Review: The Potbelly Divine

Review: The Potbelly Divine

Potbelly, with its two outlets in Delhi, has become a known name for Bihari cuisine. And now we have a new outlet at Gurgaon, and this outlet is much larger, has beautiful, elegant decor and even some outdoor seating.pd1We visited the place for a tasting and tried out the Baggia Basket, which had steamed rice flour pockets stuffed with spiced lentils. The rice flour covering was really soft and was tempered with mustard seeds, and the filling was quite tasty. The dish was served with spicy parval chokha, tomato chokha and a spicy green chutney which all added a nice punch of flavor to the dish.

The Keema Platter had mutton keema aloo chop and keema goli served on mini paranthas that had a lovely carom seed flavor. The keema golis were also moist and had been seasoned to perfection, and also had some coriander leaves in them which provided a nice freshness to the dish. The platter also had a bun which was buttered and was slathered with a spicy red chili chutney.

For mains, we went with the Bhojpuri Thali that had aloo paneer sabzi, sitaphal subzi, parval chokha, jackfruit chutney and sattu pooris, along with raita. The aloo paneer sabzi had a nice flavor of garam masala in the thick gravy, the sitaphal was sweet and tangy, and the jackfruit chutney had a nice hit of mustard. The sattu pooris were absolutely delicious, and they had a stuffing of dal which enhanced their flavor.pd3In non-veg, we had the Ahuna Mutton, which was very different from any other mutton dish we’ve had before. It was slow-cooked in an earthen pot, and was really juicy and succulent. The mutton had pronounced flavors of whole black pepper, green chilies and onions and was extremely delicious. The mutton was served with a thick, crispy, laccha parantha and raita. This is a must-have dish here!pd4For dessert, we went with the Boondi Hung Curd and the Raspua. The hung curd had a texture very similar to shrikhand. It was slightly tangy, slightly sweet, and had been flavored with saffron and topped with sweet boondi. The raspus was similar to malpua, but it had saunf in it which not only cut through the sweetness, but also provided an interesting change to the flavor of the dish. The raspua was served with a saffron kulfi, which we thought was a bit icy, and not creamy enough.pd2Overall, it was a great meal, with some unique flavors. The service was very courteous throughout. This place should certainly be tried.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: 32nd Avenue, Sector 15, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +919667056464; +918587812658

Review: DeliBombay Café and Delicatessen

Review: DeliBombay Café and Delicatessen

A cute café tucked in the corner of NFC market, DeliBombay is run by an extremely warm couple who care deeply about the quality of the food and the experience they offer to their diners. The place is subtly, yet beautifully done up. The rooftop has the benefit of the shade and greenery of a Karanj Tree, while the level 1 seating has both indoor and outdoor options. The place has floor-to-ceiling glass windows bringing in a lot of natural light.db1DeliBombay serves up perhaps the best Butter Croissant we’ve had in the city. The croissant is made fresh to-order and takes roughly 20 minutes to arrive at the table, but is well worth the wait. The croissant is made with French butter, and has the perfect texture- light and airy on the inside, flaky on the inside with a lovely buttery flavor. It is a thing of beauty and is a must-have at the café!

DeliBombay makes almost everything in-house, from their breads to their sauces, and they try to use the best ingredients to ensure the end product is of great quality.

We also had their Four Cheese Pizza which had a lovely thin and perfectly baked pizza base that had been made in-house and was topped with generous amounts of mozzarella, parmesan, scamorza, and English cheddar, and the tastes of the different cheese was balanced well.

The Aglio e Olio was also made well- with just the right amount of olive oil coating the spaghetti, tossed in herbs and topped with parmesan cheese. Each bite was flavorsome, and the best part- the pasta was cooked al dente!

The Desi Chalupa was a very interesting dish- a fusion take on Mexican chalupas, this one had flavorful soya chaap chunks that had been cooked well and marinated to perfection to let the spices permeate well into the soya chunks. The soya was wrapped in a crispy, flaky chalupa along with lettuce, onions and capsicum and was served with fries on the side along with house-made fresh tomato salsa and sour cream.

Another great dish we had, and another must-try item, is the De.Bo. Meat Platter which was their take on The Halal Guys famous gyro. Their version consisted of juicy chunks of grilled lamb and chicken served with grilled pita bread, delicately flavored turmeric rice, a special yogurt based white sauce and a fiery red sauce along with a salad made with onions, tomatoes and cucumber. The chicken and lamb were flavored deftly, and the salad was made really well, but the sauces are what made this dish stand out. The red sauce was super spicy and pungent while the white sauce had a lovely garlic flavor and was creamy and delicious.db2We enjoyed these dishes with a couple of drinks- the Mixed Berry Smoothie was thick and creamy and was made with fresh berries. The Conundrum was a unique lime and lemon shake which, we were told, really divides people- you either hate it or you love it. We in fact loved it as it felt really refreshing due to the lime flavor.

We ended this superb meal with a Classic Chocolate Brownie which was made well- it had a thin crust and was super gooey inside, and wasn’t too sweet.db3Overall, each and every dish we had here was delicious, and was made using really good quality ingredients which came across in the taste. The ambiance is also really nice, and this is a place we’d like to visit again and again. DeliBombay Café is highly recommended!

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: 1, Community Center, New Friends Colony, New Delhi
Phone No.: 011 4019 5264

Review: Chaayos – Navratri Menu

Review: Chaayos – Navratri Menu

Chaayos always manages to keep its menu exciting by introducing special menus such as Monsoon and now a Navratri menu fit for those who are fasting.

We tried all three dishes from their Navratri vrat menu- the Navratra Platter, Sabudana Tikki and Masala Chaach. The chaach was really refreshing, with a nice flavor of mint and zeera. The sabudana tikka was fluffy inside and crispy outside without being too oily. Also, the spicy-tangy chutney that it was served with was really tasty and worked well to enhance the subdued flavors of the tikki. The platter had 3 kuttu pooris, kuttu halwa and aloo sabzi served in kulhads. While the aloo sabzi was really flavorsome with a thick gravy that was spiced deftly, the pooris were a bit dry and the halwa had a slight floury aftertaste, indicating that it should have been roasted a tad bit longer.

We also had from their regular menu Kulhad Pao Bhaji and Sicilian Chicken Sandwich. The pao bhaji had 2 nicely buttered and well-toasted buns along with bhaji served in kulhads. While the kulhads provided a nice earthy taste, the bhaji itself was also quite tasty. It had balanced flavors, and was topped with a dollop of butter, served with lemon that we squeezed on top to provide a tanginess to the bhaji and some chopped raw onions for crunch. The sandwich consisted of juicy chunks of grilled chicken tossed with oregano, onions, and capsicum in a really soft, fresh focaccia bread. This sandwich should certainly be tried.chaayos3Along with these two dishes, we also had Drinking Chocolate which had a nice chocolaty taste and was not overly milky, and the Kaala Khatta Ice Tea which had just the right balance of tanginess and sweetness.

We ended the meal with their signature Moist Chocolate Cake which was a soft, dark chocolate cupcake with a gooey center, though we wish it had been a bit more liquid and gooey in the center.chaayos4Overall, we were really happy with not just all the dishes we tasted, but also the warm and prompt service we received from the staff.

Location: Across all Chaayos outlets in Delhi NCR

Review: Karamele

Review: Karamele

Founded by Kanupriya Khanna, Sr. Consultant Nutritionist and Dietitian who for 15 years has been working with women to improve their nutritional intake and aid weight loss, Karamele provides a range of gluten-free, quinoa, vegan and sugar-free desserts and snacks, such as granolas, protein bars, cakes, cookies and muffins, which are all eggless. She uses fresh ingredients and foods that are easily available and can be integrated easily into our daily lives.

I recently tried her orange and chocolate muffins that were made with 100% quinoa flour. The muffins were soft and moist, and were really flavorsome. They had just the right amount of sweetness, with the chocolate one having a deep, dark chocolate flavor, and the orange one having a nice acidity and brightness from the citrus.k1For all those folks out there who love their desserts but would like healthier versions of them, or those who have dietary restrictions, Karamele’s products should be tried.

Location: 367, Ground Floor, Narmada Apartments, Opposite Don Bosco School, Alaknanda, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 93183 90897

Review: Lub Lub Lebanese

Review: Lub Lub Lebanese

Lub Lub Lebanese is a small little outlet in Baani Square that has been serving up delicious Lebanese food for nearly three years. They have a short, focused menu, concentrated on what they do best. They are famous for their flavorful, hearty shawarmas that are always made fresh. They make all their breads, sauces, condiments and spice blends in-house to ensure the quality and taste.

I visited the outlet recently and the service was courteous and fast. I started with their famous Chicken Shawarma Roll, which was a hearty 9-inch roll of soft and fresh thin pita bread filled with generous quantities of juicy chicken chunks coated in flavorsome sauces and spices along with fresh, crunchy lettuce and perfectly pickled veggies that had been brined properly while still retaining their crunch. The chicken chunks had a nice char on the outside to give them a smoky flavor but were still really juicy. This hearty roll can comprise an entire meal for a person. I enjoyed this roll with their classic hummus which had the perfect creamy consistency with a nice background note of garlic and paprika.

The Chicken Pita Pocket had a thicker pita bread, which was really airy and light, filled with lots of juicy chicken chunks, pickled vegetables, sauces, and spices.

The Chicken Ras Asfour was another great dish, and something we don’t find everywhere. This dish consisted of grilled chicken pieces chopped up into small pieces, served on a bed of creamy, thick hummus, with lots of olive oil and a sprinkling of paprika. This mix was topped with a tangy, creamy pomegranate molasses dressing which was so flavorsome and added a nice punch to the dish. I enjoyed this with fresh pita bread. This is a must-have dish here!lllAlong with these dishes, I also tried a few of their drinks. Their signature drink, Twisad, was a lovely concoction of peach and apricot with mint and was fruity and refreshing. I also tried their Lemon Ice Tea which was just adequately sweet and had a nice mint flavor, and their Blueberry Lemonade which was nice, but a little on the sweet side for my preference.

Overall, I feel this place should certainly be tried for the delicious shawarmas they are serving, made with good quality ingredients and cooked with a lot of care.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: G-64, Baani Square, Sector-50, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 124 422 0400

 

 

Review: Number 7 – The Asian Story

Review: Number 7 – The Asian Story

Number 7, a new delivery outlet operating out of GK 1, delivery delicious Asian food, right to your doorstep. We recently ordered from the place, and the food was delivered right on time, and was packed very neatly. All hot dishes came in microwave-safe, elegant looking bowls, while the cold dishes like the salad and sushi were kept on ice-packs, and each dish was properly labelled as well. We also really liked the way they had packed the condiments for the sushi- wasabi, soy and pickled ginger, and the sauces and dips for the dim sum.n1The Yum Saprot was a crunchy, fresh and vibrant salad consisting of raw pineapple, celery and bell peppers in a tangy and flavorsome sweet chili dressing, topped with cashew nuts for crunch. The freshness and tanginess of the salad was simply amazing, and all the flavors balanced out really well.

The Tofu and Celery Szechuan Pepper had fried tofu which had a thin, crispy crust and was soft on the inside, along with fried onion, spring onions, celery, and fresh red chili Szechuan pepper. Though the pepper did add a punch to the dish, the tofu had alone was a bit lacking in flavor.

The R&C Wings were simply spectacular- the chicken was juicy inside and had a nice caramelized crust coated with an extremely flavorsome, thick rum and coke marinade, with some sesame seeds for crunch.

The Crunchy Salad Sushi had a nice mélange of green apple, iceberg lettuce, cucumber, and carrots with Philadelphia cheese rolled neatly in nori sheet and nicely cooked rice, topped with a flavorsome sauce.n2The Chicken Chili Oil Dum Sum had a thin covering, moist chicken inside, with the dim sum swimming in spicy oil infused with chili peppers. The little topping of chopped garlic and spring onions added to the flavors of the dish.

For main course, we went with the Build Your Own Wok section from where we chose Classic noodles in Hong Kong Sauce with chicken, broccoli, bok choy and bell peppers. The soy chili sauce could have had a bit more flavor, as we felt the taste had not fully permeated the chicken pieces, but the noodles were quite tasty.n3Overall, a nice place to order-in delicious Asian food.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: 96, Ground Floor, DDA Shopping Complex, Zamrudpur, Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi
Phone No.: 7557557000; 7557553000

Review: Cold Stone Creamery

Review: Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery, a three-decade old U.S. brand has recently made its way to Cyber City, and we dropped by to taste some of their delicious creations.

They have 18 signature, trademarked creations that you can chose from, or you’re free to create your own, with your choice of base ice cream flavor, toppings, fruits and sauces. All their products use high quality ingredients and their signature process of preparing custom ice cream creations on a frozen granite stone is a delight to watch as it comes with the servers tossing and juggling the ice creams and then mashing them up with the chosen toppings and sauces on the frozen slab.csc1We tasted their sweet cream ice cream, which is their base for all the other flavors of ice creams, and it was really creamy and had a very smooth mouth-feel. We also tried the chocolate, vanilla, cake batter, cotton candy and mango ice creams, and also the carnival blue, which had caramel and popcorn flavors.

We finally settled for two of their signature creations- Cheesecake Fantasy and Apple Pie A La Cold Stone. The Cheesecake Fantasy had vibrant cheesecake ice cream with graham cracker pie crust, blueberries and strawberries. We had this in a chocolate-dipped waffle cone. The cone was really crispy and had the right thickness to hold its shape with the ice cream. The ice cream itself had perfectly balanced flavors, with the finely chopped strawberries and blueberries providing a nice tang. The Apple Pie A La Cold Stone tasted exactly like an apple pie in an ice cream form. It had French vanilla ice cream with cinnamon, graham cracker pie crust, apple pie filling and caramel, and was not overly sweet.

They also have two hot stone options- cookie and brownie. We went with the Brownie A La Cold Stone which had warm brownie topped with sweet cream ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and nuts. While the brownie could have been served warmer to get that hot-cold effect, and could also have been more fudgy and moist, the toppings and ice cream were quite nice.csc2The servers also gathered around to dance for us, offering us the entire Cold Stone ice cream experience, which we found to be really sweet.

Overall, a lovely place for delicious ice cream creations!

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Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: UGF/B/Unit No:1D, Upper Ground Floor, Building 10, Cyber City, Phase 2, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 80 4622 4285