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Majnu Ka Tilla, Sushant Lok, Gurgaon

There are very few places specialising in Mughlai cuisine which are able to dish out a decent meal, forget about bringing their innovation to the table. The usual tikkas and kebabs sometimes get boring and creative energy in culinary arts is the rule of the day. Majnu ka Tilla has excelled on both the frontiers.

Without much ado, I would straightaway move forward to the loebly spread that was sent to me a few days back:

Chicken Tangri Kebab: Why in the name of God did I taste this? I have always been drawn towards the salivating Tangri Kebabs and these stuffed ones in thick sticky gravy just set a new bar for my taste buds. The stuffing of finely minced chicken with a juicy exterior of the leg piece drenched in yoghurt based gravy and the occasional green chillies will leave you yearning for more. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Achaari Paneer Tikka: Tangy and spicy – wohoooo! The smoked cottage cheese pieces and the red, yellow and green bell peppers were smoked to perfection in the tangy and peppery batter. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Majnu Special Afghani Chicken: The reason these guys call some of their dishes as special is because they use gravy in these appetizers. The tikka was perfectly smoked, succulent and drenched in a lovely gravy of yoghurt, green chillies and coriander flavoured with chaat masala . HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Chicken Tikka: Again gravy based with tender boneless chicken pieces spreading the warmth in your mouth as well as stomach. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Paneer Lababdar: Vegetarians, you have to binge on this one. Thick and sliky gravy with the occasional bite of cumin seeds and a prominent flavour of the onion tomato mixture goes so well with every Indian bread that you can think of. And the paneer – top notch! They also use a secret ingredient in their preparation which I am of course forbidden to reveal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Grill King Kebab and Curries, La Laguna, Sector 54, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

Situated in the niche locality of La Laguna, Golf Course road, Grill king kebab and curries has become the go to place for many residents for their weekly dose of the Mughlai cuisine. It has also been associated with many corporates for their parties and functions apart from catering to private functions as well.

The outlet is small but it has a seating area for about 10 folks. The seating is colourful and looks more appealing in the night with the dazzle of the lights.

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Moving on to the dishes I have tasted here:

Mutton seekh kebab: There are very few places which are able to get this common appetizer perfect and these guys should be the king of perfection for seekh kebabs. The kebabs were excellent and well grilled – chewy and juicy to the core with an occasional bite of ginger and green chili.

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Chicken Malai tikka: Not recommended at all. The chicken was chewy and moist but that necessary drench in cream and yoghurt required for malai tikka was amiss here. Just a drizzle of cream does not fashion a malai tikka and the chef needs to learn that.

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Kali mirch chicken: If the name is changed to something else, then this can be a good dish. But when I am having kali mirch chicken, I expect the throat burning fiery taste of black pepper. Contrary to the expectation, the gravy was exceptionally sweet. It was made from a very fine cashew nut based paste and cream and was wonderfully smooth. The chicken pieces were so tender that you are amazed at their delicateness.

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Mutton do pyaaza: Again not good. The mutton pieces were not cooked well and I had to use the spoon excruciatingly to tear it. The gravy was okay.

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Jungle Jamboree, Sector 29, Gurgaon

We city dwellers are surely moved by the rustic charm that the woody lands or the picturesque beaches bring. And when a buffet based restaurant presents dishes in such settings, my, my, we are in for a roll! Jungle Jamboree scores full marks on the ambience front – woody charm of the forests with the serenity of the underwater caves.

The eatery at sector 29, Gurgaon is divided into two sections – one with the mesmerizing green cover of heavy forests and one with the blue hues of the watery fronts. Some people might get a little bit overwhelmed by the weird lighting. There is a kid section as well where toys and swings are available to keep the tiny tots busy.

Moving on to the items I tried in the buffet :

Gol Gappa: Very light with the wonderful sweetness of yoghurt.

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Sweet Corn: Juicy, sweet and soft.

Mildly spiced grilled pineapple: Very soft, juicy, slightly spicy and tangy.

Gosht ki galouti: Served with a crispy roti, this kebab was flavourful and mushy.

Nawabi Murg Tikka: The chicken is succulent and juicy and a must try.

Chilli Garlic Chicken: Slightly sweet but juicy.

Chicken Dimsum: One of the best I have ever had at a buffet based restaurant. The skin is soft and filling is wholesome and yummy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Chilli and Oregano Fish Fingers: Another masterpiece. The fish is so delicate and succulent that you are baffled by the crispy exteriors enclosing such fine juicy fish.

Baked vegetables in white sauce : Yummy vegetables enmeshed in warm and gooey cheese.

However the service is a bit slow – we had to ask the servers around 5 times for the dimsums. Moreover, the staff was not doing anything for the extremely noisy environment.

The place is good for kitty parties and family get togethers but not for corporate lunches.

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The Clock Tower, Golf Course road, Gurgaon

“Nostalgia is a bitch”

Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries rightly mentions nostalgia as someone quite annoying or reminding you of something/someone painful.

How about a place, a fine dining brewery which makes you nostalgic and in a good way? Where you can see and listen to retro songs, relish the posters of numerous rock bands, your favourite cartoons and comic strips? Head to the The Clock Tower situated at the Golf Course road.

The place is hugely huge. Forgive the grammatical error, but I could not call it grandiloquent because it is not grand, it is huge and so immersed in the pop culture paraphernalia. From the posters of Black Sabbath and AC/DC to the common man cartoons by R.K. Laxman, from the comic strips of Archies to a huge screen playing Dancing Queen by Abba, they have it all. Since I am a huge fan of rock, metal and retro music and the old world comics, I thoroughly enjoyed soaking in all this place has to offer.

Here are a few dishes that I relished :

Non Veg Mezze platter : This has to be the best non veg Mezze platter I have ever tasted. It has the softest pita bread which not too soft so as to disintegrate, soft and chewy lam kibbeh which are ooh-so-delicious with cashews in their cores, finest hummus with hints of garlic, tzaziki with the perfect sour cream and sweet caramelize onions and lovely baba ganoush with the blossoming flavours of garlic and egg plant. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Chilli Chicken : These were spicy to the core, thin crusted, soft and chewy.

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Dahi ke kebab : Not recommended at all. The yoghurt was not smooth and was disintegrating. The taste was too sweet with not the right balance of flavours.

Pan seared basa : A huge fillet of basa topped with lemon garlic sauce and fresh parsley, on a bed of mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables, this could have been better. The basa was seared but was disintegrating to small pieces and hence difficult to eat. The mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables were fine.

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Notorious bangers and mash : Wow and yum are the words! Pork sausages in the usual shape as well as in snail shape on a bed of mashed potatoes and boiled peas were heavenly. I never ever had a better sausage till date. The sausages were chewy, finely minced and delicately falvoured. The covering was firm and had not dissolved.

Non veg mughlai platter : Pretty average. The chicken pieces were dry and the seekh kebabs were way too chewy.

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Majeed’s, Sector 50, Gurgaon

My previous experience with Majeed’s went excellent and I had pretty high expectations for the recently opened Gurgaon outlet. Needless to say, I am mesmerised by their lip smacking, salivating and finger licking preparations. If you have not tried their outlet, then seriously guys, you are missing some good food gasmic moments.

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The order arrived well in time and their signature packaging displaying their humble logo is a treat to the eyes. Moving on to the food which was ohhh-so-lovely, here are my views on them :

Chicken Hyderabadi Dum Biryani : While Biryani Blues loves dishing out extremely spicy Hyderabadi Biryani, Majeed’s believes in keeping it subtle. The biryani is so well made, moist, not too oily and contains huge pieces of chicken. The chicken is well laced with spices, moist, soft yet a bit chewy and flavourful. The taste of cardomam (green as well as black) is pretty prominent here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Mutton Kakori Kebab : So after Al Kauser, Majeed’s should get the best conjurer of these wonderfully soft kebabs. The aroma you get when you open the box is to die for. The sweet waft and flavours of saffron, screwpine essence and green cardomam, the silky soft texture of the kebabs and their melt in the mouth demeanour is to die for. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Afghani malai chicken tikka : Though all the dishes were excellent, this was the hero of the night. The soft, moist and chewy boneless chicken pieces are heavily drenched in a thick gravy of cream and yoghurt. The gravy has a smooth texture and is neither too runny nor too thick. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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