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The Waffleicious Cafe, Rohini, New delhi

A sweet little place situated in Rohini, this place should be on your go-to list if you love having waffles and pancakes. The place serves sandwiches as well. Here are the dishes that I tried-
Imli banta- I had Oreo shake as well but this drink will go perfectly with waffles and pancakes as this is not sweet. It is light on stomach and is sour. Found this better than Oreo shake. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Waffle cake- this is a meal in itself. Three stacks of waffle topped with gems, ice cream, chocochips and chocolate syrup. Best part – the waffles were super crunchy till the end even though syrups were poured over it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Death by pancake- this will be good for those who love dark chocolate but as I don’t, so I didn’t like it much. But when paired with vanilla ice-cream , it is good to go!!

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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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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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Movenpick, M block market, G.K. 2, New Delhi

Ice creams for me mean dollops of creaminess with comparably lesser quantity of the actual flavours, after having fed on the Indian brands which believe in creaminess of the ice creams. But after having the famed ice creams from Movenpick, I would have to go back on my initial statements. Because if you really want to know what an actual ice cream should taste like, head over to Movenpick.

Movenpick employs the Swiss art of making ice cream which uses natural flavours with no added preservatives and colourings. And the use of Swiss cream with natural flavours is like the icing on a cake. The cream is wonderfully creamy and light. The joy of savouring the freshest cream combined with fruits and nuts is boundless. So here are a few flavours that I recently tasted:

Strawberry sorbet ice cream: If you like the flavour of real strawberries, then you will love the flavour of this one. The slightly tangy and sweet taste of strawberry is well defined here and these guys claim to use real fruits to get the desired degree of flavour. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Panna Cotta ice cream: Very light and creamy with subtle sweetness. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Maple walnut ice cream: The warmness of the thick maple syrup combined with nutty and chewy goodness of the walnuts will leave you spellbound. Expect a salty taste as well. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

 

Crème brulle ice cream: Light and flavourful with good consistency. RECOMMENDED

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Caramelita : Expect the sweetness and saltiness of the caramel in addition to the light creaminess of the ice cream. RECOMMENDED

Lemon and lime : Can you feel refreshed after gorging on an ice cream? Hell, yes! The subtle tanginess of this ice cream will remind you of freshest lemonades you have had. RECOMMENDED

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Mango: If the sweetness of the mangoes was as pronounced here as the tanginess, this could have been a masterpiece.

Macaroon selection: They have a host of flavours in macaroons which are served along with Swiss cream topped with dark chocolate syrup. I tried their strawberry flavoured macaroons which enclosed caramel flavoured ice cream. This combination went pretty well – the subtle sweetness of the berries in the crunchy goodness of the macaroons combined with the salty and sweet flavours of the ice cream- explosion of flavours! The chocolate macaroons enclosing the chocolate ice cream was also fine. The Swiss cream served is worth mentioning here. The cream is so light and airy that it is hard to believe that you are having cream which is not heavy on your belly. RECOMMENDED

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Pavlova: If you like the sweet sugar drops served in India i.e. batasha, you will like this one. The sugar shell is light and topped with strawberry syrup and served with any ice cream of your choice. The combination is pretty sweet but worth trying.

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Chocolate Fondant: This has to be a sinful dessert. The fondant is delicately soft and when you cut it, viscous liquid chocolate flows out. The chocolate is the meanest dark chocolate you have ever had, so expect some gooey bitterness. And when served with a sweet and tangy strawberry ice cream, the rainfall of flavours is paradisiacal! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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