Café Staywoke is a cosy and charming café opened by two IMT graduates Abhinav and Manali, with the aim to offer an amalgamation of global flavors and Indian influences. Keeping in line that vision, the food at the café is what they describe as “Gourmet Casual”- fine food in a casual setting.
We started our meal with a gorgeous Beetroot and Coconut Soup, which looked pretty as a picture when it came out. The soup was delicately flavored, with a hint of sweetness from the beetroot balanced nicely with the freshly cracked pepper, and completed with a subtle background note of coconut. The mélange of flavors worked beautifully together to create a wonderful dish. The soup was served with some nicely toasted bread coated with garlic butter, which we relished with the soup.
They also have a wonderful drinks menu, out of which we tried the Peach and Mint Ice Tea, a refreshing drink with the sweetness right on point; Masala Imli Thumbs Up, with a lovely masala; and a really weird sounding but surprisingly tasty dish- Campa Wala Doodh.The Mushroom Vol-au-Vent had flaky puff pastry topped with delicious creamy mushroom in mascarpone and thyme, seasoned to perfection. The mushrooms were so tasty that they could be a dish in and of themselves. The touch of genius on this plate was the berry jam which provided a slight sweet taste and uplifted the flavors of the dish.
The Paneer Pakoda Croquette were coated in a crispy batter, and served with a mint and chili sauce, but the paneer could have had a bit more flavor.
The Ragi Upma, a super healthy and super tasty dish consisted of ragi upma, loaded with crunchy vegetables, and topped with a sweet and spicy thai chili sauce, with some peanuts providing a nice textural contrast.
The Sumac and Za’atar Chicken was another great dish consisting of juicy chicken pieces coated with a flavorsome mint and pomegranate oil, served with hummus and pumpkin relish. Both the dips layering the plate were really well-made, while the chicken was packed with flavor, making this a dish worth trying.The Tagliatelle in Pesto Sauce had vegetables cooked al-dente in a creamy pesto sauce, which was a bit heavy-handed on the cream for our taste.
The Seared Lamb dish consisted of succulent lamb which melted like butter at the touch of the knife, served with a robust, flavorful port jus. The dish came with some baby carrots and potatoes, and two dips- a creamy hummus, and a lovely carrot puree, making it a well-rounded dish.We ended the meal with some wonderful desserts- Semifreddo, Chai Kulfi, and Tiramisu. The bitter chocolate semifreddo had a lovely texture and was served with orange segments, orange peels and vanilla ice-cream- flavors that went beautifully together. The Chai Kulfi with Parle-G, a great innovation, had tea-infused kulfi with crushed-up parle-g biscuits- a match made in heaven. However, the texture of the kulfi was a bit icy. The Tiramisu was amazing- gorgeous layers of liquor-soaked sponge, mascarpone, and whipped cream, with tons of coffee flavor.Overall, this place has some really cool dishes, and the ambience is warm and friendly, making this a place worth trying.
Overall Rating: 4.25/5
Location: 104, First Floor, South Point Mall, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 99166 04855