Cichhetti in Italian means “small bites” and is a regular favourite in the streets of Venice. Going by the same notion, Cichhetti by Mr. Beans is into serving calorie counted dishes which fulfil you but just in the right way with no overwhelmed belly. That way you are able to savour more dishes with no guilty pleasures.
Smoking Cranberry Jalapeño Cream Cheese dome: Cheese is smoked and infused with finely chopped garlic, jalapeños and olives and served with crunchy crackers, a spiced jam of raspberries & cranberries, sliced olives, jalapeños and green apple.
Cheddar & Chive Scones: Freshly baked English scones having a bitter flavour because of chives and served with the raspberries & cranberries spiced jam, butter and cream cheese. The scones have a soft yet crumbly texture.
Goth Aglio Olio in linguini: As if the magic of Aglio Olio was not enough that these guys prepared linguini in mushroom sauce. The flavour of the button, shiitake and porcini mushrooms is so enchanting and the pasta is super slurpy.
Coq Au Vin – Red Wine Chicken: Highly highly recommended! The juicy chicken legs and breast are served with crispy bacon strips, mashed potatoes and grilled baby onions, button mushrooms, beans and broccoli. The chicken is so tender that it readily comes off the bone and goes so well with the creamy mashed potatoes.
Vanilla & coconut panna cotta: First, the creamy yet smooth texture of this dessert will blow your mind. Second, the combination of vanilla and coconut is so mesmerising that you will want to savour this forever. Third, the tanginess of the strawberry sorbet goes compliments the panna cotta. Lastly the freshly baked meringues actually melt in your mouth.
Lately, my fascination for South-East Asian cuisine has grown fourfold. The magic of dimsums, noodles, poke bowls and so on has worked its way into my heart and who am I resist when the lovely cuisine from Vietnam comes calling.
Pho Vegetables: Lovely rice noodles drenched in a hot, sweet and sour soup with the goodness of crunchy vegetables- carrots, broccoli, bok choy, mint and spinach leaves, the mellow tofu and chewy portobello & shiitake mushrooms. The bowl is served with hot and spicy Sriracha sauce, caramelised garlic & onions, and peanuts.
Pork & King Oyster Mushroom Spring Rolls: The very fine texture of the hot hot mince of pork and mushrooms is overwhelming. And with such a hot spicy mixture, it is difficult to roll into crispy spring rolls. Served with a melt in the mouth spicy peanut sauce, this ensemble is one item not to miss.
White Rose Dimsums: These are tender crystal dimsums enclosing a very delicate mixture of tapioca and mung beans which actually melts in your mouth. The sauce is sweet and spicy although the spicier part is pronounced because of finely chopped red chillies.
Viet-Nom special pizza: Slightly disappointing because the rice paper had a burnt texture and excessive use of basil leaves. But the succulent chicken chorizo and egg cheese combo saves the dish.
Avocado surprise: Surprising yet pleasant! The finely mashed avocado is drenched in coconut ice – cream and topped with maple syrup and coconut shavings. The resultant is a cool and creamy subtle dessert.
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.
Konkani fried chicken: So when you are bored with our typical north Indian chicken, this Konkani chicken with the flavours of Deccan will come to the rescue of your taste buds. The succulent chicken fried with crunchy peanuts in curry leaves and rai seeds is highly recommended.
Cold bar sticks: A refresher for your palate with the sweetness of fresh pineapple and the slight pungency of cheese.
Spiced meat devilled Scotch eggs: Move over the usual devilled eggs as these eggs are coated with keema and deep fried to perfect crispiness. The “devilled” portion is filled with keema again and served to you with a creamy dip.
Mutton shaami kebab: Being brought over a diet of kebabs, I found these slightly less crispier. The keema is finely pulverized and the occasional bite of green chillies feels heavenly though. I really wish that the hotness was more with the addition of spices.
Black chicken steak: Why did I taste this? The chicken is marinated with cream and coated with activated charcoal and then grilled. The resultant is a super juicy chicken that melts in the mouth. Served with fine textured mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables, this dish is highly recommended.
Chicken Dak Bungalow curry with Malabar Paratha: The chewy parathas are served with a tangy and creamy chicken curry. The chicken pieces are juicy but the curry could have been better.
Date and walnut cake with heavy cream : The walnuts are so soft and slightly gooey with the goodness of dates lending their lusciousness. Trust me, you won’t stop at one or even two!
Tipsy pudding: We expected a lot from this one but this is a just a normal fruit cake with the middle most sponge dipped in rum.
One of the oldest fine dine restaurants in Gurgaon, China Club has developed a niche clientele of its own. The class apart dishes, the freshness of ingredients and the impeccable service are enough to attract Oriental cuisine lovers.
We were told by the manager that the majority of ingredients are sourced from China on a daily basis and the prawns are shipped straight from the Odissa coast.
Here are some of the dishes that we relished:
Crispy vegetables with ginger: Mushrooms and cauliflower lightly sauteed in ginger, garlic, green and red chillies with a very subtle tangy flavour – the vegetarian starter upped it’s game! Highly Recommended.
Boiled chicken dimsum in spicy chilli sauce: The dimsums are of course bland but they are drenched in a super spicy chilli sauce and hence a very “runny nose” experience. Recommended.
Home style sliced chicken with black fungus: Again super spicy and a runny nose. The chicken is however very tender and the mushrooms chewy. Recommended.
Sauteed prawns in black pepper: Creamy and buttery prawns fried to crispy perfection and coated with finely grounded black pepper – enjoy the throat burning! Highly Recommended.
Stir fried Chinese greens: The simple combination of asparagus, bok choy and broccoli stir fried in chopped garlic pairs perfectly well with the spicy prawns. Highly Recommended.
Vegetable fried noodle: Slurpy noodles with crunchy vegetables – what more can you ask? Highly Recommended.
Banana toffee dipped in chilled Brandy: This is a traditional Chinese dessert and is pretty unusual. The banana bits are deep fried and then caramelized and topped with sesame. These balls are then dipped in Brandy and hence develop a crusty shell. Highly Recommended.
Tete-a-tete or Guftagu is what we yearn for after a long hectic day at work or an unpredictable week. And when that is coupled by Sher-o-shayari, stand up comedy or poetic renditions, then the experience becomes super special.
The relaxing interiors coupled with myriad colours will enchant you and the love food counter will definitely keep you salivating.
The menu boasts of many lip smacking and never heard before dishes like chicken rollers, fish fingers which are coated in KFC style, red velvet shake and what not!
I am slowly learning to move from Indianised versions of the global dishes and gradually falling in love with the authentic versions. Nooba provided a perfect opportunity for me to explore Schezwan cuisine fashioned from the expert hands of chefs from China.
Nooba should be recognized as a family restaurant with serene interiors. The staff is courteous and the managers know their cuisine very well. All the ingredients are imported from China so the authenticity is maintained.
Shredded Chicken: The chicken is fresh, juicy and not chewy which was a relief! The flavour is subtle and not too overpowering. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Fried Prawn: The prawns are fried but not deep fried and topped with peppery garnish and spring onions. The prawns were a fresh catch and tender in texture. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Asparagus in Bean Curd: Kudos to these guys for giving tofu an appealing texture. And kudos to the presentation as well! The lightly sautéed asparagus are delicately placed in crusty tofu and drenched in a light vinegar based sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken & Black Mushroom Dimsums: The dainty mushrooms enclosing a very subtle mixture of finely chopped chicken mince and black mushrooms should be hogged on to even when not hungry. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Mixed Meat Noodles in White Garlic Sauce: Wok tossed Hakka Noodles with a plethora of vegetables, lamb and chicken in a silky smooth white garlic sauce – subtlety at its best! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chocolate Roulade: Move over brownies, the delicately rolled chocolate rolls enclosing gooey chocolate syrup and served with a scoop of cool vanilla ice-cream is the perfect way to end a delicious meal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.