Creme Castle, Greater NOIDA

Largely speaking, the local population defines the kind of businesses that spring up in any given area. If for instance, the local residents are predominantly vegetarian, we may find a better selection of vegetables in the local markets with perhaps fewer butchers than seen on average. On the same lines, there is likely to be a greater incidence of vegetarian restaurants in that area as compared to others.

Greater NOIDA is a somewhat confusing area demographically speaking. We have cash-rich Gujjars who continue following traditional diets, hordes of cash-strapped students with tastes all across the board further influenced by the large community of African students and finally, the average, middle class households across the income and culture spectrum that make up the bulk of Greater NOIDA’s residents. As you can see, given that the demographics are all over the place, there’s no real consistency to the type of food outlets that’ll open in Greater NOIDA. Because of this, it is with great trepidation that I step into any new place here; considering most businesses appear to target students, prices are low and quality, usually iffy.

Enter, Creme Castle!

This beetroot and feta salad came with candied walnuts, adding a sweet crunch to every bite.
This beetroot and feta salad came with candied walnuts, adding a sweet crunch to every bite.

Finding Creme Castle was therefore a stroke of luck. Not only does this 70 cover eatery offer a great menu, including breakfast options, it does so with flair and at very reasonable prices. We tried their BLT Sandwich (INR 190), Paneer Tikka Wrap (INR 150), Grilled Chicken and Egg Wrap (INR 190), Roasted Chicken with Garlic Mash (INR 250) and a Beetroot Walnut and Feta Salad (INR 170), alongside some Black Coffee (INR 80) and a Pineapple Smoothie.

Surprise surprise! With the sole exception of the Pineapple Smoothie, which had chunks of ice within and was much too sweet and artificial, the rest were excellent. Among a bunch of dishes that worked well, the roast chicken and beetroot walnut salad need special mention. The chicken platter came with two pieces of chicken, roasted with the skin on, atop a pile of garlic mash, alongside a leafy salad and some saut̩ed vegetables, accompanied by a sauce boat filled with brown sauce Рit was delicious and we ate this one twice! The salad while otherwise good, became special due to the sugar coated walnuts used that brought in additional crunch as well as a note of the unusual.

If you’re in Greater NOIDA, you have to try Creme Castle. It’s one of the better restaurants in town and if theirs if the type of food you go to Delhi for, let’s save you a trip or five. 

Sid Khullar

Sid Khullar is the founder of Chef at Large, a blog that began in 2007. He enjoys cooking, writing, travelling and technology in addition to being a practising Freemason. Health and wellness is a particularly passionate focus. Sid prefers the company of food and animals to most humans, and can be reached at sid.khullar@chefatlarge.in.