Laidback café by the World of Shalom should be on your list if you want to experience authentic Mediterranean/Lebanese dishes with a comfortable ambience. The menu is extensive, though, covering continental as well as Asian dishes in which the restaurant excels as well. I had an unforgettable experience at this place and here are a few dishes that I tasted:
Non veg mezze platter: First, you dig into the succulent Zata’ar chicken which has a very thin crusty exterior and the lovely taste of tangy Zata’ar spices. Second, you bite the meat fatayar which is a fried fluffy envelope of finely minced lamb – the aroma of Mediterranean spices is extremely inviting. Third, you gorge upon the juicy chicken wings and get your hands dirty in the spicy tangy mixture. Fourth, the fine textured hummus, the creamy babaganoush, the healthy tabbouleh and the sour cacic go well with the meaty dishes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Shish Touk – If bulky boneless pieces with the characteristic tanginess could be this soft is hard to believe. The well grilled capsicum and tomatoes have imparted their juiciness to the chicken and when the skewers are served with sour salad of perfectly julienned bell peppers, onions, cabbage and tomatoes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Rubiyan Mishwi: Pan seared prawns in garlic butter sauce is every sea food lover’s dream appetizer. But when those prawns have a creamy melt in the mouth texture with no foul aroma, you can not stop your self at just one. Coupled with a light onion, tomato and bell pepper salad with an occasional bite of chopped garlic, this dish is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Grilled salmon in Buerre blanc sauce: One bite will not be enough, trust me! The salmon is grilled to perfection with chewy interiors and slightly crusty exterior and topped with a white whine and butter based Buerre Blanc sauce which has a creamy texture and moderate consistency. And let us not forget the smoothest potato mash with aptly grilled vegetables drenched in a light tangy dressing with the European herbs and you have a winner of a dish. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Tiramisu: The perfect tiramisu gone slightly haywire because of the excess use of coffee powder on the top which lent a slightly butter flavour to the ensemble. RECOMMENDED.
Blueberry cheesecake: The best cheesecake till date! This was not baked which was an added bonus because the soft chocolate base complimented the utterly mellow cheesecake with embedded blueberries. And the icing on the cake was the blueberry sauce with real mashed blueberries adorning the top. Why did I finish this? HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
A sweet little place situated in Rohini, this place should be on your go-to list if you love having waffles and pancakes. The place serves sandwiches as well. Here are the dishes that I tried-
Imli banta- I had Oreo shake as well but this drink will go perfectly with waffles and pancakes as this is not sweet. It is light on stomach and is sour. Found this better than Oreo shake. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Waffle cake- this is a meal in itself. Three stacks of waffle topped with gems, ice cream, chocochips and chocolate syrup. Best part – the waffles were super crunchy till the end even though syrups were poured over it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Death by pancake- this will be good for those who love dark chocolate but as I don’t, so I didn’t like it much. But when paired with vanilla ice-cream , it is good to go!!
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.
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.
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.
Chicken Malai tikka- Tender and succulent chicken pieces , these were extremely juicy and I loved every bit of them.
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.
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.
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.
Who the hell I am to not listen to those delicious calls from waffles now and then? Last week I finally decided to stop drooling over the picture perfect waffles and start binging on them. And Iamwaffle, newly opened in the Baani Square came calling.
It is a small outlet spread on two floors and can hardly seat ten customers at once. The ambience is cozy and warm and the aroma of freshly baked waffles is enough to seduce your palate. Here are the two items that I savoured last week
Nutella waffle sandwich: Finally my chance to have the most decadent variety of waffles – the nutella based one. With a refreshing filling of chopped pineapple, strawberries and sliced bananas garnished with almond flakes – the waffles are moderately sweet, crunchy yet soft. RECOMMENDED.
Cheeky Monkey Shake: I was in dire need of a sugar rush and this milk and chocolate based shake with a Ferraro Rocher on the top came handy. Subtle sweetness and rich consistency make this highly recommended.
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.
Winters have officially arrived in Delhi NCR and it is time to come out of your closet and enjoy the glorious winter sun. The poisonous haze has gone for good now and you can embrace the chilly weather which is there to stay for a month or so.
And what better to do on a weekend than have a brunch on a roof top from where the Gurgaon skyline is visible? Located at the Clarens Hotel, Sector 29, Gurgaon, Raise the Bar Rooftop offers one of a kind experience. There is a huge bar counter running along half of the length and a special dessert and patisserie counter awaits you when you enter this place. The polished wooden interiors with a good seating arrangement promise a relaxed ambience and a slew of well trained servers is there to make your stay memorable.
Patisserie special: All cheese – oregano filled pungent and layered Adam cheese, herb cheese filled with chilli flakes and gouda are prepared from cow milk and are imported. The crackers are light and crunchy, the pickled olives not so sour, raw papaya and cucumber subtle and the focaccia airy. RECOMMENDED.
Gnochhi salad: The gnocchi is oh so smooth and melt in the mouth and served on a pan fried spinach base with hints of garlic and ginger. The spinach is not so bitter and is easy to gobble on. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Barley salad with chicken and green beans: The tangy chicken sausage leaves you in a deep food coma, while the crunchy grilled green beans, plump and juicy cherry tomatoes add more depth to this salad. The best part – the sauce has penetrated to every element. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Fried chicken popsickles: Hats off to the chef who thought of this. Who wants ice popsickles if you can have fried chicken one? And they go well in the winters too. The finest chicken mince fried in bread crumbs to a lovely brown and golden hue and served with garlic mayo can leave you in splits. The crispy exterior and the soft mince like interior will definitely win your heart. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Herb crusted sole fillet: The very thin layer of herb curst with mellow insides – perfection of a well seared sole fillet. The potato wedges are served as sides and slightly soft. RECOMMENDED.
Yakisoba noodles with vegetables: Disappointment. The noodles did not taste like Japanese noodles in Yakisoba sauce but resembled a desi pan fried version of our street food variant in flavours.
Crème Brulee: Not good at all. The well defined crust is not there and the flavour of the cheesecake resembled the taste of raw eggs.
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.