Laidback café by the World of Shalom should be on your list if you want to experience authentic Mediterranean/Lebanese dishes with a comfortable ambience. The menu is extensive, though, covering continental as well as Asian dishes in which the restaurant excels as well. I had an unforgettable experience at this place and here are a few dishes that I tasted:
Non veg mezze platter: First, you dig into the succulent Zata’ar chicken which has a very thin crusty exterior and the lovely taste of tangy Zata’ar spices. Second, you bite the meat fatayar which is a fried fluffy envelope of finely minced lamb – the aroma of Mediterranean spices is extremely inviting. Third, you gorge upon the juicy chicken wings and get your hands dirty in the spicy tangy mixture. Fourth, the fine textured hummus, the creamy babaganoush, the healthy tabbouleh and the sour cacic go well with the meaty dishes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Shish Touk – If bulky boneless pieces with the characteristic tanginess could be this soft is hard to believe. The well grilled capsicum and tomatoes have imparted their juiciness to the chicken and when the skewers are served with sour salad of perfectly julienned bell peppers, onions, cabbage and tomatoes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Rubiyan Mishwi: Pan seared prawns in garlic butter sauce is every sea food lover’s dream appetizer. But when those prawns have a creamy melt in the mouth texture with no foul aroma, you can not stop your self at just one. Coupled with a light onion, tomato and bell pepper salad with an occasional bite of chopped garlic, this dish is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Grilled salmon in Buerre blanc sauce: One bite will not be enough, trust me! The salmon is grilled to perfection with chewy interiors and slightly crusty exterior and topped with a white whine and butter based Buerre Blanc sauce which has a creamy texture and moderate consistency. And let us not forget the smoothest potato mash with aptly grilled vegetables drenched in a light tangy dressing with the European herbs and you have a winner of a dish. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Tiramisu: The perfect tiramisu gone slightly haywire because of the excess use of coffee powder on the top which lent a slightly butter flavour to the ensemble. RECOMMENDED.
Blueberry cheesecake: The best cheesecake till date! This was not baked which was an added bonus because the soft chocolate base complimented the utterly mellow cheesecake with embedded blueberries. And the icing on the cake was the blueberry sauce with real mashed blueberries adorning the top. Why did I finish this? HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
I began my food exploring with TGIF and I used to be a regular one there a while back. Their American and Tex-Mex menu with huge portion sizes always attracted the glutton in me.
So when TGIF introduces their new menu, it is onerous for gluttons like me to keep calm as the enticing dishes call our palate. Here are a few of them that I recently tasted:
Grilled Chimichurri chicken skewers: Light crust, juicy but slightly dry – the chicken pieces were probably char grilled at a higher temperature which left them pretty chewy. The skewers were served with potato wedges which were light and a hot chilli garlic Sriracha sauce. RECOMMENDED.
Parmesan crusted chicken with fettucine and salad: A classy masterpiece. If two juicy chicken breasts marinated in a creamy Caesar dressing and finished with a crumbly parmesan crust aren’t enough to leave you spellbound then the sweet onion, cherry tomato and moazarella salad and the creamy fettucine with chopped spinach and spring onions will cast an enchantment over your taste buds. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Jack Daniel’s Tobasco steak and shrimp: The steak is “well done” in the Jack Daniel’s sauce and it is easier to cut and chew. The shrimps have a crispy outer covering and belong to the freshest catch that the restaurant could lay its hands upon. Their special Jack Daniel’s sauce, fashioned from caramelised onions and honey compliments the steak and the prawns well. Served with a smooth potato mash and juicy buttered broccoli – this one is a winner. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Jack Daniel’s Norwegian Salmon: The salmon is char grilled and has a perfect glaze of the Jack Daniel’s sauce but is over grilled and hence slightly chewy. RECOMMENDED.
Chocolate mud pie: A frozen dessert with warm chocolate and almond mouse covering over it. Chocolate crumble crust, coffee ice cream and almond mouse make up this three layered extraordinary dessert. The ice cream and mouse are frozen in the crumble crust and the ensemble tastes divine. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Where to start guys!
I have been quite regular at this one. Their cool ambience, kickass deals (star and stripes) and yummy food attracts me again and again.
TGIF’s Cajun Chicken Wings are to die for. Earlier, they used to be tangy and spicy but now you have to specify whether you want the tanginess or spiciness to be there. Nonetheless, this dish dish is juicy to the core – the herbs penetrate to the inside of the chicken and the blue cheese dip (papprika and red chilli flakes) they serve will definitely erupt your mouth – too hot and spicy!
Recently when we there, we also tried Miami Cubano Chicken Stack – topped with mozzarella and bacon and served with rice and mushroom. Phew! Fulfilling main course! The steak was soft, tender and mildly spiced with crispy bacon strips between two steaks. Rice was good with chewy mushrooms adding to the subtle flavours. Overall a fully worth every penny meal!
The service is pretty good here with pro-active and well informed servers. The one who served us was Krishna. He did his job very well.
This place is always bustling with an amazing crowd.
Authentic cuisine seems to be the rage these days and when coupled with “organic” and “healthy”, the foodies are bound to get something different yet exciting.
Located in the bustling Select Citywalk, this little restaurant is bound to keep you hooked to their amazing menu. All their ingredients are freshly imported and organically produced. No extra flavours, condiments or preservatives in their dishes, only pure culinary skill and technique here.
Another note: They have a policy of serving the leftover food to the beggars and homeless people near Select Citywalk – applause for this initiative!
Summer is back Italian Basil: When “organic” is the word, you expect fresh ingredients in your beverage with no syrups or artificial flavours. Same goes for this one. A refreshing concoction of Italian basil leaves and oranges with no extra zing is as home made as it can get. The bitterness of basil cuts the tanginess of oranges and the subtle sweetness of the ensemble is there to suit everyone. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Fresh Butter Garlic Prawns: This recipe is a local one from the famed Anjuna beach and does not disappoint you. The prawns are sourced from Cochin, so you get the authentic “prawn” flavour and are served with a green salad, butter based dip and French fries. The prawns are smoked to perfection with the shells intact with creamy and juicy insides but with a lesser amount of salt though. The citrus salad is amazing – spinach, lettuce and mustard leaves, yellow and red bell peppers and orange drizzled with light lemon vinaigrette. The crunchy leaves and vegetables coupled with the subtle tanginess of the dressing leave you asking for more.
Pro-tip: You have to eat the prawns with the salad so that the flavours are balanced.
Though I really wished that the “garlic” in this dish was more prominent. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Norwegian smoked salmon and cream: Drool worthy to the core! The smooth fettucine is prepared in home made Tarragon sauce and cream with smoked salmon and topped with grated cheese – mouth watering combination? The salmon is very subtly smoked and is tender and compliments the pasta well. The menu mentions that this should be served with sautéed organic greens but I was served with buttered crunchy garlic bread. RECOMMENDED.
Cremino: Why did I taste this? A variation of our beloved Tiramisu, this is fashioned from Mascarpone cheese, Amaretto soaked in coffee and topped with cacoa dust and coffee flavoured cookies. Surprisingly the coffee is not bitter at all and is pleasant in taste with the cheese being so smooth and creamy that you can not stop once you start binging on this. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Blueberry Cherry Smoothie: Organic blueberries and cherries freshly grinded in fresh chilled yoghurt with no extra sugar or flavours – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Waffles: Served with Nutella, cream, butter, Maple syrup, musk melon and kiwi slices – a perfect breakfast item. The waffles were not airy and crunchy and had gone soft and chewy probably due to the time spent in clicking the perfect picture but when eaten with Nutella and cream – BOMB! The texture was brittle and crumbly though. RECOMMENDED.