Posted in bourbon, burger, caesar salad, chicken satay, cocktail, custard, delhi, greek salad, grilled fish, gurgaon, Healthy, ice cream, japanese cuisine, lettuce, nachos, prawn tempura roll, Salad, suchu wine, sushi, Uncategorized

Feel Alive, Sector 29, Gurgaon

When it comes to a Friday night parties, I am not a big fan of resto-pubs playing the loudest possible music and serving the cheapest dishes and drinks on their menu in happy hours. Neither I am too fond of crowded lounges where you can hardly ever make a conversation. Many of us have moved on over the “My bar” type of parties and would prefer a sophisticated place to relax and enjoy.

Keeping all the above factors in mind, Mr. Vasul Chauhan, whose brainchild Biryani and Quorma Express is doing excellent in the Gurgaon delivery circles, has come with a premium property by the name of Feel Alive at Sector 29. The opulent ambience, the live bar, the elaborate food and drinks menu, the huge TV screens and the plush interiors will compel your heart to skip a beat. And the excitement does not end here. There are five party rooms for group get togethers which can easily seat around 18-20 people with a personal butler, a smart TV, kickass sound systems and comfortable seatings. Thursdays are reserved for Salsa and Fridays are for dancing to a live DJ.

And it does get better with the gastronomic experience….

Suchu wine sangria: After getting to know my love for Sangria, Mr. Vasul Chauhan, an accomplished mixologist himself, conjured a wonderfully delicate Japanese rice wine sangria. The refreshing taste of watermelon, guava and orange cubes coupled with the subtle tanginess of the rice wine was pretty appealing to me. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Caesar Salad: Thank God these guys know how to prepare a simple Caesar salad. The lettuce leaves were crisp and the parmesan shavings were fine, therefore adding to more subtlety here. No extra cream or cheese. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Chicken Satay with peanut dressing: After having the same dish at Yo China, I had developed a strong antagonism towards satay dishes. But the one served here is ohh-so-lovely in taste! The boneless chicken pieces are cooked in their own juices, they are soft and tender and topped with coconut milk with peanuts. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Grilled fish stick: Fish grilled in a marination of basil, spinach and coriander with the extra spice of black pepper is a wonderful new entrant. The fish is grilled – no disintegration. But it is slightly salty. RECOMMENDED.

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Jalapeno Cheese poppers: If they were called just cheese poppers, then I would have given it top marks. Because these poppers were warm with light melting cheese oozing out and enmeshing the finely chopped vegetables. The exterior was crumb fried and crispy but I really wish they increase the quantity of jalapenos in it if they want the name of the fiery chilli associated with it. RECOMMENDED.

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Prawn Tempura roll: Crispy prawns rolled in the finest Japanese rice with sesame seeds adorning the top – can not get better! RECOMMENDED.

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Yaki Soba: After this, I am definitely going to forget the Indianised Chinese noodles. Made from buck wheat flour, and cooked in sesame oil, oyster sauce and black pepper, these were ohh-so-light in their slurpy goodness. And lets not forget the fine juliennes of spring onions, cabbage and carrots. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Peri Peri chicken: Not the best one I had. The sharpness and the spiciness of the peri peri sauce was amiss here and the chicken was way too firm and therefore difficult to eat. The potato mash served was smooth but salt was the sole ingredient missing here. The grilled vegetables- bell peppers and zuchhini were done so well that their skins were slightly crusty and their insides juicy.

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Chipotle chicken burger: The French fries served with this burger were out of the world and were not overdone. But the burger was a bit of a downer. It was hot but the patty was not grilled properly and was a bit cold.

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Taco vs basa: Roasted tacos spread over grilled basa with lemon butter sauce and rice. The tacos were crispy to the core and the basa was delicious. The fish was grilled well and served with blossoming rice with the rich lemon butter sauce. RECOMMENDED.

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Bombay Rib pork: The pork was too hard and arduous to cut and served with potato mash and charred vegetables. NOT RECOMMENDED.

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Super Sundae: I actually ate this whole dessert. With a vanilla sponge cake at the base and two scoops of vanilla ice cream topped on the cake, this was was heavenly as it was topped with a custard mix, fresh fruits and strawberry tart. The custard mix was so creamy and subtly sweet. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Crème Brulee: With a crunchy exterior and soft and smooth creamy interior, this could win your heart. RECOMMENDED.

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Burn Bourbon burn: One of the masterpieces by Mr. Vasul, this one combines the fumy flavour of cinnamon and the woody taste of bourbon. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Posted in brown rice, chicken dimsums, delhi, dimsums, greek salad, Healthy, italian cuisine, kale, lettuce, oatmeal pancakes, pancakes, parfait, Uncategorized, yoghurt parfait

Health Nuts, Sector 14, Gurgaon

So many startups catering to the healthy food based dishes and people are willing to try these out due to increased awareness about their benefits to our bodies. Fresh Menu, Lean Body meals, World in a box and Rawleaf can be called as the main heroes of this market but they have got a tough competition now from the recently opened Health Nuts.

The packaging is quite pretty for me – a section of strawberry adorning the logo. It definitely creates a good first impression and continues on with these amazing dishes :

Lettuce and kale salad : What more do you want in a salad when it is freshly made, healthy and crunchy? Talk about crispy lettuce, soft kale and olives and boom, if you have a winner! Not to forget their lovely dressing – a type of tartar sauce which they have improvised and I loved the change.

Poached chicken dimsums : After having poached dimsums, I am thinking of switching to them because they are super healthy and ohhh-so-fresh! The minced chicken is finely made and there are no added zingy or spicy flavours in it. The best part is that the skin is made of wheat flour and it is thin enough to not let you feel its bulkiness. Wheat momos are pretty heavy, but hey, health nuts just made them lighter and tastier!

Chicken Powerhouse : Juicy chicken steaks topped with garlic based tomato sauce and broccoli. The dish is quite good to taste but the broccoli was not fresh – you can actually see the yellow portions.

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Brown Rice : The usual brown rice can get monotonous, so why not spruce it up with the fine jullienes of bell peppers and tomatoes and small broccoli cubes? Kind of like our very own Pulao. Power packed nutrients and taste in one hell of a dish!

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Strawberry and chocolate yoghurt parfait : The combination of chocolate brownie and sweet yoghurt can work well and this dish proved it. The brownie is so well grounded and mixed well with the freshest and smooth yoghurt and topped with strawberry syrup. The presence of small bits of walnuts provide a crunchy texture to an otherwise smooth parfait.

Dark Chocolate Kheer : Not recommended at all! The kheer tastes as if it has not stewed well and the presence of long grained rice instead of the medium or small medium variety make this dish a downer. When you are making a kheer, it is better to use smaller grained rice so that when the kheer gets thick, the small grains complement it well. The presence of dark chocolate makes it difficult to eat.

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Posted in barbeque chicken, chicken salad, chicken sandwich, greek salad, italian cuisine, mexican cuisine, mocktail, mushroom, nachos, Pasta, pink sauce pasta, Pizza, Salad, Satyaniketan, toast, Uncategorized, white sauce pasta

Carpe Diem, Satyaniketan, New Delhi

Satyaniketan continues to squeeze in more restaurants and cafes and boy, are we really complaining? The spread of so many congested and cramped up cafes has surely amped up the competition here and one can imagine where the next Hauz Khas Village will be. The trend of tandoori momos and butter chicken pasta and pizza started from here and we are waiting for more trademark dishes to come from this place.

Carpe Diem can be said to be a class apart caffe, not because it is situated in the insides of the Chowringhee Lane, but because it spacious enough to seat more than ten people and let the customers have a breathe of air without being jostled up. The space is beautifully done – roof adorned with flowers and walls displaying some nerdy portraits. Hard to believe?

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Here are a few dishes I tried :

Nachos with fresh fruit salsa : Nachos with tomato salsa is so passé these days. Please welcome the addition of pineapples to your nachos and experience the burst of flavours! The nachos are as usual zingy and the fruit salsa makes it tangy, spicy, juicy and sweet.

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Barbeque chicken wings : The barbeque sauce is quite flattering here. It is very different from the “usual” chicken wings we have and the sauce here is more bitter – as it should be with sweet undertones. The chicken is chewy, soft and juicy and exudes a burnt smoky flavour which is good to taste. RECOMMENDED.

Shanghai chicken : If this is an authentic Shanghai dish, then you are in for a roll! The chicken pieces are so soft, slurpy and juicy. The presence of onions, garlic and bell peppers adds sweetness as well as pungency to the dish. RECOMMENDED.

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Chicken Salad : If you are a salad fan, then you have to try this. The lettuce is fresh and super crunchy, the dressing is subtle and sweet and the shredded chicken is soft and mushy. Shall I call it heavenly? Yes! RECOMMENDED.

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Non veg club sandwich : Well, a heavily loaded chicken sandwich, which is crunchy on the outside should definitely be eaten slowly. The breads are not soggy because of the presence of so many sauces and soft chicken pieces.

Mushroom Burger : Served with potato wedges and coleslaw, this was a downer. The wedges were crispy but extra salty, the burger patty was hard, salty and devoid of moisture and the buns were disintegrating and dry.

Chicken white sauce pasta : A bit sticky and thick sauce can mar a perfectly cooked pasta and chicken and this is what happened here. The sauce had more quanity of cheese and lesser amount of cream. But nonetheless, the pasta and chicken were good.

Pink Sauce pasta : A masterpiece of a dish! The consistency of the sauce is darn good here – not too thick and not too runny with the flavour of tomatoes pretty prominent here, the penne is perfectly cooked and the subtle use of herbs. RECOMMENDED.

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Posted in greek salad, maple syrup, mushroom, pesto, Salad, toast, Uncategorized, waffles

Smoothie Factory, SDA, New Delhi

They call themselves the “juice bar” and I would definitely agree with them because of the myriad juices and smoothies present in their menu. Apart from these drinks packed with super foods, they have toasties, focaccias, waffles and salads to fill your stomach while you take a smoothie break.

I recently visited this outlet and it is a small joint run by hard working personnel who know their dishes well. The smoothies and the juices are freshly made and presented to you in no time. Moving on to the items I relished, here are my views on them:

Mushroom and pesto toasty : Lightly toasted multi grain bread topped with pesto dip, cheese and mushrooms can be a definite foodgasmic affaire but here, I was a bit dissapointed. Some toasts had a huge quanity of mushrooms and some others just had one or two, so consistency is missing here. Pesto sauce used here tasted a bit raw and the quality of cheese was pathetic – crumbly and not gooey. Salt and more herbs required.

Classic waffles with maple syrup and vanilla ice cream : The bets part about this dish is that it available in half and full options. And the half plate is enough for a person. The waffles were crunchy but a bit burnt on the top. They were optimally sweet and the maple syrup complemented them well.

Greek salad : The presentation of this dish is average and can be improved. The lettuce leaves were not cut to a size which can be eaten with a plastic fork, the crunchiness and the freshness of the vegetables was missing.

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