoraj lime, chilli & balsamic dressing with a summer pomegranate salad.
Prawns were south fresher and so much better than what I usually get in land locked delhi/ Gurgaon. Very nice, juicy, succulent . Flavours of prawn and garlic both were felt well.
SalAd was very good as well bit I have surely had better. Rate prawns 4.5/5 and salad 4/5. Overall rating averages out to 4.25/5
We moved on to Bay of Bengal’s Black mussels and clams tossed in brown garlic & vino bianco cherry tomato sauce. Outstanding flavors and taste of both mussels and sauces.
Loved the grated Cheese. this dish does not fill stomach. it’s only for taste. Rate it 4.25/5
The next dish we had was Corner Courtyard’s Aqua pizza – a medley mix of calamari, shrimps, crabmeat& flaked tuna tossed in butter. Tomato was the predominant taste in this pizza to such an extent that all seafood was lost.
Seafood often has subtle flavours that need to b handled properly. Here it was manhandled. The sea animAls were brutally murdered by the tomato and their traces clinically exterminated. Crust of the pizza was thin and nice. Texture was good. Rate this dish 1/5.
We next ordered Pan Grilled fresh water bhetki with a French Mussel cream sauce on a bed of lemon, shallot, peas, spinach & potatoes. The green peas were not good as they were out of season. The sauce was made in house from mussels. That was just too good.
The fish was thin strips of bhetki full of layers, soft inside, very tasty, crisp outside. The fish was served on a bed of Greens and potatoes. The greens were outstanding and potatoes were very good. Loved it overall. Rate it 4.25/5.
Espresso infused apple crumbled pie with vanilla foam. Over promised and under delivered. Espresso did not make its presence felt. Vanilla foam made no impact. Having said that , it a swell ‘good old apple crumble’.
Loved it as it is. Excellent crisp warm freshly baked outer layer, perfect sweet n sour filling with an overall hint of salt. Rate it 4.5/5 as a humble apple crumble.
Overall average rating of food & beverages at this restaurant is 3.75/5. This rating is largely due to the aqua pizza pulling it down. If we ignore that one dish, the rating exceeds 4. I wud surely revisit not only to have great food again but also to have a good time with friends in this nice ambience.