There is no sincere love than the love for food
And this is precisely the reason I visited Barbeque Nations, Jangpura for dinner, yet again. Loyalty after all is a virtue. I still do not know if it is the glut of wood and open brick wall surface or the crowning blend of American, Mediterranean, Oriental and Indian delicacies that beckons me to come here again and again.
Only this time I had to wait for an entire hour to manage a place to sit, but then the excitement of a splendid buffet waiting to be enjoyed does not fade away so easily, does it? The live grill is something I always look forward to. It empowers you and the hidden chef within to experiment with the sauces and marinades they provide you with. For starters I was served beautifully done coastal barbeque prawns, which has been my personal favorite. The prawns are cooked to perfection, crunchy as it should be and slight flavor of barbeque will surely not go without relishing. Besides prawns they have chicken satay in peanut sauce and chilly garlic fish to tickle the taste buds. There is a pretty good variety for the vegans also, like they have Cajun spice baby potato, paneer tikka to name a few. If the starters do not fill you up and there is still a desire to eat, they have a buffet too. The buffet comprises the usual Indian cuisines and if it is your lucky day you might as well find Chinese . The main course is good, but nothing beats their starters. The desserts are to look forward to. They are usually very experimental with the desserts and there is not as such a fixed menu. This time they had my favorite cheesecake for the dessert along with walnut brownie, apple pie, ice creams and gulab jamuns. The cheese cake was so delicious that I actually went to fill up my plate thrice. I just could not stop.
But is it just about food? The first time I came here I was taken aback by their services. The staff is really friendly and very attentive. The head chef is actually taking the rounds of the restaurant interacting with customers and ensuring that everybody’s having a good time. After dinner all of their staff comprising the manager, chef and waiters personally come to the table with a cake, YES a cake and even sing the happy birthday song for you. It sounds odd and funny but that’s true. Their song goes like ‘CONGRATULATIONS, AND CELEBRATIONS AND A VARY VARY HAPPY BADDAY’. Well however odd it is, it sure makes you feel special. And if that was not enough, they even click a group picture, print it and give it to you in a beautiful cardboard frame. They greet you when you leave, each one of them. This is one of their strengths and they surely believe in making good relations with their customers through these gestures.
A visit to Barbeque Nations, Jangpura is a memorable one always, specifically with a huge group.
Foodie Correspondent:Kritika Dutta
While Lucky Bhaiyya is busy chopping onions and preparing chicken pieces in an erudite manner, his brother Amit gets the sauces and ingredients out on the stand for the evening proceedings. Located in National Park, Lajpat Nagar IV, the hub of happening college students,Yummy Snacks rules the tastebuds of many. People start pouring in the minute the counter opens at 5:00pm, keeping the brothers busy till 10:30. The customers visiting reaches a whopping 100, everyday. Not even a minute to spare, working meticulously, preparing a plethora of food items like Chicken/Egg/Noodle rolls, Tawa Kebabs, Keema-Chicken-Seekh and Salami burgers, Chicken salaami for non vegetarians and Paneer-Noodle Roll, Veg. momos and Tawa Soya Chap for vegetarians. With their amazing synchronization, they have been successful in pleasing their customers with their ambrosial and efficient service since six years. While one kneads the maida dough for rolls and cuts veggies for the filling, the other quickly takes the orders and deep fries the contents.
The delectable Chicken roll is a favourite of many. Egg rolled maida paratha which sizzles on the huge tawa, ready to embrace the orange coloured, juicy, soft chicken and caramelized onion, is basted with mayonnaise and fiery red chilly chutney. The sweet and spicy flavors of the chutney provided with all rolls and momos, meet your tongue with a bang. Expenditure on any food item is very light on the pocket. They do not provide any home delivery service, nevertheless, customers from both near and far off places horde around their small counter, ready to wait up till half an hour after placing the orders without any cribbing. A Chicken/Paneer roll and a full plate of momos along with other rolls and tawa items would cost somewhere around 50 bucks each, depending on the selection of the ingredients.
So, whenever one has had a hectic day, is sick of PG aunty’s unpleasant servings or is brooding over some life’s drama, this is a place where you can hang out with friends and feel much better without a doubt! ‘Cuz sometimes happiness lies in small and savory packages!
Foodie Correspondent:Ritika Bali
With a desire to satisfy my taste buds in a gloomy, rainy day, I decided to visit Colony Bistro, a quaint restaurant in the fairly super crowded market at Amar Colony.
Not to sound judgmental, I was pleasantly surprised seeing this pretty little joint in Amar Colony which is famous for its roadside food stalls. The exterior is cool and summery, with a canopy overhead and cane chairs and tables. The interior is white and soothing – perfect for sitting over a long conversation and a snack. The menu is quite interesting and there are many options for a quick, snacky meal and all of it tastes good. The restaurant is populated mostly by college students, and service is prompt. The best part about the bistro is that its hygienic unlike most other places in the Amar colony market.
As our hunger demanded a savory diet, we ordered sausage maggie which was cooked and seasoned well, although the portion size was small. Next, we ordered smoked chicken grilled burger, the stuffing was good and was not overdone. The extra helping of french fries served with along it added to the taste. The presentation was clever as the burger was divided into smaller crispier pieces which made it easier for us to eat. The accompanying cold coffee completed the meal, it was blended perfectly-not too strong not too sweet. Apart from these the menu looked quite appealing from lemon grilled chicken, thin crust pizza to blueberry cheesecake. The food is light and tasteful and it does not pinch the pocket. So head to colony bistro if you are looking for some delicious food and a good time to accompany a peaceful conversation.
Foodie correspondent: Tanya kapoor
Foodie Photographer : Shubhi Kapoor
Lip smacking food – enchanting ambiance – ethereal music and your favourite books – What else does one need in life?Delhi is known for its street food all over the world . But what if your taste buds want to linger onto something “videshi”?Dont worry ! RICO’S is right here to the rescue .
In the heart of the north campus as soon as you enter the world of Rico’s , your heart sets upon the tone , rhythm and aroma of the place. It is a perfect blend of street and class.On one side you find tall chairs and tables most suitable for a group hangout and the other side is paradisiacal for a date or some alone time.The variety of food in the menu is impeccable.There is something for everyone.The range varies from a basic scrumptious burger to exquisite salads and bruschetta.The chicken tikka sandwich and the pitcher of peach ice tea ordered was served in an appealing manner setting the mood right .The chicken was zesty and perfectly cooked , and the ice tea as refreshing and nectarous as it can be . Not only does it offers appetizing food for the veggies , but the choices for a non-vegetarian like me is mouth watering . They have it all,from chicken to fish and lamb to pork.
The ambiance is ideal for a perfect meal , not too loud not too silent.The choice of music being played is splendid and soulful.And if this was not enough to impress,there is a spotless huge book shelf to your left with an admirable collection of books which you are free to enjoy with a tempting hot chocolate brownie or just coffee.It also serves for the diet conscious foodies with enticing salads and yoghurt smoothies.The desserts makes your eyeballs roll and you cant stop yourself from having one .
You dont always have to pay a huge price for something good.The best part about Rico’s is it offers so much in a really reasonable and affordable price . This being one of the reasons why it has become such a crowd-pleasing and sought after hangout places amongst the campus joints. All in all , “RICO’S – World on a platter”,surely does live up to its tagline.
Experience for yourself .
2526 , 1st floor Hudson Lane
Nearest metro station – GTB Nagar
Contact no. – 9717466333
Foodie Correspondent:Damini Shrivastava
Pink Umbrella to the Rescue
by Shailaja Das
We decided to hold our first Foodie Correspondents’ meeting on a fine Wednesday morning, or so we expected, at 10 o’clock at the Indian Coffee House in CP. But truly living up to its image as being the city with the most unpredictable weather, Delhi witnessed one of the rainiest mornings of the season that day. So, three of us (Vishakha, Archita and I) are sitting with Anubhav, the DFW founder, waiting for the rest of the members. But expectedly enough, they start messaging one by one that they can’t make it because of the water logged traffic jams or stranded metro trains. So the meeting is cancelled and even the few who are braving themselves against the vagaries of nature and trying to catch hold of a willing autowalla are politely requested to return to their warm (and not to mention dry!) homes.
Meanwhile, the four of us are simply sitting and chatting in the indoors area of the ICH, all the while wishing the heavy rain would subside soon. But it only becomes fiercer. After a round of healthy discussions and useful feedbacks we decide to head home but Anubhav looks rather reluctant even though he is getting late for another meeting. On inquiry we gather that he is carrying his laptop in his bag and is afraid it will get ruined in the rain if he attempted to cross the road to the other block in order to take the metro. That’s when my umbrella, the Pink Umbrella, comes to the rescue. I open it with one swift blow (after a few unsuccessful attempts), we roll up our pants and make a run towards the other side of the road. Anubhav, or his laptop bag rather, gets the primary protection of the Pink Umbrella of course. I am certain it would have have been quite a spectacle for any onlooker to see four people running like mad men in the rain, one of them holding a prominent pink coloured umbrella but protecting only what otherwise looked like an ordinary bag.
But the run was surely worth it because, to our pleasant surprise, we saw that Starbucks was giving out free hot coffee which is just what we needed for a perfect ending to an uneventful but memorable monsoon day. We each grabbed a cup and started to sip away as ideas for articles raced through our heads just as the rain grew stronger.
Chalte firte momos shop
Sector 6, rohini
Near hanuman mandir
If momos turn you on, this is the place for you. Momos in every style, for every taste and for every mood, this is without doubt the fantasy land for momos lovers in Rohini. You can’t pass by this shop without having tasted a few of its speciality momos.
The only setback of this otherwise “awesome-blossom” shop is the delayed service (makes you wanna leave). But the momos that you get after that is worth the wait. Try anything you like but don’t miss out on the tandoori paneer momos with extra mayo (the best you could serve yourself with).
The shop entails a very cozy background and food as we know, shouldn’t be served in a outrageous surrounding. A very hush-hush place, loud only when the order gets delayed. Apart from momos, you can have maggi or pasta if you like but believe me, you don’t wanna have them.
Momos are their sort, so stick to that and you won’t regret.
When you see people parking their vehicles on this lane amid heavy traffic/ rains/ cold/ hot weather, it is definitely to have the most delicious momos in Rohini and most other places. Spicy is not the word for this shop but kinky is.
This is the place for all you foodies out there!!!
Foodie Correspondent:Ramneek Chawla
By Pramiti Sapru
Craving amazing food in the middle of your classes? Cafe 6 is here to the rescue. Located near Hauz Khas market, Cafe 6 is a common hang out spot for college students from NIFT, Gargi and Kamla Nehru. For the people who don’t know about this place, you’re about to be introduced to Foodie heaven!
Although the Cafe is tiny, its quaintness adds to the ambience. With an indoor and outdoor seating as well, Cafe 6 is the perfect place to spend hours talking to your college mates or to just sit and enjoy a book.
I, myself have spent hours here doing ‘peth pooja’. I would definitely call myself a Cafe 6 lover. There menu is bursting with variety and it’ll take ages to try each one of them (I really want to). My standard order here is the Cheesy Chicken Burger along with Fries and Peach ice tea (I’m drooling just thinking about it). The amount of cheese in the burger is just about right. Neither too ‘drippy’ nor is it less. The chicken is juicy and filling. Wedged between vegetables, this burger is a doorway to heaven. Their Peach ice tea is like the cherry on the cake! Out of every restaurant that I have ever visited, this serves the best Peach ice tea. And all of this just for Rs.190. *Gasps*
But hold on! This is just the tip of the ice-berg. There is more. For cheese and potato lovers like me, you have to try cheesy-greedy potatoes and no do not think about the calories, just think about the concoction of the mozzarella and potatoes melting in your mouth. Italian junkies, Mushroom Sauce Pasta and Chicken Panini’s are on their way. And finally for the sweet tooth, there is the famous chocolate pudding and brownies!
Imagine this is not even 10% of the menu! There is a lot to discover at this joint. For the lazy bums they also home deliver so not to worry!
So come on down to Cafe 6 people! It won’t burn a hole in your pocket but it’ll definitely put a smile on your face.
Address: D6 Ground Floor, Hauz Khas New Delhi
Number: +91 9313700550
Cost : Rs.300 for two (approx.)
Cheesy Greedy Potatoes
Peach Ice Tea