Mutton Biryani at Biryani and Qorma Express

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Of biryani and candid conversations…

Situated at Baani Square of Sector 50, Gurgaon, is a restaurant bringing the flavours of Old Delhi to Gurgaon – Biryani & Qorma Express. The beauty lies in the fact that the ingredients are sourced from Old Delhi to be cooked in the Gurgaon kitchen, thereby retaining the traditional and authentic flavours of Old Delhi.

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Menu:

The restaurant offers an extensive menu ranging from tandoori chicken, mutton seekh kebab and fish tikka to a variety of qorma, biryani, pulao and khameeri rotis. Vegetarian variants include tandoori vegetables, dal makhani, paneer tikka, aloo gobhi adraki, vegetable biryani and more. Don’t forget to ask your server for the special dish of the day. You could be lucky to try nihari, keema kaleji or dal gosht. No meal is complete without desserts. Take your pick from phirni, gulab jamun and moong dal halwa.

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Décor:

With old songs playing…

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The Delhi Highway: Restaurant Review

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If you are stuck up at work in Andheri East, especially Andheri Kurla Road in Mumbai and your belly is screaming with hunger, worry not; there is a new food haven here and its called The Delhi Highway.

A blogger’s team including myself in association with the team of K-Media.In oversaw some wonderful food and beverage options which were offered as part of the Review. Let us look at what this place is all about.

The Restaurant Location and Ambiance:-

The Delhi Highway is situated exactly opposite Global Fusion in Saki Naka and I would suggest if you work in and around this place and looking for good vegetarian options to try from this place is ideal. The ambiance is bright and warm, bright with shades of Golden  and Blue.

One would feel they have walked into a different portal altogether after arriving inside this marvelously designed restaurant with comfortable…

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Winter Outside, Tummy Warming Inside Guppy, Delhi

Guppy for me has managed to be on my “go to restaurants” when I crave for authentic and flavourful Japanese food.
Every time I visit guppy it never ceases to amaze me in any manner what so ever, be it the food or the drinks or the hospitality of the staff and the managers or my favourite part, the decor of the restaurant. It speaks the language of quirk. It’s bright and mysterious in its own ways.The little masks detail or the authentic Japanese knick knacks. The indoor seating which is personal or the outdoor seating option which is open and lively in the pretty Delhi winter sun.

Having told you everything I like about Guppy it’s time I discuss what I went to try out this time around. Their winter menu.

We started with a delicious lobster and seafood soup kaminabe – served beautifully in a paper pot , this soup was comforting and soulful. An absolute delight in the sweet Delhi winter. The proportion of lobster meat , prawns and fish in relation to the veggies such as broccoli tofu and carrot was perfect. This broth-based soup is a must have on their winter menu.
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Next, I tried the slow cooked Tuna steak – Tuna cooked to perfection with a warm spicy ponzu sauce served with some thinly sliced veggies, textured orange slices and a poached egg. An overall lovely dish with a burst of flavours.
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Next, on the menu, I tried the different types of sushi, first of which was Battera sushi, an authentic pressed Oishizushi. The tuna version was overpowered by the topping of wasabi, while the salmon one tasted more of the sticky rice than any taste of the salmon on it. A skip on this one is what I would suggest.
After Battera came the black rice vegetarian California rolls – I was a little hesitant to try a vegetarian sushi, but toy surprise two sushi was very well balanced with a crunchy center and a lovely layer of black sticky rice. It’s was very earthy in its flavour. Guppy sure knows how to balance flavours and provide precision in the ingredients it uses.
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With everything on the table I tried Tatami Cocktail which paired beautifully with all the food served, tangy with a spice kick to the end of every sip, this cocktail might not be for everyone, but it sure suited my palate.
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Post the sushi, came the grilled rock lobster – lightly grilled with seasonal veggies, the lobster was creamy and super soft.
In the mains, Karashi Chicken and Bacon Casserole was a foamy fatty dish which was overpowered with the taste of wasabi. Guppy surely loves their wasabi. Sadly due to the wasabi, the chicken and bacon took a backseat. Would suggest a miss if you don’t like wasabi.
Next came the Lamb Toban Yaki – Where the lamb was tender and slow cooked to perfection in a homely brown gravy with diakons, some carrots and greens.
Do not miss this one on the winter menu if you like rooted flavours.
For the veggies out there, the Mushroom Toban Yaki is amazing, assorted mushrooms and lotus roots cooked with greens, cherry tomatoes and baby corn in a creamy coconut base is a must have.
To finally a sweet ending:
Warm Carrot cake – cute plating but lacking taste
I’d rather suggest trying our the chocolate ice cream – it was a bitter chocolate, perfect for the light winter chill.
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Overall – if you haven’t yet knocked on Guppy’s doors, do so now. It’s a restaurant with a heart and soul.
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Address: Guppy, 28, Main Market, Lodhi Colony

Review – “TAKSIM’ @ Ansal Plaza, New Delhi

Taksim is cool and chic enough for coffee, cosy conversations under the stars and intimate dining in the restaurant indoors. Spread across 4,200 square feet, it has the perfect location in south Delhi’s Ansal Plaza, the capital’s original mall, which after nearly a decade, is ready for its second innings, helped by the fact that its parking capacity is over 1,500.

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Find the world on your plate, with the diverse menu serving Grilled Jumbo Prawns, Roasted Red Snapper, Mezze platters and their signature Arabian Sushi, besides Pakistani Balti Gosht. If you’re looking for authentic Turkish, you’ll find it here, with melt-in-the-mouth Chello Kebab, served with saffron rice or the Mansaf, a rich, fragrant biryani-style preparation. If you’re craving a burger, you can create your own, with customised toppings, dressings and the patty of your choice.

Its name, translated from Turkish as sections or partitions, is used to conceptualise a menu that explores varied cuisines. Chef Sanjay has ingeniously created a menu that gives the people what they crave, which is, tangy, spicy flavours, with a touch of the exotic. So, you have the uniquely crunchy Broccoli Almond or homegrown Tandoori Chicken Dimsums; classic Margherita pizzas (or Pides) and pastas alongside Indian fusions.

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If you’ve decided to spend a sunny afternoon on the spacious patio, enjoy a serving of piping hot burgers and coffee. Or step inside the spacious resto-bar inside, where the DJ plays house and hip-hop music and the volume is just right for conversation. You can also move the party upstairs to an intimate chic lounge, ideal for 18 people, where you can sit back and dig into some classic desserts (think cheesecakes and chocolate decadence. Guests can expect live entertainment from an aerial stage that pops up from the second level, overlooking the main area. Soon, there will be designated musical theme nights, such as Retro Thursdays, in the able hands of 18-year-old Saksham Goklaney (or DJ Cue!).

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Taksim is awaiting its liquor licence, but if the fresh, fruity, spicy mocktails are anything to go by, they promise to be interesting. Check out the Summer Cyclist, which is a blend of orange and litchi or the minty Sporty Lemoned. Kids will love the Kit-Kat, Oreo and Peanut Butter Banana shakes. The resto-bar offers extremely affordable packages for parties too.

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Sahil Madan, who owns the India rights for Taksim, with branches in China, plans to introduce the brand in Tier Two cities like Ludhiana and Indore. A marine engineer, he spent a year in the Merchant Navy before moving onto his true calling, with Ministry of Sound. The warehouse look is a tribute to his days on the sea. The quirky wall installations are all his idea as well as the wall art in the lounge on the second level. The eye-catching wall installation of pots and pans (he’s used real ones), all painted in white, is the first thing that strikes you once you settle down on the plush seats. The mirror, a Vastu element, that extends across the wall has the effect of doubling the space. The quirky chandeliers of broken pieces of crockery are also bespoke pieces. The wall art on the second level is by Delhi’s graffiti artists.

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Come to Taksim for great food, lively ambience and a mix of world cuisine, from European to Arabic and a smattering of Indian. It’s comfort food, with an experimental twist, served alongside classics.

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REVIEW CREDIT: SAGAR