The new Tex-Mex café in Gurugram, Pablo: The Food Cartel, is brewing hot cuppas of coffee coming from eight different countries with lip-smacking Mexican and Italian spreads on sides to dig into. Book a table and sit tight—for this is going to be one helluva epicurean ride! By Sushmita Srivastav
No, it has nothing to do with the Columbian drug lord, Pablo Escobar. The name Pablo was chosen simply because the sister duo, Priyanshi and Sanchita Dhir (the interesting minds behind it) wanted to dedicate a café to their papa and so, it had to have ‘Pa’ in it. What about the sketch on the logo then, you ask? Well, meet father and businessman Rajiv Dhir, and you will instantly know that it’s him—the resemblance is striking and kept on-purpose.
The gripping name had kept me wondering throughout the drive to Pablo – The Food Cartel, the newest addition to the G-town’s growing café-scape, and so, I decided to purposely give the game away. Simply because the experience at this fresh and peppy Tex-Mex café goes way beyond just its interesting name.
Bright wing seats on one side, high chairs with multi-coloured legs on the other; bold polka dots on the statement wall, B&W stripes on the rest; a cozier private seating on the mezzanine floor, and a cute little bakery section just right below; the staff dressed up in a velvety purple with leopard print on the collars; and the entire space brightly lit to give it a happy vibe. Enter the café, and your mood would be lightened the very second. Next, have a look at the menu, and you will find plenty to pick.
Before you start gorging on the food, let the smiling staff help you choose your cuppa from the variants of finest coffee selected after making stops at eight different countries—we loved our hot cups of foamy Cappuccino from Nicaragua, and creamy Mocha from Mexico.
Start with the Allison salad—a delightful mix of crunchy kale, lettuce, tofu, cherry tomatoes, olives and broccoli, nicely tossed in bocconcini-pesto sauce, and some white wine vinegar. Or, find a healthier alternative in Emma, which is a couscous-based salad with grilled mushrooms, chicken, chickpeas, and basil bathed in a subtle olive oil and lemon-pepper dressing. The tempting dish called Nicolas that has bacon-wrapped artichokes on a salsa bed is a great choice for appetizers but what you MUST (and we can’t force this enough!) pick is Bosco—Pablo’s very special guacamole butter garlic prawns. The prawns are so tender and juicy; the guacamole is so fresh… you might end up asking for a second serve.
If you are craving for a slice of pizza, pick the not-so-usual David without a doubt. The no-flour chicken base pizza with choice of veggies on top is sure to win you over. Valentino, the mushroom lasagna with spinach and rose sauce is a creamy buttery delight for vegetarians, while the risotto called Alonso, with Arborio rice, porcini mushrooms, chicken, white wine, Parmesan and pesto sauce is a little bland for the taste. A fan of blueberry? Do try their Blueberry Cheesecake, and wash it all down with a refreshing glass of Blueberry and Green Tea Smoothie.
Meal for two: INR 1,200 (plus taxes)
Timings: 8.00 AM to 10.30 PM
Address: GF 55, Paras Trinity, Sector 63, Gurugram
Reservations: +91 99587 24960