If you know me at all, you know I’m not a fan of vegetarian food. However good Mr Vegetarian pretends to be, he could never match up to Mr Meat. Just never. Mr Meat and I are long time lovers.
Then, one evening, the CAL Blogger’s Table met at The Piano Man Art Cafe, in Vasant Vihar, and I was made to eat my words.
A small cafe with a global menu, this is the place to be in if you’re looking for some great vegetarian food, good music, and desserts that will make you weep with sheer joy.
A cellist was playing some haunting tunes – including Nearer my God to thee, which always reminds me of death, but he changed it up soon enough.
This stunning piano sat by one side of the cafe, and we got to hear Arjun Gupta belt out some fabulous jazz that night.
Now for the main event – the food.
I started with a Chocolate hazelnut shake which was served in small bottle-type jar. Very chocolatey with a whisper of hazelnut, the rich drink went down slowly and rather pleasurably. Some others at the table tried the Paan smoothie, which was bursting with paan flavour and fresh green in colour.
The best soup I’ve had in a long time followed next. It was a sunshine yellow Pumpkin and peanut butter soup. Both flavours were prominent, yet their marriage in my mouth was a thing of dreams. Please, please try this soup as soon as you can.
A very crisp salad of Apple and fennel came next.
That was probably the first and last “healthy” thing we ate that night.
We shared this generous Mezze platter. Loved the Hummus.
These adorable Vegan sliders were so good. The patty was walnut and brown rice – who would have guessed? But why are they so cute? I want to hug them.
We also tried Potato Dauphinoise (super rich and creamy), Wild mushroom risotto (cooked perfectly but not “mushroomy” enough for me), and some divine Maple-glazed corn cakes (unusual sticky texture, laden with fragrant lemongrass).
I really enjoyed the Ratatouille – full of aubergine, peppers, and zucchini.
While we were digesting our crazy good meal and making room for dessert, a magician entertained us with some card tricks. Here he is doing some cool shufflin’.
Here’s happy Sid having a go.
For dessert it was Tiramisu (not overly sweet – which was much appreciated and enjoyed) and this decadent, can-die-for, poetry-inducing, worth-an-arm-and-leg, gorgeous Sea salt caramel chocolate tart.
Just look at that stunning fleck of sea salt, glistening like a diamond. I can almost taste it on my tongue.
Darling Ruchira also made a Crack pie to celebrate 2 birthdays (Sushmita’s and mine) earlier that week. This was so good – head off here for the recipe.
Here’s all the happy people. (Thanks Mukta for the picture :))
Parul from The Shirazine
Sangeeta from Health food Desi Videshi
Ruchira from The Great Cookaroo
Sushmita from My Unfinished Life
Aishwarya from Aishwarya Eats
Mukta from Bake-a-mania
Rekha from My Tasty Curry
Rituparna from Chocolates & Dreams
Sid from Chef at Large
Himanshu from The White Ramekins
A fabulous night, spent in the company of some wonderful friends, really great food, and lovely music. Head over to The Piano Man Art Cafe soon, and if you leave without trying the Pumpkin and peanut butter soup and the Sea salt caramel chocolate tart, you’ll have me to reckon with. Grrrrrr.
Have a happy week ahead lovelies :*