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.

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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!

Stop My Starvation – like literally!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Navratri has never been better! @Sattvik, Select CityWalk, Delhi

I am a hardcore non-vegetarian but Chef Anoop Singh Bisht from Sattvik made dining experience extremely enjoyable (I wasn’t expecting it to be at all!). The special 5-course Navratri meal at North Indian fine dining restaurant,Sattvik was something everyone should try. I associate Sattvik food with loads of oil but it was truly commendable how chef prepared everything in minimal oil and managed to keep everything delicious.

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Sattvik Restaurant is located in Select CITYWALK, Delhi’s most exciting Shopping & Entertainment Destination situated in the heart of South Delhi. Need for a good fine-dining restaurant  in South Delhi that serves only vegetarian food gave birth to the idea of this restaurant.  Since it serves pure vegetarian food the name was derived from   sāttvika  – relating to or endowed with the quality sattva (Sanskrit word referring to  pure, true, genuine, honest, good, virtuous). Since it’s inception in 2008 it has been a place where people come and relax and have a hearty meal and holistic fine dining experience.

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On offer will a delicious range of beverage, snacks, mains and desserts- a total of over 15 items such as Masaladaar Chaach, Saboodana Papad, Kuttu ki Papdi Chaat, Bhuni Shakarkandi ki Chaat, Jimikand ka Kabab with Mirch ki Chutney, Kacche Kele ka Kebab, Masala Arbi, Kuttu aur Singara ki Puri, Samak ki Phirni, Kheer Gud Makhana and many other such satvik delights.

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My favourites on the menu were Kuttu aur Singara ki Puri, Paneer Makhni and Samak ki Phirni. I was quite amused to see how beautifully chef had managed to maintain balance in the gravy without using any salt. The puri went beautifully with it. The phirni was subtle and lightly sweetened and was the perfect end to my meal.

The chef sent a beautiful and fragrant cup of tea with Gur Makhana. I am certainly going to come back again and again for that brilliant tea time snack. The menu will vary every three days for Navratri. Those fasting this Navratri (even those who are not!) could not have asked for more!

What: Navratri Food Festival – Special 5 course meal @ Rs. 595

Where: Sattvik, Select CITYWALK, S-5, 2nd Floor, Saket, New Delhi

When: 12noon – 11pm , 8th April – 15th April, 2016

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Launch Of Yiamus! Yiamus- The Experimental Space.

Yiamus ! which means Cheers in Greek language, is situated in the calm and serene surroundings of Ballard Estate in Mumbai. It is a go to venue for old world heritage atmosphere with all the modern day facilities. With high wooden ceilings, and old world staircase, you get transported to another world altogether just by stepping in.

Born out of love in the year 2013, Xenia Hospitality Solutions (LLP) has always been striving for dedication towards providing Unique, Innovative and Customized Hospitality Solutions.

Ballard Estate, Mumbai’s 100-year-old European style business district is known for its British lineage and architecture.

Yiamas balances this vintage infrastructure with modernism, thereby adding to the heritage that southern Mumbai parades.

Yiamas, is the only experimental space in Mumbai which presents itself as an empty canvas; free to viewers’ interpretation – A space that; gives you the opportunity to weave stories to compliment your memories. As the owner suggests, a space for any occasion or events be it a wedding, reception, conferences, pop up party, DJ night, art exhibition, product launches, birthday party, bachelors/spinster party, etc. and anything else that a client may desire to celebrate.

Xenia Hospitality is geared to offer an eclectic blend of their service offerings, right from distinctive design and decor to bespoke catering, bar solutions and music and projector rentals.

An empty canvas for You.

The interiors being the idea of the owner showcase a classic vintage European style with a dash of Greek culture keeping the modern needs in mind.

The space can accommodate around 100 – 125 people and serve to the same. The owner added, “We understand that food is a matter of individual tastes and preferences, keeping the same in mind we are open to them bringing in their own. We aim at providing you with a flexible venue where you feel at ease”. A key feature, something you won’t find everywhere!!

Zeenia Master, Founder and CEO, Xenia Hospitality said, “We aim at providing our clients with a flexible venue where they feel at ease to spill their creativity on the open canvas- Yiamas. We have some exciting plans to be disclosed in the near future. So stay tuned Mumbai. Yiamas!”

So let’s open the book and start penning down your next story. YIAMAS!

 

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!!!

 

ASIAN PAINTS-Statement Furniture.

It’s difficult to call a house a home if it lacks creature comforts. Without the right furniture and accessories a house is just an empty shell. Nevertheless, deciding how to furnish a home can be intimidating when you’re staring at blank walls.  Designing goes well beyond the expected aesthetics of color and pillow patterns. Though these do form an integral part of the bigger picture, an intelligent design of the interiors allows the space to reflect the owner’s lifestyle, balancing aesthetic and functionality in a way that they seamlessly merge together to compliment and transform the copious amounts of empty space and the bare walls.

After months of the rigorous process of construction, deliberating on the interiors of the space with a professional can be a very satisfying and fun process, provided you find a good partner like Asian Paints.!!!, as they bring a vision to your home and life. Asian Paints matches your online experience to your needs.

The store gives visitors great designs on customizing furniture with color palette like color-pro, color code, color spectra, color guide and more on wood. Asian Paints believe in “Try and Decide “and inspire us. They hosted a new “wood-tech” ideas like Vintage, Ethnic, European, Modern and Retro designed according to style, taste and personality. Creation Products like Wood-Tech Polyester, Wood-Tech Emporio Pu, Wood-Tech Polyester Pigmented, Wood-tech Emporio Pu Pigmented, Wood-tech Aquadur Pu Interior, Wood-tech Aquadur Pu Exterior, Wood-tech Pu Interior, Wood-tech Pu Exterior, Wood-tech Pu Palette Interior, Wood-tech Pu Palette Exterior, Wood-tech Melamyne Gold Clear, Wood-tech Melamyne,Wood-tech Touchwood Interior, Wood-tech Touchwood Exterior to inspire us!!!

We, the visitors should definitely choose Asian Paints Signature store because of Diversity and Ideas. At every step they provide great variety of ideas and help to choose the apt designs, color, and material with a cost cutting edge as well as eco-friendly with the help of their products and software as well as live representation of the ideas for visual aid.

Asian Paints Signature focuses on the idea of transforming furniture that we have in our homes so that they become statement pieces that express our style and personality. Designer Deepa introduced ideas like Let the furniture stand out, Mix it up or combine it with the opposite, Going back to basics with a pinch of modern, Play with the pattern, Choose a focal point on your furniture, Colors that will draw attention, Never throw away old furniture, Change the looks and feel fresh and idea of refurbishing.

Selecting an appropriate wood type like Pine, Teak or Mahogany one can stain the wood or transform it with the help of Color Scope by Asian Paints , Wood Finishes with more than 100 options will result in matt or glossy finish along with Wood-Tech Palette and will make your furniture a style statement and unique.

Want to start afresh? Furnish your house? Refurbish? Make a style Statement?

Go to Asian Paints Signature Store and Get Inspired.

You can get more information from https://www.asianpaints.com/woodtechstudio

 

 

 

Bueno Kitchen – A Multi-Cuisine Delhi NCR Food Delivery Service

If you look up “Bueno” in the dictionary you will know it means “good” in Spanish and when Bueno Kitchen Delivered food to me last week I was expecting it to be pretty darn good.

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With my expectations all high I ordered a variety of items from their elaborate home delivery menu. Their food can be ordered using http://bueno.kitchen. There are a variety of options available.
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They have American, Asian, Indian, European, Mexican and Middle Eastern food on their menu.
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We started with some Pita Bread with Hummus (Rs 170). The Pita was extremely fresh and the hummus was well prepared. I have certainly had better hummus but this wasn’t at all bad. The combo was very filling. The portion size was good. Like a light evening snack with tea? Go for this!
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Their catering menu has close to 400 dishes. When I first looked at the menu I was completely zapped. What appealed to me the most was the Mexican Rice Chicken with Paprika Yoghurt (Rs 230). When it arrived it looked really appealing. I would have liked it to be slightly more flavoursome. I wouldn’t call it perfect but what I got wasn’t half bad.
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Then came the Shredded Chicken in Hot Garlic Sauce with Veg Hakka Noodles (Rs 260). This was one of the nicest things we had that day. We really loved the balance of flavours and one can never have too much garlic.
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We did not like the Mutton Seekh Wrap (Rs 150) or the Chatpata Aloo Wrap (Rs 110) very much but the Nachos and Salsa were to die for. The Spaghetti Aglio Olio Chicken – recommended.
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This service delivers fresh gourmet meals right at your doorstep anywhere in Delhi & NCR. So, the next time you’re in the mood for something interesting, pick Bueno Kitchen.

By: Shivangi