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The Trident Gurgaon’s spacious all day dining restaurant sits under a magnificent crimson and gold dome at the lobby level. Like the rest of the hotel, Cilantro has a very contemporary feel, with the restaurant extending on to a broad verandah overlooking landscaped gardens and water bodies. The restaurant’s menu trots across the globe and boasts fine Mediterranean, Thai and Indian cuisines. Its central feature is a wood-fired pizza oven, along with live pasta stations and hot and cold food stations. Cilantro is a coffee shop for the business traveller but succeeds in providing a gourmet experience as well.
We had the Independence Day (August 15, 2017) lunch buffet at the Cilantro and to say that we were a bit disappointed would be an understatement. We've had the Sunday Brunch here a couple of times before and it was definitely way better than the current state of affairs. The run of the mill spread was neither extravagant nor exotic. The starters and the Asian section remind you of a very sub par kind of restaurant - both in taste and presentation. The chicken tikka was soggy and the fish preparation was also unappealing. The Indian main course had a good lamb preparation and the biriyani was also somewhat nice, but apart from this nothing really stood out in the entire presentation. They were serving lemonade as part of the buffet which was not chilled and we had to repeatedly ask for ice, but my biggest grudge was that the glasses in which the water was served had a peculiar odour which is not acceptable from a brand like this. Though after complaining twice we were served water in thoroughly clean glasses but this definitely reflects very poorly on the restaurant. The Executive Sous Chef Mohan Soni at the end of our meal did serve some good pasta and the tender coconut ice cream recommended by Nikhil Kher (The F & B Manager) helped in redeeming the experience to a certain extent but I certainly believe that The Trident is a much better food and beverage brand than what came out today. We were repeatedly told that the Sunday Brunch is much better but that does not mean the buffet on other days should be so unattractive. All in all a very mediocre, undistinguished and uninspired show.
The food was very fresh tasting, and excellently prepared and presented. The service we received was friendly, helpful and attentive.
We stayed at The Oberoi, Gurgaon over the weekend for a 'staycation' and decided to try out Cilantro at The Trident, Gurgaon for dinner on one of the nights. After a short stroll from The Oberoi, Gurgaon to The Trident within the complex, we arrived at Cilantro and were warmly welcomed and shown to our seats. The restaurant wasn't very full and we received personalised attention. After perusing the menu for a while, my partner decided to go with a Mojito while I went for a mocktail called Apple Sledger. Both beverages were of a high quality and enjoyable. For main appetizer, my partner chose the Camembert Creme Brulee and I decided to go Asian with a Shrimp and chicken soup. The Creme Brulee was excellent and quite filling in itself, the quality of the dish was evident from how the crust cracked when tapped with a spoon. The Shrimp & Chicken Soup was of a very high quality and for a change in restaurants, I was actually able to taste the shrimp and the chicken and rarely reached out for my condiments, which is the sign of a great dish, perfectly flavored. For main course, my partner chose the Australian Pork Belly with an exquisitely prepared glaze poured over it. He was of the opinion that the dish was excellent in all aspects and presented him with a melange of flavors. The glaze was almost silken in texture and complemented the pork belly very well. I chose to go Asian and chose a very simple Kung Pao chicken with some egg fried rice. I must remark here that my request for chopsticks for some strange reason was met with surprise & a weird remark about "best eaten with fork and spoon", though of course I was offered a set immediately. I had to tell the waiter that certain food items taste different without the taste of metal. The Kung Pao chicken was a far cry from the Punjabi version that even high quality restaurants in Delhi sometimes serve. The bell peppers and chilli were of the right quantity and I hardly sniffed once because of the spices. The flavours were excellent and the dish was very well complimented by the egg fried rice, which in itself was cooked perfectly. Though we were full, the restaurant staff's persistence paid off and we decided to order ice creams. My partner ordered a Mango Ice Cream and I ordered for a Lychee Ice Cream. While my partner's order was served accurately, I was offered Coconut Ice Cream. The presentation of the dessert was excellent and the Coconut Ice Cream in itself was delicious and so I did not take up the mixed order with them. The service is much more casual at Cilantro than at The Oberoi and the staff could follow-though better about instructions and messages. Though better than most hotels, the follow-up skills of the staff do need to improve. I had to ask for my glass of water to be refilled multiple times. The quality of cuisine was excellent and offers excellent value for the price paid. The ambiance and setting at the restaurant was quite elegant and the vaulted dome adds to the architecture of the venue. The music wasn't overbearing and played at the right tone, enjoyable, but not disturbing or attention drawing. I'd definitely go back to Cilantro for a meal if the traffic situation from New Delhi to Gurgaon improves or if by any chance I find myself close to The Trident.
Excellent REstraunt in the best hotel nearby. Trident is a great property and we use it for all our clients as well as personal. Cilantro is the best restraunt within the hotel and serves super awesome multi cuisine food. Must visit once, veg as well as non veg both, super awesome food.
The Cilantro in the tirdent Gurgaon is a pleasant restaurant on the main floor of the hotel. It is also the main dining room serving international cuisine specialties. The service was good, the wait staff was friendly, and the food was tasty. I had a bit of a problem with the heavy spices and heavy fats in the dishes I had, but overall, a pretty good place to eat.
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It was on a pleasant evening in Delhi when we chose to risk the traffic towards Gurgaon for a lavish luxurious dinner. It was a special occasion which deserved to be celebrated, hence we were sure we wanted to splurge. Our search ended up at this fabulous hotel Trident where we chose to try out ‘Cilantro’, after reading its’ great reviews. Cilantro is Trident’s all-day coffee shop and is just as luxurious as its house. The restaurant is a complete package when it comes to service, food and ambience. The moment you step into the foyer, you get the gist of what the place is all about. Every inch of Trident shouts money and the same affluence is projected in Cilantro. This fine dining restaurant is perfect for a late night hunger binge or an early breakfast before heading to work.
Trident is all about grandeur, elegance and luxury. You will notice the similar pattern being followed in Cilantro as well. It is one of the best places to dine in Gurgaon, if you keep money as the secondary and food as the first priority. Cilantro is ideal for a quiet business dinner or a cosy brunch with friends. They keep on hosting fun food festivals, which gives you a taste for global cuisine and keeps their regulars on their toes. Coming to the décor, though Cilantro is generously spacious, it is filled with formal tables so one feels a bit cramped but they have managed to open up the room visually by providing tall windows, which overlooks the lovely landscape. Look is kept modern and stylish. Cilantro is almost always full so call ahead to bag a table.
Once you decide to indulge, money should be no hindrance. Cilantro is unpretentiously expensive so have a care. Their menu is global and covers a lot of base by tackling Asian, North-Indian and Italian cuisine beautifully. Begin with a Caribbean chicken dumpling soup, dahi bhalla papdi chaat, crumb fried soft shell crab, tandoori murgh, wild mushroom ravioli, rajasthani lal boti kebab, chicken consommé, tandoori paneer tikka and chatpati shakarkandi ki chaat. As second course go with, prosciutto wrapped chicken breast, Thai curry with jasmine rice, kadhai paneer, goan shrimp curry, black cod with miso, lamb ragout with pappardelle, crisp duck leg confit and stir fried prawns in hot garlic sauce. With a blueberry cheesecake or hot chocolate pudding, bring things to a perfect finish.