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Something to grill your senses

india Updated: Nov 27, 2010 18:42 IST
Kanika Johri
Kanika Johri
Hindustan Times
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What: Feugo Parilla (fire grilled) festival

Where: Cibo, Hotel Janpath, Janpath Road

There is a distinct nip in the air as it's getting colder and colder even as you read this. So, in the evening what would you like to do (other than snuggle up cosily in your bed and watch TV, that is)? How does charcoal grilled food next to the fire sound?

Well, since you're still reading, we're guessing that the aforementioned idea sounded appealing to you and you are probably searching for a place that provides such food. Well, we disappoint you not.

Hotel Janpath's Italian joint Cibo known for its open air experience now has on the Feugo Parilla (fire grilled) festival. A festival that offers charcoal grilled dishes that you can watch being grilled in front of you. In case, you're worried about the cold, they have little sigris filled with coal with the fire burning that keep you warm.

The grilled menu is separate from the main menu and you can choose from the list of items in the grill. One of their best dishes is grilled German bratwurst sausage. Served with mashed potatoes and focacia bread, the sausage has a nice burnt flavour to it and the sauce with it blends well. The dish costs Rs 900 and is enough for just one person.

Flambe brownieThe jumbo prawns on the stake (literally) were a bit too jumbo, almost the size of a lobster in fact. Served with charred potatoes and a tangy white sauce, the prawn is a good and different preparation. It costs Rs 800.

The most disappointing among the preparations was the lamb chop which is the costliest at Rs 1200 and doesn't have enough flavour. Well, we usually worry about lamb being too salty but in this case, the lamb was over-grilled and didn't have enough flavour of its own which could subside the burnt taste.

The menu included grilled chicken breast, tenderloin and Spanish artichokes, the only vegetarian dish on the menu.

The dessert is also grilled and hot stuff!. A mud pie that is flambéed (rum is poured on the dish so it catches fire) is served with vanilla ice cream and has a delicious lingering taste, earning it the cheapest (Rs 300) and best dish in the menu.

All in all, Cibo's is a good choice if you're really craving for a grilled menu and want it at any cost, literally.

What we like

The charcoaled flavour in the dishes

The warmth of the sigris in dilli ki sardi

Customised cocktails

The dessert

What we don't like

The exorbitant prices for the dishes

The lamb chop (most expensive)

The music in the background doesn't go with the menu

You can also check out grilled food at:

Charcoal, M.G. Road, Gurgaon

The Grill, The Lalit, Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place