13 August 2014

Restaurant Review: Sakley's The Mountain Cafe, Greater Kailash - I

Situated in the very active M-Block market of Greater Kailash, Part 1, this is a restaurant that opened here after receiving a lot of praise for its first outlet in Gurgaon. As opposed to the one in Gurgaon, this one is much much more spacious, and is really tastefully done.

Combination of chairs and comfortable sofas, different kinds of seating, and a very aesthetic decor added to its appeal. As true to the name as it could get, it really had all the elements of a mountain cafe. The lighting, the books, the decor, the photographs on the walls, the wooden flooring, the wooden ceiling made of logs, and just about everything!

The place can also turn into a book cafe for you if reading is what you like. A very impressive collection of books comprising of short stories, poetry and lovely novels is what sits beautifully on the multiple shelves here. What do we grab from this then? When dining alone, this can be a very good option for you!

There was a lot of hype around this place when it initially opened. Every food group and forum only spoke about Sakley's. All recommendations for having good food in South Delhi only came down to this. So one fine evening I landed here for a meal. And then a few more times too. 

One thing I noticed about this place is their issue with consistency. They're not at all consistent with the food and its taste. One meal you will find here really good, the next one just about average, and the third one will just blow your mind away. So this leaves a person in a great deal of risk when zeroing down your dining options to Sakley's. The only time I decided to take a bunch of my friends here for a meal, the meal disappointed me no end. And then came the criticism of choosing a bad option for lunch. A meal after that - I couldn't explain how delicious their food was! So the consistency is something they really need to work on.

Starting with the food I've tried here, their Freshly Baked Nachos with Grilled Marinated Chicken served with Sour Cream and Peppers are really nice because they don't use nachos here, they use the freshly baked tortilla chips. The nachos on a whole however, are bland. Loads of cheese (I'm not complaining), but no other flavour to go with it. Really doesn't justify the 445 bucks plus various taxes.

Greek Salad with Chicken - Very fresh and vibrant-looking ingredients, delicious feta cheese, juicy chunks of chicken. A complete salad with all the essentials. Totally delicious!

Deer Ranch Pork Pepperoni and Mozzarella Cheese Pizza - Very dry, very bland. The quality of the ingredients is nice, but the sauce that is the base of the pizza has no punch at all. The pizza was generously covered with cheese, but crust and the pizza as a whole were  really dry. No wow factor there.

Sherwood Salami Pizza with chunks of tender chicken laced with Sakley's Signature Barbeque Sauce - I've had this pizza twice here, once for dinner and once for lunch. The first time I had it was for dinner, and the pizza was really good. Not the best I've had, but really good. The second time I had it, the pizza was sensational! Yummy cheese, superb salami and chicken, crazy barbeque sauce, and just lip-smacking on a whole!

Have also tried a vegetarian pizza which we got customised without cheese and with our own choice of toppings. They made it as per our specifications, but again, the pizza was really dry. Almost like 'papad'. The least they could have done here was to add the pizza sauce generously to not make it taste dry.

Hunter's Barn Pork Sausage Pizza with Crispy Bacon Strips - The bacon was a beauty! Perfectly crisp and oh-so-delicious. The pork sausage - really well-cooked and had that nice flavour in it. A really nice pizza to order if you want pork. The Sherwood Salami still remains my favourite though.

I've had 3 kinds of pastas here - Lonely Cyprus Penna and Fusilli in Pink Sauce, Mountain Lullaby Penne and Fusilli in Italian Red Sauce with Parmesan Cheese and Parsley, and Pesto Sauce. The Pesto one isn't on the menu but the chef was kind enough to make it for us. The Pesto Sauce Pasta is the most decent out of all three. 

The other two pastas were really bland when they came, and this is on 2 different occasions. We had to send them back and they came out better, but nowhere close to good. Plus the pastas were really overcooked. You could have easily eaten them with a spoon, and not with a fork - they were that overcooked. And I repeat - this is on 2 different occasions. Adding a little bit of salt to the pasta after they came out rectified from the kitchen made them edible, but the pastas weren't the amazing stuff that we expected them to be. They were really saucy and with a generous helping of chicken, but weren't the deliciousness overload that we were looking forward to.

Wolf Mountain Juicy Chicken Sizzler with Sakley's Original Barbeque Sauce This had the yummy smoky sizzler flavour and a decent helping of rice, with fries and 2 garlic breads with it. The chicken was cooked well and the sauce tasted nice too, but the garlic breads were a total waste here because they didn't have anything else to go with. The fries and garlic bread were added just to make the platter look full, when they can actually eliminate these things and replace it with more chicken and rice. Nevertheless, the dish tasted nice. Only it wasn't value for money.

Double Chicken Burger with two full fresh marinated whole chicken breasts topped with Cheddar Cheese Sauce - This burger was absolutely amazing! An extremely soft bun, 2 very gorgeous and juicy pieces of chicken breasts, jalapenos, fresh lettuce, veggies, and a nothing-short-of-outstanding cheddar cheese sauce. The burger came with 2 sauces that seemed to be something resembling mayo and south west, and fries. The fries weren't the McDonald's type (cripsy, is what I meant), but they were okay. The burger is what was the real star here, and I was really really happy with it!

From their drinks, I've tried the Lemon Iced Tea, Watermelon Mojito, Apple Mojito and Mossy Fall Oreo Cookie Ice-Cream Shake.

The Lemon Iced Tea is nice but nothing spectacular.

The Watermelon Mojito is really fresh, really yummy, and my favourite drink here!

The Apple Mojito - another superb and refreshing drink here! Lemon, mint leaves, the apple flavour, and so much freshness!

The Mossy Oreo Cookie Ice-Cream Shake - It is simply heavenly! A thick ice-cream shake that is so evenly distributed with oreo, the few bigger oreo chunks that come in your shake are like the best surprise ever in that beautiful glass! The shake comes topped with another scoop of vanilla ice-cream and an oreo biscuit lathered with chocolate sauce. A must must try!

They're doing a stupendous job with their drinks!

Coming to their pricing - it is by no means nominal or reasonable. There are some things that are priced perfectly but there are some that you will feel give you negligible value for your money. The per head cost when you eat a lot here(with 4-5 people) comes to 1200-1300. And this is without alcohol. So when they serve you food that is average, the prices do pinch.

Their portions are huge! Ordering 2 mains for 2 people is more than enough! You're so stuffed with even 2 mains and 2 drinks that there's no scope for ordering dessert.

I will still come back to this place but only for their pizzas and burgers, and to try their breakfast menu and desserts. But this, you should only do when you're ready to splurge!

Address : M 23, M Block Market, Greater Kailash (GK) 1, New Delhi

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