Let’s face it, you cannot deny the culinary powerhouse reach of Farzi Cafe with exceptional molecular gastronomy on your plate which is overturning traditions to give you quintessential illusionary flavours.
Food is no longer about pleasing the senses alone; the culinary experts are going all out to present innovative dishes to arouse your curiosity and make you delve deeper in thought about their creations.
Incorporating scientifically savvy cooking techniques like liquid nitrogen flash freezing, spherical liquids, and carbon dioxide foams, Farzi is creating an innovative, mouthwatering menu unlike anything you’ve ever tasted and a spectacularly sensory experience.
Spread across a grand single floor, pervasive swanky woodwork, the restaurant is divided into several sections, one bathed in ample sunlight and others lit dimly for a quaint evening experience with an island bar dispensing drinks from all four sides, a hookah corner and a majestic stage fixated in the center of the restaurant.
There is a happy vibe in the restaurant that is forever bustling with flocks of eager diners and the service is efficient, keeping in mind that this place is always packed. The staff is well acquainted with the menu and food arrives fairly quick.
The food gimmickry and pomp begins with the Swirl Apple Foamtini, their proud lipsmacking cocktail that comes in packed with dry ice smoke, theatric in aesthetics & extremely delicious for a cocktail.
Their modern take on traditional food conventions shows a vision beyond its years.
Dishes like Margherita Naan, Smoked Bacon Kachori & Raj Kachori with crispy okra salad with chutney foam is a clever, bite-sized version of the original.
The gooeyness in the mini naans and the meaty sweetness from the bacon kachoris still has me salivating with a remembrance of popping flavours.
Losing our inhibitions at this point, we go ahead and tuck into extremely inviting Braised Lamb Tacos and Delly Belly! The former is a beautiful balance between soft spiced lamb cooked with peppers encased in crispy taco shells and the former is probably the juiciest and the most decadent pork belly I ever sunk my teeth into. It deserves a sonnet or two for the brilliant balance of roasted russet apples & tangy murabba glaze, finished off with micro greens and marinated shallots.
Goat Cheese Stuffed Tangri was exotic, as expected with familiar favours, very tender but nothing out of the box. Pulled Rogan Josh sliders quickly made up buy being intensely flavourful and spicy inside soft red slider buns. Sharp and delicious.
It’s the Prawn Chettinad with Rice that walk away with the honours. Large,fabulously textured and bursting with pepper garlic flavour flavour,the dish is a textbook example of how prawns ought to be cooked.
This is followed by equally well cooked
Bheja Fry with Cumin Appam which is a magical alchemy of tradition imbedded in modern presentation right on your plate.
It tantalizes the palate yet never leaves it overwhelmed.
Shamelessly we move to dessert and call for a Chocolate Dirt Pile. A medley of decadently rich truffles,crunchy chocolate soil piled on a plate with edible flowers, juicy red grapes poured over by soft hot ganache,this one reminds us why there’s always room for dessert. It’s so darn decadent and addictive and the portion size will leave you in pain because you won’t stop till you finish this sweet treat till the end.
This is why you should visit Farzi Cafe at the soonest because this is the kind of magic you do not want to miss out. Imagine eating all your childhood faves but in a highly artistic modern twist with elevated flavours! That’s Farzi for you, keep an open mind and expect to be floored!
Chicago is famous for its food – not only as a gourmet-dining epicenter, but also as the home of several local specialties. For an authentic experience, get a taste of these culinary staples with my personal Chicago favourites from pizzas, hot dogs and fusion style food that includes my encounter with my true blue Indian cuisine as well. Here’s a few that must not be missed out when in the windy city.
1. Deep Dish Pizza
A hallmark caramelized cheese crust that’ll make you think twice about how you want to tackle each colossal slice: crust first, or save the best part for last?
This is not meant for the faint hearted because this pizza is not about delicacy.
Baked in a deep, round pan filled to the brim with cheese and topped with a thick layer of tomato sauce, the result is a piping hot, gooey piece of pizza on a buttery, flaky crust.
Giordano’s is famed for their stuffed pizza. A dramatic flaky crust holds in the melted cheese, which oozes out the moment a slice is pulled apart.
2. Depression hot dog
A barebones version of the Chicago classis dog
Here are these humble, not so fancy late-night hot dog local stands that offer steamed dogs simply dressed in mustard, relish, onion, sport peppers, and an overly generous mound of fresh-cut fries.
3. Classic Chicago style hot dog
An all-beef hot dog on a steamed poppy seed bun, topped with yellow mustard, relish, tomato wedges, chopped onions, a pickle spear, hot peppers and celery salt. Of course, defining it is one thing; tasting it is a whole different ballgame and this is what you need to most certainly sink your teeth into.
Visit Red Hot Ranch for these beefy beauties.
4. Tacos, with a twist
Though the city is famed for their classic deep fried beef tacos, I chose to experiment with these and headed to this cozy neighborhood fast food chain of Velvet Tacos for a taste of Mexican cuisine imbedded in global flavor inspirations. Many of the fillings steer towards untraditional, like chicken tikka, crispy paneer, shrimp and grits, and ahi poke. They serve regular tacos with beef, pork belly and buffalo chicken fillings too!
I loved my indianised Mexican juicy chicken tikka taco with spicy, buttery tomato sauce, cilantro-flecked basmati rice and yogurt raita, almost had me nostalgic for Delhi street food.
Fried paneer taco was among my top favorites with tomato chutney, Thai basil tikka sauce and finely kissed with a tart mild raita. More scrumptious than it can ever sound in words.
5. Thin Crust Pizza
Not all pizzas in Chicago are deep dish and thick crust and yes, thin crust pizza exists!
The thin crust baked beauty has a crunchy crust topped with a sweet and chunky sauce, some intense pepperoni, and lots of mozzarella.
The Boss is a famous raving bar in Chicago Downtown but they serve some serious food!
You would think this is bar food but don’t be fooled by appearances because this thin crust pizza would put deep dish to shame (if you have a certain perspective, of course)
Gorgeous crusty pizza, thin as paper and loaded with spiced garlic marinara and strands of mozzarella, dotted with crimson velvety pepperoni! Magnifique.
6. Bombay Wraps
When you have had your doze of touristy local fast food in the windy city, its time to head over to this little wrap shop for some authentic indian kathi rolls, which are so refreshing and delicious amidst the cheesey beefy foods of the city.
Pick a flat bread of your choice, wholewheat or flaky parantha, pick your suffing that ranges from the evry interesting spicy smashed samosa, to tangy paneer, chicken tikka, lamb curry and even your standard beef but all cooked in indigenoius Indian curries and spices. The cilantro coriander chilly chutney and pickled red onions just tie all the chunky fillings together with the bread into the most fabulous bite with popping flavours.
7. Chicago style chicken wings
Breaded, twice fried, buffalo sauce, soy garlic and several other variants make up for the famous chicken wings in Chicago. Getting down and dirty with these deep fried, sauce coated wings is never a mistake, because these are so darn satisfying.
These wings are deep fried with their crispy skins on and tossed in spicy to mild sauces all over the American continent but Chicago has more than a handful hundred serving specialty chicken wings.
Buffalo Wild Wings is a popular fast food chain serving some wicked wings. Giordano’s also serves their version, crunchy and heavy on bold flavors.
Some real sexy food that shouldn’t be missed when in Chicago. If it looks good here, just imagine how bloody brillaint it would feel in your mouth!
Stay hungry, stay happy fellas!
A discrete staircase leads upto a warm welcome when you venture in and walk towards the majestic single floored restro bar with sky high ceiling, smokey red bedecked quirked walls, velvety flashy couches and several divided sections to slide into. The bar is centrally located in this cheerful mayhem, well stocked and ready to take down an army with its gleaming liquor collection.
The rooftop is sectioned into neat corners, giving atop view of the busting humdrum of our beloved delhi!
I chose to sit in this laid back space, with the gushing breeze and an ideal cricket match being screened across. Music was mellow and I loved how I could choose to either be amidst maddening music or a calm open rooftop sanctuary.
Predictable and familiar in many respects, maybe jaded too, Teddy Boy is all about good grub and a good time, so don’t be disappointed just as yet!
The menu is innovative, modern cuisine sprinkled with hues of traditional indigenous flavours from the heart of the country. It was a task to narrow down my order.
The food is pervasively chilly centric and immersed in big bold flavours. The chefs have a clear bias for sharp,individual flavours, oh and chilly of course.
We start off with some conventions.
•Mutton Galouti seekh with Paranthas
The mutton is gentle & beguiling redolent in Mughlai spices, melt in the mouth spectacular served with sweet spiced mini paranthas, happily polished within seconds with the mint chutney & onions.
•Sharma Chinese Egg Rolls
Street style with a crackling eggy crunchy coating with scorching spicy tender chicken stuffing, this was a standard chicken spring roll. Simple spicy and scrumptious.
Nachos topped with creamy mayo chicken. Familiar likeable flavours but not the most exciting dish!
•Kasundi Chicken Skewers
Tender chicken skewers strongly spiced with mustard and served with an equally powerful tangy mustard mayonnaise sauce. Delicious.
• Paanch Phoran Tandoori machhi
Delightful flavours on a rather tough piece of fish, I loved the freshness of the marinade but it was the mishti doi raita sauce that made my heart skip a beat. Such a wonderful play of ingredients and gorgeous pairing.
• Juicy Lucy mutton momos
Much anticipated because I am addicted to dumplings, these were reasonably spiced but I wish they were more juicy and tender.
Accompanying sauces could have been livened up too!
Here on, I plunge into the mains which redefined indulgence.
• Spicy Beef kulcha taco
Crimson with chillies and curry, resting inside pillowy kulcha, was the regal spicy rich beef stuffing that I could literally spend the rest of my life eating happily and greedily.
• Malai Chingri Curry
Packing a punch of flavours in a sublime medley of crimson beetroot rice and velvety prawn malai curry with genteel pieces of plump baby prawns, this dish was the hero of the evening with a culmination of big and mellow elements all imbibed in one bite.
•Ferrero Rocher golgappas are crunchy golgappas stuffed with nutty dark chocolate and finished off with white chocolate swirl pool. Chocolate and golgappas are two things that can make even the grumpiest diners drool, so imagine a fusion of the two! Yummy in my tummy.
An eclectic & equally inspired bar menu that will gratify all them boys and girls who love their booze. Quirky take on the usual bantas that are spiked with serious quantities of vodka and prepared in desi favourites like Bubbly Paan and Kashmir which I absolutely drooled over, also got drunk over!
LIIT was equally spiked with not your usual flavours and boozy in a real good way.
I would advocate this restaurant not for the location or any other reason but the honest food that is so so inspired and fabuloulsy executed that it seems only fair to impart it much gratitude and appreciation for innovation in a simplistic design.
A kaleidoscope of culinary explosions with scattered bits of Indian cuisine meshed in global flavours and excellent drinks, Teddy Boy is here to create ripples!
Cost/person: Rs 1200 (inc alcohol)
Will I visit again? Yes
Today 11 AM to 3 PM
Raj Niwas Marg, Opposite Gujarati Samaj School, Kashmiri Gate, New Delhi
Finally landed this legendary snack in my mouth and having heard enough rave around it I must say, this deep fried kachori is much more than your conventional neighbourhood kachori because trust me dear foodie, its nothing like the stereotype!
Whoever said happiness can’t be bought, hadn’t heard of this pitstop.
Be prepared to get down & dirty if you want to indulge in this bowl of rustic bold flavours.
Crispy hot fried kachoris (puff pastry) filled with spicy tangy masala, plastered with #chhole & finished off with even more zesty #aamchoor #chutney, a splash of mint chutney, fresh onions & a special homemade masala, the combination of textures and flavours is nothing short of unbridled deliciousness.
An absolute magical havoc on the taste buds because you don’t realise what hit you first, it’s spicy, tangy, sour, popping and fresh all instantaneously.
Bearing a huge culinary heritage, Fateh ki kachori is a bite worth its legendary metal!,
This is all things right and wrong in one bite.
Certainly need to plan your next trip out in the city to sample one of the finest street food in dilli!
Hit up California Boulevard when you can’t pick a cuisine and want a bite of diversity and deliciousness in a cosy space perfect for get togethers and family meals!
The menu reads like a beautiful indulging novel that is hard to put down, offering a cross section of cuisines and a serious dilemma to diners because ordering here, my friend is a task, because being spoilt for choice is a real thing.
Split in several sections across two floors, there is a spot for everyone’s liking. Based on the “Californian” theme, the interiors have bits and pieces of the state right from the surf boards to the pervasive blue light reflection and the majestic motorbike at the entrance along with several other architectural manifestations. Aesthetics on point.
Hospitality and service deserves a paragraph or two at the least. Immensely attentive staff members and thunder fast food service. The effictivness in service elevates any ordinary dining experience to a memorable one and this sure as hell was one.
We started off by ordering a rather large array of starters.
Dilli ki chaat comprised of crispy fried spinach leaves laced with tamarind yogurt & mint chutney stunningly meshed into a beautiful light bite.
Peri Peri chicken and Beer Batter Fish have familiar standard tastes. Perfectly cooked meat and heavily flavoured. Classics done well.
Prawn tempura roll and Smoked salmon rolls are decent attempts at offering a Japanese dining experience. Moderately flavoured, rolled and served, these little babies made me happy by just being on my table. Not extra ordinary but sufficed my sushi cravings with quality and modesty.
Bang Bang duck rolls were pretty bangin’ to say the least. I am pretty prejudiced to duck for just being its sweet rich self. Stuffed with zesty juliennes of cucumber, tender duck meat, spring onions and bathed in abundance of Hoison and plum sauce, the flavours were smacking. The pancake could have been softer!
Prawn Agilo is a divine pairing of subtle grilled prawn sitting on soft feta cheese spiked with the characteristic herbaceous flavourings. When the mild-mannered prawn combines with the feta with a kick, it becomes the hero of the hour.
Vegetarians will be delighted at the utter sight of Paneer sushi, an indianised fusion version of the popular Japanese food. Cottage cheese rolls stuffed with tangy cheesey mushroom mint & Ginger. Sprightly sauces that make it a refreshing snack all together.
The steamed pork buns and Prawn Har Gao seemed rather lost and exhausted of texture or flavour. Can be avoided.
Grilled Chicken burger had an Intensely flavoured chicken patty that came separately sizzling on a hot plate, enmeshed in cheese & laid back on a bed of crisp vegetables. Quite a sexy sight!
While I enjoyed the juiciness of the chicken, I missed a flavour balance in the burger.
Homemade Ravioli with chicken cheese & fungus was like Christmas on my plate. Rich spiked ravioli garbed in a creamy sauce, Italian in texture but kinda desi in its gooey flavour. Resplendent on the palate.
Dessert comprises the signature Chocolate bombe of a rich dark brownie and other accoutrements, the dish is finished a le gueridon, poured over with a warm decadent toffee sauce which transmutes the entire pudding into an inchoate chocolatey mess. it’s addressed with the complete silence of good eating.
Sacher Torte is for those who like their sweet in moderation. Viennese special chocolate cake with a thin layers of apricot jam. Much dense and not so rich on the palate, I liked this one for clean flavours and the play of textures.
Swish sophisticated oasis in Gurgaon that’s the ideal destination for a culinary journey across the globe, impeccable service and a very warm vibe with an infinite menu of adventurous food!
Cost/ person : Rs 800
Will I visit again? Yes.
10 signs that prove food is your BAE!
Is the kitchen your favorite room in the house? People watch sports, spend hours watching movies but you love going through the visual therapy of cookbooks and the food section of magazines.
Do you have serious issues at a restaurant while ordering food because you just cant seem to narrow down to a single dish? You need to order like literally everything on the menu!!
If any of these signs sound familiar—well, you might just be in a secret relationship with food which is only growing stronger by the minute.
1.You eat too quickly and burn your mouth.
Ha-Ha, we all have been down that regretful lusty road to have the first bite of that gooey hot cheese pizza or that cheese plastered baked lasagna and burnt our mouth, because well, we are greedy pigs!
2.You spend a lot of time perusing restaurant menus and peppering waiters with questions.
Well, well, ordering food is a task that you take very, very seriously and you need to go through the entire menu thoroughly so you order the best dish there is.This involves pissing off the servers with endless questions and sometimes your friends too! People need to understand the significance of getting food orders right!
3.Holidays always revolve around new food.
When you travel, the first thing you look forward to is not the destination but the food! You have googled ‘places to eat’ and know and try to fit in all the awesome eating places on your schedule. Others may want to sightsee, shop or party, but you my friend, only want good food! Simple life goals.
4.You don’t know the meaning of “Fat”.
Well, there is too much food seduction going on in the world and you don’t need useless excuses like fat to distract your mind from the true goal of your life which is food. When people tell you about their diet you just want them to shut up and eat their leafs while you make love to your double whammy cheeseburger. You are curvy and thats the way to roll bitches!
5. You feed your instagram before people.
Guilty!!!!! The world needs to know the yummy food you are eating and you consider it as your patriotic duty to showcase beautiful food on your social media.
6.You have atleast one food app on your phone.
Technology is of no use unless it can bring you closer to food, right? So you’re either hooked to Zomato which is like the Tinder of your life or you have a several other restaurant apps on your phone.
7.Bad tasting food just breaks your gluttonous fat heart.
You made all the plans and efforts to try out this new restaurant in town but the food tastes so bleh that you just want to cry. You waste your calories on worthless food while you deserve only the most delectable feast meant for Gods!
8.Your social media is subscribed to most food related pages.
You can just stare all day at pretty pictures of food. You follow food accounts on facebook and instagram. I am sure you are totally following FoodTalkIndia, Tasty, Eatlo, Tastemade and BBC Goodfood! (and me of course:p)
9.People who “forget to eat” are just an abomination to you.
Like who forgets to eat? Do you forget to breathe or forget to blink? I don’t think so. How on earth can someone just forget the most vital part of the day which is obvisouly eating. What can be humanly more important and worth your time than some tasty grub in your belly? Do you even have a soul?
10. You’d rather have someone bring you food as a romantic gesture instead of flowers.
What can be more romantic than food as a sign of love? More food, I guess.
You just don’t understand why people would buy anything other than food to impress their dates. Food is yummy and satisfying and just a happy sight. No amount of roses can stand a chance to beat a fresh hot box of sugar glazed donuts or a bouquet of junk food :p.
If you made it till here, you’re clearly a massive foodie and chances are you are hungry right now! Ba-Ha-Ha
Think an oversized burger encasing ground meat, slowly seared, crusty on the outside, juicy, piled with glossy caramelized onions, draped in gooey cheese sauce that looks like sunshine, between the softest warm buttered bun dotted with poppy seeds! Dayam, ok you can kill me now!
Dim sums done so right~
Rating : 5/5
Not your standard desi “Chindian” restaurant next door!
Big Wong is an upscale take on contemporary Pan Asian-Jap cuisine with some excellent sushi concoctions that converted a sushi hater like me into someone who has fallen head over heels. A brilliant effort to serve exquisite food at rather reasonable price and excellent over all dining experience.
Ambience : Not too ambitious or fancy, Big Wong keeps it simple and humble. Done up in darker hues in a reasonable space in Epicuria Mall, the restaurant sits in panache with standard seating and closely laid out tables.
Service: The usp of the restaurant is good food, quick food. Naturally the service is fast and the servers are on call and efficient. Food arrived in surprisingly good time and piping hot!
Food: Lets talk the talk now! Utter redefinition of dim sums ! a very smart take on the menu which consisted of some superb pairings and concoctions which are hard to not love!
Starting off with a variety of veg dimsums, Spicy asparagus and vegetable dimsums Thai herbs stand out with magical popping flavours of lemongrass and basil dominating a rather innovative concoction of flavours. Don’t be deceived by the simplicity of these little crackers.
Gulping these down and making way into the chicken dim sums,
• Chicken Thai herbs is the mingling of soft and crunchy textures (from the nutty Thai herb sauce) and a gorgeous sticky sweet spicy herb sauce to lick the last morsels. . Instant gratification on consumption. Beautifully assembled and delicate on the palate with wonderful ingredients
• Chicken Sui mai is standard with bold favours and a bite best paired with spicy Schezuan sauce.
If you’re a seafood lover, Big Wong seafood dumplings take the cake. My personal favourite with gentle fillings and bold tickling sauces that make sure the party in your mouth is an everlasting one.
• Prawn curry dimsums are divine with soft meaty fillings and a creamy Thai coconut sauce with notes of basil and fresh coconut and chilly. Love at first bite. The sauce smells like it was conceived in the perfumed earthy roots of the coast.
• Prawn Hargao is much subtle and light on the palate with clean unadulterated flavours of the meat.
Ebi Tempura Roll Sushi with praw and mayonnaise was bloody fantastic with the right strike of flavor and just a tinge of sweetness. The pickled ginger served on the side elevated the dish even further
Steamed Fish in black bean sauce tasted alright. Could have been better on flavor and less on the salt.
Thai Chili chicken was cooked alright with a wonderfully balanced glazy sauce.
BW Special cheese wonton is just plain heaven. You got to eat it to believe it. A clever dish combining fried dough with orgasmic Philadelphia cheese filling. Food dreaming now! Stir fried chicken with greens, Served with scallions and beans in a light garlic soy sesame sauce makes for a delightful companion. Tasting fresh and very light this was one of my fave dishes.
Chicken Thai basil is made well with tender chicken slices, heavy basil notes and handful of minced garlic. Flavours spot on.
Caught up in this meat orgy, We avoid any apoplexy in the form of rice or noodles and order Exotic vegetables in Hoison sauce which dominates both our palate and our table. Considering a vegetarian nothing in front of hard core carnivores this gravy was immensely flavourful with deep dark sweet Hoison notes mixed into crunchy exotic vegetables. I licked it to the last drop. #word.
Verdict: The restaurant offers rather different Thai Chinese menu where the food is created for a flexible palate and flavors that appeal to children and adults alike. A clever take on serving contemporary Chinese and Thai with not so predictable elements.
The dishes are moderately spiced but hugely flavored that leaves behind a party on the mouth and you get up with a heavily satiated tummy and not such a light wallet as one would expect! Oh and they are awaiting their liquor license to flare things even more !
Cost/person : Rs 800
Will I visit again? Yes
Chi is sugar and spice and everything nice, literally!
Mesmerising cuisine and a brilliantly bright space of good food and good vibes. I think it is safe to say that the dining experience made me “weep sweetly” with the explosion of flavours I experienced during my meal, not once, not twice but several times.
As you enter the restaurant you cannot help but get consumed by the sunshine tones used in the interiors. Bright and warm, the walls are done up in shades of yellow, green and off white which leads a rather soothing touch to the space. Divided into several sections, a live kitchen, an elaborate bar and an open terrace, much effort has gone into designing the space. Bathed in daylight during the day and dimly sparkly at night, the ambience is a straight winner here.
Moving along, the staff is very friendly and courteous. They are well acquainted with the menu and food arrives quick here. Fast, fresh and delicious.
I picked out a few thirst quenchers to calm down my nerves in the hot evening and the mocktails were just the right pick.
Buddha’s Palm was freshness personified. Made with triple sec, kaffir lime, lemon wedges mixed together in magical flavours. Highly recommended. Next I had a Thai caprioska which was another beauty with Asian flavours of galangal, lemongrass and ginger. Freshness!
I ordered myself an interesting cocktail Pod Thai made in vodka coconut water and cucumber. That liquid of pure boozy magic, it obviously made me tipsy but in the right way!
Coming down to serious grub business, the menu is pretty darn exciting and elaborate with your traditional Asian delicacies and some modernised versions.
In one sentence – I was ambushed by a flavour tsunami.
We started off with an array of dimsums which happen to be my usual favourites.
Prawn Hargao was just a sublime little bag of seafood flavour. Minimally seasoned and delicate.
Mushroom spinach dimsum looked green and pretty and tasted good, mildly spiced.
Spicy chicken dumpling was classic and well made.
Loved how the dimsums tasted decadent despite being simple.
Up next was the light and spicy sweet Tom Sam Salad that I absolutely loved thanks to the fresh ingredients.
Next came the delightful Chicken Pho which served as the perfect subtle palate cleanser. Vietnamese flat noodles simmered in chicken broth that was heavily flavoured with aromatic lemongrass, basil and lime. The broth was clear and just a beautiful celebratory amalgamation of asian flavours.
Following this, we had some stunning appetisers.
Kung Pao grilled prawns were marinated generously in lemongrass and garlic finished off with a tamarind glaze and tasted spectacular. It’s hard to define that mouthgasm in words. These were followed by the quirky orange grilled mushrooms, different but refreshing.
The piece de resistance was the Roast duck rolls with Hoison sauce, for the quintessential duck lover. Served cold with cucumber batonnets and spring onions these were most sweetly flavoured and tasted just divine. I could have a dozen of these and still want more! Highly recommended.
Salt and Pepper crispy prawns continued to waltz on my palate with just the perfect crispy crunch and juicy bite complete with an equilibrium of spice. A must try for the prawn aficionados.
Not that I needed more on my plate but what the heck? I moved along to the main course where is stuck to basics.
Kung Pao chicken was sweet and fiery at the same time with Sichuan berries and am sun dried chillies mixed with tender cubed chicken. The Mapo Tofu tasted even better to my carnivore palate because it had truck loads of yummy Asian flavours mixed into shiitake and tofu in a sour spicy paste. Having lost all inhibitions at this point and being the greedy glutton that I am, I mixed these lovely dishes into the burnt garlic fried rice and enjoyed every morsel down to the last one.
Making desperate attempts to create some space in the abyss of my tummy for dessert, I was fairly amused by how much my stomach could happily handle because the dessert kind of owned me at the first bite.
Coconut pancakes with orange drizzle and vanilla ice cream was a multiple surprise package with a gooey coconut filling inside silky thin pancakes and that glistening orange drizzle. Plain beautiful.
My chopsticks never worked this fast and sharp as this time and the ecstasy that I experienced during the meal took a while to wash off!
One word to sum up my meal- Magnifique.
Ps: Prices are pretty reasonable and every morsel is worth its price.
Cost/ person: Rs 1500 (inc alcohol)
Will I visit again? Yes
Delivering near brilliant fine dining experience in the comfort of your home, Asian Haus is all things wonderful and decadent.
The menu is pretty elaborate and an absolute delight for an Asian food lover like myself. They offer a wide range of cuisine ranging from Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Japanese. There is a huge lot to choose from and i can’t wait to try every dish on there.
The order was delivered in good time and boy, the packaging deserves applause. Neat ergonomic boxes and packing which were a feast on the eyes even before I got to the main meal. The food is packed with disposable cutlery, chopsticks and wet tissues to make sure the meal is comfortable and enjoyed at best, even if it is delivered at your doorstep. Special attention is paid to make sure the food isn’t tampered and spilled, attention duly noted and appreciated.
• Spicy rice cakes are a vegetarian delight. A south East Asian speciality finely cubed daikon rice cakes stir fried in a aromatic chilly paste, chives and bean sprouts. Sofy, crunchy and has a beautiful flavour texture balance.
• Green Thai curry with sticky rice is creamy and popping with lemongrass basil flavour. Recommended.
• Duck dim-sums were marvellous. Sweet and spicy filling in thinly rolled sheets. Divine!
• shiitake stir fry was lovely in a spicy sauce which went perfectly with the rice. Spot on flavours and lovely texture on the mushrooms.
Verdict: if you like Asian food and wish to experience fine dining in the comfort of your home, Asian Haus is the place to call. Delicious, hygienic and food worth every penny. They also deliver till 4:00 am now which is an excellent news for a asian food junkie like myself. Give them a call, you won’t be disappointed!
Cost/ person : Rs 600
Will I order again? Yes.
Gurgaon is in no shortage of quirky destinations and overflowing breweries and the growing popularity of micro breweries is evident from the increasing number springing up in Gurugram, Hunter valley is one of the cosy little additions to the list.
Sprawled across two huge floors, Hunter Valley is done up in bright cheerful interiors and wallpapers. From quirky commentary on the walls to the cutest interior elements, it’s made in a happy vibe but dare I say, the interiors are a bit contradictory. The basement is reserved for hosting gigs and parties while the main floor is decked up into cute sections to choose from. I personally loved the artsy shirt cushions which will catch your fancy in a moment.
The staff and management is very very warm and courteous. Very attentive servers who knew exactly what they were doing and delivering efficient service.
• Whacko Tacos are crunchy corn flour shells served with saucy paneer, crispy lettuce, Mexican seasoning and cheddar. Combination of flavours and textures that make for the perfect bite with a pint of beer.
• Hunter valley fries served with cheese garlic dip are your classic finger chips with cheese sauce. Can’t complain about these.
• Tomato bruschetta was a nice palate cleanser with fresh chopped tomatoes and garlic finished off with olive oil and seasoned with salt pepper.
• Malting mushroom was fabulous. Deep fried cheese stuffed mushrooms served with tangy salads. Pull apart strands of mozzarella from the fried center. Quite indulgent.
• Grilled fish in lemon garlic butter tasted sublime and delicate. Butter basted fish in a sour cream sauce with fragrant garlic. Highly recommended.
• Indian combo meal comprised of butter paneer, spicy dal tadka and steamed rice served with coriander mint chutney and onions. A classic combo loved by all, made with full flavour and very satisfying.
• Chilly chicken combo with fried rice was passé. The chicken was gluggy and tasted bland.
• Spinach stuffed chicken served with sweet corn rice was also very average. The stuffing was dry and under seasoned and I couldn’t taste much in the parsley cream either.
• Matter Paneer tikka was delicious. Puréed spiced peas stuffed between soft paneer, very delicate and scrumptious.
Beer: The restaurant makes 6 Belgium Brewed beers and they range from strong to subtle varieties. Each one had a unique flavour and body, Belgium Ale was my favourite, very misty and sweetly sour.
Dessert: Quite a gluttonous and sinful ending to a rather heavy meal.
• sesame honey noodles with vanilla ice cream was surprisingly beautiful. Sweet crunchy pastry dripping in sweet honey glue served with soft vanilla ice cream. Must try.
• Hot Nougat Pudding with ice cream was a great alternative to your regular chocolate brownie. Gooey hot chocolate overdosing soft pudding served with cold vanilla. Lovely pairing and beautiful on the palate.
Verdict: A fun and cosy microbrewery serving more than just good hand crafted beer. An elaborate menu and a warm space to lie back and relax with a bunch of friends over good food and drinks. Comparatively inexpensive and very easy on the pocket in terms of quality and service. Great options for corporate and private parties.
Cost/ person : Rs 1000
Will I visit again? Yes.