Review: Curry Gone Crazy

Review: Curry Gone Crazy

Curry Gone Crazy is a delivery and takeaway outlet tucked near the residential area of South City 1, and the place does some amazing kebabs and curries. The owner is hugely passionate about food and is genuinely interested in feeding everyone a wholesome, hearty meal. Which is why you’ll see that the portion sizes are enormous, and the food quality and quantity is both amazing for the price.

We tried the Hara Bhara Kebab, which were big in size and on flavor. The kebabs had been pan grilled to get a nice crust on the outside, while the inside was still moist. The kebabs were stuffed with a generous amount of gooey, melted cheese, which made them taste even better, and they were studded with roasted cashews for that added crunch.

The Mutton Seekh Kebab was juicy and wonderfully spiced, while still letting the flavor of the mutton shine, and the mutton was minced to the perfect consistency.c1Coming to the main course, we had the Sukha Meat and the Butter Chicken. The butter chicken consisted of large pieces of chicken that had been cooked in the tandoor, and were juicy with a nice smoky flavor. The gravy was rich, creamy and had a good balance of tanginess. The chicken went really well with their special Ajwain Chili Parantha, which was crisp and nicely cooked, and covered with ajwain, onions and green chilies. But our favorite dish was definitely the sukha meat. It consisted of big chunky pieces of mutton coated in a thick masala made with caramelized onions and whole spices. The mutton was so juicy that it was simply falling off the bone, and the masala was so perfect, and it had nicely permeated the mutton. This dish goes best with the Tawa Roti, to let the flavorful mutton shine through. This is a must have dish here.

We ended the meal with a lovely Kheer made with rice that had been cooked with milk over a low flame for a long time, to get a nice thick consistency and had been enriched with dry fruits and saffron.c2Overall, this is a must-try place for delicious North Indian food with rich flavors and generous quantities at reasonable rates.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: Shop No.14 PGM Plaza, Opposite Mayom Hospital, South City 1, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 097739 39977

Review: Baba’s

Review: Baba’s

Baba’s is a famous brand from Ludhiana which was established in 1962 as a small dhaba by S. Himmat Singh who was lovingly called Baba Ji. The dhaba was later inherited by Mr. Kanwaljit Singh who grew the brand further and established the first Baba’s restaurant in 1991. Now the legacy is continued by Mr. Avneet Singh, and they have further expanded the brand by opening two outlets in Gurgaon- one at Golf Course Road and the other near Cyber Hub, with the third one planned for Sohna Road.b1We had heard so much about their food, so we made a visit to their Golf Course Road outlet, which is a stand-alone establishment. The place has glass walls and a nice seating inside, with a few tables in the outdoor seating area as well, and looks like a fancy dhaba, which captures the essence and the soul of the place.

We started off with their signature Chicken Kali Mirch Tikka, which had soft, juicy pieces of chicken coated in a delicious marinade that had a lovely pepper flavor, without being overwhelming. The chicken also had a nice smoky flavor from being cooked in the tandoor.

The Fish Fry is also another popular dish from the brand, and the moment we tasted it, we knew why. The fish was nicely coated in a super crunchy batter that was cooked to perfection, and inside the fish was still juicy, soft and flaky. The batter had held the heat inside nicely, so the moment we cut a piece, we saw the heat escape, keeping the fish hot and fresh for longer. The fish was served with a tartar sauce, which went really well with the fish.b2For main course, we went with the Tawa Mutton Tikka, Kali Mirch Chicken and Baba’s Butter Chicken.

The Tawa Mutton Tikka had juicy, succulent pieces of mutton, cooked in a gravy that had a robust flavor from the spices. The gravy had nicely coated the mutton pieces and the flavor had nicely permeated the mutton.

The kali mirch chicken had a rich and creamy gravy, seasoned with black pepper, green chilies and coriander, which counterbalanced the richness of the gravy.b3But our favorite dish was the Baba’s Butter Chicken, which was very different from the regular butter chicken we are used to having in Delhi. This rendition has a cream-based gravy, and is made without a single drop of oil. The gravy is also enriched with caramelized onions to add that extra layer of flavor. The chicken itself was really moist and juicy, and the gravy was rich, creamy and super flavorful- worth every calorie.

We enjoyed all these dishes with soft Butter Naan, and thin and nicely cooked Lachha Parantha (topped with white butter of course), and their famous Mirchi Parantha which had chopped green chilies on it.b4Along with our meal, we also had the Mint Mojito and the Masala Coke. We ended the meal with their special Dessert, which had layers of sponge cake, vanilla and chocolate mousse, topped with Ferrero Rocher, and their home-made Kulfi.b5During the time we were there, we saw the place was full even on a weekday evening, with people waiting outside, folks getting food packed for takeaways, and delivery men from different restaurant aggregators taking deliveries- a clear sign that people love the food here. The food at Baba’s is soul food- rich in flavor and cooked with a lot of heart. This place is all about pure desi food, cooked just the way it has been for years, and the taste of the food will surely make people come back for more time and again.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: Opposite Metro Pillar 200, Opposite Suncity, Sector 53, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 097176 70060

Review: Unlocked

Review: Unlocked

Unlocked, which has opened up at 32nd Milestone, Gurgaon, is the first of its kind space with an escape room, an interactive bar and a restaurant with a library of over 100 board games from all over the world. The place has a contemporary, chic design, inspired by Dutch graphic artist MC Escher, and uses bold colors with a play on geometrical designs in the interiors, yet being minimalistic in its design. The escape room in the basement, which offers a real-life gaming experience, has contrasting vintage vibes. u1Their cocktail menu is really interesting as well, with some signature cocktails inspired by the names of famous board games. They even have a cocktail named Guess Who, wherein the mixologist will create a customized cocktail based on your mood and preferences.

Another great thing is that they use cold pressed juices in all their drinks, and they make all their syrups, sauces and spice mixes in-house, so there surely is great attention paid to the quality of the ingredients used. Their menu has a large influence from European cuisine, with a few all-time-favorites from other cuisines also included. They have a nice patio area, where you can bring your pets as well, and they have a special Pooch Patio menu for your pets.u2We started off with a custom-made mocktail that the bartender masterfully made based on our preferences. The drink had a mix of pineapple juice and guava juice, with some crushed pink peppercorns for a spicy kick, with a basil blossom, with a slight, pleasant bitter flavor, and topped with some home-made plum jam. The drink looked as good as it tasted.

The Homemade Mozzarella had a soft, creamy and gooey texture and was coated with a nice balsamic reduction. The mozzarella was served with juicy cherry tomatoes, basil and balsamic reduction, making for a great starter.u3The Zucchini Parcels consisted of flat ribbons of yellow and green zucchini stuffed with creamy ricotta cheese and caramelized onions. The zucchini was a great carrier for the flavors, and the creamy, soft ricotta worked well with the sweetness of the caramelized onions. The parcels were neatly constructed, topped with micro herbs and dressed with a sweet-tangy beetroot sauce. This dish was really healthy, yet super tasty.

The Chicken Skewers had juicy, succulent chicken on skewers, dipped in a delicious emulsion made with maple, lemon and chili. The sweet, spicy and tangy flavor of the emulsion was nicely balanced, and the side salad served with the dish was really tasty.u4The next dish we had were the Honey and Garlic Glazed Pork Ribs. The pork was really well cooked, and was just falling off the bone, and the glaze on the pork was sticky and delicious. The dish was served with stewed apples, tomato skins and a herb sauce.

For dessert, we went with the Panna Cotta, which was nice in flavor, but the texture could have been a bit lighter.u5Overall, this place not only does amazing food and drinks, but also provides the option of hanging out with friends while enjoying some amazing board games together. This is the type of place you could spend hours at, and would like to keep coming back to. Unlocked is highly recommended for your next day out with friends.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: Unit No-3, GF, 32nd Avenue, NH-8, Sector 15 Part – 2, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 084696 63771; 0124 422 8370

Review: 48 Plates

Review: 48 Plates

48 Plates is a warm and cozy restaurant serving a carefully curated menu with dishes from around the world. Their love for providing delicious food to people brought Upasana & Sheeba together, and they hand-crafted 48 dishes taking inspiration from the food they’ve had during their travels to set up this restaurant. The décor of the place is elegant and minimalistic, and yet homely and warm. The green plants, soft lighting and black and white photo collages on the walls bring a nice comforting vibe to the place. 

We started off with two of their mocktails- the Kaffir Lime Orange Cooler was really refreshing, and the Ginger Twist, which had fresh ginger, watermelon juice, mint and lemon was delicious as well.p3For starters, we went with Spanakopita, Goan Choriz Masala and Turkish Lamb Kebabs.

The Spanakopita, which are Greek style savory phyllo parcels, were really crispy on the outside, and even though they were deep fried, they didn’t feel oily or heavy. The pastry was filled with spinach and feta and the spinach still felt fresh and vibrant. The dish was served with a creamy dip and a side salad that was dressed in a sharp vinaigrette which tasted really nice.

The Goan Choriz Masala was perhaps our favorite dish of the night, and it was a tough choice, since all the dishes were spectacular. But what really impressed us about this dish was the balance of flavors. The pork sausages from the town of Mapusa were so rich in flavor, and the masala was flavored with kokum, coconut vinegar and chilies, to get the perfect balance of sour, tangy and spicy flavors without any of them overpowering the others. The dish was paired with Poi, the traditional Goan bread, which they had baked in-house, which was light, fresh and fluffy and we loved dunking the bread in the flavorful dish.p4The Turkish Lamb Kofta Kebabs showed how subtle, restrained spices can also make for a lovely dish. The lamb koftas were really juicy and moist, and were flame grilled to give them a smoky flavor. The kebabs were laced with sumac, garlic and parsley to give them a delicate flavor and were served with a nicely baked homemade Turkish bread, creamy laban dressing and fresh hummus.p5For main course, we decided on Grilled Fish, Stroganoff and Ramen.

The fish was marinated with garlic, olive oil and herbs, and was cooked to perfection- there were nice char marks on the fish fillet and the fish was soft and flaky. The fish was slathered with a rich and zingy lemon butter sauce and served with nicely grilled vegetables and butter rice.

The Stroganoff was another delightful dish consisting of buff undercut that was pan grilled with mushrooms, shallots and gherkins, scented with red wine and served with plain rice. The gherkins added a nice flavor to the dish and also cut through the richness of the buff. A lovely dish to try if you’re looking for something different, yet comforting.

The Ramen Bowl was a hearty, soul satisfying dish that consisted of thin noodles dunked in the most delicious soy flavored broth and topped with nori, chicken, boiled egg and vegetables such as shitake mushroom, carrots, beans, broccoli and spring onions. This is a dish you’d want to keep coming back for.p6We ended this lovely, satisfying meal with a couple of amazing desserts.

The Creme Brulee, a French classic, had a lovely light vanilla custard which had the perfect consistency and just the right amount of sweetness, sprinkled with sugar and torched to caramelize so we got a perfect crack on the top when we dug into the dessert.

The Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce, which is a classic English dessert, was simply superb. The comforting dessert consisted of moist, rich date cake topped with the most amazing thick, luscious butterscotch sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The butterscotch sauce was so good, we felt like bottling it up and taking it home.p7Overall, 48 Plates impressed us with each dish, and is one of the few restaurants where each dish is worth coming back for. While it’s hard for us to pick our favorites since we were blown-away by all the dishes, we would surely come back time and again for the Goan Choriz Masala, the Ramen and the Sticky Date Pudding. The service was also efficient and courteous, and Upasana is a lovely and warm host. This restaurant serves so many different cuisines with such a vast range of flavors, and still does a great job with each, offering something for everyone, making 48 Plates a must-visit!

Overall Rating: 4.75/5

Location: 1st Floor, 102- 103, Cross Point Mall, DLF Phase IV, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 098711 29634

Review: Lub Lub Lebanese

Review: Lub Lub Lebanese

After serving up their delicious Lebanese food for over three years at their Baani Square outlet, Lub Lub Lebanese has expanded and opened two new outlets- one at Golf Course Road and the other at 32nd Milestone.

We recently visited their outlet at 32nd milestone and were, as usual, delighted with the food served up by the brand, headed by Chef Ashish of Masterchef India 4 fame. Lub Lub Lebanese ensures the food they serve is healthy and always fresh, and the hygiene maintained in their kitchen was impressive. They have different stations for lamb, chicken and veg and people working in the non veg section do not cross over to the other side without changing their gloves and the utensils they are using. l1We started off with their signature drink- Twisad which is a tasty concoction made with peach and apricot along with mint- really refreshing in this hot and humid weather.

Next, we had the Lamb Shawarma, and you get the option to choose between regular pita bread and multigrain pita bread, so we went with the multigrain version. The pita was soft and fresh and was loaded generously with succulent lamb chunks with a nice, smoky flavor, coated in their house-made sauces and their house blend of spices. The vegetables in the shawarma were crunchy and nicely pickled, and imparted that extra flavor to the dish.l2I’ve always been a fan of their Ras Asfour, and the Chicken Ras Asfour I had on this visit was no exception. This dish is healthy as well as super tasty, and consists of grilled chicken with a smoky flavor, marinated with spices, chopped into small pieces on a bed of creamy, delicious hummus, flavored with garlic and paprika. On top of the chicken, they had poured some pomegranate molasses that was made in house, which added a lovely sweet-sour flavor to the dish which made it simply divine. l3They keep their menu selective and focus on what they do best, which is why every meal at this restaurant has always been delightful. The servers are also super courteous and bring a lot of warmth to the place. Lub Lub Lebanese is highly recommended for some delicious Lebanese food at really reasonable rates.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: Unit 6, 32nd Avenue, Sector 15, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 0124 422 0400

Review: Shanghai Surprise

Review: Shanghai Surprise

Shanghai Surprise is a new delivery joint in Gurgaon bringing us authentic flavors from the Orient. We recently ordered from the place and were impressed with the packaging. The food came in a lovely blue box with beautiful images printed on it.s1The Silken Tofu had soft, creamy tofu that was coated with a nice sweet-spicy sauce and fried, and tossed with sesame seeds for crunch. The tofu was served on a bed of crispy spinach with a pleasant sweet flavor and a touch of aniseed.

The Beijing Chicken was a lovely, spicy appetizer consisting of small pieces of chicken tossed in a wok with some crunchy peanuts, dried red chillies, black beans and spring onions. The heat in the dish was nicely balanced with the freshness from the spring onions.

For mains, we went with the Shredded Lamb with Bamboo Shoot and Shitake Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce. The lamb was juicy and moist and the shiitake mushrooms were super flavorsome and nicely cooked. The bamboo added a nice flavor and textural contrast and the oyster sauce was flavored nicely.

The Egg Fried Rice, however, lacked flavor when had without the gravy and could do with a tad more spicing.s2Overall, a nice place for ordering in tasty oriental dishes.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Location: 461, Nathupur, Siris Road, Opposite Government School, DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 070312 77277

Review: Cafe Yell

Review: Cafe Yell

Cafe Yell is a cute little cafe right at the center of the Defence Colony market. The place is adorned with little trinkets associated with sewing such as threads, sewing machine, blocks for printing, etc., since the owners of the cafe also own a clothing brand named Yell.y1We started off with the Minestrone Soup, which was thick and flavorsome, with lots of vegetables such as zucchini, broccoli and bell peppers and small pieces of pasta as well. The soup was served with nicely toasted bread rubbed with garlic butter.y2Next, we had the Chicken Caesar Salad which consisted of crisp iceberg lettuce, juicy pieces of nicely flavored tender chicken breast, black olives and flavorsome sundried tomatoes, tossed in a creamy and robust homemade Caesar dressing, finished with crunchy croutons for crunch and a nice shaving of parmesan cheese.

The Garlic Paprika Chicken Skewers was a lovely dish, something we would definitely go back for. It consisted of juicy chicken chunks coated with a spicy paprika marinade and grilled to perfection, and skewered along with grilled bell peppers and onions. The dish was served with a nicely dressed side salad and a super spicy sauce which we loved.y3For mains, we went with the Grilled Chicken with wild mushroom sauce. The chicken breast was juicy and moist and the mushroom sauce was tasty, but just a tad heavy on salt. The sautéed vegetables and mashed potatoes served alongside were nicely made.

Along with our meal, we had Fresh Lime Soda and a thick, creamy and delicious Walnut Brownie Shake which had crumbled chocolate brownie, chocolate sauce and finely chopped walnuts for crunch.

We ended the meal with their signature Salted Caramel Cheesecake, which has to be one of the best cheesecakes we’ve had lately. The biscuit base at the bottom was thin and crispy, the cheesecake was airy and creamy, and didn’t feel heavy at all, and the delicious salted caramel sauce on the top was absolute perfection. A must have dessert here.y4A shout-out to the servers as well- they were efficient and really courteous, especially Mr. Rajan took great care of us. This place can definitely be tried the next time you’re in the area.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: 35, Ground Floor, Defence Colony Main Market, New Delhi
Phone No.: 011 4155 2004