From the man behind 19 restaurants in NCR and with ventures like The Warehouse Café and the Townhouse Café to his credit, Priyank Sukhija has one more feather to add to his cap – The Open House Café. Boasting of Pan Asian fare – the café will specialize in Cantonese food. Schezwan, Sushi, Dim Sums, and Cheung Fun – you name it and they have it.
We were invited for a special preview of their menu – a couple of weeks before the restaurant opened up in the hip C block of CP. Located on the first floor – the place is colossal with ample seating and truly lives to its name – Open Café!
The ambiance is good – there is an area with plush sofas & an area with casual tables & chair – intended to cater people to relax & in a hurry respectively (I think!). The music is pleasant too, and the good thing is it allows you to have your conversations – not too loud.
We were not very impressed with the service though – I realize that the restaurant was not even open yet – and I hope it is not the same since it is open now – but they definitely need to improve on it. The drinks came after long wait, I ordered a drink and was told after 15 minutes that it is not available anymore, but it was served to other people in a couple of minutes, and eventually to me. My main course came after a good 60 minutes and a handful of reminders. Again, this was a preview and I am not judging the service forever, I will definitely go there again and see how they perform.
F & B
There were 5 mock-tails available for tasting – and we had a mixed experience. Orange and Mint Cooler was the best of the lot. Spicy Strawberry Slush is an interesting drink. The heat of the chili complimented the sweetness of the strawberry – and the kick was a late bloomer – lovely. Watermelon & Basil Cooler was average – there were chunks of watermelon for sure, but the drink itself appeared to be very low on the flavor of the fruit. Virgin Wasabi Mary was good. Virgin Mojito was made with sugar crystals to start with and it was not dissolved – a disaster – I would say. It was not sweet and the sugar crystals didn’t give a good impression to me!
The food – starters, dim sums, sushi, main course and dessert – everything fared well. We were served an array of dishes which were at par with the good restaurants. I am not going to mention everything we ate – Tamarind Tofu in Crispy Cup, Prawn Salt & Pepper, Char Sieu Honey Smoked Ribs, Chiu Chow Veg Dumpling, Chicken Poached Peking Dumpling, Seabass Dumpling were great. Cantonese Prawn Roll was delectable. Their Sushi collection is good as well. For main course we had In House Specialty Lamb Chops – and they are great.
Desserts were great – Triple Chocolate Brownie was a fantastic creation. Another one called ‘* Blossom’ was lovely to look at and tantalizing to have. They have a lovely presentation of the desserts. For the day, the desserts were brought from a sister restaurant, but they will have a full-fledged dessert menu in house when they open.
A cool place to hang out with friends, with good food and desserts.