Nandos has always been my family’s go to place during birthdays and anniversaries. And why it should not be? It is a heaven for chicken livers – wings, legs or boneless bits, they have it all.
This one situated in Connaught place is a huge complex with comfortable seatings, sunshine and a live kitchen.
Spicy chicken wings: If wings have a crusty exterior, then hats down to the chef! These wings were also juicy from inside and the outer skin was sprayed with Peri Peri sprinkle, thus imparting a typical tangy and pepper flavour. Recommended.
Chicken skewers, pita and fresh salsa: The tender chicken skewers were grilled to perfection and drenched in a creamy yogurt based sauce. The airy pita breads and the spicy vegetable salsa complimented the skewers very well. Highly recommended.
Espatada Carnivy: Okay, first if all I am really confused from where to start. The sight if this dish is enough to make you drool. The succulent boneless chicken bits grilled to juicy goodness and heavily drowned in their tangy and creamy sauce – an ensemble to behold first and then relished on your palate. And those crunchy fries did come in handy. Highly recommended.
Pina Colada: A big thank you to the chef manager Anshika for suggesting this. The lovely concoction of pineapple, coconut milk and of course vodka was refreshing and went pretty well with all the amazing chicken dishes.
Baked Jalapeno and Tobasco Chicken Wings: Never knew that the baked wings could be soft with the flesh coming off the bones so easily! But it seemed that the wings are dipped in tangy spices rather than getting imbibed in them. The texture is good, the flavour is average considering the presence of Tobasco sauce.
Chicken Lollies with beer dip: Again the texture if wonderful – soft insides and slightly chewy & crispy exterior. But again the flavour – the dips served were far too less in the quantity.
Italian Pizza: Thin crust with the optimum amount of cheese which is also of good quality is difficult to find these days. Add to it the lovely combination of tangy jalapenos and firm pepperoni which compliment each other so well – you will have a hard time letting go of the last bite. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Tomato, corn and roasted vegetables in spinach Lasagna sheets: The story about good quality cheese did not end with pizza, it had a second part in the mouth gasmic lasagne as well. The grilled French beans, bell peppers, sweet corn and tomatoes neatly enveloped in thin lasagne sheets and cheese on a bed of a rich red sauce is surely breath taking. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Sookha Mutton with Appam: Those who have tasted or are even aware of how Appams are will be highly disappointed with this dish. Appams are bowl shaped with minimal thickness whereas these resembled pancakes. The mutton was cooked well and had a lovely tenderness to it, but the presence of so many spices will overwhelm you.
Grilled sole with butter roast garlic and spicy vegetables: My favourite ensemble of all the time – grilled steak with mashed potatoes and vegetables in a heavenly sauce was perfectly replicated here. The sole has a light crustiness to it and the vegetables are juicy to the core. But the lemon butter garlic sauce is seductive! The presence of chopped garlic is so scintillating! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Home made Paan ice cream: Perfect ending to a perfect day. The ice cream has the right consistency and you actually feel like you are relishing Paan. The presence of organic Gulkand ups the game. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
I think we are delving deep into the fantastic world of South Asian and Oriental cuisine these days after having an over dose of North Indian, Mughlai and Italian over the past few years.
And that is where Pandan Asian Eats comes into the picture. It is always not possible for us to visit a restaurant and gorge on those adorable dimsums and curries, so better to order them, right?
The delivery was before time (clapping for that) and the packaging was sturdy with least chance for spillage and spoiling. Here are the times that we relished:
Pok Pok Wings: Chopped garlic and spring onions compliment chicken wings, but peanuts? That is a bold ingredient to experiment with and let me tell you that the crunchy peanuts went so well with the subtly sweet and spicy juicy chicken that we were asking for more! RECOMMENDED.
Chicken and Thai herb dumplings: Those sliced fiery red chillies will definitely seduce the spice lovers into gorging on these beauties. The minced chicken is equally hot and is balanced by the thick and sticky dumpling skin. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken Green Thai curry with rice: Talking about rice first, I loved the addition of caramelised garlic. It adds so much depth to plain rice and compliments the delicate flavours of the Thai green curry. Moving on to curry, it was flavourful and excellent with the richness of curry leaves, lemongrass and coconut in very bite. The chicken pieces were succulent and fresh. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Wok tossed noodles: Slightly oily but with the unusual flavours of mustard ( I am still clueless as to how did they incorporate mustard in noodles) and the usual sprouts, carrots, cabbage and bok choy leaves. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
If you are a fan of soothing Bollywood melodies and sheesha, then this is the place for you. They even have live performances after 7pm in the open courtyard area. But if you are craving good food and service, then this is not the place for you.
The dishes are out of the box but they are not prepared well. Some of them are so pathetic in taste that you would want to return them. Here are a few of them:
Chicken fried momos: Fine minced chicken formed into juicy and crispy goodness. RECOMMENDED.
Chicken kali mirch: Worst kali mirch chicken ever served to me. The dish was served cold and there was not even a hint of black pepper in the chicken, considering my low tolerance for spice. It was difficult to cut as well.
Watermelon mojito: A plain soda based drink with the usual sweetness of the watermelon cubes absent. It was a bit sour as well.
One man anda: Finally something innovative and good. A good flavourful omelette rolled in soft buns and served with wafers. The flavours of cumin and garlic made the experience richer. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Bread pakora: Average, crispy and ajwain (carom seeds) were the only good thing about them.
Spicy French toast: Soft French toasts sandwiching coriander based potato mash – a novel take on our usual French toast. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Railway cutlet: Not at all recommended. Beetroot and tomato based filling is crumb fried here and god knows how these guys made it so pathetic. Beetroot and tomatoes are already sweet and if you combine it with ginger and garlic in the crudest form possible, what you get is a disaster dish.
Mushroom and corn soup: Finally something to relish at this place! The rich creaminess of the soup coupled with the fineness of rosemary and garlic and a few mushroom chunks and corn kernels will leave you enchanted. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
When a restaurant serves the freshest made to order burgers in addition to healthy salads and mesmerizing appetizers, in addition to the staff dancing jubilantly on a few songs, then that place is a force to reckon with. We all are familiar with Johnny Rockets, the international chain, reputed for their burgers and shakes and their ohh-so-American way of life.
They have recently introduced a festive menu where you can have a six course meal at drop dead prices. Seriously! The copious quantities of appetizers, pre-appetizers, shakes, burgers and salads are available just under 500 bucks. Difficult to believe? Go visit the Vasant Kunj and Gurgaon outlets to experience the unbelievable.
Following are some of the items I tasted from their new menu:
Strawberry shake: So finally someone knows how to whip up a subtle strawberry shake with the freshness of the miracle fruit intact. The freshly crushed strawberries lent their sweetness to a rich milk based concoction with no extra sweeteners and fresh smooth whipped cream on top. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Onion Rings: Good. Not too burnt or too soggy or even too oily. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken bacon cheddar whole wheat burger: So when I am ordering a burger with a bacon based patty, I would expect a moderate quantity of bacon. Here the case was opposite. Just one small strip in addition to brittle buns. But the chicken patty was grilled well and drenched in melted cheddar. I loved the fact that it was not too cheesy.
Hot n spicy chicken wings: Not hot or even spicy at all. Though they were tangy and juicy.
Rocket tenderloin burger: An average burger to me. Buns were brittle and the patty was chewy.