Review: Yeti – The Himalayan Kitchen

Review: Yeti – The Himalayan Kitchen

Yeti has been around for a long time, and over this period, has managed to always maintain its name for delicious Nepalese, Tibetan and Bhutanese food. This restaurant is one of the few remaining in the HKV market where one can sit down and have a nice meal without blaring music. The place is simple and rustic, with wooden furnishings and elements such as Bhutanese prayer wheels, prayer flags, etc.yeti1We started off with a few mocktails- Yeti’s Lemon was simple and fresh, made with fresh lime, mint leaves, vanilla sugar, and soda. Ming Magical was a great drink made of guava and pineapple juice, black salt, green chilies, and spices and the Fresh Watermelon Juice was nice as well.yeti2We started our meal with the Yeti Veg Platter, which was a thali with Aloo Sadeko, Bhuteko Chana, Wai Wai Sadeko, and Tingmo, a Tibetan steamed bun. Aloo Sadeko were soft, lightly sautéed potatoes marinated in tangy Nepali spices, Bhuteko Chana were stir-fried chickpeas in Nepali spices, and the Wai Wai were dry  noodles tossed with onions, tomatoes, green chilies and a dash of lemon.yeti3Next, we had Ema Datchi, the most famous Bhutanese dish made with chili pepper and cheese, served with tingmo. The Ema Datchi had a fondue-like texture, and had a slight spice from the peppers. It’s amazing how such few, humble ingredients can make for such a wonderful dish.

The Veg Thukpa, which is a noodle soup with lots of vegetables was filled with flavor. The broth is something that needs to be tried, as the flavor was simply unmatched.

The Chicken Dry Fry had juicy chicken pieces dry fried with bell peppers and peanuts for crunch. The dish had a great balance of spicy and tangy flavors.

The Spicy Fried Chicken was extremely fiery and had a lovely fresh flavor from the celery roots and celery leaves it was tossed in.yeti4We also tried the vegetable, chicken and mutton momos, and they were truly the best we’ve ever had. The skin was super thin and the filling, without being filled with spices, were really flavorsome and super juicy. Especially the mutton momos were exceptionally tasty.yeti5For main course, we went with the veg and non-veg Thakali Thalis. The veg one had paneer, dal, gundruk sadeko, rai ka saag, piro aloo, fried karela, achaar, pickle, papad, curd, and rice, and the non-veg one had all the same elements except for the mutton in place of the paneer. The mutton was so juicy and soft, and the gravy had whole spices, and was so flavorsome. The dal had lots of ghee to give it a well-rounded flavor. The Gundruk sadeko had sundried spinach tossed in traditional spices, and piro aloo was Darjeeling style, cumin, garlic and turmeric spicy potatoes.yeti6For dessert, we had Yomari which were Newari steamed rice dumpling filled with Nutella and served with vanilla ice-cream.

Throughout the meal, the service was exceptional- we were told how much time each dish would take to prepare since everything is made fresh, and they also gave suggestions on the dishes. This is a must-visit place, and proves how simple, humble food can be exceptionally tasty.

Overall Rating: 4.75/5

Location: 30, 1st Floor, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi
Phone No.: 011 33106044

Review: Z by Zizo

Review: Z by Zizo

Zizo is a casual dining restaurant serving Lebanese and North Indian food.zizo1

We started our meal with the Cheese Rukakat which had crispy fried filo rolls stuffed with assorted gooey cheese and parsley. The filo was super crunchy and the melted cheese inside was heavenly, and the apple chutney served with the rolls had a nice sweet-spicy kick.

The Veg and Cheese Poppers had minced vegetables and cheese that were crumbed and fried to a crisp.

Next, we had the Hummus Platter that had a trio of hummus- plain, basil and spicy, along with mouttabel (roasted eggplant dip with tahini sauce, pomegranate, olive oil), labneh bel tome (drained yogurt with garlic and mint, drizzled with olive oil), served with fresh pita bread. The dips were very flavorful and the pita bread was light and fluffy. We also had along with this platter two salads- Tabouleh, a fresh salad made with chopped parsley, mint, tomato, and burghul tossed with olive oil and Fattoush, a toasted Arabic bread salad with cucumber, tomato, fresh herbs, olive oil, vinegar and pomegranate sauce.zizo3From the non-veg section, we had the Meat Kibbeh, fried meatball amd walnut dumplings, and Grilled Chicken Wings that were marinated with garlic, lemon, chili and olive oil. The kibbeh were a bit dry, though the cucumber yogurt they were served with solved for that to some extent, and the chicken wings could have been better cooked, and we also felt the lemon, garlic and spices had not penetrated properly inside the chicken.

Next, we had the Manakish or pizza. It had a nicely toasted base and was topped generously with cheese and vegetables.zizo4For mains, we had Paneer Lababdar, Dal Makhani, Lahori Chuze, which had tandoori chicken tikka pieces in a rich tomato-based gravy, and Nizami Mutton Josh. The dishes were mostly nice but the mutton was a bit chewy and the gravy lacked flavor. We had these dishes were assorted breads and Zaffrani Pulao which was amazing. The rice was cooked perfectly and had a lovely flavor from the saffron and ghee.zizo5Along with our meal, we also had a few mocktails: the Beirut Harma Street was a refreshing drink made of pineapple juice, blue curacao and sprite while the Byblos Old Souk had muddled lemon with ginger ale. The strawberry and mango sodas were tasty but a bit too sweet.zizo2We ended the meal with two desserts- Cheese Kunafa and Lazy Cake both of which were really different and tasty. The Cheese Kunafa had a stretchy, mozzarella-like texture and was flavored mildly with orange blossom syrup.zizo6Overall, a good place for some Lebanese fare.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Location: Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 9650599236; +91 9650599231

Review: PNUT

Review: PNUT

PNUT is a confluence of Abhimanyu, the founder and a fitness enthusiast with a background in management consulting, Dr. Shilpa, a nutritionist with more than 6 years of experience, and Chef Sanjeev Takyar, with 30 years of culinary experience behind him. PNUT stands for planned, precise, performance, pure and premium nutrition. They understand your fitness goal and design a precise meal plan for you and deliver to your doorstep everyday.

They have different meal plans, customized to your dietary preferences and fitness goals, such as Keto diet, Superfoods diet, Muscle-building diet, Calorie-balanced diet, Low-sodium diet, vegan diet, and salad diet, and they curate special meal plans for the package you selected, and each day, the meals are delivered to yoru doorstep.

I tried a few of these dishes from each of the different categories- Vegan, Keto, salad, etc., and was amazed at not just the variety of dishes they manage to curate within these specifications, but also at the fact that each dish tasted great.

The Lemon Roasted Veggies Hummus Salad, which falls under the “Salad Brigade” category consisted of an assortment of roasted aubergine, bell-pepper, chickpeas, and zucchini served with salad greens and hummus. This dish not only tasted good, but was gluten free, vegan, low in fat, high fibre and protein-ideal for weight loss.

The Low G.I. Tofu Biryani from the Vegan section was made with low G.I. rice and protein-rich silky tofu and was spiced deftly.

From the Keto Kitchen, I had the Hara Bhara Keto Pizza which had a base made with almond flour and shredded cauliflower and was topped generously with cheese, olives and basil. The pizza, apart from being low carb, grain free and ideal for weight loss, was super tasty making it the perfect guilt-free treat. The base was really flavorful despite having no grain in it.

The Durum Wheat Chicken Noodels, which fall under the Fitbox, was a high-protein, balanced meal box with perfectly al dente noodles and juicy, flavorful chicken pieces.

From the superfood fitbox section, I tried the Sautéed Red Cabbage with Baked Chicken. This high-protein meal that is great for workout recovery, muscle building, and weight loss had perfectly cooked chicken boneless chicken pieces in a flavorful sauce with crunchy red cabbage and onions.

Overall, a great option for those looking for a customized meal plan that caters to their specific fitness goals.

You can check out their website for more details: https://www.pnut.co.in/

Location: Sector 57, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 097112 00190

 

Review: Dessertvala

Review: Dessertvala

This new bakery located in GK aims to change the dessert game in the city by introducing some new flavors, and making some Anglo-Indian desserts. And their specialization lies in the delicious eclairs.dv1I tried the Salted Caramel Éclair that had light and airy caramel pastry cream filled generously in a perfectly aerated and baked choux pastry that just melted in the mouth. It was lightly glazed with salted caramel sauce and topped with tempered chocolate. They have a range of unique flavors in these eclairs such as pistachio, mango and cream, and rose.dv2The Hazelnut Dome was a beautifully constructed dessert with hazelnut mousse, chocolate chards and a tangy orange jelly in the center, glazed with chocolate.

But our favorite of the lot was the Lemon Dome that looked super pretty and tasted even better. The dome consisted of a biscuit base topped with tangy lemon curd, with a thick layer of lemon mousse, finally surrounded by soft peaks of toasted meringue.dv3The Carrot Cake had a ginger cookie, moist carrot cake with all natural flavors and no essence, layered with cream cheese frosting and topped with a walnut crumble. All the textures were balanced well and the layers of the cake and frosting were perfect in proportion.

Another favorite was the Cranberry Walnut Tart which has the perfect buttery tart shell filled with a mix of walnuts, cranberry, and sweet paste.dv4Overall, if you’re someone who loves desserts and enjoys trying new flavors, do check this place out.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: C-193, Greater Kailash 1 (GK1), New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 93153 43626

Review: Mr. Magix

Review: Mr. Magix

We’ve all had those late-night cravings of sinful pizzas, pastas and fries, and bringing you just that, right at the comfort of your home anytime between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m., is Mr. Magix. They have a wide range of delicious pizzas (with different sizes- 10 inch, 14 inch and 16 inch) and pastas on offer, along with some “soggy fries”, which are french fries loaded with delectable toppings such as chicken in pink sauce, mutton Bolognese, bacon chili jam, or vegetables in tangy tomato sauce.

We recently ordered a couple of items from the menu and were delighted with the packing, the timely delivery and the taste of the food.

The Lost Your Mind pizza had a thin, crisp base topped with slow cooked pork belly in dark rum, soft ricotta cheese with basil, secret hoisin wine sauce, and cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Though we would have preferred a bit more pork on the pizza (especially since it was super tasty), it was a damn good pizza.

The White Sauce Pasta had a creamy, delicate homemade béchamel sauce, with herbs, cheese, and veggies, with penne cooked al dente.

Another great dish, and a must-try, is the Trio Cheese Garlic Bread, which as the name suggests, has three slices of garlic bread topped with different types of cheese- cheddar, mozzarella, and feta. A lovely dish, with the flavor of each cheese coming through nicely.

A nice place to order food from late at night!

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: GK 1, New Delhi
Phone No.:  080106 84684