My first visit to the Choko La store couldn’t be better! Being an avid chocolate lover, specifically the dark chocolates, I crave for binging on them now and then.
And when it is Belgian chocolate and the desserts fashioned out of it, it is pretty arduous to stop myself.
The attendants Sudha and Raman, at the Vasant Kunj store cheerfully greeted me and told me the nitty – gritties of the Choko La brand. The Belgian chocolate is of course imported, different combinations of dark and milk chocolates used and no compound chocolate is tolerated. Temperature is a very important parameter in keeping these chocolate desserts in good shape so 18 degrees will welcome you at all their stores.
The purity of the chocolate can be gauged from the fact that the chocolate readily melts in your mouth – palate warmth having it’s effect on the former.
The fact that Choko La is an Indian brand striving to carve a niche in the sector of gourmet chocolates is definitely going to linger in your mind.
35% milk chocolate and 55% dark chocolate pellets: These miniature chocolates will melt on your palate this imparting a pleasant warmth.
Belgian chocolate truffle pastry: Sinful, decadent and I am falling short of adjectives to describe this dessert. The three layered pastry is gooey, sticky and leaves a pleasant after taste. Highly recommended.
Coffee caramel pastry: The grainy exterior and mellow interior speak volumes about this caramel coffee mousse based dessert. It is indeed relaxing to dive your way in this pastry and hog it to your heart’s content.
Berry cheesecake: The thing about cheesecakes is that you don’t have to bake them otherwise the tart is super crusty and therefore difficult to break into. Choko La is one of the very few dessert parlours which knows that cheesecakes are best when served in their lovely luscious texture. And that fresh berry compote on top – icing on the cake. Or rather pastry!
Chocolate coated butterscotch and rochers: Talk about nutty snacks and these will come in handy. Extra points for amalgamating butterscotch with chocolate – never knew that this combination will work!
I began my food exploring with TGIF and I used to be a regular one there a while back. Their American and Tex-Mex menu with huge portion sizes always attracted the glutton in me.
So when TGIF introduces their new menu, it is onerous for gluttons like me to keep calm as the enticing dishes call our palate. Here are a few of them that I recently tasted:
Grilled Chimichurri chicken skewers: Light crust, juicy but slightly dry – the chicken pieces were probably char grilled at a higher temperature which left them pretty chewy. The skewers were served with potato wedges which were light and a hot chilli garlic Sriracha sauce. RECOMMENDED.
Parmesan crusted chicken with fettucine and salad: A classy masterpiece. If two juicy chicken breasts marinated in a creamy Caesar dressing and finished with a crumbly parmesan crust aren’t enough to leave you spellbound then the sweet onion, cherry tomato and moazarella salad and the creamy fettucine with chopped spinach and spring onions will cast an enchantment over your taste buds. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Jack Daniel’s Tobasco steak and shrimp: The steak is “well done” in the Jack Daniel’s sauce and it is easier to cut and chew. The shrimps have a crispy outer covering and belong to the freshest catch that the restaurant could lay its hands upon. Their special Jack Daniel’s sauce, fashioned from caramelised onions and honey compliments the steak and the prawns well. Served with a smooth potato mash and juicy buttered broccoli – this one is a winner. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Jack Daniel’s Norwegian Salmon: The salmon is char grilled and has a perfect glaze of the Jack Daniel’s sauce but is over grilled and hence slightly chewy. RECOMMENDED.
Chocolate mud pie: A frozen dessert with warm chocolate and almond mouse covering over it. Chocolate crumble crust, coffee ice cream and almond mouse make up this three layered extraordinary dessert. The ice cream and mouse are frozen in the crumble crust and the ensemble tastes divine. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Where to start guys!
I have been quite regular at this one. Their cool ambience, kickass deals (star and stripes) and yummy food attracts me again and again.
TGIF’s Cajun Chicken Wings are to die for. Earlier, they used to be tangy and spicy but now you have to specify whether you want the tanginess or spiciness to be there. Nonetheless, this dish dish is juicy to the core – the herbs penetrate to the inside of the chicken and the blue cheese dip (papprika and red chilli flakes) they serve will definitely erupt your mouth – too hot and spicy!
Recently when we there, we also tried Miami Cubano Chicken Stack – topped with mozzarella and bacon and served with rice and mushroom. Phew! Fulfilling main course! The steak was soft, tender and mildly spiced with crispy bacon strips between two steaks. Rice was good with chewy mushrooms adding to the subtle flavours. Overall a fully worth every penny meal!
The service is pretty good here with pro-active and well informed servers. The one who served us was Krishna. He did his job very well.
This place is always bustling with an amazing crowd.
Gurgaon dwellers, you have finally have an answer to those sudden cravings for fresh sugary delights. So what if you don’t get time to bake at home, Yummy Tummy Corner is there to provide baked goodies right at your doorstep.
Pineapple upside down: Soft and fresh with a thin glaze on top, moderate sweetness and with real flavour of fresh pineapple intact, this is a RECOMMENDED dessert.
Walnut brownie: Nutty, mellow and spongy and served with gooey liquid chocolate, this one is pure sin! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Mud pastry: Thick, mellow, rich with dark chocolate and not too sweet, this pastry is there to satiate those yearnings for dark chocolate. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Marble cake: A monochromatic a.k.a marble like cake awaits as you as you open this beauty. The mixture of chocolate and vanilla are mixed in a blended fashion. The cake is soft, spongy and has a brownie like texture with optimum sweetness. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Nankhatai cookies: With hints of green cardamom and a fine powdery texture as you take a bite, these cookies are well baked to perfection. RECOMMENDED.