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Pier 38, Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

A history buff will know that piers were traditionally used as trade transports between India and various other countries; Persia being the prominent one. Pier 38 at Cyber Hub, Gurgaon brings with it the flavours of Persia and the Middle East to Gurgaon.

The restaurant serves up dishes of Persian, Arabian, Lebanese and North Indian cuisines that are prepared using fresh, authentic ingredients. Their signature cocktails are magical potions full of unusual flavours and their desserts are totally out of the world. The salivating food and drinks accompanied with the rustic, woody interiors and charming music collection will leave you craving for more.

Smokey Bourbon Bolt: Though it did not taste smoky at all, the cocktail is worth drinking away to glory. The smoothness of Bourbon, the hot-sweet combination of star anise and cinnamon coupled with the freshness of mint leaves will titillate your tastebuds. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Dilli Chaat: The fashionable chaat these days is the palak patta one but this was not the best. The spinach leaves could have been crispier (would have complemented the crunchiness of the potato bhujiya) and the sauces could have been lesser sweet.

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Veg Mezze platter: Expect the Lebanese dishes to be spot on at Pier 38. The veg samosets were crispy with light cheese filing inside, the veg kibbeh were crunchy and tasted a bit sour and the falafel was topped with sesame seeds and was ohh-so-crunchy with a very fine filling of chickpea mince. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Samak Mashwi: The fish skewers were amazingly done – slightly tangy because of the famed Zattar dressing and soft and firm in texture. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Non veg Mezze platter: Zattar chicken skewers were lovely in taste – tangy, juicy and a bit spicy. The lamb kibbeh were again excellent – the finest lamb mince fried to crunchy perfection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Batata Harra: The magic of cumin seeds coupled with coriander leaves on fine and firm potato cubes will leave you spellbound. The cubes have a slight crusty exterior- difficult to achieve as it requires precision and have a lingering tangy flavour. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Andhra Chicken Lollipop: Expect something from Andhra to be hot and spicy with the pungency of curry leaves. RECOMMENDED.

Red wine sangria: If the quality of wine is top notch, then expect your sangria experience to be a relishing one. These guys are using the finest Zampa Grovers wine here and the best part is that the fruits – apples and oranges are pre-soaked, thus bringing out their sweetness which perfectly marries the bitter sour taste of red wine. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Non veg Turkish pizza: I am baffled by the variety of pizzas available in different countries. And the sort of shapes they take. The Turkish pizza is fashioned like a slender ship – the cheese topping half wrapped under the pizza dough with two pointed ends. The sweetness of slightly tossed onions with the succulence of lamb chunks on a bed of light cheese is wonderful. The pizza base or I would rather call it a sheet is light and not too chewy. RECOMMENDED.

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Veg pizza: The chewiness of mushrooms and the tanginess of olives on a bed of gooey cheese and half wrapped in the base is yummy. RECOMMENDED.

Long Island Ice Tea: One of the strongest I have ever tasted. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Baklava: A subtle dessert consisting of a flaky top with a mushy sweet bottom with the prominence of green cardamom and served with vanilla ice cream. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Nutella cigar rolls: The warm exterior is crispy and flaky with a sweet filling of nutella. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Winter special menu at Pizza Express, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

I thought Jaime’s Italiano was the go to place when it came to authentic European cuisine. But after a rushed visit to Pizza Express, I found another heaven for subtle European cuisine. The décor is elegant and classy with polished marble interiors and spacious ambience. The colossal open kitchen and bar are as immaculate as a French fine dine. And the servers, what to say! They know their cuisine well and are quick to suggest dishes suited to your palate.

So they have introduced their winter menu and if you miss it, then please don’t complain! This special menu is available till 30th January and here are a few of them:

Creamy mushroom soup: Boy, hats off to the chef for conjuring this warm liquid of pure brilliance. The soup is smooth, creamy and has the perfect consistency. The occasional bite of black pepper accompanied with fresh mushroom halves is as food gasmic as it can get. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Dough balls with spinach artichoke dip: The dough balls are freshly baked, warm and light to eat. And when taken in combination with the creamy rich spinach artichoke dip, a fine balance is achieved. The dip is made with fresh cream and cheese and is thick and smooth with the bitterness of spinach not very prominent – a feat in itself. The sporadic chewiness of capers is a welcome surprise. RECOMMENDED.

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Pollo Cajun Pizza: Created in rectangular form, with fresh cheese, capers, chicken and bell peppers adorning it on the top, this pizza defines the word finesse for you. The pizza is thin crusted and not too heavy or burnt. The fluffiness of the thin crust is commendable but I wish it justified the spiciness level of the word “Cajun” associated with it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Arrabiata Cannolini: When I mention about a pasta dish cooked in red sauce being excellent, you have to believe me! Because I am not a huge fan of arrabiata sauce. The red sauce presented here was freshly made with proper straining of the tomatoes done. The cannolini pasta sheets were fresh and light and the mixture of ricotta and spinach was way too smooth, creamy and melt in the mouth. RECOMMENDED.

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Chocolate cheesecake : Dark chocolate lovers, cheer up! Because this three layered cheesecake will compel you to keep coming here time and again. The top layer is chocolate ganache which is a bit thick and bitter. The cheesecake is a bit dense than the usual cheese cake so as to balance the heavy ganache layer. The bottom layer is of cake mix which gives depth to this dessert. RECOMMENDED.

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Prankster, Sector 29, Gurgaon

Idling away in college canteen, playing pranks and games with wonderful buddies, bunking classes to relish the latest movies are some of the activities which define our college life. And no matter how far we go in life, we will always reminisce our college days.

Prankster, Gurgaon is one such place which will take you back to those wonderful times when life was fun and free. They have a section which will remind you of your Chemistry lab – complete with petri dishes, flasks, jars and individual wash basins on each table, a library having tons of academic books and Oxford dictionaries, with small study lamps on each table, a class room with a black board as well as an amphitheater, a college hostel section with bunk beds, a college canteen section with the specials written and a parking lot with a Chinese van selling exclusively the Chinese delicacies where you can sit on vehicle-cum seating chairs and tables.

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The feel of this place is so amazing and the dishes – more amazing than you thought. The dishes are available at competitive prices, thereby not burning a hole in your pockets. Their house brewed beer is kickass in taste as well in price (no pun intended). And the staff delights you with its swift service.

Moving on to the delicacies available here, let us explore the “progressive nostalgic” cuisine served at Prankster :

Lotus root Fritters: Finger food has been evolving gradually and these crispy fritters made out of lotus root could be the next “it” food! The crunch you get while binging on them is inexplicable and the tangy and spicy flavours are like cherries on a cake. RECOMMENDED.

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Dahi Bhalla ice cream with roomali roti crisps: Fancy having the usual dah Bhalla in a reinvented avatar? Because the dahi halla served here is in the form of ice cream – yes, you read this correctly. The dahi Bhalla is grounded into a fine paste and made into ice creams and served with green and red chutneys, pomegranate seeds and finely fried crisps of roomali roti. The ice cream has a very delicate sweet and soft texture.

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Sambhar Cappuccino with air fried dosa: Could it get healthier? Our North Indian version of the sambhar is served steaming hot in coffee cup along with air fried dosa crisps. The dosa crisps are thin and present a picture of finesse in the dosa mixture. The sambhar is thick, frothy and healthy.

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Pav Bhaajhi Zinger: So the Marathi Pav Bhaajhi is presented as a game – each zinger is covered by a Rubic’s cube box and the one who picks up an empty box has to play truth or dare. Interesting? Moving on to the zinger, the patty is made from a well cooked hot bhaajhi, which is crispy from the outside and soft and mushy from the inside. They are sandwiched between fine slices of onion, tomato and cheese with soft, buttered buns enclosing them. The occasional bite of cumin seeds in the patty will give you a major food gasm. And the buns are made in house.

Classic honey chilli potato: The classic “chakhna” which goes with our drinks is remodeled here – potato mash is cut into fingers and deep fried. So while gorging on these boys, you get the characteristic crunchiness of the honey chilli potato and the softness of the potato mash inside the crispy exterior.

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Chicken Tikka Fattirs: This is the Indian take on an Egyptian Pizza called Fattirs. Fattir is a layered pizza which is flaky – textured like a puff pastry. The pizza is light and the warm melted cheese is spread on the former in a very thin layer. The chicken tikka is pretty prominent here and while having this, you feel you are having the actual chicken tikka.

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Imli glazed Kung Pao with imli goli: So initially, you gobble up the imli goli or balls and then you eat the pung pao chicken which is heavenly soft and chewy and has a slightly tangy flavour because of tamarind.

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Tender Tandoori Lamb Chops: This has to be the best one of the incredible dishes presented here. The lamb is slow cooked and has a fibrous, soft and chewy texture. It is so excellently cooked that the meat comes clean off from the bones. The crust is delicately crispy from the outside.

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Rampuri mutton: Rampur is a place near Lucknow, known for its spicy dishes and the Rampuri mutton was no different. The mutton is tender and juicy and is drenched in a thick gravy which reeks of garam masala.

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Hand pulled butter chicken: The myriad flavours presented in this dish will transform you to a wonderland. The tomato based gravy with prominence of cumin and yoghurt is lovely to have and the chicken is pretty chewy and juicy.

Paneer barrels makhni: The cottage cheese is made in the form of barrels which are topped on a thick makhni gravy with flavours of lemongrass and coconut. The paneer is divinely soft and the gravy is rich in flavours.

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Gutwa Palak: Spinach haters, rejoice! For there is a dish which will dissolve your hate for this awesome but bitter leafy vegetable. The cottage cheese cubes are fried and presented over a thick creamy mixture of boiled spinach and cottage cheese. The spinach and cottage cheese mixture is warm and melt in the mouth and the typical bitterness of spinach is absent here.

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Litchi Kebab: Man, are these the ultimate kebabs the vegetarians have been yearning for? Because these were legendary! The litchi skin was stuffed with khoya and topped with grounded pistachios. The kebabs were warm, lusciously soft and sweet.

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Rose Kheer: For a rose lover, this dessert will be paradisiacal. The usual kheer is garnished with finely sliced pistachios, almond flakes and two fresh red roses that are nitrogen cooled. The kheer has got a thick consistency with luxuriant malai enriching it. The addition of green cardamom appends further flavours to this wonderfully made dessert.

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Deconstructed Christmas Cake: Deconstruction of dishes is very much in these days and deconstructed desserts rule the roost. And with Christmas around the corner, who doesn’t want to eat the deconstructed rum cakes? So a cream flavoured with cinnamon is sprayed on a mixture of eggless brownies and grapes and garnished with tutti-frutti, choco chips, orange peel and cinnamon. This whole setup is done on an edible chocolate plate. Such myriad flavours and heavenly taste!

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Café Amaretto, South Point Mall, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

Nestled in a niche corner of the South Point Mall, this dainty little café should be on your list if you want to experience authentic fine dine style Italian cuisine with beautiful art paraphernalia adorning the walls of the place. Welcome to Café Amaretto, an elegant yet classy place with a touch of artsy grace.

The place is done up in soothing white interiors reminding you of the typical Italian restaurants and in the evening, this café is lit up in romantic lights, thus amplifying the ambience.

Shayal Taunk, the owner of this lovely place, is an enthusiastic young entrepreneur with a taste of the Italian way of life. She started this café as an art gallery but eventually, she converted this into a full fledged Italian restaurant where you can explore the paintings and buy them as well along with the best of what Italy has to offer in gastronomy. So let me offer my insights on the enchanting dishes offered here :

Focaccia: The taste of warm and freshly baked focaccia in winters is enough for a person to go into food coma. And the ones baked by Café Amaretto is worth mentioning. The bread is warm, soft from the inside and slightly crispy from the outside with the subtle flavours of fresh garlic, thyme, bell peppers and red jalapeno prominent in it.

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Bruschetta platter: The platter showcases caponata, yellow bell pepper and tomato feta cheese bruschetta sprayed with white sesame and is one of the best I have ever tasted. The tomato and feta cheese one is the finest among the three – with the fresh dainty juliennes of tomato and soft and salty feta cheese over a thin toast. The caponata bruschetta has finely chopped onions and eggplant with sweetness dominating it. The yellow bell pepper one is well balanced and soft.

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Pan fried prawns with garlic chips: Finally there is a place where the prawns are not smelly enough to destroy your appetite. The pan fried prawns are kept over thin slices of orange and topped with lemon butter sauce and garlic chips. The prawns are well cooked, soft and chewy. The presence of orange slices gives the dish a slightly sweet flavour in addition to the subtle tanginess of the sauce. The garlic chips are fried though not deep fried thus retaining the pungency and the added caramelized flavour.

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Tomato Basil Soup: We really need to move over the ready to make tomato soups, because hey, they are laden with preservatives and not good for health at all! And the flavours are not captured well in them. The one presented here is freshly prepared and will make you yearn for it, especially since the winters are here. The consistency of the soup is thick and the presence of chopped garlic and basil leaves provide some bitterness to an otherwise sweet and tangy soup. This one is served with buttered toast.

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Mushroom salad: These days, chefs are experimenting with mushrooms quite frequently and yes, we are not complaining at all! The salad here is made with fresh and juicy button mushrooms which are finely sliced and mixed well with peanuts, garlic chips and rice puffs. Myriad flavours live in this salad: sweetness and tanginess due to the sauce and onions, crunchiness because of peanuts and rice puffs and chewiness because of mushrooms. The thin slices of garlic chips provide the extra pungency to an already rich salad.

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Ravioli with tomato bread filling in lemon butter sauce: Of all the raviolis I have had, this has to be the most exquisite one. The ravioli is soft and freshly made and is filled with a fresh and fine mixture of tomato and bread. The ravioli is literally melt in the mouth. And the sauce accompanying it makes it that way. The sauce is subtly tangy and creamy and complements the ravioli well.

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Spinach and Ricotta crepes: The crepes are mushy and creamy from the inside and flaky from the outside with a very fine mixture of spinach and ricotta cheese. The sauce is tomato based and is freshly made with the balance of creaminess, tanginess and sweetness. The presence of walnuts provides an extra crunchiness to an otherwise melt in the mouth dish.

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Chicken with black pepper and mushroom sauce: The chicken is extremely soft and flavourful with the sauce slightly spicy and bitter. The chicken is served with juicy and chewy mushrooms and crispy zucchini chips.

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Ricotta cheesecake with strawberry sauce: The cheesecake is soft but firm, and the saltiness, tanginess and sweetness in it are finely balanced.

Salted caramel: Served on a biscuit base, the cream has prominently salty and slightly sweet.

Tiramisu: It tasted quite bitter to me though it was heavenly soft.

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