Sometimes, you find yourself craving a nice fancy meal for lunch. Not fast food and certainly not your packed lunch. By the time you rack up your brain on where to have your lunch, quickly reply to that pending email and wait for your colleague to step out together, half an hour’s passed and reality sets in – you won’t make it to the lunch of your dreams. Except that you still can.
For the longest time, I have always wanted to dine at Sankara’s Graze restaurant and the moment had finally presented itself. Aimed to attract business folk who are out to woo their clients, Sankara’s Graze has created a delightful Quick Fire lunch menu that will save you precious minutes and earn you points at the same time.
No one likes to wait more than 10 minutes for their meal, especially if your lunch break is only one hour. At Graze, they don’t keep you waiting at all. The service is swift, pleasant and will make you feel right at home. As soon as we walked in, our host for the day, Judy, was quick to seat us down, present the menus and offer a drink.
I had a choice of three starters – chunky corn chowder, cobb salad or spinach risotto and being a salad fan, I went for cobb salad while my colleague opted for the spinach risotto. Packed with fresh lettuce, crispy bacon, baby tomatoes, slices of hard boiled egg, boiled chicken chunks and blue cheese, it was literally the best salad I have had to date. Everything from the presentation, to the flavor, was spot on.
15 minutes after settling in, our mains arrived. Straight from Graze’s josper fired grill, we had a selection of rump steak, beef tenderloin or sirloin steak. My colleague beat me to the sirloin steak, and I opted for a medium beef tenderloin with a side of hand cut fries. This proved to be the best order I had made in a while at a restaurant.
Served on a black slate, the beef glistened in the sun. Next to it was a bone cut in half and filled with bone marrow it was undeniably a beauty to behold. It was one of the best steaks I’ve had – juicy, well seasoned and when I drizzled some steak sauce on it, it transformed to edible poetry, prepared by the steak gods themselves. And while the portions looked small to my eyes, they were nowhere near that by the time I was done.
I was already getting full, but I still had space for some special dessert. Everyday, they have a different dessert and boy were we lucky. I have always loved Sankara’s pastries, their desserts even more but I was in heaven the moment I had a bite of the mixed berry tart. Deliciously light, airy and with the juiciest berries you could find.
Before we left, we had their coffee, a special cappuccino blend perfected by their barista. I believe, that if you want to make a statement, it’s all about the simple things. The temperature of the coffee was just right. Not too hot, not too cold. I’m not the world’s biggest coffee fan, but that right there, is something I will be going back for repeatedly.
If you’re ever in Westlands looking to impress a client or are scouring for a place to spend time with your significant other over lunch, Quick fire lunch at Graze is open from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on weekdays. You’ll thank us for it.