Essex Farms’ popular food outlet, Cafe Tesu recently got a new address at Saket’s DLF Avenue. We drop by to sample their menu. Text and photographs by Anushka Goel
On a sultry afternoon, I reach Cafe Tesu – a small, open café at Saket’s DLF Avenue. The beautiful themed décor is a welcome change from the dreary rainy weather; the pink hues have a calming effect on my mind.
I’m greeted by chef Madhav Sukhija, the sous chef at the Cafe Tesu, who introduces me to the menu and the concept here at DLF Avenue. “We’re focussing a little more on confectionary items here at this venue,” he tells me. The limited, carefully curated menu is a reflection of that.
I start my meal with a refreshing Peach And Mint Iced Tea, which, to my delight, isn’t a premix – like many places tend to serve. The slight bitterness of the tea complements the peach and mint flavours, waking me up from my slumber and making me excited for the dishes to come.
The meal begins with some pan-Asian items, something the Chef recommends we try. The Asian Vegetable Dumplings are a treat to the taste buds, especially with the accompanying dips and sauces – a beautiful chilli oil and a fragrant green sauce made with garlic and herbs – which the outlet also sells in jars!
The next dish I try is the Asparagus Tempura Roll, which comes with a serving of wasabi, soy sauce and pickled ginger. Each bite has the crispness of the tempura flakes. The wasabi and soy sauce adds the perfect umami and heat to the sushi.
Next on our table is the Penne Marinara. The perfectly cooked al-dente noodles are coated generously with the full-bodied sauce, unleashing a gamut of fresh, herby and rich flavours all at once!
Following it is a Chef’s recommendation – their Walk In The Garden pizza. The thin crust is a delight, and the pizza has just the right ratio of sauce to cheese to toppings.
I end the meal with one of their signature dishes and Chef’s favourite, their Belgian Chocolate Tiramisu. Mind you, I am already full, but I polish off the entire jar in less than 10 minutes! The bitterness of the Kahlua complements the cheese, and each spoonful is the perfect balance of bitter, sweet, creamy and juicy. The meal is a delight to my taste buds, and I can’t wait to see what else Cafe Tesu has on offer.
Where: DLF Avenue, Saket
Cost: INR 1,400 for two (approximately)