{TriedAndTasted} : The Hudson Cafe

By 08:42 Tuesday, 6 October 2015 , ,

Where: 2524, 1st Floor, Hudson Lane, Delhi University-GTB Nagar
Cuisine: Italian, Chinese
Cost: 700 for two

My search for good, budget eateries brought me to the Hudson Cafe in GTB nagar and after hearing so much about the place, my expectations were super high. Enter and you'll be met with a vibrant flight of stairs that lead to an even more colourful seating area, with vintage mirrors on the ceiling, retro wall graffitis and bright red chandeliers. I visited with a couple of friends on a Sunday afternoon and to my surprise, the cafe was packed full.

We started our meal with a round of mocktails- classics like Virgin Mojito and Lemon Iced Tea were nothing great - lacked freshness and taste. Better drinks included Virgin Sangria, but that too was a little too sweet and what's the point of a 'virgin' sangria anyway? Sex on the Beach, a fresh cranberry-ginger-lemon concoction, was collectively voted the best drink on the table.

We then ordered Chilly Paneer (I don't even know why) but I'm glad we did. It was undoubtedly the best snack we had that afternoon. The cubes of paneer were soft as they can be, with a crisp skin, tossed in a delicious garlic sauce that thankfully wasn't too sweet (I mean, what's with people adding honey to every Chinese appetizer, right?). The plate was cleared in 5 minutes flat- yes, THAT delicious. Next up, Mexicana Pizza with bell peppers, jalapeno, sweet corn and onion was not very generous on the toppings and could've used a little more pizza sauce and cheese. The base however, was crisp and perfect. Another very disappointing thing about the pizza was how the chef tried to pass plain green chillies as jalapenos. We then ordered Baked Penne Mozzarella with tomato concasse and cheese sauce- I thought this would definitely steal the show but was too bland to even come close.

By now we were quite full and even though the dessert shelf looked quite inviting, we decided to postpone the sugar for later at the Vintage Avenue.

Hudson Cafe can do a lot of things differently, especially since it's located at a place where there is no dearth of good eating options. The bill rounded off to 1200 bucks for 3 dishes and 4 mocktails- definitely not too bad on the pocket. An average 3 out of 5 for this one, for its decent pricing, pretty decor and that smashing chilly paneer.

The Hudson Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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