Review: NH44, Rajouri Garden

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

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

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the menu

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

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

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vada pav

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masala dosa

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palak patta chaat

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kancheepuram idli

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chicken malai tikka and seekh kebab

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chicken tikka

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paneer tikka

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

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lasooni palak ke kofte

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chicken chettinad

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laal maans

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

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beetroot halwa

XOXO

Shivangi

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Review “Yauatcha”-The Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj

“Afterall, Life is delicious when you pull up the chair and take a taste” !

Once you step inside the Ambience mall, Vasant Kunj, you know it well enough that it’s going to burn your pocket,be it shopping or eating at a good restaurant. “Yauatcha” is one among the many, located in a corner of the second level of the mall. This restaurant does not require a second thought for their take on-“Cantonese cuisine”.

So, let me give you a detailed insight to what this luxury dining has got for the rich class of people and for foodies who wouldn’t mind burning their pocket.

Out of so many restaurants, I picked “Yauatcha” for the review for a stomach full and content dinner.We were however, swiftly escorted to our table by the nice courteous service staff member who even guided us through the menu.

Ambience:

It’s dimly neon glow and dark facades are perfectly offset by the glass partitioning to one side that contributes to the restaurant’s airy vibe even by evening and has a long bar at the other end.It has a capacity to accommodate approximately 137 people and has the crowd of a good class of people.

Staff and Higher Management:

We barely had an interaction with them. Even the staff did not make an effort to attend us timely so after having placed an order and having done with it, we literally had to look here and there for the staff to make sure that he sees us and comes and takes the next order. The service was indeed very slow and even got frustrating at times which kept us at bay from ordering the main course and just being done up with their starters and drinks.

This place will never disappoint you when it comes to their dim sums-ranging from steamed,pan-fried and fried being available in vegetarian and meat select and for a wide range of their drinks.

Drinks:

We had ordered a glass of orange and chilli smoothie which was a good blend of orange juice,palm sugar,chilli,mint and lemon grass ( although,the lemongrass was not a necessity). We also ordered a glass of plum cut larissa smoothie which had grapes,plums,fruit syrup,oolong tea and apple juice in the right mix. The virgin mary mocktail was indeed very nice. I have seen a very few restaurants come up with this drink as a perfection,apt for my taste buds. Overall, we were content with our drinks.

 

Dim-sums:

We tried their Chicken and Prawn sui mai, vegetable shanghai Dumplings at first, which clearly reflected the artistry and silken touch that goes into making each of these babies. Each one of them looked stunning, made with the sure touch of a master craftsman.

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Having finished both these starters and craving to try for more of their range in “Cantonese Cuisine”, we also ordered a chicken cheung fun, crispy spicy vegetable cheung fun and chicken wrapped in pakchoi. The Chicken wrapped in pakchoi was just too good. My favourite among all. It was very well presented to us and it was a dish that I had tried for the first time and truly relished it. I could have definitely gone for more had my stomach permitted me to do so..( hahahahha…)

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Desserts:

This being the best part of our meal (and I am sure your’s too….)

At the end we were presented with a curated dessert platter which included three flavors of ice cream, religieuse,six french macaroons, milk choco praline and mango mascarpone gateaux.
Macaroons…Ahhh..those gorgeous,little French cookies-delicate and pretty. They were fluffy and delicious. And they were so super cute!They were perfect with not a single crack in any batch.They were fresh and delicate but too sweet for my taste buds.

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The milk chocolate praline, was my favourite (sure, it’s gonna be your’s as well…! ). The Sacher biscuit on top was a commendable way of presenting it. Very delicate and soft and dissolves in your mouth right then. Tempting and mouth watering…You need to get your eyes off it inorder to resist it.

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The religieuse, had a good presentation with a disc shaped on top having “Yauatcha” written on it but, was a little hard. Didn’t find it fresh and I would not like to go for another try of it.

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Mango mascarpone gateaux- Soft and delicate and a bit crunchy…

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If you are having the crave for “Cantonese food” and like to try out their deep fried dim-sums, then you can give it a thought of burning your pocket.

The service needs to improve and also the higher management needs to make sure that each and everyone there is attended properly.

It might leave some of you with a content heart and happy taste buds but as for me, I was a little disappointed with some of their dishes and might think of considering it the next time.

Highly Recommend: Chicken wrapped in pakchoi, Chicken and Prawn sui mai and milk choco praline.

(Feel free to comment…..)

Dare to be Different- Cress Bistro

At the on set of the weekend, I got this opportunity to visit Cress Bistro and the visit has left me truly delighted.

Great Food & Great Ambience makes it a perfect weekend indulgence.

The menu is very elaborate and almost leaves a person confused, so its better to ask for chef’s recommendations. Most of the dishes have a signature Cress style of taste, something that you don’t get anywhere else. In fact the menu also offers certain dishes that one has not even heard of much. For instance the Burmese Samosa that we ordered as a starter was a completely new experience, It may not be a taste that I had an instant liking for, but it was surely something very different. Similarly the other two starters that we ordered were very different from their usual versions. The chipotle chicken tikka, and the chain chi chilly chicken, they both tasted amazing but at the same time different then our usual chicken tikkas and chilly chicken.

The main course menu again was a bit of surprise with twisted versions of butter chicken and mutton curry. The butter chicken wasn’t the regular one, it was Peanut Butter Chicken which was loaded with the goodness and taste of peanut butter, though their menu does offer a normal version too.

The mutton curry was called Meat Beliram, and had a certain district flavour which was due to a blend of secret spices used by the chef. But for me it was the best meat ever. The pieces of mutton were so juicy and tender that I enjoyed getting messy while eating them.

The third dish to compliment the Indian menu was our very own Dal Makhani. After tasting the peanut butter chicken and meat beliram, the dal wasn’t completely a disappointment, but still somewhere not that great, or may be the chicken and meat set the expectations too high.

By the time the dinner was over, we were too full to think of a sweet dish, but I had heard a lot about their chocolate decadence and hence asked for only one portion of the same.

I am glad that I did order it, else I would have been deprived of a dessert that I want to go back for again and again. It was truly a chocolate lover’s dream come true, so highly recommended for those who crave chocolate.

Overall a great experience and I surely recommend all foodies to give it a try.

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!

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.

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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.

Manpreet Mallik

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.

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

Home Delivery Food Review: Captain Grub, Gurgaon – 3.5/5 Stars

Captain Grub’s second outlet recently opened in Gurgaon, 1st being at Vasant Kunj. It is a late night delivery service and delivers till late at night and I really mean late (4 am). This concept itself is wonderful especially considering I burn the midnight oil regularly, Kudos!

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The menu here is lavish. They have pastas, sandwiches, burgers, shakes and all meats are available too and depending on your level of hunger you can just go crazy.

I ordered a plethora of items starting with their Ferrero Rocher Shake. I was told that their shakes are awesome and boy were they correct. This shake was superb – rich, thick and subtly sweet and surprisingly wasn’t even that heavy.

We began our meal with Hawaiian meatballs. The meatballs here were made from pork and in a sweet and sour Hawaiian apricot sauce. Lovely beginning to the meal.

I then tucked into the Pulled pork sandwich, which again was a winner. Other than the well cooked pulled pork it was the mayo mustard spread that made this sandwich special.

Next on the menu was the traditional club sandwich and it was what I expected from it, a mouthful of various textures. Grilled chicken in three huge slices of bread with the works (egg, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo). The only slight problem was that I like my bacon salty and that would have really added another level of salty crunchiness to the sandwich.

Then came the burgers and I would recommend the butterfly chicken burger. The crispy chicken will satisfy all burger lovers as will the portion size. This is one of the better burgers I’ve had recently.

The last burger I had on the day was Captain’s love. It s a pork lovers delight as shredded pork, ham and bacon are slathered with cranberry sauce on this. My only complain will again be the non crunchy bacon. I think this dish loses out its balance because the crunch and saltiness from the bacon does not come through.

They also serve a potion of their cajun spiced fries with each of their dishes and they are a great accompaniment.

Captain Grub is the kinda place you dream of at 2 am in the morning when hunger calls. And just like a sweet dream they serve delectable “Grub” at your doorstep. Can you really beat that?

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

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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