Johnnie Walker’s ‘Art of Blending’ at Westin, Gurgaon

If I ask you what is one brand whose journey you actually follow. I mean c’mon we all accept that we have our favorite brands and we all know how they have evolved over time. Isn’t it? Well, if I talk about myself, I love and adore and follow and get inspired by the journey of Johnnie walker! It is one brand which has evolved to become one of the most iconic brand in the history of world and it was no less than a great pleasure when I was invited by Westin, Gurgaon for a whiskey walk with Johnnie walker and needless to mention, because it was Westin it added all the more stars and excitement to the whole thing..

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I reached Westin sharp on time and as expected it’s a beautiful artsy niche place aptly located in the concrete jungle of Gurgaon but having said that the moment you will enter Westin, you will cut yourself off from this concrete jungle and will be surrounded by good, happy, green, posh and positive vibes.

The evening started with interesting conversations with fellow invitees and ofcourse the marvelous cocktails of Johnnie walker, must give credits to the bartender, he did a real nice job there!

Soon enough, we reached to the part of night we all were waiting for, the Johnnie walker infused dinner! The chef enchanted the guests with a three-course menu coordinated with the Johnnie Walker and the best part was that he presented the right drink for every course.

We started off with JW black Label moved to JW Double Black label and then JW platinum Label 18 Y.O. Well, that’s not the end, we ended it with Gold Label Reserve, of course paired with the awesomest food complimenting every drop of iconic JW!

Special Mention: The man behind this luxuriously crafted evening- Ashwani Nayar, Westin’s new General Manager who ensured a perfect evening for all present. I can go  on and on about his warm and welcoming attitude towards all attendee and honestly it’s such gestures which makes your whole experience worth while. And once again, thank you Ashwani it was a pleasure meeting you!

Overall, it was great fun and I am going to remember this warm evening for a real long time! Or I think forever!

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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

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.

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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Colors of South, Chettinad Food Festival @ Crowne Plaza, Gurgaon

Crowne Plaza held the amazingly aromatic Chettinad Food Festival. Starters consisted of Kozhi Varuval (masala coated fried chicken morsals), Kari Kola urandai (minced lamb dumplings spiked with chettinad spices), Keerai vadai (spinach and lentil patties), Vazhakai kola urandai (Golden kebabs of raw banana with coconut and chillies). Our favourite was the minced lamb. The flavours were delightful. The chutney it was served with was brilliant too.

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The Main course consisted of “Meen kozhambu” (Spicy tangy fish curry simmered with shallots, cumin and curry leaves), “Kozhi uppkari Chettiyar” (spices rubbed chicken simmered with shallots and poppy seeds masala) but our favourite was the “Kari chops masala” (A traditional Lamb chop preperation).

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We had a few vegetarians at the table who particularly enjoyed the main course “Kai Kari mandi” (A combination of vegetables , green chillies cooked in gravy of tamarind and garlic) and the Vellai poriyal Cauliflower and double beans tempered with garlic).

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DSC_0850The desserts of “Kalkandu Pongal”(A sweet preration of sugar candy and rice) and “Chettiiyar carrot halwa” (Grated carrots and reduced milk finished with ghee and nuts). The buffet wasn’t restricted to only Chettinad food though. There was Sushi, Chinese and Chaat that we all loved.

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The food festival lasted until the 20th of March and was hugely successful, the menu was changed almost everyday and the chefs ensured that the spices were just right to suit the taste of North Indians and Expats.

Our special bond – A Raksha Bandhan Story

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Everyone says that they share a special bond with their brother and I have heard this line many many times. I get very bored of this line because I am not very emotionally connected to my brother.

The only connection I have to my brother is food. Food is our life and we love everything about it – we love tastes textures and flavours my brother & I cook together we go food shopping together and we even go to a lot of restaurant reviews together.

My brother formed the Delhi Food Club with an aim to connect like-minded foodies to one another. My brother and I Love creating new dishes and we love experimenting with food. Our bond strengthens every time we create something magnificent.
Raksha Bandhan is a very special day for me because I not only get a lot of presents from my brother but I also get to give him presents the presents we end up giving each other are always somehow food related he would give me chocolate and I would give him large bags of cashew nuts, almonds etc that I know he will use in his preparations. There have been many occassions when they’ve used online websites to shop for the ingredients we need we are going to do the same thing for the special festival as the special festival is no different to a day when my brother and I would decide to create magnificent surprises for my friends and family.
The Raksha Bandhan celebrations are very different in our household I can say with confidence that no other family celebrates this like we do. My brother and I have a cooking contest and level books the best has to buy the other one a lot of presents I love my brother very much but you know what BRO I’ll beat you this year too!!!!
Thanks: pickyeaterblog 

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.

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#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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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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

Signature Dish - Tabriz Koftey

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.