So finally there is a café in Gurgaon which is located in the premium location of Golf Course Road and which is not a water hole unlike the proliferating restaurants here.
Forestta deserves a special mention for being a place where you can sit quietly with your friends and family, enjoy their collection of best selling books, play snooker or relish Karoake on Thursday nights. It is a no go place for alcohol lovers and kid friendly too.
Wooden interiors and vibrant ambience with a touch of greenery welcome you as you sail aboard this place. The menu is varied and is optimally priced. Here are a few items that I recently binged upon:
Mango Smoothie: Made from real alphonso mangoes with no added flavours, this one is a must try for smoothie lovers.
Veg kebab platter: A well grilled paneer tikka, crispy tandoori broccoli drenched in spices, juicy mushrooms and mellow poatatoes filled with a peppery filling – vegetarians, you have a profound reason to visit this place.
Non veg platter: Fish Tikka which does not disintegrate easily and is soft to the core, mouth gasmic chicken tikka which is extra mellow, firm yet juicy mutton seekh kebab and spicy and tangy tandoori chicken – it is difficult to stop yourselves if you are a hardcore non vegetarian.
Afghani Tandoori momos: As of the usual Tandoori momos were not enough! With a chewy exterior and mushy interiors slathered in a sticky creamy sauce, you are bound to get surprise.
Vegetarian spring rolls: A defined crunch sounds awakens your senses as you bite into this blissful piece of sheer culinary magic.
Yet another restaurant that promises to tantalize your palate, Biryani Bhaijaan is a nwly opened restaurant in Sushant Lok, Gurgaon. I commend the owner of this outlet because very few have the courage to experiment in Mughlai cuisine and succeed in that.
Chicken Malai Tikka: When mellow chicken pieces are drenched in thick, yoghurt based gravy, magic happens! The use of their secret masala adds to the depth of this mesmerizing appetizer. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Mutton Seekh kebab: As if the usual seekh kebabs weren’t appetizing enough that these guys drenched them in tangy and creamy gravy and presented it to you. Perfection is a small word for this one. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Murg Mussalam with Khameeri roti and Naan: I thank Biryani Bhaijaan for making my first experience with Murg Mussalam a memorable one. The consistency of the curry is perfect with the addition of peanuts and ginger jullienes. Chicken pieces are tender and egg perfectly boiled, but what baffles you the most is the addition of chicken seekh kebabs. A Mughlai experimentation at its best! Kalonji seeds are embedded in the naan imparting an unusual dimension to this whole ensemble. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Unplugged Courtyard recently launched their Monsoon menu and things couldn’t get any better!! The restaurant is a perfect place to dine out and has an impressive ambience.
Here are the dishes that I tried-
Chennai Express Cutlet – This one is made with rice and has a south indian flavour to it. Crunchy to the core.
Multi grain coated deep fried chicken fillet- As the whole world is getting obsessed with multigrains so why not coat chicken in it? An ingenious idea which is executed perfectly. It is crunchy as well as tangy.
Mexican Spring Roll – For all the people who can’t get enough of Spring Rolls, this one is divine. The sweet chilli sauce with which it is served takes it on a whole new level. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Banana Chicken – This one is grilled to perfection and is oh so juicy and tender at the same time. The flavours are bang on. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Kurkure Seekh kebab – The deep fried crunchy outer covering which encloses a soft chewy kebab is a different take on the traditional seekh kebab. It is spicy as well which makes it a winner for me. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
A perfect place to relax and unwind after a long hectic day. The ambience is simple with soft yellow lights that makes you feel comfortable.
Here are the dishes that I tried-
Parle-G Shake – This is the first time I heard of this shake. Reminisce about your childhood by indulging in this beauty. It seems moderately sweet when you take the first sip but later on it seems alot sweeter. RECOMMENDED.
Beetroot Seekh Kebab – Beetroot is one veggie that has crawled it’s way into the menus of some major restaurants. This kekab was soft and tender and a little bit spicy. You will not be satisfied with just one. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
#nofilter Tenders – It tikles your taste buds in all the right ways. A crispy exterior with soft filling of cottage cheese inside is a must try. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken Chatkara Pizza – Oodles of cheese and chicken tikka on a pizza, need we ask for more? Chicken tikka was well marinated and juicy as well. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Butter Chicken Pasta – Something to rejoice for all the butter chicken lovers, this pasta is served with garlic naan instead of garlic bread. A perfect fusion of Italian with Indian, this pasta is creamy and lusciouss.
#nofilter Fusion Burger – A monstrous patty which is made of minced chicken and lamb. It is tender but it is quite heavy as well. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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.
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.
How about getting a biryani which is wonderful blend of both the Hyderabadi and the Awadhi one? The best of both the worlds will definitely surprise anyone of us, so I recently decided to taste this surprise from 19 flavours biryani.
The hidden meaning behind “19 flavours” refers to the release of a new item with a different flavour, every 19th day of the month. And apart from some the different varieties of biryani – authentic as well as blended, they are also experimenting in the other dishes of Mughlai cuisine. We do need new flavours, so let us say thank you to this outlet for daring to think out of the box.
Enough with the jibber jabber, let us talk about food now :
Seekh Kebab : So even after an hour of taking the order, these kebabs were still juicy and soft. And what to say about the subtle tanginess in them! The quantity of spices was pretty low, but taken with the green chutney, the seekh kebabs tasted delectable.
Paneer Lababdar : The paneer was quite “lababdar” (tasty) here. The soft cottage cheese cubes were drenched in flavourful curry which will definitely remind you of butter chicken gravy. The curry has a prominent taste of tomato, garlic, onions, cumin seeds and cardomam. The gravy is creamy and smooth and goes well with their specialty Malabar Parantha.
Mutton Biryani : The concept behing 19 flavours is the amalgamation and blending of the Awadhi and Lucknawi biryanis along with a host of those which are indigenous to India, but have not been tasted on a commercial scale. This mutton biryani has the mutton pieces marinated so well that you can actually taste the dry, spicy and tangy flavour while gobbling on the mutton pieces. The rice is aromatic and is topped with chewy caramelized onions which lend their wonderful sweetness to this fusion biryani. The prominence of black cardamom adds the heat to an already spicy rice.
Phirni : When a phirni is green coloured, you know that generous amount of green cardamom has been used. So this one was subtly sweet (which is great), thick and had a rich flavour of green cardamom. I wish I could taste pistachios and saffron as well in this.