Restaurant Review: Lights Camera Action, HKV

Restaurant Review: Lights Camera Action, HKV

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Lights Camera Action is another addition to Priyank Sukhija‘s kitty of bars and restaurants, and this one is a bollywood-themed cafe. The restaurant spans over two floors and has posters having famous bollywood movie dialogues. There were also a few interesting posters on what Sheldon Cooper would say to Shahrukh Khan. The bollywood theme transcends to the menu as well, where all the dishes are named after movies or songs.

We went on a weekday evening around 7 pm and the place was half full, so I’m sure the action picks up later in the evening. We ordered two appetizers- Andaaz Apna Apna and the Gabbar Platter. Andaaz Apna Apna had chicken chunks marinated in two different sauces- honey mustard and spicy harissa. While both the sauces were nice, I preferred the harissa one, as it had a nice spicy kick to it. The Gabbar Platter had seekh kebabs, malai chicken tikka, tandoori chicken tikka. While they were all nice, they weren’t spectacular.
Another thing I would like to point out is that they need to improve their service. The service was a bit slow and the servers need to have more knowledge of the menu.
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Restaurant review: SET’Z

Restaurant review: SET’Z

Overall rating: 4/5

I went here for Sunday brunch, and the very first thing I would like to say is that if you’re going for this brunch, make sure you have had a light dinner the previous night and have no plans to eat dinner on that day.
The first thing you notice when you enter Set’z is their walk-in wine cellar. The restaurant is quite spacious and well-designed, with lavish spreads of global cuisine everywhere you look.
We started our meal with the sushi station, which had a huge variety of veg and non-veg sushi. Then we moved to the dimsum, which was kept in huge barrel-shaped steamers. The veg dimsum lacked a bit of flavour, but the chicken dimsum was quite nice. There were 3 options of chutneys/dips that you could take with the dimsum- lemon chili coriander, celery spring onion, and the regular chili garlic, all of which were very nice.
Next we tried out the salad section, where you could either take pre-made salads, or create your own. They also have an indian chaat section, which has gol gappe, bhel puri, etc. Our next stop was the cold meats section, out of which I simply loved the parma ham.
The next counter we went to was the veg and non-veg starters. The indian section had chicken tikkas, leg of lamb, fish, paneer tikka, veg shami kebabs, etc. While all of them tasted nice, they would have tasted better had they been warmer.
They also have a live pasta station, where you can tell the chef what type of pasta you want, with either red or white sauce, and tell him what all meats and veggies you want in your pasta, and the chef whips it up for you. I took a white sauce pasta and it was one of the best I’ve had. They also have a pizza section, where you can either take a slice of the pizzas laid out, or you can tell the chef to make a customized mini-pizza for you. We went for the customized pizzas and they were quite nice.
For the main course, you can choose from the oriental or the Indian section. What I really appreciated about the Indian section was that it had dishes other than the normal north-indian ones. they focused more on the coastal Indian cuisine, and apart from the dal makhani, all other dishes were ones you don’t normally find in buffet set-ups. The indian section also had biryani a variety of papads and stuffed paranthas to choose from. Now coming to the taste of these dishes. The noodles and kung pao chicken from the oriental section and most of the dishes from the indian section were just above average. The biryani was overpowered by the heavy use of spices. I also tried out a dosa, which was below average. The dosa and the sambhar both had an overwhelming taste of coconut oil and the coconut chutney was bland. I think the main course section could definitely do with some improvement.
After eating all this, we were stuffed, but there is always room in my stomach for desserts, and Set’z has a long list of options to choose from. I guess I tasted pretty much all the items- strawberry mousse, creme brulee, blueberry cake, red velvet cupcake, chocolate mousse cake, kiwi panna cotta, ras malai, orange mousse, peach cobbler, kheer, gulab jamun, butterscotch souffle, etc. While most of them were quite tasty, my favourites were strawberry mousse, kiwi panna cotta and blueberry cake, while the gulab jamun and the butterscotch souffle were below average. They also have the option of fresh fruits and cheese, as well as fruit chuskis.
Overall, most of the food is very good, options are huge, service is excellent and this place offers a nice dining experience. Can definitely be tried!

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Food delivery service review: Rawleaf

Food delivery service review: Rawleaf

Overall rating: 3.5/5

I am not much of a salad person, and that’s mostly because most often they are neither that healthy nor well made, rendering them bland and tasteless. But Rawleaf is here to change that notion. Rawleaf¬†a new company which has a farm-to-plate philosophy. They grow the produce themselves and use that produce to whip up a variety of interesting salads.

I thought of trying them out by ordering a couple of their salads in office. The delivery arrived on time and was very neatly packaged. One thing which I feel is absolutely necessary with salads is to pack the dressing separately (which they did) so that the salad leaves and other ingredients don’t wilt and lose their freshness.
I tried out the Veg Tasty Pasta Salad and the Caesar Chicken Salad. The pasta salad had fresh corn, olives and tomatoes with pasta. The dressing was a vinaigrette made with pesto and olive oil. This pasta was probably one of the best I’ve ever had. The veggies were fresh, the pasta perfectly cooked and the dressing was delicious. The Caesar Salad was also packaged very well- with the leaves, chicken, croutons and dressing all packed separately. The chicken here was juicy and well cooked, the leaves were surprisingly tasty and the croutons were perfectly crunchy, but not at all oily (I guess they were baked). The sauce here had the tang of mustard and was good enough to be had as a dip. The only problem I found was that the sauce was so thick, that it was difficult to toss the salad to mix up all the ingredients.

Overall, the salads were both great, and this place is definitely a must-try for all salad lovers!

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