31 August 2016

Meeras-E-Dilli Food Festival: Delhi Pavilion, Sheraton New Delhi Turns One

Delhi Pavilion at Sheraton New Delhi, Saket completed one year this August, and on the occasion of their first anniversary they had a festival that was all about the Mughal era, the slave dynasty, and local food. Meeras-E-Dilli, conceptualised by Salma Husain, a very renowned scholar and custodian of Indian food heritage, was led forward by the restaurant's chefs, Chef Vipul and Chef Mofid.

The concept, the entire menu, the recipes belonging to each dish- everything has been taken from the slave dynasty. The food is an amalgamation of different cuisines that were prevalent during that time- Turkish, Afghani, Central Asian, Indian and Persian. Salma Apa, as she is fondly known, is one of the most kind and warm women I've ever met. Her vast knowledge of the era, her insights into the Mughal empire and the food traditions, it's an experience that cannot be described. She sat with us and took us through everything that she could manage from that era in those three hours. She was the mind behind the menu and Chef Vipul and Chef Mofid were the hands, as Chef Vipul gleefully said.

We were welcomed with a refreshing gulab ka sharbat served in gorgeous silver jugs and glasses, just like people in that era would use. It completely set the tone for the meal ahead and got us all perked up.

28 August 2016

Why Ek Bar's Sunday Brunch Exemplifies Sheer Brilliance!

Ek Bar has raised the bar really high for Sunday Brunches by other places. The restaurant that works around Indian-inspired food and cocktails has little left to be improved upon; everything is par excellence. With a table brunch that offers unlimited repeats of the dishes and food, and quality that's unparalleled, I think it's high time the focus moves from quantity in a buffet to quality in a buffet for all restaurants. Ek Bar is doing a great job in setting that example through their Sunday Brunch. Chef Sujan Sarkar has created magic with the menu and has really defined table brunches for us. Nitin Tewari, the man behind the cocktails, has given me a reason to compare every cocktail I try with the ones at Ek Bar.

Chef Sujan was there to assist guests with the Sunday Brunch options and guide through the menu. I started my brunch with a Non Vegetarian Thali which had 4-5 things in it- mutton galauti, confit duck puff, dohra kebab and olive chicken tikka. The duck puff and mutton galauti blew my mind away with the perfect symphony of flavours and the gorgeous textures.The dohra kebab wasn't as great and was a little hard, and the olive chicken tikka was a lovely fusion take on the usual chicken tikka. Came with a soft onion kulcha on the isde, Ek Bar ketchup and mint based chutney. The Chicken Sausage was different from the usual and a good different at that, but the Scotch egg didn't have a fresh yolk centre. The crust and taste was really good but.

The Ek Bar Caesar Salad is bliss for an Indian lover. You get juicy marinated pieces of chicken tikka in place of the usual chicken breast you get in a Caesar Salad. Lovely dressing and super fresh lettuce. Loved the Indian touch in this! If you even remotely like Chilli Paneer, you must try the Kataifi Wrap Chilli Paneer. The chilli paneer is wrapped around kataifi (which is like vermicilli). Crisp on the outside with a lovely chilli paneer inside, pickled onions on top and a chilli peanut ketchup on the side, it's really hard for one to not fall in love with this. Burst of flavours and a very different dish.

25 August 2016

Barcelos in Hauz Khas Village Dishing Out Insane Food!

One of the finest restaurants in Hauz Khas Village, and easily a place that has every dish on the menu only to impress. Barcelos came as a breath of fresh air to the usual eating out scene in Delhi, but it's sad people don't go crazy over it like they do for other places. The food deserves only an applause. 

The place is a little dim-lit but is very spacious. The lights are better during the day; at night they become dimmer. With a combination of sofa seating and high chairs and tables, with very bright pictures on the wall and a rustic brick look, it's the perfect setting for a casual dining place. 

I started with the Peri Peri Quarter Chicken and Chicken Sizzler with Hummus. The chicken in the Peri Peri Chicken was Veri Peri flavour. Perfectly charred on the edges, a nice yummy skin on it, and was lathered with an outstanding peri peri sauce. There was nothing lacking in the chicken- it was superlative! The Chicken Sizzler was milder with the flavours but still bang on right. Crunchy fresh veggies, chicken on a bed of rice and a delicious hummus on the side. Came with lovely golden potato wedges and a dip. The sizzler is a meal in itself. The rice and chicken blend so well together, and the vegetables are to die for! 

15 August 2016

Tabula Beach Cafe's Bottomless Beach BBQ Brunch on Sunday's

Tabula Beach's Bottomless Sunday Brunch has become quite famous recently. With a beach like ambience, a menu that has all the quintessential items but also a live grill that's every bit tantalizing, Tabula Beach is doing a fantastic job at this brunch. Apart from the desserts and anti pasti, everything else is made fresh and served on the table. Avoids wastage and encourages you to order only what you want to eat.

It was a lovely rainy weather day so I sat outside. Perfect setting to set the mood! I started with their Red Wine Sangria and jumped to the live grills counter. Peri peri marinated prawns and sausages to kill for!! The sangria was my least favourite out of all the cocktails I tried, but it was still decent. This is because the other cocktails were simply fabulous! The live grill section was the best part of the brunch. Such flavourful, juicy, yummy grills- excellent is an understatement! The thyme scented basa was a dream! A brunch here should only be about grills! Keep a lot of space in your stomach for this.

2 August 2016

A Lavish Sunday Brunch at La Piazza, Hyatt Regency Delhi

Hyatt is a hotel that stands for everything luxurious and extravagant. And one such example of the perfect amalgamation is their Italian restaurant La Piazza. The restaurant isn't just there for as long as I can remember, but is also one of the front-runners when it comes to the food scene in Delhi. The Sunday Brunch at La Piazza with flowing champagne and sparkling wine, cocktails and mocktails, pastas and pizzas to kill for, grills and mains to make you drool, and so much more that only makes your appetite increase by manifolds just by its mention, is what I went for last Sunday.

La Piazza, no matter what time of the day you visit, has such warm yet lavish interiors that you instantly feel like you're in a different kind of a place. One that exuberates a relaxed vibe to it, but is also classy at the same time. Yellow lighting, lamps on the walls, wooden furniture, huge window panes with a lovely view of the pool and the hotel- the interiors are really nice.