Review: Indish

Review: Indish

Indish is a new player on the delivery scene, but the brand seems to have made quite a name for itself in a short period of time. And that is owing to its delicious food and superior packing. The brand offers traditional Mughlai dishes along with a few innovative items as well. The food is all prepared fresh by highly trained chefs using the finest quality ingredients. The menu is quite diverse and has loads on offer for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

We tried a few items from the outlet, and we were pleased to see the brilliant packaging with good-quality containers with proper labeling, and the courteous demeanor of the delivery person, who made the special effort to climb up the stairs and drop off the food at our dining table.indish1The Tandoori Kathal had crispy jackfruit coated with a yogurt and spice dressing, chargrilled in clay oven to get a nice meaty texture and lovely flavor.

The Hariyali Chicken Tikka had big, juicy chicken pieces coated in a marinade of mint, coriander, and spices, and was delicious.

The Butter Chicken Samosa was a really nice and interesting dish- it had crispy, flaky mini samosas filled with shredded chicken, served with butter chicken gravy as a dipping sauce.indish2The Dal Makhani was really thick and robust, as was simmered overnight to get a nice creamy texture. However, it could have done with a bit more kastoori methi flavor.

The Mutton Nihari was one of the best we’ve had- it had prime cuts of lamb, which were stewed overnight with added bone marrow and aromatic spices, on a low flame to get a deep flavor. The gravy was really flavorsome without being too spicy, and had nice earthy undertones.

The Gosht Biryani came sealed in a handi, made with basmati rice layered with spiced braised lamb, fresh herbs, and browned onions. We enjoyed the biryani with Burrani Raita- a yogurt tempered with fried garlic and chilies.indish3Their desserts were also exceptional- the Beetroot Halwa had shredded beetroot cooked over a slow flame, topped with grated khoya and pistachio slivers. But what we enjoyed even more was the Spinach Halwa, something which we tried for the first time. The spinach was slow cooked so it retained its vibrancy, and was very lightly sweetened, and topped with slivered almonds and khoya.indish4Overall, we loved the food and the packaging, and will be ordering again very soon. This place is highly recommended!

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: Ishwar Nagar, New Delhi
Phone No.: 011 4015 8816

Review: Deseez – The Food Designers

Review: Deseez – The Food Designers

Deseez prides itself on delivering “desi” food, and offers up some amazing North Indian and Mughlai dishes, along with some dishes from Hyderabad, Bihar, etc. What’s also exciting is their range of unique desserts such as custard apple kheer, gulab jamun cheese cake, red velvet shahi tukda, and baked rasgulla pie.deseez1We ordered a few items, which came neatly packed and were delivered right on time. The Kebab Platter had murg basil tikka, murg zaitooni kalmi, chapli kebab, gosht seekh kebab, and patrani machhi. The basil tikka had juicy chicken chunks coated with a lovely, fresh paste made with basil and walnuts, which was really flavorful, and the murg kalmi had chicken drumsticks crusted with dried black olives and chili flakes, and grilled to perfection. The seekh kebab was really juicy and flavorsome, and the chapli kebab had a juicy patty made with coarsely minced mutton mixed with spices, and we really loved that it had a nice bite to it. The fish was steamed in a banana leaf, making it really moist and flaky, and it topped with a tasty house-special chutney.deseez2The Gosht Motiya Biryani came sealed in a handi, and had fragrant, perfectly-cooked rice, which was mildly flavored, just as it should be, along with juicy meat balls. The biryani was topped with caramelized onions, which added a nice element to it, and was served with salan and raita.

The Dal Makhani was one of the best we’ve had from any delivery outlets. They say it is slow-cooked over 18 hours, and we could feel that in the thick and creamy texture and robust flavor of the dal. The Murg Tak-a-Tak had chicken cooked in a thick gravy with onions and bell peppers, and was full of flavor. We enjoyed these dishes with Pudina Lachcha and Basil-Cheese Naan, and while the breads were both thin and well-made, we felt that the basil-cheese naan could have been cheesier.

From their exciting dessert menu, we went with the Custard Apple ki Kheer, which was really tasty and innovative, but could have done with lesser cardamom and that was overpowering the subtle flavor of the custard apple.deseez3The food is tasty, the portions are large, and the prices are reasonable, making this a place worth trying for sure!

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Currently delivering across Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 95992 99000

Review: Culinate

Review: Culinate

Culinate is a boon for all those who want to eat healthy, but don’t want to limit themselves to just juices and salads. Culinate offers delicious, healthy, gourmet world cuisine, delivered to your doorstep. The packaging is super convenient, non-toxic, and bio-degradable, the portion sizes are good, and the options available are plentiful- ranging from salads, soups, sandwiches and burgers, to sumptuous Continental, Chinese, Mexican, and Mediterranean meals.culinate1Their online order platform and app are both super easy to use, and each dish has a detailed description, and also mentions the calorie count. We ordered three dishes from their diverse menu, and tried to go for different cuisines, and were impressed with all three.

The Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Couscous Bulgur was a recipe made with no oil, and consisted of juicy pieces of chicken breast slow-cooked in a clay pot with preserved lemon with a flavorful stew-style gravy. The chicken was served with herbed couscous and cracked bulgur wheat, dotted with spring onions and bell peppers.

The Grilled Chicken in Lemon Butter Sauce had two lightly-crusted herbed chicken breasts, grilled to perfection, and topped with a zingy, thick lemon butter sauce. The sauce imparted a lot of flavor to the chicken and we were happy that they had sent extra sauce with the dish. We enjoyed the chicken with some grilled vegetables and white rice pilaf.culinate3The Chicken Mezze Platter was an absolute delight and we were really happy with how neatly all the items were packed. The platter had chicken shawarma which had soft, nicely grilled, thin bread filled with a mixture of juicy chicken, onions and spices, along with toyuk chicken kebabs, tabbouleh, pita bread, and dips. The toyuk kebabs had nicely cooked boneless chicken pieces doused with a mild sauce and seasoned with a Turkish spice blend, and were really tasty. The pita bread was nice and thin, and the dips- hummus, tzatziki, and pesto, were all fresh, vibrant and really tasty. The tabbouleh, however, was a tad bland, and could have done with some more herbs to enhance the flavor.culinate2Overall, Culinate is a place we’ve bookmarked for all those times when hunger pangs strike but we still need to eat healthy (though really tasty) food!

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Currently delivering across South Delhi and Noida
Phone No.: +91 88820 00800

Review: The Junkyard Café, Rajouri Garden

Review: The Junkyard Café, Rajouri Garden

The Junkyard Café’s interiors are really unique- made out of recycled and junk material- with elements like sofa covers made with jeans, table made with computer motherboards, lanterns consisting of glass bottles, and a Mona Lisa painting made with bolts and screws. The menu is really vast, having items ranging from Indian to Continental, Chinese, and Mediterranean.junkyard1We started off with a Citrus Mart Mocktail, which had a mix of orange, lime, pomegranate, and ginger. The Strawberry Coconut Shake was really nice as well, with both flavors coming through nicely.junkyard2The Junkyard Veg Special Platter had spicy onion rings, cheesy potato skins, four cheese spring rolls, and cheese jalapeno croquettes. The onion rings had a nice spicy and crunchy batter coating on it and tasted great with the barbeque sauce and ranch dressing. The potato skins were nicely filled with gooey, melted cheese and bell peppers, but the potatoes could be a tad crispier. This dish tasted really nice with the fresh tomato salsa and sour cream served alongside. The spring rolls had a crunchy, thin filo sheet covering, and was filled with spinach, sweet corn, jalapenos, and four types of cheese- mozzarella, cheddar, ricotta, and parmesan). The jalapenos and cheese croquettes were crispy and spicy but we would have preferred it to be cheesier.junkyard4The Tandoori Veg Platter had achaari paneer tikka, subz seekh, malai broccoli, and malai soya chaap. The marination on the paneer tikka was really tangy and spicy and the flavor had penetrated inside as well, while the malai broccoli had a creamy and flavorful sauce on it. The subz seekh was one of the best veg seekh kebabs that we’ve had, as it was full of flavor and was not dry at all. The soya chaap on the other hand, could have been softer.

The Tandoori Non Veg Platter had chicken tikka, mutton seekh, and chicken seekh. The chicken tikka was succulent and had a spicy marinade on it. The chicken and mutton seekh were both really juicy and flavorsome.junkyard3The Junkyard Special Veg Burger had a nice and juicy mixed vegetable patty with crushed cashew nuts for texture, and was topped with cheese and balsamic onions. The burger was served with nice, crispy french fries.

The Peri Peri Butterfly Chicken was perfectly cooked, and had nice grill-marks on it. The chicken was coated with a zingy, spicy sauce, which really amped up the flavor. The chicken was served with fluffy mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables.junkyard5We ended the meal with a Chocolate Walnut Brownie, which was nicely made, served warm with vanilla ice-cream and chocolate sauce.

Overall, this is a really nice place to hang out with friends!

Overall Rating: 3.75/5

Location: 2nd & 3rd Floor, J-2/12 BK Dutt Market, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi
Also has outlets at Connaught Place and Saket
Phone No.: +91 99103 86329

Review: The Cake Company

Review: The Cake Company

When the packaging is super pretty and the products are delicious, what more could you ask for. The Cake Company offers a range of cakes and other confectionery, all made with love and attention to detail. The products I ordered came in a cute little colorful bag, which would be perfect for gifting.cakecompany1The Marble Portable Cake had swirls of dark chocolate and vanilla cake, and was really fresh and moist. The Belgium Milk Chocolate Bar had crisp, neat edges and a creamy, rich mouth-feel. The Madeleine Can had vanilla and chocolate brownie flavored madeleines, which were spongy, buttery, and just adequately sweetened. The cute little jar of Chocolate Fondue Dipping Sauce had smooth, velvety dark chocolate fondue sauce which we simply loved.cakecompany2We were happy with all the products, and the packaging, and will be ordering again soon.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: A-55/13-14, DLF Phase-1, Behind DLF Mega Mall, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 98112 79755

Review: Dietliciouz

Review: Dietliciouz

Dietliciouz, provides healthy food made using locally sourced and seasonal produce, right to your doorstep. They offer up a nice range of dishes, and their motto is to provide tasty, healthy dishes. The delivery was timely and the food was packed nicely.dietliciouz1The Banana Pancake had nice, fluffy and soft pancakes filled with chopped bananas, a little drizzle of Nutella, and sweetened with honey.

The Chicken in Pesto Sauce was a complete meal, consisting of juicy pieces of chicken breast marinated with a vibrant and fresh basil pesto, and then grilled with homemade spicy tomato pesto. The sauces imparted a nice flavor to the chicken, which went well with the boiled brown rice served alongside. The assorted grilled vegetables were also nicely cooked and well-seasoned.

The Flourless Choco Protein Cookie tasted decent, but the texture was a bit too hard and chewy.dietliciouz2Overall, a nice place to order from to keep your pledge of eating healthy.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Location: Shop 3, Meharchand Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 79999 99981; +91 8000600096

Review: Artusi Ristorante in Piazza Horizon

Review: Artusi Ristorante in Piazza Horizon

Artusi has been my go-to place each time I’m craving some delicious, authentic Italian fare, and now my favorite Italian restaurant in the city has opened the doors of its second outlet, in the atrium area at Two Horizon Center, Gurgaon. Artusi is owned and run by a delightful Italian gentleman, Mr. Balcon, who is a gracious host, and whose love for food and his excitement to share this love is palpable. He is exuberant and talkative, and makes you instantly feel at home. The food here is specifically from the Emilia Romagna region in North-eastern Italy, and is absolutely authentic- no fusion, no twists, and no short-cuts. They are perhaps the only Italian restaurant brand in the city bold enough to not keep pizzas on their menu. All their pastas are hand-rolled and hand-cut daily, and they have a diverse range of pasta options available. Apart from pastas, they also have risottos, meats, fish, salads, soups, desserts, exquisite Italian wines, and some amazing cocktails.artusig1The Gurgaon outlet has been done up with the same elegance and finesse as the GK one, with minimalistic and classy décor. Since this place has the benefit of al fresco seating area, that just adds to the charm of the restaurant.

The assorted bread basket we were served at the beginning of the meal, had warm, freshly baked sourdough, focaccia, brioche buns, and soup sticks.

We enjoyed these wonderful breads with a cocktail- Modena, a tribute to the town where the original traditional balsamic vinegar originates from. The cocktail had a base of balsamic vinegar, mixed with macerated strawberries shrub and gin, and had a lovely sweet-tart and slightly fruity taste.artusig2We started with two soups- Gazpacho Italiano and Vellutata di Asparagi Bianchi. The gazpacho was a chilled soup made from tomatoes, and was served in a clear glass cup, with a side of finely diced vegetables and bread croutons. The gazpacho, which was finished with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, was really flavorsome. The Vellutata di Asparagi Bianchi had a creamy, luscious white asparagus cream velouté, topped with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and some pine nuts. The velvety texture and the delicate flavor of the soup were simply mind-blowing, making this a must0try dish.

Next, we went with Tortino di Porri, which was a quiche stuffed with creamy, oozing cheese and leeks, topped with melted mild Gorgonzola. The quiche had a nice, crumbly texture, counter balanced with the creamy filling, and the zingy, fresh side salad cut through the richness of the dish.artusig3After the starter and soups, we ordered three pastas, and making the decision of which pastas to go for was one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do, since they all sound so amazing.

The Triangoli alle Verdure Cotte had triangle shaped pasta pockets made with spinach-flavored pasta dough, filled with roasted and spiced vegetables, set in a robust sauce of tomato and pepperoncino. The pasta looked as vibrant as it tasted.artusig4Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe is a classic dish, made with just three ingredients, so there is nothing to hide behind. This dish is all about the spaghetti, which in this case, was made so well and cooked perfectly al dente. It was set in a mild sauce of butter, Parmigiano-Reggiano and black ground pepper. This dish is proof of the fact that the simplest of things are always the best.

The Raviolo al Burrio e agli Asparagi simply took our breath away. The dish consisted of square-shaped pasta pockets filled with spinach, herbs, and ricotta cheese, set in a butter sauce with sage and asparagus. The ravioli filling was really flavorsome, and the butter sage sauce was delicate and wonderful.artusig5For the main course, we went with Agnello, which were essentially New Zealand Lamb Chops, grilled to perfection, and drizzled with a zingy pistachio lemon oil which imparted the lamb chops so much flavor. The chops were served with baked potatoes, grilled eggplant, tomatoes, and crispy shoe string potatoes.

We finished the meal with some fantastic desserts. The Tiramisu was one of the best renditions of the dish we’ve had- with light and airy mascarpone atop soft sponge soaked in coffee and brandy. The Cioccolato Nero e Scorza di Arancia had rich, dark, and airy chocolate mousse served with an orange sauce and caramelized orange peel. The combination of the dark chocolate and orange is a classic one, that worked really well here as well, and we especially found the rich, bitter-sweet chocolate mousse amazing.artusig6The service was also exceptional throughout- the servers were very courteous without being overbearing, our plates were changed promptly, each dish was explained to us properly, and we were asked for feedback on all the dishes. Yes, the prices are steep, but the quality of the food and ingredients, the service, and the ambience totally justifies the high prices. The food here is so amazing- it is simple, rustic, and supremely delicious, and for food this good, anything less than a 5 on 5 will be unfair! Artusi is a place that should be bookmarked for repeated visits!

Overall Rating: 5/5

Location: Plaza Level, Two Horizon Center, DLF Phase 5, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 11 4906 6666; +91 99589 94888; 0124 667 6666