Review: Cuisino

Review: Cuisino

Cuisino is a new delivery place in Gurgaon serving up some delicious North Indian dishes. They operate from 12pm to 3pm and then from 7pm way up to 2am. What makes them unique is their eco-friendly packaging- all their dishes come in microwave-friendly earthen pots which can be reused. As for the dishes too, they are focused on slow cooking for long hours to ensure the ingredients retain their flavors.c1The Kaziranga Murg has slow roasted pieces of chicken prepared using spices found locally in Kaziranga. The chicken had a nice char on the outside and were coated with a green marinade made with coriander, mint and other herbs and spices which gave the chicken a lovely flavor. The chicken came in a big earthen pot along with some seeds which can be planted in the same pot to reuse it as a plant pot.c3The Akbari Dal Makhani was rich, creamy and velvety smooth, and had a robust flavor which can only come through slow cooking. The dal had been left to simmer overnight in the tandoor and then had been imparted a smoky flavor with a charcoal. The tempering with ghee and butter on top added to the richness and flavor of the dal, making it one of the best dals I’ve tasted in a while.

The Murg Adraki Dhaniya had chicken marinated for two days in a paste of coriander and ginger before being slow cooked over low heat for one more day. This process ensured the flavors had deeply penetrated the chicken while still leaving the chicken juicy and moist. The thick gravy had a lovely flavor of whole spices as well.

The Roghan Handi Gosht was another great dish consisting of mutton cooked for hours on woodfire to make the meat tender and beautifully aromatic. The gravy had a deep red color but was not overly spicy, and instead derived its deep flavors from the medley of spices used in it.c2We enjoyed these dishes with some nicely made, thin tandoori rotis and naan.

Overall, Cuisino is highly recommended for its delicious, slow cooked food which has amazing flavors only food cooked with love and labor can have. Also, their initiative to use earthen pots is not only environment-friendly but also imparts a nice earthy flavor to the food. This place is a must-try!

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: Nathupur Road , DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 0124 404 9050

Review: PUL

Review: PUL

PUL is a cute little burger, sandwich and shakes outlet at DLF Galleria market. The bright yellow outlet is rather inviting, and the staff is extremely courteous.

I visited the outlet recently and was really impressed with the quality of burgers they’re serving.pul1I tried the Thy Majesty burger which had a juicy herbs-infused grilled mutton patty assembled between caramelized onions, two slices of melting mozzarella cheese and sauced up with remoulade and chipotle sauce. The patty was really moist and packed a nice punch of flavor, without letting the spices overshadow the meat. The melting, oozing cheese made it taste so much better and the sweet caramelized onions worked well with the spicy sauces. Along with each burger, they offer a side of flavored fries. I went with peri peri fries and they were nice and crispy without being oily.

As a side dish, I tried the Cheese Fried Chicken which had tender chicken thigh strips, coated and deep fried to get a lovely crispy exterior while the chicken inside was still juicy. The strips were then coated with gooey, liquid cheese and the cheese did what it does best – made the dish even tastier.pul2They also do a range of hand-churned ice cream shakes of which I went with the Blueberry Extravaganza which hand a blend of house-made blueberry ice cream, milk and fresh blueberries. The shake was creamy and thick, and had just the right amount of sweetness to it.

Overall, a lovely place to drop by or order in for delicious, meaty burgers and incredible shakes.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Location: SF-64, First Floor, Galleria Market, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 083685 14774

Review: Foxtrot

Review: Foxtrot

Foxtrot, another new brand from the house of Azure Hospitality, brings an interesting concept of “the third place”, with your home and office being the first and second. This place transitions from a place you can work at during the day time while sipping on some coffee, to a rocking cocktail bar in the evening with amazing live music. The food menu has some great Indian and global dishes curated through a collaboration of chefs from different restaurants under the Azure brand- mamagoto, sly granny and dhaba. The decor of the place is also quite eccentric- with color-blocked paintings on the walls and a theme that juxtaposed modern with rustic elements.f1We started off with two mocktails- the Mango Mule and the Kiwi Splash. The mango mule was a sweet and refreshing combination of mango puree, cucumber, honey, lime juice and ginger ale. The kiwi one had a nice tangy flavor with a mix of fresh kiwi and pineapple along with lime juice and soda.f2The Warm Goat Cheese Salad had a toasted French baguette slathered with warm goat cheese topped with paprika, along with a salad of mixed greens, pomegranate seeds and big, juicy grapes along with walnuts for crunch in a delicious honey mustard dressing.

The Fox-Style Pao Bhaji was an interestingly presented dish with small, buttery and soft baby pao, made in-house and crispy nacho-style papdi and a big bowl of spicy, tangy and buttery bhaji served with fried green chili.

They also have a variety of stuffed kulchas of which we tried the Three Cheese and Truffle Oil Kulcha. The kulchas were filled with a mix of mozzarella, parmesan and cheddar cheese that was just bursting with flavor. The kulchas were served with crushed papad, date chutney, garlic chutney and fermented ketchup, and though all condiments were nice, the fermented ketchup took the cake.

From the non-veg selection, we had the Kashmiri-Inspired Lamb Chops, which was their take on the Kashmiri dish tabak maaz. The mutton was really soft and juicy, but could have done with a bit more flavoring. The radish and walnut chutney served alongside was really tasty though.f3For main course, from the Indian section, we went with the Deconstructed Dal Moradabadi. It was presented beautifully on the plate with a mound of ghee rice, topped with fresh herbs, with some dry moong dal on top. The plate had on the side, some fried onions, fried garlic, raw onions and raw tomatoes and the dal was served alongside in a jug and had to be poured over this plate. A nicely presented, good-tasting dish.

We also had the Luca’s Tagliatelle, made aglio olio style and tossed with broccoli and asparagus, topped with shavings of parmesan cheese. The pasta was nicely made and cooked well and the garlic flavor was really pronounced.f4We also had the Double Espresso Pork Ribs, which had incredibly juicy pork which just fell off the bone, and was coated with a delicious coffee-flavored glaze. The pork was served with a side of delicious stewed green apples and red cabbage slaw along with a tasty jus. A dish worth trying!

For dessert, while we had our heart set on the Tiramisu, it was unfortunately out of stock. So we went with the Chocolate Mousse instead. The dessert came with a dome of rich and creamy chocolate mousse, with dollops of thick, luscious chocolate ganache and tart raspberry coulis on the side. The raspberry flavor worked really well with the dark chocolate flavor.f5There were some glitches initially in the service, but since the place is running trials right now before it opens to public on 11 March, these issues should be ironed out by then. Overall, the food is really good, and the vibe of the place is nice as well!

Overall Rating: 4/5

Location: Shop No. 18, 1st & 2nd floor, Khan Market, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 9650026454