Food cycle

Vasant Vihar’s Café Torque is a perfect place for lovers of bikes and food

Published - July 25, 2014 07:32 pm IST - New Delhi

The fare on offer at Café Torque

The fare on offer at Café Torque

My recent love for bikes resulted in my buying a Royal Enfield Thunder Bird, the Indian cruiser which has its cult following. However, food is something nobody can take out of my life as it’s my first love.

So to find a place where the three of us can spend some time together is always high on my agenda. Out of the very few available options, the newly opened Café Torque in Vasant VIhar, PVR Priya complex, seemed to be the perfect place: a café dedicated to bikers with some really hardcore carnivorous dishes to offer.

The moment I stepped in I was impressed to see the interiors done up with bike accessories and spare parts. Worth a notice was the world map made out of motorbike chains and nuts. Even the washroom has a sink laid on top of a tyre, and instead of a tap, a petrol dispenser has been used, which you’d have to admit is really cool.

Café Torque has been established by Chef Arun Chanda and the creative think tank Satya. I was hungry and couldn’t resist ordering something to nibble on. The chilli cheese poppers and chipotle chicken poppers arrived first. The latter was good as the chicken was tender and really blended well with chipotle, giving it a distinct taste.

I followed it up with a curry laksa — a classic preparation to which I hardly give a miss. As it is one of my favourites, I am very particular about its flavour and texture. At café Torque the laksa was pretty average as it missed out on spiciness as well as the texture of the soup. It should have been thicker and more flavourful.

The prawn stars were cooked to perfection, while the kicker fish skewers rubbed with peri peri really kicked my taste buds. Another starter worth every bite was the twisted lamb kabab, where the lamb chunks were grilled and topped with some mushrooms.

I skipped the pizza, pasta and risotto offerings to have a meaty bite of the burgers available. The lamb burger was good enough to satisfy my hunger. The eight-ounce patty was juicy and done to perfection, while the tenderloin version disappointed me a bit as the meat was undercooked, making it it chewy. For the super bikers who want to hit the road and go on a long journey, steak Diane is the perfect option. Chef Arun just nailed it with the steak.

Tuxedo cake with a layer of white and dark chocolate was just the thing for a sweet send-off.

Meal for two: Rs.1000 plus taxes

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