Burnt a hole in the pocket for nothing
Elma's Bar and Kitchen – Expensive for Nothing
After a long long climb, tada! you find Elma’s in the third floor of the building. And as I walked in, the live band was playing one of my favorites, ‘Bennie and the Jets’. Boy, was I impressed with the refined taste of music, when the rest of HKV is jiving to pop. Snug and homestyle ambience, the restaurant is decorated with an antique dressing table, bookshelves, crockery cabinet, framed photos, mismatched table/chairs (very uncomfortable), the round white lanterns (loved them) and the works.
Named after the owner’s dog, the restaurant flaunts few awards received from food sites at the entrance. Elma's is spread across two floors, the place is unified via a thin white staircase - kind of open below room architecture. Their bakery display in first floor showcases lots of attractive-looking cakes and pastries.
Our order - one Exotic Vegetable thin crust pizza, one slice each of Red Velvet/Moist Chocolate/Rainbow and a pint of beer. Of the promised ‘EXOTIC’ veggies, chef conveniently forgot to add ASPARAGUS and CHERRY TOMATOES; all we could find was broccoli/mushroom/bell peppers and basil leaves thrown in. How exotic for 500 bucks! Here’s how the cake slices fared, in ascending order - Red Velvet>Rainbow> Moist Chocolate. And the best of three, Moist Chocolate had the tiniest portion (see picture). Service is awful, we were served water on the payment of bill, that too after asking. Wonder, if it’s a norm here.
Concisely, for one wafer thin veg pizza (No, it’s not me, that’s what the menu says), one pint of domestic beer and three cake slices (actually two slices and a sliver), set me back by INR 2000 (all inclusive) and left me hungry for the night. Elma's too overrated. Ain't no going back!