I stirred my drink in quiet content as my friend flipped through the menu. At DLF Promenade’s Le Cantine time blurred to a still and given the overload of choices presented in the menu, we were eager to take our sweet time.
Covered in white drapes, pleasant greens and simple wood furnishings, Le Cantine has an air of elegance. The bar runs along the centre, with a wood-fired oven placed in the corner. The vibe is that of simple ease and lively conversations. The restaurant offers Mediterranean food, classic European dishes, crafted beverages, artisanal coffee and, of course, wood-fired oven pizzas.
I sipped on my Tangy apple and basil drink, as the servers brought out our starters. The Wild Mushroom Katif was a great way to start our meal. The baked puff pastry oozed out creamy mushroom. Even though the portions were hearty, we finished it off quickly. It was too tasty for it to be left alone on the plate. We also ordered Three Dips and Crisps--the pita bread, soft and fluffy, while the dips gave plenty of variety. On our plate were pumpkin hummus, walnut moutabel, and chilli and nigella labneh. We polished them off with pita and lavash.
With small plates out of the way, we moved on to pizzas. One thing was for sure: everything at Le Cantine was served in generous portions with loads of cheese and cream. We called for a forest mushroom pizza and a rosemary potato pizza. The best thing? The sight of a freshly baked, piping hot pizza coming out a flaming oven. The pizza was equally riveting, the combinations not something I had tried before.
With all of the dishes so hearty, it seemed like bad judgement to call for dessert but I could hardly push down my sweet tooth. We ordered a tiramisu, and winterberry and almond croissant ice cream sandwich. Both desserts were most indulgent, light and creamy. We sipped on our coffees and took small bites of the treats in front of us. The music played lightly in the background, as the mall brimmed with people. But inside, in the cocoon of Le Cantine, things moved at a slow pace; leisurely and calm.
Where: Ground Cyber Hub, 7-8, DLF Cyber City, Gurugram
Pocket Pinch: approx. Rs 1,000 for two