Where to go for the best breakfast in Gurgaon if you like pancakes and eggs

It really is. Anyone I have ever recommended this place to has come back singing praises. I am talking about Di Ghent Cafe in Cross Point Mall near Galleria (link goes to the Zomato page for Di Ghent). If you like pancakes, waffles, eggs done in dozens of different ways, shakes, and great coffee for your breakfast then this is the place to go. They have wonderful ambiance – you feel like you can sit there forever (and you can too, they are not going to throw you out for taking your time). They are in a quiet mall, so no unnecessary noises and crowding. Parking is not a problem. The staff is wonderful. Oh, and breakfast is just one part of their menu – they do serve food the rest of the day.

They actually have two locations on the same floor and the kitchens are shared across them both. One is smaller and is connected to their bakery – the other just a little bigger and connected to their restaurant; either one is equally good. They are a bit pricey (2 people will spend around 1500 INR) but well worth the price. The cuisine is supposed to be Austrian and Australian – though just think western. If you are in a mood for some paranthas or puris for breakfast, then this is not the place for you.

If you are looking for a good breakfast option, then not many come better than Di Ghent. Do you have any places to recommend for a good breakfast? Leave a comment.

The Cup n Cake Factory


The Cup n Cake Factory

I should have made this particular post ages ago since I have been visiting this delightful place for a while now. My daughter (2.5 years old) loves these cup cakes. I have never been a cup cake person, but I LOVE these cup cakes. Everyone we have shared these cup cakes with, love these cup cakes. Well, now that I have gotten ahead of myself, let me step back and talk a little about the place.

The Cup n Cake Factory is located on Sohna Road, Gurgaon. It is on the ground floor of Ninex Mart (that little shopping arcade next to the Fortune Hotel on Sohna Road). It is a very cheerful place, run by a very cheerful staff. And they make cup cakes (and some regular cakes). The setup is very pleasing and refreshing – you can see the kitchen behind a large glass pane and can actually watch them make the little pieces of delight.

My experience with the place

It has been great so far. The first time I got cup cakes from them, one of the flavors we chose was Caramel and Apple. Yum. But, when I got home, I realized that as delicious as the caramel was, it was a little too thick and thus when biting, it was making it hard to eat the cup cake. Well, the next time I was in their shop, I let the chef know of this. He immediately corrected the recipe, had me test it, and then fixed it (in the sense, that I have had that cup cake many times now, and it still has a thinner layer of caramel on it).

My only negative comment is that you should make sure that you get the fresh stuff from them. My wife bought a cake from them which had been baked the previous day and you could tell that it wasn’t the best thing that you ate that day. While whenever we have taken fresh cup cakes from them, we can easily say that it was the best thing we ate that day.

Their cup cakes come in a lot of flavors

Flavors...

There are tons of flavors to be had. Their most popular (and very delicious) is called Red Velvet. The way it works is that they have some standard flavors which are almost always available (unless they ran out that day) since they are baked daily. And then they have some special flavors which are only baked once in a while. They keep changing the special flavors.

All the flavors we have tried are good (and we have tried all of them). The toppings are always fresh. Everything is hand made in the kitchen (even the little bits of candy or whatever that is on top of the cream is made right there – I have seen them make it with my own eyes).

BTW, one cup cake is more than enough for anyone as they are very filling. Two would make a meal almost (perhaps with coffee). They are pricey, yes. But absolutely worth it. Where else in Gurgaon can I get such delicious cup cakes, made fresh, made hygienically, and within walking distance of where I live (that last one doesn’t matter, we would go to this place even if it was far away).

I recommend that you try this place at least once. And I bet you, you will come back again – these are that good. All this writing is making me want to go an buy some cup cakes right now.

Red Zen – kid friendly restaurant

Last week we went out with another couple for dinner. At their recommendation, we ended up going to a restaurant called “Red Zen” at the Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon. They recommended it because they said that the food is great. So, we all went (it was a toss up between going to Westin or this place).

Pan Asian cuisine at Red Zen

We have a 19 month old daughter, and they have a 2 year old son – so it is an extra benefit for us if we go to places that are kid friendly (such as 361 that I reviewed some time ago). In this regard, this place takes the cake. At a lot of places, you need to ask whether we can get child seats – here things were a little bit different:

  • We arrived, were seated.
  • Immediately, two people brought two high chairs for children (and good quality ones like we would have at home – not wooden stools).
  • One of them took my daughter from me and seated her nicely into the chair and strapped her in.
  • Then in a couple of minutes, they arrived with utensils for kids (plastic colorful plates, kid friendly forks, and plastic bowls). This got my daughter busy immediately with the stuff. Good.
  • Then they came in and asked if it would be okay for them to provide plain noodles for the kids (free of charge).

I tell you, no other restaurant does this. I have had us be charged for bread that we have asked for our child in restaurants before.

Now for the other important stuff. The food is good. Period. We ordered a bunch of things and they were all very tasty. The pricing is on the higher side (though not that high). You can take a look at the offering on the menu and their prices at Zomato (Red Zen menu).

The only bad is that the place is VERY poorly lit. I think they went overboard with the low lighting theme. On one hand, low lighting gives you a little more privacy and separation from other diners – on the other hand, it can be very depressing and dull. If they want to keep the lighting low, they should definitely provide some lighting source at each table (candles perhaps).

In any case, I would totally recommend this place for a good time (that makes two recommendations, since our friends recommend it too).