Food Review: Le Monarque Is Cozy With Good Food And Idyllic Ambience
So, last week I had a chance to spend some quality time with my friends at this restaurant LE MONARQUE in sector 35 Chandigarh. The restaurant can be easily spotted for anyone passing through this locality.
Ambience is good. The restaurant isn’t big but cozy enough for families to have their own private space. Le Monarque is designed with minimal details that make it warm and welcoming – natural light during the day with foliages lined in front of the glass windows to protect your privacy.
You want curtains down, they have amazing hanging lights to make the place turn into your personal space.
What we ate
For starters, we called for their specialty- Crispy corn and Paneer tikka platter. The corns as expected were crunchy on the outside and juicy on inside, with red and green bell peppers adding to the flavor just as you’d like it to be. Presentation was just fine, with a rose carved out of a tomato just like the salad creations you get to see in Indian weddings. However, make sure you don’t call for more than a plate, as they can make you feel full in no time.
The paneer tikka platter was served just in time, charcoal hot, marinade still sizzling over the soft cubes of paneer. They call it a platter as it’s served with cottage cheese marinated in two pastes- red (with red chilies, garlic, ginger and curd), and green (mint, ginger-garlic, green chili, coriander). Served with tomato ketchup and mint chutney, the Paneer tikka platter was just a right start to the lunch.
For the main course we called for Daal Makhni, Shahi Paneer, Fried Rice, and an assorted Indian bread basket.
For sides we had Veg raita, Green salad with sirke onions, and pickle.
Let me just give you an insight into how good the food was.
Daal makhni: the taste was authentic. The thickness was just perfect and the spices used were in the right proportion, finished with a spoon full of fresh cream and butter.
Paneer Kadhai – umm…the gravy was so good. A little sweet with all the necessary spices made it so delicious. Paneer was soft and delicious. It just didn’t taste bland as is the case with paneer recipes at most of the places. The serving was generous and good enough for four people.
Fried Rice – the rice were a little disappointing. It didn’t really leave me happy. A little overcooked.
Assorted Bread basket: Three types of Indian breads- Tandoori roti, Naan, and Missi roti, well baked and served in good amount.
Veg Raita: It wasn’t too sweet or sour, exactly how I like it. It had cucumber, onion and tomatoes finely chopped, garnished with cumin powder, red chilli powder and black salt in the right amount.
Piping, hot gulaab jamuns dusted with coconut flakes were just the right end to the meal.
Our Verdict: This place is a must visit for those who wish to spend quality time with family or friends. Pricing – 1000 for two, justified for the amount of servings, suggested for private and kitty parties as well.
P.S.: Parking is available easily.