I am a sucker for Sunday brunches, whether be with the husband, family or friends. I prefer to combine good food, ambiance and great company on the most favorite day of the week.
So, I was pretty excited when our Delhi Bloggers’ tablegroup was invited by Rose Café, a 30 cover restaurant located nearby the picturesque Garden of Five Senses, Delhi. The excitement factor was increased by the fact that one of our Delhi Table blogger, Ruchira had visited this place before and had loved the pizzas and mezze platter here.
So, me and the hubby landed up on a Sunday to the Café, some of our blogger friends already having reached before us, so the friendly tone already set.
The décor of the café was pretty with rose pink green and white color décor. I was instantly charmed by the fake patina furniture, cute little knickknacks, lace curtains and the lovely outdoor area. Alas, the turned out to the only good thing about the café in the final roundup….and it was an un-rosy Sunday Brunch for the bunch of us as it could get!!!
Interested? Read on!!....
After our initial appreciation of the décor & ambiance (Beatles songs playing softly in the background) and our friendly banter, our group sat down at a long table assembled for us. We ordered some drinks to start with and the clueless waiters (in pink shirts) forgot who ordered what and put them down on our table as per their whim or asked us back if any of us ordered the drink in his hand , now how would I know if in a group of 13 people, who exactly ordered the hot chocolate, if not me!!! That’s the job of the service not me!!!!
Anyways, we all loved the peach iced tea, mint iced tea infused with kafir leaves and the hot chocolate and ignored the lousy service. We ordered our starters, pizzas and mains at one go after that..and after a while the orders started arriving.
The good food
The pizzas were great, the beans in a bun was nice. However, the eggplant parmigiano was yuck!!! And the chicken dishes were a disappointment.
The totally yuck eggplant parmigiano!!
And the big problem was that while some orders had arrived , others had not ….and it was taking hell lot of time!! The poor husband and some of the people at the table had been waiting for a good 40 minutes for their orders and there was still no sign of their food!!! Particularly, for myself, I had ordered potato jackpot of which I saw no sign of….till very much later (served along side desserts!!)
The owner, on being hinted the same, apologized and said that it was possibly because they made everything fresh…A nice concept, except, if one has a 30 cover café running, then one has to be prepared for catering to the same number of people simultaneously and not keep people waiting unendingly long time for their food!!
The desserts were total disappointment, all of them seemed to have been kept in the freezer, taking out and served cold. We had to really work hard to cut the cakes and brownies. The only exception was Waffles, which were fresh and yumm!!
The absolutely crap Desserts!! (proves that definitely looks can be deceptive!!)
By the time the desserts were finished, all of us at the table just wanted to leave..the décor having no soothing effect on us anymore!!
It was totally disappointing Sunday Brunch for me and our group!!
I definitely won’t be going back there for a brunch anytime soon….yeah I might land up there for a glass of iced tea on my way back from the Garden of Five Senses!!
So, totally not recommending Rose Cafe for brunch (or any full fledged meal!!) but if u happen to be visiting Garden of Five Senses, drop in if you are thirsty and looking for a chiller on your way back!!
You may also like to check what other bloggers at the table might have to say about Rose Cafe experience:-
Sid Khullar http://chefatlarge.in
Rekha Kakkar http://mytastycurry.com/
Deeba Rajpal, http://www.passionateaboutbaking.com/
Rituparna Mukerji http://chocolatesanddreams.in
Sangeeta Khanna http://www.banaraskakhana.com/
Ruchira Hoon http://thegreatcookaroo.blogspot.in/
Charis Bhagianathan http://culinarystorm.com/
Himanshu Taneja http://thewhiteramekins.com/