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They have a small sitting that can house about 10 people so well, it’s good to grab a quick bite or order take away! The staff is friendly and orders get delivered at thunder speed, no kidding. The chefs work magic with the time management of the food orders.
There are plenty of pizza variations here, each delicious and likely deserving of all sorts of saucy praise.
They specialize in ultra-thin crust and somehow manage not to overwhelm it, even when loading up tons of toppings.
We start off on a healthy (err, yeah) note with a Walnut Feta Apple Salad that’s a crunchy crispy embodiment of fresh ingredients wrapped up in a tart chunky sundried tomato dressing. Bloody good!
Then we decided to get our hands dirty with the chicken wings.The sauce is an in-house concoction of chilli and red marinade, smoky and with just a suggestion of sweetness; This one is a bomb of flavours.
We next fish for the Shrimp Pizza ,the tiny shrimp is bursting with sweet spicy flavours of the Mediterranean and all tempered by onion and garlic. Belissima. Highly recommended.
The Jamaican Jerk Pizza and Brooklyn Pizza would be a hit with the carnivores. They have the right doughy consistency, excellent cheese stretchiness, stellar chunky meaty topped with spicy marinara and fresh mozz.
Vegetarians will be spoilt for choice with a wide selection of exotic toppings, fresh ingredients and rather exciting pairings.
The Pizzas worked wonders for my palate. El Chalpoo and Brooklyn Veg Pizza are straight winners.
The chef is using too quality Feta, sundries tomatoes, basil pesto, ricotta, porcini and a variety of sharp cheeses as toppings which elevate these crunchy babies to another level.
We delve further into Bolognese, a bubbling muddling of spaghetti ,parmesan and rich red sauce textured with tender meat. Gently steaming, each melting mouthful is a swirl of flavours and dreams. More prosaically, the edge of the parmesan blunts the sharpness of the sauce, all the gamey meat rounding off said edges.
Enough eating and hogging aside, Fat Lulus delivered a par excellent experience for someone like me who doesn’t obsess over Pizzas but these guys have such delectable confections and dishes, you’re going to be spoilt for choice.
Italian aficionados, head here for some wow moments!
Olive continues to be the perennially posh drink and dine playground for the fine Delhi gentry where the food and ambience will be visually soothing on your sight and extremely palatable on your palate.
Exuding romance with an all-white décor with azure accents, vines creeping up and down walls, pebbles under your feet and comfortable wicker furniture all over,Olive is the kind of picture-perfect setting that looks and feels casual, but not crummy.
It fits for both a cozy dinner to celebrate a double digit anniversary and a delightful first date.
Regardless of where you’re seated, take advantage of the variety of seriously aphrodisiac dishes on the menu.
The menu is a beautiful manifestation of dishes which understand the concept of balance in flavour and texture which exhibits in each element of every dish and mind you, there are quite a few of them on every plate.
Being seated and eagerly hungry for the chef’s finest creations for the season we gulped down some delicate amuse bouche
– Watermelon jelly, fermented gooseberry: a wonderful pop of fresh organic flavours with a tad bit of sorcery.
– Parsnip Crisp,goat cheese and semi dried tomato: a textural delight and highly addictive.
– Chicken liver parfait, poached cheery: smoother than butter.
Setting a rather exciting anticipation on the tummies for greater flavours, I was thoroughly impressed with the course of Chicken Consommé and Mushroom Consommé that was served next.
Clear soups flavoured with extreme intensity served with tortellini, goat cheese, mushroom and Kale these slurps were certainly one of the most memorable moments of my gluttonous life. Delicate and delicious with bags of sequential flavours.
Tenderloin Pastrami is a beautiful sight to behold with white asparagus, horseradish cream, pickled onions, radish and Parmesan! Looks like a delicate piece of art too pretty to eat but you’ll thank your gods on tasting the first few morsels of this.
Mains arrive looking as seductive as any matter in the universe can! Watch out for a food boner right here.
Chilean Sea Bass is full bodied with flavours that define delicacy and subtlety from the curry glaze served with sunchoke purée, Savoy cabbage & sunchoke chips. I would eat this every day! Magnificent creation.
Belgian Pork Belly comes gambolling up, slow braised with bacon & pear jam, recumbent with creamy potato mash, piccalilli purée and crackling. While practically melting like butter in the mouth the flavours explode a bomb on the palate.
Broken Lemon Meringue Tart will leave you licking your plate with serious avarice. A beautiful mess of lemon curd espuma, vanilla sable, lemon gel, lemon & passionfruit sorbet and broken meringue, this is a superlative sweet treat that will haunt you for several nights with mesmerising tickles in your mouth.
Quickly summing up my X rated culinary journey at Olive, it’s apt to say that this is a destination that engages all senses in a supernova of tasteful experiences that leave your palate in amazement and wonder with clever use of the fresh and the exotic commemorated in a single bite and always manages to deliver a worthwhile experience that makes up for the heavy duty prices you pay here. Once in a while, it’s good to splurge and if you’re in a mood to indulge, Olive is definitely among your top five choices in the city!
Cost/ person: Rs 2500/-
Will I visit again? Yes.
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.
… of sweet sophistication and cosy couches!
Steal a dose of respite in the brand new living room at 52 Janpath tucked away from the cacophony of commerce outside, which is sort of like home away from home well with a sophisticated coziness!
It has a certain new world charm well meshed with a sense of nostalgia and belongingness. A homestyle restaurant but a touch of pretence here and there (well, that’s not always a bad thing now, is it?) and a sense of upscale sophistication whiffs from the interiors.
Bathed in daylight and divided in a majestic open area and elaborately done up enclosed space.
The interiors deserve a paragraph or two :p. A majestic bookshelf corner, most inviting comfortable couches, a massive scotch cabinet corner, old school wooden furniture perfectly broken in an an eerie but happily nostalgic stone set fireplace and flecks of contemporary art thrown in here and there is just the beginning of this experience. Move out for fresh air and behold a mural decked wall with fresh greenery and pots! Full marks to the brain behind such bliss!
The servers are on their feet but a bit confused too, it’s hard to get their attention but then again, it takes time to get a hang of service in a new place so I decide to cut them some slack and focus on the calming ambience instead and delve into food anticipation.
The menu is safely global comprising of favourites from everyone’s palate. Win win!
We started off with Home style nachos (keeping up the homey vibe obviously) which were sliced deep fried potato chips towered with a melange of tangy salsa and sour cream, oh and some obvious I cheesey goo. Well assembled, crunchy, creamy and tangy. Following this I drooled over this gorgeous Quinoa beetroot tikki which was a surprise flavour bomb of a gooey cheesey center, soft and crunchy elements all going on in a single bite. Highly recommended for vegetarians.
The Three Little Meat Sliders sashay up — incredibly sexy pulled lamb with a flavour so powerful that they’re corrupt — their modesty, or lack thereof, draped in greens between the softest buns you ever took between your teeth. Please just eat it, for the sake of appreciating godly flavours.
Barely recovering from these, I plunge into the Thai Chicken Skewers which taste divine dunked in a silky sweet spicy sauce bombarded with lemongrass, basil and heavy coconut flavours.
Next on I am confronted with the Mediterranean Filo pie potli, yes sounds and looked fancy but was a confused mush on my palate. I would avoid this.
I delved into an array of pizzas. Perfectly crusted, saucy and indulgent with unapologetic amounts of cheese, hey! Can’t complain much, decadent and happy slices of pizza!
For mains I stuck to the traditional generic plates of Indian and some Thai and I was well satiated and well impressed with what I was served.
Extremely rich, flavourful dal makhni and mutton Rogan Josh made in a radioactive thick red curry, tender melting in the mouth meat and just an endless party of zest & spice wolfed down with hot crispy rotis perfumed with the aroma of the tandoor.
I saunter down to the pineapple rice with chicken Thai curry and a sprightly salad that makes a mouthful worthy of a spring. Creamy and perfumed Thai curry with tender chicken bits, crunchy vegetables paired in a heavenly match with sweet & savoury pineapple rice, clean and fresh ingredients there.
Not overly sweet or overburdened with dry fruits, this mango rasmalai is the perfect finisher to the elaborate cornucopia I feasted over!
In an abrasive and hectic city like Delhi, this is a sanctuary of the first order with a cosy vibe that is hard to resist and so easy to slip into, comfort food with big bold flavours and and a chirpy vibe.
Cost/ person : Rs 800
Will I visit again? Yes.
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.
Rating : 4/5
Connaught place is fast becoming a generic hub of swanky fine fine restaurants and innovative conceptual bars, almost transforming the central delhi food and nightlife scenario. The latest addition
Explore the world of aphrodisiacs & experience exotic flavours that excite and delight the palate. Expect a bountiful use of aphrodisiacs: chocolate, chillies, spiced and lots more all across their food and drink menu.
Ambience : The restaurant has a seductive, saucy vibe to it with it bold and bright interiors colour palate. Wooden flooring, dusty pink couches, majestic design and quite a collection of temptress frames across the space lends a rather venereous touch. The slanting bar, all lit up is an interesting play at Hot Mess.
Service: very very warm and attentive staff members who were on their toes. Food arrived quick and looking pleasing as ever.
Food: seductive, pseudo Indian, highly fusion and mostly lipsmacking.
•Cranberry chicken salad with spinach was a pop of giant flavours and textures paired in a perfect match. The sweet cranberry dressing on the chicken salad tasted divine. I could eat that salad ever day of the year.
• Salt and Pepper pad Thai was a classic warm Asian noodle salad with basil and lemongrass hints. Tasted sublime.
• Mutton galouti pav with fermented chilli paste wasn’t as decadent as I expected it to be. The mutton galouti lacked depth of flavour. A very average dish.
• Braised lamb sliders were filled with delicious sliced lamb cooked in a sweet spicy brown sauce. Very tender and flavourful. Highly recommended.
• Spicy cheese chur chur naan pizza was the first of its kind that I have tasted and a serious contender for one of the most amazing fusion marvels I ate. Flaky buttery crisp pastry toppled with your regular pizza ingredients and a lot of cheese. Quite an indulgent bite there and absolutely amazing on the palate.
• Bourbon smoked honey chicken served in a Jack Daniel smoke with full on theatrics was feasty on the eyes and tasted good.
• Samosadillas with aam Panna chutney was interesting with a veg tangy filling and a sweet spicy chutney that elevated the bite to another level.
• Dahi ke kebab weren’t my favourite. Can be avoided.
• Jumbo mutton keema parantha was well, quite a plateful of happiness. Huge keema stuffed parantha glistening with butter, loaded with some more cooked keema in spicy goodness served with chutney and red onions. Pretty badass.
• Braised lamb with mash & red wine jus was surprisingly most tender and juicy with a beautiful saucy jus and creamy mash. Highly recommended.
• Punjabi Butter chicken and Dal Makhni, essentially Indian, were creamy rich and decadent paired with garlic butter naan. These were no less than the flavour bags you’d find in an authentic Indian restaurant.
• Fish in black bean sauce, sweet and sour with tender cooked fish pieces. Yum.
• Assorted mushroom with bamboo shoot and soy was spectacular. Beautiful variety of mushroom cooked in a semi sweet oriental sauce. I licked this dish empty when my stomach couldn’t even bear another bite.
Drinks: The aphrodisiac cocktails are the highlight of this fusion bar. Immensely creative and not just boozy, these are big on flavours. The bar menu is elaborate but I picked my personal faves.
The Sheesha was quite a show. Inventive and inviting indeed, their Sheesha is the kind that one can smoke from and even drink from. Now that’s an attraction for all Sheesha lovers and only available in Hot Mess as of now!
Dessert: Well, now, an aphrodisiacs experience is incomplete without a sweet sinful indulgence.
• sugar free firni was creamy, just rightly sweetened and delish.
• crunchy chocolate cake was just bloody beautiful with layers of chocolate goodness, creamy and crunchy all put together in one humongous guilty bite.
• Red velvet brownie with vanilla ice cream was a tad bit dry with one dimensional flavour. Could be more gooey and moist.
Verdict: Billing to be the first aphrodisiac bar in the country, this one deserves a visit. The food is elaborate, drinks are quirky and the ambience promising.
Cost/ person Rs 1500 (inc alcohol)
Will I visit again? Yes.
Megu is worth a visit, period!
Yes it comes with the frills of a five star restaurant and it is essentially upscale but the hype is worth it.
Ambience: The walk into the restaurant is majestic. The restaurant itself is divided into sections to suit the guests. The interiors are sophisticated and grand but simple. Hues of earthy colours are used in the walls and sitting. A huge glass Buddha structure sits in the middle of the main restaurant and there is an open sushi kitchen. Everything about the place screams “upscale”.
Service : The staff is obviously super attentive and efficient, nothing less is expected from a five star dining experience. Food arrived fairly quick and the manager himself took care extra care of us which was a plus point.
Food: Getting down to the real business, the food was actually outstanding and the prices were justified.
• Lobster sushi roll was humongous & super filling and the taste, well wow!
Authentic & hearty!
• Shrimp sushi roll was my absolute favourite. Such beautiful flavours packed in the crispy shrimp and a lovely tangy sauce on the side.
• Tiger Prawns looked appetising but failed to deliver any flavour or texture. Very bland and cooked poorly.
• Rolled pork belly was a two piece skewered dish priced at a bomb but extremely meagre. Two pieces? Hello!??
The pork belly had an unbelievable smokey depth of flavour and tasted exceptional. That one piece had me struck at the first bite. Beautiful.
• Spicy Salmon sushi was delicate and tasted divine with the pickled ginger & fresh wasabi that the manager grated right in front of us
• Dragon sushi roll was a culmination of an interesting choice of ingredients and tasted delicious topped with fried crisps. Heavenly taste and texture.
• Chocolate Cake was from the hotel bakery specially for my birthday & was very well made full of chocolate goodness.
Verdict: Yes, the restaurant is extravagant but the quality is stunning and worth a visit. The sushi is among the very best I have tasted & the limited but diverse menu is enough to ensure an exciting Japanese dining experience
Cost/ person : Rs 4000
Will I visit again? Yes.