Gurugram’s food destination, Cyberhub, has a new member — Cicchetti. The modern European restaurant is spearheaded by Mr. Beans, a 17-year-old F&B venture making its first foray to the Delhi NCR region. With cafés in Bangalore, Jaipur, and Indore, Cicchetti is their first restaurant concept. Inspired from the Italian concept of ‘bacari’, a bar where you drink wine and indulge in Venetian snacks, Cicchetti has wide tables spread across the floor, hues of dark green, and mellow lighting which welcome visitors. They’ve put together a menu of small plates complemented by wines and coffee, and strive to create a space that enables conversations among friends and family.
The Smoking Cheese Dome brings with it a touch of theatrics. A cheese platter encased in a glass dome, filled with smoke, the dome is removed in front of diners with flair, the platter making quite an impression. The house-made smoked cranberry cream cheese marries the tartness of the cheese and sweet from the berries to create a perfect treat. Olives, jalapeños, strawberry preserve, and crackers complete the platter, adding different tastes and textures. The Potato & Leek Soup is a decadent concoction of truffle oil, poached eggs, and ground olives. The rich soup is heavy on garlic — generally a great choice for our Indian palate, especially when paired with the onion-esque leeks. The eggs and truffle are an interesting take on the classic.
The Eggplant Ravioli has fresh pasta and a mildly sweet tinge of eggplant. However, the ravioli sits in a tomato-orange consommé, making it difficult to fork it off the platter and breaking multiple times. If you can endure the exasperation, then the skillfully done flavours are worth it. Spanish Chorizo & Potato Croquettes have a crisp outer layer, the crunch making way for the flavoured pork sausage. The spiced sausage is balanced by the potatoes, with chorizo jam and burnt pepper coulis on the side as extra seasonings. The Goth Aglio Olio once again brings drama to the table – doused in edible ink, the spaghetti is black. While we aren’t sure if that necessarily adds to the preparation, the dish from Naples is made expertly, a perfect blend of red chilli flakes, olive oil, and garlic.
The Almond Crusted Fish comes on a bed of tomato and coconut curry. The fish itself is quite tough to cut into, but the almond flakes are toasted effectively, making for a tangy-nutty flavour along with the curry. The Signature Chocolate & Nut Fudge Sausage is an indulgent conclusion to the meal. A platter of cold chocolate and nuts sausage, espresso shot, fresh strawberries, cream, and shortcrust biscuits, it has much to offer. The classic pairings do well, the sausage has been treated deftly, and the accompaniments allow you to make your dessert more sweet, dark, or citrusy.
The ambience may pander more to a business lunch or family get-together than a casual evening with cocktails and conversations. The coffee, we believe given their history, is excellent. The classics, which make the majority of the menu, shine. What falters slightly is the experimentation and more emphasis on visuals at times. However, it is a spot to stop by if you’re looking for signature European dishes.
Where: DLF Cyber City, DLF Phase 2, Sector 24, Gurugram
Opening hours: From 12 pm-11 pm, all days
Recommended dishes: Potato & Leek Soup
Price: Rs 2,500 for two, without alcohol, taxes extra
Noise level: Low
Service: Proactive, could be more hospitable
Video: Pranav Bhasin
All images: Courtesy Cicchetti