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Cichhetti by Mr. Beans, DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

Cichhetti in Italian means “small bites” and is a regular favourite in the streets of Venice. Going by the same notion, Cichhetti by Mr. Beans is into serving calorie counted dishes which fulfil you but just in the right way with no overwhelmed belly. That way you are able to savour more dishes with no guilty pleasures.

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Smoking Cranberry Jalapeño Cream Cheese dome: Cheese is smoked and infused with finely chopped garlic, jalapeños and olives and served with crunchy crackers, a spiced jam of raspberries & cranberries, sliced olives, jalapeños and green apple.

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Cheddar & Chive Scones: Freshly baked English scones having a bitter flavour because of chives and served with the raspberries & cranberries spiced jam, butter and cream cheese. The scones have a soft yet crumbly texture.

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Goth Aglio Olio in linguini: As if the magic of Aglio Olio was not enough that these guys prepared linguini in mushroom sauce. The flavour of the button, shiitake and porcini mushrooms is so enchanting and the pasta is super slurpy.

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Coq Au Vin – Red Wine Chicken: Highly highly recommended! The juicy chicken legs and breast are served with crispy bacon strips, mashed potatoes and grilled baby onions, button mushrooms, beans and broccoli. The chicken is so tender that it readily comes off the bone and goes so well with the creamy mashed potatoes.

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Vanilla & coconut panna cotta: First, the creamy yet smooth texture of this dessert will blow your mind. Second, the combination of vanilla and coconut is so mesmerising that you will want to savour this forever. Third, the tanginess of the strawberry sorbet goes compliments the panna cotta. Lastly the freshly baked meringues actually melt in your mouth.

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Viet-Nom, DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

Lately, my fascination for South-East Asian cuisine has grown fourfold. The magic of dimsums, noodles, poke bowls and so on has worked its way into my heart and who am I resist when the lovely cuisine from Vietnam comes calling.

Pho Vegetables: Lovely rice noodles drenched in a hot, sweet and sour soup with the goodness of crunchy vegetables- carrots, broccoli, bok choy, mint and spinach leaves, the mellow tofu and chewy portobello & shiitake mushrooms. The bowl is served with hot and spicy Sriracha sauce, caramelised garlic & onions, and peanuts.

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Pork & King Oyster Mushroom Spring Rolls: The very fine texture of the hot hot mince of pork and mushrooms is overwhelming. And with such a hot spicy mixture, it is difficult to roll into crispy spring rolls. Served with a melt in the mouth spicy peanut sauce, this ensemble is one item not to miss.

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White Rose Dimsums: These are tender crystal dimsums enclosing a very delicate mixture of tapioca and mung beans which actually melts in your mouth. The sauce is sweet and spicy although the spicier part is pronounced because of finely chopped red chillies.

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Viet-Nom special pizza: Slightly disappointing because the rice paper had a burnt texture and excessive use of basil leaves. But the succulent chicken chorizo and egg cheese combo saves the dish.

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Avocado surprise: Surprising yet pleasant! The finely mashed avocado is drenched in coconut ice – cream and topped with maple syrup and coconut shavings. The resultant is a cool and creamy subtle dessert.

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Roohaani Rasoi, Sector 14, Gurgaon

Tandoori mushrooms: Tangy and spicy mushrooms which are juicy as well.

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Dahi ke sholey: They are deep fried yes but airy and light at the same time. Not to forget the creamy insides with the balance between the sweetness of yogurt and the scovian factor of green chillies.

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Cheese Burst Soya Chaap: As if the mellowness of this soya chaap wasn’t enough, these guys dipped the same in a cheesy sauce to entice our bellies.

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Zaffraani Paneer: Paneer and assorted colourful bell peppers compliment each other in an excellent way. But when served in a hot onion based gravy and topped with carom seeds, do provide a tantalizing experience.

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Paneer Tikka Lasagna:

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China Club, MG Road, Gurgaon

One of the oldest fine dine restaurants in Gurgaon, China Club has developed a niche clientele of its own. The class apart dishes, the freshness of ingredients and the impeccable service are enough to attract Oriental cuisine lovers.

We were told by the manager that the majority of ingredients are sourced from China on a daily basis and the prawns are shipped straight from the Odissa coast.

Here are some of the dishes that we relished:

Crispy vegetables with ginger: Mushrooms and cauliflower lightly sauteed in ginger, garlic, green and red chillies with a very subtle tangy flavour – the vegetarian starter upped it’s game! Highly Recommended.

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Boiled chicken dimsum in spicy chilli sauce: The dimsums are of course bland but they are drenched in a super spicy chilli sauce and hence a very “runny nose” experience. Recommended.

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Home style sliced chicken with black fungus: Again super spicy and a runny nose. The chicken is however very tender and the mushrooms chewy. Recommended.

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Sauteed prawns in black pepper: Creamy and buttery prawns fried to crispy perfection and coated with finely grounded black pepper – enjoy the throat burning! Highly Recommended.

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Stir fried Chinese greens: The simple combination of asparagus, bok choy and broccoli stir fried in chopped garlic pairs perfectly well with the spicy prawns. Highly Recommended.

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Vegetable fried noodle: Slurpy noodles with crunchy vegetables – what more can you ask? Highly Recommended.

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Banana toffee dipped in chilled Brandy: This is a traditional Chinese dessert and is pretty unusual. The banana bits are deep fried and then caramelized and topped with sesame. These balls are then dipped in Brandy and hence develop a crusty shell. Highly Recommended.

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Junkyard cafe, Saket

So I finally visit this junkyard themed cafe in the prime location behind Select City Walk.
This place is specifically meant for those groovy weekends where you can come with your mates and relax with more than a glass of alcohol while listening to the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s chartbusters in the genre of Rock n Roll, R&B, metal and rock.

The ambience does remind you of a typical junkyard but wait till you get your cutlery. The other end of the forks, knives and spoons are shaped in the form of a screwdriver. That is one hell of creativity!

Moving on to food, surprisingly the dishes are innovative and flavourful. Usually such places are more famous for drinks than for food but hey, surprise surprise!

Stuffed grilled chicken breast with spinach and oozy mushroom sauce: A super juicy breast of chicken drenched in creamy mushroom and spinach sauce is appetizing enough but when paired with the likes of grilled vegetables and subtlely flavoured potato mash, oh my my! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Chicken kothe dimsums: The very subtle mixture of minced chicken and onion enveloped in a thin dimsums covering which is pan seared at base will leave you in splits but a slight off taste of lemongrass might be a hindrance. RECOMMENDED

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Tandoori wasabi prawns: The prawns are fresh and for the first time, I tasted creamy tandoori prawns. I could have never imagined the combination of prawns and wasabi working so well but surprisingly, here it did. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Chicken and mushrooms lasagna: Ahhhh, lasagna after so long. The silky lasagna sheets drenched in a well balanced sauce of tomatoes, black pepper and cheese with finely minced chicken and mushroom chunks added for extra zing. Trust me when I say that this one particularly is addictive. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Pan seared fish with fresh basil cream: Well grilled fish fillets topped with a very unusual but appetite sauce is a foodie’s dream come true. Specially when the foodie in question is a fitness freak and counts calories to the brim. RECOMMENDED

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Hauz Khas Social, Hauz khas Village, New Delhi

So when Social Offline, one of my favourite restaurant chains in the Delhi NCR launches their special Summer Menu, could I keep my hands and palate from relishing their well thought dishes? An absolute no!

Unkiller/ Abra Kebab-ra veg kebab platter: Highly unlikely for me to go for a full blown vegetarian kebab platter? Yes, well, I have outgrown my choice for the meaty dishes and a once in a while platter “in which no animals were harmed” does sound appetizing. The mellow paneer tikka drenched in pickle like spices did tantalize the taste buds but could have been grilled more. The Achaari soya chaap was amazingly grilled and had a thin crust with a tender chewy interior. The tandoori momos were good and had a hearty filling of finely chopped mushrooms, beans, onion, broccoli, carrots, cabbage and baby corn. The spicy Malai mushroom was grilled well and was melt in the mouth with the lovely cream adorning it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Celebrity Bhelpuri: Let us move over from our usual bhelpuri prepared with puffed rice to the one fashioned with puffed Amaranth, quinoa crisps, flaxseeds, granola, pomegranate, peanuts, freshly cut kiwi and oranges. The crunchy texture of the ensemble coupled with the sweet and peppery flavours bursting on your palate does transform you into heaven. Moreover, it is healthy too! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Shiitake and mushroom pizza: Special mention – The chef specifically doubled the quantity of mushrooms when he came to know about my love for the chewy fungi. The pizza was what an ideal pizza should be like – thin crust with no charred remains, optimum quantity of cheese that stretches but is not overwhelming, flavourful tomato sauce topping and well grilled shiitake and button mushrooms. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Anda mutton seekh paratha: Why did they serve me this? Because I can not get over the food coma experienced while gorging on this lovely dish. The firm yet tender and heavily spiced mutton seekh kebabs were paired with the bland and flaky Malabar paratha which had a thim omelette on the other side. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Summer fruit pavlova: Finally someone here knows how to dish out a pavlova which does not taste like our humble “batasha”! The crispy and airy pavlova was baked to perfection with slightly caramelized edges and topped with fresh cream and fruits – a layered dessert exuding the summery charm. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Peanut butter fondant with vanilla ice cream: Well, well, yours truly finished this combination on her own with no qualms at all! How could I stop myself from feasting upon the moderately sweet, warm, melt in the mouth chocolate fondant topped with melted peanut butter and peanuts? And when I got slightly exhausted from the warm sweet and salty ensemble, I gorged upon the cool and creamy vanilla ice cream. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Overall rating: 5/5

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The Turkey Project, Defence Colony, New Delhi

The food industry continues to develop at an exponential pace and this has resulted in a mushrooming of outlets which fail to deliver on quality. So when you visit a small café specialising in Italian cuisine which surprises you with their unusual menu and mouth watering dishes, you know that you will have a good time.
Most of their dishes have the prefix “turkey” associated with them and from what I understood, this word signifies bacon and their experimentation with it. I really hope I am correct.
Frickens: The kind of crumb fried chicken available these days does not even remotely impress me. So when I binged upon this juicy boneless chicken strip crumb fried and adorned in tangy sweet sauce and mayonnaise, my taste buds went in a food coma. The best part is that the crispy exterior does not separate even after being kept for 15-20 minutes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Fries: I am really not a big fan of fries even if they have donned a swanky appearance these days – curlies, crinkles, wedges and like. The ones served here were curly fries and drenched in a heart warming mixture of melted cheddar cheese, chopped onions and jalapenos. The quality of cheese is so good that it does not solidify even after an hour of being kept in open. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Santorini pizza: Such colours! The vegetables – bell peppers and olives are not over grilled and present a crunchy texture associated with freshness. The cheese is not overwhelming and spreads very beautifully on the thin crust. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Turkey pizza: Finally my dream has turned into a reality! A pizza exclusively dedicated to bacon – ohhh man, such heaven! The quality of bacon is again top notch with the lovely crunch and firmness intact. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

A truffled affair: My love for spaghetti reached new heights when I relished the slurpy spaghetti served here. Served with chewy mushrooms and sautéed in truffle oil, mushroom pate and garlic cream, this was a gourmand’s delight. The characteristic subtle bitterness of the mushroom paste adds to the maelstrom of flavours to this dish. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Cheesecake tart: If you are slightly hungry, this cheesecake is enough to fill your belly. Dense and smooth cheese cake over a firm tart base and topped with fresh mint leaves and thick nutella syrup will definitely leave you in splits.

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