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The Chatter House, Khan Market, New Delhi

Food innovation is the current trend in the food industry and restaurants experimenting with fusion food are sure to attract customers time and again. Because combination dishes invite a loyal fan following and I am one of those people who love to explore new cuisines, even the blend of two or more.
The Chatter House has earned a fine reputation for experimenting with dishes and boy, they have succeeded in changing our palette preferences. Who could say no their Blue Cheese Naan or Port Wine with chocolate syrup?

For our Rock n Roll fans, this is the perfect place with the framed posters of The Beatles, Def Leppard, The Eagles and what not with a rivalling playlist is sure to seduce you.
Butter Chicken Spring Roll: Fusion food at its best! Who could have thought of combining the staple curry of Delhiites with the famed Oriental snack item? The spring roll has a light and flaky exterior with tender chicken pieces inside. The chicken is slightly drizzled with the smooth and creamy butter chicken gravy which is served separately and you have to dip your spring roll in the curry to enjoy this mouth watering decadence. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Garden in a bowl: Fresh vegetables – black olives, carrots, broccoli and cherry tomatoes along with roasted almonds served in a tangy and creamy yoghurt and eggplant based dressing and garnished with smoked olive dust – healthy as well as light. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Blue cheese Naan: This dish has been the most talked about snack item since the inception of this place. The chewy naan is redolent with the pungent flavour of blue cheese and chopped pineapple are adorned on its top so as to cut the sharpness of the cheese. Served with our very own Dal makhni which is ohh-so-creamy and we have a winner here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Bacon Wrap Mac n Cheese: Why in the name of heaven did I binge on it? Because I can not stop craving it. The melt-in-the-mouth macaroni drenched in creamy and cheesy sauce and wrapped in a bacon strip which is smoked to perfection – bacon is crispy but not chewy and the mac n cheese is not too cheesy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Mushroom Risotto: Subtlety defines this – smooth and not so creamy texture of the mushroom sauce with a topping of cherry tomatoes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Fettucine Fungi De Basco: Their fettucine is prepared in house and when combined in the creamy white wine based sauce with the addition of mushroom ragout – we could not keep our hands off! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Wok Me, Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi

So after a long time, we got to experience South Asian/Oriental dishes a few days back and we were pretty impressed with the delivery service of Wok Me. The order came at 7:50pm, 10 minutes before our designated time. How often does that happen?

Neatly packaged in paper boxes with no spill overs, these were the items that we tasted:

Chicken Lemongrass Sio Mai Dimsums: You know the dimsums are unusual when they are adorned with caramelised garlic on top. The thick, sticky, translucent and soft skin enclosing finely minced chicken with lemongrass surely tastes like heaven. The fresh flavour provided by lemongrass is the USP of this dish. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Yum Yum Rolls: True to their names, these vegetarian spring rolls were yummy to the core! The crunchy and flaky exterior and the soft juicy interior consisting of finely julienned cabbage and carrots can inflame your palette. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Make your own Wok Box – Flat Rice noodles in spicy coconut curry: The appearance of these noodles would not entice you since the curry had dried up by the time the order reached us, but the flavours will. The noodles are healthy as they are fashioned from rice and have a velvety smooth texture. The aroma and taste of the coconut gravy is tantalising to your taste buds and the addition of carrot juliennes, cottage cheese cubes, baby corn and shiitake mushrooms makes this a complete meal. The topping of peanuts and sesame seeds is so mouth watering! RECOMMENDED.

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Recommendations: The noodles were slightly dry. They could have been moister.

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PCO, D block market, Vasant Vihar

This place has been enticing the European food lovers for the past five years in the sophisticated circles of south Delhi and we feel slightly dejected to not know of such an exquisite place. The intricate interiors and the classic Spanish and French music playing in the background remind you of those Victorian movies set in the 1920’s.

Chef Bhagiratha, the executive chef of this restaurant is an experienced and talented chef and his touch is evident in the dearth and the complexity of the dishes available in the menu. All the ingredients are imported or sourced from quality sellers and the all the sauces are unprocessed. As he says, “We believe in serving the freshest sauces and dips.”

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Crispy tobasco zucchini chips with spicy dip: Thick slices of zucchini crumb fried and presented to you with in house tomato sauce – such novelty! The juicy zucchini chip blended so well with the crisp exterior and add to it the tangy and spicy sauce – short of words we are!

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Southern fried mushrooms with chilli garlic mayo: Half portion of a mushroom crumb fried with a lovely crisp perfection with least brittleness and topped with a warm dip of white and yellow cheddar cheese, jalapenos and chilli flakes. The mushroom was surprisingly mellow and the tangy and creamy sauce blew away a portion of our minds.

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Bacon wrapped chicken sausages with mustard mayo: One of the finest sausages which retained their firmness yet were tender and not chewy. The bacon – perfection is the word. It was not too chewy and did not choke your food pipe like the ones you encounter these days. The smoked crunch on the latter was the extra love.

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Tempura shrimp wasabi mayo: How come Chef Bhagirath is able to conjure such a thin, seamless crispy fired layer over his appetizers? This one was no different with the no brittleness and well cooked shrimps which weren’t stinking at all.

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Ratatouille Nicoise with saffron pilaf: The best one I have had till date. Smoked and grilled slices of aubergine, bell peppers, tomatoes and zucchini topped with a freshly prepared thick pesto sauce and cheddar shavings on a bed of the ratatouille sauce served with blossoming long grained aromatic rice. The ratatouille sauce is again freshly prepared and slight sweet and slightly tangy.

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Spinach and Ricotta ravioli in rose sauce: Melt in the mouth ravioli filled with a generous amount of finely chopped spinach and ricotta and drenched in a lovely rose sauce fashioned from red sauce mixed with butter and cream. The sauce has an adorable creamy texture but is not too heavy.

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Pan roasted tenderloin steak in three peppercorn sauce: The best tenderloin I have had till date: I was actually able to tear away the chewy chunks with a fork and knife. The tenderloin was doused in a thick sweet sauce and you could actually bite peppercorns within those chewy chunks. The smoked vegetables, especially asparagus were done so well that you actually wonder whether they are cooked or not. The flat potato chips were one of the finest and were prepared by pressing the boiled potatoes and frying them.

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German pork sausage: I am amazed with the supreme quality of their sausages: firm but not too chewy with the additional finesse of the minced meat. The mashed potatoes had a smooth and silky texture.

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Melting chocolate cake with fruit salsa: A thin chocolate shell including the warm melting chocolate which had an excellent runny texture served with chopped apples and pomegranate. Not too heavy on the stomach and the palate.

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Ardor 2.1, Connaught Place, New Delhi

With the health fad catching up with us, can the restaurants be far behind? And a special festival to showcase new dishes created in a healthy way with organic cocktails and mocktails is surely the icing on the cake.

The Flaming Pizza and Kebab festival took place from the 1st to the 15th of August at Ardor 2.1, situated in the outer circle of N block in C.P. Regal, colonial interiors, British architecture and impeccable service welcomes you as you take a look at this place. Talking about food, here is the vegetarian menu for the festival:

Paneer mirchi ki seekh: These melt in the mouth beauties fashioned out of a fine mixture of yoghurt and minced cottage cheese and tempered on skewers is a must try new appetizer for the vegetarians. Though I wish the quantity of the green chillies could have been greater to balance the sweetness. RECOMMENDED.

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Achaari Kumbh: Another heavenly dish for the mushroom lovers. Two huge juicy and smoked mushrooms slathered with pickle like spice mixture sandwiching a lovely filling of minced paneer and mushrooms with onions, garlic, sesame seeds and spices – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Paneer tikka Ajwaini: When we recommend Paneer Tikka from a place, you have to trust our judgement. Because an ordinary paneer tikka fails to pleases us. This one was however spot on – slightly smoky and crusty exterior and soft from inside with the flavour of ajwain or carrom seeds or ajwain bursting out.

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Punjabi Soya Chaap: Excellently done with chewy exterior and mellow insides. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Grilled Veggie Inslata Pizza Flambe with Old Monk: Ahhh, so this is the flaming pizza on which the ongoing festival is named. Firstly, the pizza is overloaded with fresh vegetables which maintain their essence – juicy yellow and green zucchini, chewy broccoli, crunchy baby corn and green bell pepper on a bed of warm mozzarella. Secondly, the top portion is flamed with old monk which in a way smoulders the vegetables and the cheese. The resultant has a slightly bitter taste of old monk but nonetheless appetizing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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But if you are not used to the bitterness of the alcohol, then you might not like it. If higher grades of smooth rum or whiskey are used, then a balance can be achieved.

Organic watermelon LIIT: Our same old lethal LIIT concocted with fresh pulpy watermelon juice and served in a watermelon with a side tap – stuff of a fantasy land but a reality now! No added flavours or enhancers, just pure natural fruit juice mixed with rum, gin, tequila, vodka and whiskey. RECOMMENDED.

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Karate Kitchen, Sultanpur, New Delhi

I would not prefer wasting your time on introducing Karate kitchen because they have already carved a niche for themselves in the market when it comes to delivering Asian and Oriental dishes. Each creation by their super talented chef is a lovely accompaniment to your lunch or dinner.

A note about their super soft dumplings – they are made from potato and wheat starch with no addition of flour.

Fiery chicken dumplings: The soft-skinned dumplings with the freshest minced chicken. The dumplings were not fiery at all but were slightly sweet due to a thin syrup.

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Vegetarian crystal dumpling: They were able to induce a level of taste in the usual veg dumplings. The use of finely chopped bakchoy leaves, mushroom and water chestnut enclosed in a super soft skin.

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Lotus root stems: Finely sliced lotus roots fried to crispy perfection.

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Prawn dumplings: Again super soft skin enclosing the subtle prawn heads with a slightly tangy flavour. The skin is fashioned with sesame oil and finely diced water chestnut in addition to the starches I mentioned before.

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Mushroom with green chilli and garlic: If you love mushrooms, this is a dish you will adore more than any other mushroom item you have ever tasted. The juiciness of button mushrooms, the chewiness of shiitake and the slurpiness of the oyster ones lightly tossed in fine juliennes of garlic and green chillies is a healthy as well as a heavenly dish.

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Basil Thai vegetables: Blanched vegetables – broccoli, bell peppers and zucchini in a light hot and sweet sauce with the pungency of chopped garlic.

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Water chestnut: It was served cold but was edible and was full of flavours. The slices of fresh watery chestnut with flat beans immersed in sweet coconut milk based gravy and topped with caramelised onions – expect an explosion of flavours.

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Noodles: The finest noodles and worth your time and taste.

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Thai green curry with sticky rice: Somehow, their Thai green curry was very sweet and would be difficult to eat if you have a neutral or spicy palate. However, the gravy had the right consistency and the rice were good.

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Brookie: Ah, here is a dessert which is pretty class apart. The combination of half brownie and half cookie adorned with chocolate chips is such a novel dish! The melted cookie on the brownie present a gooey, dense and soft sweet course.

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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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Winter special menu at Pizza Express, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

I thought Jaime’s Italiano was the go to place when it came to authentic European cuisine. But after a rushed visit to Pizza Express, I found another heaven for subtle European cuisine. The décor is elegant and classy with polished marble interiors and spacious ambience. The colossal open kitchen and bar are as immaculate as a French fine dine. And the servers, what to say! They know their cuisine well and are quick to suggest dishes suited to your palate.

So they have introduced their winter menu and if you miss it, then please don’t complain! This special menu is available till 30th January and here are a few of them:

Creamy mushroom soup: Boy, hats off to the chef for conjuring this warm liquid of pure brilliance. The soup is smooth, creamy and has the perfect consistency. The occasional bite of black pepper accompanied with fresh mushroom halves is as food gasmic as it can get. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Dough balls with spinach artichoke dip: The dough balls are freshly baked, warm and light to eat. And when taken in combination with the creamy rich spinach artichoke dip, a fine balance is achieved. The dip is made with fresh cream and cheese and is thick and smooth with the bitterness of spinach not very prominent – a feat in itself. The sporadic chewiness of capers is a welcome surprise. RECOMMENDED.

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Pollo Cajun Pizza: Created in rectangular form, with fresh cheese, capers, chicken and bell peppers adorning it on the top, this pizza defines the word finesse for you. The pizza is thin crusted and not too heavy or burnt. The fluffiness of the thin crust is commendable but I wish it justified the spiciness level of the word “Cajun” associated with it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Arrabiata Cannolini: When I mention about a pasta dish cooked in red sauce being excellent, you have to believe me! Because I am not a huge fan of arrabiata sauce. The red sauce presented here was freshly made with proper straining of the tomatoes done. The cannolini pasta sheets were fresh and light and the mixture of ricotta and spinach was way too smooth, creamy and melt in the mouth. RECOMMENDED.

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Chocolate cheesecake : Dark chocolate lovers, cheer up! Because this three layered cheesecake will compel you to keep coming here time and again. The top layer is chocolate ganache which is a bit thick and bitter. The cheesecake is a bit dense than the usual cheese cake so as to balance the heavy ganache layer. The bottom layer is of cake mix which gives depth to this dessert. RECOMMENDED.

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