Address: J 2/5, B.K. Dutt Market, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi.
A few days back, I was craving a good eating out experience. But it being the middle of the week, I could not have spent around 3 hours in the metro to go to Khan Market or the like, which led me to look for places closer to home. Zomato became my best friend, and together we made the most out of boring lecture time. I searched for places in Punjabi-dominated Rajouri Garden, my mind shrouded with the belief that all I would find is a Punjabi version of every damn cuisine in the world. While flipping through restaurant reviews of places like Privilege Punjab and Pind Balluchi, I stumbled upon The California Boulevard. I read the reviews and decided to give it a shot, and took my friend along.
The California Boulevard, eponymously, is a theme restaurant based on the California way of life. It is a five minute walk from the Rajouri Garden metro station, which in turn is a twenty minute metro ride from the Dwarka Sector-14 metro station. The grey colored facade of the restaurant is done very elegantly, with faux balconies on white Victorian windows adorned with pink flower creepers. When we reached the first floor of the building as directed by the valet, we were greeted very politely by the manager and she introduced us to the waiter who would be serving us. The hospitality was amazing, and so were the interiors. An Elvis Presley Walk of Fame star greets you at the entrance, and just as you enter, a shiny red Harley Davidson is seen, parked on the Walk of Fame in all its glory.The place had cobbled stone flooring with old Victorian lamps affixed to iron pillars, giving the place a very inviting ambiance. The walls had many posters, both digital and the conventional. I was charmed by the place before even placing my order!
Moving on to the food, The California Boulevard has a very diverse menu featuring Oriental, Continental, American and Indian cuisine. The drinks menu is wide as well. Some of the Indian dishes had a global twist to them. Take for instance, the Peanut Butter Masala, the Cheese and Olive kulcha, and the Sushi Paneer. What appealed the most to me was that Dal Makhani was placed in the Sides section. Believe me when I say this, and I say this as a Punjabi, that the probability of Dal Makhani not featuring in the main course of a restaurant serving Indian cuisine in a Punjabi dominated area is next to zero.
We ordered Caeser Salad to start with, iceberg lettuce with Parmesan and crunchy croutons tossed in a yummy dressing, and it was delicious. Just as I was about to take a second helping, our attendant quickly came and offered to serve it to me! His attention to our table was impressive. For appetizing our taste buds, we had Water Chestnut and Bamboo Shoot kebabs. The presentation was beautiful, and the portion was large. The spicy kebabs were served with marmalade based dressings to counter the heat of the dish. We finished the dish within minutes. For the mains we ordered cottage cheese steak, served with grilled vegetables, mashed potatoes and California ranch sauce. The mashed potatoes were custom ordered, in place of the potato wedges as featured in the menu. This was served on a wooden board and looked amazing. We could not wait to dig in! The cottage cheese was grilled very nicely, though I found it to be a bit bland for my liking. For dessert we ordered Baked New York Cheese Cake, which was served with assorted berry compote and was just the way a cheese cake should be.
The value for money was good, and we left the place with our taste buds satiated and my craving for a great eating out experience fulfilled.
FInd out more about the restaurant here.