Review: Enoki

Review: Enoki

Enoki is a new delivery outlet dishing out amazing Asian dishes. I recently ordered a few dishes from the place, and was really impressed with their packaging. The dishes came in a bright red cardboard box with a handle, with each individual dish packed in plastic boxes and neatly labeled.enoki1The Lotus Stem was really crispy and was tossed in a delicious honey and red chili sauce, and was an addictive snack.

The Signature Enoki Appetizer had steamed enoki mushroom in a garlic, chili, soy, and vinegar sauce. Though we liked the flavors of this dish, it was a bit too salty.

The Veg Khao Suey was really well made- it had noodles in a fragrant coconut milk broth, flavored with burnt onion, garlic, and coriander stems, topped with crushed peanuts for crunch. The broth was nicely balanced in flavor and made for a delicious dish.enoki2We also tasted an assortment of chicken dimsums- Sichuan Spicy Chicken, Chicken Seven Spice, Chicken Basil Sumai, and Spinach Wrapped Chicken. The spicy chicken one was stuffed with chicken, water chestnut, coriander, and chili oil, and we loved the spice in this dimsum. The seven spice dimsum had been stuffed with krapow chicken, spring onions, and had been topped with a beautiful seven spice dressing. The sumai had a lovely subtle flavor, but our favorite was the spinach wrapped chicken, which had minced chicken, black mushroom, and carrot, wrapped in blanched spinach leaves, and was topped with a lovely spicy, tangy sauce.

We loved the Chii Chicken Poke Bowl, which consisted of chicken strips tossed in a tangy teriyaki sauce, cucumber, avocado, jalapeno, spring onions, and sesame seeds, on a bed of sticky rice. This dish should certainly be tried.enoki3The Coriander Lamb consisted of juicy lamb chunks flavored beautifully with coriander roots, red chili, and soy. We enjoyed this dish with the Udon Noodles, which were packed with flavor.

For dessert, we tried the Salted Caramel Cake Jar. Though the caramel could have had a touch more salt, we loved the light and airy sponge.enoki4Overall, this place deserves a try!

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: GK 1, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 98171 75050

Review: The California Boulevard

Review: The California Boulevard

The California Boulevard is a brand that we’ve always heard good things about, and since we had already visited the Rajouri Garden outlet and loved the food there, our expectations were quite high. The place is nicely done- they have a Harley Davidson parked at the entrance, Hollywood trivia being displayed on the media units near the booths, and of course, the Hollywood boulevard stars on the floors. The menu has a huge variety to choose from- with cuisines from different regions, all done really well.

We started with a couple of mocktails- the Fruit Punch was creamy and thick, and just adequately sweet, and the Spicy Guava was tangy and spicy.tcb3On the food front, we started with the Palak Patta Chaat. The palak leaves were crunchy, very lightly battered, and the balance of the chutneys on top was just right.

The Veg Quesadilla was one of the best quesadillas we’ve had in Delhi. The kidney beans in the stuffing were well cooked and the tortilla was really crispy and flavorful. This was served with fresh tomato salsa and light and fluffy sour cream, which perfectly complimented the quesadilla.tcb4Mix Vegetables and Chives Dumpling had a nice, subtle-flavor, which went well with the spicy sauces they served it with.

The Tangy Button Mushrooms were tossed in a spicy Schezwan sauce, and topped with crispy fried noodles. A decent dish, but was slightly let down by an excess of salt.

We really enjoyed the Cottage Cheese Tai Chi which had spring onions and cottage cheese cubes (which were really soft inside and had a slight crispiness outside) tossed in a delicious, tangy, spicy sauce.tcb5The Chicken Adana Kebab was a beautiful dish- the chicken cubes were really moist and juicy, and the Arabic spices on top added a lovely flavor to the dish. The chicken was served with fresh pita bread and a labneh dip, which balanced out the heat of the chicken. This is surely a must-have dish here!

The Kaffir Lime Chicken Tikka had soft morsels of chicken marinated with cheddar cheese, lemon grass, kaffir lime, and we loved how the creaminess balanced off the strong kaffir lime flavor.tcb6The Beer Batter Fish had river sole fish fingers covered in a tasty, crispy batter, and were served with tartar sauce. A nice dish to munch on with drinks.

The Kakori Kebab consisted of smooth, melt-in-the-mouth minced mutton, delicately flavored with whole spices, with a lovely background note of saffron.tcb7We also tried a half-and-half pizza- California Veggie and Peri Peri Chicken. The pizza had a crispy thin crust and was loaded with toppings. The veg pizza was topped with sundried tomatoes, corn, capsicum, broccoli and mushrooms and really packed a lot of flavor. The chicken pizza was also generously topped with chicken chunks marinated in peri peri spices, which were super spicy, as they should be.tcb8For mains, we went with Ratatouille and Pollo Alla Parmigiana. The Ratatouille had assorted vegetables cooked al dente in a tasty tomato sauce and served on a bed of rice. The Pollo Alla Parmigiana consisted of perfectly cooked herb-rubbed chicken breast topped with parmesan and mozzarella, served with marinara sauce, spaghetti aglio olio and grilled vegetables. This dish was filling and delicious, with each element perfectly executed and should definitely be tried.tcb9After tasting all these dishes, we were understandably too full to have anything else. Except of course, dessert, which always manages to make space for itself in our tummies. For dessert we tried the Chocolate Bomb and TCB Kulfi Gazzak. The chocolate bomb was simply a visual treat! We were presented with a large chocolate ball over which the server 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 a wonder 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! The Kulfi Gazzak had two chocolate spheres on the plate, which were blow-torched by the server. This gave the chocolate a nice sheen and a bitter-sweet note, and slightly softened the kesar-pista kulfi inside which was topped with some gazzak for the crunch element. A great dessert!tcb10Overall, the restaurant offers a huge range of dishes, from traditional to innovative, and almost all of them taste spectacular. The ambience of the place is classy and suits the theme perfectly. The service was excellent- the servers are knowledgeable about the menu, and also extremely courteous.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: Sco 383 .And 384, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 99711 08571

 

Review: Flip Bistro and Pizzeria

Review: Flip Bistro and Pizzeria

Was recently sent a few products for tasting. The Fire Starter Pizza had a nicely baked thin crust, and was generously topped with onion, corn, green chili, jalapenos, chili flakes, and lots of cheese, and was spicy and delicious. The Chicken on Spaghetti had three pieces of moist, well-cooked chicken which were rubbed with herbs and chili flakes, served on a bed of spaghetti with barbeque sauce. The quality of the spaghetti could have been better, and the barbeque sauce tasted of just ketchup mixed with chili flakes, so that can certainly be improved, but overall, it was a decent dish. For dessert, we tried the chocolate cake. The icing on the Chocolate Cake had got messed up in the delivery, and the cake was also quite dry and hard.flipOverall, this place can be tried for the pizzas.

Overall Rating: 3/5

Location: Ground Floor, DLF Galleria, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 011 30806588

Review: Safapore

Review: Safapore

Safapore, a new delivery joint in town, is bringing authentic Kashmiri pandit cuisine to your doorstep. The owner is from ‘Sabhapur’, a place is Kashmir, from which they have derived the name Safapore, which is the owner’s attempt to bring the authentic, home-cooked Kashmiri delights to everyone. They currently deliver only on weekends, require a day’s advance notice, and the minimum order is Rs.3,000.safapore1We placed an order for a few of their items, and we were delighted by their delicious food, timely delivery, and excellent packing.

The Tsok Wangun or khatte baingan, was made by frying a special type of aubergine sourced from Kashmir, and cooked in a thick, spicy and tangy gravy, and really packed a punch of flavor.

The Dum Aloo, which is made by whole potatoes, fried and then cooked in a spicy yogurt gravy. The gravy was thick and flavorsome and had coated the potatoes nicely, and the potatoes themselves were nicely cooked and the flavor from the spices had seeped into them nicely.

While these two dishes were really spicy, we also enjoyed the subtlety of the Peela Paneer, which had cubes of soft cottage cheese cooked in a light and fragrant milk-based gravy, garnished with shahi jeera and a dollop of desi ghee.safapore2The non-veg dishes were no less. Kabargah, the traditional Kashmiri lamb ribs dish which is marinated in yogurt and spices, and simmered gently in milk, came in an almost-done state, which instructions of frying them right before eating, which enabled us to enjoy the crisp crust on the ribs, which would have otherwise become soggy had it been fried before delivery.

The Rogan Josh was also stellar- with mutton cooked in a blend of freshly ground spices. The mutton was juicy and came off the bone very easily, and the gravy was bright red, had a nice kick of heat to it, and was really flavorful.safapore3Safapore is clearly a labor of love, and that comes across in each dish. This place is highly recommended!

Quick Facts:

To place an order, call 9999516645 or email safapore@gmail.com
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Review: Vapour Bar Exchange

Review: Vapour Bar Exchange

Vapour Bar Exchange, as the name suggests, has the concept of a bar exchange, where the drinks are dynamically priced, based on the demand of the drinks. And when the prices escalate to a very high value, then the market crashes, so it is a very engaging concept. The space is pretty large, with seating spread across two floors, and the upper floor also has a large open seating area with a beautiful view of the lake and fort.

We started off with a couple of drinks- Mint Julep and Kiwi Melon Cooler. The mint julep had a strong bourbon flavor muddled with mint and lime, and the kiwi melon cooler looked really beautiful- with layers of colors- with a green kiwi syrup base and kiwi pieces, topped with watermelon syrup and pieces.vapour3We started off with the Palak Patta Chaat, which though crispy and topped with sev, yogurt, saunth, and mint chutney, but the batter on the leaves lacked a bit of flavor.

The Vada Pao was nicely made- the bun was soft and the vada was really flavorful, but the red masala could have been spicier.

The non-veg kebab platter had Chicken Tikka Hyderabadi, Chicken Tikka Awadhi, Mutton Seekh Kebab, and Ajwaini Fish Tikka. Both the chicken tikkas were really nicely made- the Hyderabadi one was spicy and had a nice crust on it, while the Awadhi one had a creamy, minty marinade. The fish was flaky and moist, and had a delicate flavor. The mutton seekh kebab was flavorful, but could have been a bit softer.vapour4The Chicken Lollypop was tossed in a nice, spicy sauce and was cooked nicely. The Kali Mirch Tangdi, was marinated in a thick black pepper sauce, which was extremely flavorful, and the chicken was juicy, but the sauce had not seeped inside the chicken, rendering it a bit bland.

Next, we had the Rosy Veg Pasta, which had penne and lots of veggies like sweetcorn, green peas, and button mushrooms, in a flavorful, spicy red sauce.vapour5For main course, we went with Gosht Nihari and Dal Makhani. The gosht nihari had, succulent mutton pieces, cooked overnight, in a robust, spicy, delicious gravy. The mutton was served with a small portion of dal makhani and some thin, crisp tandoori rotis. The dal makhani was thick and creamy and was served with a flaky chur chur naan which was stuffed with spiced onions and potatoes. The dal also came with a small serving of jeera aloo.vapour6We rounded off the meal with a delicious Mud Cake which was served with vanilla ice-cream. The cake was really rich and was layered with a lovely chocolate ganache, but it could have been served a bit warmer so that it would be more gooey.vapour7Overall, we really enjoyed the meal and loved the bar exchange concept as well. A nice place to hang out with friends when you’re in the area.

Overall Rating: 3.75/5

Location: 11, 2nd & 3rd Floor, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi
Phone No.: 9599003923/24

 

Review: DJ’s Pizza & Pasta

Review: DJ’s Pizza & Pasta

After reading rave reviews about this place, we decided to place an order for a working lunch at office, and we were all really impressed with their pizzas and pastas.djpizza1They have a nice range of pizzas available, with plenty of options to choose from in both veg and non-veg. Also, they give you the option to make your own pizza, starting with the type of base, sauce, and toppings. We went with the make your own option where we chose the Classic New York Style Crust. In the veg one, we opted for the tandoori sauce and for toppings, we went with basil, cottage cheese, mushrooms, zucchini, and feta cheese. We simply the spicy sauce, the generosity with the cheese and toppings, and the pizza crust was also crispy, light, and baked to perfection. The non-veg one was no less either. Here we went for the Italian tomato sauce, topped with roasted chicken, Italian sausage, olives, and jalapenos. Unlike many other places that are skimpy with their toppings, here they were really generous with the amount of chicken on the pizza.

And we loved their pastas just as much. We ordered the Cilantro Pesto and the Arrabiata pasta. The pasta was nicely cooked and had just the right amount of sauce, and the sauces were both extremely flavorful. The pesto pasta had tomatoes, broccoli, and red onions, sautéed in a creamy white sauce mixed with cilantro pesto for a nice vibrant flavor, and garnished with olives, herbs, sundried tomatoes, cilantro, and parmesan cheese. The arrabiata pasta had bell peppers, mushrooms, olives, zucchini, and jalapenos, sautéed in a fiery red marinara sauce, and garnished with red paprika, herbs, and parmesan cheese. We loved the spicy and tangy flavor of this sauce.djpizza2We also loved the courteousness of Mr. Rajeev, the owner of the place, who took our order, provided good suggestions, and also asked us for our honest feedback. This is surely a place we will be ordering from regularly!

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: Shop 18, Baba Chitru Complex, Wazirabad, Sector 52, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 9643116471/ 9643116472

Review: Ciclo Café

Review: Ciclo Café

As is evident by the name, Ciclo Café, which has entered Gurgaon after the success of their outlets at Chennai and Hyderabad, is themed around cycles. At the entrance, they have a huge bicycle, and elements from cycles are incorporated across the décor- from pictures of cycles and actual cycles, to chandeliers made of bicycle chains. The basement also houses a store where you can rent or purchase cycles, get your cycles serviced, or even purchase biking gear. The café also organizes cycling events on the weekends. And the vibrant ambience of the place is a welcome change from the dimly-lit lounges you will find in the Sector 29 market.

We started with a couple of mocktails- the Watermelon & Basil Bramble and the Kaffir Lime and Ginger Collin, which was muddled with apricot puree. Both drinks were nicely made and really refreshing- and we especially enjoyed the combination of the kaffir lime and apricot.ciclo3Coming to the food, we started with Mini Bombay Vada Pao. The pao was made in-house and was very soft, and the vada was delicious as well. They had added ghati masala (the red spice that makes vada paos come to life) which they had sourced from Mumbai, which really uplifted the flavor of the dish.

Mushroom Onion Rings: The onion rings were stuffed with sautéed mushrooms and were coated and fried to a perfect crisp. The onions inside were still crunchy, and we loved the wasabi mayo served alongside.

Another great dish was the Crispy Zucchini Taquito which had a corn tortilla topped with tempura fried zucchini topped with roasted tomato sauce and sour cream. The batter on the zucchini was very light and they were perfectly fried so the zucchini still had a bite to it, and the sauce and sour cream added flavor to the dish.ciclo4The Kaffir Lime Chicken Tikka had juicy and succulent pieces of chicken with a light crust and a lovely, mild flavor of kaffir lime. We appreciate the restraint the chef used with the kaffir lime, which can be quite overpowering if not used carefully.

The Boneless Chicken Wings was a star dish. The chicken was so juicy and succulent, and was immensely flavorful, and the barbeque sauce on top was one of the best we’ve had- spicy, sweet, and tangy. And this dish is amazing for people who love the flavor of barbeque wings, but find it too messy to eat. The chef told us the labor-intensive process that produces this dish, and the effort truly reflected in the output.

We tried two types of Steamed Bao- veg and non veg. The vegetarian one had teriyaki mushroom, kimchi, and green apples, and the combination of fresh green apples with meaty mushrooms was a new one, and worked really well. The non-veg bao had succulent and flavorsome pulled pork as its filling, which was equally good, if not better.

The café also makes in-house sourdough pizza base, and we tried the Ciclo Full House Pizza which was topped with assorted peppers, sundried tomatoes, olives, and mushrooms. The pizza base had a nice crust and a light and fluffy interior, and we simply loved it. Also, they have the option of ordering a smaller size in the pizzas, which they call “by the slice”.ciclo5For mains, we went with Ravioli, which was stuffed with artichoke, sundried tomatoes, and blue cheese. All these flavors are really strong but they were balanced beautifully in the dish. The pasta was also nicely made, and even the pasta sheet was striped, with spinach flavored pasta, and looked really beautiful. The ravioli was lightly topped with was a tangy and creamy caper sauce and parmesan shaving, which we happily mopped up with the ravioli.

The Barley and Cottage Cheese Construct looked as good as it tasted. It had a slab of grilled cottage cheese coated with a vibrant pesto sauce, mounted on top of a stack of creamy barley, all topped with salad greens. The dish was surrounded with blackberry and carrot sauce, and all of it together tasted so good, while also being a healthy option for a meal.ciclo6The Watakka Curry was a spicy Sri Lankan pumpkin curry in an aromatic coconut-based gravy, served with steamed rice. We loved the mild flavors of the curry, with the slight sweetness of the pumpkin.

We also couldn’t get enough of the Black Pepper and Chili Rubbed Chicken, which had a perfectly cooked chicken breast coated with coarsely ground black pepper, garlic, and red chili, and tasted amazing. It was served with nicely made potato wedges, sautéed carrots and beans, and a zingy cilantro cream.ciclo7We rounded off this amazing meal with a great set of desserts.

The Panna Cotta had the perfect jiggly texture, and was very mildly sweetened, which we loved. It was served with a thick blueberry sauce, which really made the dish.

The Apple Guava Pie was served at the perfect warm temperature, had a perfectly made buttery, light tart shell, the filling had a mix of apple and guava cubes that still had a bit of texture to them, and the background note of cinnamon was great, and the pie was covered with a nice crumble. It was simply perfect, and tasted great with the vanilla ice-cream.

Last but not the least, we had the Crème Bruleee. They have different flavors daily and that day it was Nutella. The custard was nicely set, and despite having Nutella, was not too sweet, and the brulee was also done well.ciclo8Overall, we really loved the care and attention that has gone into each dish- the flavors are simple but they are executed to perfection, and the emphasis they lay on sourcing the best ingredients makes their food shine. Chef Mrinmoy was extremely warm and took the time to explain the concept of the place as well as each dish to us, which we really appreciate. We loved the food, the ambience, and the service, and will definitely be visiting again soon.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: 8-10, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 124 408 0016