In a line: A phonebooth themed restaurant serving multi-cuisine food.
Cuisine: Cafe, North Indian, Italian, Chinese
Price: Rs. 800(approx)
Location: G-14 B, Hudson Lane, Vijay Nagar, New Delhi
Nearest metro station: GTB Nagar
Must haves: Blueberry pie shake, chinese chaat bucket
Low on budget and hunting for a place to eat, drink and enjoy with friends, that’s how you’d sum up the life of any college going kid! Fortunately, there are plenty of great places in North Campus, for all college-goers to have a leisure time. All serving more or less the same food, that too at a price that wouldn’t burn a hole in the pocket!
One such cafe, became my haunt last weekend, where I decided to give in to my temptations, and indulge into some calorie-laden food, which I didn’t regret a bit, ordering and hogging!
Done up in a phonebooth-type feel, Phonebooth Cafe in Vijay Nagar can be easily spotted from far behind, thanks to the striking red colour of the logo and the red phone booth, right outside the restaurant. The wall mural of a street, a phonebooth seating and simplistic furniture define the interiors of this fuss free restaurant.
The menu moves across the typical cafe-style food to continental to North Indian to Chinese and Italian. I am not a very big fan of long menus, as every dish is not done justice, and somehow turns out to be very confusing while deciding what to order. Hence, I decided to rely on the recommendations given by the staff, and started my meal with the much talked about blueberry pie shake and red velvet shake. While I enjoyed the little heart topped red velvet shake, I’d anyday opt for the citrusy blueberry pie shake, that was thick and had the perfect amount of sweetness to it.
The next to arrive were the succulent, packed full of flavour, kafir lime chicken tikka, that had a beautiful aroma and freshness to them. The trio crostini consisted of three crostinis, each topped with a different topping. My favourite amongst the lot was the unusual orange and beetroot crostini. The dragons kiss pizza, rightly named so, was a bit on the spicy side and was topped with spicy chicken, green chillies, bell peppers and onions. The Indian main course didn’t fail to impress either and comprised of some rich and flavoursome murg lababdar, buttery and creamy dal makhni, which were paired with some hot butter naans. Though the dish that was my favourite amongst all the other dishes that I tried at the Phonebooth Cafe would be the chinese chaat bucket. A mix of everything chin-dian, the dish arrived in a cute small balti, and was filled with crunchy noodles, chilli chicken, chicken manchorian and was topped with steamed chicken momos. The attempt of bringing the famous chinese chaat to life in a cafe was successful, and this would certainly be the one dish that I’d order everytime I come here.
Confession: Overall, I had a rather good experience at Phonebooth cafe. Good food paired with swift service along with great value for money, make Phonebooth a must visit!
Value for money: 4/5