Review: The Turkey Project

Review: The Turkey Project

The Turkey Project is the latest kid of the Defence Colony block, and is not located in the main market, but near the Moolchand Flyover, which means there is abundant parking space and lesser congestion on the route. The owners Kabir, Rajesh, and Sumeet Chugh really identify with the turkey as a spirit animal, which symbolizes abundance, fertility, and honoring nature, and hence the name. And to live up to it, they are involved in things like incorporating greenery in the restaurant, employing more female staff, and have even taken up the maintenance of the adjoining park.tp1Coming to the décor, the place is small and quaint, but has a clean and clutter-free ambience, with good use of whites and empty spaces to bring forth that open vibe. The menu is short and crisp, and what you see is what you get- good quality, scrumptious food made with fresh ingredients.

We started off with a drink that has been making waves- the cheese tea. We went with the strawberry flavor, and it had a nice, fruity strawberry ice tea that had been cold brewed for 10 hours, topped with liquid cream cheese and garnished with crumbs. The combination of the tea and the cream cheese was really nice, and this should certainly be tried. The Hand Squeezed Limonata had soda with crushed basil, mint, and lemon, and was really refreshing.tp2We started our meal with Fries Before Guys which had crinkle cut fries, topped with double cheddar sauce, jalapenos, onions, tomatoes, olives, and parsley. The fries were really crispy and not at all oily, and tasted really good with the cheese and toppings.

The Fricken’ consisted of boneless chicken, batter coated and fried to a crisp on the outside, while really juicy and moist inside, served with their house-made chili sauce and mayo.tp3Piadinas are an Italian flatbread filed with meats or veggies. We had the Mary Had a Little Lamb Piadina, which had a lovely flatbread which was crisp on the outside, and fluffy inside. It was filled lamb pepperoni, egg, caramelized onions and bell peppers, garlic, and gooey cheese. The flatbread itself was really tasty and well made, and the generous fillings made it taste amazing.

They also have some great pastas on their menu, and we tried the Basil Pesto and Sundried Tomato Pasta and the Chardonnay & Mushrooms Pasta. The basil one had nicely cooked spaghetti, coated in a light pesto sauce and sundried tomatoes, with cream. It was topped with cherry tomatoes, grated parmesan and fried basil leaves. The robust flavor of the sundried tomatoes made the dish really amazing. The other pasta had penne cooked al dente, in a light sauce made with white wine reduction, cream, and mushrooms, topped with parsley and freshly crushed black pepper. The dish was served with a delicious rosemary garlic bread.tp4For the pizza, we went for half-and-half. The vegetarian side was the Santorini Summer Pizza, which was topped with mozzarella, peppers, olives, confit garlic, feta, jalapeno, and parsley, and the non-veg side was the Tur(n)key Project Pizza, topped with turkey bacon, ham, and garlic confit. The pizza had a really thin and crisp crust which was baked to perfection. And the veg pizza with the combination of peppers, olives, garlic, feta, and jalapenos was so tasty, that it overshadowed the non-veg pizza.

We ended this amazing meal with a rich and luscious Nutella Cheesecake, served with white chocolate sauce and crumbs.tp5The food came out fast, our plates were changed prompt, and the servers were really courteous and professional. Overall, this place is a must-visit for its delicious food and bright and simple ambience.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: C-27, DDA complex, Opp. Moolchand Hospital, Defence Colony, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 11 4034 9066

Review: Amma’s Haus

Review: Amma’s Haus

Amma’s Haus is the latest delivery brand within the umbrella of Haus. After conquering the delivery space for Asian food, sushi, and Indian food through their brands Asian Haus, Sushi Haus, and Dilli Haus, respectively, this brand is here to offer up South Indian food right to your doorsteps. Their menu focuses on the states of Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka, and has some traditional as well as experimental dishes.

Like the other brands under the umbrella, the packaging was top-notch. The dishes were sealed properly and packed in cardboard boxes. The boxes were kept in separate insulated bags- one for hot items and the other for old items.

The Mini Gunpowder Idli was packed really nicely and consisted of crispy idlis tempered with curry leaves and mustard seeds, and coated with gunpowder. The idlis were delicious and the spicy yogurt chutney served alongside was really flavorful.ah1The Spinach and Beetroot Vada was a nice twist to the traditional vadas- the vadas were crispy on the outside and fluffy inside, had a nice beetroot and spinach taste in the batter. The vadas were served with tomato and coconut chutneys which were both fresh and flavorful.

The Yellow Mango Curry, a dish from Kerala, was a sweet and sour dish which chunks of ripe mango in a fragrant, creamy gravy with a coconut milk base. The dish was really different and we enjoyed this with the Saffron Veggie biryani, which had aromatic saffron-flavored rice with chili, beans, carrots, mint leaves, and curry leaves, and topped with caramelized onions.

The Naidu’s Spinach Dal was a thick and creamy dal with a subtle coconut flavor and lots of spinach.ah2The Andhra Chili Chicken had diced chicken with curry leaves, bell peppers and chilies in a spicy and tangy sauce, and was super flavorsome.

The Chicken Ghee Roast had juicy chunks of chicken sautéed in ghee with red chilies, roasted spices, and cashew nuts. The dish tasted nice, but it was not as tangy as the traditional ghee roast preparation is.

The Chettinad Chicken, a classic dish from Tamil Nadu, was made brilliantly. It had a nice chunky gravy which was really robust in flavor and had a rich, deep black pepper taste.

The Coconut Payasam was creamy, delicate, and tasty, and had lots of dry fruits.ah3Overall, this place should certainly be tried the next time you’re craving South Indian food beyond just the regular dosas and idlis.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: East of Kailash, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 95551 30130

Review: HOG – Just Fork It

Review: HOG – Just Fork It

A late night delivery outlet with its base kitchen in Shahpur Jat, HOG delivers delicious gourmet dishes to your doorstep between 7 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. The food arrived on time and was nicely packed.

The Barnyard Skewers had juicy, succulent grilled chicken coated in a flavorful pesto sauce, skewered, and wrapped in crispy bacon. The dish really packed a punch of flavor and is something that should be tried.

Afly-o-Olio was their take on the classic aglio-e-olio, and had penne pasta in olive oil, with chili flakes, olives, oregano, garlic, and a bit of cheese. The pasta tasted good, but I feel spaghetti is best suited for aglio-olio, as the olive oil nicely coats the pasta strands, and using penne resulted in the pasta having muted flavors.hog1What was not muted at all was the Lush Mush Pizza, which was huge in size, and had a perfectly cooked thin crust, covered with a spicy cheesy jalapeno sauce base, and topped with mushrooms, green chili, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese. If you like spicy food, this pizza is made for you.hog2The Sure Nuff Chicken Stroganoff had juicy sautéed chicken chunks and wild mushrooms in a fragrant, light and creamy sauce, which we relished with the steamed rice sent alongside.

Overall, a nice place to cater to your late night cravings.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: Shahpur Jat Village, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 96501 89848

Review: Scooter on the Wall

Review: Scooter on the Wall

Scooter on the wall is cute little café located towards the backside of the SDA market. The place has kitchy, eclectic interiors and seating arrangement, with some swing seats as well. The menu here is vast, with something on offer for every taste.sotw1We started off with the Baked Cheesy Nachos, which had crispy, spicy nachos topped with lots of melted cheese and bell peppers. The nachos were served with a nicely made tomato salsa.

The Spare Part Crispy Corn had really crunchy corn which was coated very lightly in a tempura batter, and had lots of finely diced spring onions, olives, and bell peppers. This is a great snack to munch on along with a couple of drinks.

The Mewari Papadi Paneer had soft paneer coated in a covering made with crushed papads. While the covering was really crunchy and tasty, the paneer inside was rather bland and could have done with some spices.sotw2The Shish Taouk had juicy chicken chunks marinated with garlic, lemon juice, pepper, and yogurt, and was really flavorful, while the Chicken Burrah had boneless, moist pieces of chicken in a spicy and robust marinade and was really tasty as well.

The Black Pepper Chicken had shredded chicken fried to a crisp and coated in a tangy sauce which had a lot of black pepper, as the name suggests, and was nicely done.

For main course, we tried the Rosemary Chicken Steak. The dish had two nicely cooked pieces of chicken breast, covered in a creamy sauce flavored with pepper and rosemary. The chicken was served with mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, and herb rice. The herb rice had a nice subtle taste, and the grilled vegetables were cooked al dente, while the mashed potatoes were light and creamy. This was a hearty, tasty dish.sotw3Along with our meal, we had a Spicy Kiwi mocktail, and a Knight Rider Shake, which had a mix of strawberry, blueberry, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream, and we found the shake to be overly sweet.

We ended the meal with a Chocolate Walnut Pie which was served with vanilla ice-cream. The pie had a nice buttery crust, a moist chocolate filling, and tasted great with the ice-cream.sotw4The portion-sizes of the dishes is quite large, the prices are reasonable, and the service is quite prompt. Overall, this is a nice place to hang out with friends.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Location: C-4, 1st Floor, SDA Market, Opposite IIT Gate, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 87504 56789

Review: Like Italy

Review: Like Italy

Like Italy brings you original flavors and taste of Italian food in a comfy seating and at reasonable prices. The restaurant has a clutter-free and minimalist ambience, done up in white and red with a large wood-fired furnace as the focal point, and an open kitchen. The owner has stayed in Italy for many years and since she has always been passionate about food, she learnt the traditional recipes by visiting her friends’ homes there, and those recipes are what she has used in her kitchen at Like Italy.likeitaly1We started off with the Caprese Salad, which was a simple, no-frills salad made with diced tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, and seasoned with oregano and extra virgin olive oil. The salad had clean flavors and used good quality cheese.likeitaly2 (1)We then tried a half-and-half pizza made in their wood-fired oven, and were super impressed with the light, perfectly-baked crust and the flavorful toppings. The vegetarian side of the pizza was the Ricotta e Spinaci, and had been topped with flavorful tomato sauce, mozzarella, spinach, parmesan cheese, and ricotta cheese. The combination of spinach with the creamy ricotta was magnificent on the pizza. The non-vegetarian side was the Prosciutto e Funghi pizza, and had toppings of mozzarella, pork ham, and mushrooms. The pizza was topped generously and the pork ham was really delicious.likeitaly3We also tried a couple of their pastas- the Pesto Alla Genovese had spaghetti cooked al dente, in a fresh, zingy basil pesto sauce, olive oil, cooked beans and potatoes, pecorino romano cheese, and parmigiano cheese, and was really delicious. For all pesto lovers out there, this pasta is a must-have. The Amatriciana Con Bacon was a robust flavored pasta in tomato sauce, with onion, bacon, freshly crushed black pepper, and extra virgin olive oil. Both the pastas had deep but uncomplicated flavors, and were really amazing.

Along with our meal, we had a Cold Coffee and a Citrus Sunshine mocktail. The cold coffee was strong and creamy and had just the right amount of sugar. The citrus sunshine was made with blood oranges and mint, and had the right balance of tartness and sweetness.

We ended the meal with two delicious desserts. The Panna Cotta was smooth and creamy, and had the perfect jiggly texture. The panna cotta was topped with crunchy biscuit crumbs for texture. The Tiramisu was spot-on; it had creamy and light mascarpone topped with cocoa powder, over sponge cake soaked in coffee, and was super delicious.likeitaly4The owner was really warm and hospitable, and was extremely open to feedback. Overall, it was a delightful experience- the food was authentic, simple, and delicious.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: M-34, 2nd floor, M block market, Greater Kailash-1, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 88601 99093

Review: Stickhouse

Review: Stickhouse

Stickhouse has a wonderful concept, wherein you can pick your choice of sorbet or gelato from a range of flavors (regular, premium, or special- with different price ranges), then dip it in your choice of sauce, and top it with nuts, sprinkles, etc.

The gelatos are handcrafted Italian gelatos made with fresh cream, and the sorbets are made with real fruit, not syrups or preserves.

We tried a few different flavors and were super happy with all. We tried a caramel gelato dipped in milk chocolate, Gianduja gelato dipped in dark chocolate, and a triple flavor gelato, which was a beautiful tri-color sorbet with kiwi, sitaphal, and raspberry flavors.

The gelatos were rich and creamy- while the caramel one had a nice mild flavor, the Gianduja had a robust hazelnut flavor and both worked well with the nice dipping sauces and toppings. But what we enjoyed even more, especially in the hot sunny weather was the fresh sorbet, which had just the right touch of sweetness and the flavor of the fruit shone through.

This place is definitely worth trying!

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: K-5/A, Near Building 8-B Entrance, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon

Review: Café Healthilicious

Review: Café Healthilicious

Cafe Healthilicious offers healthy food that does not compromise on taste. They have on their menu all-day-breakfast options, smoothies, protein shakes, detox juices, and healthy snacks and meals.healthilicious1I was sent some of their products for tasting and was really happy with their timely delivery and tasty food.

The Pom Blue Smoothie was a mix of pomegranate juice with creamy yogurt, blueberries, honey, and chia seeds. The pomegranate and blueberry flavor did come through, but it could have been a bit thicker.

The Mexican Potato Sandwich was packed with flavor- it had whole wheat bread grilled to perfection, and filled with thin slices of roasted potatoes mixed with jalapenos, onions, and bell peppers, in a spicy sauce, served with homemade sour cream.healthilicious2Penne Pesto Pasta had suji pasta sauce tossed with a mix of fresh pesto sauce and alfredo sauce with olives and mushrooms, and had just the right amount of sauce in it.

The Chicken Tikka Wrap was made with juicy chicken cubes, marinated in tangy and spicy sauce mixed with oregano, chili flakes, and black pepper. The wrap was really filling, and tasted great with the mint yogurt sauce served alongside.

The Grilled Chicken Breast with Veggies had chunks of moist chicken breast with nice grill marks on it, marinated with olive oil, black pepper, thyme, rosemary, and garlic. The chicken was served with mint yogurt sauce which went perfectly with it.

Overall, you should certainly check this place out for healthy, tasty snacks.

Overall Rating: 3.75/5

Location: Pacific Sports Complex GK 1, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 93139 31362