-By Salmoli Mukerji
With the heat getting relentless and stifling, humidity sapping out energy and rendering us sticky, all I'm seeking is some freshness for my palate. Time to head to the latest deli in town, the fourth of the chain, way out... in New Town.
Exuberance in the brand new interiors draws us in. Open, styled like a swank office canteen, the smart wooden seating sprawls around a huge lobby, held together by a humongous cartoon with local street food jargon. It reminds me of the cafeterias at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond.
The menu doles out a slice of customary cafe cuisine. A tad boring, actually. With regular sections of pizzas, pastas, salads soups, wraps, sandwiches and more, we blindly pick an assortment to satisfy our hunger pangs. We order the vegetarian Moorish crunchy salad with fresh marinated vegetables, homemade Feta and herb vinaigrette (110), Penne tossed with olive oil, mint, chilli, almonds and feta crumbles (160), Mexican chicken, chillies and grilled onion with salsa and sour cream (115) and a classic grilled chicken and coleslaw sandwich in brown bread (115), with a side of French fries with Arrabiata sauce (70). Add to that a Melon freeze (100) and a Strawberry smoothie (70) on request, just to quench my smoothie cravings.
PLUS and MINUS
Self-serviced, the food arrives in bits and spurts. Variety, yes, reasonable portions, however, Indian in style and taste. The highlight of the meal is the thin pita- wrapped crunchy chicken with coloured peppers and slivers of raw onions. The smoothie with its cotton candy colour creates a chilled, sweet lull. But the sandwich comes under-grilled, with spicy Lays wafers as a side and the Penne, rightfully moist, but with way too much olive oil. What's visually wonderful, is the chalk scribbled blackboard announcing the day's menu of Masala scrambled eggs, grilled tomato and toast breakfast (65) and Combo lunch of Lemongrass soup, Greek salad, Pasta with Tomato Basil or Creamy Cheese sauce (100). But the empty display counter with an assortment of Barbecue, Salsa and Cajun sauces, bottles of extra virgin olive oil and lemonade leaves one asking for much more if you have a deli" in your nametag."
Review posted more than 6 month ago
In the new town area there are a number of restaurant and hangout places where the crowd is food and Afraa Deli is one of the places where one can go for good continental food. When my friends took me to this restaurant they took the honor of ordering for me and Mexican Chicken is what impressed me the most. Also the regular Pizza was a complete delight. Pizza was nothing fancy but all good for the taste buds. Afraa Deli is definitely a good and lovely restaurant in this wonderful and open area of the otherwise overcrowded city.
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