93, First Floor, Galleria Shopping Arcade,
Timings: 11AM - 11PM
Walk into The Sakleys with its wood chip ceiling, roughly plastered walls and timber accents, and you are immediately transported into a quaint eatery of the sort found in much-loved hill stations like Landour and Dharamsala. That’s no coincidence, as the original Sakleys was started in 1944 by a swiss chef called Mr Salcheli, in Nainital.
“The Sakleys at Galleria makes the mountains come alive... because there is a little bit of mountain in all of us!” proclaims a note at each table. The original Sakleys, the note informs you, was a great hit with students from boarding schools like St Joseph’s, All Saints, Sherwood and St Mary’s. All at once, you are transported to a world of excitable teenage boarders, tuck shops, lovingly put together mixed tapes featuring G’n’R and Sting, and strangely enough, visions of Shashi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore zipping around a skating rink!
You would have continued that particular Bollywood-meets-Enid Blyton-and-vintage rock daydream indefinitely, but you are hungry. So, you sit down at one of only seven tables in the cosy space among all the young couples and groups of friends, sampling toasted sandwiches, sipping Cedar Hill Fruit Beer (Rs 145), and nodding their heads to ‘I never promised you a
rose garden’—and get down to the serious business of food.
The menu is a comfort food lovers delight. It’s laden with cheese and mayonnaise, features rich pastas, satisfying pizzas and such delightful ‘home made treats’ as Oreo Cookie Shake with ice cream (175). The Farmer’s pasta in white sauce (Rs 265) is particularly good, and their All Day Breakfast of bacon sausage omelette with melted cheese (Rs 255), is guaranteed to keep you going effortlessly through the day.
Sakleys has a rare charm, and you could easily spend an afternoon there flipping through the restaurant’s small but interesting collection of books, as you tuck into their excellent chicken sizzler in pepper sauce (Rs345), and sip a Rainfields Watermelon soda (Rs 45). The portions are good and the prices aren’t exorbitant either. When your bill arrives, wedged in a pine cone, you know you’ll definitely be back for more.