The Earth Lounge has been around for the last seven years. Belonging to the successful Moet Group, it started in the Sector 15 market as an Indian restaurant, but was relaunched some years later as an Italian restaurant. It has been a favourite of many couples, who have been attracted to this place because of its discreet ambience and romantic setting.
I enter into what resembles a bistro, with dim lighting and a surfeit of candles. The beautiful interiors are relaxed and cosy, with many nooks and crannies. As I settle down on my seat, I am served a freshly made tapenade of olives and tomatoes, served with a bread basket – along with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, oregano and chilly flakes.
I start with the quintessentially pleasant Italian vegetarian minestrone soup (Rs. 245) and Insalata di mare (or seafood salad) (Rs. 395). The soup is hearty, and the salad generous. To follow is one of most versatile vegetable dishes in the Italian repertoire―funghi trifolati (Rs. 225), or ‘truffled’ mushrooms (called so because the thinly sliced and sautéed mushrooms are said to resemble the other, more highly prized tuber―the great black truffle). The dish captures the fleshy texture and umami flavours perfectly, with judicious seasoning and an enticing presentation.
For the pasta course, I go with cartoon character Garfield’s favourite, the good old lasagna. I choose the lasagna alla verdure (vegetarian, Rs. 350) which is a pleasant au gratin, rather than the traditional layered masterpiece, and is gratifying to the palate. The main course dish of sole ripieni (Rs. 495) is a fascinating giant sausage-like dish, and interesting to taste. The chef’s special gamborini con polenta (Rs. 995) is an indulgence, and has a pair of juicy over-sized grilled prawns – with grilled vegetables and a mash on the side.
It is time for the dolce moment. The chef sends three of his favourite desserts―chocolate fondant, chocolate lasagna, and the scrumptious apple crumble (all Rs. 245). The chocolate fondant is soft with a runny centre, excellently complimented by the accompanying vanilla ice cream.
The Earth Lounge serves good food. The interiors evoke a tender mood. Whenever you are looking for an ideal venue for a romantic soiree, or a cosy time with your family, the Earth Lounge is a great option.
The Earth Lounge
SCO 10-12, Sector 15, part-2, Huda Market, Gurgaon
Phone: 0124 6523759
Timings: 12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 6 PM to 11 PM
Cost: Rs. 1,400 for 2