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Nando’s, DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj, Delhi

Hummus Pita strips & peri peri drizzle: For the vegetarians who can not enjoy the goodness of peri peri chicken, the humble hummus drizzled with peri peri dip comes to the rescue. The hummus has a lovely grainy texture and the pita breads are warm & airy.

Spicy Tangy chicken wings: It is difficult for me to get over the palate satisfactory tangy flavour of these juicy chicken wings! Full marks to the grilling technique and the marination.

Chicken with bones: That is one hell of a main course! The tangy & spicy crusty exterior and the mellow interiors of this chicken will leave you in splits. Couple that with the potato wedges which are crispy from outside and mushy hot from inside – phew!

Espetada Carnival: This has come to be my favourite item on the menu of Nando’s. The chicken squares stuffed with warm feta cheese and sloshed in the hot peri peri sauce are volcanoes in their own right. If you are visiting Nando’s and you are not having them, then you are seriously missing some serious food coma.

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Hale and Hearty, Hauz Khas, New Delhi

With the advent of modern age, processed food items are a regular thing now. Majority of us aren’t even aware that the myriad sort of allergies and diseases cropping up these days are a combined result of processed food and all the toxins that we are slowly absorbing into our system.

Hale and Heart is a very different concept cafe started by Shivani and Mani. They want to spread awareness about the wrong culinary choices that we are making and through their healthy and organic food menu, they wish to inculcate the habit of opting for freshly prepared meals which has the least amount of artificial flavours, chemicals and toxins in it.

All their breads are locally sourced from a French couple, all sauces made in house every morning, dairy products come from a local organic farm, herbal teas sourced from a curator in Dehradun and cheese are non processed. They are using honey and jaggery in their desserts and granola bars. And trust me, if you eat their granola, you won’t be asking anything for the next few bars.

Melon Feta: A salad which is first feasted through your eyes! Freshly and juicy scooped balls of musk & water melon, arugula, edible pansies and creamy feta cheese topped with pickled ginger – all the flavours bursting on your palate. Highly recommended.

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Vietnamese glass noodles salad: Again a cold salad with the finest crunchy glass noodles, perfectly julienned vegetables drenched in the garlic soy dressing and topped with a generous dosage of sesame seeds and peanuts. Highly recommended.

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Avocado Chorizo: Oh my! The creamy guacamole spread on a soft toast with crunchy periphery and topped with crispy pork chorizo bits and luscious goat cheese – a maelstrom of mouth gasmic flavours. Highly recommended.
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Green Goddess Sandwich: A jolly good sandwich after a long time! A multi grain sandwich enclosing boiled chicken, crunchy lettuce & spinach imparting bitter flavour and avocado & pesto providing the necessary punch. One won’t be enough. Highly recommended.

Hummus bowl with Sumac Za’tar grilled chicken: A whole meal in itself! The hummus is the freakiest I have ever had as it has tahini mixed with it. The grilled chicken is topped in Za’tar spices thus rendering it tangy and spicy. Highly recommended.

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Whole wheat brownie with Nutella: The brownie is grainy and is fashioned from whole wheat instead of refined flour. The Nutella topping is gooey as expected and a wonderful addition.

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Feel good smoothie bowl: Their smoothie bowls are hugely humongous! I mean a dense yet light bed of strawberry, blueberry and raspberry yogurt smoothie topped with granola, fresh fruits and all sorts of seeds. As pointed by the owners, a complete meal in itself.

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It is commendable what these ladies are trying to achieve. I, myself, am getting conscious about my food choices and it feels good to meet such like minded individuals who want to spread awareness through their work before it is too late.

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Naya, Anya Hotel, Gurgaon

Naya, the multi cuisine restaurant at Anya Hotel, Gurgaon believes in serving a plethora of dishes – a menu with over 70 dishes to boast and an ambience to relax and enjoy.

Naya has been more known for office get togethers and parties but they are slowly welcoming private functions and families as well. They have a sports area where you can play table tennis and home joy your meal at the same time.

Moksha: Full marks to the presentation – the chuski is coated with pomegranate & guava juice, aam panna and chaat masala and served in Martini glass – so that when the chuski melts, you get to taste the fresh sweet and tangy mocktail.

Mezze platter: The fine but grainy hummus, the creamy tzaziki & babaganoush, the slightly crunchy Fatoush, the bitter grainy pesto hummus perfectly compliment the airy & fluffy pita bread, sesame coated crunchy Lavash, crispy Falafel, juicy Za’atar chicken and soft Fish tuk made this a complete lip smacking meal.

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Prawn wanton soup: A very light sour soup with the goodness of luscious prawn dumplings.

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Crispy Tofu in Teriyaki sauce Asian greens: The tofu is definitely crispy but could have been mellow from inside.

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Miso Soy Chicken in Teriyaki sauce: Ahhh the sweet and sour medley of Teriyaki sauce with black pepper is enchanting. The chicken could have been juicier though.

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Chicken & Bacon Caesar Salad: The lettuce & the iceberg lettuce are definitely crunchy with tender chicken bits and crispy bacon strips. The light creamy texture is an add on.

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Chicken Tikka Pizza Handmade Pizza: The thin crust is so darn good with the high quality warm cheese giving the extra oomph factor. But let’s not forget the succulent chicken cubes in all their glory.

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Pepperoni Pizza: You know you are going to experience food gasm when pepperoni comes loaded in gooey cheese on a thin crust.

Sweet corn handmade pizza: Simplicity at its best!

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River sole Parmigiana: The sole is grilled to perfection with a cheese crust on top and served on a bed of creamy lemon & capers risotto – could not have been so good!

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Hakka noodles with tofu in black bean sauce and Kung Pao Chicken: The noodles are of a very fine variety and the Kung Pao chicken is so flavourful! The chicken cubes are luscious and served in a sticky gravy of onion-garlic-bell peppers along with crunchy peanuts. 

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Tofu tastes slightly sour because it is drenched in black bean sauce.

Chocolate Decadence: A gluten free, soft, gooey and ultra sinful dark chocolate cake with a mousse like texture – I actually finished this in one go.

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Apple and berry linzer torte: A type of meshed pie with warm tones and enclosing chopped apples and juicy berries. The flavour of cinnamon is very well pronounced here.

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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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