Say Yes to more funventures and enticing menu offerings at Starbucks this season!

Are you ready to bid farewell to summer yet? Starbucks definitely isn’t! It’s time to rejuvenate the fun spirit with exciting new Frappuccino flavours, new menu offerings and funventure activities at Starbucks!

Strawberry Chocolate Frappuccino and Alphonso Mango Frappuccino

Debuting this season is the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino® – a divine combination of rich mocha with chocolate drizzle, topped with crunchilicious Chocolate Cookie Crumbles. This masterpiece is all set to win your hearts over! Adding to the delicious menu is the Strawberry & Chocolate Frappuccino®- A blended perfection, which really hits the spot with all its goodness of strawberries and chocolate mixed with a creamy lush. Ever heard of a chocolate whipped cream swirl at Starbucks? Well for the first time in India, Starbucks is introducing this delicious innovation with the new Frappuccino® flavours!

If you haven’t tried the summer royal exclusive Alphonso Mango Frappuccino® yet, hurry to your closest Starbucks to enjoy this limited edition mango treat while it lasts! You don’t want to miss this exquisite concoction of pure Alphonso mango with a Starbucks twist!

The indulgence doesn’t end here. Say yes to happier times at Starbucks with delightful treats- Get 40% off on your second beverage during select evening hours (Monday to Thursday). My Starbucks Rewards members have an extra bonus hour where they can exclusively enjoy the benefit. Indulge in Frappuccino delight by getting 30% off on food items when you sip on Frappuccino. You are also in for a treat on your receipt by getting 40% off on a beverage when you come back on the same day.

While you sip on these new fresh, creamy delights, Say Yes to rewards and surprises by sharing your fun adventures with Starbucks and putting it up on the store community board!

New Frappuccino Flavors

For those of you looking for a hearty bowl of goodness, try the new range of delicious salads introduced at Starbucks. Spruce up your summer with the Tossed Chicken Salad, Mediterranean Veg Salad or the Mexican Veg Salad!

Say Yes to the blissful world of delicious goodness as you devour the newest and the best at your closest neighbourhood Starbucks!

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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

Yauatcha – The best standalone Chinese restaurant in Delhi NCR

Yauatcha is one of those restaurants that have the word legend suffixed to it all the time. A Michelin starred restaurant, voted among the top 50 restaurants in the world and London’s amazing Hakkasan as a sister restaurant to boot. You will understand the level of expectations I had while visiting the place. Moreover, authentic Chinese cuisine is something that is hard to find in Delhi anyway. 

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Located on Level 2 of Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, Yauatcha has a warm but very sophisticated feel to it. The restaurant is massive with many tables, which are very well spaced out so you can be yourself without being pried on by others. 

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The dimsums are what Yauatcha is most known for and we started the afternoon sampling five of their best.  We ordered a platter of fried turnip cake, sesame prawn toast, char feung (prawns), chicken char sui bun and chicken and prawn sui mai. and they were some of the best dim sums I’ve had. In fact, I think they are the best dim sums available in Delhi.

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What makes them special, literally everything. The balance of flavours, the freshness and the distinct taste of each dimsum is reason for me to return to Yauatcha. I think the best dims have the meat cooked al dente and every dimsum here had that bite, phenomenal. I loved the char feung best for the amazing textural difference of that steamed top against the crunchy interior.

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My main dish was a steamed river sole in black bean sauce along with Penang style old town prawn noodles. The river sole has me salivating till today. Perfectly steamed, flaky and elevated by the peppery black bean sauce, it was exceptional.


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The noodles too were seriously tasty and being the lover of prawn I am, I was chuffed to see that it wasn’t overcooked in any of the dishes.

 The desserts were the biggest surprise as I never thought a Chinese restaurant will do French desserts so well.  I ordered a religieuse and a milk chocolate praline and both were spot on. The praline is now my favourite chocolate dessert in Delhi. Not only was the combination of the mousse and the sacher biscuit superb, but also the hazelnut and salted caramel bits were like little nuggets of joy. What really lifted this dish for me was the brilliant lemon yogurt sorbet as it cleansed the palette and made he dessert fresh.

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The  was special too, especially the choux pastry filled with the silkiest and heavenly taste cremeux, a triumph indeed.

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Yauatcha is a special addition to Delhi’s ever growing restaurant scene and a gastronomer’s delight. I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone who loves food (not just Chinese food). Go get your Chinese fix now!

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

Restauant Review: Wasabi by Morimoto – The Taj Mansingh, New Delhi – 4.5/5 Stars

The food at Wasabi by Morimoto is incomparable. The Executive Sous Chef Nilesh is the one running the show with his team and he has done a pretty neat job to ensure everything is absolutely perfect. The food, the ambience and the service is impeccable.

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This is the kind of restaurant I can score 5/5 and not give it a second thought. I had a sore throat so they gave me a nice punch with mace, peppercorns and cardamon to begin with. Then came some sake, which was served in a bamboo glass. There starters included the famous sushi from Wasabi including the crab and scallop sushi better known as zuwai kani shabu shabu and hotate. The rock shrimp tempura was unbelievable too. It was extremely crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.

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Then came the sorbet, which was served in an extravagant presentation with liquid nitrogen. It taste was worth all the fuss. Everything looked magnificent and tasted beautiful. The main course was tenderloin and lamb hotpot. I wanted my beef to be medium rare and it was cooked to perfection. The meat was pink in the centre and was absolutely tender and juicy. It was really wonderfully cooked and the sauce went perfectly with the beef. The lamb hot pot was slightly less flavourful as compared to the beef but it was good too.

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Our desserts were even more beautifully presented. The cinnamon caramel ice cream with candied nuts and bananas were a treat to the eyes and the taste buds. The light sprinkle of cinnamon on the ice cream was a complete treat.

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This restaurant is a class apart and is an excellent experience. I recommend it to all food lovers and connoisseurs.

Contact: ms.mayank@gmail.com

Angrezee Dhaba Grill (South City 2, Gurgaon) – 3.5/5 Stars

Being a blogger has its perks. Every day I have a lot of options to pick from, I can dine anywhere I like and call it an occupational hazard and get away with stuffing myself with interesting cuisines. Indian and Italian food is my absolute favourite and when it comes to Indian nothing can beat good kebabs.

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My very first time trying Angrezee Dhaba Grill and I was quite happy with the selection of kebabs sent over to my house. The vegetarian kebabs as well as the non-vegetarian ones were grilled well. The delivery time was slightly more than usual but it is absolutely understandable as our bloggers meet was quite far from the restaurant.

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Paneer Tikka was the star vegetarian dish and was served in big chunks. Palak Makki Kebab did not amaze me because I am not a big fan of these vegetarian ingredients. Bharwa Tangri Kebab on the other hand had been cooked well and was more to my liking. Murg Malai Kebab was also good and something everyone at the table enjoyed.

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I am a mutton fan, I love red meat so Railway Mutton Curry was was I was looking forward to. The curry and the way the mutton had been cooked was the highlight of the whole meal. Railway Mutton Curry is definitely Angrezee Dhaba Grill’s signature dish.

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For vegetarians, Butter Paneer Masala was the only option we had and they seems to be happy with the paneer curry and rotis. The rotis and naan were packed well in foil but were not very soft, perhaps the Angrezee Dhaba Grill’s delivery team can think of other ways to keep their bread soft for home delivery customers.

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A lightly sweetened Angrezi Dhaba Special Phirni was a decent end to our filling meal. At the end, I found a lot of bloggers raving about the Angrezee Dhaba’s special Railway Mutton Curry.

Contact: ms.mayank@gmail.com

Monkey Bar (Vasant Kunj, Delhi) – 4.5/5 Stars

Monkey bar is the most interesting restaurant you will dine at!

Monkey Bar has been on my wish list for a very long time, I just haven’t been able to go there for some reason. Anyway, when I was invited to be there for the ongoing Mocktober fest, I rubbed my hands with glee.

Coconut Jumbo Prawns at Monkey Bar Delhi, Photo courtesy Sanjay Ramchandran (1)

Monkey Bar, for the uninitiated, is a gastro pub in Vasant Kunj and is the brainchild of AD Singh, one of India’s top restaurateurs. This is the second Monkey bar in the country, first being in Bangalore fittingly as it is India’s pub capital.

Butterfly Chicken at MONKEY BAR, New Delhi- 9384

Now, I really need to ask the owners whether the glass dome was already present and they decided to build a restaurant inside it or if they were really inspired by Louvre. Either way it is a striking structure and looks like a restaurant from a “galaxy far far away”.

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Monkey Bar is one of those restaurants whose vibe you can gauge the moment you step in. It is extremely cool, hip and young and the ambience contributes to it in no small measure. The posters and pop art pieces, from old Lindt signage to Johnny Walker wall clocks, it really is superb. Hidden in a nook is a game room that has a pool table, a Foosball Table and other game-y stuff.

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Monkey Bar has a two level dining area and we were seated on the upper deck. Okay, onto the food – the Mocktober fest menu has around 27 beers from all over the world. Although my first choice Hoegarden was not available, I settled for an Estrella Damm (Spanish), while my partner had an interesting strawberry flavoured beer called Fruli (Belgian). Our starters were Butterfly Chicken (a la carte menu) and Beer battered tiger prawns (Mocktober menu).

St. Patricks' Spegatti at Monkey Bar Delhi, Photo courtesy Sanjay Ramchandran

The chicken filling was fab especially with a drizzle of the sweet and spicy sauce. It was presented well too, in a butterfly shaped shells. The butterfly shells on their own had no flavour but eaten along side the chicken it formed an interesting combination.

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The beer battered prawns were probably the only dish I did not like that evening. Although the batter was great, the beer made it light and yeasty, the prawns were chewy and a tad bland. It might have to do with the big tiger prawns coz I think smaller prawns are more flavourful than its larger cousin.

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We ordered tasting portions of many main course dishes and ill start with the two on the Mocktober menu first. We had the Cajun chicken taco pizza and St. Patricks Spaghetti. The Cajun chicken taco pizza was perfect. The spicing of the chicken was as good as the toasted tacos which was as good as the beer yoghurt on top. I was pleasantly surprised with the incorporation of beer in this dish, marvellous.

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St. Patricks spaghetti was a winner all the way. The stout and beef stew was slow cooked and still had pink in the middle, gorgeous taste. The buttered spaghetti was smooth, buttery and sinful and the combination of the two was hearty.

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Our a la carte was a portion of the mutton shami slider, tiger steak and the mobar bork. First things first, the mutton shami slider was probably the best dish I’ve had the whole year. Three little shami kebab burgers with mint chutney and coleslaw, the flavours in the shami blew me away. And to think that one of best shami kebabs in Delhi is in a high end gastro pub says something about the chef. You can come to this restaurant just for this and not be disappointed.

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The Tiger steak was well cooked and had so many interesting flavours in it, the heat of chilli paste, pungency of the galangal and the tang of lemon. Very nice indeed.

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Finally, the mobar bork is a pork belly dish, served on a bed of wonderfully cooked noodles. The pork belly was how a belly should be, fatty and crisp at the ends. I loved the dish and the combination of flavours were top notch.

Spiced Honey & Ale Cake AND Chocolate & Stout Pudding,Photo courtesy Sanjay Ramchandran

For desserts, I went for a Spiced Honey and Ale cake (Moktober menu) while my partner had the Chocolate pot de creme with salted caramel.

The Spiced Honey cake was beautiful with a strong sticky honey flavour and went well with the stout cream it was served with.

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My partner loved the chocolate pot but it really was not up my street as I like dark chocolate and hate popcorn. Anyway, she loved it so I will say that people who like that combination should surely give it a go.

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All in all, I loved the experience at Monkey Bar and would love to come back to enjoy it all over again, and for those mutton shami kebabs (Boy I am hungry again!!).

Review by: Mayank

Photo Credit: Shivangi Reviews

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Gola Southend (9, Defence Colony Market, New Delhi) – 3/5 Stars

My partner finished work and asked me to pick her up at the Defence Colony Market. I was excited about going to the Defence Colony Market after such a long time. We had our very first date at Moet’s!

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I don’t know if I took a wrong turn or it was due to excessive traffic but I was completely lost until I used my Sat Nav to reach the Defence Colony Market where she was waiting eagerly for me in a lovely pink dress. The first thing she said to me was: “I’m so hungry!” and I just said instantly, let’s get into the first restaurant we see and the first restaurant we both looked at together was Gola!

The restaurant has two floors and isn’t crowded at all so couples get a lot of solitude here. The decor is so far away from special that it lingers close to the Government run canteens.

What did we start with?

We started with Golden Fried Prawns and Chicken Spring Rolls. I liked the prawns but the spring rolls were a huge disappointment. It was hard to understand why they seemed so soggy!

What was next?

Our main course consisted of Chicken Chooza, Murg Makhni and Hydrabadi Biryani. I have to admit I am never in my life going to order hydrabadi biryani because they just cannot make biryani like awadhi’s do! The sauce base for murg makhni was quite good but if you ask me the food reminded me of what you would eat at a wedding, which means, too much oil and very little attention to detail.

How did it end?

We just decided to order a round of drinks because we hadn’t finished talking so we had some fruit beer which was surprisingly nice.

Is Gola recommended?

Not so much!

Hachi Ba (26, Saraswati Kunj, Opposite Alchemist Hospital, Golf Course Road, Sector 54, Gurgaon) – 3.5/5 Stars

I like restaurants who focus on food more than the decor. Hachi Ba is one such place. The decor isn’t too fancy and won’t wow you in any way. The service and the food are fantastic though.

Everything on the menu looked interesting and we did not know what to order. I always think if you are confused just ask the staff what to get. I have always ended up satisfied when the staff has surprised me with their choices.

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We asked for recommendations and we finally went with Chicken Munchow soup, Chicken Momos, Hachi Ba Noodles and Shredded Lamb. My personal favourite was the Shredded Lamb. It was delectable.

It is fun to hang out at Hachi Ba during winters. The wooden rustic tables are wonderful. I feel very comfortable dining at this restaurant. The food is good, service is nice and quick.

Amaranta – The Oberoi (The Oberoi, 443, Phase 5, Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon) – 4/5 Stars

This is a very underrated place. My first experience here was so memorable. It was the birth of my best friend’s twins and the couple was throwing a celebratory party.

Amaranta is a breath of fresh air amongst the many many such that serve restaurants Sea Food. We were very happy to learn that the sea food is flown in fresh on a daily basis. The Oberoi hospitality is & has always been fantastic.

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The malabari paratha is one of my most favourite things but I wish they could have done it a little better. Pepper Prawns and the Andhra Fish Curry were both to good to believe.

The decor is minimalistic yet fancy. Amaranta is an expensive place but it is worth every penny.