In a nutshell:
A beautiful cafe, part of a design studio, that serves really good western food, made from local ingredients. Great attention to detail from choosing ingredients to creating good fusion food – local ingredient global cuisine
Address & other details: sienna cafe
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Meal for 2: ₹1000 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian
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Short description- in case u r in a hurry
We have been following chef Thomas Zacharias since his days at the Bombay canteen. We follow his amazing food trips where he goes real in-depth to understand a cuisine. Thru his insta posts we saw a huge mention of Sienna cafe & we decided to go there during our next visit.
The cafe is in the rear of a design boutique studio.
The area we sat in was open air. The visual artist who designed the pace has put immense attention to detail. Loved discovering little interesting things here & there.
The building has retro wooden windows that added to the look.
The boy who came to greet us, gave us the menu, explained the menu, talked about his personal favourites, served our food, kept coming back for feedback, was great to talk to. He seemed to love his job & had genuine interest in food.
The menu card was not too long. It had description of every dish. No pictures.
We loved the food.,I would not say best ever, but would say best in class. Reason –
Beyond a point it’s at times unfair to compare a cafe with a 5 star speciality restaurant coz the quality & level of ingredients are quite different. Example – Real truffle vs truffle oil
I think, from both imagination of a fusion dish & food craftsmanship perspective , the guys are extraordinary. They are better than many average to good 5 star restaurants but the 5 star restaurants having the best chefs & best ingredients (priced 5 times more) surely beat this.
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
Local potato chips with home made aioli was served to us as we waited for the food. The chips were good. The aioli was just insane good – do perfect in texture & taste that the hands were on auto mode travelling from plate to mouth, inspite of warnings from brain ‘don’t eat this as much. It will kill your appetite’. Rate it 4.75/5
Best thing was was that our boy was super enthusiastic & he explained everything in great detail like ‘aioli is mayaonnaiae with herbs & garlic’ etc.
We ordered Gondhoraj & sweet lime lemonade. It turned out to be a Great drink with good balance of taste, served at perfect temperature, with super subtle flavour of gondhoraj bordering absent. Rate it 3/5 as Gondhoraj fresh lime drink & 4.5/5 as just a nameless drink.
Pork Gyoza potstickers came next. The outer layer was outstanding. Super thin & really good layer. The meat was really good but was less juicy than we have had at Japanese restaurants in gurgaon (where more than 3/4th guests are Japanese expats & food is not tweaked to Indian taste)
Rate it 4.25/5
Chingri tortellini in Tom yam broth – the broth was Quite tart, had a great balance of sour & hot aftertaste. In short, I would call it kicky .
Rate the Soup 4.95/5
Tortellini was hand made at restaurant. It was very good but we have had better at other places. Rate it 4/5
Overall rating of this dish averages out to 4.5/5
King oyster, black truffle, lal shada dudhesar risotto was super interesting.
As the name suggested, the risotto was made from the local dudhesar rice.
As expected, there was no lumpiness in the risotto because the rice has a different texture than that of the usual rice used for making risotto. The texture of risotto was hence different. We liked it. Loved munching on the mushroom a lot. Truffle oil made its presence felt.
Rate the dish 4/5
Cold brew had a character – Of course it was better than the one at Starbucks. Loved the strength & flavours. Rate it 4.5/5
Overall rating of food & beverages averages out to 4.4/5
Look forward to trying some more interesting dishes next time
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