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The Trial Box, DLF Phase 1, Gurgaon

I would have given them a 3.5 but since Zomato does not allow 0.5 ratings now, so sticking to 3. And this rating accounts for some below par dishes and a harrowing delivery experience.

The order came pretty late – one and a half hours after the stipulated time. Additionally there were no carry bags given – how am I supposed to carry loose cutlery set, dips and the meal boxes to my place? Add to this the spilling dips and sauces and you have a blunder.

Mushroom and asparagus hargao dimsums: The chewiness of freshly chopped mushrooms and the subtle crunchiness of asparagus, enclosed in warm dimsum covering will definitely entice the mushroom lovers and the vegetarians alike. The extra hot and spicy flavours are the icing on the cake.

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Mushroom crystal dumplings: Ohhhhh man, such mellowness! Add to this, the wonderful watery and chewy texture of the button, shiitake and porcini mushroom – phew! The caramelised garlic on top – win win!

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Spicy chicken dimsums: These flower shaped dimsums drenched in a sweet chilli sauce is meant foe those days when you are craving balanced flavours with a certain zing.

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Reshmi dohra kebab: Frankly speaking, I am not impressed with this one. It is important to smoke the kebabs so that they do not taste raw.

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Spinach and ricotta ravioli in white sauce: I always stress on seamlessness and this dish will definitely get full marks in the regard. Such a smooth mellow mixture of finely chopped spinach and ricotta enveloped in smooth ravioli and slathered in white sauce having the perfect consistency – neither runny nor viscous. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Vietnamese Noodle bowl: The goodness of a semi-raw meal with a sour and spicy sauce. (Talk about red chillies). The fine glass noodles, the fresh vegetables: carrots, zucchini, asparagus, bell peppers, pokchoy and shiitake mushrooms, the crunchy peanuts and of course the perfectly grilled chicken – flavourful yet healthy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Butter chicken meal: A wholesome north Indian meal is what we all desire when cooking seems tedious. So when you have a warm Naan, creamy butter chicken and Dal Makhani, soothing Raita, luscious fried rice and a warm dulcet chocolate brownie, you can’t say no, next time.

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Kiara soul kitchen, M block market, Greater Kailash 2, New Delhi

A hard core non vegetarian can, on some days, relish an all vegetarian menu with the dominance of vegan specialities. Yes folks, I did the sin of this unusual gluttony and enjoyed every bit of it.

Kiara is focussing majorly on healthy meals which are calorie counted by a nutritionist and whose ingredients are sourced from organic farms. The chefs are not using an artificial flavours i.e. no ajinomoto and no MSG. All their sauces and gravies are prepared in house with the freshest ingredients and while tasting their delicacies, you can gauge that.

Assorted breads with hummus: More than the breads, I would like to talk about the three flavours of hummus here. The olive based regular hummus was good with a fresh grainy texture and slight hints of roasted cumin. The fennel based one is an innovative take on regular hummus with the humble hints of fennel powder and leaves. The last one was the apple and walnut hummus with zata’ar powder in it. The sweetness of apple perfectly compliments the grainy texture of crushed walnuts. The breads, particularly focassia and multi grain bun, could have been better although the pita bread deserves full praise. RECOMMENDED.

Quinoa and kale salad: This simple yet flavourful salad combines two super foods – quinoa and kale leaves. Full marks to the plating style – the salad is carefully placed in a glass bowl and adorned with broccoli in the flower petal style. The texture of the salad is crunchy due to the presence of onion and purple cabbage with the chewy softness of quinoa. The chilli dip with which the salad is served is one of a kind – silky texture with the goodness of sesame seeds and coconut milk. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Indonesian Minestrone soup: The soulful flavours of tomatoes, barley, coconut milk and sriracha sauce (made in house) made into a “shorba” style soup with the added benefits of mellow zucchini and mushroom. This soup is healthy and has a lovely creamy texture. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Basil and bean broth: Boiled beans along with finely chopped bell peppers and basil drenched in a light watery broth fashioned from dehydrated mushrooms and soya is your go to dish when you wish to have some thing light and healthy. And let us not forget the slight tangy hints in every drop. RECOMMENDED.

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Pokchoy Dumplings: A creamy mixture of chopped water chestnuts, mushrooms and carrots enclosed by a tiny pokchoy leaf and steamed to mellow perfection – I kept on gobbling and did not stop till seven. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Shakarkandi and kadoo kebab: A very unusual or rather scary combination – sweet potato and pumpkin prepared into a tender kebab served with tamarind chutney. The kebabs are luscious and the sweetness of sweet potatoes provide a different dimension to these kebabs. RECOMMENDED.

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Bao bhaajhi: The progressive Asian theme of this restaurant blossoms well in the bhaajhi – chopped zucchini, mushrooms and tomatoes in a lemon butter compote and served with three different baos – soft and sour steamed ones, baked ones and crispy baked one. RECOMMENDED.

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Black rice with paneer: Yes, Himalayan black rice with sweet corn, broccoli and paneer could be this good and appetizing. The rice is moist and has an adorable chewy texture which is hard to forget. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Thai Green Curry: That a Thai green curry can taste so flavourful even without the fish sauce speaks volumes about the skill of the chef here. The usual spicy and creamy texture is there and those firm vegetables as well. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Assorted kulfis: These kulfis denote the three prominent flavours of Asia – coffee from Indonesia, lemongrass from Malaysia and paan/betel from India. The usual bitter warm texture can be expected from the coffee kulfi and the palate refreshing flavours from the betel one (raw betel leaves used) but the subtle impression of lemongrass kulfi topped with sesame seeds is the one that will leave you flabbergasted. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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The Grill Kitchen, Malviya Nagar

Food, food and sometimes too much of it. Don’t we all get bored of the same chicken tikka or daal makhani? It is cooked at our homes by us and our parents and served at all the north Indian restaurants and weddings. Sometimes, I wonder the sheer monotony of the same dishes.

To break this drudgery, The Grill Kitchen has come up with a novel taste to the same old dishes. A slight twist in the recipes and boom, you have a different conept. Not like serving the old wine in a new bottle and not overhauling the traditional recipes.

The food explorer in me was delighted to savour their lovely preparations:

Prawn dimsum: Who says that dishes fashioned out of smelly prawns need to have a strong whiff of sea? Subduing that unwanted aroma is where the skill of the chef is tested and if he/she is able to achieve this, then hats off! These prawn dimsums tasted like prawns but did not smell too much like them. The thin skin enclosing excellently flavoured minced prawn is a paradisiacal dish for prawn and dimsum lovers. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Bhatti chicken: It was way too tangy and dry. There was rum added in it but that should have made it a bit bitter not tangy.

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Galouti kebab: Mellow and melt in the mouth made with the finest mutton mince – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Kadhai chicken: The dhaba style chicken served here is pure love. The medley of juicy chicken pieces drenched in a thick gravy of green bell peppers, tomatoes, onions and cumin seeds is sure to entice you. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Daal makhani: Decadency at its best! A hard core non vegetarian like me does not drool over daal makhani but this one forced me to. The daal served here was so flavourful, hot, creamy and spicy with every aspect in balance. Once I started having this with their chewy maida naan, I could not control myself. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Roasted chicken in herbs: This one should be on your priority tasting list if you love the sort of chicken in which the juicy flesh falls off the bones. This one was a s succulent as a chicken can get and was roasted in tangy Zaatar herbs and Indian spices. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Feng Shui, Green Park main market, New Delhi

The term FENG-SHUI translates as “wind-water”. It is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonising everyone with the environment. Well, if you visit the Oriental fine dine restaurant lounge by the same name located in the Green Park market, then you will experience a positive aura on their first floo. And when on second floor, you can experience foot tapping music with a live bar and a covered roof – enjoying the external environment with no worries for the extreme weather.

The first outlet of Feng Shuii located in The Gallery,MG Road, Sultanpur was launched in June 2016. After getting an overwhelming response, they have opened another outlet in Green Park main market and here are a few items I tasted there:

Prawn chilli: I am glad that the chefs here have maintained the authenticity of the Asian preparations. The prawns are crispy and chewy in texture and not too chilly rather sweet in taste. Additionally, the bell peppers and onions are perfectly tossed in a hot sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Shrimp dimsums: Soft but a bit smelly and the chopped garlic provides an unusual taste.

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Chicken and cheese dimsums: We have seen unique experimentations in the culinary world when it comes to dimums and I am flabbergasted by the addition of cheese to the common chicken dimsums. These were light, luscious and were soft and subtle because of cheese. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Mongolian lamb: A whiff of star anise greets you when this dish is served. However, it could have been better as it was way too chewy and undercooked.

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Corn and cheese dimums: Such softness, such delicateness and such finesse in vegetarian dimsums is a feat to achieve. The combination of corn and cheese is as delectable as it can get. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Chicken dimsums: Oh boy, the inclusion of sweet chilli oil in the regular chicken dimsums makes them more soft and melt in the mouth. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Karate Kitchen, Sultanpur, New Delhi

I would not prefer wasting your time on introducing Karate kitchen because they have already carved a niche for themselves in the market when it comes to delivering Asian and Oriental dishes. Each creation by their super talented chef is a lovely accompaniment to your lunch or dinner.

A note about their super soft dumplings – they are made from potato and wheat starch with no addition of flour.

Fiery chicken dumplings: The soft-skinned dumplings with the freshest minced chicken. The dumplings were not fiery at all but were slightly sweet due to a thin syrup.

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Vegetarian crystal dumpling: They were able to induce a level of taste in the usual veg dumplings. The use of finely chopped bakchoy leaves, mushroom and water chestnut enclosed in a super soft skin.

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Lotus root stems: Finely sliced lotus roots fried to crispy perfection.

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Prawn dumplings: Again super soft skin enclosing the subtle prawn heads with a slightly tangy flavour. The skin is fashioned with sesame oil and finely diced water chestnut in addition to the starches I mentioned before.

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Mushroom with green chilli and garlic: If you love mushrooms, this is a dish you will adore more than any other mushroom item you have ever tasted. The juiciness of button mushrooms, the chewiness of shiitake and the slurpiness of the oyster ones lightly tossed in fine juliennes of garlic and green chillies is a healthy as well as a heavenly dish.

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Basil Thai vegetables: Blanched vegetables – broccoli, bell peppers and zucchini in a light hot and sweet sauce with the pungency of chopped garlic.

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Water chestnut: It was served cold but was edible and was full of flavours. The slices of fresh watery chestnut with flat beans immersed in sweet coconut milk based gravy and topped with caramelised onions – expect an explosion of flavours.

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Noodles: The finest noodles and worth your time and taste.

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Thai green curry with sticky rice: Somehow, their Thai green curry was very sweet and would be difficult to eat if you have a neutral or spicy palate. However, the gravy had the right consistency and the rice were good.

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Brookie: Ah, here is a dessert which is pretty class apart. The combination of half brownie and half cookie adorned with chocolate chips is such a novel dish! The melted cookie on the brownie present a gooey, dense and soft sweet course.

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Nukkad, SDA market, New Delhi

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.

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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.

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Watermelon mojito: A plain soda based drink with the usual sweetness of the watermelon cubes absent. It was a bit sour as well.

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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.

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Bread pakora: Average, crispy and ajwain (carom seeds) were the only good thing about them.

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Spicy French toast: Soft French toasts sandwiching coriander based potato mash – a novel take on our usual French toast. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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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.

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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.

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Big Wong, D block market, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi

Let us move on over the Chinese dishes created in Indian flavours. Because authenticity of experience is so in demand these days. We wish to savour the real flavours of the Oriental and Thai dishes and this is where Big Wong comes in.

Let me get straight to the point. Big Wong is one if the few places high in flavours – the subtlety of their dimsums and non vegetarian preparations is a force to reckon with. And the ambience is a tad bit different from classy oriental environment. They have an amazing collection of retro, rock n roll and heavy metal songs which amps up the atmosphere.

I had a beautiful dinner there recently and I am able to recreate my experience here:

Chicken dimsums in thai herbs: I am amazed at the super soft and moist skin of the dimsums offered by Big Wong. And this particular one was no different. Add to it the sweet thai sauce with the prominence of lemon grass and what you get is an explosion of flavours. And let us not forget the freshness of the minced chicken. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Chicken dimsums in home made sauce: This one was responsible for giving me a major cough and sneeze attack. Because I was already suffering from cold and this was fiery hot with red chilli kernels dipped in soy sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for spice lovers.

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Prawn dimsums in thai herb: Whole prawns wrapped in soft dimsum sheets and topped with a light and sweet sauce. The freshness of lemongrass is so profound here, giving you an authentic Thai experience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Thai basil fish: How can these guys make simple fish dish so out of the world? The fish pieces had a slightly crispy exterior and mushy interiors and were hot yet sweet in taste. The freshness of the fish is commendable here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Chicken sake wine: If the softness of the chicken can be retained even after cooking it in heavy sauces, then the chef should be given an award. The chicken was so delicate and soft with ginger dominating the flavours. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Crab stick: Fresh and sweet as expected.

Tuna nigiri: Sweet again

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Prawn dumplings: Soft again with the fineness of prawn mince.

Corn and water chestnut dumplings: The freshness and crunchiness of water chestnut compliments the delicateness of sweet corn kernels. RECOMMENDED

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Crystal chicken dumplings: Moist to the core with super thin skin, this one is a tad bit different from the crystal dumplings served at other outlets. RECOMMENDED

Spicy salmon roll: Crispy but smelly and not very spicy.

Curry prawn dumplings: If you are a fan of the famed Thai green curry, you will fall head over heels with this one. The dainty prawn dumplings are warm and firm and adorned with a fine thai green curry. The profoundness of coconut milk, lemon grass and thai herbs is relishing.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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