I do not understand the reason behind the multitude of cafes that have recently set up shop in Gurgaon. Either the restauranteurs find operating a cafe easy in Gurgaon, or feel it is quick money with multiple table turn-over with all day dining. It is here that Spoonful of Soul is different. It is a fine-dine restaurant serving Mediterranean and Continental cuisine under the garb of a cafe. A 50-seater with modern, chic decor and lively music in the backdrop, it certainly draws a second glance for its subtle interiors.
First look at the menu, and I feel the menu is limited. However, once we start ordering, we realise it has enough for every palate with dishes chosen with care. Starting with Fiery Roasted Red Pepper soup Red bell pepper soup with wine and honey; 195) and Smoked Chicken Soup (chicken broth with garlic and chives croutons; 210) we know we are in the right place. Falafel platter (300) follows and if I wouldn’t be exaggerating in saying that the chunky pieces of Falafel were the best I have had in Gurgaon. However, Baba Ganoush is too Baingani, and more chick peas and Tahina is required.
Let’us Roll (300) is a very innovative dish. It so much reminds me of a Korean meal where I wrap up meat in lettuce leave and mix it with accompanying sauces. Here the perfect roasted chicken done in hoisin sauce was served along with Lettuce, spring onion and cucumber. Just make a roll and pop it up. The greens are fresh and chicken roasted to perfection. This is a not-to-be-missed dish on your visit to Spoonful of Soul.
For our mains, we order Butter Garlic Fish (475) and Saltimbocca (Chicken wrapped in bacon and tossed in jus; 425). A soft and tender fish with crisp skin, Butter Garlic fish is a delight. Accompanying mashed potato however could be creamier. Fish by itself is adequately spiced and any addition of salted butter will make it extra salty. Saltimbocca is a Romanian classic which has veal topped with prosciutto. So while I struggled to find anything wrong with the restaurant, the best I can do is to highlight the dish origin. Here Saltimbocca has spinach and cheese filled chicken, which is a version now widely accepted worldwide, and is another must-have dish.
Service is prompt and wash room clean. So while Spoonful of Soul waits for its liquor license, enjoy its Virgin Mojito (175) and its food. Repeat visit is guaranteed. Not a spoonful but lot of soul in Spoonful of Soul.
Ratings out of 5
Food: 4.5 | Ambiance: 4.5 | Service: 4.5 | Overall: 4.5
Meal for Two: Rs 1200 |Alcohol: No (License Awaited) |Credit Card: Yes |Timings: 12-3.30pm (Lunch), 7pm-11.30pm (Dinner)
Address: Spoonful of Soul, 27, Nathupur Road, DLF Phase-3, (Next to Itlaiano / Wokamama), Gurgaon| Phone: 0124-4277011/ 99904-32200