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Andrea’s Eatery, Select Citywalk, Saket, New Delhi

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Blueberry Cherry Smoothie: Organic blueberries and cherries freshly grinded in fresh chilled yoghurt with no extra sugar or flavours – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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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.

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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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Dezertfox, Greater Kailash -1, New Delhi

Dessert lovers from the Delhi NCR region are in for a roll! Because finally there is a place which serves the most eye pleasing and delectable sugary savouries, presented in a fine dine style but optimally priced. No jokes when I write about food because Dezertfox is real!

I shall call it the Disneyland of desserts because their creations are full of fantasy and out of the world. The head pastry chef Niscar Noorullah has done a plethora of innovations while designing the menu. Infact, some of the items are gluten free and flourless. So here are some of them that I tasted :

Berry Yoghurt Smoothie : A healthy smoothie made with fresh yoghurt and filled with strawberries and black currant. It was light to drink and not too sweet. However the amount of ice can be reduced here.

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Hazelnut dome with caramel and hazelnut crisp with hazelnut mousse : A lovely dome made out of hazelnut flavoured chocolate topped with hazelnut and caramel crisp and surrounded by hazelnut mousse is tantalizing to the taste buds. The mousse is a bit bitter but has a fine texture. The crisps or the meringues just break in your mouth with the slightest hit. RECOMMENDED.

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Passion fruit framboise : A colourful and a subtle dessert, it has the dominant flavours of passion fruit and raspberry. Slightly tangy and delicately sweet, this dessert has a soft sponge and a light, airy feel to it. RECOMMENDED.

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Philadelphia Cheese Cake : This is the gluten free dessert that I mentioned before. It has a flourless cake at the bottom and has a prominent tangy sweet flavour of orange and lemon due to the use of zests of these fruits. The cheesecake has a smooth texture and is subtly sweet in taste. RECOMMENDED.

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Pistachio and fig cake : Vividly coloured in green and having a soft sponge, this cake will win the hearts of those who love pistachios. The cake has minimal sweetness and the lovely flavour of pistachio is to die for. RECOMMENDED.

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Chocolate sin : A very fine way to make a dessert having myriad flavours. The dessert consists of an intricate cylinder of chocolate which is filled with chocolate and cream ganache and wrapped in a chocolate crepe. The chocolate cylinder is oh-so-smooth with the finest ganache. Again the sweetness is subtle here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Eclairs – Rose and raspberry : I love the flavour of rose and if it is used in an éclair, then I can never stop myself from having more. The éclair is super soft and sweet and has the decadent flavour of rose and raspberry in the filled mousse, which in my opinion is a pretty good combination. A sheet made of chocolate, rose and raspberry tops the éclair and make it even prettier and tastier. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Green tea mousse with pineapple compote with pistachio lemon cake : A very different take on a dessert – combining the bitterness of green tea with the sweetness of mousse. The mousse is perfectly smooth in texture and soft in taste. Recommended if you like green tea.

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Red Velvet Tiramisu Bon Bon : A pink coloured, dark chocolate shell containing tiramisu should be called as the king of desserts. It is beautiful to look and sometimes, you feel bad for breaking the shell. But once you taste the inside of the shell, you will be flabbergasted to the core. Because the flood of diverse flavours of coffee, dark chocolate, cream and strawberries will give you a major sugar rush. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Coriander passion curd tart : A chocolate shell topped with meringue crisps, this is again a subtle dessert with the sourness of passionfruit dominating it.

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Rose cupcake : The prettiest dessert after the Tiramisu Bon Bon. I ate the whole cup cake with no complaints. The cupcake is topped with rose flavoured cream which is subtly flavoured and has a heavenly smooth texture. To top my madness, the sponge was flavoured with rose, yes, no vanilla, just plain rose. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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The Coco Company, Rodeo Drive, Malibu Town, Gurgaon

Situated in Rodeo Drive, far along Sohna road, it is a bit difficult to find. The outlet is small and can only seat three folks along a single table. It is basically meant for take aways and delivery.

The best part is that they make their pizzas and pastas in front of you and it is definitely a treat to watch it. The prices are very customer friendly – where will you get a thin crust pizza 9 inch under 200? And that too with taxes and in Gurgaon? Keep thinking….

 Here are a few dishes that I recently tried :

Chicken Herb Pizza : Thin crust pizza, which is freshly made can be a delight to pizza lovers. The base is rolled in front of you, and fresh tomato sauce and basil leaves are placed on it with the addition of juicy chicken in rosemary, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cubes, bell peppers and jalapenos. The chicken was supposed to be seasoned with rosemary but I could hardly get the string flavour of rosemary. The pizza came out to be good but I wish for more flavoours. The amount of red sauce was less, making the base a bit dry. Cheese was optimum which I loved. Bell peppers tasted good but felt as if they were cut hours ago.

 

 

Pesto creamy pasta : This is a highly recommended dish for this outlet. The sauce is made from fresh basil leaves and cream. The flavours are balanced – bitterness and creaminess not overpowering each other. The addition of blanched broccoli, carrots and mushrooms made it a delicacy. And let us not forget the shredded cheddar cheese on top. The best part is that they did not use cheese in the sauce, hence the dish was not very heavy. It tasted a bit salty though. The garlic bread was amazingly done. It was freshly made – soft, flowing with garlic and herbs and wonderful to taste!

 

Tiramisu : Less than average. The fine chocolate shavings on top make it delectable but the underlying coffee sponge layers are very bad. The sponge is leaving water making the whole dessert clumsy. Moreover the coffee was used excessively making it quite bitter.

 

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