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.

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).

Go get pampered at a new restaurant called 361

It was my mom’s birthday yesterday and we decided to celebrate at some place nice. So I thought of trying out the new Oberoi’s hotel that has opened up a few months ago. They have a few options for dining, and one of these is a multi-cuisine restaurant called threesixtyone – I wish I knew the reason behind this strange name.

Here’s my review:

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