24 December 2015

Celebrate Christmas at Cafe Diva in Sangam Courtyard, RK Puram, in the most delicious way!

A Christmas Brunch at Diva that gives you a taste of everything merry and everything delicious you would expect on Christmas. In between this, you also have a few influences from Bengali flavours in the food. All decked up in the Christmas spirit, d├ęcor dominating decorations, sock with the cutlery in it on the tables- it really makes you feel very Christmas-y!

Chef Ritu Dalmia was present at Diva to prepare the food herself and talk to us about what went into the dishes. We started our meal with Focaccia bread and Lavaash- very soft and crisp and really nice. We then tried the Millet Salad which was beautifully well-balanced! Lemon dressing in a dropper which you pour on the salad that also had some crisp bell peppers in it- excellently presented!

No Christmas meal is complete without Mulled wine. The one at Diva was so so damn delicious and so comforting! The place just got its liquor license some time back and Mulled Wine was the ripe fruit of that.

Zeppoline with rocket was a warm delicious bite-sized dough ball that consisted of chopped caramelized onions and mozzarella cheese. Topped with some salsa and served on a bed of rocket leaves, the dough balls were superb!

Carrot, Green Apple, Beetroot and Poppy Seeds salad was up next. One of the craziest salads I’ve ever had! The dressing, the balance of the sweetness and sourness, the crunchiness of the salad- everything was simply perfect! With a few wild grapes, it was a superlative salad in all aspects! With poshto in the salad, it was a great add-on!

Fried Green Tomato was the only dish I didn’t like because of my extreme hatred towards tomatoes.

Diva and pizzas go hand in hand :) Tried the Chicken Pizza, Turkey Pizza and Pesto Pizza with cherry tomatoes. All three pizzas was marvellous! Loaded with veggies and chicken, a gorgeous thin crust and a yummy sauce on the base. The Turkey Pizza gave you just what you need in a Christmas brunch. So delicious!

In main course we tried Fish with Prawn Moilee and Quinoa, and Bikaneri Roti with Sweet and Sour Papaya Curry. A lovely piece of fish with a moilee curry topped on it, a juicy piece of prawn and some quinoa rice. Perfection! There’s not anything that the dish lacked. Truly delicious with a little bit of lemon squeezed on it.

The Bikaneri Roti was very soft and flaky with a stuffing of mashed peas inside. Dipping this in the gorgeous papaya curry and savouring it. The curry had so much going on in it- tamarind, ginger, coconut, jiggery, panchaforan and pineapple.

In dessert we had a Christmas cake which had some ginger and nuts in it. Served warm with Cinnamon custard with burnt caramel, and presented with a cute little Christmas tree on the cake, it was the perfect end to the meal! Also enjoyed a hot up of Cappuccino with my dessert :)

The meal is just what you expect a Christmas meal to be. So so delicious, full of flavour and warmth, it’s a brilliant way to spend your Christmas day!

Address: 1st Floor, Sangam Courtyard, RK Puram, New Delhi
Timings: 11:30AM to 11PM
Contact: 01126180017

Disclaimer: The review was done on an invitation from the establishment. All views expressed belong entirely to me and are completely unbiased in nature. However, readers may exercise their own discretion.

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16 December 2015

Chicago Pizza in Select CITYWALK, Saket, New Delhi

The place that is so so special to me when I think about my initial visits to Select CITYWALK. Shpping always meant stopping at Chicago Pizza and grabbing a bite. It was always about going to that tiny outlet in the corner and getting my dose of happiness with that huge slice.

Chicago Pizza personified the concept of huge slices of pizza for everyone, and the concept of single slices along with it. Choosing your own toppings, seeing your pizza getting prepared in the oven, and soaking in the feel of an open kitchen. I think this entire experience made going to Chicago Pizza all the more exciting for me. The place opened multiple outlets all across Delhi NCR,  but the outlet in Select CITYWALK still remains my most favourite! After the mushrooming of newer pizza places in Delhi, this one took a step backwards, but you will still find this outlet of Chicago Pizza crowded at every hour.

About the concept- you select your toppings (one, two, three or five), and done! The pizza is customized according to you and you can choose to buy per slice or the entire pizza itself. My most favourite toppings here are ham, sausages and roasted chicken. What a combo! The yummy marinara sauce in the thin crust base and the huge slice topped with my favourite meats. One slice is good enough for a small snack, and two are decent to fill up a person with an average appetite. They've also added a cheese crust base for pizzas, and pastas to their menu. Something I'm yet to try and will do soon.

I still make it a point to visit Chicago Pizza everytime I go to Select CITYWALK, because for me, the place hasn’t really gone down on quality as suggested by people. Their pizzas are still as delicious! 

Address: G/21-A, Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, New Delhi
Contact: 011 40533229, +91 8860121232
Timings: 11AM to 11 30PM

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8 December 2015

Gourmet Studio 4.0 with Chef Amit Rana at Masala Art, Taj Palace, New Delhi

I have a lot of fond memories associated with Masala Art – from heading here for special occasion lunches in school to dining out with family, the restaurant has stood out for me always! The food is absolutely gorgeous, and I can pick anything from the menu without worrying if the dish will be as good as the rest- that’s the benchmark they have set for themselves.

Delhi Gourmet Club and Nearbuy come out with their 4th edition of The Gourmet Studio with Chef Amit Rana at Masala Art, Taj Palace Hotel, as the star chef this month. The earlier editions have been absolutely stellar, but this one came out with a bang with over 90 vouchers being sold in just 5 days of the deal going out on Nearbuy. The Gourmet Studio essentially aims to promote a chef every month, with a fixed course lavish meal specially curated by that restaurant and the chef, at unbelievably affordable prices. You see the best of that restaurant and its chef at maybe one third of the price you would pay otherwise. The meal fills you up insanely, and leaves no room for anything unsatiated.

Chef Amit Rana with his team of chefs

The meal at Masala Art is a 6-course menu that comprises of amuse bouche, starters, soup, cooler shot, main course, and dessert. You get a menu that consists of all the dishes on offer (both veg and non veg) that you can choose from, and your food starts coming to the table one by one. Priced at 1500 all inclusive for a weekday lunch, and going up to 1800 all inclusive for a weekend dinner, the price is a real steal deal!

My meal began with the amuse bouche- Collacassia leaves coated with gram flour and shallow-fried, and chilli ice cream. The ice cream was really chilli and not some fake chilli that ice creams usually contain. Too good! I then had a lovely shorba made of prawn extract and coconut milk. So light and so delicious!

The appetizers saw Lamb and Prawn, with the lamb being coated in really delicious robust flavour, screaming flavour in each bite! The prawn, chargrilled to perfection, very juicy on the interior, with piri-piri olivettes. To die for!

Then was the turn of the fanciest thing in our meal- a cooler shot. It wasn’t just any cooler shot, but one that consisted of gold leaf. Edible gold leaf floating on top of a mix of rose water, sandalwood and saffron extract. Very very impressive stuff!

Main course was a very lavish affair. The famous shining Masala Art ‘tiffin boxes’ were brought to our table and inside were four big bowls of different dishes. Hyderabadi Khatti Dal, Baingan Achari Mirchi, Chicken Ghee Roast, and Pulao, served with 4-5 kinds of breads. Each dish was as smacking as the other. For a hardcore non-vegetarian, saying that for Khatti Dal takes a lot of yumminess in a dish! The Dal and Baingan together tasted outstanding! The Chicken Ghee Roast was every bit finger-licking good. A thick gravy that didn’t have too much oil but was packed with flavour and tender chicken to seal the deal, it was terrific stuff! Some Garlic Naan and Pudina Parantha to go with it and you’re all set. The pulao was every bit living up to the rest of the food- fragrantic grains of rice mixed with some veggies and seasoned with saffron and mint leaves.

Dessert saw some delicious ghevar with malai kulfi- just the kind of stuff you need to end your hearty meal with. The ghevar was supremely crisp and not overtly sweet. The malai kulfi- my my! Excellent! Very creamy and very velvety, the perfect accompaniment to the ghevar.

The Gourmet Studio has once again proved that they’re only riding high on taste and quality here. The food, the value for money, the hospitality of the restaurant- all this makes up for a brilliant experience! All lovers of Indian food- do not miss this!!

Buy the deal here: Nearbuy

Address: Taj Palace Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi
12 30PM to 2 45PM
6 30PM to 11 45PM
Contact: 011 26110202

Disclaimer: The review was done on an invitation from the establishment. All views expressed belong entirely to me and are completely unbiased in nature. However, readers may exercise their own discretion.

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4 December 2015

Carl's Jr. in SELECT Citywalk dishing out mouth-watering burgers!

Tucked away behind SELECT Citywalk (the Chicago Pizza exit), is a beautiful new burger joint from Australia ready to entice you with its offerings. Carl’s Jr. had quite some hustle bustle around it when it opened- food groups had events there, people were flocking it like it was the last day on Earth, but that’s the case with all international chains opening in Delhi. The only thought I had at the top of my mind was- this will be just like any other international burger chain, and the hype will soon die down. Went to have dinner over here last week to find out what the fuss really was all about, and oh my, was I blown away by the food!

Parking is hardly an issue here. Specially because you don't have to go all the way down to the basement parking.
It’s a self-service concept for placing your order, serving yourself ketchup and bottomless soft drinks and iced tea, but the staff is there to do it for you if you don’t want to. Ketchup dispensers, just like what McDonald’s started a few years ago and got rid of, Coke/Iced Tea, etc. dispensers, and a rack with tissues. You place your order and they give you empty glasses if you’ve taken a drink, and they hand you your order number which helps the waiter identify your table when the food is ready and to be served to you.