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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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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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QRO Gourmeteriia by Darkhouse Cafe

A lot of hype was generated around this restaurant when it had opened and it is rightly so as QRO serves the most delectable shakes and pastas!  Pocket friendly for the students, the restaurant serves Continental food in addition to the usual Chinese and Italian.

So here are the dishes that I tried-

Baked Penne Mozarella- For all the cheese and pasta lovers out there, this is a perfect dish for you all. The goodness of penne combined with oodles of cheese is sure to win your heart. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Steamed Wheat Dimsums(chicken)- Well I am a huge dimsums fan and a restaurant serving the wheat ones is just heaven for me. These dimsums do have some amount of refined flour in them so as to stop the dough from getting blacked. The dimsums have a dense chicken filling and you don’t need any dip to go with it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Choco Brownie Shake- I have finally found my favourite shake in the town ! Choco Brownie Shakes are served everywhere but QRO sure knows how to make them the best. It is thick(as shakes should be!) and have a right amount of sweetness.It surprises you, delights you and casts a spell on you. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Fish and Chips- I love this British street food but have never seen it served in a café. The fish had a subtle taste and a flaky texture.The dip was delectable and was the highpoint of the whole dish. RECOMMENDED.

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BBQ Chicken Wrap- Try all the dishes here but never try their wraps as they don’t make them good. The BBQ chicken was sweet in taste and there wasn’t much sauce in the wrap which proved extremely difficult to eat it.

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Being Chef, Sector 14, Gurgaon

So what happens when a few friends who never had any cooking experience, decide to cook a decent meal after celebrating Friday to it umpteenth? Disaster.  And what happens when an idea is born in these mechanical engineers to devise a way to make the life easy for office goers who do not have time to cook? Being Chef.

Being Chef was the first start up in India to come up with ready to eat cooking kits with 5 minute recipes. Their process is well researched, designed and patented.

I recently savoured an opportunity to taste their delicacies and try my hands on their cooking kit:

Penne pasta in white sauce cooking kit: I have laid my hands on such cooking kits before, but this one is extremely lucid and precise – one of the many reasons that it is patented. Every ingredient is measured precisely and packed with single letters written on the top. The recipe card clearly mentions the exact time a step will take for an ingredient to get cooked – the ingredients are mentioned by their corresponding letter names.

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Since they follow a 5 minute recipe procedure, the pasta was boiled, the vegetables blanched and the sauce was already prepared and packed. The quantity served for the price is well worth the money you pay. Totally impressed!

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The pasta turned out to be deliciously drool worthy since I followed the steps to the T. The balance of the flavours, the creaminess of the sauce and the extra cheese gratings on the top made my day. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Vegetarian Deluxe Meal: Now that is one platter! You know are having a great dinner when the soft lachha paranthas are gobbled up with a smooth creamy dal makhani, a sweet paneer lababdar, a healthy bowl of mixed vegetables, simple steamed rice, a mellow gulab jamun and a well prepared mint raita.  However the mixed vegetables were quite tangy and the rice was slightly undercooked.  RECOMMENDED.

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Veg Hakka Noodles: I am very stringent when it comes to the simple yet delicious Hakka noodles and these guys passed my test. The noodles strings could have been thinner but were otherwise pretty appetizing. The finely cut jullienes of carrots, cabbage and bell peppers complimented the noodles and the subtle tanginess of vinegar was the icing on the cake. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Tpot Café, Hauz Khas, New Delhi

Based on my excellent experience with the Malviya Nagar one, I decided to try the one located at Hauz Khas village. Needless to say, I was pretty impressed by the timely delivery and the freshness of the items delivered.

Pizza: The softest base well baked but not crunchy, soft paneer cubes and crunchy bell peppers and optimum level of gooey cheese define this dish. RECOMMENDED.

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Egg Bun: Buns are a bit crusty but could have been softer. The egg patty is a novelty for me and tasted good as it was dipped in the coriander chutney. RECOMMENDED.

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Masala Maggi: A hot and spicy add on to our usual Maggi. RECOMMENDED.

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Pasta in white sauce: If only it had a higher quantity of salt, this dish could have been spot on. The white sauce had the right consistency – neither runny nor thick, the shredded chicken soft, the fusilli cooked al dante and the accompanying mushrooms juicy and yummy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED WITH SALT.

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Frenzone, Satyaniketan, New Delhi

A quaint little café situated in the by lanes of Satyaniketan, Frenzone should be your go to place if you love the classic British cuisine and are also fascinated by some of the paraphernalia associated with the British pop culture.

The British influence is apparent when you enter the place. Two miniature royal guards dressed in red welcome you into a red door which is surprisingly a phone booth – Tardis from Doctor Who. The walls of the café are adorned with three dimensional plastic figurines of the famous buildings of London.

Moving on to the dishes I tried:

Lemonade: A light and breezy drink which is not overpowering, but it should have been more flavourful.

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Fish and chips: The classic British dish re-invented at this café. The fish is firm and fried so well that the crust does not peel out when you cut it. No crumbling as well when you break it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Chicken and coriander dimsums: A dish which could have been the hero of the evening. The combination of minced chicken and coriander is so darn flavourful that you will wonder about not having it before. However, the minced chicken is so dense and stiff that it is an arduous task to even bite into it. Also, the skin is left raw at some of the portions.

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Butterfly pasta with chicken in arrabiata sauce: There is a name for these adorable butterfly shaped pasta and these guys should call it one – farfalle. The pasta was cooked al dante and the chicken was ohh-so-delicate and succulent. The white sauce was smooth and had a good consistency with hints of rosemary and garlic. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Baked nachos with chicken: I shall call this dish a nacho lasagne. Because the nachos were arranged in layers with the filling of delectable minced chicken flavoured with herbs and tomatoes and topped with light gooey cheese. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Mogambo, Park Street, Kolkata

Mogambo is the same fine dine restaurant which refused to admit a lady with her driver. Though I do not wish to go into commenting about the infamously famous incident, I would love to write about my gastronomic experience there.

Situated at the famed Park Street, Kolkata, this is one of the best fine dine eatery in Kolkata. The personnel are polished and know their cuisines well. The ambience is opulent and seating comfortable, with light music complementing the relaxed feel of the place. The menu has a host of authentic and novel dishes and the prices are not sky high, unlike Delhi.

Let us not brag about this place so much, before we move on to the dishes I binged on:

Russian Salad: This has to be the ideal salad that I have tasted. Consisting of lightly boiled vegetables, having subtle creamy texture and tasting sweet and a bit a sour, this was authenticated by my Russian friend. The finely chopped peas and potatoes amalgamated well with the fine juliennes of cucumber and carrots. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Fish steak: Bengalis are the masters of fish based dishes and this steak was no different. The basa was grilled to perfection, tasted light, was not disintegrating and was served with crispy fried potatoes and sautéed mushrooms. The steak was stuffed with boiled potatoes and topped with light creamy mushroom sauce, thus amping up the taste. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Chicken Firdausi kebab: Where shall I even begin? A very unusual kebab – chicken roundels stuffed with minced chicken which tasted tangy because of yoghurt. The minced chicken taste fine. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Fried fish: Crumb fried bhetki fish in its crispy glory served with light fried potato wedges, coleslaw and mustard dip is perfect for those evenings meant for gorging on fresh catch. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Mutton Lasagna: More than the ones served at Big Chill, Smoke House or Café Deli Heights, this dish is worth all those extra calories. Just one bite is enough to go into a food coma. The minced mutton is fresh, the white sauce is creamy but not cheesy – light and the fresh flavour of baked tomatoes in the lasagna is overwhelming. This lasagna won’t over fill your belly and that is why it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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