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Healthy Eats, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi

Delivery: On time

Packaging: Perfect

Grilled chicken in pesto sandwich: The chicken mince was fine but the characteristic flavour of pesto sauce was missing here.

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Chicken sausage and mushroom bowl: The sausages, the mushrooms and the vegetables were fresh and juicy but the same can not be said about the brown rice which was dry.

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Garden fresh veggie pizza: The vegetables are freshly sourced and taste crunchy but the base had a burnt flavour and texture and was way too crisp. If the amount of sauce is increased, then the extra crispiness of the base can be avoided.

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Barbeque chicken pizza: Again, the topping was first class but only if the pizza base could have been better.

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The excessive use of chilli flakes can be avoided because it mars the overall flavour of the item.

We appreciate the efforts of restaurant in exploring the cooking techniques for healthy dishes but at the same time quality and taste are a bit difficult to maintain. All the best to them and hope that they will succeed.

Overall rating: 3/5

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Mogambo, Park Street, Kolkata

Mogambo is the same fine dine restaurant which refused to admit a lady with her driver. Though I do not wish to go into commenting about the infamously famous incident, I would love to write about my gastronomic experience there.

Situated at the famed Park Street, Kolkata, this is one of the best fine dine eatery in Kolkata. The personnel are polished and know their cuisines well. The ambience is opulent and seating comfortable, with light music complementing the relaxed feel of the place. The menu has a host of authentic and novel dishes and the prices are not sky high, unlike Delhi.

Let us not brag about this place so much, before we move on to the dishes I binged on:

Russian Salad: This has to be the ideal salad that I have tasted. Consisting of lightly boiled vegetables, having subtle creamy texture and tasting sweet and a bit a sour, this was authenticated by my Russian friend. The finely chopped peas and potatoes amalgamated well with the fine juliennes of cucumber and carrots. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Fish steak: Bengalis are the masters of fish based dishes and this steak was no different. The basa was grilled to perfection, tasted light, was not disintegrating and was served with crispy fried potatoes and sautéed mushrooms. The steak was stuffed with boiled potatoes and topped with light creamy mushroom sauce, thus amping up the taste. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Chicken Firdausi kebab: Where shall I even begin? A very unusual kebab – chicken roundels stuffed with minced chicken which tasted tangy because of yoghurt. The minced chicken taste fine. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Fried fish: Crumb fried bhetki fish in its crispy glory served with light fried potato wedges, coleslaw and mustard dip is perfect for those evenings meant for gorging on fresh catch. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Mutton Lasagna: More than the ones served at Big Chill, Smoke House or Café Deli Heights, this dish is worth all those extra calories. Just one bite is enough to go into a food coma. The minced mutton is fresh, the white sauce is creamy but not cheesy – light and the fresh flavour of baked tomatoes in the lasagna is overwhelming. This lasagna won’t over fill your belly and that is why it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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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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Madhuban, Cross Point Mall, DLF phase 4, Gurgaon

Picture a setting where you can are enchanted by the aroma of incense and soothed by the calm ambience. Now imagine this place serving delectable vegetarian dishes sans onions and garlic. Will you pay a visit to this venue? I will, despite being a hard core non vegetarian.

Madhuban, a sattvic south Indian chain of restaurants has opened its gates to Gurgaon and we finally have a place to explore when we are on strict vegetarian diet. The USP of this outlet lies in its usage of fresh ingredients and home made ghee and pickles. And since this is an Andhra based chain, expect some fireworks when you eat.

Proceeding towards the dishes I tasted:

Poddi Idli: Soft idlis coated in ghee and gunpowder. The gunpowder masala is freshly prepared so the whole ensemble is a bit spicy. The consistency of the accompanying sambhar is perfect – not too runny with well cooked vegetables. There are four types of chutneys served with idlis : peanut based which is hot; tamarind based which is tangy and spicy and tomato based which is a bit sweet due to jaggery. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Pesarattu: A thin and soft dosa made out of moong dal and served with warm upma is a perfect breakfast. The pesarattu is slightly salty but has the richness of coriander and moong dal grounded into a fine paste. The upma is good and the presence of curry leaves and rai seeds make it pretty authentic. This is served with a ginger chutney which is a bit sweet (jaggery) and pungent.  RECOMMENDED.

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Semiyan Payesam: Move on over your slow cooked thick semiyan, because payesam semiyan is a light and delightful dessert. The vermicelli is just boiled and not ghee roasted and served in cold milk which is not cooked. RECOMMENDED.

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Idiyappam: My favourite. So instead of the fried form, I ate the boiled one and I relished it. The rice noodles are steamed to perfection and formed in perfect roundels and served with spicy vegetable korma and fresh coconut oil and milk. The korma is fiery hot concocted out of tomatoes and ginger and the coconut milk is oh-so-sweet and light. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Bissi bhele bhaat: Finally savoured the most talked about dish of Karnataka. A strong whiff of desi ghee accompanies the bhaat and when you behold it, the copious amounts used will entice you. The maelstrom of varied flavours : tanginess and spiciness accompanied with the richness of ghee, the nutty chewiness of peanuts and the pungency of rai seeds will leave you wanting for more. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Cheese Dosa rolls: A fusion dish in their breakfast menu, this is worth trying. The presence of raw bell peppers compliments the crunchiness of the dosa. And the cheese, oh boy! The gooey cheese viscously pouring out of the dosa is overwhelming. But it is pretty salty – extra salt from cheese. RECOMMENDED.

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Asian Haus, East of Kailash, New Delhi

Asian Haus is one of the very few authentic Asian restaurants which strive to promote healthy living by making a conscious effort to reduce the use of artificial flavors, oils and sugars traditionally used in Asian cooking. By using imported products and sauces, they are able to ensure that the food retains its Asian authenticity. They are cautious about the hygiene factor and the dishes prepared are regularly monitored.

The menu has an exquisite range of preparations hitherto known and unknown and the freshness of the dishes to be delivered are well maintained. Their packaging is so darn good that you will be using a kitchen knife to move towards your food. No spillovers!

I think I should stop the trivialities of introducing a restaurant and move on to the outstanding delicacies that I had the opportunity to taste :

Pad Thai Noodles: Exquisite is the word for this dish. The noodles are slurpy with the delicateness of fresh spring onions, the crunchiness of peanuts, the chewy scrambled eggs and the sweetness and tanginess of soy sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Chicken cashew nut dimsums: Apart from the taste, I loved the packaging of the dimsums. Intricately packed in thick glazed paper covering, with least damage to the products inside, these dimsums were drenched in a light soy based sauce. The diaphanous rice flour skin was perfectly steamed – neither too soggy nor too chewy. The chicken filling was wholesome and fine in flavours. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Non veg meal box: Very neatly packed with no spillovers, this is a complete Asian meal with salads, basil rice, firecracker chicken and dumplings. The firecracker chicken was exceptionally fiery due to the presence of whole red chillies with very fine juliennes of onions and garlic with the slight sweetness of bell peppers. The basil rice was a welcome change from the usual fried rice as it was flavourful and redolent with chopped vegetables. The dumplings were decadent to the core- thin and moist outer skin with a wholesome filling of chicken. RECOMMENDED.

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Prankster, Sector 29, Gurgaon

Idling away in college canteen, playing pranks and games with wonderful buddies, bunking classes to relish the latest movies are some of the activities which define our college life. And no matter how far we go in life, we will always reminisce our college days.

Prankster, Gurgaon is one such place which will take you back to those wonderful times when life was fun and free. They have a section which will remind you of your Chemistry lab – complete with petri dishes, flasks, jars and individual wash basins on each table, a library having tons of academic books and Oxford dictionaries, with small study lamps on each table, a class room with a black board as well as an amphitheater, a college hostel section with bunk beds, a college canteen section with the specials written and a parking lot with a Chinese van selling exclusively the Chinese delicacies where you can sit on vehicle-cum seating chairs and tables.

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The feel of this place is so amazing and the dishes – more amazing than you thought. The dishes are available at competitive prices, thereby not burning a hole in your pockets. Their house brewed beer is kickass in taste as well in price (no pun intended). And the staff delights you with its swift service.

Moving on to the delicacies available here, let us explore the “progressive nostalgic” cuisine served at Prankster :

Lotus root Fritters: Finger food has been evolving gradually and these crispy fritters made out of lotus root could be the next “it” food! The crunch you get while binging on them is inexplicable and the tangy and spicy flavours are like cherries on a cake. RECOMMENDED.

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Dahi Bhalla ice cream with roomali roti crisps: Fancy having the usual dah Bhalla in a reinvented avatar? Because the dahi halla served here is in the form of ice cream – yes, you read this correctly. The dahi Bhalla is grounded into a fine paste and made into ice creams and served with green and red chutneys, pomegranate seeds and finely fried crisps of roomali roti. The ice cream has a very delicate sweet and soft texture.

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Sambhar Cappuccino with air fried dosa: Could it get healthier? Our North Indian version of the sambhar is served steaming hot in coffee cup along with air fried dosa crisps. The dosa crisps are thin and present a picture of finesse in the dosa mixture. The sambhar is thick, frothy and healthy.

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Pav Bhaajhi Zinger: So the Marathi Pav Bhaajhi is presented as a game – each zinger is covered by a Rubic’s cube box and the one who picks up an empty box has to play truth or dare. Interesting? Moving on to the zinger, the patty is made from a well cooked hot bhaajhi, which is crispy from the outside and soft and mushy from the inside. They are sandwiched between fine slices of onion, tomato and cheese with soft, buttered buns enclosing them. The occasional bite of cumin seeds in the patty will give you a major food gasm. And the buns are made in house.

Classic honey chilli potato: The classic “chakhna” which goes with our drinks is remodeled here – potato mash is cut into fingers and deep fried. So while gorging on these boys, you get the characteristic crunchiness of the honey chilli potato and the softness of the potato mash inside the crispy exterior.

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Chicken Tikka Fattirs: This is the Indian take on an Egyptian Pizza called Fattirs. Fattir is a layered pizza which is flaky – textured like a puff pastry. The pizza is light and the warm melted cheese is spread on the former in a very thin layer. The chicken tikka is pretty prominent here and while having this, you feel you are having the actual chicken tikka.

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Imli glazed Kung Pao with imli goli: So initially, you gobble up the imli goli or balls and then you eat the pung pao chicken which is heavenly soft and chewy and has a slightly tangy flavour because of tamarind.

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Tender Tandoori Lamb Chops: This has to be the best one of the incredible dishes presented here. The lamb is slow cooked and has a fibrous, soft and chewy texture. It is so excellently cooked that the meat comes clean off from the bones. The crust is delicately crispy from the outside.

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Rampuri mutton: Rampur is a place near Lucknow, known for its spicy dishes and the Rampuri mutton was no different. The mutton is tender and juicy and is drenched in a thick gravy which reeks of garam masala.

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Hand pulled butter chicken: The myriad flavours presented in this dish will transform you to a wonderland. The tomato based gravy with prominence of cumin and yoghurt is lovely to have and the chicken is pretty chewy and juicy.

Paneer barrels makhni: The cottage cheese is made in the form of barrels which are topped on a thick makhni gravy with flavours of lemongrass and coconut. The paneer is divinely soft and the gravy is rich in flavours.

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Gutwa Palak: Spinach haters, rejoice! For there is a dish which will dissolve your hate for this awesome but bitter leafy vegetable. The cottage cheese cubes are fried and presented over a thick creamy mixture of boiled spinach and cottage cheese. The spinach and cottage cheese mixture is warm and melt in the mouth and the typical bitterness of spinach is absent here.

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Litchi Kebab: Man, are these the ultimate kebabs the vegetarians have been yearning for? Because these were legendary! The litchi skin was stuffed with khoya and topped with grounded pistachios. The kebabs were warm, lusciously soft and sweet.

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Rose Kheer: For a rose lover, this dessert will be paradisiacal. The usual kheer is garnished with finely sliced pistachios, almond flakes and two fresh red roses that are nitrogen cooled. The kheer has got a thick consistency with luxuriant malai enriching it. The addition of green cardamom appends further flavours to this wonderfully made dessert.

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Deconstructed Christmas Cake: Deconstruction of dishes is very much in these days and deconstructed desserts rule the roost. And with Christmas around the corner, who doesn’t want to eat the deconstructed rum cakes? So a cream flavoured with cinnamon is sprayed on a mixture of eggless brownies and grapes and garnished with tutti-frutti, choco chips, orange peel and cinnamon. This whole setup is done on an edible chocolate plate. Such myriad flavours and heavenly taste!

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Café Amaretto, South Point Mall, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

Nestled in a niche corner of the South Point Mall, this dainty little café should be on your list if you want to experience authentic fine dine style Italian cuisine with beautiful art paraphernalia adorning the walls of the place. Welcome to Café Amaretto, an elegant yet classy place with a touch of artsy grace.

The place is done up in soothing white interiors reminding you of the typical Italian restaurants and in the evening, this café is lit up in romantic lights, thus amplifying the ambience.

Shayal Taunk, the owner of this lovely place, is an enthusiastic young entrepreneur with a taste of the Italian way of life. She started this café as an art gallery but eventually, she converted this into a full fledged Italian restaurant where you can explore the paintings and buy them as well along with the best of what Italy has to offer in gastronomy. So let me offer my insights on the enchanting dishes offered here :

Focaccia: The taste of warm and freshly baked focaccia in winters is enough for a person to go into food coma. And the ones baked by Café Amaretto is worth mentioning. The bread is warm, soft from the inside and slightly crispy from the outside with the subtle flavours of fresh garlic, thyme, bell peppers and red jalapeno prominent in it.

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Bruschetta platter: The platter showcases caponata, yellow bell pepper and tomato feta cheese bruschetta sprayed with white sesame and is one of the best I have ever tasted. The tomato and feta cheese one is the finest among the three – with the fresh dainty juliennes of tomato and soft and salty feta cheese over a thin toast. The caponata bruschetta has finely chopped onions and eggplant with sweetness dominating it. The yellow bell pepper one is well balanced and soft.

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Pan fried prawns with garlic chips: Finally there is a place where the prawns are not smelly enough to destroy your appetite. The pan fried prawns are kept over thin slices of orange and topped with lemon butter sauce and garlic chips. The prawns are well cooked, soft and chewy. The presence of orange slices gives the dish a slightly sweet flavour in addition to the subtle tanginess of the sauce. The garlic chips are fried though not deep fried thus retaining the pungency and the added caramelized flavour.

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Tomato Basil Soup: We really need to move over the ready to make tomato soups, because hey, they are laden with preservatives and not good for health at all! And the flavours are not captured well in them. The one presented here is freshly prepared and will make you yearn for it, especially since the winters are here. The consistency of the soup is thick and the presence of chopped garlic and basil leaves provide some bitterness to an otherwise sweet and tangy soup. This one is served with buttered toast.

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Mushroom salad: These days, chefs are experimenting with mushrooms quite frequently and yes, we are not complaining at all! The salad here is made with fresh and juicy button mushrooms which are finely sliced and mixed well with peanuts, garlic chips and rice puffs. Myriad flavours live in this salad: sweetness and tanginess due to the sauce and onions, crunchiness because of peanuts and rice puffs and chewiness because of mushrooms. The thin slices of garlic chips provide the extra pungency to an already rich salad.

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Ravioli with tomato bread filling in lemon butter sauce: Of all the raviolis I have had, this has to be the most exquisite one. The ravioli is soft and freshly made and is filled with a fresh and fine mixture of tomato and bread. The ravioli is literally melt in the mouth. And the sauce accompanying it makes it that way. The sauce is subtly tangy and creamy and complements the ravioli well.

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Spinach and Ricotta crepes: The crepes are mushy and creamy from the inside and flaky from the outside with a very fine mixture of spinach and ricotta cheese. The sauce is tomato based and is freshly made with the balance of creaminess, tanginess and sweetness. The presence of walnuts provides an extra crunchiness to an otherwise melt in the mouth dish.

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Chicken with black pepper and mushroom sauce: The chicken is extremely soft and flavourful with the sauce slightly spicy and bitter. The chicken is served with juicy and chewy mushrooms and crispy zucchini chips.

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Ricotta cheesecake with strawberry sauce: The cheesecake is soft but firm, and the saltiness, tanginess and sweetness in it are finely balanced.

Salted caramel: Served on a biscuit base, the cream has prominently salty and slightly sweet.

Tiramisu: It tasted quite bitter to me though it was heavenly soft.

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