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    Eating at 218

    - Posted on: December 04, 2013 | Post your comment here Comments

    Google Translation: اُردو | 中文

    Eating at 218

    Eatery 218 is a snug outfit tucked away in an E-7 cul-de-sac; a narrow gate leads you down a stone walkway to a garden where seating is laid out. There’s a small dining room inside, but you’ll find most lunch-goers basking out in the winter sun. Owner Shaila Khalid greets all her customers and takes them through the menu. She cooks the food herself, and the attention to each customer is a much appreciated detail few eateries offer anymore.

    The Baked Cheese Toast, with the right amount of crunch and melted cheese, and the Chicken Cheese Croquettes, golden and fluffy, are both done to perfection. The Sesame Chicken Salad is served in a generous enough portion to make a light entrée in itself, and is crisp and refreshing. For your main, the Afghani Aash is a good choice if you’re looking for some winter comfort food; the tomato based broth, chock full of chickpeas, meatballs and noodles is a hearty combination. While the wrap for the Mexican Burrito is a little too thick, the chicken filling is seasoned to perfection and the accompanying salsa and sour cream are flavored just right. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, go for the Spinach Quiche; the crust is spot on (too many eateries keep getting it wrong!), but the filling could do with a bit of extra cheese. The Chicken, Spinach and Parmesan Crepes are a favorite with regular visitors, while the Hyderabadi Thali offers the taste buds a scintillating vegetarian alternative.

    If you’re not counting calories, try the Blueberry Cheesecake; the preserves ladled on top are the hero of the dish, being refreshingly tart instead of sweet. The Peach Tart is alright, though a fresh peach half would go the extra mile where a preserved one wouldn’t. While the Chocolate Biscotti might seem less biscotti and more Cold Cake, it is, in a word, scrumptious! It’s not just the hot chocolate sauce and cream drizzled on top, but the layers of crushed cookie with a not too sweet chocolate hit. Perfect with coffee.

    A must visit for when you want a quiet afternoon of tasty home cooked food.

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