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Thok – The House of Kakori, Lajpat Nagar New Delhi

Seldom do we get to indulge in delectable Mughlai cuisine in the comfort of our homes. And when the class apart dishes are delivered right at your doorstep, the happiness is fourfold. So when Nom Nom Desi managed to prepare a lovely assortment of appetizers in a short span of two hours and achieve on time delivery, we were pleasantly surprised to say the least:

Chicken Tikka: No compromises on this staple starter of Delhi NCR. The boneless chicken pieces were tangy, spicy, juicy to the core and adorned with freshly chopped coriander. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Chicken Malai Tikka: Tender boneless chicken pieces drenched in a creamy sauce and grilled to perfection – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Chicken steamed dimsums: These do look like regular road side momos but have a bite and you will gauge the difference. The exterior is neither too thick to the point of being undercooked nor too thin to the point of disintegration. The minced chicken mixture is flavourful and the whole ensemble is topped with chaat masala. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Mutton Kakori kebab roll: This actually got spoiled on the way and hence no pictures. Talking about flavours – excessive use of cinnamon in the kebab marred the taste of this item.

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Would we try this again? Yes, of course!

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Awadhi Affair, GK-1, New Delhi

On time delivery with top notch packaging

Mutton Seekh Kebab: The fineness of the minced meat is commendable but the spiciness level mars this snack. Moreover, the seekh is not as firm as it should be.

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Bharwa Malai Soya Chaap: This beauty is a heaven for vegetarians and non vegetarians alike. The finely minced mixture of cottage cheese, cashews, onions and coriander leaves filled inside juicy and firm soya chaap which are drenched in a sticky yoghurt based sauce wil definitely leave you in splits. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Chicken Malai Tikka: My love for chicken malai tikka continues to grow day by day, year by year. So could I stop myself with just one serving when these lovely boneless chicken pieces sloshed in a creamy sauce? No, absolutely not! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Kali Mirch Murg: When I order chicken in black pepper, I specifically wish to have the prominence of the burning flavour of the pepper which was lacking here. However, forgetting the name of the dish helps as the luscious chicken pieces washed in cashew nut based creamy gravy with hints of pepper gives you a major food gasm. RECOMMENDED.

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Awadhi Mutton Biryani: I have stated it time and again that an Awadhi biryani should not be too spicy and should be more flavourful compared to the Hyderabadi one. The case was same here except for the fact that the mutton pieces were mellow and the raita complimented the biryani well.

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My rating: 4/5

Will I try it again? Yes, for malai chaap and chicken malai tikka.

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The Turkey Project, Defence Colony, New Delhi

The food industry continues to develop at an exponential pace and this has resulted in a mushrooming of outlets which fail to deliver on quality. So when you visit a small café specialising in Italian cuisine which surprises you with their unusual menu and mouth watering dishes, you know that you will have a good time.
Most of their dishes have the prefix “turkey” associated with them and from what I understood, this word signifies bacon and their experimentation with it. I really hope I am correct.
Frickens: The kind of crumb fried chicken available these days does not even remotely impress me. So when I binged upon this juicy boneless chicken strip crumb fried and adorned in tangy sweet sauce and mayonnaise, my taste buds went in a food coma. The best part is that the crispy exterior does not separate even after being kept for 15-20 minutes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Fries: I am really not a big fan of fries even if they have donned a swanky appearance these days – curlies, crinkles, wedges and like. The ones served here were curly fries and drenched in a heart warming mixture of melted cheddar cheese, chopped onions and jalapenos. The quality of cheese is so good that it does not solidify even after an hour of being kept in open. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Santorini pizza: Such colours! The vegetables – bell peppers and olives are not over grilled and present a crunchy texture associated with freshness. The cheese is not overwhelming and spreads very beautifully on the thin crust. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Turkey pizza: Finally my dream has turned into a reality! A pizza exclusively dedicated to bacon – ohhh man, such heaven! The quality of bacon is again top notch with the lovely crunch and firmness intact. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

A truffled affair: My love for spaghetti reached new heights when I relished the slurpy spaghetti served here. Served with chewy mushrooms and sautéed in truffle oil, mushroom pate and garlic cream, this was a gourmand’s delight. The characteristic subtle bitterness of the mushroom paste adds to the maelstrom of flavours to this dish. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Cheesecake tart: If you are slightly hungry, this cheesecake is enough to fill your belly. Dense and smooth cheese cake over a firm tart base and topped with fresh mint leaves and thick nutella syrup will definitely leave you in splits.

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Travelogue – Come and enjoy the pristine white sand beaches of Lakshwadeep

Can you keep yourself away from the clear turquoise blue waters of Lakshwadeep after you have visited the Andamans? An absolute no!

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Compared to the Andaman islands, Laccadive and Minicoy are difficult to visit because prior permission is required from the Government of India. There is only one aeroplane which flies from Cochin to Agatti island once a day and the ships plying between different islands has a frequency of three days. Helicopter services are also available but at an added cost.

We could only visit one island but you should plan your trip in a way that you visit not only Kavaratti(where you can indulge in water sports) but also Bangaram(where you can enjoy the mesmerising view).

Day 1

We boarded the evening flight from Delhi to Cochin and reached the latter at 9pm. We had booked a studio apartment in the Atlas hotel which is just 2 kms from the airport. The pick up and drop services were provided by the hotel.

The studio apartment was nothing short of extraordinary. There was a big hall with a television, a dining area, a spacious kitchenette, two bedrooms, one with the attached washroom and a stand alone washroom. The amenities are top notch considering the price – 4800 for four people.

Day 2

Waking up early to relish the Cochin skyline was a good thought. A beautiful view with towering coconut trees awaited us as we opened the balcony doors. But we could not keep basking in this magnificence as we had a flight to catch at 8am.

A 36 seater Air India plane is responsible for carrying the dreamy eyed travellers heading for Lakshwadeep. The turbulent airs above the Arabian Sea make this journey a tad scary considering the small size of the plane. But adventure is always welcome!

We reached Agatti at around 10:30am. Since this is a military airport, we are not allowed to shoot once we are out of the plane – army personnel make sure of that. This is the smallest airstrip we had ever landed on. The surrounding turquoise blue waters do seduce you once in a while to steal a photo shoot but no rule breaking here.

From Agatti, ships and helicopters are the means of transport to the other islands. We were headed to the capital Kavaratti and a two hour eventful ship journey awaited us as we clambered on the slippery deck. We had booked our stay at SPORTS complex and one of their people accompanied us and carried our entire luggage, which was a relief as it is a huge task to carry heavy items across a boat which is swaying dangerously.

The waters of the Arabian Sea are ferocious and the waves have a tendency to move the ship by 1 or 2 metres – enough to give you nausea.

We reached Kavaratti around 1pm and had a delicious lunch at the SPORTS complex where we had booked a stay for three nights. It was a lovely change to hog on the authentic Lakshwadeep cuisine which has evolved from the Keralite one. And to have this while sitting at the beach and listening to the roaring waves is another experience in itself.

Lunch – a delectable spread of fried tuna, chicken curry, beetroot prepared with coconut and rai seeds, chappati and rice.

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Dinner – Slurpy sweet corn soup, spicy fried tuna, dry matar paneer, yellow dal, chicken curry and beans cooked in coconut milk.

Day 2

The second day started with us gearing ourselves for SCUBA diving in the lagoon area around Kavaratti. The SPORTS complex offers experienced instructors who first teach you about the do’s and don’ts of breathing underwater and then they give you a first hand training in the shallow waters of the beach, thus allowing you enough time to practise. While Shrenee was able to cope with equalising pressure, I had a difficult time getting used to venting air pressure through my ears.

After 10 minutes of practise, we were taken by a motor boat to the area where corals are in plenty with colourful shoals of fish and sea creatures residing in them. The deep turquoise blue waters hide a vibrant world reminding me of The Little Mermaid.

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The evening was spent in a jeep which took us to all the nooks and crannies of the island. We also got to see the eastern section of the island where the general public is not allowed to roam because of the shallowness of the continental shelf.

The Kavaratti light house is one place that you should visit. The view from the top is mesmerising and comes after a hard climb of 180 stairs. And you have to clamber the steps without your foot wear which are definitely not allowed inside.

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Breakfast: Idli, sambhar and chutney.

Lunch: North Indian spread

Dinner: Two types of chicken, mixed vegetables and caramel custard

Day 3

The third day started with a lovely breakfast spread of fluffy omelettes, breads and upma. The upma was prepared in a different way – finely grated carrots mixed well with roasted semolina.

We were taken a small glass boat to the borderline lagoon area from where we could relish the colourful corals and fishes. Bread crumbs were thrown to the fishes which merrily ate them and kept swimming near our boat for more treats. The zebra fish and the parrot fish are regular here and the boat men said that they actually wait for their arrival.

Lunch: Dal, roti and chicken cooked with caramelized onions. The dessert was a mouth watering coconut cheese cake.

Evening was spent in kayaking around the shallow waters. You can get the kayaking boat for 200 bucks for an hour. It is one of a kind of experience to row the boat yourself and go wherever you desire. The water is so clear that you can clearly view the sea bed.

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One more advantage of staying at the SPORTS complex was that you are always on the beach where you can sit back and relax. The hospitality here was top notch. We might have missed out on Bangaram but where could we have enjoyed seeing those colourful fishes and beautiful corals! There is so much more to enjoy in Lakshwadeep that we are not crossing it off our bucket list anytime soon!!

 

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Orient Heritage, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi

Lamb with ginger spring onion chilli – Fashioned in chips with julliened vegetables – carrots and bell peppers, these were way too chewy.

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Fiery chicken dimsums – Thin translucent skin enclosing finely minced chicken with the lovely flavours of garlic and chilli, these were BOMB.

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Chilli Basil chicken dimsums – Mellow and adorned with caramelized garlic – a perfect amalgamation of sweet and spicy flavours.

Chicken Hot n Sour Soup – Thin consistency with loads of vegetables – carrots, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage with shredded chicken – good but could have been better.

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Lemon coriander soup – It was subtle and good in taste but the ingredients didn’t justify the name. A plethora of vegetables – broccoli, lemongrass and mushrooms drenched in a tangy thin soup. Coriander was missing here.

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Noodles – Plain, slurpy, moist and excellent.

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Sichuan lamb curry – Thin consistency and way too oily, but goes well with the noodles.

Thai basil chicken cups – Minced chicken mixture with the loveliness of chopped garlic and onions adorned with red chilli and filled in wanton sheets and crispy fried to perfection – boy, I was in a dream while eating them.

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Thai Red curry with rice – Perfection at it’s best – the right quantity of coconut milk, lemongrass and curry leaves in which the boneless chicken pieces are drenched to the core.

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Chocolate peanut butter wantons – Crunchy exterior with warm gooey choco – peanut butter mixture is surely a heavenly dessert.

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Rice and Spice Delhi, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi

Packaging: Good

On time delivery

Awadhi mutton dum biryani: The mutton pieces were available in plenty and were mellow in taste but the biryani was way too spicy. Awadhi dum biryani is supposed to be high on flavours and low on spices but the case was opposite here. There were bundles of raw spices, burnt flavour of caramelized onions and absence of saffron – for a biryani, these are not good signs.

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Hyderabadi chicken dum biryani: Well well, these folks surely know how to dish out the most juicy, spice loaded non vegetarian but again, this biryani was not as spicy as a Hyderabadi should be. RECOMMENDED.

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Gaajar ka halwa: This fabulous Indian dessert deserves a worthy mention here. First, this has to be the best gaajar ka halwa I have had apart from my home. Second, the melt in the mouth consistency will leave you love struck. Third, the moderate sweetness and the subtle finesse with which it has been prepared will compel you to have more of it. The owner told me that they stir the grated carrots in ghee for a longer duration and this activity gives the halwa the requisite mouth warming texture. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Ambrosia Bliss, Connaught Place, New Delhi

The first thing that impressed me about this place was that they have divided the restaurant into three separate sections. The first section is for fine dining, the second one is for a private gathering of 20-25 people and the third one is for casual dining. The casual dining restaurant has been modeled on the theme of love. Love was literally in the air as the Bliss lounge had heart shaped decorations all over the place.

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Here are the dishes that I tried –

Twist @ Bliss – I am not a big fan of mocktails and I never finish any but I have fallen in love with this one. Fresh orange chunks, strawberry, passion fruit, cranberry and lemon juice. Even though this drink has lemon juice it was not really sour but had a mellow sweetness. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Dimsums- I tried their lamb dimsums, prawn dimsums and chicken dimsums and loved all of them!! The lamb dimsums are pink in color because of the beetroot juice added to the dough. The chicken dimsums and prawn dimsums are delectable and you won’t even need any dips for them.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Chicken Malai tikka- Tender and succulent chicken pieces , these were extremely juicy and I loved every bit of them.

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Corn Crusted Chicken-  it is crunchy as the chicken is coated with cornflakes and is then deep fried. It has a subtle taste and when paired with ranch dressing it works wonderfully. The ranch dressing is a little bit spicy which amplifies the taste. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Tres Leches – Just describing it as a three milk cake won’t do justice to the wonderful dessert this is. The lower layer is a cake sponge which is soaked overnight in three milk products (it is like a milkcake). The sponge has a rich texture and is oh so soft. The frosting compliments the sponge cake. The best part is that the dessert is not extremely sweet and it is difficult to stop once you start savoring this dessert. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Raspberry Pink Velvet-  The presentation is top notch and it has two pink velvet biscuits as well. Soft , balanced sweetness, and a delectable raspberry cream frosting , this dessert  gives you a surreal experience. Has it ever happened with you that you become lost while having a delectable meal? If not then do give this dessert a try!!  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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