Live your Life. Do you live to eat or eat to live? This is the quinessential question that you must ask your self and introspect. If you live to eat, this blog is the place. As I proceed on a journey of gastronomical voyage across the various parts of India and other coutries, this blog details on reviews of good places to eat. Bon Appetite...!!!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Eat @ Joes, Gurgaon
All right. This one is about a place which I would term
undoubtedly an euphoric find. To give you a background, I was back home in
Gurgaon for one whole month this year. And as always with the good times, I was
meeting a lot many friends and discovering many new places. It was the foodie
trail. And across most of these visits, I was just impressed with Gurgaon. Boy,
it has changed. The café culture seemed to have hit the wild wild west. Now it
seems like the renaissance in Gurgaon, when the crowds are only after
continental and world cuisine. The craze for anything that is not Indian. Andy hence
we have cafes mushrooming out at every nook and corner, with stereotyped décor with
Lennon and Marley on he wall, tobasco and barbeque sauce at every table. While this
satisfied the palate of the locals who have been used to tikkas and chaat and Chinese,
or of expats who do come in, I unfortunately was hard to please. But this
review is not about the bricks in the wall that remained there insignificantly,
his one is about the brick from the shawshank redemption.
For quite a few days I had been craving for a lamb burger
and hot dog. Specially the hot dog- I was on the verge of hallucinating. Well,
this is when I went over to cross point mall and went to Eat @ Joes. Now Eat@
Joes was small little shop. Unknowingly
in the past, I had gone past it quite a few times and hadn’t really discovered
this one. But this time, I did go in. It’s the all American diner. The menu is
simple and straight forward, sandwiches, shakes, hotdogs, burger, fries.
Well, I simply went into the section for hot dogs, and there
were a few options. Simple and basic hot dog with honey mustard and sweet relish. There is
another version with the cheese. The top of class is the chicken hot dog, with Mexican
lamb chilli and cheese. Now this is the one which I went for. All these years
abroad, I was struggling to find good Continental fare in Gurgaon. Second, all
these years abroad and I still didn’t eat beef and pork, so the craving for
hot dogs is usually very high. In fact I was telling my friend that this is the beauty of India,
it is only here you can get versions of chicken hot dogs which are smoked and juicy, and lamb mince which recreates the
essence which is unparalleled.
The hotdogs when it arrived, let me tell you, it looked
amazing. It looked like a boat, with a sausage and topped with a blankets of
lamb mince and topped with cheese which was molten. Unbelievable. One bite and it was heaven. Just blissful and
heaven. I am serious. This was stunning and unbelievable. The quality of sausage
was wow- smoked and juicy. The mince was well cooked. The hotdog breads were
buttered. I cant tell you how awesome it was. After many years, I felt excited
to have had something so delicious. In fact I was after a few hours till late
in the night having a big grin. Highly recommended.
It comes with fries and jalapenos and this I think is the best dish.
The lamb burger is the next one on the line, which I tried in the same place in my second visit. Yes,
so good it was that I came for the second time in the same visit. The lamb
burger is the next one which I tried here. This one has an option with one
patty or two patties. I settled for the lamb burger with two patties. Now this burger again, is out of the
world. A big burger with fresh lettuce,
two juicy char grilled lamb patties, mayonnaise, caramelize onions. One bite and
you know this has hit the spot. Off late, I did try the lamb burger at a few
times, in Gurgaon and I am telling you, this was by far the best one I have
had. The taste is intoxicating slightly burnt, mixed with the sauces, jalapenos
and the juicy patty. Loved it. The fries and the burger, lovely. Again highly
recommended. I loved the burger, and its quite a mouthful.
The nearby café Delhi
Heights and Joint Café boasts of a lamb burger, but in my humble opinion, this
one is miles ahead and better. For the
love of burgers and for people who know what it means to dig into a lamb burger
patty with that unique lamb flavor, which has a mild fragrance, and juiciness. I am not one of those who like a very strong
lamb fragrance, due to the fact that we have grown up I India eating goats, but
then in India, you can find a juicy mince lamb patty with a fragrance and all
the taste. So, yes, please go for the burger for sure.
The other thing I have tried here is the cheese lettuce
tomato sandwich, which again is good. The fries here are crispy and great. The owner of this joint is a nice gentleman,
with whom I did catch up and chat. He has studied in Perth and stayed in US as
All in all, a highly recommended café and I love this outlet.In
fact this has been one of my favorite joints now. I am still looking forward to visiting this café
again in my next visit.