Review: Twigly

Review: Twigly

Twigly serves up some delicious, hygienically-prepared, and healthy food, delivered to your doorstep. The menu changes daily, and the dishes are prepared by professional chefs in a hygienic manner, while ensuring the ingredients retain their nutrients. They use locally-sourced ingredients which are procured daily and are prepared to-order to retain the freshness of the product. The ordering and delivery process is super-smooth. The interface of the website is very user-friendly and each dish is described in detail. As soon as you place your order, you get a confirmation message and you can track the order on the app.

I recently ordered their Hummus and Peas Patty Sandwich, Piri Piri Chicken Sandwich, Twigly Signature Grilled Cajun Chicken, and Veg Alfredo Pasta. The food arrived right on time and was packed very neatly.

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The Hummus and Peas Patty Sandwich had a subtly spiced pea patty with jalapenos, slathered with hummus (a welcome change from the rich mayonnaise) in freshly baked multigrain bread. The sandwich was not only tasty, but was also huge and was definitely value for money.

The Piri Piri Chicken Sandwich had juicy chicken pieces marinated in piri piri spices, bell peppers and onions, in a whole wheat bread. This sandwich was really tasty as well.

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The Veg Alfredo Pasta had nicely cooked pasta in a creamy white sauce, and thankfully, the pasta was not over-sauced. It had lots of vegetables also in it, which still had a crunch to them. The pasta came with a garlic bread, which though tasty, was very very hard.

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The best dish of the lot was the Grilled Cajun Chicken which had moist and succulent chicken chunks flavored with middle eastern spices (Cajun, Sumac, Five Spice powder), grilled to perfection. The chicken had a nice char on it, and was really flavorsome. The chicken was served with an herb infused curd dip and lightly toasted pita bread, so it was a wholesome meal. This is certainly a must-try!

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Overall, the quality of the food at Twigly is truly superior and this place should be tried!

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Phone No.: +91 11 3959 5911
http://www.twigly.in/

Review: Pho King Awesome

Review: Pho King Awesome

Pho King Awesome is a stationary food truck at GK-2 M Block market, dishing out some delicious Asian food for delivery and take-away. And what sets them apart from the other Asian places is that they are staying away from the regular chili chicken and are delving into cuisines such as Vietnamese, Malaysian and Indonesian, and doing a stellar job at them.

I recently got a few of their dishes derived to my house. The food arrived right on time and everything was packed very neatly. The only concern was that the pho bowl was a bit difficult to open. Taste-wise, I was thoroughly impressed with their food- especially, the quality of the meats they had used in the dishes.

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How could I order from a placed called Pho King Awesome and not try their Pho. I went with the Tenderloin Pho, which had an immensely flavorful broth, loaded with tenderloin slices. What’s great was that they served the rice noodles separately, so that they don’t go soggy and mushy in the transit. The noodles were cooked nicely and were accompanied with bean sprouts, cilantro, spring onions, basil, lime, chilies. The dish in its entirety was simply spectacular!

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The Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls were great as well. They have a choice of three types of chicken rolls, tenderloin, pork, prawn, and vegetarian. I had the tenderloin, pork, and lemongrass chicken rolls. They were all stuffed generously with nicely cooked and seasoned meats, and thin vermicelli noodles, along with fresh coriander, carrot and cucumber pickles. The rolls were super flavorsome and the covering was really thin which made them a delight to eat.

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The Banh Bao, which were homemade steamed buns stuffed with lettuce, carrot and cucumber pickles topped with chili mayo and hoisin sauce also came with myriad different filling choices, out of which I chose an assortment of teriyaki chicken, crispy pork belly, and tenderloin. Each one had juicy, succulent pieces of meat- the pork belly melted in my mouth, the chicken had a lovely marinade, and the tenderloin was nicely cooked as well.

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The V-Shaped Chicken Wings were perhaps the best chicken wings I’ve had till date. They were huge in size, fried to perfection so that the outer covering was crisp and the chicken inside was still juicy. The sriracha sauce that the wings were topped with was finger-licking delicious.

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The Bun Box had vegan noodles (which were made with carrots and zucchini) with wok-fried tofu and shitake mushroom, served with fresh herbs, crunchy peanuts bean sprouts, veggies, pickle, fresh coriander and Pho King special sauce on top. The flavors and textures in this dish were phenomenal and the dish is really healthy as well.

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The Rendang Curry, which is a tamarind and coconut flavored Indonesian specialty, had a very subtle coconut flavor and was quite spicy, well-suited to the Indian palate. The dish was served with plain rice.

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Overall, this place is serving up some amazing food, and it doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket as well. A must-try!

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: M-33, Back Lane, Greater Kailash 1, M Block Market, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 11 6888 8212

Review: Fig

Review: Fig

If you plan to stick to a healthy diet but don’t have time to cook for yourself, Fig is made for you! A delivery-only joint offering a nice variety of gourmet dishes, packaged neatly and delivered to your doorstep. Fig provides wholesome meals that don’t just taste well, but provide your body with the right nutrition.

I tried a couple of their dishes and was quite pleased with them-

Granola with Rose Water Yogurt: One of their best-sellers and rightly so, this healthy dish was super-tasty as well. The granola was super crunchy, crushed to the right size, and really tasty and the rose water yogurt was delicious- it had a nice subtle taste of rose water, and was balanced in terms of sweetness. The fruits on top were really fresh and juicy and the berry compote was extremely flavorsome. The only issue was with the construction- since it was in a glass and not a bowl, I wasn’t able to mix it properly, and hence was forced to pretty much eat each layer separately. If they can either serve this in a bowl, or layer the product, it would just be perfect! Nonetheless, this is something I would be re-ordering multiple times!

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Paprika Grilled Chicken with Potato Mash and Veggies: The dish was packed so neatly, with the veggies and mash in a one compartment of the box, and the chicken in the other. The chicken was rubbed with a flavorful spice mix and was grilled to perfection. Also, the chicken had also been sliced, so that it is really easy to eat, which is great, especially when you’re eating in a rush at office. The mashed potatoes were creamy and fluffy and had the right level of lemon juice in them, and the veggies were grilled nicely as well.

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Overall, a must-try for tasty, healthy food, delivered on time and nicely packed. I just wish they would expand their menu soon.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 0124 4266439

http://www.fig.delivery/

Review: Mosaic

Review: Mosaic

Mosaic, the all-day dining restaurant at Country Inn & Suites, Gurgaon, is known for its extravagant Sunday brunch buffets, and that is exactly what I was invited to try out. At just Rs. 995++, the restaurant has a large spread of salads, main course, live grills, pastas, and desserts, and even a complimentary pool dip, with a shack bar serving some nice beverages and activities by the roof top pool. To add to the experience, they even have a live singer at the restaurant.

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The place has some 50 odd covers, and has a neat and elegant décor. There was a section with breakfast items such as breads, croissant, muffins, cheese platter, etc. The cream of asparagus soup was also light and tasty. But the salad section what certainly our favorite. It had such a wide spread, with some really interesting options, ranging from cucumber coconut salad, to apple red cabbage, and sweet potato salad. There were also some chaat options such as papdi chaat and dahi bhallas to tantalize the taste buds before moving on to the main course.

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The live section had grills such as chicken tikka and panner tikka, which were nice, but nothing to write home about. The live pasta counter was a really nice option, where you could ask the chef to whip up a pasta dish to suit your taste- from the sauce, the toppings, to the type of pasta- everything can be customized.

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The main course section also had a nice variety- noodles, mutton vindaloo, fish in butter sauce, Balti chicken, dal tadka, and even some unique dishes like masoor pulao, bharwan parwal and chutney wala paneer.

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The dessert section had a nice range of dishes like cappuccino pie, orange pudding, butter scotch roll, gulab jamun cheesecake etc., but taste-wise, we preferred the Indian desserts. The jalebi was thin and crispy, and the rabdi to go along with it was thick and creamy, and the lauki halwa was really delicious as well.

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Overall, the place is a good option for Sunday brunch at reasonable rates!

Timings: 11:30 am (pool opens); 12:30 pm (buffet opens) till 3:30 pm.

Overall Rating: 3.75/5

Location: Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 011 33105578

Hyatt’s Culinary Challenge

Hyatt’s Culinary Challenge

Food can change the world- and the Hyatt Culinary Challenge is certainly a step in the right direction. A novel initiative, this culinary challenge that completed its third season, saw kids from SMILE foundation partnering with seven CEOs and directors (from companies including Rio Tinto, Catai India, Way to Go Events WTG) and diplomats from Republic of Malawi and Taipei, who ditched their usual corporate routines to participate in a culinary cook-off and woo the judges with their culinary skills and claim the title of Hyatt Culinary Challenge 2016. The event will be held across select Hyatt Hotels in India in October 2016 and the winners from each of the locations shall participate in the grand finale culinary challenge at Hyatt Regency Chandigarh in November 2016.

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This season kick-started at Hyatt Regency Delhi on October 15, 2016 at the Regency Ballroom, which was bubbling with energy and enthusiasm. Bollywood actor John Abraham added to the evening’s glamour with his surprise guest appearance and a round of photographs with the excited kids and participants.

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The evening saw some traditional dishes such as Butter Chicken, and some innovations like Keema Golgappas. But it was Mr. Chung Kwang Tien, Ambassador of Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India, who prepared the winning dish- Stuffed Green Pepper. Mr Alfred Villi, High Commission of the Republic of Malawi cooked Roasted Chicken to claim the first runner-up title. Not only does this event provide a platform for individuals from the corporate realm to showcase their culinary expertise and passion for food, but also acts as an avenue to provide exposure to the kids from the SMILE Foundation, who could be seen beaming from ear-to-eat throughout the competition.

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And when it is Hyatt playing host, one is always sure to be well-fed. For the spectators and friends and family of the participants who were there to cheer them on, there were delightful delicacies from each of Hyatt Regency Delhi’s kitchens- from bhindi tacos, to soya bhaji pao, murg tawa hara kebab, sushi, potato cheese croquettes, and dumplings. The dessert counter was lavish as well- laden with ice-creams, marble gugelhupf, panna cotta, and delicious cinnamon scones with berry compote, clotted cream, and lemon curd. The scones, especially, were some of the finest I’ve had.

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Overall, a great initiative, organized flawlessly. Here’s wishing there are many more seasons to come of this superb event!

 

Location: Hyatt Regency Delhi, Bhikaiji Cama Place, Ring Road, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 11 2679 1234

Review: Ananda Kitchen

Review: Ananda Kitchen

Ananda Kitchen has been catering in reputed schools and offices for a while, but they recently opened their first take away and delivery outlet at Nehru Nagar a couple of months back. They have kept their menu short and crisp- specializing in what they know best- North-Indian food done the traditional way.

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The Murg Desi Ghee Tikka had been marinated in ghee, along with yogurt, heavy cream and a traditional mix of spices, and then roasted to perfection to give a nice char on the chicken. The desi ghee flavor really came through and gave a nice rounded flavor to the dish. The Chicken Gilafi Seekh was so juicy and moist- the chicken was minced finely and was studded with finely chopped bell peppers, and was deftly spiced. The vegetarian starters didn’t fail to impress either. The Afghani Mushroom Tikka had juicy button mushrooms stuffed with cheese and coated with a creamy marinade, and was incredibly tasty- a must-have! The Papdi Paneer Tikka had cubes of soft paneer coated with an achari type of spice mix and then covered with crushed papad for crunch. The Soya Chaap Tikka, however, was a bit disappointing as even though the tikka masala on it was quite tasty, it had not penetrated inside the chaap.

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Coming to the main course, Meat Tari Wala, which is their signature dish, was absolutely scrumptious. It was made by cooking the meat on an angeethi over extremely low flame in ghee, and had a thick, robust gravy, laden with whole spices. The Dal Makhani was excellent as well- thick and creamy, with lots of ginger and garlic. Even the Butter Chicken had a nice gravy, but the chicken pieces could have been juicier.

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I had all these dishes with a range of breads that they have on offer- Lal Mirch Parantha, Pudina Parantha, Garlic Naan and Tandoori Roti.

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Overall, this place is certainly one which can be tried for reasonably priced north-Indian fare, delivered to the comfort of your home.

 

Overall Rating: 3.75/5

Location: 71 & 72, Apna Bazaar, Nehru Nagar, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 97115 97733

Review: Milk Patisserie @ Ekatrit

Review: Milk Patisserie @ Ekatrit

Ever since I had my first bite of a dessert made by Chef Avantika Nischol, I’ve been her fan. So I’m absolutely elated that she has taken her labor of love, Milk Pâtisserie, out of her home kitchen and into this cute little outlet, Ekatrit, at Defence Colony. A one of a kind “Styling Café”, where you drop in to get yourself styled by experts, the place also has at one end, the Milk Pâtisserie café serving some delectable desserts, incredible sandwiches, and refreshing drinks.

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Chef Avantika is a graduate in Pastry & Baking from AtSunrice Global Chef Academy, Singapore and has honed her skills by working at prestigious hotels & patisseries in Singapore and The Oberoi’s Gurgaon. But what sets her apart is the way she skillfully puts her twist on traditional desserts, showcasing some avant-garde techniques and innovative flavor combinations, while still making sure each mouthful is delightful. Her desserts are all artistically decorated, but nothing is too over the top, as she rightfully believes that simple is beautiful.

I started off with a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, which was made with artisanal bread which they make in-house with sourdough starter, and had the perfect texture- nice and crunchy on the outside, with a bit of sponginess and chewiness inside- just the way a well-hydrated sourdough should be. The sandwich was filled with cheese and a delicious homemade red onion jam, which was simply spectacular. And these sandwiches are really hearty, so pick one up, and that will count as a full meal.

I had my sandwich with an Iced Vietnamese Coffee, which was something new for me. The glass had some sweetened condensed milk at the bottom, which was topped with a strong, well-roasted coffee and lots of ice. This was one of the most delicious coffees I’ve ever had and is something definitely worth trying.

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The display counter in front of me was stocked with a range of tempting desserts, and since it was impossible for me to decide which one to go for, I decided to try The Black Platter, which was a medley of bite-sized desserts to give you a taste of everything. The platter had the following desserts:

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Chocolate Tea Cake: This was a moist and fudgy cake, high on the cocoa content, to give a deep, dark chocolate flavor, which I simply loved. A slice of this would go perfectly with your evening cup of tea or coffee.

Tira-ccino: They have deftly combined tiramisu and cappuccino to come up with this beautiful and light dessert, which had a perfectly-set jiggly coffee panacotta, topped with a coffee-soaked sponge, and some light coffee foam which is piped out of a siphon. The coffee foam was quite sweet (and so delicious that I could have spoonfuls of this alone), and the panacotta was mild in its sweetness, so as to perfectly balance out the dessert. A must for coffee lovers!

Summer: Certainly one of my favorites of the lot, this dessert had a light and airy orange and lemon olive oil sponge, topped with some zingy and vibrant lemon curd, covered with a smooth and shiny vanilla mousse (in which I could actually see the vanilla bean). The dainty little dessert was then topped with some candied orange and lemon peel and adorned with a cute little vanilla cookie. Aptly names, this citrus-rich dessert was really light and perfect for the summers.

The Moist Chocolate Cake (TMCC): TMCC is an old favorite of mine from the Milk Patisserie kitchen. It is pure heaven for all chocolate lovers as it consists of myriad different forms and textures of chocolate- chocolate sponge topped with chocolate mousse and white chocolate namelaka, and adorned with creamy, decadent dark chocolate ganache cubes. It really does sound tempting, and tastes even better.

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Dress Me Up Cheesecake: This beautiful piece of art goes perfectly with the theme of the place, as it has a nicely made, fluffy and creamy New York cheesecake, draped beautifully with a sheet of berry gelee, which was sprinkled with edible gold, and topped with a meringue cookie.

Amour: This cute little delight had a nice surprise inside. It was made with chocolate mousse and vanilla cremeux, and filled with a delicious tart raspberry gel inside, which just bursts out the moment you break it open. The beauty of this dessert lies in how wonderfully each element complemented the others, and all flavors balanced out so well. The chocolate crumb outside provided a nice crunch too.

Apple Cream Tart: A nice twist on the traditional apple tart, this had a crisp tart shell filled with crunchy apple slices baked in a smooth vanilla custard, and topped with a quenelle of light as a cloud crème Chantilly.

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Each and every dessert has a mélange of flavors and different textures to create a nice balance and tantalize the taste buds. I was not surprised at the marvelous creations that Avantika has come up with, as I have always known how skilled she is, but what amazed me is that she has kept the prices really low. For the quality of her product, these prices are really a steal!

And it’s not only amazing cakes that she has mastered the skill of creating, but she also does some delectable chocolates and pralines as well- with flavors ranging from orange caramel, to pink peppercorn and coffee. So for this festive season, you don’t need to look any further for all your gifting needs! If you love desserts, this is a must-visit destination for you!

Overall Rating: 4.75/5

Location: 46, First Floor, Defence Colony Market, New Delhi
Phone No.: 011 4171 7164