Review: Feel Alive

Review: Feel Alive

Feel Alive, a premium Karaoke Lounge Bar located in the happening Sector 29 market of Gurgaon, is the perfect place to party. They have 5 spacious private karaoke suites, having different capacities ranging from 6-8 people, up to 20-25 people. Each suite is fitted with state of the art sound acoustics with Karaoke machines specially imported from Japan – Joysound Festa and Apple TVs for live-streaming songs (or even football matches to watch together with buddies). The main area of the restaurant has a huge bar, a stage for live bands, and a DJ console, and the seating is plush and luxurious. The bar is stocked with a wide collection of exotics wine and whiskies from across the world, and the mixologist can whip up some amazing cocktails for you. The menu has on offer mostly American and Continental dishes, along with some options of sushi and Mughlai.

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We started off with Yasai Maki, a vegetable tempura sushi, which was well-constructed and quite tasty, and we got the crunch of the tempura filling.

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The Cheese and Jalapeno Poppers had gooey melted cheese inside, with heat from the jalapenos, and were lightly battered and fried to attain a thin, crisp coating. The poppers were served with a tasty dip and a side salad of cucumber ribbons which was delicious as well.

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The Piri Piri Chicken Skewers had juicy chicken marinated with a hot and tangy piri piri sauce, served with garlic aioli.

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But our favorite appetizer of the lot was the Chermoula Grilled Fish Stix. The fish was so well cooked that it melted like butter in our mouth, and the herby, lemony marinade coating the fish was really vibrant and delectable. This is certainly a must-have dish here!

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We enjoyed all these amazing appetizers with some equally good drinks. The Mulled Wine had a well-rounded red wine flavored with a 7 spice mix, and the best part about it was that it wasn’t too sweet. The Old Fashioned was strong and perfectly made, with bourbon and orange bitters, topped with maraschino cherry. The Whisky Sour was one of the best renditions of the drink we’ve had- masterfully made with the right proportions of scotch, Cointreau, and egg.

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The non-alcoholic drinks were great as well- the Cucumber Spritzer was light, minty and refreshing, and the Ginger Mary was spicy and tangy.

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For main course, we went with Spaghetti Aglio Olio, Cottage Cheese Steak, Taco Vs Basa and BBQ Chicken.

The spaghetti was cooked al dente, was seasoned well with garlic and chili flakes, and the best part- it was not dripping with oil as it is in most places.

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The cottage cheese steak had grilled slabs of cottage cheese, generously stuffed with a spiced potatoes mix, and doused with a tangy and flavorful tomato sauce, served with cilantro rice. The tasty sauce imparted a lot of flavor to the cottage cheese, and the delicious stuffing made the dish even more interesting.

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Taco Vs Basa had a beautifully cooked flaky fish fillet, coated with crushed tacos, along with a lemon butter sauce and flavored rice. The textural contrast of the soft fish and the crunchy tacos was amazing, and the sauce was smooth and tasty as well. This is surely a dish worth trying.

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Just as tasty, was the BBQ Chicken, which had chicken served on-the-bone and with crunchy skin, with a beautiful char on top. The chicken was served with creamy mashed potatoes and a house-made bbq sauce, which had robust flavors which can only come from painstakingly reducing the sauce on a low flame. All chicken-lovers will be in for a treat with this dish.

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We ended our lovely meal with a couple of desserts- the Trifle Sundae had vanilla ice-cream, with fruit crushes and purees, and fresh cut fruits. A nice, light dessert to round off a meal! The Crème Brulee, unfortunately, could not live up to the high standards set by the food, as the texture was totally off.

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Another thing that was great was the courteousness of the staff, though the service was a bit slow. Overall, we really enjoyed the experience, and for its great food, an amazing ambience, and a wonderful concept, this place should be visited for a fun night out with friends.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: SCO – 53, Level II, Leisure valley, Sector – 29, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 124 400 5888

Review: AM PM Café

Review: AM PM Café

 

Having visited AM PM Café at Rajouri Garden, we knew their new outlet at Gurgaon would have great food and service, but they have also taken things up a notch with their décor. The outlet at Galleria market has a beautiful terrace, spread across three sides of the indoor seating area, which has an open kitchen and a well-stocked bar. They even have a stage for live band performances.

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This new outlet has also become the talk of the town due to their mammoth shakes, called Lickables. These are deftly constructed, amazing to look at and delicious to taste, and it is great to see that the place is giving emphasis to non-alcoholic drinks as well. We tried out the Magnum Upside Down Lickable which had chocolate cookies, vanilla ice-cream, chocolate sauce, topped with whipped cream, an ice-cream cone and a magnum ice-cream bar, and it tasted just as amazing and decadent as it looked. We also had the Spicy Guava, which was a lovely concoction of guava juice, tabasco, black pepper, and chaat masala.

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The Bacon Dim Sum was juicy and delicious, made even better with the chili sauce and thai green sauce served alongside.

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The Bruschetta had well-toasted slices of French bread rubbed generously with garlic and topped with tomatoes, goat cheese, and olives, and were a lovely little snack.

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The Veg Quesadillas were amazing as well- they were generously filled with refried beans, assorted peppers, jalapeno, cheese, and cilantro. The beans in the stuffing were well cooked and the tortilla was really crispy. This was served with fresh tomato salsa and light and fluffy sour cream, which perfectly complimented the quesadilla.

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The Tangy Button Mushrooms were tossed in a fiery Schezwan sauce, and topped with some spring onions. This was a spicy, delicious dish, and something which would go very well with drinks.

The Samosa Crumble had crushed samosas topped with sweet curd, tamarind sauce, and coriander chutney. The samosas had a crunchy cover and the filling inside was really flavorful.

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Chaat at AMPM was a nice twist to traditional chaat- it had a mix of papdi, potatoes, and chickpeas, doused in saunth, green chutney and curd, and served with batter-fried spinach. The flavors of this dish were really on-point, but we just wish the spinach had a thinner batter on it so it would have been crispier.

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The Indian Tapas Veg Platter had a nice assortment of kebabs- Amritsari paneer tikka, bharwan aloo, tandoori kumbh, soya masala chaap, and tandoori momos, served with green chutney and onion lachchas. The paneer tikka had a nice marinade on it, and the bharwan aloo was well-cooked and had a nice nutty-sweet filling. The soya chaap was surprisingly not chewy, and very soft, but the best dish was the tandoori momo, which had been charred nicely and was covered in a tangy-spicy sauce.

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Crunchy Corn was perhaps our favorite vegetarian dish of the lot. It had American corn covered in a batter and fried to achieve a perfect crunchy texture, mixed with assorted peppers and spring onions. A must-have dish here!

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Her Majesty’s Favorite: This dish had beer batter fish which was crunchy on the outside and flaky and moist on the inside, served with chips and mashed peas. The mashed peas were well-made and brought a nice freshness to the dish.

The Cumin Fried Chicken had crispy chicken strips, served with a side salad, and was a decent dish.

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The Chicken Kung Pao had chunks of chicken tossed in tangy and spicy sauce, topped with crushed peanuts. Personally, we would have preferred to have lesser peanuts on top, as we were enjoying the lovely flavor of the sauce, and the peanuts were taking away a bit of the heat.

The Shish Touk had juicy, succulent chicken pieces, charred perfectly, and marinated in a nice Lebanese spice mix, served with a Labneh dip.

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The place has also converted our favorite north-Indian dishes into Indianized sliders. The Shammi Kebab Slider had shammi kebab sitting atop mini garlic breads, served with mint chutney. We really liked the idea, but the kebabs were a tad too dry. The concept worked much better with the Butter Chicken Slider, which had the same mini garlic bread, topped with juicy chicken tikka and a flavorful makhani gravy.

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The Chicken Burritos were huge and can serve as a meal on their own. The corn tortilla was stuffed with cheese and chicken chunks, and was served on a bed of Mexican rice, with tomato salsa and sour cream. The burritos were topped with even more melted, gooey cheese, which made them even tastier.

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We closed off our meal with a couple of desserts- The Salted Caramel Crème Brulee had a wonderful flavor and had just the right amount of sweetness. Chocolate Bomb- this was simply a visual treat! We were presented with a large chocolate ball over which the chef gently poured hot caramel sauce. As he kept pouring the hot sauce on the cold chocolate ball, the chocolate started melting, and in the most beautiful way, opened up almost in the shape of a flower, to reveal a chocolate brownie topped with vanilla ice-cream inside it. Not only was this dish wonderful to look at, but when we tasted a bite of all those flavors together- vanilla ice-cream, fudgy brownie, caramel sauce and chocolate- it just tasted divine! A must-have dessert!

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As is always the case with any restaurant under the Bright Hospitality umbrella, the service was prompt and extremely courteous. For a lovely meal and an amazing rooftop experience, this place must be visited.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5
Location: R-003, 2nd Floor, DLF Galleria, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 97177 80492

Review: Arriba

Review: Arriba

Located at the beautiful and serene Asiad restaurant complex, far away from the usual crowded and noisy marketplaces, is Arriba- a restaurant serving up some authentic Mexican food. The restaurant has outdoor seating which had lots of plants, cane and stone seating, and is beautifully lit up with candles making it perfect for a romantic date, and the indoor seating is beautiful as well, with colorful Aztec prints adorning the walls. The Latin music playing in the background adds to the charm of the place.

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Arriba is also India’s first Tequileria, an avant-garde establishment where Tequila is not only served at the tequila bar but is also innovatively and inventively used in cooking.

We started off with a couple of drinks- the Watermelon Agua Frescas was really refreshing and light, while the Mexican Limeade could have done with a bit more lemon juice.

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We started the meal with the Salsa and Guacamole Carnivale, which is a must-have dish here. It consists of homemade tortilla chips, which are thin, crunchy, and non-oily, served with fresh, flavorful guacamole and six types of salsas- mango coriander and habanero (which was sweet with a slight hit of heat from the habanero), regular fresh tomato salsa, fresh and pickled jalapeno (a really spicy and pungent salsa), charred tomato (which had lovely smoky and robust flavors, a spiced green tomato salsa (tangy and tart), and a ligh watermelon togarashi and feta to balance out the heat.

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Next up, we had Tortas or sliders which had refried beans, cilantro and jalapeno with aged cheese, and sliced pickled onions, tomatoes, zucchini. The buns were served with some sour cream, and a sweet corn and bean salad and some charred tomato salsa, and made for a nice, light bite.

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From the non-vegetarian section, we had the Blackened Fish Tacos, which had perfectly cooked, flaky and moist fish which was charred beautifully on the outside and marinated nicely, with some paprika marinated pickled onions, fresh guacamole, rocket and refried bean spread, all stuffed in a soft-shell taco.

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But what we loved even more, and polished off in seconds, was the Mexican Charred Morita Chili Chicken Skewers. The chicken was nicely charred and marinated and coated in a fiery sauce made with morita chili peppers. The juicy, succulent chicken, and the tangy and spicy sauce made for a wonderful combination. This dish is something that we are definitely going back for.

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For mains, we went for the Veg and Non-Veg Sizzling Fajitas. The veg one had roasted beans, peppers, broccoli, spiced pumpkin, and jalapeno spiced tofu in a hot skillet while the non-veg one had strips of succulent chicken, tossed in a house Mexican spice, with bell peppers, zucchini, baby corn, onions, and mushrooms. The house-made spice used in these dishes was absolutely smashing and gave a unique and delicious flavor to the dishes. These skillets were served with soft tortillas, salsa, sour cream, Mexican rice, refried beans, and cheddar, along with some toothsome Mexican rice, so that we could mix and match these ingredients construct our own customized fajitas. A great concept, and a tasty dish!

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For desserts, we tried out the Tequila Lime Cheesecake. It sounded really intriguing and tasted just as good- it had a thin and crunchy biscuit base topped with light and fluffy cream cheese which had a good hit of tequila. The cheesecake was topped with a delicious, mild-flavored avocado cream, and the combination was working surprisingly well. This is a very different dish, which certainly is worth trying.

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We also had the Ancho Chili Chocolate Pudding, which had a molted lava cake, served with bruleed marshmallows, tangerine cream, and vanilla ice-cream. The cake had a nice texture, and the tangerine cream was wonderfully tart, but we could hardly taste the chili in the cake, which was rather disappointing.

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Overall, the service was really courteous (though we did have to remind them to refill our water a couple of times) and the food and ambience were amazing, making this place a must-visit!

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: Asiad Village, Sirifort Complex, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 11 2649 7706

Review: Soi Thai

Review: Soi Thai

Soi Thai delivers tasty Asian food to your doorstep. The packing is neat and the food is always delivered hot and on time.

The Chicken Satay had lovely flavors of kaffir lime and lemongrass, which the chicken was generously coated with. The chicken itself was juicy and succulent and the peanut sauce went really well with it.

The Chicken Thai Basil Stir Fry was a nice dish, but there were too many pieces of beans in the dish and they were too big. And the chicken could have been more flavorful, with more chili and more basil.

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The Chicken Red Curry was also creamy and flavorsome, and had been spiced deftly. What we especially liked was that the curry was not too heavy and had just the right amount of coconut milk in it.

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We also tried a very different dish which had yellow soft noodles, which we mixed with fish sauce having lots of garlic and chili in it to provide flavor to the noodles. The noodles had to be topped with the thick gravy which came along side. The gravy had some veggies and pepper in it. This was an interesting and tasty dish.

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So for tasty and reasonably priced Asian food, this place can be tried.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Location: Malviya Nagar
Phone No.: +91 88600 10774

Review: Flying Kukkad

Review: Flying Kukkad

Flying Kukkad is a food delivery service operating in Gurgaon which offers Indian, Continental & Lebanese delicacies, which operates till 4 a.m. to satiate your late night hunger pangs.

The food comes neatly packed in containers and with adequate cutlery.

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Their specialty- the Kali Mirch Kukkad was a very different and delicious dish which had chicken pieces on the bone, cooked and covered in a rich coating of butter and spiced deftly, with a garnish of ginger juliennes and fresh coriander. This is a must-have dish!

The Kukkad Kalmi Kebab consisted of juicy chicken pieces coated in a thick, creamy, and mild-flavored sauce, and was served with a lime wedge. The drizzle of lemon juice on top of the chicken added just the right acidity to cut through the richness, and made for a great dish.

The Syrian Shish Touk had boneless chunks of chicken marinated in traditional Middle Eastern spice, served with garlic mayo and pita bread. The chicken was delicious, put the pita bread could have been toasted a bit more.

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The Peri Peri Pasta was incredibly spicy and quite tasty, but there were hardly any vegetables in the pasta. This is something they should definitely look into.

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The Punjabi Paneer Lababdar was creamy and flavorful, and the amazing taste of ginger came through in the dish and made it taste amazing. We devoured this dish with some nicely made butter rotis.

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Overall, we were happy with all the dishes, and were blown away by the Kali Mirch Kukkad, and will definitely be ordering from Flying Kukkad again soon.

 

Overall Rating: 4/5
Location: Ardee City, Sector 52, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 88263 89696

Review: Lean Body Meals

Review: Lean Body Meals

With more and more people trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the most problematic issue becomes arranging for meals that are nutritious and tasty, while at the same time being low on calorie. To solve those problems comes Lean Body Meals, a fitness meal delivery service that provides wholesome balanced meals tailored to meet the daily nutritional requirements according to your lifestyle, all delivered to the comfort of your homes.

I ordered a few items from the place:

The Exotic Mix Sprouts Salad had shredded fresh lettuce and sprouts, dotted with pomegranate seeds and cottage cheese. It came with a tangy mustard-based dressing which spruced up the taste.

The Spicy Couscous Cake had a bed of fluffy couscous topped with a layer of diced vegetables in a homemade spicy tomato sauce. The dish was served with sautéed baby corn, mushrooms, beans and broccoli. A nice, wholesome and light dish.

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The Chicken Seekh Kebab with Asparagus was my favorite item of the day. It had juicy, succulent chicken seekh kebab slices which were studded with pieces of crunchy asparagus.

The Peri Peri Chicken Meal was also quite nice. It consisted of hot and spicy chicken served atop brown rice and sautéed vegetables. The only problem was that the chicken was a tad dry and the rice a bit watery. But the dish had really nice flavors.

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Overall, all the dishes were tasty and filing, while still being really healthy. And they also provide monthly subscription plans. For all those who want to switch to a healthy meal plan, this place can be tried.

 

Overall Rating: 4/5
Location: Sector 31, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 099991 55441

Review: The Last Mughal

Review: The Last Mughal

The Last Mughal is a late-night delivery outlet at Shahpur Jat which specializes in whipping up some tasty Mughlai dishes. They deliver anywhere in South Delhi between 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. and the packaging is top-notch.

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We ordered Dahi Kebab, which were slightly different from the regular ones as they had some finely diced bell peppers in them, and the kebabs had a nice tartness to them.

The Galouti Kebab had a soft and melt-in-the-mouth texture and the mutton was spiced deftly. The kebabs came with ulte tawe ka parantha, which were thin and stretchy, but were a bit too oily.

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The Mutton Tikka had succulent mutton chunks marinated in aromatics and then grilled in the tandoor, and they got the cook on the mutton right, but the kebabs could have packed a bit more punch of flavor.

For main course, we went with Mutton Korma and Zeera Aloo. The Korma was loaded with lots of juicy pieces of mutton, in a thick, creamy and rich gravy made with nuts, yogurt, and spices. It was not too spicy, but still had a robust flavor. This dish should certainly be tried. The Zeera Aloo had crispy fried otatoes tossed with cumin, green chilies, dry spices, and garnished with fresh coriander. This was a really nice rendition of the dish but could have done with a touch more seasoning.

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Overall, we were happy with the taste and portions of the food, and the neat and tidy packaging. So for your next late night eating spree, try out The Last Mughal!

Overall Rating: 4/5

Location: Shahpur Jat, New Delhi
Phone No.: 098990 88388