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Eating Around Europe

The Eurail chugs across Europe,connecting Naples to Bratislava and Nice to Prague and everything in between.

Written by Shantanu David | Published: April 17, 2012 2:13:08 am

The Eurail chugs across Europe,connecting Naples to Bratislava and Nice to Prague and everything in between. Similarly the menu at Eurail,a fine dine restaurant which opened recently in Gurgaon,has cuisine from all over the continent and from across the pond. The restaurant is located as if in a pasture,near the Ibis hotel; it is surrounded by a lush green field with a herb garden and is easily identifiable on a rather anonymous highway.

The exteriors of the restaurant are contemporary,with steel and tinted glass,while the interiors are almost classical — with pillared tables,wooden chairs and bric-a-brac scattered all around. The heavy wooden entrance door and a collection of Encyclopedia Britannica available for the perusal of patrons add to the ambience. The friendly and polite staff along with meticulous attention to detail in planning makes the restaurant a warm and welcoming place.

We decide to start with hand pounded fish cakes accompanied by a spicy compote. The texture of the fish is as delicate as curd,but covered with a paper-thin crust,which gives it an interesting contrast. The flavour is subtle,but not without a kick,as it is simply marinated in kafir lime leaves and galangal (one of the few Asian infusions in the menu).

We follow this by fettuccine tossed with Spanish and German sausages in a cream sauce. This amalgamation of three nations makes a fabulous triple entente of flavours. The Spanish (chorizo) and the German (bratwurst) ingredients cooked with Italian pasta in a decidedly contemporary manner made for a great,well-balanced dish. The spicy chorizo,meaty bratwurst and creamy sauce,all played off each other like a particularly well conducted symphony.

For our mains we have a tenderloin steak accompanied by hollandaise sauce,roast potato and sauteed vegetables. We order rare and for once we’re not disappointed. In Eurail,rare actually is bloody as hell,the way it’s meant to be. Apart from fulfilling our ‘twilight’ tendencies,the flavour of the meat is excellent as well,and the classical accompaniments of roast potatoes and assorted veggies remind us exactly why they’re called classic.

For dessert we have carrot cake accompanied by vanilla ice-cream. In keeping with the rest of the meal,the dessert gets all the three cardinal C’s (carrot,cinnamon,crème anglaise) of carrot just right. The carrot and the cinnamon are balanced perfectly and the crème anglaise is runny and sweet without being overwhelming.

Meal for two:Rs 3,000 (including taxes)

Address:Parsavnath Exotica Complex,Near Hotel Ibis,Golf Course Road,Gurgaon

Contact:0124 – 4928600

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