29 March 2016

Mumbai: Mouth-watering good food at DesiKlub, Nariman Point!

Located inside Maker Chamber 5 that’s situated right in front of the makeshift mini fair in Nariman Point, that has those swings and rides decorated with lights, is DesiKlub. Coming from the makers of SpiceKlub, Quattro and Rolling Pin, DesiKlub is also based on the same concept- fusion food. The d├ęcor talks of Mumbai in every element of theirs, with huge life-size posters, chairs with areas of Mumbai written on them, cute cutlery and utensils in which the food is served, and a very lively colourful feel to it. The place is purely vegetarian, like all other restaurants under this bandwagon

Chitthi Aayi Hai
We tried their Taste Ka Kuan, Tu Cheese Badi Hain Mast Mast, Chitthi Aayi Hai and Paneer Roller Coaster in starters. All four were really delicious, but Chitthi Aayi Hai was my absolute favourite! It was a starter with rumali roti wrapped around paneer and topped with a superb waldorf salad! It was the perfect balance of the spiciness of the paneer and the sweetness of the salad. 

Taste Ka Kuan

Taste Ka Kuan was another exceptional dish. Made in the form of a basket with the stuffing of potatoes found in a samosa, it was mixed with coriander chutney, saunth chutney, sweet curd, and topped with lots of sev, and pomegranate and coriander for garnishing. The dish was edible in all its entirety, with the basket serving as the exterior of a samosa. Oh my god, what delicious flavours! 

28 March 2016

Platters and Drinks Festival at California Pizza Kitchen, Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

With the onset of summers, California Pizza Kitchen has come up with their new Platters and Drinks menu which is available at all their outlets across India. There are 3 kinds of platters in the menu- Vegetarian Platter (Rs.645), Non Vegetarian Platter (Rs. 695) and the Combo Platter (Rs. 665) with a mix of veg and non veg appetizers. The platter can be easily shared among 2-3 people, and among more if you’re having a heavy main course later. The platters come with three dips- sour cream, salsa and chilli cheese dip.

The standouts in the Veg Platter were the Mediterranean Rolls with lots and lots of cheese, veggies, and a crisp exterior, the Chilli Cheese Toast with cheddar and veggies, the Corn Baja Croquettes and the delicious crisp Veg Bruschetta. Really really yummy!

The Non Veg Platter saw every single appetizer in it as being superlative! Apart from the Grilled Chicken, everything blew our mind! The Fish Fingers, the Sonora Rolls with cheese and chicken in them, the crisp and soft Chicken Basil Bruschetta, and my most favourite- the BBQ Chicken Wings. Extremely appetizing and impressive.

The festival has three choices in drinks, both mocktail and cocktail- Orange Mojito, Blue Mojito and Mango Ecstasy (each for Rs.395). I loveddd the Orange Mojito, Very fresh and orangy, with that tinge of lemon and mint. The Mango Ecstasy too had a delicious taste of mango in it, with my absolute favourite watermelon! The Blue Mojito was too sweet because of the Blue Curacao for me, but for people who like Blue Curacao, they’ll like the drink.

The festival is on till the 31st of March, so beat the heat with their delicious drinks and enjoy the amazing platters.

Address: 11, Ground Floor, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon
Timings: 12 Noon to 12 Midnight
Contact: 0124-6467575

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16 March 2016

Mumbai: New In Town- SOHO Tapas Bar, Andheri West

A new Tapas Bar in town situated in Andheri! Located very close to the Telephone Exchange, this new bar and restaurant has interiors done up in beautiful hues of white, with plush seating and a huge bar that makes as the center of attraction.

Visited Soho last week and I just have praises for the place. Even though they’ve just opened a month ago, the teething problems were hardly visible. Their food is really really really good, and the cocktails are no less. To add the cherry to the cake, the prices are not at par with other places, they’re much lower.

With fusion food and tapas from all over the world, not just from Spain, the food is definitely here to make a mark. A very innovative menu and very inclusive as well. There’s something for everyone.

12 March 2016

Mumbai: The United Sports Bar and Grill, R City Mall, Ghatkopar West

Located in the R City Mall in Ghatkopar, The United Bar attracts office crowd and college goers in the afternoon, and a mix of everybody at night. They’re famous for screening matches and having activities in the place that keeps people engaged (one of these is the pool table). With very good interiors that have amazing quotes and wise words (for a few :P) on the walls, the place has a very chilled out feel to it. Their menu is very well balanced. They have a little bit from everywhere, and having tried things from different sections, I can say they’re doing justice to all the cuisines on the menu.

Tried their Black Pepper Chicken and Baked Chicken Nachos, and both these things were exemplary! The Nachos were LOADED! Cheese, liquid cheese, onions, tomatoes, beans, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, diced smoked chicken- everything was there and in crazy quantities! Nachos that don’t have enough sauces or cheese on them are really sad, but United Bar made sure their nachos are truly delicious! The Black Pepper Chicken was chicken satay coated with ground black pepper. A very different take. We’re used to having the Chinese style of black pepper chicken where black pepper is just one of the ingredients, but this one made sure black pepper was the star of the dish. Really amazing!

5 March 2016

Dimsum Festival at Asia 7, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

Asia 7, the place that has always been people’s first option when dining in Ambience Mall, Gurgaon. Also famous for their lunch buffet that attracts a lot of office going people out for team lunches, people shopping in the mall, and residents of Gurgaon looking for a nice Asian meal. I’ve tried their lunch buffet several times and totally loved it (hence, the repeat visits) but have never gotten a chance to try their ala carte menu.

Visited Asia 7 for the Dimsum Festival that was on till the end of February, and fell completely in love with ALL their dimums!

The Dimsum Festival at Asia 7 is one that catered to all palettes. They had the most delicious variety to choose from, with the most stunning types of dimsums. The Broccoli Crunchy Almond Dumpling had a stuffing of very finely chopped broccoli with equally finely chopped almonds, and tasted just divine! The Crystal Veg Dumplings were very crunchy and juicy, and the Shanghai Veg Dumpling was equally soul-satisfying.

Out of the non veg ones my favourite included Prawn Har Gao- chunky prawn, no fuss no excess seasoning, just plain old delicious juicy prawn stuffed inside the dumpling. The Schezwan Chicken Dumplings were great too. Slightly spicy chicken with a lovely flavour. You didn’t need any dipping sauce to go with it, it was delicious by itself. The Steamed Chicken Dumplings are the safest option for people who like the basic chicken dumplings done well and don’t like to take risks. But the one that was very different from the rest was the Prawn ‘n’ Spinach Roll. The spinach was rolled around prawn and the dumpling was served over a spicy salty ginger dressing. Dipping this particular dimsum into a sauce would have been a real shame. Bangs and bangs of flavour, and comparatively heavier than the rest of the dimsums even though the size of this one was smaller. The only dimsums that weren't up to the mark were the Pan Fried Chicken Kothe. The stuffing was filled with flavour and tasted lovely, but the dimsum had too much oil in it.

The most essential thing with dimsums are the sauces. There were 5 beautiful dimsum sauces and the presentation of these was damn cute! Each better than the previous one, I am so impressed with the restaurant for this. Places hardly have so many options for dimsum sauces, firstly, and even the ones that do, don’t get all of them right. Asia 7 got each sauce bang on right! The chilli sauce, garlic based, chilli oil, sweet chilli, peanut based- all of them were smacking!

Washed down my meal with a Lemon Iced Tea that was really well made and not overtly sweet.

The place didn't have anything going wrong for them. The food was good, the service was good, the drinks were good- it was all very very nice!

The festival was a really good step by the restaurant for showing they are so much more than just their lunch buffet. I’m in love with their dimsums! The best part being- all the dimsums had a translucent coating on them- not at all excessively thick. Also, they didn’t fall open when you picked them up with a fork or a chopstick. For all dimsum lovers, they have a lot of these dimsums on their normal menu too. You must must try them out! The dimsums will really not disappoint you.

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.