Review: Sassy Begum

Review: Sassy Begum

Hyderabadi Biryani is a dish that is tough to master, and absolutely lip-smacking when made right. And Sassy Begum, famous for its home-style Hyderabadi fare, does a swell job with it. We ordered their Begum’s Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani which came in a microwave-safe black ceramic handi that looked really good. The layers of the biryani were perfect- light, fragrant rice layered with chunks of spicy, juicy mutton. We relished the biryani with the raita and spicy and robust-flavored mirch salan served alongside.sassy1We also tried the Hyderabadi Mutton Fry which again had really juicy mutton coated with a spicy and flavorful marinade and cooked to perfection, and the curry leaves really enhanced the flavor.sassy2Overall, this place is a tad expensive, but the quantity and the quality of the food is well worth it!

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: Greater Kailash 1 (GK1), New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 99991 22999

Review: Fab Café

Review: Fab Café

Fab Café is a calm, serene cafe nestled inside the Fab India Experience Center, serving some amazing organic food, inspired by traditional regional Indian recipes, with a focus on using healthier alternative grains, ghee, unrefined gur, and lots of vegetables.fab cafe1We started with some refreshing drinks before our meal. Pick Me Up had a blend of apple and carrot juice with a dash of lemon and ginger, and tasted heavenly. The Banana Nut Bread tea had a fruit infusion with leading notes of banana, nuts, and vanilla and was light and fragrant.

The Crispy Shakarkandi Chaat had all the elements that make for a good chaat dish- crispy, fried elements with chutneys and yoghurt. The sweet potato was fried in ghee to a perfect crisp, and was doused with really tasty imli, date and mint chutneys.

The Beetroot Lotus Stem Tikki Chaat had soft tikkis made with beetroot and lotus stems, topped with dahi, chutney, and lotus chips, which was a nice dish, but the sweetness of the beetroot tikki could have been balanced better.fab5The Oat Idlis had lots of cute little mini idlis which were really light and spongy despite being made with oats flour. The tomato coconut chutney and sambhar they were served with were really flavorsome. But what took center stage flavor-wise was the nutty, tangy and spicy gunpowder with ghee which took the dish to another level.

 

On the non-vegetarian side, we had the Coriander Pesto Grilled Chicken Salad, which had crunchy mixed greens tossed in a delicious spicy probiotic yogurt dressing and pumpkin seeds for texture, along with moist chicken chunks coated in a zesty coriander pesto.

The Wheat Free Chicken Momos, one of their specialties, had a juicy filling of chicken, and were served with two delicious dips- a red chili chutney and a zesty and fresh garlic chive dip. This is a must-have dish here!

The Mutton Galauti on a Mini Kuttu Bread had really soft and flavorful minced mutton kebabs that had a melt-in-the-mouth texture and were really deftly spiced, and the kuttu mini breads were really soft as well.fab6For main course, we went with the Rajasthani Gatta Curry which had soft, steamed chickpea patties in a spicy yogurt curry, which had just the right amount of spice. We had the dish with Six Grain Parantha, which were soft and flaky paranthas made with a mix of six grains- whole wheat, gram, soyabean, jau, oats, and ragi.fab cafe3We ended this fabulous meal with a couple of amazing desserts- Baked Strawberry Nolen Gur Cheesecake and Orange Saffron Pound Cake. The cheesecake had a nice and crumbly almond flour crust, and the cheesecake was light and fluffy, and was sweetened with nolen gur, and topped with a scrumptious strawberry compote. The cheesecake was simply heavenly, and the gur flavor really enhanced the taste. The pound cake was spongy and light, with a nice flavor and fragrance of orange, topped with saffron honey and toasted almonds.fab cafe 4Overall, we were very happy with the entire dining experience- the servers were courteous, the food was really tasty, and we really appreciated the use of alternative ingredients in their dishes. This place should certainly be tried!

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: Shop 10, Local Shopping Centre, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
Phone No.: 011 33106192

Review: Orient Heritage

Review: Orient Heritage

Orient Heritage serves up some delicious, gourmet Pan Asian food, delivered right to your doorstep. We ordered a few items from their menu, and the food was delivered right on time and was very neatly packaged.orient1The Chicken and Lemongrass Dim Sum had a really thin covering and a juicy and subtly flavored chicken filling inside, while the Fiery Chicken Dim Sum had a spicy filling of moist chicken. We enjoyed both these dim sum with the dips they had sent- the spicy red chili chutney and the black bean dip, which were both incredible.

The Crispy Chicken Sweet and Sour had juicy batter-fried chicken chunks tossed in a tangy-sweet sauce with onions and bell peppers. The sweetness could have been a bit more subdued but otherwise it was a nice dish. But the OH Crispy Fish was really delicious- it had a crispy covering and was flaky and soft inside, with a lovely, spicy sauce coating it.orient2For mains, we had the Chicken Thai Red Curry, which had a mellow coconut flavor with just the right amount of spice, and the Oyster Chili Garlic Fish had soft fish in a delicious sauce. We enjoyed these dishes with some steamed rice and Veg Hakka Noodles, which we really liked as they were not oily.orient3For dessert, we went with Chocolate Peanut Butter Golden Fried Wonton, which despite the time taken for delivery, were still really crispy and had melted, oozing chocolate sauce inside.20180415_134430Overall, a really nice option for ordering-in some amazing Asian food.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Delivers across South Delhi
Phone No.: 011-49327386

Review: Fourteen40

Review: Fourteen40

Fourteen40 is the newest kid on the delivery outlet block, but what differentiates them is that they offer a variety of cuisines delivered to your doorstep 24X7.

I placed an order to try out a few of their dishes, and the food arrived right on time and packaged very neatly.

The Walnut and Corn Tikki had juicy pan-seared kebabs made with sweet corn and walnuts, infused with spices that flavored the kebabs nicely while still letting the core flavors of walnuts and corn shine.

The Patatas Bravas, which had diced, fried potatoes topped with a creamy sauce, were perhaps the only disappointment of the day as they were a bit soggy and bland.14401The Burrah Kebab, on the other hand, was spectacular. The mutton chops were really juicy and had been marinated overnight so that the spices had seeped into the meat and flavored it beautifully. The mutton had been cooked to perfection in a tandoor, and had a nice charred flavor, with the meat falling off the bone. This is a must-have dish.

The Kolkata Lemon Garlic Chicken had chunks of boneless chicken marinated with lime and cooked in a mildly flavored garlic lemon sauce, to achieve a crisp outer layer while leaving the juices of the chicken intact.

The Green Chili Fish had juicy pieces of sole tossed with soya and green chilies, making it quite a tasty mouthful.14402The Mushroom Spaghetti Alfredo had spaghetti in a cheesy, creamy white sauce with fresh veggies, and topped with lots of cheese and olives.

The Pepper Chicken Steak, a hearty dish that had juicy, well-cooked chicken breast served with a flavorsome pepper sauce. The chicken was accompanied with crunchy, sautéed vegetables and nicely toasted garlic bread.14403The Dhaba Chicken had a thick, robust home-style gravy with moist chicken pieces. We enjoyed this dish with a Cheese Naan, which had gooey cheddar cheese and chopped bell peppers stuffed inside.14404Overall, the food was great, they have a good number of options on the menu and the prices are reasonable. This place can certainly be tried.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: Lajpat Nagar
Phone No.: +91 9999069841; +91 9999069842

Review: Shekaza

Review: Shekaza

Shekaza is a family-run restaurant that has been serving delicious North Indian and Chinese food for the past 26 years, which in such a competitive industry, is no easy feat. I recently ordered from the restaurant, and though their packaging could be improved a bit, the food arrived on time and was really delicious.

Their rendition of Dahi Kebabs were amazing- with a crunchy coating of papad on the outside, and a melt-in-the-mouth texture on the inside. And the best part was that they were very delicately spiced. The Chicken Tikka was soft, well-marinated, and had a nice char from the tandoor. The Drums of Heaven is another dish worth trying as the chicken is perfectly fried, and is coated with a tangy and spicy sauce, which has nicely balanced flavors.shekaza1The Paneer Lababdar was an amazing dish- one of the best renditions of the dish I’ve had, as the paneer was soft and the gravy was flavorsome without being too spicy. The Dal Makhani was creamy and rich, and had a texture that is achieved only through slow-cooking over a long time. The Butter Chicken had juicy chunks of boneless chicken in a rich gravy. We enjoyed these dishes with Pudina Paranthas which were thin and had a generous sprinkling of pudina on top to really highlight the flavor.shekaza2Overall, a nice place to order from when you’re craving the good old staples.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Location: 19/6, Kalkaji Near B Block Gurudwara, Opposite CR Park, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 98102 00556

Review: Orza

Review: Orza

Orza, the newest addition to the now buzzing Ansal Plaza restaurant scene, brings together three amazing cuisines that have a lot to offer- Kashmiri, Awadhi and Iranian, but with their modern take it, while keeping the spices and ingredients characteristic of these cuisines. The restaurant is nicely done up in vibrant blues and whites, with a kitchen that provides a view of the chefs working on their masterpieces.orza1We were served a delicious flatbread as we waited for our order, which we found so delicious that we couldn’t help but polish off. We also got served 3 dips- a spicy coriander chutney, a light yogurt and herb dip, and a sweet, sticky and delicious dip made with beetroot and pomegranate sprinkled with nigella seeds.orza2The mocktails we went with were Basil Melon, a mix of basil, watermelon, sweet and sour, and soda, and

Cucu Chili, a refreshing and spicy drink made with cucumber, mint, and green chili.orza3We started our meal with a Watermelon and Feta Salad that had big chunks of juicy, sweet watermelon drizzled with ginger balsamic vinaigrette and topped with mint, feta cheese, and roasted pine nuts. This classic salad was made well, and plated nicely.

And talking about plating, the next salad we had, Garden Greens with Walnuts, was nothing short of art on a plate- with each element plated with precision and purpose. It had a mix of fresh greens tossed in the most amazing, flavorsome olive oil vinaigrette, with different elements like kale, apple, candied walnuts, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and carrot spirals, and edible flowers, topped with herbed crusted chicken. This salad should not be missed- both for the visual appeal, as well as for the taste.orza4For appetizers, we had one of the best renditions of Chapli Kebab we’ve tasted- the stone grilled pounded mutton kebabs had just the right amount of spice, with a nice flavor of roasted coriander and sumac, and were slightly crispy on the outside while juicy inside. We loved the way the spicing was handled- imparting adequate flavor, while not overpowering the meat.

The Pomegranate Chicken, a really different dish that we thoroughly enjoyed, had chicken marinated with whole spices, lightly crumb-coated and fried to perfection, and then basted with a sticky-sweet pomegranate reduction.

But what surprised us was that the veg starter, Subz Gullar Kebab, stood its own in front of these amazing non-veg dishes. Another dish we haven’t had before, this one had a spice infused patty made with plantain and sweet potato, stuffed with cheese, and then almond crumbed and pan fried. The flavor was subtle but delicious, and these unique mix of ingredients worked really well together.orza5For mains, we had Apple Curry, Dum Kokur, and Kandhari Mutton- all three stellar dishes, served with soft Tamiri rotis. The apple curry had grilled apple with perfect grill marks, cooked al dente in an amazing tangy, spicy gravy. The dum kokur had succulent, tender chicken leg which had been marinated with whole spices and slow-cooked in a thick yogurt gravy flavored with fennel and dried ginger with a hint of saffron to develop robust flavors. The kandhari mutton had baby mutton shanks slowly braised with onions, tomatoes, whole garam masala. The mutton was so well-cooked that it was falling off the bone, and the gravy was thick and spicy.orza6We were then served an Orange Sorbet as a palate cleanser before moving on to desserts.

Ranginak, a layered date and walnut pie infused with rose, had a lovely mélange of flavors that worked beautifully together. And the crystallized sugar it was served with, make the plate look super pretty.

The Apple Cake was extremely light and airy, and was garnished with caramelized apple. The sweetness of the cake was well balanced with the cream served alongside.orza7Overall, it was a fabulous meal, with the dishes coming out at the right pace, plated beautifully, and on-point in terms of flavor. Orza is certainly a must-visit for the amazing dining experience it provides.

Overall Rating: 4.75/5

Location: B-105, First Floor, Ansal Plaza Mall, Khel Gaon, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 98111 86311

 

Review: Saints n Sinners

Review: Saints n Sinners

Saints and Sinners has a lot on offer- a menu that has more than 60 dishes from around the world, with their own special twist to them, live bands twice a week, stand-up comedy nights once a week, and their resident DJ playing classic English melodies throughout the day. The center point of the place is their performance stage- for both live bands and comedians, with the upper floor providing a balcony view to the stage.Untitled collageTo quote Vishal Anand, the owner of SNS, “Saints N Sinners celebrates all things duality, just like its name, the brand aims to be a place where one can be free from pretense. At Saints N Sinners, music is the core of our existence and it reflects in our live band evenings, in the in-house music and so much so that our food and alcohol also celebrates music. The place is built to offer the consumer a warm yet vibrant environment with an interesting mash up of food, alcohol, music and humor. Overall if you are looking for a place to truly unwind and yet have a good time, then Saints N Sinners is an experience for you.”

And his words really hold true- the music theme runs across every element of the place- from the décor, to the names of the cocktails. The cocktails at SNS are made using some innovative ingredients such as activated charcoal and green tea, and taste amazing. Named after music albums or classic musicians, the cocktails have unique combinations of ingredients and flavors, and use no artificial sweeteners- something most bars cannot claim. And overall, the bar is very well-stocked, with all ranges of alcohol from basic to high end single malts.

From their signature cocktails, we tried One Love, a concoction of Gin shaken with green tea and agave syrup, balanced with citrus and egg white for a velvety texture. Green tea is a difficult ingredient to work with when it comes to alcoholic drinks, but this one had got the flavor perfect. Sweet Child of Mine was their “saintly” take on the whisky sour, and had whisky with date syrup, egg white and citrus, and was strong and potent. They also have two drinks named after the restaurant- one is Saints, the other Sinners, out of which we tried Sinners, which had vodka with watermelon, basil, and cranberry and finished with orange soda.sns6We started our meal with some amazing starters- the Lotus Stem with Orange Teriyaki Glaze had crisp, thin slices of lotus stem tossed with a lovely smoked chili and orange teriyaki glaze, making it the perfect snack to munch on with alcohol. The Falafel Parcels, which had falafels in pita pockets, served with hummus and pickles, were nicely done as well.

The Smoked Chicken and Olive Crostini had perfectly toasted bread topped with shredded chicken doused with a creamy sauce, and flavored with sundried tomatoes and jalapenos. But the veg one- the Khumb Galaoti Crostini was even better, with smoked mushroom kebabs flavored with Indian herbs and spices served on toasted bread. The mushroom kebabs simply melted in the mouth and the smoky flavor really came through.sns3 (1)The Double Cooked Roast Pork was another cracking dish- it had thin slices of twice cooked pork, which were perfectly juicy, and were tossed with fresh chilies, soya, and spring onions, which provided good flavor to the dish, without overpowering the taste of the pork.

The Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tikka was another cool innovation, consisting of chargrilled morsels of chicken thigh wrapped in bacon with brandy soaked prunes. The sweet-salty flavor combination really worked well in the dish.

Another one of our favorites were the Basil Chicken Cups, a wonderful dish having soft, juicy chicken dices, spiked with bird chilies and sweet basil, served in golgappas. The combination sounds wacky, but worked beautifully, and the flavor of the chicken was simply amazing.sns4For main course, we went with Butter Chicken Pizza, which had a thin, nicely baked crust and was generously topped with chicken coated in butter chicken gravy and cheese. The Spaghetti Alfredo had a thick, creamy sauce and was tossed with mushrooms and topped with yummy grated parmesan.

We ended our meal with An Apple a Day, their take on the apple pie, which had crispy filo pastry, filled with an apple pie filling, served with vanilla ice-cream.sns5Our meal experience was made even better with the performance of some amazing budding stand-up comedians. Siddharth Sudhakar, the man who curates the comedy line-up for SNS, which has both budding and established stand-up comedians, spoke about this vision for the comedy platform, “SNS is the perfect venue for comedy- from the seating arrangement to the state of the art stage and audio visual equipment to the light and sound and the warm ambience. I have yet to come across a standalone venue that offers so much to its customers.”

Overall, we loved our experience here, from the stand-up comedy, the innovative cocktails, and the amazing and different dishes. This is a place worth visiting!

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: GF-21 Global Foyer, Golf Course Road Sector 43, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 90691 39100