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

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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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BUENO KITCHEN - HOME DELIVERY AND CATERING
They have American, Asian, Indian, European, Mexican and Middle Eastern food on their menu.
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BUENO KITCHEN - HOME DELIVERY AND CATERING
 
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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BUENO KITCHEN - HOME DELIVERY AND CATERING
 
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

REVIVING TRADITION WITH TASTEFUL RENDITIONS ZARIN, FAIRMONT JAIPUR

TIME HONOURED PERSIAN CUISINE ARRIVES IN RAJASTHAN: REVIVING TRADITION WITH TASTEFUL RENDITIONS AT THE NEWLY DEBUTED ZARIN

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JAIPUR, The newest entrant to arrive on the Rajasthani dining scene – Zarin, the Indo-Persian restaurant at Fairmont Jaipur, breathes life into a culinary art that has, over centuries, celebrated the fusion of two of the most ancient cultures in Asia.

At the helm of this new dining destination, Executive Chef Manpreet Singh takes a novel approach with the use of dominant Indian flavours in his new menu, while paying tribute to the Persian influences of each dish, in order to familiarize the modern day gourmand with traditional Indo-Persian cuisine.

Serving as a resilient cultural marker within the royal courts of the Delhi Sultanate in the early 13th century, Indo-Persian cuisine celebrated the symbolic unification of India and Persia; one that began along the ancient spice route, leaving a legacy that has influenced modern day cuisine in India.

Carefully crafted culinary offerings form the basis of Indo-Persian dishes at Zarin, each an applaud-worthy combination of flavor, technique and tradition. Dishes such as Iranian Biryanis served along with matzoon (yogurt refreshment) and salad, Atta Raan (leg of lamb wrapped in sour dough), Iranian Haleem (wheat porridge with flavorful meat proteins or vegetables), and Mahi Zameen doz (fresh-off-the-net fish marinated in aromatic Persian spices and gently grilled and then baked), also help highlight a rich cultural landscape stemming from the trade between both civilizations. This exchange of cookery styles and herbs and spices like basil, cumin, saffron and cloves, resonate throughout Zarin’s menu and aptly showcases the culinary styling of both great ancient empires.

A name inspired by the Persian word for gold, Zarin offers diners a distinctive and enriching culinary experience. According to Chef Singh, “steeped in tradition, Zarin will capture the imagination of diners by taking them on a journey through a bygone era that has influenced our cuisine in countless ways.”

From Sheermal and Bakarkhani – traditional breads to the live tandoor and succulent preparations of Aab Gosht (succulent morsel of lamb cooked with chick peas), Mastava (a hearty lamb soup – an Uzbek specialty) and Tabriz Koftey (juicy chicken dumplings with mixed nuts), meat lovers are spoiled for choice while dining at Zarin. Vegetarian diners will find offerings such as like the Subz Irani (Persian style vegetable stew), Nadru ki Gullar (stuffed lotus stem pods) and Kebab Tokri (a flavorful assortment of stir fried vegetables) with red wine. To round off this ambitious culinary undertaking, desserts such as Baklawa platters (filo sweet pastry) and Badshahi Faluda (vermicelli combined with milk and rose flavouring), are just some of the masterstrokes on the menu that await guests at Zarin.

Signature Dish - Atta Raan

Speaking at the launch of Zarin, Rizwan Shaikh, General Manager of Fairmont Jaipur remarked, “Zarin adds drama and flair to our repertoire of restaurants and lounges at Fairmont Jaipur. It evokes nostalgia of the grandiose culinary traditions of the warrior kings and emperors across Persia, ancient Afghanistan, and the Mughal dynasty,” adding, “as our signature fine dining restaurant, Zarin will continue the hotel’s commitment in bringing in world class dining experiences to Jaipur.”

The interiors of Zarin reflect a tasteful rendition of luxury that has been painstakingly crafted from the finest materials. Tucked away in a gilded corner, past a splendidly appointed grand doorway, the Zarin experience unfolds amidst fine crystal stemware, bespoke stone, silver and antique brass tableware, plush seating and opulent teakwood tables (that are specially fitted with tandoors and sigris to keep the dishes warm) – a fitting introduction to the 120 seat restaurant.

The dining experience at Zarin can be best described as indulgent owing to the eclectic ambience that complements the food. While guests soak their hands in lavish bowls of scented water, strewn with rose petals, awaiting the start of their meal they are serenaded by the sights and sounds of the nearby Emperor’s Bazaar with treasures from the cultural riches of Rajasthan. Folk dancers, story tellers and sufi singers lull diners into a hypnotic trance, as exhaustive selections from the menu appear dramatically on swords and as such, are robust with flavour and history.

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ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, reflecting each locale’s energy, culture and history. Passionate travelers choose the luxury hotel brand for its ability to deliver memorable travel experiences, personalized and thoughtful service, and hotels that are one-of-a-kind. Serving as genuine gateways to their destinations, Fairmont hotels offer locally-inspired cuisine and spirited bars and lounges, distinctive design and décor, and a steadfast responsibility to environmental and social priorities. With more than 65 hotels globally, and many more in development, landmark hotels in the Fairmont collection include The Plaza in New York, London’s The Savoy, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Quebec City’s Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company with over 110 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residence clubs, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties.

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Executive Chef, Fairmont Jaipur, India – Manpreet Singh Malik

Chef Manpreet Singh Malik wields his knives as easily as he does his wit and charm. A thorough planner and a die-hard food aficionado Chef Manpreet has the distinction of working in some of the most challenging kitchens across the world. He began his career in the year 2000 in Ludhiana and his culinary journey has taken him across leading hotel chains from England to Bangkok and now back to India at the Fairmont’s flagship property in Jaipur. As the Executive Chef at Fairmont Jaipur, Chef Manpreet will be responsible for firing up the culinary experiences at the hotel and establishing the Fairmont Jaipur as a food lover’s destination. His prowess in the Indian kitchen is legendary as is his ability to lead his team to deliver memorable dining experiences for guests of different nationalities.

Planning a Sunday brunch? Olive is your best bet!

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Olive Bistro, the latest addition to A D Singh’s chain of Olives, is located in Gurgaon’s budding Cyber Hub. It is located on the first floor, placed strategically in front of the Cyber Hub auditorium. It just felt delightful in walking into its Outdoor seating. The picket white fences, the garden feel type of seating made way to a feeling of mushiness and warmth. I have always been a fan of alfresco dining. Be it the warmth of the sun on a wintery afternoon or a breezy sultry evening, the ambience does make a difference for me! So this place, in the heart (almost) of Gurgaon definitely bowled me over.

The staff were friendly, courteous and polite and took extreme care to reach out when needed. Well informed about the dishes and were giving ample suggestions when asked for.

We were there for the Sunday brunch and that is one lavish spread. There are multiple options for Appetizers and drinks with ample vegetarian selects. The course started off with The Olive special Caesar salad which is a must try, a mezze platter of Pita n Nachos with dips of hummus, babaghanoush, tashi and drinks. The mock tail that I had ordered “Litchi tornado” tasted artificial and nothing like Litchi, but the “Mojito” was perfect. Rest of the cocktails tasted good but the Red wine Sangria was the best of the lot for me.

The others included Potato & Jalapeno poppers (one that was immensely loved by all), batter coated pickled vegetables which gave out a hint of tanginess to the fried vegetables, crumb fried fish (being a fish lover, I really liked it), cottage cheese sliders and chicken sliders. The Cottage cheese and Chicken sliders came with portion of twos and the chicken burger was one of the best we have had in quite a while, crunchy patty with lettuce, onion and tomato. We also ordered for the Eggs Benedict with spinach – and this one took the prize, subtle with sautéed spinach, tasty and exactly the way Eggs Benedict should be made.

Done with the starters we decided on to try out on few of the items on the mains menu. Ordered for “Grilled Lemon Mustard Basa”, “Herbs roast chicken”, “BBQ pork Spare ribs” and “Garlic & Dill marinated Grilled prawns” along with one helping (read big) of Penne in white sauce with grilled chicken. The one word to describe each dish should be “amazing”. Every dish was cooked to perfection and just as beautifully served, with accompaniments of Mashed Potato and buttered vegetables, mushy peas, pesto and sundried tomatoes. The contrasting flavours were an absolute delight.

Dessert platter consisted of Flourless Chocolate torte, Lemon Tart, Blueberry Cheesecake, Banana moist cake and Waffles with Maple syrup. Waffles were fresh, warm and crispy as needed and tasted yummy with maple syrup. The lemon tart was bursting with a bitter, sweet, tangy flavor all at one go when taken a bite into.

It was a very nice experience, well who wouldn’t love good food with an amazing ambience. Will be definitely, making a visit here again. All in all the place is a must go!

Try new things!
Mayank
(Delhi Food Club)

Review Credit: Abhik

Barmer Boys rock Kathputli restaurant on New Year’s!

Kathputli, the recently opened Marwari restaurant ushered in 2015 in its trademark Rajasthani folk style. The true lovers of Rajasthani food and folk music witnessed it’s perfect amalgam on New Year’s eve with the Live performance by ‘The Barmer Boys’, led by Manga ‘Mangey’ Khan (vocals, harmonium) with the twin percussive punch of Rais Khan (morchang, bhapang, khartaal, beat-boxing) and Tarif Khan (dholak). The blend of North India and Sufi music greeted the guests who enjoyed the Marwari gourmet fare at the Defence Colony Market situated restaurant.

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The trio’s thrilling jugalbandi and beautiful songs like, ‘Bolo toh Mitho Lage’, ‘Hum bhi Jaaney’, ‘Parosan le Gayi re’ and ‘Pir Jilani’ saw the engagement of the listeners with rhythmic claps and appreciation. The arresting melodies and Mangey’s powerful and traditional vocals gripped the audience’s attention while they relished on a scrumptious array of vegetarian delights – Rajasthani Khichdi, daal baati churma, gatta curry, Gujarati Kadi, palak thepla, chawal ki kheer and moong dal halwa. The evening earmarked a perfect harmony of soulful, spirited music of Barmer Boys with a rustic yet royal treatment from the kitchens of Kathputli.

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Vipul and Divya Gupta of Kathputli opined, “After receiving an amazing response at the grand launch of Kathputli with Mame Khan, we decided to entertain our patrons with Rajasthani folk music this New Year’s Eve as well. The enthralling performance by Barmer Boys along with the home-like delicacies from the Marwar served as a perfect concoction to usher in 2015.”

BARMER BOYS: Stars of MTV Coke Studio Season 3 and barely in their 30’s, the Barmer Boys carry forward the centuries-old musical tradition of the Manganiyars and are leading examples of Rajasthani folk and Sufi music. The band’s versatility of styles and bubbling energy infuses each performance – from soulful Sufi kalaams to uplifting wedding and celebratory songs, to boisterous jams with beat-boxing. Their debut album “At Home: Barmer Boys” was released in Dec 2012 on Amarrass Records. The group formed in 2011, and have since performed with a host of world renowned artists including Vieux Farka Toure, Bombino, BaBa ZuLa, Madou Sidiki Diabate, Rupa and the April Fishes, and The Gypsy All-Stars. They have performed across India at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival (2011, 2012), The Elders Conference, Escape Festival, Bhakti Samaroh and more. 2014 has been an exciting year for the Barmer Boys with the success of their ‘Zordaar’ debut coast-to-coast US tour, a showcase at the Borneo World Music Expo (June 14), featured at Roskilde Festival in Denmark (July 3), and at NH7 Weekender Delhi.

Try something new today!

Mayank

(Delhi Food Club)

Email: mail@delhifoodclub.com

Restaurant Review – The California Boulevard, Gurgaon 3.5/5 stars

I was really excited about the new branch after hearing from friends about the interesting food at the Rajouri Garden branch. As we entered the restaurant, we were pleasantly surprised to see a black Harley Davidson bike parked right at the entrance. The interiors are all Hollywood inspired and I was totally in love with the super cool ambience the minute we stepped in. They had a little L.A. inspired walk of fame flooring, pictures of Hollywood legends and lots of other California inspired surfboards, signs and souvenirs all over the place.

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We started our culinary adventure with a Spicy Guava drink which was rather unique and I loved that little chat masala type punch that it had. The spritzer which my friend ordered had kaffir lime and watermelon pieces and was very refreshing.

For the appetisers, we tried the non-vegetarian platter which included dishes like kaffir lime chicken tikka, grilled lamb skewers with a minty napolitaine sauce, sushi rolls, beer batter fish and peri peri crispy chicken with chipotle mayo. I loved the fusion of kaffir lime with traditional tikka masala flavours enhanced by the use of lemongrass. Another favourite was the Indonesian style satay that I enjoyed more as it came with my favourite chunky peanut dip.

For the mains, we had their Signature Chicken Piccata and the Honey Chilli Red Snapper served with some Seafood fried rice. I think that the chicken in the Piccata could have been more tender and the sauce that came along should have been warmer so I could truly relish the flavors on that dish. The seafood was fine but I wish the place was more inventive with their recipes and the execution of each dish. My friend ordered the cheese and olive gourmet kulcha which was very soft and perfect even as a dish on its own.

For dessert, we ordered the Chocolate Nutella Tart and the TCB Kulfi Gazzak. I did not particularly like the Nutella tart as it tasted just like regular cake with no real Nutella goodness in there. However, the Kulfi Gazzak which was hidden inside a chocolate shell was the real bomb. The server flambéed the shell at our table to reveal the gooey Kulfi interior and each mouthful with chunks of gazzak was sheer bliss.

I think that the place is making a sincere attempt at trying different cuisines and blending it all in to create one family friendly menu. I do wish that they could be more inventive with flavors and techniques of cooking classic dishes to inspire the discerning palate. I also wish that the chef and her team would pay more attention to the presentation of dishes and also the food temperatures so the dish can be truly be enjoyed the way it was intended.

Overall, the place did leave us with pleasant memories as the hospitality is commendable and with a few quick fixes, TCB could become a staple family favourite for years to come.

Review credit: Ridhima

Mayank
(Delhi Food Club)
Email: mail@delhifoodclub.com

Burger King’s WHOPPER mania hits India

Burger King opened doors of India’s first Burger King Restaurant in New Delhi on Sunday, 9th November 2014. The inaugural outlet is situated in Select Citywalk, Saket, New Delhi and marks the commencement of a minutely deliberated strategy to build BURGER KING® as a committed brand that will create & innovate for the discerning Indian consumer’s palate. This event marks not only its debut in India, but also a milestone for the BURGER KING® brand, which is now operating in its 100th country.

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Since the launch, BURGER KING® has served more than 10,000 eager guests who waited their turn to get their hands on the WHOPPER®. Additionally, the debut restaurant sold more than 4,500 Whoppers in the last 2 days, setting a milestone for its launch in India.

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Burger King Worldwide, Inc. and Everstone Group, a leading private equity and real estate firm in India and South East Asia, established a joint venture in 2013 to develop the BURGER KING® brand in India.

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Commenting on the first milestone of this partnership, Mr. JaspalSabharwal, Partner, Everstone Capital, said “We are extremely pleased to launch this iconic brand in one of the largest and most dynamic consumer markets in the world. We have managed to successfully combine the BURGER KING® brand philosophy of exceptional taste, fresh ingredients and good value with Indian flavours and locally sourced produce. The response has been overwhelming and we look forward to delivering exceptional food and an extraordinary guest experience as we continue to open outlets across the country.”

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Echoing the sentiment, Mr. Rajeev Varman, CEO, BURGER KING® India said, “We are humbled by the response of our customers and thank them for their love for BURGER KING® and the iconic WHOPPER®. Our focus is always the consumer and all our efforts are directed at product development and innovations to satisfy customers in our restaurants. We will listen, learn and innovate constantly.”

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Speaking about the launch, Ms. Uma Talreja, Chief Marketing Officer, BURGER KING® India said, “Even before we launched, we found over 4 lac consumers in India who expressed interest in Burger King on Facebook. We therefore associated with eBay India to allow customers to pre order the WHOPPER® and we sold an astounding 1200 Whoppers in 36 hours. The demand for the WHOPPER® before we launched has been encouraging and we are thankful that we have equity displayed by consumers for our brand in the country.”

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The BURGER KING® India menu offers a wide variety of vegetarian & non-vegetarian burgers with quality ingredients across various price-points and is designed to help consumers find options to suit their needs.BURGER KING® has also created a special upgrade option for Indian customers where one can upgrade any burger to a combo including a beverage and fries for an additional Rs 50 only.

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India is the ground for many pioneering innovations for BURGER KING®. While the menu has international classics like the iconic WHOPPER® and the Original Royale, BURGER KING® has spared no effort in understanding Indian consumers and giving them what they love. The WHOPPER® is thus available in three options – veg, chicken and mutton.

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But, the real difference will come for the large cheese consuming audience with a newly created platform for India called the Melt series, with molten cheese infused recipes in various options across veg and non-veg burgers and sides. Vegetarian consumers will be spoilt for choice between crispy, spicy, vegetable, paneer, cheese, bean, long or big burgers and sides including innovative fries and desserts.

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The brand in India will continue to stand for quality, freshness, flame-grilled style of cooking, satisfactory portion sizes and above all, great taste.

Enjoy chunky burgers!

Mayank

(Delhi Food Club)

e-mail: mail@delhifoodclub.com

Zu Tisch (Greater Kailash (GK) 1, New Delhi) – 4/5 Stars

When someone talks about a new joint so much, I just have to give it a shot! The foodie inside me keeps coaxing me to visit the outlet and enjoy the delicacies the place has to offer.

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For me it was a special occasion, it was my friend’s birthday and because I am the biggest foodie of the group, everyone turns to me for ideas. I obvious said, “Let’s try Zu Tisch!”. Why? Well, three reasons, the place has a very intriguing name, I don’t visit GK enough and the menu looked really interesting on Zomato.

Out of everything I ate that day I simply loved the slow roasted lamb shank. It has been cooked perfectly and it was really moist and tender. The mashed potatoes were slightly lumpy but they went really well with the lamb. The braise cabbage added a slight crunch to the dish which i quite liked.

The grilled garlic prawns came with a fresh salsa which was really good. There were a lot of similar dips at the table but they all tasted really good so we did not mind them at all. Another delicious dish was the barbecue spare ribs, they were really melt in the mouth and the homemade barbecue sauce added a lot of juiciness to the already tender meat.

The restaurant looks really cool. It has alfresco seating which is really good for winter time in Delhi. Me and my friends held a glass of cocktail each and we went out to the balcony area. A nice breeze was blowing as we were sipping on our beers and drinks.

The desserts are from the famous Elma’s bakery so there’s no surprise there but the food I liked. I will go back for more.

Keep partying!
Mayank
(Delhi Food Club)
Contact: ms.mayank@gmail.com

Nashta (Golf Course Road, Gurgaon) – 3.5/5 Stars

Nashta is a wonderful option for people in a hurry. I do not cook and I am always looking to have a nice breakfast before I leave for work. I read a couple of reviews of Nashta online and I knew I had found what I was looking for. Nashta is a wonderful option for people who love a nice hearty meal in the morning.

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The best part about Nashta is that the food at Nashta is very fresh. You can taste and tell that it has just been prepared. It is delivered piping hot to your door and it comes with freshly squeezed juices, freshly cut and baked potato wedges, etc.

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Since there were 6 of us, we ordered a variety of options and got to taste a lot of different things on the menu. The juice I liked the most was the “Berry Explosion”, a very guilt free healthy start to my morning. The juice did not taste synthetic at all. It was all natural and fresh. I did not quite like the “Orange Juice” as it had some bits and a quite a strong zesty taste but the rest of the juices were great.

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The “Chicken Tikka Breakwich” was a meal in itself. The chicken tikka had been marinated in Indian spices, chillies and came with a coriander mayo dip. The sandwiches and wraps came with potato wedges and dips. It was a complete meal in itself and was packed perfectly. I read while I eat so my breakfast tends to get cold. I was very pleased to see that I could eat and then microwave my breakfast in the container they sent with it because it was microwave safe. They also sent some wooden cutlery.

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We also had a couple of “Premium Combos” that came with dessert, salad and a fruit bowl. The fruits were cut beautifully and consisted of melon, papaya, orange, etc. The salad had iceberg, sweet corn, cherry tomatoes and the dressing had been served separately. Overall, it was a nice satisfying meal, packed perfectly and priced reasonably.

Dont skip breakfast!

Mayank

(Delhi Food Club)

Contact: ms.mayank@gmail.com

Elf Cafe & Bar (Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi) – 4/5 Stars

Why is one compelled to visit a place? For me it usually is when I hear from a lot of friends that this place shouldn’t be missed. Elf Cafe Lounge is all I heard from my group of foodie friends before I finally decided to visit the place in the lovely Hauz Khas Village.

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As a lot of other people may tell you, Hauz Khas isn’t as happening as it used to be, it could either be due to the controversy that caused some places to temporarily shut down. Whatever it was this place isn’t the same. There was a time when it used to be bustling with hipsters regardless of the time of the week. Anyhow, Elf Cafe Lounge is certainly a rare gem in the lovely crown that is Hauz Khas Village.
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This certainly is the most happening place at HKV, the place belongs to Dinesh Arora who is quite well known in the party scene of Delhi. You would know him from the newspapers! He runs other restaurants like Ivory and Wushu. This place is great for parties because it has private lounges and is at least 2000-3000 sq. feet in area. Its multi-cuisine menu consists of tandoori food, American, Spanish, Italian, etc. The restaurant does a good job with most of its dishes because it has well known chefs from around the globe.
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Elf is a very welcoming and unpretentious place with some really good food, my recommendations are: Dahi Kebab, Chicken Tikka Pizza, Pasta and Brownie Sundae. We happened to try a lot of different things but these were surely my top favourites.
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What I loved most was the music (sufi, soul, rock, you name it!) and the ambience. It is a perfect date kind of place. I would certainly pick Elf for a fun night out with my partner. I was informed by the server that the place also has an in-house bakery and they do personalised cakes for special occasions. I have only been to Elf once but I know where I’m gonna plan my partner’s surprise birthday party.
Keep partying!
Mayank
(Delhi Food Club)
Contact: ms.mayank@gmail.com