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With all your favourite Indian dishes, a handful of modern techniques, a drizzle of excitement, garnished culinary excellence, behold a unique new entrant into the food market, Karma Kismet is a pleasant camouflage, a melting warren of surprising flavours and ingredients paired together to give you a memorable dining experience.
As you enter the restaurant, it’s hard to miss the celestial karmic vibe pervasive in every element of dark earthy tones that make up this minimally done up space.
The menu is inspired, tastes are familiar enough, but the textures, temperature and presentation have been turned on their head – the treatment is irreverent, but it’s also more refined.
We start off with fascinating starters which have me surrendered to subtleties of flavour.
Gucchi ka Shorba is a balmy winter soother in every sense. An intense broth flavoured with earthy mushroom, white truffle oil and Kashmiri morel with slow poached vegetables & Enoki. I would pay a million bucks for this Soup alone.
Murg Daal ka Shorba is just as delicate and silken with saffron rubbed chicken dumplings, perfumed & hearty.
The next to be sighted on our horizon is the Kala Murg Malai Tikka. Baited with buttermilk and various spices, cooked with activated charcoal, the bird bursts with masalas and is infused with a seemingly inherent smoky flavours with seeming creaminess of cheddar.
However it was a vegetarian dish, Galouti ki Kismet that stood out for me as the piece de resistance!
A piquant Mushroom Galouti with creamed mushroom mince impeccably flavoured, and irresistible on the palate!
Gulnar Paneer, with figs and walnut stuffing against soft Malai, charred and melt in the mouth, was beautiful, paired with a fresh raw mango & apple salad, I loved licking the last morsel off my plate.
Still behold my beating heart,
It’s the fish that swims away with the honours though — Kasundi Salmon Tikka, fresh & flakey shrouded in kasundi glaze, served with taftaan chips & pearl onions that lend a burst of freshness.
Kadak Seekh Kebab rolled with triple minced Lamb, bell pepper burnoise is paired with a smoked cheese filling which bursts tremendous flavour in every bite.
Still saving some space for mains, we went ahead with the ubiquitous Indian dishes where all those elements of an Indian meal were there but just in an avant-garde manner
Dal Makhni, Butter Chicken, Mutton Rogan Josh with crispy paranthas, tasted of what I would call a pious culinary haven. Rich, rooted in authenticity and every bit decadent.
Despite the law of diminishing marginal utility (in this case, the menu) we still find ourselves diving with great enthusiasm into dessert.
Evolution of Paan, a deconstructed version of Benarsi Paan, but once you place the contents of the dessert in your mouth together they transmute into the flavour of authentic nostalgia.
Caramel kattha, gulkand Macron, fennel sponge, Saffron Snow, strawberry semi Freddo on a dehydrated paan leaf.
Sous Vide Gajar Ka Halwa looked way more innocent than it tasted, a pleasant surprise of odd textures and gorgeous flavours, earthy and creamy, a straight winner for me. There were too many memorable flavours to jot down.
But then I am merely the Virgil to your Dante, dear reader.
The DNA and the flavour of the food will remain the same, but it will be in brand new creative packaging.
Visit karma Kismet and find out for yourself.
Location: M25, E Block Road,
M block, Greater Kailash ll, New Delhi
Phone: +91- 9810770807
Barcat is the new delightful kid on the block, it’s quirky, fun and glorious with all that jazz, if you know what I mean! A jazz bar and every bit ubiquitous, hanging lights, large windows shining all the sunny glory onto the tables and smartly dressed up waiters in waist coats welcome you to this warm den of sunshine and seductive food! A pastiche of largely European flavours, it is tempered by Modernist sensibilities; expect a certain amount of razzmatazz on your palate. The menu is a warren of melting pots and inspired dishes.The Five Spice Peanuts come first, most addictively spiced, tangy, spicy and sweet all at the same time, they will leave your palate tingling for a while. Then comes the piece de resistance, Chicken Leg Mousse which sets the tone for the rest of the afternoon. Slow roasted piquant chicken mousse is spread atop toasted crusty bread and covered in a creamy layer of Welsh Cheese, it’s firm at first but melts delicately on the tongue as we prod further. Brilliantly cooked. The Melon Melange Salad is delightfully fresh, juicy with an assortment of scooped melons and greens enrobed in a sweet balsamic dressing with goat cheese and sunflower seeds. I could eat bowls of this and not get tired! We delved into mains with a buttery Charter Pie, the toothsome fatty bits of creamy chicken get along with the sweet soft corn and onions inside the crusty flakey tart like a house on fire dotted with a red onion marmalade with a laugh salad adding a crunch to the textured dish— all making for a gorgeous mouthful.Next up is the Grilled Chicken with a Bacon Potato Terrine, it’s as seductive on the palate as it sounds. Buttery skinned chicken grilled to a celestial perfection which makes it melt in the mouth with a velvety aftertaste basking in tremendous flavours of the lemon thyme jus and that bacon potato terrine ends up being gratuitous, given the amount of flavour these babies are packing, crunchy meaty yet soft in the center. Resembling a DTC bus by this point, stuffed beyond capacity, we soldier on to dessert.I notice the Philadelphia cheesecake and obviously go ahead and order it, cuz well, how can I not? Served with a berry compote, crimson raspberry jelly & an almond crumble it’s pliant but substantial, without being saccharine sweet and just gooey in the right way. However it was the Chocolate Hazelnut Tart that had me swooning well beyond help and what a surprise it was.
Soft, chewy chocolate in a buttery tart, surrounded by cloud blob of airy chocolate vanilla mousse. The spoonable dessert comes enrobed in a shiny chocolate glaze, with a garnish of toasted hazelnuts and, yes, more chocolate. I like to think of it as the fancy, chocolate draped dessert of your dream, each bite is a bit of manna, all the elements coming together in a symphony of sweetness that Gives way to a glorious gluttonous dark mess We finished in gratitude with a warm cup of their freshly brewed in house coffee, a stunner hot cup there.
Bar Cat is flavour of the season and extremely exciting for those who understand Food and are always on a lookout for eccentric fun and decadent food. Trust me when I say this, those flavours are going to make you go weak in the knees more than once!
Joining the bandwagon of Haus brand, is the new entrant, Amma’s Haus delivering top notch South Indian food right to the comfort of your home. It’s everything you’d expect from the brand, stellar quality and nothing less.
Starting from the branding & packaging, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Amma’s Haus is just as articulate with it as it’s other branches. Spot on, neat and ergonomical.
Coming down to the exciting South Indian menu, there is a major coastal influence there and an elaborate offering of South Indian delicacies that go beyond the regular idly and dosa, so be prepared to be wowed, specially if you have a thing for that cuisine.
The starters are damn exciting but they’ll peak your curiousity at the same time.
Gunpowder Idli, Beetroot Vada, as vegetarian starters were delicious and rich with stark flavours.
Prawn Spring Rolls and Chorizo Pav were an absolute rich indulgence with bundles of flavours, greasy yes but oh so chunky and yummy.
The starters were plenty filling but being the glutton I am, I went ahead and treated myself to an even more elaborate feast with the mains.
Chicken Sukka & Lamb Curry were standouts, with perfumed flavours of mustard and curry patta throughout, these dishes went perfectly with buttery malabari Parantha, rather luxurious and calorific but worth every bit.
They also do a superb Brown Rice Biryani which I absolutely loved. For those who want a bit of flavour with a dose of health, this is perfect. Mildly spiced and earthy, I had the Chicken biryani and it was pretty delicious yet light on the tummy!
Overall Amma Haus offers a rich choice of dishes, heavily flavoured, but flavours which are different to what we are used to enjoying in North Indian cuisine! A few dishes may have an acquired taste, cuz there’s a tad bit of experimentation but never the less the conventions are well executed too. Try out the innovative dishes or stick to some fun dosas they do, either way, give these guys a try!
Sat Sri Akal!
Think sensational Punjabi food, think Amritsar, the holy city of religion and sacred food, yes sir!
Pack your bags and behold the most gluttonous journey that will take you to a rather spiritual culinary revelation of flavours and dishes that will leave you gobsmacked and pleasantly surprised, satiated yet moaning for more. Yes, that’s how magical the food is in this holy city, it’s the real deal, made with a hell lot of love and desi ghee in most happy cases.
Being my hometown, I have always been overwhelmed whenever I have sat down to pen my culinary favourites of the city, because well, there are too many of them and not enough pages to culminate the experience.
However, with much resilience, I have managed to curate a list of the absolutely charming food destinations of the city, some already popular and some less explored.
Go on and make sure you’re up for a visit to all of the following because my friend, a trip to Amristar isn’t quite complete if you haven’t famished your already overwhelmed tummy with these yummies.
1. Puri Chhole
Yes, Amritsar has a strong Puri game, light fluffy stupendously delicious Puris, which are way more appetising than heavy Bathuras served with absolutely rich Chhole aka chickpeas, a sweet potato curry and lots of tangy pickled onions.
* Kanha Sweets, Lawrence Road
* Munim Di Hatti, Lawrence Road
2. Amritsari Kulcha
Well, the hype is real! Amritsari Kulcha is fascinating in theory as it is scrumptious in reality. Stuffed flakey Kulcha with dollops of butter and unimaginable flavours, you will be in awe of the flavours on your palate and these cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. So well you’re basically going to be eating a legend!
* Monu Kulcha, Loharka
* Ashok Kulche Wala, Ranjit Avenue
* Kulchewala, Tanga Colony Market
3. Chaat and fried streetfood
Amritsar boasts of stellar streetfood that could put likes of mumbai to shame, yes, that’s true, the favours and zest will leave you wanting for more and wondering just how great the culinary landscape of the city can get. Tiki, bun tikki, Bhel Puri, Papdi chaat, Samosa, Paneer Pakoda, Spring Rolls, Gol Gappe, the list is too long and certainly worth indulging in.
* Brijwasi Chaat, Ranjeet Avenue
* Rajasthani Chaat Bhandar, Rani Ka Bagh
* Street Vendors, next to Green Avenue Market
Legendary, doused in pure desi ghee and essentially Punjabi in every bite, you need to have a taste of amritsari authentic thalis. The mere sight of them will suffice half your hunger.
* Bharawan da Dhaba, Town Hall
* Kesar da Dhaba, Near Telephone Exchange
5. Vegetarian Food Haven
If you’re a vegetarian, you’re going to flip in this city, the variety of food is brilliant. Paneer Bhurji and Nutri will be one of the best meals of your life. If you’re not a herbivore, still eat here, your taste buds will thank you.
* Taare di Hatti, Lawrence Road
6. Mutton and Brain from the Tawa
Amritsar is also famous for its unique carnivore grub made most indulgently on a huge iron Tawa, with outrageous ghee, exceptional flavours, a meal you will never eat anywhere else in the world. Brain curry, Mutton Tikke, Chaap all fried and cooked with desi ghee served with soft Kulchas
* Sunder Meat, Maqbool Road
* Adarsh Meat, Ranjit Avenue
* Bittu Meat Jahajgarh
7. Butter Chicken & Tandoori Chicken
Try the Indian food in Amritsar and be prepared to be wowed by the chicken items. More intense in flavours with exceptional marinades and curries, these will spoil your taste buds.
* Beera Chicken
* Sakhi’s Watz Kukin,Green Avenue
* Charming Chicken, Majitha Road
* Bukhara, Ranjit Avenue
Lip smacking, gluttonous and essentially Punjabi in most cases, Amristar also offers desserts like no other place, consistent in decadence and quality, Motichoor Ladoo, Gulab Jamun, Jalebi, Fruit Cream, Kulfi is exceptional here.
* Sharma Sweets, Lawrence Road (Gulab Jamun, Jalebi)
* Durga , Lawrence Road ( Fruit Cream)
* Bansal Sweets, Lawrence Road (Motichoor Ladoo)
* Goenka, Katra Ahluwalia Chowk (Ras Malai, Khoya Barfi)
* A-1 Kulfa, (Kulfi) Queens Road
9. Fine Dining is pretty fine too
Amritsar also has a host of sophisticated fine dining destinations which will certainly wow you when you re only expecting only one kind of cuisine from the holy city. There’s great Chinese, Italian and continental food here.
* The Chinese Room, Taj Swarna
* Oka, Ranjit Avenue
* Thai Chi, Hyatt
* Aura, Ranjit Avenue
* Giani Tea Stall, Cooper Road
– tea, butter overload toasts, omelettes etc
* Lubhaya Ram Aam Papad, Lawrence Road
This should cover just about everything that’s worth the million calories of consumption here in the holy city. Personally this is the food I have grown up eating and I swear by the quality and brilliant flavours of each of the dishes mentioned above.
Sat Sri Akal
They say the best way to experience food is to-
Feed your senses before you feed your stomach
And Nagai in Gurgaon provides exactly such a multilateral dining experience of Japan right here in the capital.
As you walk in, it’s hard to miss out on the bonsai-isque pure vibe of the restaurant, with some beautiful geisha murals pervasively apparent. Moving on from such lovely ambience, I wish the service matched upto the already risen standards by then but unfortunately it didn’t.
To those who understand the cuisine well, the menu is a delight full of conventions and experiments and to me, it was a fun experience to read and possibly taste that kind of specially and lovingly curated food
The sushi was brilliant. King Prawn Roll was certainly among the best I have had in Delhi, needless to say, the flavours, temperature, crunch, creaminess and texture were on point! I could eat that everyday and be grateful for it.
Complex Carbs that followed were well prepared. Pork Belly served with Rice was cooked wonderfully tender with a sweet tasting cinnamon broth. Different but nice.
Stir Fried Chicken with Vegetables in Thai flavours could use elevated, more prominent flavours.
Dessert was rather surprisingly memorable with a silken vanilla gelato, nutty and creamy.
Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Semifreddo was textured beautifully, deeply indulgent, delicious as much but a tad bit too coarsely nutty for my palate.
There’s a wonderfully curated cocktails menu to wash all that Japanese hoohaa down with boozy flavours, strong yet fabulous nonetheless.
Nagai offers something much different from what Delhi palate is used to, it’s probably due to the fact that it’s the beloved brainchild and secondary branch of the original restaurant in Ibiza, hence the much authentic and exotic touch to it. The menu is scintillating for anyone who enjoys true flavours of the cuisine.
I am so coming back for the sushi!
Honk, Pullman, New Delhi
-Walk into Honk with a subtle promise of the dining spectacle to come. The restaurant is sumptuously massive but intimate, decked out in warm earthy tones, welcoming yet luxurious in every sense. Servers usher to you with quick service of the meal, which you come to realise is the star of the evening.
The food is a sort of culinary interpretation of Authentic Asian Cuisine with some tweaking here & there yet bold flavours that are rooted in absolute delicious traditions.
At Honk, across your plate, frolic all manner of ingredients, playing nicely, and paired impeccably to deliver the best possible fleetings of flavour.
Starting with a sharp Som Tum Salad, it’s hard to miss the boldness in every bite which is texturally and tastefully balanced.
In lieu of the Mango festival at Honk, the cocktails are refreshingly boozy, seasonally curated and exceptionally addictive with variants to suit your palate, some incorporated with spice and others with the right hit of fruity sweetness but all doused on point with a boozy aftermath.
As we dive into my real food obsession of Dimsums and sushi, I realise that Honk is the place where flavours turn into epiphanies.
Pig out on the delicately crafted Dimsum menu which had me specially floored with variety and decadence. I’d suggest the White Truffle, Crystal Duck and Prawn Hargao for being melt in the mouth delicate & exorbitantly perfumed and creamy with bold flavours.
The sushi is altogether a extravagant affair with top notch quality, freshness and flavours. I’d suggest the Crab Roll and Lobster Roll, most juicy and divine,each bite as fresh as spring mornings purport to be!
The Special Curry Menu is an amalgamation of diversity embedded in curries from all over the world and there’s something for everyone’s palate. I loved the Rendang Curry, full marks for authenticity and aromatics.
Thai Basil Singapore Chilli Shrimp is a fiery affair consisting of fat juicy babies doused in a rich schezuan sauce and served with a bao like bread. It is equally riveting and it’s with little embarrassment and more gusto that we mix it together with spunky noodles to create a kind of glorified Chinese khichdi. The results are expectedly palatable and toothsome.Nothing is as evocative as dessert.
Jasmine Creme Brûlée with ginger medallions and honey streusel will immerse you into its flavour and textures, involving all senses. It melts in the mouth and tastes of divinity I would say with a
a fragrant bouquet of lemongrass and galangal, an olfactory accompaniment to your dish.
The Caramel Chocolate & Peanut Parfait got its dramatic accentuation with a pour-over of hot chocolate sauce, which melted the tempered sphere, revealing a praline-peanut butter parfait with a caramel base. Sinful.
Honk isn’t just a restaurant but a dining experience involving all senses, a treat to the eyes and well as the tongue with flavours that stay with you much after, in terms of gastronomical excellence and authenticity.
Sakshi Chugh’s sweet sweet baby ” House of Pie” is sugar and spice and all things nice, quite literally! The cakes are edgy, exquisite and exactly the change you’re looking for, cuz honestly we’re all pretty bored of overstated decorated cakes that may look funky but taste like crap. Right?
She is whipping up some serious buttercream magic in the kitchen and we couldn’t be more delighted!
An 8 inch, two-layer vanilla pink cake with blue frosting and rainbow sprinkles, is the perfect sight to go completely “awwww”
What makes her cakes really stand out is their ornate appearance and she is happy to customise her fun cakes for your special occasion to exactly suit your preferences while keeping her special sparky touch intact in all her concoctions.
And, look, there’s no other way to say it: The cake is moist, miraculously so, and it stays that way even hours after you’ve cut the first slice, owing to an expert reduction in the amount of flour that’s used in the batter. The cake also happens to nail a perfect level of sweetness, giving you the sugar fix you’re looking for without making you immediately reach for a glass of water.
They’re an exception to the rule that cakes can only either look good or taste good.
Drooling already? Order now, thank me later.
You can book your bundle of cakey deliciousness at
House of Pie https://www.facebook.com/HouseOfPieDelhi/
Phone Number: +91 98995 41630
Sorrento, named after a beautiful town in the southwest Italy, is a fine specimen of true Italian flavors imbedded in authenticity and improvisation while still maintaining Italian traditions and bringing Italy to the heart of Delhi.
In light of the global shift towards fitness and health, Shangri La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi is celebrating the Global Wellness Month throughout June and in lieu of that they have launched a special “Au Naturel” menu, which celebrates the rich flavors of Italian cuisine in the most wholesome, and refreshingly light manner.
Specially curated by Executive Chef Neeraj Tyagi, who is under training by Michelin Star Chef Florent Boivin from the institute of Paul Bocuse in Lyon, this menu features options that will delight your palate and keep you feeling light and healthy.
The menu promises a wild re-imagining Italian food and we leave ourselves at the tender mercies of a tasting menu.
We start off with some deliciously crafted boozy cocktails, kept light and refreshing due to the soaring mercury
A swallow later, reminiscent of summer’s tang in gloomy winter, we’re ready for our meal.
The menu offers not just a dining experience but takes you on an invigorating tour.
It begins with a zesty quinoa pomegranate salad– the appetizer that awakens your appetite and closely followed by an Atlantic Crab Salad doused in strawberry soup and subtle flavours of basil air infused with decadence.
The sun-dried tomato pesto is the real deal on the table, its not just a condiment, believe me when i say this, heavy on flavour sour and sweet, it is so damn delicious, i had at least 2 bowls of that alone, thats how well it was made and thats something for everyone’s palate!
Potato Ravioli comes next, as you can tell, the ravioli is extremely light with shiitake mushroom, potato consommé and a white truffle essence, that’s as fancy and as delicosuly humble as it gets!
Poached Lobster and Seared Lamb loin will make any carnicore mighty happy with just the plain anticipation of delicate flavours imbedded in some really well cooked meat. The latter fights for attention where the lamb is cooked to an utter perfection, medium rare, served with a piquant natural jus and gratin potatoes, an absolute stunner!
And then it’s time for the piece de triomphe which is the Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, which serves as a reminder that all life comes from the sea. The pristine fish melts in the mouth with abandon, served with a smoked eggplant puree, pickled eggplant, quinoa pilaf and a summer lemon jus. This was certainly one of the better-cooked fish I have ever eaten.
Dessert is another refreshing platter that honors seasonal local ingredients with preparation that focuses on flavor with a fresh strawberry sorbet, olive oil cake and a flax seed tuile. Much delightful and balanced, my only complaint being the singularity of the tuile, I wanted more!
Book yourself a meal and for a change indulge in a wholesome meal that wont leave you tucking on your tummy instead will leave you in reminiscence of truly inspired Italian meal!
Dilli Haus is fast becoming my ultimate good grub saviour and here’s why….
With much happiness and relief I can safely say, I have found the perfect little Indian food delivery outlet in south delhi that delivers great quality Indian food which is way more than grease and overrated butter chicken & Dal Makhni.
Yes, it’s all Indian yet indigenously exciting and loaded with all elements that ensure your food experience is as stellar as it gets.
Dilli Haus has become my latest favourite with the delicious diversity of Indian treats that are super well prepared and taste warm and fresh even after hours of being delivered, yeah I had the food delivered at 12 and consumed it at 3 and it tasted fabulous.
Psst… they deliver till late hours and they deliver well on every front.
The starters menu is absolutely spot on if you’re having a party and you wish you order a bunch of Indian finger foods.
Butter Chicken Samosa is the highlight from here with crispy puffs of chicken served with butter gravy, oh so wonderfully rich and addictively yummy.
Keema Pav is another favourite for just being chunky, spiced well and super satiating. You’d be transported straight to a busy street of Mumbai with a bite of that keema Pav.
On days I am watching my weight, the Olive Oil Chicken Tikka fares well with succulent tandoor cooked chicken, flavoured well and cooked to perfection.
Mushroom Galouti and Mutton Galouti melt in the mouth with delicate flavours and bite, served with ulte tawe ka Parantha (coin paranthas) super well put dishes.
Overall the Haus brand is known for its consistent quality and food, Dilli Haus is no different.
The food is not only delicious and fulfilling, it’s also a great deal of freshness which comes at a very nominal price.
Chef Kunal Kapoor and Dietician Pooja Makhija gave us the first look at the Super Oil of the future that’s here to stay, at Smokehouse Deli, BKC earlier this month.
Marico launched their brand new health dose -Saffola Aura, a unique new blend of Olive Oil and Flaxseed Oil. Sounds excitingly healthy right?
This is the first ever Olive Oil with Flaxseed Oil. The best of Spanish Olive Oil and Flaxseed oil are combined to produce the joint benefits of powerpacked antioxidants and omega 3 in one single oil!
Just writing that made me feel so healthy, I can only imagine the good it will do to my body once I start consuming it! Well I already am, and the fact that the oil is packed with superfoods and so much nutrition, I feel am taking a step closer to improving the unhealthy lifestyle I found myself slumbering into!
From first hand experience I can say, the taste is rich and I love how it adds to the flavour in my food and did I mention that the oil has immense detoxifying elements which is much essential to the modernistic lifestyle where we often forget that our body needs to be taken care of!
The oil is available in two variants –
A blend of 80% extra virgin Olive oil with 20% extra virgin flaxseed oil .It is perfect for salad dressings , dips , spreads , garnishing’s, drizzling and I already loving the additional dose of health it’s adding to my daily diet!
A blend of 80% refined Olive oil with 20% refined flaxseed oil. It is perfect for everyday cooking like stir frying , sautéing, roasting and baking.