Review: Big Fat Sandwich & Pizza

Review: Big Fat Sandwich & Pizza

Another new outlet of Big Fat has opened up at GK 2 M Block market, and this one serves up both- their delicious sandwiches as well as pizzas. This outlet is bigger than the other two, and follows the same concept of tying up with a coffee brand and a bakery (ME:ette Patisserie & Bakery).bfsp1For the sandwiches, you can choose from a wide range of options for fillings as well as the bread- from sesame to sourdough, rye, multigrain and even gluten free options. We went with a classic- The American Grilled Cheese. The sandwich was served in the shape of a heart, and the bread was slathered with a tasty herb butter and grilled well to get a nice crisp texture. The sandwich was filled with a mix of cheddar, mozzarella, gouda and bechamel, and was really cheesy and creamy, with a lovely cheese pull.bfsp2In their pizza section, you have the option of going for Neapolitan crust, thin crust or deep dish. This time around, we went with the thin crust, since we’d already tried the other two. The pizza we chose was Under the Sun, and it was coated with a tangy, delicious marinara sauce, topped with juicy, flavorsome sundried tomatoes, black olives, red chili and fresh mozzarella. The crust was cooked perfectly to get a crispy texture all around, with slightly charred sections, which added a nice smoky flavor.

They also make their pastas in-house, and we went with the Spaghetti in Basil Pesto Sauce. We’ve tried their basil pesto in one of their sandwiches previously, and boy, do they do a mean pesto- fresh, zingy and packed with flavor. The pasta was coated with the same fresh pesto, some cream, roasted garlic, and roasted walnuts for crunch, and of course, topped with some grated parmesan cheese. The only thing we’d change here is to reduce the quantity of the cream in the sauce, to let the pesto shine a bit more. The pasta was served with a charred garlic bread, which was soft and pillowy on the inside and had a crisp outer layer, with a robust garlic flavor.bfsp3The service was also fast and efficient, and overall, we really enjoyed this carb and fat-laden meal!

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: M-31, Ground Floor, M Block Market, Greater Kailash 2 (GK 2), New Delhi
Phone No.: 011 42244211

 

Review: Master Koii’s

Review: Master Koii’s

Master Koii is a Pan-Asian restaurant located in a new food hub in Gurgaon, called Flavor Town. The place offers a variety of old favorites and unique, fresh, & new flavors. The vision behind Master Koii’s is driven by Sonia Parti and Abhinav Parti – a mother and son duo who believe in serving food that is made with not just the best ingredients, but also a lot of love. All the sauces are made in-house and they even the noodles are freshly hand-made daily.m1We started off with two mocktails- Wat-a-Melon and Spicy Guava, and they were both amazing. While the watermelon mocktail had a nice balance of sweet and spicy, the guava one brought together spicy and tangy notes.m2From the starters, we started with the Black Pepper Fish which consisted of chunks of crispy fish tossed in a spicy black pepper sauce along with bell peppers, onions and spring onions. The sauce had a deep background note of black pepper without being too spicy.

The Lettuce Wraps are DIY rolls served with your choice of protein- chicken, tenderloin, pork or mushrooms. We went with minced chicken which was served along with crisp lettuce cups, Thai chili sauce, crushed peanuts, browned onions, browned garlic and lemon wedges. We piled on some of that juicy,  flavorsome chicken mince on the lettuce cup and topped it with all the different condiments, and it made for a delicious bite- with all the different flavors and textures working so well together. This is a must-have dish here.

The Jian Bing or Chinese crepes were rolled with crunchy wonton pieces, choice of filling (out of braised pork, chicken and tofu & mushrooms) and their secret sauce. We went with a filling of juicy braised pork, and the wonton pieces provided a nice crunch, and the sauce was tangy, sweet and spicy.m3For main course, we went with a Chinese Stone Bowl and a Thai Steamed Fish.

The Chinese Stone Bowls came in a stone bowl on a sizzler plate with fresh handmade noodles along with chicken in chili oyster sauce. The noodles were some of the best we’ve had- they were thin and soft, and the delicious sauce had coated them nicely.

The Thai Steamed Fish consisted of a soft and flaky fillet of fish in a clear broth of chili, lime, coriander, and Thai herbs, served with a side of steamed Jasmine rice. The broth had a slight sweet taste, counterbalanced with the spice and freshness of herbs and chili.m4We ended this meal with a lovely dessert of Jellied Water Chestnuts with Coconut Ice cream. The ice cream was really tasty, with a lovely flavor of coconut, with the lovely jelly.m5Overall, the service was really nice and each dish was so full of flavor. This place is highly recommended if Asian food is what you’re craving.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Location: Shop 19, Flavor Town, Bestech Chambers, Sushant Lok 1, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 093196 15111

Review: Ah So Yum

Review: Ah So Yum

Ah So Yum is a new delivery joint in Gurgaon offerings delicious Pan Asian food at your doorstep. And their USP is their live sushi which they roll right in front of you. Their menu offers a wide array of Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese food, apart from a range of sushi and dim sum.ah1We recently ordered food from the place, and everything came really neatly packed and labelled. The dim sum were masterfully created, with thin coatings and generous fillings. The Wild Mushroom and Truffle Oil Dim Sum had a delicious background note of truffle highlighting the finely diced mushroom filling even more. The Chicken and Lemongrass Dim Sum had been deftly spiced and delicately flavored with lemongrass, which, when not used judiciously, can totally overpower the dish. The three dips served with the dim sum were really flavorsome as well.

The sushi was also nicely wrapped. The Philly Roll with Tomato Wrap Sushi had a thin slice of tomato covering it, which looked like tuna, and was served uramaki style with the nori sheet on the inside, encasing creamy avocado and cream cheese. The Veg Pickled Sushi had nicely pickled carrot and cucumber flavored with spicy mayo, and the Valentine Roll, that looked like little hearts had salmon on the inside, along with cucumber and spicy mayo, with thin slices of tuna on the outside.ah2Coming to the main course, with Veg Thai Red Curry was delicately flavored with lemongrass and kaffir lime, and was thick and creamy, with nicely cooked vegetables inside. We relished the dish with some Jasmine Rice. The Chicken in Schezwan Sauce was nice as well, however, the sauce in the Fish in Burnt Garlic Sauce lacked the punch of garlicky flavor as the garlic had not permeated the sauce well. The fish however, was soft and moist. The Veg Chili Garlic Noodles were thin and well cooked, and nicely flavored with spices and garlic, and the topping of crispy garlic really made the dish shine.ah3Ah So Yum has also come up with two innovative desserts- Snickers Sushi and Choco Dim Sum. The snickers sushi was a nice idea, but the ratio of rice to chocolate was a bit off. The choco dim sum was quite nice- it had a thin charcoal covering filled with gooey dark chocolate inside, that just burst in the mouth.ah4Overall, the place serves delicious Pan Asian fare at reasonable prices and should certainly be tried.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: SF 29, Galleria, DLF Phase IV, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 099714 34567

Review: Happy Bowls

Review: Happy Bowls

Happy Bowls is a new delivery kitchen in Gurgaon, offering convenient North Indian bowl meals that you can easily have at your office. We recently tried some of their bowls and were really happy with the taste of the food and the packaging.

The Achaari Dal Tadka had a nice spicy achaar masala tadka along with ginger juliennes which made the dal taste nice and tangy.

The Butter Chicken Chawal Bowl had soft and juicy pieces of boneless chicken in a creamy gravy along with boiled rice.

The Seekh Kebab Masala Chawal Bowl had soft mutton seekh kebabs in a spicy gravy of onions and tomatoes with whole spices, that was super flavorful.

The Mutton Biryani had mutton pieces nicely marinated in spices, coated with a layer of spiced rice, along with some salan. The biryani was really tasty, but the mutton pieces could have been slightly juicier.

Overall, this place is a great option for a quick but hearty meal all in one bowl.hb1Overall Rating: 4/5

Location: Shiv Narain Complex, Sikanderpur, Gurgaon
Phone No.: 095992 51125

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