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Zizo, DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

Fattoush Salad: It is always considered “healthy” to begin a meal with a light sweet and savoury salad. My holiday lunch began with this light salad consisting of diced zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, crispy pita chips and pomegranate seeds in a slightly tangy sauce. RECOMMENDED.

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Hummus Rasasfour: This is a special type of hummus served with pomegranate, molasses and diced chicken. The chicken pieces are extra juicy and have well imbibed the flavours of the molasses.

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Mixed Grill Platter: A refreshing break from the regular spiced laden Tandoori platter. The Turkish Adana and lamb kebabs were very juicy, firm, tender and resembled our very own Seekh kebab, albeit subtler but hot. Shish Touk was ohh-so-luscious with the goodness of mint  and smoked to perfection with butter. Iranian Urfa chicken kebab was slightly hotter, drier and saltier. RECOMMENDED.

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Yamini Chicken Manfi Rice: I shall call this Yemenese biryani. Two humongous pieces of chicken leg and breast on a bed of spiced rice is surely my dream meal. The rice was cooked in Yemenese spices as well as our coarse ones – black cardomam, cloves and black pepper and topped with caramelised onions. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Cheese Gunafa: I though desserts fashioned out of cheese were only the expertise of Europeans. But no, hell no, Middle Eastern cuisine also uses cheese to prepare delectable sugary bites. The cheese gunafa is warm and moderately sweet with fried vermicelli dipped in sugar syrup on top. Not to forget the finely chopped pistachios. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Laidback Cafe, M block market, Greater Kailash 2, New Delhi

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Pier 38, Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

A history buff will know that piers were traditionally used as trade transports between India and various other countries; Persia being the prominent one. Pier 38 at Cyber Hub, Gurgaon brings with it the flavours of Persia and the Middle East to Gurgaon.

The restaurant serves up dishes of Persian, Arabian, Lebanese and North Indian cuisines that are prepared using fresh, authentic ingredients. Their signature cocktails are magical potions full of unusual flavours and their desserts are totally out of the world. The salivating food and drinks accompanied with the rustic, woody interiors and charming music collection will leave you craving for more.

Smokey Bourbon Bolt: Though it did not taste smoky at all, the cocktail is worth drinking away to glory. The smoothness of Bourbon, the hot-sweet combination of star anise and cinnamon coupled with the freshness of mint leaves will titillate your tastebuds. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Dilli Chaat: The fashionable chaat these days is the palak patta one but this was not the best. The spinach leaves could have been crispier (would have complemented the crunchiness of the potato bhujiya) and the sauces could have been lesser sweet.

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Veg Mezze platter: Expect the Lebanese dishes to be spot on at Pier 38. The veg samosets were crispy with light cheese filing inside, the veg kibbeh were crunchy and tasted a bit sour and the falafel was topped with sesame seeds and was ohh-so-crunchy with a very fine filling of chickpea mince. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Samak Mashwi: The fish skewers were amazingly done – slightly tangy because of the famed Zattar dressing and soft and firm in texture. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Non veg Mezze platter: Zattar chicken skewers were lovely in taste – tangy, juicy and a bit spicy. The lamb kibbeh were again excellent – the finest lamb mince fried to crunchy perfection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Batata Harra: The magic of cumin seeds coupled with coriander leaves on fine and firm potato cubes will leave you spellbound. The cubes have a slight crusty exterior- difficult to achieve as it requires precision and have a lingering tangy flavour. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Andhra Chicken Lollipop: Expect something from Andhra to be hot and spicy with the pungency of curry leaves. RECOMMENDED.

Red wine sangria: If the quality of wine is top notch, then expect your sangria experience to be a relishing one. These guys are using the finest Zampa Grovers wine here and the best part is that the fruits – apples and oranges are pre-soaked, thus bringing out their sweetness which perfectly marries the bitter sour taste of red wine. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Non veg Turkish pizza: I am baffled by the variety of pizzas available in different countries. And the sort of shapes they take. The Turkish pizza is fashioned like a slender ship – the cheese topping half wrapped under the pizza dough with two pointed ends. The sweetness of slightly tossed onions with the succulence of lamb chunks on a bed of light cheese is wonderful. The pizza base or I would rather call it a sheet is light and not too chewy. RECOMMENDED.

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Veg pizza: The chewiness of mushrooms and the tanginess of olives on a bed of gooey cheese and half wrapped in the base is yummy. RECOMMENDED.

Long Island Ice Tea: One of the strongest I have ever tasted. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Baklava: A subtle dessert consisting of a flaky top with a mushy sweet bottom with the prominence of green cardamom and served with vanilla ice cream. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Nutella cigar rolls: The warm exterior is crispy and flaky with a sweet filling of nutella. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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The Clock Tower, Golf Course road, Gurgaon

“Nostalgia is a bitch”

Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries rightly mentions nostalgia as someone quite annoying or reminding you of something/someone painful.

How about a place, a fine dining brewery which makes you nostalgic and in a good way? Where you can see and listen to retro songs, relish the posters of numerous rock bands, your favourite cartoons and comic strips? Head to the The Clock Tower situated at the Golf Course road.

The place is hugely huge. Forgive the grammatical error, but I could not call it grandiloquent because it is not grand, it is huge and so immersed in the pop culture paraphernalia. From the posters of Black Sabbath and AC/DC to the common man cartoons by R.K. Laxman, from the comic strips of Archies to a huge screen playing Dancing Queen by Abba, they have it all. Since I am a huge fan of rock, metal and retro music and the old world comics, I thoroughly enjoyed soaking in all this place has to offer.

Here are a few dishes that I relished :

Non Veg Mezze platter : This has to be the best non veg Mezze platter I have ever tasted. It has the softest pita bread which not too soft so as to disintegrate, soft and chewy lam kibbeh which are ooh-so-delicious with cashews in their cores, finest hummus with hints of garlic, tzaziki with the perfect sour cream and sweet caramelize onions and lovely baba ganoush with the blossoming flavours of garlic and egg plant. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Chilli Chicken : These were spicy to the core, thin crusted, soft and chewy.

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Dahi ke kebab : Not recommended at all. The yoghurt was not smooth and was disintegrating. The taste was too sweet with not the right balance of flavours.

Pan seared basa : A huge fillet of basa topped with lemon garlic sauce and fresh parsley, on a bed of mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables, this could have been better. The basa was seared but was disintegrating to small pieces and hence difficult to eat. The mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables were fine.

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Notorious bangers and mash : Wow and yum are the words! Pork sausages in the usual shape as well as in snail shape on a bed of mashed potatoes and boiled peas were heavenly. I never ever had a better sausage till date. The sausages were chewy, finely minced and delicately falvoured. The covering was firm and had not dissolved.

Non veg mughlai platter : Pretty average. The chicken pieces were dry and the seekh kebabs were way too chewy.

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