REVIEW – SPICE IT (IBIS GURUGRAM)

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 !!!

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Review-“Spotlight Bistro & Bar

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.

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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.

 

 

 

INDI KITCHEN

Indi Kitchen a newly opened North Indian Join. To activate my taste buds I headed there.

It’s a small outlet located in Lokhandwala.
They have indoor as well as outdoor seating, however the seating indoors has a long narrow table attached to the wall with a few high chairs and outdoors have long tables.
The place introduces the Subway or the “Wok it yourself” concept to Indian food, however Indi Kitchen serves Indian food instead of Chinese which was something different than the usual.
The first step is of deciding your base, Roomali roll, rice box or naan bowl with options of Chicken, Mutton Veg.
The second step involves choosing vegetables like carrots, onions, peas, corn, capsicum and mushroom.
The third step is choosing your protein, Aloo tikka, Malai paneer, Chicken tikka, Paneer Tikka, Malai chiken, Seekh kabaa.
And the last step involves choosing your gravy, Bhuna masala, Tikka masala, Madras Gravy, Makhani, Palak and Triple Teekha.

Along with this the menu offers Indulgence like Biryani- veg and non-veg and Dal makhani.

And Desserts!!!! A new concept of Chocolate Samosa.
I was handed a form to fill in and I selected my base, protein, greens and gravy.

Veg roomali roll with paneer tikka and triple teeka gravy- The roomali roll was yum and had all my desired veggies. The paneer was soft. The gravy tasted good.

Naan bowl with chicken tikka and bhuna masala gravy- Whip, wham, sizzle, fry and I see my Chicken Tikka plus a bit of Bhuna gravy with Roomali Roti get made in front of me. This allowed me to see what goes into me grub. This is an interesting exercise for those who wish to see how Chicken Tikka is made. The Chicken was really good and the quality mimicked the grub found in North Indian fine dines for INR 160.

Chicken Biryani- It was one of the finest Biryani preparations that I have ever had. Smooth aromatic rice with succulent pieces of well cooked chicken. Topped with fried onions, greens and the best spices – This item exceeded my expectations. Indi makes a good stop for a Biryani fanatic. The portion size was quite generous at INR 149.

Chocolate Samosa- was the lone dessert on the menu. It was intriguing since Chocolate Samosas sound a bit, different. But if one can plug chocolate into bagels, doughnuts and croissants – then samosas should not be a big problem, yes? Well the answer is a mixed one. As a dessert, this fusion works. For INR 49, this item is worth the novelty.

Indi Kitchen seems to be built on a self-service model. Though, I was served my items by a server.

The pricing is quite low at the moment. For the food they serve, I’d say it’s one hell of a good deal. Like all good things, it’s likely that the prices may go up in the future so it seems logical to hog as much grub as possible now!!!

I know, I will!!!

 

The School Opens-Back to School@Odeon Social

What do you call a school; where the school boys aka waiters dressed in white shirts, trousers and green sweaters, serve you cocktails in a school water bottle, right at the entrance? A very very cool and happening school, isn’t it. Yes and we call it Back to School@Odeon Social and the school is officially open now.

Social took over CP with the launch party of Odeon Social hosted by Riyaaz Amlani, CEO & MD Impresario Handmade Restaurants on Thursday, January 14. As the third Social in Delhi within the last year and a half and the ninth in India, the launch of Odeon Social is an ode to the timeless stories embedded in the walls & pillars of Connaught Place.

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Mister Chai@ Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi

Going to Shangri-La, always becomes a nostalgic experience for me, not because of the hotel itself, but because of the group it belongs to, the Eros group. This is because in very initial years of career I got an opportunity to work with Parkroyal Hotel by the same group, which is now known as Eros Intercontinental, and somewhere I still feel connected to it, so even though Shangri-La had not opened then, its belonging to Eros group, gives me that sense of a mutual connect.
Now coming to Mister Chai, its a newly opened tea restaurant at Shangri-La, and its appropriately located right in the middle of the hotel lobby.

I have been to Shangri-La a lot of times in the past, and hence can vouch for the fact that this place in the lobby which earlier served just as a lounge, is completely revamped. The look and feel, the interiors, the menu, everything is new and thats what makes it very very exciting to visit.

Mister Chai is a unique concept that has been curated to give patrons a local ‘tea shop feel’ focusing on regional Indian street food and beverages with a strong focus on tea.

 

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Barcelos Opens at Hauz Khas Village

After successful debut in India with its first restaurant in  Khan Market, now Barcelos launches its second restaurant in the most happening and a very prominent foodies zone, Hauz Khas Village in New Delhi.
Barcelos is famous for its flame grilled Peri Peri menu and has created its own unique following by introducing to the discerning Indian foodie their own brand of innovation. Barcelos revolutionized the concept of the ‘burger’ in India by presenting it in different colors! That apart, they have created a niche for themselves with their innovative salads, beverages like Molecular drinks, boozy shakes and by introducing India’s first Sangria Bar.

The Wolf’s Evening at SANDY’s Cocktails & Kitchen, Gurgaon

#The Wolf's Eve @ Sandy's.

I like to start by clearly mentioning that it was an utmost ambivalent experience that I have had over at Sandy’s, there were some real impressive things and concomitantly some things this place needed to atone.

#The Wolf's Eve @ Sandy's.

#The Wolf's Eve @ Sandy's.

While I may be called a neophyte in adjudging, but certainly my experience with food makes me a bit proficient in taking a judgment call and while the evening here was entertaining but also a bit tedious to an extent.

Coming to the evening, when my brother and I reached this venue, it was all lit up, exuberance singing from every corner of the venue and the juxtapose lounge which is more of a lavish green sitting arena with some spectacular arrangement of lights and seating, the main entrance comes with a view of delight.

#The Wolf's Eve @ Sandy's.

Just as we entered, we were escorted downstairs to their invigorating live bar and amazing portrayal of talent, as it was told to us that every Tuesday night the Sandy’s conduct a special talent programme where one gets to enjoy and explore the inner self, similarly where one can see sophistication upstairs there is a lot of soothing music and partying aura downstairs, with a stage to perform and lot of area to sit and enjoy this is a perfect place to hang out with friends and that what we expected and visited.

#The Wolf's Eve @ Sandy's.

#The Wolf's Eve @ Sandy's.

Eventually, after few moments and grabbing some comfortable seats we ordered our drinks and let me be very much clarified and incontrovertible to the fact that I have had mocktails and mixtures many a times but this place is a real deal to get digging for their drinks, but the only low aspect I explored or felt was not too much to offer, the drinks were excellent but for someone who prefers non alcoholic drinks, they aren’t going to suffice.

#The Wolf's Eve @ Sandy's.

Gradually, after taking a sip we were ready for a meal to start and some appetisers to go on with and this is where the ship started to sink. We first ordered a Bruschetta, spring rolls and truffle and jalapeño cheese balls, out of which the cheese balls were marvellously cooked and served with mint mayonnaise dip and the spring rolls stuffed with veggies and served with salsa sauce were also pretty good but the bruschetta was not upto the mark, I’ve had better is what I’d like to say. The garlic bread bought supplanting, the bruschetta was of no prudence as it lacked in comforting us rather making us disappointed but, the most appreciative thing I liked specifically about their staff was they were all open to suggestions and very very accepting of our choices.

#The Wolf's Eve @ Sandy's.

Well after this, we came to our main course and ordered a white sauce penne pasta and a four seasons pizza which were both were not upto our expectations. The pizza was slightly too bland for our liking. I love Italian pizzas and do not at all have a problem with authenticity but this one was not entirely to our liking. But, we saw pretty admirable efforts of presentation, the quantity remained intransigent and that is what i adored a lot about the main course, the presentation was partially outlandish and pretty much a delight to admire.

#The Wolf's Eve @ Sandy's.

We finally stepped up to our final round of deserts, ordering a tiramisu was an amazing deal to crack but a Rioja Poached Pears with spices were really not really my cup of tea. The tiramisu is undoubtedly a great dessert to dig into and the quirky presentation using “molecular gastronomy” – serving with foam around the pears was amazing.

#The Wolf's Eve @ Sandy's.

#The Wolf's Eve @ Sandy's.

In totality as mentioned before it was a rather mixed experience but more of learning for me. I have a lot of suggestions to put in and will surely provide them with all these opinions of mine. Wish to visit them again  to try some more interesting items. Till that time all the best to Sandy’s! Hoping and wishing them luck and fortune.

Restaurant Location: SCO 388, Near IFFCO Metro Station, Sector 29, Gurgaon 122001

Adding a dash of Mediterranean azure to Delhi’s summer sky: The Beer Café, Hauz Khas Village

New Delhi, 11th July, 2015: Nestled in a rustic lane of Hauz Khas Village, The Beer Café’s newest outlet is the perfect blend of European charm in a modern café setting. The 24th outlet of India’s largest beer chain draws inspiration from the deep blue Aegean sea, Turkish bazaars, French fashion and Phoenician stonework. It carries a Mediterranean theme across elements from the décor to the menu.

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French, Spanish and Italian travel cues and symbols adorn the brick walls along with Greek art, forming an interesting mélange of colours on an otherwise all white palette. Everything from the tableware to the wooden chairs will remind you of the beautiful beaches of Santorini and architecture of Barcelona.

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While the Mediterranean is 4000 km away, Mediterranean bliss is just a sip away. Experience the warmth and hospitality of The Beer Café’s talented team as you indulge in authentic Mediterranean flavours with your favourite brews. In addition to the regular menu, the outlet will also serve wholesome Greek and Caprese salads, Mezze platters, Falafel, Pasta Aglio Olio and sumptuous Shawarmas.

THE BEER CAFE, HAUZ KHAS VILLAGE, DELHI

The launch was celebrated with a sundowner that fittingly captured the essence and vibe of the outlet. Guests were enthralled by a lively performance from Taba Chake an Indie/ jazz band.

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On the occasion, Mr. Rahul Singh- Founder & CEO, The Beer Café said, “Beer is such a versatile drink. One would be amazed how well it complements every cuisine. We’re thrilled to bring an unparalleled beering experience to the picturesque Hauz Khas village. Our café is reminiscent of Mediterranean marvels, culture and food while it still retains The Beer Cafe’s traditional spirit. We want guests to enjoy and unwind over their favourite beers in a relaxed and pleasant environment. It’s going to be ‘Un bel giorno’ (a beautiful day), everyday for HKV goers”