Review: OLLY – Olive’s All Day Cafe & Bar

Review: OLLY – Olive’s All Day Cafe & Bar

OLLY has the perfect ambience for an all-day cafe- relaxed vibes, non-fussy decor and a good use of whites juxtaposed with a few pops of bright colors. Their colorful floor tiles are especially beautiful. Along with this neatly done-up indoor space, they also have a beautiful outdoor seating with mist fans, a bar and a nice view of the towering buildings around the place. This open section will soon have a grab-and-go counter for you to pick up a meal on-the-go.Olly1I started my meal with their famous Salted Caramel Iced Latte which was a creamy thick coffee with a lovely salted caramel taste in each sip, without being too sweet. The latte was topped with caramel popcorn to give it that nice crunch.

The PBT was a delicious hearty sandwich made with the most amazing multigrain baguette that was made in-house. They make their breads fresh everyday and the flavor and texture of this bread was on point and it was toasted to perfection as well. It was filled with juicy and flavorsome pulled chicken, perfectly cooked crisp bacon, and semi-dried tomato, along with cheddar, arugula, spicy mayo and some creamy avocado. This sandwich is a must-have here.Olly2The Chermoula Chicken was a lovely dish consisting of juicy, tender boneless chicken pieces coated with a marinade of parsley, chili and coriander. The chicken was served with a tangy bravas dipping sauce which also packed a nice punch of flavor.

The Green Goddess Pasta had al dente penne pasta tossed with broccoli and asparagus in a lovely herbaceous pesto sauce and topped with parmesan shavings and chopped walnuts for crunch.Olly3Though I was super full from these lovely dishes, I still decided to indulge in one of their desserts – the French Toast. This dessert comprised a spongy brioche, coated with a thick salted caramel sauce and topped with chopped hazelnuts and berries. But the best element on the dish was the scoop of creamy, luscious dark chocolate ganache, which was so flavorful. Olly4They even have ladies night every Thursday with unlimited drinks on-the-house with a live dj. This is definitely a place worth repeated visits.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: Shop 101, 1st Floor, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 81308 38811

Review: The Cheese Project

Review: The Cheese Project

The Cheese Project is a new delivery outlet offering American, Italian and Mediterranean- influenced dishes, all built around the core ingredient- cheese.

We ordered a few things from their menu, and the food was delivered on time and was packed nicely in their branded boxes. The Cheese Project Burger had a separate cute little box for the potato chips that came with the burger. The burger itself was massive and had a delicious and juicy minced chicken patty flavored with garlic, onion, celery and leeks, which was stuffed with gooey cheese, served on a bed of garden fresh arugula, ketchup, onions, house pickled cucumber, cocktail mayo and plum tomatoes.

The Wild Mushroom and Caramelized Onions Flatbread had a generous serving of plum tomato sauce, topped with porcini, shitake and black fungus teamed with the subtle sweetness of the caramelized onions. While the flavors of the earthy mushroom and the sweet onions really worked together, we would have preferred smaller pieces of garlic cloves, as such big pieces had an overpowering flavor.

Our favorite dish of the lot was the hearty Silence of the Lambs Philly Cheesesteak. The baguette was toasted nicely and was filled generously with rosemary flavored minced lamb, caramelized onions, tones of bacon rashers, with a coating of gooey provolone and cheddar with Dijon mustard mayo and house pickled cucumber.

We also had the Mixed Berry Shake, which was nice but could have had a stronger berry taste.

Overall, a nice place for some good old hearty comfort food loaded with cheese!TCP1Overall Rating: 4/5

Location: Malviya Nagar, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 11 4246 3456

Review: Kiara Soul Kitchen

Review: Kiara Soul Kitchen

Vegetarians often face a lack of variety when eating out. To fill that gap, Kiara Soul Kitchen, a recently opened restaurant in GK2, aims to deliver tasty Pan-Asian vegetarian delicacies. They use farm fresh vegetables, sourced from their own farms located in the outskirts of the city, ensuring the food is fresh, pure and preservative-free.kiara1We recently visited the restaurant and really liked the clean, sophisticated décor which really matches with their team of being green and fresh. We started off with a couple of mocktails- the ginger ale was nice and refreshing, and the Chapman, though could have done with a bit more heat from the tabasco, tasted nice with the fresh orange juice.kiara2We started our meal with the Kiara Flower Pot, which was a beautifully constructed and plated colorful salad consisting of quinoa layered with seasonal greens and red cabbage, and topped with roasted peanuts for crunch. The chili garlic dressing served alongside is what really gives the dish that kick of flavor.kiara3The Kakeage Roll was perhaps the best vegetarian sushi we’ve had. They had used more rice and very little nori sheet, and the roll was filled with crunchy assorted tempura vegetables and topped with a tangy, spicy sauce.

The Vietnamese Cream Soup, made with pureed cauliflower cooked in milk, was really creamy and had a slight sweet note, counterbalanced well with the chili oil topping. The flavors of cinnamon and star anise worked well to cut through the richness of the soup.

The Steamed Pokchoy Dumplings were super tasty and super healthy as well. The fresh, perfectly steamed pokchoy leaves had a filling of assorted vegetables in a flavorful mix of spices, that still let the flavor of the vegetables shine through.kiara4The Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Galette had a thin crust on the outside, and was soft and fibrous on the inside and were topped with mint dust and served with a thick Thai tamarind sauce and a light salad on the side that provided the right amount of acidity to cut through the starch.

Moving on to main course, we went with the Bao Bhaji, which is their take on the pao bhaji. But the bhaji in question here had no potatoes, but instead had finely diced vegetables like bell peppers and zucchini in a tangy tomato based gravy. The bhaji was really flavorful, was topped with lemon butter, caramelized onions and coconut foam, and went so well with the three types of breads that came with it- steamed bao, baked bao and a crispy bread. The only thing we’d change here is to reduce the level of sweetness in the crispy bread, as we felt it was overpowering the beautiful flavor of the bhaji.kiara5We also tried the Organic Black Rice with green curry. The black rice was coated in a light soy sauce to give them flavor and were tossed with paneer and veggies. The green curry served alongside was also fragrant and flavorsome.kiara6We ended the meal with two interesting desserts- the Date Crunch Rolls were inspired from date pancakes, and instead of having filo on the outside and dates inside, these rolls were an inside-out version with crispy, flaky filo on the inside and were coated with a date paste on the outside. These rolls came with a tangy-sweet pomegranate sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

We also had the Kiara’s Crisp Apple Crumble, inspired from apple pie, this dessert had thin and crisp sheets of filo, with apples stewed in caramel sauce sandwiched in between, and then topped with almond shards. The best part about the dish though, was the miso flavored apple ganache served alongside, which we felt was a touch of genius as it provided a nice umami flavor and balanced the sweetness of the dish. This ganache was so good that we’d buy bottles of it.kiara7What also deserves a mention here is the professional and courteous service throughout our meal. Overall, being a hardcore non-vegetarian, I thoroughly enjoyed my meal here, and didn’t miss my meat. This place is highly recommended for vegetarians looking for variety, and for non-vegetarians who need to realize that vegetarian can be tasty too.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: M-30, 1st floor, Greater Kailash 2, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 85879 04000

Review: Melting Pot Tiffins

Review: Melting Pot Tiffins

Melting Pot Tiffins, the newest initiative by Melting Pot Food Company, brings to your doorstep contemporary regional Indian cuisine, curated into eclectic gourmet meals. And since this is the same team behind Cafe Lota, Roots Café and Triveni Terrace Café, places known for their delicious regional Indian food, we knew the food wouldn’t be anything short of spectacular.mpt3We really liked the concept of the place- capturing the incredible array of mouth-watering delicacies and varying flavors every region of India has in neat little meals delivered right to your home. Each meal comprises a main course dish, appetizers, sides, chutneys and accompaniments that combine perfectly to provide a nice experience of the particular region’s food, with regions and cuisines ranging from South India, Marwari, Rajasthani, Dilli, Kashmiri, Gujarati, Anglo-Indian, Goan, and Bengali. They even have on their menu some gourmet khichdis such as spinach and moong dal, barley and mushroom, mutton khichda. The food was delivered right on time and nicely packed, with each meal in a neat little cardboard box, with each dish packed in individual containers and labelled properly.

The Rajasthani Tiffin had Chicken Mokul, a delicious dish with boneless chicken leg and thigh pieces cooked in a creamy, mild, yogurt and cashew nut curry with subtle spices. The side dihes were Ker Sangri (a traditional Rajasthani dish made with berries and beans cooked in a dry masala) and Kurkuri Bhindi. The ker sangria was tangy and spicy, and the okra had been thinly shredded and deep fried, but did not have an oily aftertaste, and was tossed in dry mango and red chili powder. These dishes were accompanied by Khaata, a Rajasthani yogurt relish with shredded bottle gourd and infused with mustard, Bajre ki Roti with ghee, and Gatte ka Pulao, which had rice laced with ghee and mixed with poached gram flour dumplings.mpt2The Gujarati Tiffin had Bohri Mutton Kaari, consisting of mutton on the bone cooked in a coconut milk and tamarind curry, with their in-house kaari masala. The mutton was juicy, and the gravy was creamy and tangy. The side dishes were Bajre ka Chilla, which were stuffed with tempered cottage cheese, mushrooms, carrots and beans and Bateta Nu Shaak, which had crispy potato stir-fried with sesame, poppy seeds and cashew nuts. The Methi ka Thepla was soft and flavorful, and the other accompaniments- Jeera Rice, Cucumber Nu Raitu and Chili-Garlic Chutney, were all nicely made.mpt1Along with these two tiffins, we also tried two desserts- Salted Caramel Kheer and the Aam Papad and Dark Chocolate Cake. The kheer was made with barnyard millets, was rich and creamy, and topped with jaggery salted caramel to make for a nice, interesting dessert. The chocolate cake was dense and had a dark chocolate flavor, and was studded with tangy aam papad. The cake was served with a tangy-sweet raw mango chutney. The only issue was a little bit of leakage of the salted caramel, which they should fix, but overall, the concept, packing and food, were all excellent, and this place should definitely be tried.mpt4Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Currently delivering in South Delhi
Phone No.: 095681 99605

Review: Cravity

Review: Cravity

Cravity is a quaint little café located in Hauz Khas, and stands out due to its bright pink door and the cute pink car parked right outside. The place specializes in desserts, but they also have a crisp and diverse global food menu, making it the perfect place to catch up with friends, read a book, or even bring in your laptop and get some work done. The well-lit, bright ambience with the nice upbeat vibe is complemented by the warmth and friendliness of the staff.cravity1
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They also bake their own breads, and you can purchase some fresh whole wheat, multigrain, focaccia, or rye bread, or even go for some croissants. They use these freshly baked breads in their sandwiches as well, and even make their pizza dough fresh. We tried the Four Cheese Pizza, which had a thin and crispy base that was perfectly baked, topped with gouda, mozzarella, feta, brie. The four cheeses blended well to make for a flavorsome pizza, and we especially liked the creaminess of the brie juxtaposed with the sharpness of the feta.
 
The Chicken in White Wine Sauce had juicy chicken stuffed with cheese and red and yellow bell peppers in a delicious, flavorsome sauce made with white wine and herbs. The chicken was served with garlic bread, but we wish the garlic flavor would be a bit stronger in the bread.
 
What blew us away was their Khao Suey, which is such a tough dish to pull off. The broth was so perfectly balanced in its flavors, and it was scented beautifully with spices and lemongrass, and had the perfect consistency. It was served with the usual accompaniments- crispy noodles, lemon wedges, lemongrass, browned onions, browned garlic, and peanuts, which once added to the khao suey, make it simply perfect. This dish is a must-have here!
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We enjoyed these dishes with a couple of drinks: the Banana Caramel Milkshake, which was thick, creamy, and flavorful, and had the right amount of sweetness, and the Cravity Hot Chocolate, which had a deep, dark chocolate flavor, and was not milky like most others. A cup of this will be heaven during winters!
 
Now, moving on to their pièce de résistance- the desserts. We tried the Cravity Decadence, which as the name suggests, is decadence for all chocolate lovers. It consisted of white chocolate mousse enrobed by dark chocolate mousse, both airy and light, atop a thin chocolate biscuit base.
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Overall, Cravity is a good place for a nice meal followed by some heavenly desserts, or even for weekend brunches!
 
You can also order-in on these websites: cravity.xyz and cravitycakes.com
 
Overall Rating: 4.25/5
 
Location: A 15A/1, Hauz Khas, New Delhi
Phone No.: 011 2656 2579