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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Rajdhani Thali @ Connaught Place

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.

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And id this wasn’t enough, they are in the midst of their Mango festival and have delicacies made out of this yummy fruit!

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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.

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

Food Delivery Service Review: POHA Xpress

I recently happened to receive some delicious and importantly healthy breakfast from POHA Xpress. POHA Xpress is based out of Gurgaon and does different kinds of breakfast meals like poha, daliya and other healthy meals made of oats.

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They also do many drinks and I especially loved the range of lassis they do – in particular, the ghamandi lassi. With a hint of cardamom, rose water and saffron it is refreshing, flavourful and healthy.

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Come and try this new breakfast place , it is a fantastic alternative to regular old breakfast at home or the unhealthy, greasy breakfast one is served everywhere else.

POHA Xpress Phone Numbers: +91 9999447742, +91 9999447752

Saket’s New Delight – Locale

locationLocated just around the corner of PVR Anupam, Locale is a perfect outing for a quick catch up with friends. A huge space with beautifully done rustic interiors, we found the staff to be extremely humble and welcoming.

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Food – It was mixture of various cuisines lined up to serve the best from their menu. Their Crispy Chimi Changa bites were the best of the lot with salsa served on the side.

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Falafel with pita and hummus were perfectly crisp and hummus tasted amazing (because that’s really important). The Green Stripe Pizza with a crisp and thin base was an excellent offering.

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Kerela Kozhi Chicken Roast, again a unique blend of roasted chicken with coconut sprinkling. However, Caesar salad without croutons and only lettuce was a disappointment. We highly recommend The Green Kiwi Mountain – an excellent Kiwi cooler! Murg Tikka Lababdar with Butter Naan & Subz Jalfregi is a recommendation from the main course. Nutshell – Excellent starters, their drinks catch you by surprise and a reasonable main course on the offering. Definitely, a place to visit if in Saket!

Papa Cream

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!

Review: Freshmenu.com

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.

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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.

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Then came the Farfalle, the sauce of which was very subtle, a little too subtle but we liked.

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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.

New Menu at the Dirty Apron

Dirty Apron, city’s first Eurasian restaurant by Piano Man launched their new menu and we were invited for a tasting session of the same. At the onset, loved the warmth and vibes of the place. Its a very relaxed kind of an atmosphere where you can just sit back and relax while enjoying some good food.

The menu designed for the evening comprised of some selected cocktails, salad, soups, pizzas and desserts.

We ordered POT, a vodka based cocktail, and it tasted quite good. We were also served a n assortment of canapĂ©s which weren’t really a part of the menu, but were good to taste.

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The canapés were followed by Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Soup and Green Apple & Vermouth Cold Soup. Both the soups were unusual and tasty. I loved the distinct taste that each soup had, without overpowering any of the ingredients. The green apple & vermouth cold soup is something you should definitely try, this is one thing I am going back for very soon.

Along with the soup a platter of assorted salad was served and it had three different types of salad, each better than the other. This is something you must try whenever you visit the place.

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A variety of pizzas were served in main course and we tried Pepperoni Pizza, Bulgogi Chicken Pizza and Chicken Basilica. All of them very very good, but I personally loved the Pepperoni one. The crust of the pizza is something really worth appreciating, so thin and crisp, its great.

The desserts were amazing too, there was Blueberry Cheesecake and Kaffir Lime Scented Creame Brulee. I opted for the cream brulee and found it to be really awesome. The taste of lime infused in the creamy custard was perfect.

I would surely love to visit the place sometime soon again and recommend it to all the readers.

 

Review: NH44, Rajouri Garden

What comes to mind when you hear National Highway 44 (NH44) – variety – from one corner of the country to the other – from Kashmir to Kanyakumari – variety in culture, food and people. The same variety has been adapted as a theme of the restaurant NH44 in Rajouri Garden, the upcoming food destination in the capital.

With variety in mind, the menu of NH44 has been designed to satisfy taste buds of every region – whether it is the goshtaba from north of the country or Chettinad Chicken from the south part. The menu itself is designed as a truck, enliving the soul of the stretch.

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The place is grand, reflecting the life style of the people in the area. The dhaba theme of the restaurant in no way alters the grandness – be it the servers’ uniforms, the seating or the decor.

The grand menu showcasing recipes from Kashmir to KanyaKumari does full justice to every region and it’s cuisine. We started our journey with an aam panna shot, a welcome drink which was amazing. The first course of starters saw soya sheekh kebabs, paneer tikka, chicken tikka, chicken malai tikka and chicken seekh kebab come to our table – each dish was delectable and we had no complains. Kancheepuram idlis and Masala dosa with an assolutely lip smacking sambhar & assortment of chutneys made way then – the sambhar is marvelous and hadn’t it been for the spread promised further, I would have devoured more portions of it. Palak Patta chat is among the best available in the city, which retained it’s crunch even after a a good 10 minutes. Vada Pav is very close to the ones available in Mumbai but somehow the pav didn’t have the perfect moisture.

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The main spread consisted of Lasooni Palak ke kofte – a must try here – with melt in the muth balls of spinach with a hint of garlic in a tomato gravy. Lal Maas has that authentic smell and taste that makes you gorge on it, and we did – perfectly cooked pieces of lamb in that spicy and flavorful gravy – bliss. Chicken Chettinad here can beat most in the city, I just missed some appams to go on with it. Dal Makhani is something they can’t afford to get wrong, and they didn’t, it was very flavorful.

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Desserts were surprising – beetroot ka halwa and gil-e-bahist were masterpieces by the chef. Skeptical about the beetroot at first, it was love at first bite! Gil-e-bahist is a sinful concoction of rabri, phirni and kalakand, curated by the chef. The desserts lacked in presentation, as compared to starters and main course, but that was fully compensated by the flavours.

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XOXO

Shivangi

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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.