Best of 2015- Part 3

Best of 2015- Part 3

With the new year upon us, we looked back at the various meals we’ve had in Delhi in the past year and tried to identify the best.

Here is our take on some of the best overall meals of 2015:

Artusi Ristorante e Bar, Greater Kailash 2:

Artusi serves up food true to the flavours of the Emilia Romagna region in North-eastern Italy and there is absolutely no so-called ‘Indianization’ to the authentic Italian menu. In fact, they are bold enough, unlike any other Italian restaurant in Delhi, to not even keep pizzas on their menu! The taste and texture of hand-made pastas is not comparable to any factory-produced one. That, coupled with amazing sauces, finest ingredients and brilliant flavour combinations makes the pastas at Artusi simply magnificent. The beauty of all these pastas cannot be explained, it can only be experienced. All the food lovers out there must visit Artusi to get a taste of what real Italian food tastes like- simple, rustic and delicious! But go there expecting flavours which are true to the region they come from, devoid of any manipulations. No doubt this is an expensive place, but the quality of the food makes it worthwhile. This restaurant is not just a must-visit, but one worthy of repeated visits!

Read full review at: https://thefeastthatslife.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/restaurant-review-artusi/

 

Threesixtyone Degrees – The Oberoi, Gurgaon:

The Oberoi brand is known the world over for its immaculate hospitality, and we got a taste of it at The Oberoi’s all-day dining restaurant, Threesixtyone Degrees, when we tried its lavish and extravagant Sunday brunch. Every Sunday their brunch has a surprise theme, so that each time you visit, you get to try something different. The meal was amazing and the service was immaculate. A lot of effort had gone into creating the dishes, and executing them all perfectly. Not many kitchens can make perfect kebabs, along with creating classic French dishes, and sublime desserts, so their versatility is unmatched. For any dessert-lover to miss the dessert spread at Threesixtyone would be a crime. The ambience of the restaurant is also gorgeous, and dining here is an experience to treasure. So overall, Threesixtyone Degrees is a must-visit, especially for their luxurious and majestic Sunday Brunch!

Read full review at: https://thefeastthatslife.wordpress.com/2015/09/25/restaurant-review-threesixtyone-degrees-the-oberoi-gurgaon/

 

Zu Tisch, Greater Kailash 1:

We are always on the lookout for trying something new and interesting when it comes to food, so when we were invited to Zu Tisch, we were really excited. At the same time, being complete novices with regard to German food, we were a bit apprehensive of what we were in for. However, our experience at Zu Tisch was nothing short of spectacular. While the menu does have quite a few vegetarian items, the emphasis is clearly on the meat, and each dish is executed perfectly! Overall, for all meat-lovers out there, Zu Tisch is an absolute must-visit!

Read full review at: https://thefeastthatslife.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/restaurant-review-zu-tisch/

 

Woks – The Lalit, Connaught Place:

Woks at The Lalit, which specializes in Pan-Asian food is located on the 28th floor, offering an excellent view of the city. This place gives you a really nice feeling of temporarily being cut-off from the hustle and bustle that exists in our day-to-day lives, and the view from there makes the craziness of our lives, even if just for a couple of hours, seem small and distant. The balance of flavours- sweet, sour, spicy and tangy- is the most important factor in Asian food, and Woks has got that down perfectly. We often associate authentic Chinese with bland food, but Woks proves with their mastery of this cuisine, that Chinese can have flavours, other than just chillies. They use various earthy spices which provide nice undertones and helps build layers of flavour, which would please our Indian palate, despite still being authentic. For its excellent food, superb hospitality and unmatched view, we would definitely recommend Woks!

Read full review at: https://thefeastthatslife.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/restaurant-review-woks-the-lalit/

 

Café Lota, National Crafts Museum, Pragati Maidan:

Café Lota is truly a hidden gem. This is a small restaurant located inside the Crafts Museum and it dishes out some spectacular regional Indian food at reasonable rates. It is a different concept, and the dishes on offer are innovative and delicious, making it a place worth trying!

Read full review at: https://thefeastthatslife.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/restaurant-review-cafe-lota/

Best of 2015- Part 2

Best of 2015- Part 2

We simply love sweets, and in 2015, we tasted many innovative and delicious desserts.

Here is our take on some of the best desserts of 2015:

Raspberry Cremeux Tart at Threesixtyone Degrees – The Oberoi, Gurgaon: This dessert not only looked splendid, it tasted divine! It had a vanilla sable base and a raspberry cremeux filling, covered with crème chantilly and fresh berries. All the flavours and textures went perfectly together. It is great for those who don’t like their desserts too sweet, as the raspberry provided a nice tart flavour.

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Vanilla Lemon and Chocolate Entremet at Threesixtyone Degrees – The Oberoi, Gurgaon: This had a crunchy shortbread base, topped with chocolate jam, lemon basil sugar and a vanilla mousse, with a vanilla cream filling, all covered with a dark chocolate glaze. Though it sounds like a mishmash of ingredients, and to be honest, we were a bit apprehensive as to how all these flavours would come together, but it turned out to be one of the best desserts we have ever had. The dexterity with which the layers had been ideated and constructed, each having a different texture and flavour, was pure genius.

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Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart at Bombaykery, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon: The tart shell was thin and crisp and was baked perfectly. Also the balance of the tart to filling was spot-on! The layers of the chocolate ganache and the salted caramel (a combination which is a personal favourite) just elevated this dessert. Also, a special mention here on the salted caramel- the balance of sugar and salt was precise, something few people get right.

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Nutella Cheesecake at Whipped, Defence Colony: We love Nutella, and we love cheesecakes, so when you put those two together, how can you possibly go wrong? The biscuit base was crisp and the cheesecake layer was creamy and decadent. What’s great is that for people who enjoy tasting a variety of different flavours, they have also introduced mini versions of the cheesecakes.

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Panna Cotta at Artusi Ristorante e Bar, Greater Kailash 2: This is Artusi’s signature dessert, and it was the best panna cotta we’ve had- set well, but still had some jiggle to it, just the way it should be. The panna cotta itself was creamy and smooth, and not too sweet. It had a variety of little accompaniments like caramel sauce, caramelized figs, croquant and almonds, so with each mouthful, you get a different taste and texture. A very well-constructed dessert.

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Chocolate Pralines at Sugarama: Sugarama surely does the most amazing chocolates- perhaps the best in Delhi!. The filling inside the chocolates is so creamy and delicious, and the texture is perfect. Unlike other ones that we have tried, the filling inside these chocolates doesn’t turn hard and chewy even after being refrigerated. Our favourite flavours are the strawberry chili, ginger and salted caramel.

Lip-smacking at Chocovault, Hauz Khas Village: A creative presentation of red velvet cake- it was in the shape of luscious red lips, which when you bite into, reveals the most delicious moist red velvet cake, surrounded by tart cream-cheese frosting. This dessert looked amazing, but tasted even better than it looked.

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Chocolate Fudge at The Sugar Cube, Greater Kailash 1: This is surely a treat for chocolate lovers. We loved how they had played with textures. It had 4 layers of different textures of chocolate- a baked chocolate base, with a rich chocolate marquise, then a layer of tempered chocolate, topped with a chocolate glaze. The chocolate marquise was rich and creamy and the entire dessert was amazing.

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Best of 2015- Part 1

Best of 2015- Part 1

With the new year upon us, we looked back at the various meals we’ve had in Delhi in the past year and tried to identify the best.

Here is our take on some of the best dishes of 2015:

Tjarain at Artusi Ristorante e Bar, Greater Kailash 2: There is no way to describe this dish other than ‘pure heaven’. The dish consisted of hand-made thin noodles in butter sauce finished with shaves of black summer truffle. This pasta is a testament to the fact that less is more, and simple food, if done perfectly, can be amazing. No matter how many times we go back to Artusi, this is something we will always order. A really special, spectacular dish!

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Malleshwaram 18 cross dosa at Carnatic Café, New Friends Colony: The restaurant specialty- the Malleshwaram 18th cross dosa is so unique and so tasty, that if you like South Indian food, you just cannot afford to miss this. This dosa is very different from the regular ones we are used to- it is crisp on the outside and soft inside. It is small in size, but don’t be fooled, as it is quite heavy. What makes this dosa extra special is the layer of gunpowder or podi lathered inside and the lovely aroma and taste of ghee.

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Dal Dum Pukht at Dum Pukht, ITC Maurya, Sardar Patel Marg: Arhar dal is our personal favourite and is something that is cooked ever so often at our house. But this rendition of the dal was not only unique, but also delicious! While it was quite homely and light, but the addition of the hung curd in the dal just took it over the edge and made it fantastic. The curd gave it a slight note of sourness and creaminess without making it too rich, and the use of the yellow chili powder provided it a slight hit of spice. While we all have our favourite restaurants for dal makhani, this dal is available nowhere else and a special trip to Dum Pukht for this seems completely warranted.

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Butter Chicken at Chilli’z, Ashok Vihar Phase 1: The best food often comes out of the most unexpected places. This little take-away and delivery joint at Ashok Vihar is truly a hidden gem and it dishes out heavenly butter chicken at extremely reasonable rates. There is a chicken market right behind this joint, where you get freshly-cut chicken, so when you eat at Chilli’z, it’s guaranteed that the chicken would be fresh. The chicken is fresh and moist and the gravy is rich and creamy, with the perfect balance of spices.

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Mushroom Soup at Qubitos, Rajouri Garden: It is quite a rare occurrence for us when a vegetarian dish completely overshadows a non-vegetarian dish, but that is exactly what happened when we tasted this sublime mushroom soup, which was perhaps the best one we’ve had. The soup had a lovely delicate flavour, was creamy but not heavy, had been spiced adeptly and the mushroom flavour was amazing. For mushroom lovers, this is something which should not be missed.

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Chicken Tom Yum Soup at Side Wok: The tom yum soup is one item on the menu that we always order at Side Wok and we’re yet to have a better version of the soup elsewhere. They use top-quality ingredients like kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, galangal, etc., and prepare the soup in an authentic manner, ensuring that it’s packed with flavour. A bowl of this punchy soup is just what you need o cold winter nights.

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Restaurant Review: Young Wild Free Café

Restaurant Review: Young Wild Free Café

Overall Rating: 2.5/5

We were in the area and wanted to try out a new place, so we headed to Young Wild Free Café. The décor of the place was very trendy. They also had an eclectic mix of seating options- from hanging chairs to low sofas. We first headed towards the swinging chairs, but the seats on the chairs were dirty and were also stinking, so we had to move to the regular wooden chairs.

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We placed an order for a Mint Mojito and a Fresh Lime Soda along with our food. We specifically mentioned that the fresh lime soda should be given without ice. However, when the two drinks arrived on the table, the fresh lime soda did have ice. When we pointed out the same, it was swiftly replaced. Taste-wise, both the drinks were just decent.

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We still kept our hopes up, expecting the food to be much better, but unfortunately it all went downhill from there. After we were made to wait for our food order for around 45 minutes, the manager came up to us and informed us that they are facing some technical issues with their stove and the only thing they could provide us with were pizzas. Though we were in no mood for pizzas, upon insistence from the manager, who genuinely felt extremely apologetic about the whole episode, we decided to go for it. We were served a Butter Chicken Pizza, which was quite nice. The pizza base was thin and crisp and the topping did smell and taste exactly like butter chicken, but it could have probably done with a touch more spice.

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After this, the manager also sent us a complimentary Chocolate Walnut Brownie with Vanilla Ice-cream, which was unfortunately below average in taste. The brownie was quite hard and dry.

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We understand that these kind of glitches can happen in any kitchen, and the manager did try his best to handle the situation. However, the taste of the items we did have was just about average and the place definitely does need to be cleaner. So overall, our experience this time around was very good.

Quick Facts

Location: 13, 1st Floor, Opposite Venkateswara College, Satyaniketan

Phone Number: 011 33105158

Restaurant Review: Spago

Restaurant Review: Spago

Overall Rating: 4/5

Being a lover of Italian cuisine, Spago had been on my wishlist for the longest time. The place boasts of serving authentic Italian food, and they surely delivered.

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As soon as we placed our order, we were served a bread platter with an olive dip. The breads were freshly baked and rubbed generously with a tasty herb butter. And the olive dip was spectacular. It was actually quite a task to keep ourselves from polishing off the entire platter so as to keep some room in our stomachs for the meal ahead.

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We had:

Tagliatelle Morel: The tagliatelle was homemade and the freshness of the pasta was evident in its taste and texture. The pasta was cooked al dente and the earthy taste of the morels shone through. This was definitely one of the best pasta dishes I’ve had in the city and for mushrooms lovers, this is a must-try. Also, though it looks like a small serving, the dish is quite heavy and filling.

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Spago Speciale Pizza: The pizza had a thin, well-baked crust was topped with goat cheese, mozzarella cheese, roasted garlic, fresh and zingy pesto and sundried tomatoes. The combination of all these flavours worked really well together, but I felt the pizza could have been a little less greasy.

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We ended our meal with a dessert which is a house speciality-Torta Royale. It was a white chocolate and mascarpone cake. It was really rich and decadent and the portion was more than sufficient for two. It was something I’ve never had before and I simply loved the dessert- taste-wise as well as presentation-wise. A must-try for all those looking for a break from the regular chocolate brownies, mousses and cheesecakes.

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The ambience of the restaurant was elegant and classy and the service was courteous and efficient. Overall, Spago can be tried for authentic and tasty Italian food in a fine-dine setting.

 

Quick Facts

Location: N-2, Kasbah, Greater Kailash (GK) 1

Phone Number: 011 44550000 ; 011 41635000

Restaurant Review: Delhi Club House

Restaurant Review: Delhi Club House

Overall Rating: 3.25/5

Being fans of the legendary Chef Marut Sikka’s creations at Kainoosh and having watched his TV shows, we were super excited when Delhi Club House opened its doors. The concept was intriguing as well- famous food items of well-known clubs across India, but with a twist of course. However, the experience was not as great as we had anticipated.

The place has been done up with wooden interiors, sort of replicating the colonial era clubs. The servers were well-versed with the menu and were extremely courteous.

For starters, we tried:

Coriander and Mint Chicken Tikka: The chicken was moist and was coated generously with a zingy marinade of coriander and mint. The coating on the chicken really elevated this dish as it was packed with flavour.

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Shaami Kebab: The shaami kebab had a nice smooth texture and were delicately spiced, and were one of the better ones we’ve had, but there was nothing extraordinary about them.

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For main course, we went with Butter Chicken, Black Dal and Naan Combo. The black dal was really delicious- creamy, thick and had a nice depth of flavour. But the butter chicken was disappointing. It lacked the distinct flavour of kastoori methi and the flavours were just not developed enough. The naan, however, was thin, crisp and well-cooked.

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We rounded-off our meal with Molten Dark Chocolate Cake. The cake had not been warmed enough, and hence the centre was gooey but the edges were cold and hard, making for a very ordinary dessert.

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Overall, though the meal was nice, we expected much more from a stalwart like Chef Sikka and were disappointed.

 

Quick Facts

Location: Ground Floor, Sangam Courtyard, Major Somnath Marg, Sector 9, R K Puram

Phone Number: +91 9717535533 ; +91 9717535544

Online Food Delivery Service Review: World In A Box

Online Food Delivery Service Review: World In A Box

Overall rating: 4.25/5

With the hectic lives we all lead today, healthy food delivered to the convenience of our house has become the need of the hour. Joining the bandwagon of online food delivery joints that cater to this pressing need is World in a Box. But what sets this place apart if that they are not doing the same run-of-the-mill food items. Rather, their focus is to deliver high-end gourmet food, cooked in a healthy manner, to the comfort of our homes.

They have an extensive menu to choose from and they cater to every possible need- veg/non-veg/vegan/gluten-free/dairy-free/nut-free, etc. The menu changes daily and all the items are prepared using locally sourced, seasonal and fresh ingredients. Another thing that stands out about World in a Box is their commitment to maintaining a clean and green earth- the use 100% recycled and bio-degradable materials in their packaging and cutlery.

Coming to the food, I tried:

Most Delicious Ever Salad: True to its name, this salad was not only filled with nutritious items like couscous, chickpeas, watermelon, etc., but also tasted really nice owing to the sweet chili garlic pepper dressing.

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California Avocado Bacon Chicken (ABC) Sandwich: A very unusual but delightful combination of herbed chicken, crispy grilled bacon and creamy avocado, in a pungent barbeque sauce. The avocado gave the chicken the required moistness, without having to use dollops of dreadful mayonnaise. The bread used for the sandwich was multi-grain and was fresh and soft.

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Chicken Roulade in Bbq sauce with Baby Potatoes and Veggies: This was a spectacular dish and an entire meal in itself. One doesn’t expect such gourmet dishes from food delivery services, but not only was it packaged nicely, it tasted wonderful as well. The chicken was moist and succulent, and stuffed adequately. The potatoes and veggies were also cooked perfectly and still had a crunch to them. The only thing that could perhaps be improved upon in this dish was the bbq sauce. It could be a bit more balanced in flavour, as it was a bit on the sweet side.

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Oh! She Glows Smoothie: The smoothie was a mix of really healthy things like cucumber, spinach kiwi, mint, almonds, yogurt and honey, yet was delicious. What I also really appreciated about the smoothie was that it was just mildly sweet, which gave the other ingredients a chance to shine.

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Ten vegetable Tomato Basil Soup: This was the best dish of the lot for me. The soup was robust in flavour, had the perfect consistency and was loaded with vegetables, all cooked al dente. The soup had a lovely depth of flavours and one could taste the herbs and spices used in the soup, but none of them were overpowering. This soup is a must-have during winters!

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While no meal is complete without dessert, World in a Box ensures that the ‘healthy’ aspect is taken care of here as well. I had the Blueberry Cheesecake Jar. The cheesecake was topped with fresh berries and red grapes and though it was a healthier version of the decadent cheesecakes that we are used to, it was still quite nice.

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Apart from the fact that all the food was really well made, it was all packed very neatly as well. They also provided cutlery, paper napkins and sachets of salt, pepper and even a hand sanitizer.

Overall, with delicious gourmet food, timely delivery, and neat packaging, World In A Box is a must-try!

To find out more about World In A Box, check out their website here.