Denizens of Noida frequently pray (OK, that just might be us) for a casual restaurant offering both sustenance and substance, in the city. Our Story in the sector 18 market makes that fairytale come true. Split over two levels, the lower serving as a tea room complete with cupcakes and company, and the upper, a sit-down restaurant, Our Story also offers a veritable kindergarten of games, from chess to Life (the board game), swings in the outdoor area, and an indulgent, smiling staff. We happily regress.
We start off with the Meat Lover’s Salad, an anachronism that appeals to us like a fly does to a spider. Served in a wooden bowl, it is an amalgamation of sliced sausages, chicken breast, peppered salami, pepperoni and bacon, bound together by a quasi chipotle mayonnaise, a scrunching of raw red and yellow bell peppers and doctored with pepper. Yes, it is exactly as good as it sounds. Given how meaty our salad is (no pun intended) we spring, or rather waddle, straight into the mains.
We decide to revisit the high-school sweetheart of Penne With Chicken in White Sauce and indulge in a flirtation with the Mutton Khichda. The heat of the moment, or rather the chill of the evening, also nudges us towards a Hot Chocolate.
The khichda is definitely the masculine of the khichdi, a restrained kedgeree rendered robust and brawny with large pieces of toothsome melting mutton, and with sides of chopped onions, tomatoes and chillies, and liquid gold, er, ghee, which we pour on with abandon. Despite the clearly high-calorific value of the meal (we can literally feel our weight increasing with every indulgent spoonful), we polish it off, left both utterly satiated and correspondingly sad as we contemplate our next time on the weighing scale.
The pasta, unfortunately, is anemic in comparison, requiring more cheese, better and less chewy chicken and generally a coating of flavour. Luckily, we have our hot chocolate to seek solace in — piping hot, not too sweet, but as chocolatey as a cocoa plantation. Slurp and sink back, while you wait for your partner to come up with a new word on the Scrabble board. We’ll check out the tea room on our next visit. A few teething troubles aside, Our Story is a much need oasis in the Continentally-parched city.
Meal for Two: Rs 1,500 (including taxes, excluding alcohol)
Address: G-38, 1st Floor, Sector 18, Noida.