Review: The Cake Company

Review: The Cake Company

When the packaging is super pretty and the products are delicious, what more could you ask for. The Cake Company offers a range of cakes and other confectionery, all made with love and attention to detail. The products I ordered came in a cute little colorful bag, which would be perfect for gifting.cakecompany1The Marble Portable Cake had swirls of dark chocolate and vanilla cake, and was really fresh and moist. The Belgium Milk Chocolate Bar had crisp, neat edges and a creamy, rich mouth-feel. The Madeleine Can had vanilla and chocolate brownie flavored madeleines, which were spongy, buttery, and just adequately sweetened. The cute little jar of Chocolate Fondue Dipping Sauce had smooth, velvety dark chocolate fondue sauce which we simply loved.cakecompany2We were happy with all the products, and the packaging, and will be ordering again soon.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: A-55/13-14, DLF Phase-1, Behind DLF Mega Mall, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 98112 79755

Review: Dietliciouz

Review: Dietliciouz

Dietliciouz, provides healthy food made using locally sourced and seasonal produce, right to your doorstep. They offer up a nice range of dishes, and their motto is to provide tasty, healthy dishes. The delivery was timely and the food was packed nicely.dietliciouz1The Banana Pancake had nice, fluffy and soft pancakes filled with chopped bananas, a little drizzle of Nutella, and sweetened with honey.

The Chicken in Pesto Sauce was a complete meal, consisting of juicy pieces of chicken breast marinated with a vibrant and fresh basil pesto, and then grilled with homemade spicy tomato pesto. The sauces imparted a nice flavor to the chicken, which went well with the boiled brown rice served alongside. The assorted grilled vegetables were also nicely cooked and well-seasoned.

The Flourless Choco Protein Cookie tasted decent, but the texture was a bit too hard and chewy.dietliciouz2Overall, a nice place to order from to keep your pledge of eating healthy.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Location: Shop 3, Meharchand Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 79999 99981; +91 8000600096

Review: Artusi Ristorante in Piazza Horizon

Review: Artusi Ristorante in Piazza Horizon

Artusi has been my go-to place each time I’m craving some delicious, authentic Italian fare, and now my favorite Italian restaurant in the city has opened the doors of its second outlet, in the atrium area at Two Horizon Center, Gurgaon. Artusi is owned and run by a delightful Italian gentleman, Mr. Balcon, who is a gracious host, and whose love for food and his excitement to share this love is palpable. He is exuberant and talkative, and makes you instantly feel at home. The food here is specifically from the Emilia Romagna region in North-eastern Italy, and is absolutely authentic- no fusion, no twists, and no short-cuts. They are perhaps the only Italian restaurant brand in the city bold enough to not keep pizzas on their menu. All their pastas are hand-rolled and hand-cut daily, and they have a diverse range of pasta options available. Apart from pastas, they also have risottos, meats, fish, salads, soups, desserts, exquisite Italian wines, and some amazing cocktails.artusig1The Gurgaon outlet has been done up with the same elegance and finesse as the GK one, with minimalistic and classy décor. Since this place has the benefit of al fresco seating area, that just adds to the charm of the restaurant.

The assorted bread basket we were served at the beginning of the meal, had warm, freshly baked sourdough, focaccia, brioche buns, and soup sticks.

We enjoyed these wonderful breads with a cocktail- Modena, a tribute to the town where the original traditional balsamic vinegar originates from. The cocktail had a base of balsamic vinegar, mixed with macerated strawberries shrub and gin, and had a lovely sweet-tart and slightly fruity taste.artusig2We started with two soups- Gazpacho Italiano and Vellutata di Asparagi Bianchi. The gazpacho was a chilled soup made from tomatoes, and was served in a clear glass cup, with a side of finely diced vegetables and bread croutons. The gazpacho, which was finished with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, was really flavorsome. The Vellutata di Asparagi Bianchi had a creamy, luscious white asparagus cream velouté, topped with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and some pine nuts. The velvety texture and the delicate flavor of the soup were simply mind-blowing, making this a must0try dish.

Next, we went with Tortino di Porri, which was a quiche stuffed with creamy, oozing cheese and leeks, topped with melted mild Gorgonzola. The quiche had a nice, crumbly texture, counter balanced with the creamy filling, and the zingy, fresh side salad cut through the richness of the dish.artusig3After the starter and soups, we ordered three pastas, and making the decision of which pastas to go for was one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do, since they all sound so amazing.

The Triangoli alle Verdure Cotte had triangle shaped pasta pockets made with spinach-flavored pasta dough, filled with roasted and spiced vegetables, set in a robust sauce of tomato and pepperoncino. The pasta looked as vibrant as it tasted.artusig4Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe is a classic dish, made with just three ingredients, so there is nothing to hide behind. This dish is all about the spaghetti, which in this case, was made so well and cooked perfectly al dente. It was set in a mild sauce of butter, Parmigiano-Reggiano and black ground pepper. This dish is proof of the fact that the simplest of things are always the best.

The Raviolo al Burrio e agli Asparagi simply took our breath away. The dish consisted of square-shaped pasta pockets filled with spinach, herbs, and ricotta cheese, set in a butter sauce with sage and asparagus. The ravioli filling was really flavorsome, and the butter sage sauce was delicate and wonderful.artusig5For the main course, we went with Agnello, which were essentially New Zealand Lamb Chops, grilled to perfection, and drizzled with a zingy pistachio lemon oil which imparted the lamb chops so much flavor. The chops were served with baked potatoes, grilled eggplant, tomatoes, and crispy shoe string potatoes.

We finished the meal with some fantastic desserts. The Tiramisu was one of the best renditions of the dish we’ve had- with light and airy mascarpone atop soft sponge soaked in coffee and brandy. The Cioccolato Nero e Scorza di Arancia had rich, dark, and airy chocolate mousse served with an orange sauce and caramelized orange peel. The combination of the dark chocolate and orange is a classic one, that worked really well here as well, and we especially found the rich, bitter-sweet chocolate mousse amazing.artusig6The service was also exceptional throughout- the servers were very courteous without being overbearing, our plates were changed promptly, each dish was explained to us properly, and we were asked for feedback on all the dishes. Yes, the prices are steep, but the quality of the food and ingredients, the service, and the ambience totally justifies the high prices. The food here is so amazing- it is simple, rustic, and supremely delicious, and for food this good, anything less than a 5 on 5 will be unfair! Artusi is a place that should be bookmarked for repeated visits!

Overall Rating: 5/5

Location: Plaza Level, Two Horizon Center, DLF Phase 5, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 11 4906 6666; +91 99589 94888; 0124 667 6666

Review: Dilli Haus

Review: Dilli Haus

After pleasing us with their Oriental dishes, timely delivery, and exceptional packing, the Haus brand has also ventured into North Indian food through Dilli Haus. The packaging, as with the other brands, is amazing, and their menu has a range of dishes which are modern interpretations of age-old recipes- with melt-in-the-mouth kebabs, delicious starters, and some rich curries. They consciously prepare all the dishes with lesser oil and ghee, but ensure the dishes retain their flavor.dh1The Spinach Beetroot Tikki was really light and flavorful, with a deep red color from the beetroot, and was coated with a light, crispy crumb and fried. Inside the soft tikki, there was a nice crunchy peanut core which added a textural element to the dish.

The Mini Cheese Naan consisted of bite-sized naans stuffed with mozzarella, chilies, and mushrooms in garlic butter, and were accompanied with a delicious, tangy, chunky tomato dip. We liked that each mini naan was packed separately so that they don’t become too soggy.

The Butter Chicken Samosa had air-fried chicken samosa, with a thin, flaky pastry and stuffed with shredded tandoori chicken, which were served with their signature butter chicken sauce on the side. This dish was not only a good reinterpretation of the classic butter chicken, but also tasted wonderful, and should certainly be tried.

The Saffron Mushroom Galouti had delicate, melt-in-the-mouth kebabs infused with saffron, mace, and smoked clove, served with mini ulte tawe ka parantha. The parantha discs were also thin, and had a mild sweet tone to them, which tasted great with the galaoutis.dh2The Olive Oil Chicken Tikka had juicy, grilled chicken seasoned in mildly spiced hung curd and drizzled with olive oil, and had a delicate flavor.

The Anardana Pork Tikka was perhaps the only dish we were slightly disappointed with as the pork was not as juicy as we would have liked. But the sweet and sour marination with pomegranate seeds and masalas was quite tasty.

For the main course, we ordered the Paneer Do Pyaaza which had soft cottage cheese pieces cooked in spicy tomato gravy with shallots. The Sharabi Kebabi Chicken had white rum flambéed diced chicken in a chunky tomato onion gravy, which tasted really nice. The Rajasthani Laal Mirchi Maas had mutton pieces in a smooth aromatic meat curry spiced with freshly ground red chilies and topped with ginger juliennes. The mutton dish was so robust in flavor, and the mutton was really succulent and nicely cooked.dh3The Phirni was also nicely made, served in an earthen pot. The phirni was flavored nicely with saffron and was very lightly sweetened.

Overall, all the food was really delicious, and Dilli Haus is another feather in the cap of the Haus brand.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: East of Kailash, New Delhi
Phone No.: 095554 00600

Review: RBG – Park Inn by Radisson

Review: RBG – Park Inn by Radisson

RBG is the all-day dining restaurant at the Park Inn by Radisson, Lajpat Nagar, which offers a wide variety of cuisines through its diverse menu. The restaurant is done up in white with splashes of color here and there to brighten up the place. The place also has to its advantage, a beautiful outdoor space, which they have used well by incorporating plants for greenery, and a couple of canopies, which is where we chose to lounge ourselves to enjoy the slight early winter chill that’s in the evening air nowadays.rbg1We started our meal with their signature RBG Caesar Salad that had crunchy, freshly cut iceberg lettuce, drizzled with a zingy homemade Caesar dressing and topped with grilled chicken, parmesan cheese, and croutons. The chicken was nicely coated in the beautiful dressing, and the croutons were perfectly crisp.

Next up, we had the Olive Oil Bruschetta, which had freshly diced tomatoes, mixed with basil and garlic, and seasoned with a dash of lime, atop their house-made fresh bread, which had a nice crunch to it, without being too crumbly.rbg2The Calcutta Lemon Garlic Chicken was a stellar appetizer, and we loved the mild flavor of the lemony marinade coating the chicken chunks, which were cooked in a garlic lemon sauce. This dish is a must-have from the appetizer section.

The Hot Chicken Wings were no less, and the spicy sauce that they were tossed in really made them stand out.

The Bacon Wrapped Prawns were magnificent- the prawns were cooked perfectly, so they were still translucent and had a nice bite to them. The prawns were then tossed in a robust-flavored garlic aioli, wrapped in bacon, and sautéed in olive oil and burnt garlic. The burnt garlic really added a nice flavor profile to the dish.rbg3Coming to the main course, both the dishes we had were clear winners.

The Fennel Lamb Shank had slowly braised lamb shanks (which were huge in size), cooked with white wine and fennel. The slow cooking of the lamb had made it so succulent, and the meat was falling off the bone. Also, the fennel and wine sauce had soaked up the juices of the lamb to develop a robust flavor. The sides- sautéed vegetables and roasted potatoes- were also nicely done.

The Chimichurri Sole had perfectly grilled fish topped with a spicy and herby chimichurri sauce, and was served with a mildly flavored herb rice, and sautéed vegetables. The chimichurri was so fresh and vibrant, that is really made the dish taste amazing.

We ended the meal with a Banoffee Pie set in a glass. The best part of the banoffee was the slightly bitter toffee sauce, which perfectly counterbalanced the sweetness from the other elements- banana, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings.rbg4The service was also courteous and attentive throughout. RBG is certainly a place to visit for its delicious, gourmet food.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: Park Inn By Radisson, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar 4, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 11 4651 5151

 

Review: The Turkey Project

Review: The Turkey Project

The Turkey Project is the latest kid of the Defence Colony block, and is not located in the main market, but near the Moolchand Flyover, which means there is abundant parking space and lesser congestion on the route. The owners Kabir, Rajesh, and Sumeet Chugh really identify with the turkey as a spirit animal, which symbolizes abundance, fertility, and honoring nature, and hence the name. And to live up to it, they are involved in things like incorporating greenery in the restaurant, employing more female staff, and have even taken up the maintenance of the adjoining park.tp1Coming to the décor, the place is small and quaint, but has a clean and clutter-free ambience, with good use of whites and empty spaces to bring forth that open vibe. The menu is short and crisp, and what you see is what you get- good quality, scrumptious food made with fresh ingredients.

We started off with a drink that has been making waves- the cheese tea. We went with the strawberry flavor, and it had a nice, fruity strawberry ice tea that had been cold brewed for 10 hours, topped with liquid cream cheese and garnished with crumbs. The combination of the tea and the cream cheese was really nice, and this should certainly be tried. The Hand Squeezed Limonata had soda with crushed basil, mint, and lemon, and was really refreshing.tp2We started our meal with Fries Before Guys which had crinkle cut fries, topped with double cheddar sauce, jalapenos, onions, tomatoes, olives, and parsley. The fries were really crispy and not at all oily, and tasted really good with the cheese and toppings.

The Fricken’ consisted of boneless chicken, batter coated and fried to a crisp on the outside, while really juicy and moist inside, served with their house-made chili sauce and mayo.tp3Piadinas are an Italian flatbread filed with meats or veggies. We had the Mary Had a Little Lamb Piadina, which had a lovely flatbread which was crisp on the outside, and fluffy inside. It was filled lamb pepperoni, egg, caramelized onions and bell peppers, garlic, and gooey cheese. The flatbread itself was really tasty and well made, and the generous fillings made it taste amazing.

They also have some great pastas on their menu, and we tried the Basil Pesto and Sundried Tomato Pasta and the Chardonnay & Mushrooms Pasta. The basil one had nicely cooked spaghetti, coated in a light pesto sauce and sundried tomatoes, with cream. It was topped with cherry tomatoes, grated parmesan and fried basil leaves. The robust flavor of the sundried tomatoes made the dish really amazing. The other pasta had penne cooked al dente, in a light sauce made with white wine reduction, cream, and mushrooms, topped with parsley and freshly crushed black pepper. The dish was served with a delicious rosemary garlic bread.tp4For the pizza, we went for half-and-half. The vegetarian side was the Santorini Summer Pizza, which was topped with mozzarella, peppers, olives, confit garlic, feta, jalapeno, and parsley, and the non-veg side was the Tur(n)key Project Pizza, topped with turkey bacon, ham, and garlic confit. The pizza had a really thin and crisp crust which was baked to perfection. And the veg pizza with the combination of peppers, olives, garlic, feta, and jalapenos was so tasty, that it overshadowed the non-veg pizza.

We ended this amazing meal with a rich and luscious Nutella Cheesecake, served with white chocolate sauce and crumbs.tp5The food came out fast, our plates were changed prompt, and the servers were really courteous and professional. Overall, this place is a must-visit for its delicious food and bright and simple ambience.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: C-27, DDA complex, Opp. Moolchand Hospital, Defence Colony, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 11 4034 9066

Review: Amma’s Haus

Review: Amma’s Haus

Amma’s Haus is the latest delivery brand within the umbrella of Haus. After conquering the delivery space for Asian food, sushi, and Indian food through their brands Asian Haus, Sushi Haus, and Dilli Haus, respectively, this brand is here to offer up South Indian food right to your doorsteps. Their menu focuses on the states of Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka, and has some traditional as well as experimental dishes.

Like the other brands under the umbrella, the packaging was top-notch. The dishes were sealed properly and packed in cardboard boxes. The boxes were kept in separate insulated bags- one for hot items and the other for old items.

The Mini Gunpowder Idli was packed really nicely and consisted of crispy idlis tempered with curry leaves and mustard seeds, and coated with gunpowder. The idlis were delicious and the spicy yogurt chutney served alongside was really flavorful.ah1The Spinach and Beetroot Vada was a nice twist to the traditional vadas- the vadas were crispy on the outside and fluffy inside, had a nice beetroot and spinach taste in the batter. The vadas were served with tomato and coconut chutneys which were both fresh and flavorful.

The Yellow Mango Curry, a dish from Kerala, was a sweet and sour dish which chunks of ripe mango in a fragrant, creamy gravy with a coconut milk base. The dish was really different and we enjoyed this with the Saffron Veggie biryani, which had aromatic saffron-flavored rice with chili, beans, carrots, mint leaves, and curry leaves, and topped with caramelized onions.

The Naidu’s Spinach Dal was a thick and creamy dal with a subtle coconut flavor and lots of spinach.ah2The Andhra Chili Chicken had diced chicken with curry leaves, bell peppers and chilies in a spicy and tangy sauce, and was super flavorsome.

The Chicken Ghee Roast had juicy chunks of chicken sautéed in ghee with red chilies, roasted spices, and cashew nuts. The dish tasted nice, but it was not as tangy as the traditional ghee roast preparation is.

The Chettinad Chicken, a classic dish from Tamil Nadu, was made brilliantly. It had a nice chunky gravy which was really robust in flavor and had a rich, deep black pepper taste.

The Coconut Payasam was creamy, delicate, and tasty, and had lots of dry fruits.ah3Overall, this place should certainly be tried the next time you’re craving South Indian food beyond just the regular dosas and idlis.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: East of Kailash, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 95551 30130