Cicchetti means small plates in Italian, and that’s the concept Cicchetti by Mr Beans, a new restaurant at Cyber Hub, brings forth. Their menu is inspired by wine bars in Venice, but they do have a modern take on these classic Italian dishes.The Potato and Leek Soup was so delicate, creamy and luscious, and the deftness with which it was seasoned, and that addition of just a few drops of truffle oil, really took the dish to another level. The leek straws or shredded crispy leeks that they had added as garnish not only looked pretty, but also added a lovely flavor. The egg on the side, which was poached to perfection, oozed out that delicious yolk which made the soup richer, and the topping of olive dust and fried garlic flakes on top of the egg was a stroke of genius. This soup is something that should not be missed.
The Gruyere Mac n Cheese Gratin had nicely cooked macaroni in a creamy, cheesy sauce nicely flavored with fresh herbs and porcini mushrooms. Gruyere is a great cheese for macaroni as it has a lovely nutty flavor. The layer of cheese on top had been baked perfectly to get a nice crust and still be gooey and stretchy. The buttered wild mushroom on the side were tasty, but should have been served warmer.The Poached Chicken dish was great too, as the chicken was poached really nicely, and was really juicy and moist inside. The warm mustard sabayaon that the chicken was covered with was light, airy and had a nice hit of mustard, which was counterbalanced by the sweet caramelized onions.
The Goth Linguini in Aglio Olio was served in a very interesting manner, with a splatter of saffron cream adding that pop of color to a black pasta served on a black plate. The linguini had been made in-house, and had been infused with activated charcoal to get that black color. The pasta was nicely flavored with red chili flakes, garlic and fresh herbs, and that saffron cream provided a nice mellow note.Along with the meal, I also tried the Angelina’s Hot Chocolate, which was thick, creamy, and really chocolate-y, and had been blended with a hazelnut praline to get that nice background note of hazelnut. And the fluffy whipped cream on top was great as always.
I ended the meal with a Pizookie- a cross between a pizza and a cookie, which was essentially a semi-baked chocolate chip cookie. The cookie was served hot on a skillet, and while the outside layer was crusty and chewy, the cookie was filled inside with Nutella and was super buttery and gooey. A hearty dessert, and a super tasty one too!Overall, the experience was really nice, and Cicchetti is also a great place for corporate lunches, as it does not have blaring loud music, but a nice, sophisticated feel to it, and the ambiance is one which is meant for one to enjoy a nice meal with good conversation.
Overall Rating: 4.25/5
Location: Building 10 A, Near HDFC Bank, DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 098260 35450