Review: The Fat Cat Bistro

Review: The Fat Cat Bistro

The Fat Cat Bistro is a new gourmet food delivery business, serving up some amazing pizzas, dumplings, sandwiches, tacos exotic Indian fare and other comfort food. We recently ordered some food from The Fat Cat, and were not only pleased with the dishes, but were also happy to know they’re doing their bit to be as sustainable as possible, by using environment-friendly material for their packaging. Also, all the dishes were packed and labeled properly, and the branding is super cute.fc1Coming to the food, we tried the Coxinha, which is a popular snack in Brazil. The dish was made with shredded chicken meat mixed with cream cheese filled in a dough and deep fried. The outer covering was really crispy and the creamy chicken filling inside was nicely seasoned, and the dish went well with the spicy mayonnaise sauce served alongside.

The Chicken Iranian Berry Pulao had light, fragrant, perfectly-cooked rice that were spiced delicately and topped with brown onions, Iranian berries for a slight sweetness and, fried cashews for crunch.

The Keema Kotlet had a spicy minced mutton cutlet, coated in panko and deep fried to get a crunchy outer covering, while the mutton was still juicy inside. The dish was served with some nicely made French fries.

We were really impressed with the packaging for Taco Pollo. The mini soft tacos were nicely toasted and packed in a separate packet, while the rocket leaves were packed separately. There was a container that had herbed chicken, and then there were six small containers having sour cream, guacamole, jalapeno sauce, lime wedges, mashed kidney beans and grated cheddar cheese, so we could make our own tacos just the way we like it and nothing went soggy.fc3The Chef’s Special Fat Cat’s Sandwich was a delight- it had a fresh baguette that was nicely toasted and filled with melting cheese, caramelized onions. Gherkins, and tons of chicken salami. The sandwich was super flavorful and was served with some fries and two dips.

For dessert we had the Pick Me Up, which is Fat Cat’s signature Tiramisu in a jar. The tiramisu had a lovely coffee flavor and was just adequately sweet.

This delivery service should certainly be tried for its vast menu choices and its delicious gourmet food that is packed brilliantly.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: C116, Ground Floor, Panchsheel Vihar, Khirki Main Road, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi
Phone No.: 011 4152 3232

Review: Game of Grills

Review: Game of Grills

Game of Grills is located in Hawker Street, an open-air food court right outside Ambience Mall, Gurgaon, and the place serves up some delicious Lebanese food, with a touch of Malayali influence. The husband-wife duo who own and run this place have attempted to create an amalgamation of the spices of Kerala and the flavors of the Arabian land. This, by the way, is the same duo that co-owns the popular Kerala specialty restaurant, Mahabelly in Delhi.gog1We recently visited the container at Hawker Street, and really liked the concept of this area. Hawker Street has some 20-odd containers, serving up food in a lovely open-air ambience, with some closed air-conditioned seating available at both ends of the street. The GoG container had a lovely, small seating right in front of it, from where we could see the shawarma being grilled and the food being cooked on live coals. Also, they make all the dips in-house.

We started with the Falafel Roll which had a soft kuboos bread coated with a little bit of toum or garlic dip, along with falafel and some pickles. The falafel was one of the best we’ve had and was really flavorsome, soft, and moist. The dish was served with pickles and hummus. The hummus had a great consistency and texture, and a nice tinge of tanginess.gog2The GoG Special Grill Platter is a platter that has one chicken, one mutton and one seafood item. We picked the Al Faham grilled chicken, grilled lamb chops, and South Indian fish tikka. The fish was beautifully cooked and delicately spiced, the lamb chops were juicy and spicy, but the highlight was the Al Faham chicken. The chicken was cooked over coal with skin-on, making the skin really crispy while retaining the juices of the chicken inside, and the chicken was also spiced to perfection. The platter also included some toasted kuboos bread, hummus, tabbouleh, toum, and pickles, making for a hearty meal.

Along with these dishes, we had a Malt and Berry Shake which was thick, creamy and had a nice balance of sweetness and tanginess from the berries and the slight nuttiness from the malt.gog3Overall, a place that must be tried out for its delicious food (they deliver), and even to visit for the lovely concept of the Hawker Street.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: Container C, Hawker Street, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 0124 466 5736

 

Review: AMPM Café & Bar

Review: AMPM Café & Bar

AMPM Café, located on the third floor of Ambience Mall, Gurgaon, is the perfect blend of a café and lounge- it has a nice relaxed vibe (not to mention the live singers and amazing, innovative cocktails) inviting you to visit the place for a dinner and drinks with friends, while at the same time being lively enough to be a place for a nice family lunch.ampm1We started off with a Dirty Scotsman at Indian Harem cocktail which had aged whisky muddled with Indian spices like mint, ginger, cinnamon and sun-kissed lemons, with lots of ice. The cocktail was quite strong and tasty, and the spices worked well with the whisky. We also had a Spicy Guava mocktail which had guava juice mixed with tabasco, black pepper and chaat masala.

The Palak Patta Chaat had thin, crisp spinach leaves that had been lightly battered and topped with curd, green chutney, saunth, pomegranate seeds and coriander.

The Chicken and Scallion Dim Sum had a thin coating and were stuffed with chicken flavored with scallion, though we felt the herb could have been more pronounced in flavor. The dim sum was served with soya sauce, chive sauce, and burnt garlic sauce.ampm2The Patatas Bravas was a Spanish-inspired dish consisting of diced potatoes in a spicy pomodoro sauce with some tangy curd sauce as well. While this was an interesting dish, the flavors could be enhanced further.

The Butter Chicken Sliders, one of their signature dishes, consisted of chicken tikka coated in makhani gravy served atop crisp, mini garlic naans along with some makhani gravy. The gravy was full of flavor, and the chicken pieces were juicy and succulent. A dish worth trying.

We also had the Smoked Chicken Bruschetta that had slices of smoked chicken tossed with bell peppers, red onions, rocket leaves, olives and parmesan, served on toasted slices of French bread rubbed with garlic. The bread was fresh and nicely toasted and the chicken topping had a delicate flavor to it.ampm3For main course, we had the Thai Steamed Fish which was a wonderful dish. It came in a bamboo basket, and had a thin fillet of fish which was steamed perfectly so it was just breaking apart at the touch, along with some glass noodles. The fish was served with a thai chili vinaigrette that had the perfect balance of sweet, sour and spicy notes, with a touch of lemongrass.

The Chicken Parmigiana had two pieces of chicken breast that had been flattened out, coated with panko, and deep fried so that the outside was really crispy, while inside the chicken was still moist. The chicken pieces sat atop a spicy and tangy pomodoro sauce, and had on top some spaghetti aglio olio, melted, gooey buffalo mozzarella cheese and some herbs. This dish is a must-have as each element on the dish was very well executed.ampm4We ended our meal with two interesting desserts. The Rasmalai Cheesecake had a biscuit base, topped with a light and airy chenna cheesecake that was flavored with saffron and topped with pounded pistachios. The other dessert was an Affogato, consisting of three scoops of coffee ice-cream served along with a biscuit coated in chocolate sauce, and the dessert was drowned at a table in a shot of hot espresso. We loved the coffee and chocolate flavors in the dessert, and the fact that it was not too sweet.ampm5The service, as it is with all restaurants under the Bright Hospitality brand, was excellent. A place worth visiting for so many reasons- food, drinks, ambience and service!

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: Shop T-304, Third Floor, Ambience Mall, DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 9971177085; +91 9560027842

Review: Pebble Street & Bar

Review: Pebble Street & Bar

Pebble Street, which started its first outlet at New Friends Colony in 1998, has been a known name for two decades. They have managed to not only maintain their quality over the years, but now stand 3 outlets strong, with one in CP and the newest one in Kailash Colony. The café-pub serves up Continental, Italian, Tex-Mex, Asian and Indian delicacies along with some amazing cocktails amidst a pleasant ambience. We recently visited the CP outlet and loved how the restaurant looked like a Mexican street.ps1We started off with an Achaari Lemonade, which was a khus-flavored lemonade with a tempering of red chili, saunf, cumin and nigella seeds, and was quite tasty. But what really got us interested was the Beerita, which had a pint of Corona over-turned on a mug of flavored, shaved ice, so the beer flowed into the ice with each sip.

For starters, we tried their signature Dal Makhani Fondue which had really crisp naan with a lovely strong garlic flavor cut into strips, rolled up and put on tiny skewers and was served with dal makhana dip. The dal makhana was also creamy, spicy and flavorsome, and the dish really worked. A must-try here!

The Bun-Chow was their take on keema pao, and consisted of mini buns topped with minced mutton, served with a keema gravy to enhance the flavors. The keema was made really well, and was not too spicy.

The Pulled Mutton and Chicken Sliders platter had four sliders- two chicken and two mutton, served with thin, crispy fries, barbeque sauce and a honey chili sauce. While the chicken was a bit dry, the mutton was doused with barbeque sauce and tasted really good.

The Phuket Fish had a fish fillet that was coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried to get a nice crispy covering, topped with a sauce made with tomato sauce, spices, onions and bell peppers, that added a nice tanginess to the dish.ps8For main course, we had the Chicken Steak that had a juicy and delicately flavored minced chicken steak topped with a nicely made mushroom sauce, grilled vegetables and mashed potatoes. The mushroom sauce had lots of thin slices of mushroom that really added a nice texture to the dish.

The Grilled Sole Fish consisted of sole fillets that were nicely cooked, with nice grill marks on them, served with a lovely tangy citrus butter sauce, grilled vegetables and mashed potatoes.

Along with both these dishes, they served a bread basket as well.

On the server’s recommendation, we also tried the Chicken Biryani, which was quite interesting- the chicken pieces in it had a nice achaari flavor, the rice was coated nicely with spices without being too spicy, and the dish was served with papad, burani raita and saalan.ps7For dessert, we had the Choco-licious Shots, which had cold coffee in shot glasses, with chocolate fudge cake cubes dipped in them.ps5Overall, we were very happy with all the food, and the service was extremely courteous. A place that should be visited with friends for an evening out.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: 61-62, 1st Floor, Outer Circle, N Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Phone No.: 9870263325