FORTY 4 - REVIEW BY NATASHA KHALID
The massive upsurge of new bistros throughout the city makes me ecstatic. Gladly now, For people who enjoyeating out and trying new places, there are restaurants that serve diversified cuisines’ catering to all taste buds. However It is even easier to try out a new bistro when it is located on the same road as your other favourite.That is the case with cafe44. After passing by a couple of times, the logo inspired me enough to enter and discover what it has to offer.
The experience was simply out of the world. The cafe has a classic appeal with both indoor and outdoor seating available. A proper division of smoking and non-smoking area, besides that there is also a special vicinity on the first floor for meetings and parties. Although I did not get to look around that area since it is close in the afternoon and opens in the evening. The only drawback, I feel is lack of division for male and female restrooms. This for people like me is extremely necessary.
Nevertheless, the interior is of a pleasant fine dining restaurant .Simple and classy with artwork by Sonia chundrigar on the walls with nothing too loud. Hence, it radiates a sense of serenity and is ideal for a splendid dinner for two. Something that instantly caught my eyes was their out of the ordinary cutlery.
The food at 44 is just not pan oriental. The menu is a split, from seafood, Italian to certain oriental dishes. The first up on the table was their famous breadbasket laden with a good variety of breads served with butter to compliment the taste. This was quite filling. Then an ambrosial piece of appetizer was on table that not only looked presentably mouth watering but also was flavorful (they serve both these in house).
Amongst the soups ordered, chicken cream soup topped off all other cream soups I have had so far. This was decidedly delicious .However hot and sour soup could have worked better with a hint of spice for the kick to it. In the main course we tried, grilled chicken with bird’s eye chili, which was scrumptious, the other one I loved was the fried sea bass with lemon creme served with mash potatoes. I adored the accompanying sauce it had which was reasonably spicy and sweet. The fish also proved to be very fresh with a soft texture. This is something all seafood lovers will rejoice for sure. Wok fried beef with basil chili oyster sauce was a little too strong for my taste. Famous tiger prawns had an ambrosial oriental touch.
After a nice lunch, desserts are necessary to add extra flavor to the trip. The famous bread pudding and chocolate molten lava cake were simply divine. To go with the cake, was ice cream that only hinted at the sweetness and proved remarkable with its slightly smooth texture.
The restaurant did well on both the accounts of service and taste. My experience here was quite satisfying, since their staff is extremely amicable and cooperative with the customers demands. The food is simple and has something new to offer when compared with other eateries in town. Although a little expensive but they some amazing deals that make up for that. Overall, a good bet and should feature on people “to go list”.