Gossip Bistro

I was wanting to visit this place right from the beginning. That too when my partner in crime gives a big thumbs up for this place, my urge was growing every single day. Had been here twice over a period of time and this write up is a summary of all those visits.

Located on ECR, before the toll, this place has ample parking and is hard to miss. Interior of this done tastefully. Be it the lights in form of pressure gauge, hand painted walls the fresh flowers in the table everything is beautiful. It has a very modern look. As soon as we got seated, we were served iced tea as welcome drink in cute little bulbs. It was spot on with sliced apples and mint and was so refreshing. And then came the bread basket with herbed butter, olive oil, balsamic vinegar along with chilli flakes. Breads were fresh, soft and warm. I liked the multigrain bread a lot. Two types of butter (herbs+garlic and herbs+pepper) served along with the bread were too good.




Starters :

Mezze - Four little warm and fresh pita breads served with hummus and mutabal. Hummus and Mutabal were spot on. Hummus was a bit spicy with strong garlic flavour. Mutabal had the nice smoky eggplant taste. Had a perfect mezze after a long time.




Braised peppery beef kebab - diced beef with onions served in skewers were too good. Beef was hot n spicy and was so so soft and juicy. The roasted coconut chip on top gave a nice twist to the dish. Though there was nothing wrong with this one, I would prefer a dip or mint chutney to go with the beef. The spiciness of the beef can be compensated by the dip.


Batter fried calamari - Didn't like this much. The calamari was a bit chewy and the dip wasn't complementing the calamari well.

Boston bbq chicken wings - One of the best wings I had in recent times. Perfect amount of bbq sauce which was spicy and finger-licking good. Meat was very tender and had a nice caramelisation at the top.


Crab meat nachos - crab meat served in nachos cup along with aioli and onion chilli jam and honey.  The spicy crab meat and the sweet onion jam was creating a medley of flavours in the mouth.


Soup : Spiced pumpkin and broccoli soup was a feast to the eye as well as the taste buds. The soup with loads of garlic,  was so creamy and lip smackingly good.


Drinks :

Apart from the iced tea, we also tried a blackberry based drink called Dark Vader and Melon punch. The former was tangy and very good. Melon punch during the first visit was a disaster. But in the second visit, they had fixed the recipe and it was very refreshing.



Main Course : 

Pasta - The penne with mushroom, sliced chicken sausage and crushed pepper was creamy and cheesy to the core.

Crab meat cakes - Spicy crab cakes served with mango chutney and yoghurt along with herbed rice and sauteed veggies. Two big cakes that was so meaty and spicy. While the crab cake was absolutely delicious, I almost hated the sauce. It tasted like mango lassi and I felt that the cake and sauce didn't gel at all. A subtle raw mango chutney would've been nice with the crab cakes.


Peri - Cardium - This was basil crumbed, pan grilled chicken breast stuffed with peri peri butter. Chicken was a bit overcooked and it was missing a zing. Peri Peri butter failed to deliver the peri-peri flavour and again the bed of sauce in which the chicken was served was not rite.



Desserts:

The desserts in the display as well as the ones in the menu are simply delicious.

Vanilla bean panna cotta with pan sauce - Mildly sweet panna cotta served with a strong pan sauce was just brilliant. I loved the addition of beetle leaves in the panna cotta. It gave strong flavour of pan, taking the dessert to another level.

Caramel Custard with Irish cream - I'm a sucker for caramel in any form. This was spot on. The caramel sauce spiked with Irish cream was too good. The additional bitterness from Irish cream was lovely

Fresh fruit and nut baklava tart - Thin tart shell made of phyllo pastry, filled with cream and fresh fruits like kiwi, strawberry and mangoes dusted with crushed pistachios was mind blowing. The saltiness from the tart shell and the sweet cream along with fresh fruits were yumm.



Swan Lake - An interesting dessert. Meringue piped in the shape of swans, swimming in a blue curacao sauce based cream is a visual treat. Two meringues are sandwiched with coffee liqueur and white chocolate mousse. The mousse was so light and full of flavours. Blue curacao cream was perfect. I felt the meringue to be way too sweet. That's because, the sugar wasn't folded properly with the egg whites, leaving a grainy texture to the meringue.



Service is excellent. Staff are polite and prompt. Paid around 1400 bucks for the first visit and 1900 during the second. As of now there are no taxes and service charges in the menu, leaving the pricing factor perfect. After the addition of taxes, bill amount may burn the pocket, but still I feel it's value for the quality and quantity.

Place      : Gossip Bistro
Location  : Kanathur, ECR (Near Toll )
Cuisine    : Continental & Indian - Veg and Non-veg
Cost        : A meal for two would cost around 1500 bucks

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only. Gossip Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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