Spice It at ibis Gurugram offers a 24 hour multi cuisine casual dining . It is located at Gurugram’s premium address- The Golf Course Road . It has tried to expand its reach to non residents by curating an innovative yet ultra reasonable menu . The interiors of the place are simple yet colorful and jocund . Lights are big and round and wall decor is very chic . It has an elaborate a-la-carte menu along with breakfast , lunch and dinner buffets as well . I can advocate that their buffets are nothing like the regular buffets we find at other places . Hawker house counters present during the buffet are the major highlight showcasing their entirely new concept . The restaurant combines authentic delicacies of several cuisines with impeccability . Influence of Tibet , Burma and Kolkata can be seen in the dishes . I started with an orange slush with feta and aubergine salad while my friend ordered crispy corns and veg momos . On one hand , orange slush and crispy corns had very desi falvors while momos and the salad , on the other hand catered more to international palate . We also ordered the traditional Burmese khao suey and Lebanese falafel with pita . They were surely a flavor bomb . We had the Kolkata rool which had crispy fried potato fingers and papri chhat . They both sure can take you on a crazy culinary journey . We ended our meal with Parle-G cheese cake , mango mousse , and a choco cake . Parle -G cheese cake gets a special mention and is a must try . It has the perfect balance of crispness and smooth texture of cream cheese . I am sure one can never have a lot of it . The staff is very educated and knowledgeable about the dishes and treated us with immense warmth . A major thumbs up to the staff . Also the manager is very friendly and welcoming . All in all , ibis promises modernity , culinary finesse and an amazing dining experience at best price !!!
So this weekend we bumped into this amazing place called Rajdhani at Connaught Place to quench our authentic Indian food cravings. It’s old age ambiance and traditional tikka welcome gave the feeling of an Indian wedding household. The staff was very friendly and the service was quick. Within minutes, they will fill up your thali and it will look like this.
And id this wasn’t enough, they are in the midst of their Mango festival and have delicacies made out of this yummy fruit!
We were surprised at their creativity and skill that gave this one fruit so many different forms and tastes! Who knew Rajasthani culture was this diverse! So head out this season to have your share of this amazing ethnic festival, and tell us what you liked it there.
The prevalence of diabetes is increasing menacingly. And as of now, India is one of the top 3 countries with a high diabetic population. Surprisingly, as treated earlier as a hereditary disease, diabetes has now turned more into a lifestyle disease. As prevention is always better than cure, people are getting health conscious and turning into maintaining a normal body weight, engaging in physical activities and looking for healthier options in their consumption of food.
Taking this into attention, Seema Pinto and her husband Manoj Pinto, have conceived the ‘Diabetic Food trail’. The food trail also concentrates on food that the diabetes and the health conscious usually dread off – ‘the Desserts’, other than the varied choices (read healthy) at several popular restaurants.
The first one to be held in Delhi-NCR, kick started on 12th Nov’16 and is scheduled to be on for the next three weeks, till 30th of Nov’16. Seema, who is a diabetic herself said, she got conscious about what she was eating just 2-3 years ago and found that not many options that are available were diabetic friendly especially when it comes to desserts. So, along with Britannia Nutri Choice essentials and in association with Biocon, they have come up with a ‘Healthy Food Trail’. There are multiple participating restaurants and all of them will feature complete diabetic friendly menus.
We got an opportunity to be a part of the ‘Healthy Dessert Trail’ that was conducted by Seema and team on 19th Nov’16. Wherein we hobnobbed to dig into delicious desserts without worrying about the calorie intake. The dessert trail consisted of a plan to visit 4 well known restaurants – Bercos, Getafix, Bohemia and G’s Patisserie and tried out the healthy desserts on serve over there.
The menu handed out to us had the kcals, fat, carbs and proteins mentioned against each of the desserts that we tried. Starting from cheesecakes to cobblers, from cakes to pies and from Tiramisu to caramel custards, who knew that diabetics or the health freaks can also have an arrays of options to choose from ? And that too, without compromising on the taste. It’s a general notion that sugar-free based desserts are overtly sweet, wherein in the ‘HDT’ we found out that there is hardly any difference in taste, with the usage of sugar free in the preparation.
Each of the desserts are carefully prepared considering the health and nutritional benefits, and the chefs assured that the calories consumed are almost half of what a non-sugar-free dessert offers. The food trail also includes events like Diabetic food masterclass and fitness camps. The aim behind such an initiative is to inform diabetic people that they have choices and they need to deprive, starve or have tasteless bland food for their major cravings. Making dietary changes and choosing good fats not only prevents diabetes but also helps in keeping your health parameters on check.
37 restaurants are participating in the Diabetic Food Trail this year – to find out more about the participating restaurants, please visit – http://www.diabeticfoodtrail.com/
Just across the street from Churchgate railway station, Papacream is located near Cafe Coffee Day in the iconic Eros theatre building. Colourful interiors and an open counter that shows the ice-cream makers operating their queer machines, breathe life into an area surrounded by take-out places.
The cosy ice-cream parlour has unicycle high stools on the ground floor and leather sofas around round tables on the first floor. Triangular mosaic tiles protrude from the walls to act like tables. Rice lights wrapped around wooden fixtures hanging from the ceiling give the place a very cafe like feel.
Quirky flavours, bright colours and puff of liquid nitrogen await you when you visit Papacream. Done up in bright colours with quirky touches through out such as the unicycle seats Papacream projects a fun ambience. Their mission to make ice cream fun extends to the quirky combinations they have taken the freshly prepared ice cream in both the savory and sweet sides of ones palate.
It serves 100% vegetarian ice creams prepared using natural ingredients, no artificial colours and flavours are used in the making.
Apart from ice creams, papacream also serves sorbets, milk shakes and coffees.
It’s amazing to see live ice creams getting prepared upfront using liquid nitrogen.
So here is what I had –
Tiramisu – Tiramisu flavoured ice cream on a bed of sponge cake, dusted with cocoa powder. Nice flavour of mascarpone cheese and coffee liqueur was coming from the ice cream. The sponge cake base added to the drama. Loved it!!
Bubble Gum Candyfloss – Honestly, this was one of the best bubblegum ice creams that i have had to date. Bubblegum flavoured ice cream topped with candy floss, this ice cream, not only combines your childhood fantasies into one, but also delivers. TOTALLY RECOMMENDED.
Ferrero Crunch – The menu itself said no description needed and after having its first bite i couldn’t agree more. Thick, creamy, luscious, chocolaty, sinful, divine and i am falling short of adjectives. MUST TRY!!!!!! The taste was so good and pure, i felt like i ate 10-12 ferrero rochers in a bite. My mouth is watering while i am writing about it. You are sure to fall in love with this ice cream
Cookiewich – It is the best cookie and ice-cream combination i have savoured. Delicious combination with a soft and crunchy essence.
Belgian Chocolate Sundae- The dish looked very promising when it came to our table and in fact has the potential to be a real stunner. But a few tweaks from the Chef are required. So what you have essentially is a large, thick waffle and a little scoop of Belgian chocolate ice-cream in the middle, topped with whipped cream, chocolate and caramel sauce and chocolate chips. Each component on its own tastes divine. But together, the waffle overpowers the ice-cream which in reality should have hogged the limelight. If you do order this, ask for the dish to be delivered on a tray or plate instead of a glass and emphasize that you’d like a larger scoop of the ice-cream and less of the waffle.
The new ice creams are a mix of some revolutionary sweet and savoury ice creams and have been designed with with a lot of patience and care with a view to titillate those senses and amuse that palate.
Take my word, one will never be enough. God bless the people who run this place, I’m definitely coming back!
So go get your FREEZE at Papacream soon!
What are your leaving memories of a Pizza Shop? Left over hard, chewy sides. Some complain of the stale base for leaving the sides and not taking the onus on their fewer visits to dentist.
No more it is the case with new offerings by Pizza Hut. The new variants of stuffed crust pizza will keep your mouth stuffed until the last bite. Pizza Hut comes with three new crusts namely Veg Kebab, Cheese Max and Masala Chicken Sausage.
The three crusts designed are not just any without the thought. They have made best efforts to cater to almost all the palettes.
The Cheese Max, is actually too much cheese. One cannot think of adding more cheese to the bites. If you are too choosy about cheesy, please go for it. The mozzarella in the purest form with no adulteration is awesome. Veg kebab is bit on the spicy side and may make one rush for a shot of water or drink. It is difficult to balance spices such that you feel spicy and you enjoy it. With veg Kebab, pizza hut accomplishes this delicate balance. Love for sausages is satisfied with the Masala Chicken Sausage lined up at the circumference of the pizza and laced with creamy, tangy flavoured sauce.
Any of the existing pizzas can be ordered with the Cheese Max crust. Masala Chicken Sausage crust restricted to Chicken Hot ‘n’ Spicy and Tikka Treat. Veg kebab is bound with Veggie Surprise and Paneer Delight.
All in all a very good offering from Pizza hut and thoroughly enjoyed it. Keep up the good efforts on this tasteful journey.
We at Delhi Food Club love to try new things. We jump at the opportunity to explore interesting eateries. Food delivery services are our favourite because then we can chill at home with our beer and order what we like. Fresh Menu is a brand new service that helps people like us to do just that.
Fresh, delicious food, delivered at your convenience is amazing but we are usually not easily pleased. FreshMenu.com has some very attractive pictures on its website and what we loved the most is that they delivered exactly when they said they would. Their punctuality was impressive. If you want a fast food delivery service in gurgaon or a fast food delivery service in delhi, pick Fresh Menu.
Coming to the food, the Dim sum is what we started with. This isn’t fine dining at all. These dim sums were proper street food kind of dim sums, comfort food at its best.
Then came the Farfalle, the sauce of which was very subtle, a little too subtle but we liked.
The desserts consisted of a mind-blowing chocolate tart with a crumbly cookie base and rich and creamy chocolate ganache. The brownie was good too.
Overall, our experience was quite fulfilling.
It’s a small cozy and an extremely vibrant and happening place located in the main market of Rajouri Garden.It does stand out from the crowd and it’s architectural design steals the first glance on the “Spotlight” interior with the neon bulb hangings.
It was a bloggers meet over dinner which was organised to portray this newly established restaurant to the Delhi walla’s. It definitely has alot to offer, from great music to quality food which has a variety of cuisines from Italian, North Indian, Continental to Chinese.
These pics. are enough to reveal about the variations from snacks to drinks and you must be finding it tempting and resplendent. But, believe me this place has alot more than this to offer you and to go by my review, you gonna step inside “Spotlight Bistro & Bar”.
Since, we were really hungry and our mouth was watering, we could no longer hold forth our temptation and shooted forth our orders. Their palate consisted of Mexican & Jalapeno pizza, Chilly Chicken, Mini Corn Mushroom Quesadilla, Fish Tikka, Mutton Seekh Kebab, Paneer Tikka,Chicken krara Bite & Aloo Tikki.
I personally loved their fish tikka,mini corn mushroom quesadilla and mutton seekh kebab.It was all very soft and staggering by taste.Quantity was good enough and pocket friendly.
From the drinks section of the menu we ordered an Apple Ginger cooler mocktail, Virgin Mojito, Kala khatta cooler mocktail which was a frozen drink with a mix of kala khatta and fresh ginger and my favourite. A must try drink for all who visit this place for a good meal. Next up in the cocktails was Spotlight Screwdriver and Pann Mojito (this was another added bonus drink served at the table and it was outstanding,a drink one can enjoy and get only at Spotlight).
Not just this,but to add to your lively mood they even have seesha with a variety of flavours.
Suggestion: Pre booking is a must as it has a small capacity of around 45-50 and is usually crowded as it’s already on the go to truly be the Spotlight of Rajouri.
I give it a 4.5/5 star as I believe in leaving some room for improvement always.
Stop My Starvation is a small breakfast joint in the Malviya Nagar Market. With a name as quirky as ’Stop My Starvation’ this place aims to satiate your small time immediate hunger. We all have those moments when we know dinner is ready at home but we need to grab a quick bite to satisfy the tummy, telling it to believe that more is coming just in a while. So, this is the place you would want to head to the next time you have your quick bite moments.
Their menu has crepes, waffles, sandwiches and shakes. This is one of the few places that serves crepes in Delhi and that too with both sweet and savoury fillings. Similarly, it was the first time that I had a waffle with vegetable/chicken toppings instead of the usual maple syrup and ice cream to go with it. Their waffles’ dough is simply melt in the mouth. They are preparing it with Malted Barley which is being imported from US and that makes their snack options even more delicious and healthy. And, on top of that, all of their sweet waffles by default come with a scoop of ice cream. Also, they have add on options for toppings in case you want to customize.
Some of the things that I ordered here were:
Magic Mushroom: It was a savoury waffle with mushroom, cream and cheese topping, sprinkled with herbs. Great to taste. As mentioned above, super soft dough of waffles and the gooey mushroom with cheese and cream was making it all the more tempting.
Archie’s Favourite: This was a savoury crepe with chicken keema filling. The chicken keema was cooked to perfection in delectable chipotle sauce. It was a light dish and the flavours were coming out really well.
Nutella Factory: Heavenly is the word for this dessert. Waffles laid with Nutella spread along with ice cream scoop and chocolate sauce- simply yummy! After having the above two dishes, I still can’t remember how fast I finished this one and still wanted some more. It was the hero dish for me.
After trying out a couple of dishes at Stop My Starvation, I would recommend this as the pit stop while you’re shopping, coming back from a class or even on your way to home from office. It is a super pocket friendly destination. Nowhere would you find a Nutella waffle along with ice cream priced at 120/- bucks. They are also delivering till a radius of 3 km in their vicinity. What more can one ask for!
Chili’s is one place that’s never going to disappoint you be it in terms of food or drinks. This place serves awesome cocktails and even awesome-er food.
Their ambiance is just like any American café with booths and lights hanging from the ceiling over your booth. LED screens for sports nights and a small area for private parties.
I have been to its Saket branch quite a few times but Vasant Kunj was my first time. Needless to say, the experience was as good as it can be. The food was delicious and the Chili’s hospitality was impeccable. The chef was there for us to explain each and every dish that we tried – how it was prepared, what flavors it has, and how we must go about eating it with all the dips and sides.
I tried quite a lot of things from their menu. It was a lavish spread and everything tasted so good that I had a hard time deciding what to eat more and what to eat less. So, here goes my list of dishes:
#1 Classic Nachos
Best nachos ever! Trust me when I say that because no place you’ll find nachos laden with chicken and cheese and topped with a jalapeno slice. The sour cream makes it even better to go with.
#2 Triple Dipper
A combination of three appetizers of your choice with three different dips to go with each. Our appetizers included Chicken Crispers, Chicken Wings and Southwestern Eggrolls. Chicken Crispers were primarily chicken rolled in crispy layer of floor. The chicken wings were soft and tangy in taste and the Southwestern Eggrolls were the best of the three I would say. They were basically crispy tortilla rolls stuffed with chicken, spinach, corns, beans and jalapenos. They were well stuffed and tasted really good with the Avocado dip.
#3 Texas Cheese Poppers
Crispy on the outside and gooey from inside- that would be the exact phrase to describe these cheese poppers. It was a vegetarian starter dish and it was quite spicy too.
#4 Presidente Margarita
Hand shaken margarita – a mix of tequila, triple sec and brandy topped with lime juice. Perfect drink for summers and to get high. The best part is they shake it at your table and serve you fresh!
#5 A combination of three margaritas – World’s Freshest Margarita, Blue Pacific Margarita and Watermelon Margarita
All three were tequila and triple sec mixed in lemon juice, blue curacao and melon juice respectively and all three were good.
#6 Spicy Smoked Pasta
Penne pasta cooked in spicy Alfredo sauce and baked in cheese with grilled chicken, finely chopped bell peppers, and corns and garnished with cilantro. This pasta was very unusual from what you get normally at any Italian place. Those taste good but this one was absolutely amazing. A dish recommended by the chef and treat for your taste palates.
#7 Southern Smokehouse Burger
Burger with choice of patty (here it was chicken), topped with melted cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion rings, sauces and served with bbq sauce, pickles and of course French fries. The burger was huge in terms of size and adding to the taste and crisp were bacon and onion rings. Simple amazing!
#8 Classic Bacon Burger
This one was with beef patty and it was topped with bacon, melted cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and chili’s sauces. I really liked this one with the softness of beef patty and the crunchy onions it was one of the best bacon burgers I have had till now.
#9 Blackened Fish
The picture explains why the name ‘Blackened Fish’ cuz’ it was grilled really well. Grilled fish fillet served with herbed rice and veggies. We had it with spicy garlic dip and our choice of fish was Sole Fish. One can also have Basa Fish. The fish was really soft and the herbed rice was making it the perfect dish of the evening. A must try!
#10 Chipotle Chicken Flat Bread Pizza
A pizza that’s square in shape but still has triangular pieces. Interesting, right? But more than that it was yummy in taste.
#11 Mix and Match Fajitas
Fajitas, the typical Mexican dish that sizzles and served hot in wooden pans. Here, it’s a match of three – grilled chicken, grilled steaks and shrimps served with bell peppers. It came along with tortillas, dips- salsa, jalapeno, sour cream, and pico de gallo. It was really good in terms of taste and kudos to the chef sitting with us who rolled the tortillas for us the exact way it should be eaten and then presented it to us to eat. Never had such warming experience at any place.
#12 Fresh Mex Rice Bowl
It was marinated grilled chicken over chipotle rice mixed with chopped veggies and tortilla chips and dressed with sour cream and chipotle sauce. The dish tasted way too well. It is a must try if you are in a mood to try something different yet pleasing.
#13 Molten Chocolate Cake
Best way to cease the day is to have a nice and warm dessert at the end of your meal. This was it. Shaped like a volcano with drizzling chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream and chocolate dome on top that needs to be broken first to enjoy your dessert to the fullest. Mouth wateringly delicious it was.
#14 Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
Layers of cake and truffle sauce infused with rum. Very gooey in texture and leaves you wanting more with each spoon. Ah! Need I say more?
I had a great time here and I am certainly going to visit them again. I would recommend this place if you want to chill out with friends and simultaneously want an amazing gastronomical experience. This place is easy on the pocket and great in terms of portions that they serve. Chili’s is truly value for money!
“Afterall, Life is delicious when you pull up the chair and take a taste” !
Once you step inside the Ambience mall, Vasant Kunj, you know it well enough that it’s going to burn your pocket,be it shopping or eating at a good restaurant. “Yauatcha” is one among the many, located in a corner of the second level of the mall. This restaurant does not require a second thought for their take on-“Cantonese cuisine”.
So, let me give you a detailed insight to what this luxury dining has got for the rich class of people and for foodies who wouldn’t mind burning their pocket.
Out of so many restaurants, I picked “Yauatcha” for the review for a stomach full and content dinner.We were however, swiftly escorted to our table by the nice courteous service staff member who even guided us through the menu.
It’s dimly neon glow and dark facades are perfectly offset by the glass partitioning to one side that contributes to the restaurant’s airy vibe even by evening and has a long bar at the other end.It has a capacity to accommodate approximately 137 people and has the crowd of a good class of people.
Staff and Higher Management:
We barely had an interaction with them. Even the staff did not make an effort to attend us timely so after having placed an order and having done with it, we literally had to look here and there for the staff to make sure that he sees us and comes and takes the next order. The service was indeed very slow and even got frustrating at times which kept us at bay from ordering the main course and just being done up with their starters and drinks.
This place will never disappoint you when it comes to their dim sums-ranging from steamed,pan-fried and fried being available in vegetarian and meat select and for a wide range of their drinks.
We had ordered a glass of orange and chilli smoothie which was a good blend of orange juice,palm sugar,chilli,mint and lemon grass ( although,the lemongrass was not a necessity). We also ordered a glass of plum cut larissa smoothie which had grapes,plums,fruit syrup,oolong tea and apple juice in the right mix. The virgin mary mocktail was indeed very nice. I have seen a very few restaurants come up with this drink as a perfection,apt for my taste buds. Overall, we were content with our drinks.
We tried their Chicken and Prawn sui mai, vegetable shanghai Dumplings at first, which clearly reflected the artistry and silken touch that goes into making each of these babies. Each one of them looked stunning, made with the sure touch of a master craftsman.
Having finished both these starters and craving to try for more of their range in “Cantonese Cuisine”, we also ordered a chicken cheung fun, crispy spicy vegetable cheung fun and chicken wrapped in pakchoi. The Chicken wrapped in pakchoi was just too good. My favourite among all. It was very well presented to us and it was a dish that I had tried for the first time and truly relished it. I could have definitely gone for more had my stomach permitted me to do so..( hahahahha…)
This being the best part of our meal (and I am sure your’s too….)
At the end we were presented with a curated dessert platter which included three flavors of ice cream, religieuse,six french macaroons, milk choco praline and mango mascarpone gateaux.
Macaroons…Ahhh..those gorgeous,little French cookies-delicate and pretty. They were fluffy and delicious. And they were so super cute!They were perfect with not a single crack in any batch.They were fresh and delicate but too sweet for my taste buds.
The milk chocolate praline, was my favourite (sure, it’s gonna be your’s as well…! ). The Sacher biscuit on top was a commendable way of presenting it. Very delicate and soft and dissolves in your mouth right then. Tempting and mouth watering…You need to get your eyes off it inorder to resist it.
The religieuse, had a good presentation with a disc shaped on top having “Yauatcha” written on it but, was a little hard. Didn’t find it fresh and I would not like to go for another try of it.
Mango mascarpone gateaux- Soft and delicate and a bit crunchy…
If you are having the crave for “Cantonese food” and like to try out their deep fried dim-sums, then you can give it a thought of burning your pocket.
The service needs to improve and also the higher management needs to make sure that each and everyone there is attended properly.
It might leave some of you with a content heart and happy taste buds but as for me, I was a little disappointed with some of their dishes and might think of considering it the next time.
Highly Recommend: Chicken wrapped in pakchoi, Chicken and Prawn sui mai and milk choco praline.
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