South Extension is one of those maddening parts of the capital which is always crowded or jammed for some reason or the other. A favourite spot for retail therapy and some delicious street food, South-Ex has a place for everyone to indulge in. A new addition to this bustling part of Delhi is a cafe that is quite the opposite of what the location signifies. The Branch Cafe is a cute place in South-Ex that will give you a respite from the otherwise maddening experience that the locality usually has to offer.
Located on the third floor in South-Ex 2, The Branch Cafe spans over a wide area. The decor is beautiful, with a mint green color theme and French windows overlooking the flyover. Cute wooden chairs, hanging paper lanterns, fairy lights and benches, this cafe is quite unusual and extremely pretty. The cafe also has a beautiful white tree branch with hanging ornamental birdcages and artificial plants as a part of its setup. There is an open bar where you could order your favorite drink as you enjoy your moments of peace here.
The menu at the Branch Cafe is multi-cuisine. For starters, we opted for the Story of Mushrooms. These are baked phyllo pouches with a filling of sauteed mushroom and cheese. It can be seen as a variant of the Chinese moneybags, but with totally contrasting flavors. These mushroom pouches are served with a tomato basil sauce and some garden vegetables. The tomato basil sauce was on point, extremely fresh and delicious. The phyllo pouches didn’t blow us away though. The outer layer was slightly dry for our taste, so we gobbled the delicious garden vegetables instead.
Next in starters was the Chicken Espetada. This one really stole the show, not just in terms of taste but also in presentation. Soft and luscious pieces of boneless chicken chunks marinated in thyme and hung curd dressing was absolutely appetizing. It is served directly on a skewer placed vertically on a bed of salad and garlic onion dip. It is one of those rare instances of perfectly soft and juicy chicken that is grilled to perfection. It tastes quite a lot like a really well done Indian malai tikka. The salad, even though simple, had the right seasoning and dressing which made for a wonderful meal.
For mains, we tried the loaded lamb burger. As opposed to a lamb patty, it had a minced lamb filling along with a dip and some delicious vegetable pickle. The size of the burger, however, was very small, though the flavors shone through. The Branch Cafe bakes their own bread, but the bun in the burger was not the best part of the meal. The burger came with some crispy fries and some lettuce mix salad on the side.
The next choice was Italian as we went for the Penne Pesto Cream. The flavor of pesto did not dominate the dish and the pasta was delicious. This one made for a heavy dish with generous amounts of cream and cheese.
The Branch Cafe makes its own limited set of desserts. We asked for recommendations and decided to go for the apple pie. Oh, what a choice! The apple pie was absolutely devour-worthy. Delicious apple and cinnamon sauce filled inside a beautifully moulded and baked pastry, topped off with some fresh jam, this dessert is a must-try. The apple pie was not outrageously sweet, and the size was good enough for two people to satisfy their sweet tooth cravings.
Head over to The Branch Cafe the next time you’re shopping in the area. It offers a soothing experience after a hectic day. Sit by the glass windows and watch the city go by while you indulge in a pizza, a cup of coffee or a glass of mulled wine. The service is wonderful and will leave you with a smile. You can go in large groups too as there is a lot of seating space. Or go on that quiet date you’ve been wanting to for so long.
Where: E 23, 3rd Floor, Block E, South Extension II, New Delhi 110049
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