News Cafe (Vasant Kunj) 6.2/10

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Fancy a Sunday brunch anyone? We did. And tired as we were of the usual haunts of IHC and the like, News Cafe in the DLF Promenande Mall, Vasant Kunj was a likely choice. Having dined there a couple of times before, we knew to expect decent food.

However, what we didnt expect was that the restaurant was on the verge of shutting down. In fact, we are told that the restaurant did shut down for a couple of weeks (?)- possibly because of lease rent issues. Anyway, that’s besides the point- just call in advance to check if they’re open.

As a group of eight, we managed to plough through quite a cross section on the fare available. Note that I mention the ‘fare available’ and not the menu. Just as not all that glitters is gold, not all that is mentioned on the menu is available. For example, in the traditional breakfast, the sausages weren’t available. You couldn’t order a hot drink, or any drink that used to be hot, but now cold (e.g cold coffee or iced tea). However, the restaurant waiters were nice enough to run down to the la marche nearby and get us fresh sausages.

While the bacon and cheese burger was large and wholesome, the burger buns left much to be desired. By the time I had finished the burger, the buns were falling apart into crumbs- rendering the whole concept of a burger as completely irrelevant. The steak and eggs, was a different story altogether. The steak wasn’t tenderised enough prior to cooking- and when you serve a steak dish without steak knives (apparently they don’t have steak knives), that doesn’t help either. The fish fingers were too thin and didnt have enough fish in them. Although, the tartar sauce served with the fish fingers left everyone wanting more.

On the flip side, the salads are wonderfully fresh and well seasoned. The same goes for the eggs benedict. And while the tiramisu was wonderfully light and fluffy, the cake in the ganache was stale- atleast 2 days old.

Apart from that, the food is acceptable, the waiters are really sweet (the chefs might be a little slow, though) and the location is excellent.

Ratings Scale (on 10)
Ambience 8
Ease of access 8
Service 6
Quality of food 5
Value for money 5
Would I go back there? Maybe- if stretched
Meal for two INR 1800 (without alcohol)
Serves alcohol Yes
Credit cards Accepted

Top Tips

  • The pièce de résistance really is the location. On the 3rd floor of the DLF Promenade Mall, it has a seated balcony overlooking Nelson Mandela Marg which, on a sunny winter morning would be an awesome place to have brunch.
  • Try their ‘habanero’ sauce. Has a ‘hot’ rating of 10/10 and a Scoville rating of 100,000–350,000! And keep a glass of water handy.
  • Ask for Vijay Yadav- one of the funnest waiters ever. Our meal at News Cafe would have been a lot less enjoyable if it hadnt been for him.
  • A wonderful alternative to the overpriced Smokehouse Deli on the ground floor and the overrated TGIF next door.
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