It seems that the mushrooming of delivery outlets is going to continue for long, specially the Mughlai based cuisine ones. Handi Xpress counts itself in this section with the addition of barbeque dishes and the Chinese ones.
Service and delivery: On time and well packed.
Moving on to the food, here are the items I savoured:
Afghani Tangri Kebab: An adorable twist to our decadent Tangri Kebab – the rich cream hugging the leg pieces and lending its silkiness to the succulent chicken. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Butter chicken: Too tangy – tasted like tomato soup though the gravy was smooth and creamy.
Mutton Dum Biryani: Average rice grade, zero penetration of spices to the insides of the mutton and no flavour except the typical hotness of our gem garam masala – not recommended at all.
The one thing I appreciate about Majeed’s is their humbleness while providing class apart Mughlai dishes. Their deliveries are always on time with the personnel informing the customers about their delivery time.
Mutton Kakori Kebab: The softest and finest mutton mince sprayed with aromatic spices and screw pine essence formed into delectable kebabs.
Chicken seekh kebab: Chewy and hot chicken seekh with a slightly tangy flavour.
Mutton dum biryani: I somehow did not like their biryani this time. The rice was not biryani grade – not long grained and was over cooked. The mutton was succulent though.
So Dilli BC opens another outlet in South Delhi and I am pretty excited about it as Malviya Nagar is closer to my place. Sometimes, when you are not in the mood to eat the home made dinner, it is better to order from this place as the taste is so familiar to the taste buds which have lived on the “Dilli ka khaana” for such a long time. So here are a few of the dishes I relished:
Tangri Kebab: I have always fancied the juicy Tangri kebabs and I am happy to quote that the ones served by Dilli BC are a class apart. They have redefined this wonderful snack by stuffing it with the finest chicken mince and lathered the whole leg piece with cream and yoghurt. The chicken is juicy to the core. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Dal Tadka: The quintessential staple lentil of Delhi is cooked so well by the chefs here that you will find least deviation in your home made channa dal (split Bengal gram) and this one. The addition of chopped coriander leaves and ginger provide a fine and earthy taste. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken Rara: I am short of words to describe this one. The chicken is tender, the curry is hot, mildly spicy and tangy and the amalgamation will keep you asking for more. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
With the spate of authentic regional cuisine based restaurants increasing, can the delicious coastal ones be far behind? Hell no! And since the famed Galleria market is bustling with new eateries now and then, expect a South Indian setup to show up there.
Costal Reef is located in the Galleria market and has a beautiful ambience which will take you to the lands of beaches and subtle vines. There are customized chandeliers with oval bulbs adorning the roof and some tendrils and vines circling the railing shaped interiors on the walls. The service is top notch and the attendants do know about the cuisine and will recommend you dishes according to your preferences.
Sea food platter: Fish, crab, calamari and prawn – you name it and they have it. And each item is so uniquely created that you will be amazed beyond imagination. The crab meat is finely minced and cooked with curry leaves and coarse spices – the resultant is a fine sweet chewy dish with the hotness of garlic, onion and black pepper. The calamari roundels are coated in turmeric based mixture and fried as it is; the resultant not so appealing to me because of extra salt. The fish is so darn soft and grilled well but could have had a little more crust. It is slightly spicy, thus having that extra edge. The prawns are sweet and cooked well in garlic, ginger and curry leaves – expect explosion of myriad flavours. RECOMMENDED.
Chicken 65: This Andhra based dish is known for its fiery eruption on the palette and this was no different. The boneless pieces were hot, crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside and went well with the fried curry leaves. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Paneer 65: Honestly speaking, this was a subtle version of a real paneer 65. The cottage cheese cubes were soft and raw and fried in a spicy mixture – the fried crust was actually coming out of the cubes.
Fry Pomfret: My first experience with pomfret was not as good as expected. The spices did not penetrate the fish at all and there was a need of salt in them.
Chicken dosa: Let us get over our usual aloo dosa, because dosa is too delicious to resist! The finely minced chicken was full of spices, tangy and hot. The dosa was paper thin and crispier than any dosa you have ever had. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Mutton stew with Appam: The stew was hot, light and had vegetables in addition to the succulent mutton pieces. It should have been a bit denser though. The appam was again light, fresh and thin but could have been a little bit fluffy. RECOMMENDED.
Situated in the niche locality of La Laguna, Golf Course road, Grill king kebab and curries has become the go to place for many residents for their weekly dose of the Mughlai cuisine. It has also been associated with many corporates for their parties and functions apart from catering to private functions as well.
The outlet is small but it has a seating area for about 10 folks. The seating is colourful and looks more appealing in the night with the dazzle of the lights.
Moving on to the dishes I have tasted here:
Mutton seekh kebab: There are very few places which are able to get this common appetizer perfect and these guys should be the king of perfection for seekh kebabs. The kebabs were excellent and well grilled – chewy and juicy to the core with an occasional bite of ginger and green chili.
Chicken Malai tikka: Not recommended at all. The chicken was chewy and moist but that necessary drench in cream and yoghurt required for malai tikka was amiss here. Just a drizzle of cream does not fashion a malai tikka and the chef needs to learn that.
Kali mirch chicken: If the name is changed to something else, then this can be a good dish. But when I am having kali mirch chicken, I expect the throat burning fiery taste of black pepper. Contrary to the expectation, the gravy was exceptionally sweet. It was made from a very fine cashew nut based paste and cream and was wonderfully smooth. The chicken pieces were so tender that you are amazed at their delicateness.
Mutton do pyaaza: Again not good. The mutton pieces were not cooked well and I had to use the spoon excruciatingly to tear it. The gravy was okay.
When a restaurant serves the freshest made to order burgers in addition to healthy salads and mesmerizing appetizers, in addition to the staff dancing jubilantly on a few songs, then that place is a force to reckon with. We all are familiar with Johnny Rockets, the international chain, reputed for their burgers and shakes and their ohh-so-American way of life.
They have recently introduced a festive menu where you can have a six course meal at drop dead prices. Seriously! The copious quantities of appetizers, pre-appetizers, shakes, burgers and salads are available just under 500 bucks. Difficult to believe? Go visit the Vasant Kunj and Gurgaon outlets to experience the unbelievable.
Following are some of the items I tasted from their new menu:
Strawberry shake: So finally someone knows how to whip up a subtle strawberry shake with the freshness of the miracle fruit intact. The freshly crushed strawberries lent their sweetness to a rich milk based concoction with no extra sweeteners and fresh smooth whipped cream on top. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Onion Rings: Good. Not too burnt or too soggy or even too oily. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken bacon cheddar whole wheat burger: So when I am ordering a burger with a bacon based patty, I would expect a moderate quantity of bacon. Here the case was opposite. Just one small strip in addition to brittle buns. But the chicken patty was grilled well and drenched in melted cheddar. I loved the fact that it was not too cheesy.
Hot n spicy chicken wings: Not hot or even spicy at all. Though they were tangy and juicy.
Rocket tenderloin burger: An average burger to me. Buns were brittle and the patty was chewy.
When it comes to burgers, I highly recommend the ones from Carls Jr., Café Delhi Heights and of course, the mass produced Mc. Donalds. But when it comes to combining the usual burgers with the Indian flavours and dishes, Burger Singh wins the lone battle. Here are a few of them that I tried recently:
Bihari ghosht burger: Not recommended at all. Too spicy. And ironically speaking, the strong smell of the mutton patty is the icing on the cake. The buns were fine and the lettuce crunchy but the patty, which is the deciding factor for a burger scores low. On a side note, some of my relatives belong to Bihar and the mutton cooked there is not deadly spicy. So improvement needed here.
Chicken Amritsari Burger: Now this is an Indianised burger. The juicy and tender chicken patty drenched in a thick tangy, hot and sweet gravy. Though slightly on the saltier side, but still recommended.
Mexican French fries: This perplexing new avatar of the usual French fries is slightly tangy and slightly spicy, but not a dish you would order for delivery because they tend to get soggy.