I met with a friend after good half a decade. Not so cool, I say. We should meet rather often but I love her for making the effort and driving in the scorching heat for our little meet. Needless to say it was absolutely amazing. Warm and hearty chat was coupled with some fabulous wholesome food. However, this time it’s not me but her sharing tit-bits of our rendezvous. {Roots} – Café In The Park by Sakshi Gambhir. I loved it, hope you do to.


I’m a vegetarian and that, according to nonvegetarians, disqualifies me from being a foodie. Nevertheless, occasionally I do post about what I’m feeding my system when I’m travelling.

Today, I visited Roots cafe in Gurgaon, just a stone’s throw away from Kingdom of dreams. I was meeting an old friend for lunch, who’s wedding I happened to have missed for stupid reasons. All the morning, we were contemplating to go to Roots or not because the cafetaria didn’t have air conditioning. But we finally decided to go for it. I love the feel of this place – raw, calm and energizing. I fixed up a table closer to the cooler, while I waited for my friend and read through the menu which was fairly concise. I knew I wanted Kadhi chawal (because I can’t cook it) and Aam Panna to beat the summer heat.

Rakshita walked in and we ordered exactly the same food and drink for her. While we waited for the attendant to get it, we caught up on old times, college days, shaadi-ke-side-effects and much more. I inquisitively listened to her honeymoon plans while she kept freaking out on how girly I had become. And just then came in the food.

Kadhi chawal was served with Aaloo ki sabzi (potato dish), Papad and freshly cut salad. Before I could even get started, Rakshita was devouring her food like a hungry tigress. It was exceptionally delicious, the coriander and curry leaves (tadka) adding the right flavor to the Kadhi. I was digging into my plate slowly, relishing every bite of it.

Kadi Chawal @Roots Cafe

Kadi Chawal @Roots Cafe

Kadi Chawal @Roots Cafe

Kadi Chawal @Roots Cafe

Aam Panna was served in interesting pickle-jar-shaped glass tumblers. It had an amazing hint of Pudhina (mint) which made it very refreshing. We kept sipping it till long after we had finished our main course, leaving no appetite for dessert – hoping we will meet again next week to please our respective sweet tooth.

Aam Panna (raw mango drink) @Roots Cafe

Aam Panna (raw mango drink) @Roots Cafe

Yes! She loves it. Rakshita with Aam Panna @Roots Cafe

Yes! She loves it. Rakshita with Aam Panna @Roots Cafe

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