Fattoush Salad: It is always considered “healthy” to begin a meal with a light sweet and savoury salad. My holiday lunch began with this light salad consisting of diced zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, crispy pita chips and pomegranate seeds in a slightly tangy sauce. RECOMMENDED.
Hummus Rasasfour: This is a special type of hummus served with pomegranate, molasses and diced chicken. The chicken pieces are extra juicy and have well imbibed the flavours of the molasses.
Mixed Grill Platter: A refreshing break from the regular spiced laden Tandoori platter. The Turkish Adana and lamb kebabs were very juicy, firm, tender and resembled our very own Seekh kebab, albeit subtler but hot. Shish Touk was ohh-so-luscious with the goodness of mint and smoked to perfection with butter. Iranian Urfa chicken kebab was slightly hotter, drier and saltier. RECOMMENDED.
Yamini Chicken Manfi Rice: I shall call this Yemenese biryani. Two humongous pieces of chicken leg and breast on a bed of spiced rice is surely my dream meal. The rice was cooked in Yemenese spices as well as our coarse ones – black cardomam, cloves and black pepper and topped with caramelised onions. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Cheese Gunafa: I though desserts fashioned out of cheese were only the expertise of Europeans. But no, hell no, Middle Eastern cuisine also uses cheese to prepare delectable sugary bites. The cheese gunafa is warm and moderately sweet with fried vermicelli dipped in sugar syrup on top. Not to forget the finely chopped pistachios. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Awadhi mutton dum biryani: The mutton pieces were available in plenty and were mellow in taste but the biryani was way too spicy. Awadhi dum biryani is supposed to be high on flavours and low on spices but the case was opposite here. There were bundles of raw spices, burnt flavour of caramelized onions and absence of saffron – for a biryani, these are not good signs.
Hyderabadi chicken dum biryani: Well well, these folks surely know how to dish out the most juicy, spice loaded non vegetarian but again, this biryani was not as spicy as a Hyderabadi should be. RECOMMENDED.
Gaajar ka halwa: This fabulous Indian dessert deserves a worthy mention here. First, this has to be the best gaajar ka halwa I have had apart from my home. Second, the melt in the mouth consistency will leave you love struck. Third, the moderate sweetness and the subtle finesse with which it has been prepared will compel you to have more of it. The owner told me that they stir the grated carrots in ghee for a longer duration and this activity gives the halwa the requisite mouth warming texture. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Novel ideas shall always be welcome and when western cooking techniques are applied to Indian dishes, you are bound to get surprised.
Firangi Bake, a delivery outlet situated at a host of location in Delhi NCR is one store that you should explore. Trust us, you are bound to get flabbergasted.
Tandoori Kukkad Pot Rice: Rice, chicken and spices baked to perfection under a thick layer of cheese? Well yes, please! But the quantity of chicken and spices over exceeds that of the rice and the resultant is a pretty soggy mixture. The chicken pieces are mellow to the core with the lovely flavour of tomatoes dominating them.
Minced chicken Lasagna: This one was a true winner! A thick layer of cheese again but a warm, melt in the mouth lasagna with thin sheets, finely minced chicken and red sauce. The cheese used is of a superior quality and tastes different.
Both the dishes were served with soft airy breads adorned with herbs which tasted lovely.
A delivery only Japanese outlet, Sushi Junction has taken the lead amongst the places serving authentic and quality Sushi with excellent service and rates. The second time I decided to explore Sushi was from here only and after having one roll, I could not stop myself from placing the order again and again.
Apart from sushi, the place also delivers other Japanese staple and trust me, when you order them, you will not complain.
The packaging is sophisticated and classy. The sushi boxes are adorable with cute little containers for the wasabi, soy sauce and pickled ginger.
During my recent binging from this place, I tasted the following items:
Fried Chicken Karaage: At first look, you will have apprehensions about this one. But let those chicken chunks visit your palate and then bask in the magic. The light crusty exterior is slightly chewy probably because it is fried in flour and the chunky succulent interior will melt into your mouth in no time. The subtle hints of garlic and soy sauce are add on. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Egg fried rice Yakimeshi combo salad: Before tasting this, I always assumed that Japanese dishes are tasteless and weird. But hell no! This one was so flavourful with every morsel screaming about the explosion of ingredients. The finely chopped bell peppers and French beans, caramelized onions, small soft chunks of chicken and eggs with well fried rice and no abhorrent odour are enough to leave anyone in a food coma. The chickpea salad with cherry tomatoes was raw and compliments the soft rice. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Veg Red Dragon Sushi Roll: Those crusty tempura flakes really make this a BOMB! The soft yet slightly crispy sticky rice enclosing crunchy asparagus, cucumber and carrots with the subtle sweet and salty flavours topped with tempura flakes and chopped spring onions can leave anyone spellbound. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Bourbon Sake Sushi Roll: When a Sushi roll is named after the smoothest drinks – Bourbon and Sake (Japanese Rice Wine), you do expect that smoothness to burst up in that sushi roll. This one is a crab stick and fish roe roll topped with smoked salmon. Every bite oozes freshness and lightness with slight sweet hints. The salmon is soft and good to dig into but is slightly salty. The crunchy cucumber compliments the soft salmon and crab. RECOMMENDED.