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Pa Pa Ya, Select Citywalk, Saket, New Delhi

Talk about Pa Pa Ya and the first image that comes to my mind is a classy place with contemporary decor and a modern Asian menu prepared with finesse.

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If you want to have a quiet time with your loved ones and enjoy dishes that have multiple notes, then head over to this place.

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I recently visited their Biggest Dimsum festival where in I was fortunate to taste their lovely range of dimsums, dumplings and Baos.

The cucumber sorbet or the mouth fresher before the starters

The mocktail Pa Pa Ya and the enchanting cocktail U-Isuki-Sho

Wonton(Prawn and chives dimsums): Served in soya sauce based gravy with a light sour tone and topped with crispy caramelized garlic tangy, these dimsums will blow you over with their lusciousness.

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Jiaozi (Chicken gyoza dimsums): Ahh the crisp exterior and the fine flavourful chicken mince of these pan seared dimsums! Not to forget the subtle texture of the dimsums, the crunchy caramelized garlic and of course the chopped spring onions providing their freshness.

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Crystal dumplings: Whenever I had pakchoy leaves, they were put in the mixture as it is, this resulting in no finesse. But here the pakchoy leaves are finely chopped and go so well with the minced chicken to the point of absolute deliciousness. And to top it all, the dimsum skin is not too chewy like the ones of usual crystal dimsums.

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Korean Chicken Bao: Talk about explosion of flavours and these Baos do justice to this phrase. The skin is fluffy, soft, sweet & slightly sour with the inside mixture of chicken lending a very hot & spicy flavour with sweet undertones.

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Cheung Fun (prawn & chives): The inside crispy layer under the mellow rice paper skin is the trailer to a delicious film of minced chicken underneath.  You have to pour soy sauce based dip on it to enjoy it’s savouriness. Not to forget the chopped spring onions, bell peppers and the caramelized garlic.

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Glutinous rice: Too good, melt in the mouth, and the tenderness of minced pork blows you over.

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Xia long bao chicken dimsums: I shall call them soupy dimsums with a classy subtlety.

Lao Mai Gai: Hot and spicy rice with chicken and juicy mushrooms and wrapped in lotus leaf and steamed to perfection.

Yaki Udon noodles: Slurpy and sweet with fresh and crunchy vegetables.

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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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Pandan Asian Eats, Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi

I think we are delving deep into the fantastic world of South Asian and Oriental cuisine these days after having an over dose of North Indian, Mughlai and Italian over the past few years.

And that is where Pandan Asian Eats comes into the picture. It is always not possible for us to visit a restaurant and gorge on those adorable dimsums and curries, so better to order them, right?

The delivery was before time (clapping for that) and the packaging was sturdy with least chance for spillage and spoiling. Here are the times that we relished:

Pok Pok Wings: Chopped garlic and spring onions compliment chicken wings, but peanuts? That is a bold ingredient to experiment with and let me tell you that the crunchy peanuts went so well with the subtly sweet and spicy juicy chicken that we were asking for more! RECOMMENDED.

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Chicken and Thai herb dumplings: Those sliced fiery red chillies will definitely seduce the spice lovers into gorging on these beauties. The minced chicken is equally hot and is balanced by the thick and sticky dumpling skin. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Chicken Green Thai curry with rice: Talking about rice first, I loved the addition of caramelised garlic. It adds so much depth to plain rice and compliments the delicate flavours of the Thai green curry. Moving on to curry, it was flavourful and excellent with the richness of curry leaves, lemongrass and coconut in very bite. The chicken pieces were succulent and fresh. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Wok tossed noodles: Slightly oily but with the unusual flavours of mustard ( I am still clueless as to how did they incorporate mustard in noodles) and the usual sprouts, carrots, cabbage and bok choy leaves. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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