Intro: A cheery little home away from home
Atmospherics: Today is the day of the impersonal restaurant, run by a bevy of hired staff. The owner is usually a business tycoon who wants a restaurant to complete his ‘bouquet’ of businesses! Well, young Lakshman and Kirti Singh are the complete opposite of that, because no matter what time of the day or night you visit Burbee’s, one or the other of them will always be there. It makes a huge difference, as you can ask for simple additions or subtractions to your food and you can be sure your order will be understood. So, is Burbee’s a temple of gastronomy in the Sector 18 market? It doesn’t even pretend to be that. What it is, is a pleasant space where you can meet friends, work on your laptop or even conduct meetings. They do not serve alcohol currently – they might in the future – so it has a wholesome vibe that is hard to find elsewhere in the neighbourhood.
Table talk: While the main focus of the menu is on western food, there are a couple of dishes with an oriental treatment, but that is merely happenstance: the food is of the comfort variety and comes in satisfyingly large portions. Take the barbecue chicken wings (Rs 325) for example. They have an extra dusting of chilli amidst the slightly sweet sauce and make a perfect starter to share at the table. Even better are the sautéed prawns in ginger garlic sauce that are perfectly cooked and retain their crunchy bite. That is one of the great achievements of Burbee’s: they really sweat the small stuff, so the slightly bitter capsicum pieces contrast very well indeed with the natural sweetness of the prawns. Oven roasted fish with spaghetti and tomato sauce (Rs 425) is a college kid’s dream: a large fillet of basa, the deliciously gooey mashed potatoes that Burbee’s does so well and a helping of spaghetti with tomato sauce all on the same plate.
Plus and minus: The shaved grilled carrots and beans served as accompaniments and the in-house French fries and mashed potatoes are worthy of a fine dining restaurant! They need to relook at the cheese they use: it has no tang or sharpness.
Must try: Grilled rosemary chicken breast in red wine jus; pistachio crusted lamb chops; ricotta mushroom and spinach ravioli in creamy sauce.
Ratings: Food 3; Service: 3.50; Décor: 3
G 56, 1st & 2nd floor, Sector 18, Noida
Tel: +91 8800290200
No alcohol served; credit cards accepted
Open from 11 am to 11 pm
Meal for two: Rs 1,000