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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, AnnaHaus 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 Anna 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
Once you visit Croatia, nothing will ever be the same for you because no other place will ever be as pristine and as breathtaking as this country. Beyond a point, the beauty becomes pretty overwhelming and you start to question every other place on the planet! Eventually you just accept that this country keeps getting better and better and just learn to live with the painstakingly pure beauty around you. You can experience the best of both worlds: a fast-paced city atmosphere with the ambiance of a relaxed coastal town here.
1. Croatia is cheap
Yes, thank God that beauty doesn’t come with a price because this country is obnoxiously gorgeous, I mean it only gets better and better and the best part is, travelling here is a great value for your buck. Good value hotels are ubiquitous, as are cheap holiday apartments.
2. Food is an exciting affair
Croatian food is a delectable combination of classic Mediterranean and Italian with a new-world twist. There’s sinful amount of ridiculously brilliant gelato everywhere. Pizza is the next Croatian fad and you’d get just about every kind of gooey pizza here. If you prefer the finer cuisines, you’re in for a happy surprise because there are endless restaurants with priceless views that serve up excellent seafood and fine delicacies. Eat you full as you sip on sombre wine and watch the sun set into a gorgeous hue. Also these guys love their bakeries and the bakeries are just worth every buck. Buttery whiffs will drive you inside bakeries and you will be spoilt for choice.
3. Game of Thrones Charm
Croatia is rapidly becoming a favourite tarvel destination due to its relation to Game of Thrones and the fact that a huge part of the show is built around the cities of Croatia, Dubrovnik to be more specific is hard to resist. You will literally be walking through the sets of the show, amidst history and it’s magnificent. The high walls,
4. Breathtaking beaches
Croatia boasts of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so well just accept that your eye balls will keep falling out. Don’t expect your usual sandy beaches. Croatia is covered in rock beaches with are more stoney, and obviously more adventurous in the lap of picturesque beauty, it’s almost inexplicable. Remember to carry water shoes at all times. There are several nude beaches around too, keep a look out if that’s your thing, and if it’s not, check em out.
5. National Parks and Waterfalls
This is not something you want to miss. Croatia offers the most enriching experience to travellers who like to explore and wander endlessly into the unknown. Plitvice National Park is most popular and humongous. It’s literally the place where all screen savers came from. Krka National Park is relatively smaller with criss cross boardwalks across the river, crystal waters and infinite natural beauty.
6. Hidden spots and coves
Croatia is still largely unexplored, and there are plenty of secluded beaches, Islands and hidden coves untouched by commercialisation. As there’s no massive tourism, you’ll have too much personal space on the beach, sometimes even the whole island to yourself. Yes!
7. Party Haven
Croatia is among the most liberal and relaxed party destinations. There are several music festivals all over the country throughout the year. Islands like Hvar are known for their divine parties and beautiful beach resorts that host most enchanting parties.
8. Experience Wilderness and Adventure like never before.
Croatia is still not very commercial as compared to other European countries due to which the sites here are rustic, untouched and pristine. You can go snorkelling, scuba diving, go cliff jumping at several spots and make your own little adventure trip. The beaches are ingenious, rocky, unlike any you would have seen. They are just as nature intended them to be, there are not many safety instructions around and everything seems doused in a beautiful untouched oblivion.
If these aren’t reasons enough for you, nothing else will be. A summer in Croatia is all it will take to change your outlook about life and travel. Book your tickets before this gorgeous country gets tainted with commercialisation!
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.
Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella got to sleep in castles and now you can turn those fairy tales into your own reality by staying in ITC Savoy facades and powerful towers, humoungous grounds dotted with beautiful flowers and the views of the valley’s rolling hills and the quaint city below, add to its historic beauty making it a must visit.It doesn’t get better than this!
There are several categories of rooms but they are all thoroughly grand and luxurious, spacious and beautiful rooms with gorgeous views, feature en suite bathroom,a private balcony/ sit-out area for reading or enjoying a cozy meal!
The Dining area is humongous, made in historic grandeur and the perfect spot to enjoy lavish meals. The breakfast buffet is rather elaborate and exciting with a huge spread and delicious delicacies to gorge on.
The spa is situated in a separate wing on the grounds, it’s the best way to unwind when you have travelled for hours to finally arrive to the hills.Spa offers a variety of massages, body scrubs and packages and the most divine sauna to relax your body and mind alike. The prices are a bit steep and sadly they offer no discount for the in house guests but the massage is worth it with some highly adept and qualified masseuses. The cost for a basic body massage comes down to Rs 3300!
In addition to a the spa, there is a recreation room right above it with a few games. The hotel also organises gun group activities in the evening like magic shows, bonfire, group badminton etc.
This property offers history and fantasy, memories and inspiration. You’ll feel like royalty when you snuggle into an antique four-poster bed, glide down a sweeping, elegant staircase, or feast on a sumptuous dinner in a tapestry-hung dining room that was first used decades ago.
•Tariff of the rooms is anywhere between Rs 12000- 20,000/-
WelcomHotel The Savoy by ITC
Library Bazar, Gandhi Chowk, P.O. Savoy – 248179