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Wenger’s Deli

June 28, 2014

Wenger’s Deli

By Somya Kukreti

Wenger’s Deli is a restaurant located at the end of A-block in Connaught Place and could be very easily missed if you don’t know what you’re looking for. You might know the Wenger’s bakery better for its long standing reputation but the Deli too is a fantastic place to take refuge from the C.P crowd and have delicious food.

wengers (1)I love Wenger’s and go there whenever I can. Since I’m a regular there, quite predictably, I have my usual order, though everything else on the menu is a must-have too!During my last visit, I had the chicken lasagne with silken chocolate shake. The chicken lasagne is just a heart-warming and complete meal with the garlic bread. The silken chocolate shake is, well, as smooth as silk and is the best shake on the menu. There have been days when there was too much banana in the shake or when the lasagne was a tad bit burnt (they did replace it) but I’d like to think that those days are behind us.

Other than the chicken lasagne, Wenger’s provides fish and chips with a fun, garlicky dip to go with it, though I’ve always thought the fillets could be thicker. The Penne Arrabiatais smooth and a delight to eat. Among the Panini, the chicken pepper pesto is my sister’s favourite. The pieces of chicken are juicy and big, but for me, the pesto is too overwhelming a flavour. The deli also has desserts, different than the ones you get at the bakery and a wide variety of them as well, which are sure to serve everyone’s palette.

wengers (2)The location of Wengers is fantastic, though I have gone around in circles looking for it, literally. It’s a small deli with seating for only about 10 people, which gives you the opportunity to really relax and be comfortable in a place where your personal space is not being invaded. Beyond the cashier and the glass barrier, you can see your food being freshly made and the aroma that fills the small room is enough to whet your appetite.  The menu prices have undergone a change in the last year or so but they still remain very affordable – the silken chocolate shake costs Rs.70 and the Chicken Lasagne costing just below Rs.200.

In my opinion, everyone should eat at Wengers at least once because once is enough to get you hooked!

Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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Café Deli Belly

June 24, 2014

Café Deli Belly

By Somya Kukreti

Café Deli Belly, 196 S.N Market, is a relatively new addition to Sarojini Nagar market and is located on the first floor, fascinatingly above a vendor selling purses! It marks the entrance of a young wave of restaurants in the market that go beyond selling the usual golgappas and chaat.

Café Deli Belly seems like an oasis in the middle of a desert, especially in Delhi’s sweltering heat. It is located in the middle of the whole market and stands out with its luminous signboard and gives the shoppers a respite from the weather outside. The café’s interiors have tried to incorporate a youthful vibe with a touch of sophistication and this attempt does not go unnoticed. The ceiling lamps leave a nice tinge of light that illuminate the brick walls, and the effect is much more pronounced if you go in the evening.

Deli belly (4)During my visit, I ordered the Crispy Honey Chilli potatoes and a Chicken Franky Roll. The fries were a disappointment and were too sweet for our taste buds. The Chicken Franky Roll, on the other hand, was surprisingly light. It had loads of pieces of roasted chicken and the roll consisted of not just the usual bread roll, which was not at all oily, but also an omelette. The Franky Roll was served with green chutney and was enough to fill my ever-hungry tummy. The size of the roll really put me in an awkward position though. The roll, even after dividing into two halves, was too big to eat with my bare hands and I ended up using the fork and knife, which no one expects to use when thinking of rolls. For Rs.105, the roll is a meal worth your money and leaves you with clean hands!

Over all, the café is a reasonable place to eat where you don’t have to worry about hygiene or the price. The only thing I didn’t like about it was its use of melamine plates, which really took away from the vibe that its décor was trying to establish.

P.S. The menu has a wide variety of North-Indian and Chinese dishes to choose from. I am 50% sure that it serves amazing omelettes, though I have no proof or reason to justify this thought. Just call it a ‘gut’ feeling.


Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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 June 22, 2014


 By Pranay Arora

Located in a not so well-known locality of a not so popular sector in Noida, this café in sector-41 isn’t perhaps the most ideally located eatery to attract foodies but still has decent connectivity via the Blue Line of the Metro. So getting there may not be a task, but settling into the environment around might. But hey, what’s life without a little challenge – a challenge of running a premium eatery at a relatively new location and achieving delicious perfection.

Yes, that’s exactly what the culinary geniuses here at Theos are doing. The moment you step inside you enter a small beautiful world of goodness – a delightful bakery with the most sinful desserts to offer and a café with the perfect blend of a modern arrangement with a little old school charm and the essence of the simple food shining through. The ambience inside is bound to make you feel or at least have you believe that you are enjoying a scrumptious meal at a beautiful place on some quiet old street of Rome. Soon you lose yourself in that robust flavourful air around you with smells of garlic and gooey cheese and that’s exactly why this place gets your salivary glands pumped and your mouth waters while your taste buds feel the tingling.

Theos offers a wide menu with some of the finest and most ethnic flavours from Italy put on a plate in front of you. Among the lights of the regular Italian delights of Pizzas, Risottos and Lasagne, you will be fancied by an exciting element added by the Lebanese and Mexican platters. To please the sweet tooth, Theos offers some of the most exquisite and indulgent desserts and is one of the finest bakeries in Delhi NCR.

theosI started my ride down the streets of Italy with a classic Italian tossed salad which was a healthy serving of fresh veggies with a burst of herbs with a generous drizzle of lemon juice and olive oil. Next came the Zuppa(soup) which was without a doubt the most interesting soup I’d had in a long time, a mushroom cappuccino, gorgeously concocted mushroom soup prepared like a cappuccino and served like one. I was craving for more yumminess. Being a crazy fan of cheese, I decided to go with the mushroom and blue cheese pasta for my mains. This had to be perfect, with two of my favouriteflavours married into one lip smacking dish. The pasta didn’t fail to impress. The sharpness of the blue cheese, with flavourful creaminess coming through from the mushrooms, and the undertone of punchy garlic from the béchamel gave this dish the perfect balance!

theosAfter having had all these savoury delicacies resting in my belly, I was getting thirsty; it was now time for some sugary goodness which I completed with the silkiest, most velvety chocolate hazelnut shake I’d ever tasted. Overflowing chocolate and a rich smothering of hazelnuts, it was a perfect end to a meal that had tantalized the taste buds and rejuvenated the palette handsomely. The staff was pleasant, served me with a smile and the service was top notch.

The food here at Theos has flair, character and the passion sparkles through. With a nice charm to the place and some decadent food whipped up every day, they are definitely heading for Big Chill glory. I will most definitely be returning to Theos, hungry for more.

Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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Review – Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s ‘I Love Ice Blended’ Campaign

Review – Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s ‘I Love Ice Blended’ Campaign

By Bhuvaneshwari Sivakumar and Akshita Singh

 20th June 2014, Friday

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Sector -29, Gurgaon

With the scorching heat stubbornly clinging on to us, the interesting mutation to the usual espressos is doubtlessly an appropriate move by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf(CBTL) that could bring many thirsty and tired people the much-needed refuge, all yearning to gulp the coffee down in one go.

We decided to the beat the heat by trying out a few drinks from CBTL’s newly introduced ‘I Love Ice Blended’ Campaign. We ordered the flakey, foamy and creamy hazelnut Ice Blended, with vanilla ice cream floating at the top and ice crystals resting at the bottom, which, with some more effort, could be one of the most exciting drinks this summer. The mildly nutty flavored, heavily milky and mellow coffee became a tad too soft with more ice crystals melting in the glass instead of in the mouth. The vanilla scoop doesn’t add much to the drink. It feels as if we’re slurping in just water and milk. The ice overpowers the coffee bean. Perhaps a longer roast, a stronger ice cream flavor and a thinner ice bed would have done wonders.

Next in line was the Pure Vanilla Ice Blended. Made with skimmed milk and topped with chocolate sauce, this drink too failed to impress us. Despite being laden with chocolate sauce, the flavors of the drink could not shine through. We could not understand what the campaign was all about. If you are looking for loads of blended ice to soothe your parching throat, then go ahead and order the beverage, but don’t expect any shot of good flavor.

The café, in itself, is wonderful, with outdoor seating as well that has an amalgam of trees and tents protecting us from the persistent glare of the sun. The faintly lit interior, balanced by the reddish brown walls gives a relaxing feel. The bulging glass displaying enticing goodies and the coffee machines whirring away make you want to start gobbling and gulping everything down immediately.

The service, however, was extremely poor. The servers need to be more aware of their menu and the customers they are serving; it isn’t exactly welcoming to realize that the management has no idea of the reviewers they themselves have invited.

We have heard that their outlet in Saket’s Select City Walk Mall is absolutely brilliant.  With this scorching summer heat draining out all our energy, it is only natural that we visit them once again. Hoping for a better experience next time!

Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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Chef – The Movie

June 20, 2014

Chef – The Movie

By Aisha Bhattacharya

As the name suggests, the movie is about a Chef. And it is brilliant! But, I’m not here to write about how well everyone acted or about the cinematography, which frankly I have no knowledge about. The background score peppered with Marvin Gaye was a real treat and kept us swaying in our seats for most of the movie. But, most of all, the movie was about food! Jon Favreau as the writer, director, co-producer and the protagonist of the story has done a fabulous job!

CHEFFrom being the Chef de cuisine at a restaurant in Los Angeles to suddenly not knowing what to do once he quits, Chef follows the journey of Carl Casper from LA to Miami and back. The road-trip from Miami to Los Angeles is by far the best part of the movie!! It makes me want to own a food-truck!!

The movie is endearing and is filled with humour that makes you guffaw in places and giggle in others. The estranged Father-Son relationship that desperately needs mending is heart-warming and done beautifully. Percy  just wants to spend some quality time with his father and Chef Carl imagines that means watching movies and going to the amusement park. My favourite part is when Percy almost serves a burnt sandwich and Chef Carl chides him for it. By the end of that scene Percy calls his dad Chef. That, scene took me back to my first day in an industrial kitchen where I was yelled at for calling my Buddy Chef – Sir. It’s never Sir, always Chef!

The movie is filled with passion about food and if watching it doesn’t make you hungry – you’re clearly from another planet! Those sizzling trays of Bacon, the close-ups of succulent meat, prawns grilled to perfection and the careful breaking down of an entire pig in one scene. You can almost smell the food. The walks through farmers markets and the sheer delight, seeing food gives most people. All of it reminded me of my days as a trainee chef. We did all those things and more.

The important part – Chef is a movie I had to write about because I write about food sometimes and as a blogger, I write too many details. I’ve trained as a chef and of all the people I, should have understood how hard a chef works and how easy it is for some random person with half-baked knowledge to write him/her off. So, I would like to apologise for being over critical at times and from now on I shall try and look for the best and avoid food-bashing.

I don’t want to write about the plot and give it all away. So, please take my advice and go watch the movie! It has released today and if you don’t like it, you can put cornstarch on it at night and dip it in oil the next morning to make Hush Puppies. That probably makes no sense right now but will, if you go and watch the movie! The movie is everything you can expect and more!

If you honestly don’t enjoy the movie I will give you a tub of popcorn *FREE*

Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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Thai Food Festival, MoMo Café

16th June, 2014

Thai Food Festival, MoMo Café

Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon

By Pranay Arora

At last some much needed respite from the scorching 47 degree torture, the Thursday rains sure were welcomed by everyone. With a lovely breeze in the evening, the night beckoned, there was good food waiting to be devoured and I was on the move. All I needed was a peaceful place to revitalize and let off steam after a week of heat that was getting to the nerves.

I headed over to MoMo Café at the Courtyard by Marriott to sample some refreshing Thai delights being offered at the Thai food festival. With a table waiting for me, I was greeted by the Executive Chef Ashish and Expat Chef Rungta who has a prowess with the flavours of the South East. Beautiful décor and ambient lighting combined with the colourful uniform of the servers, this certainly looked promising.

Kang khaw whan kaiI started my Thai journey with a Pomelo Salad, the Pomelo, much like your Indian Mosambi fruit, only bigger. The salad was an interesting mix of citrusy Pomelo, peanuts, chilli flakes and had an amazing sharpness to it. I was presented with the Pineapple Peanut dumplings next. The pineapple gave an instant sweetish tangy burst, coupled with the almost crunchy texture of the peanuts with shades of sweet chilli, vinegar and honey shining through. Just when you think it might be a little too sweet, one little sliver of red chilli gives you the fiery kick and cuts through the richness of the peanuts to achieve just the right balance.

Maar-horFor the mains, I had quite a spread on my table – starting from the Chicken in Red Chilli sauce, Thai green curry, Jasmine rice, Phat noodles and some exotic vegetables prepared in Thai gravy and what better a complimenting beverage to this meal than a fresh chilled mojito? I’d definitely made the right choices. The chicken was soft and succulent, sharp yet delicious with heaps of flavour from the garlic, ginger and lime leaves. The green curry didn’t fail to impress either – with delicate sweetness from the coconut milk and some fresh exotic vegetables, this dish was a winner. The mushrooms, my personal favourite and the highlight of the exotic vegetable gravy, were perfectly flavoured. The jasmine rice, gorgeous and fragrant, were the perfect accompaniment to all the curries.

With so much yumminess in my tummy, I couldn’t help but want a little sweet ending to this Thai culinary expedition. I was served with a glass of water chestnuts immersed in sweet coconut milk. It wasn’t perhaps my favourite but the water chestnut sure had an interesting texture and the coconut milk was really fresh and light with a silky consistency.

I had a wonderful time sampling these sweet and savoury delicacies – warm, earthy, fervent and robust flavours served in the form of some lip smacking concoctions. If you wish to relish this appetizing marriage of the eastern and western culinary pasts, head to MoMo Café at the Marriott.

Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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Iconic Affair – An Indian Wine night

June 13, 2014

Iconic Affair – An Indian Wine night

By Aisha Bhattacharya

Who drinks Wine with Indian food? We drink Rum, Whiskey, Vodka and Beer on most occasions and far too much to ever really taste the food afterwards. Even then, in Delhi, most restaurant managers know that after a night of drinking, people want Dal Makhni, Butter Chicken and Naan. Which, I have discovered is the leading cause of confused multi-cuisine menus in many outlets across the Capital.

GZ 3So naturally, I think like a Delhi person when invited to a wine pairing session unlike any other – Indian food and Indian Wine. My first thoughts were – why isn’t it a wine & cheese event if they want to increase the visibility of their wines? Why Indian food? Does it even go with wine? With a bundle of questions in my bag, I reached 27 Icon in Lodhi Colony Main Market at 7:40 pm on the 11th of June, to be greeted by the organisers and an otherwise empty restaurant. Yes, first to arrive, again. But, my time was well spent, speaking to the Trade Marketing Manager for Grover Zampa – Rohit Arora.  Rohit told me that the merger between Grover (Nandi Hills, Karnataka) and Zampa (Nasik, Maharashtra) – took place last year to bring together a wider selection for the customer under one umbrella Grover Zampa. Also, Michael Rolland one of the foremost wine consultants in the world has been consulting for Grover since 1995 and has contributed hugely to the modernization of the wine making facility, vineyard management using more efficient and natural methods as well as reducing yield to levels similar to the best estates in Bordeaux with focus on quality and concentration of grapes.

I was fortunate enough to get time to chat with the host Mr. Avininder Singh, better known as the Foodie Surdie. I have to say that his take on the entire event was rather refreshing. He said, “You don’t have to like a wine that has scored 94.6 in an international challenge. All that matters is if you like the wine. And if you like the pairings that we have come up with, great! If not, we’ll try and make it better.”

GZ 1The event was essentially to showcase 4 Grover wines and their pairings with Indian food, albeit the traditional way – white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat. A concept many people have considered and shied away from. But the owner of 27 Icon – Mr Rabi Ghosh rose to the challenge and created wonderful dishes that not only paired well with the wines but stood out on their own as well. He also explained to us the history of The Lodhi Colony Market, taking us back in time to when it was built in 1942 as Barracks for the British where Officers stayed on the first floor and soldiers on the ground floor. It was later converted to cloth and ration shops. Over the last few years there are now approximately 750 outlets in Khanna Market, Merchand market and Lodhi Colony market combined. Mr. Rabi Ghosh has opened restaurants like Haveli and Handi at Taj and now 27 Icon to give some of the best Indian restaurants like Bukhara a run for their money.

The wines on offer for the evening were paired as given below (this is the order we ate and drank in):

1. Art Collection Sauvignon Blanc was served with Hazarvi Murg Malai Tikka (the quintessential chicken malai tikka) and Tandoori Paneer Masala Tikka (V). This combination was my favourite pairing of the evening – An acidic, fruity and delicate white wine that cut the creaminess of the chicken and went well with the spicy, soft paneer. Refreshing on the palette because the taste of the chicken and paneer were distinct, not melding into one another as tends to usually happen. Strangely, this is a wine I normally pass over and don’t drink. But, I’ve been convinced otherwise.

2. Art Collection Cabernet Shiraz was served with Galouti Kebab and Saleena Kebab (V). My least favourite pairing because the Galouti kebab wasn’t as spicy as I expected and the Saleena kebab was a little dry and heavy for me (Dahi ka kebab with a stuffing of mint, cashews and raisins). This pairing was done keeping in mind the dry nature of the two kebabs and the juicy, ripe flavour of the wine. A rather rich red with a fruity character that should have gone well with the barbeque flavour of the meat. But, that’s only my opinion.

3. Art Collection Viognier was served with Methi Murg , Subz Miloni (V) and Tandoori Paneer in Kasuri Methi Makhani Sauce (V) (aka Paneer makhani). This refreshing, rich and fruity white wine paired very well with the Methi Murg. The chicken was succulent and the gravy was finger-licking good. The wine was good enough to drink by itself.

4. La Réserve was served with Gosht Roganjosh and Dal Ifshan (aka Dal makhani). The roganjosh again, wasn’t spicy enough and for a roomful of Indians I don’t think the need to tone it down was really necessary. The Dal Makhani on the other hand was very good. The basic flavours of these two went well with the smooth, slightly spicy and robust full-bodied red wine that La Réserve is. Hand harvested and aged in Oak barrels for a minimum of 6 months, this wine has a powerful bouquet and lends itself well to red meats.

5. Dessert was Gulab Jamun that had White wine in the mix and syrup, served with Vanilla ice cream. The shape was not the conventional round but an elongated cylindrical shape. Soft and delicious.

The evening was organised and hosted by THNK MKT and their Director/Founder Kartikya Arora kept us well informed and entertained. He asked questions after each pairing and the prizes were bottles of wine, of course. Narinder Kaur and Faraz Ahmed, the Co-founders of THNK MKT were checking everything and making sure everyone had a good time with refills of wine and unending servings of food. Not once did I have to ask for even water.

The Business Head of Grover Zampa for North & East India – Malay Rout had to be coaxed to say a few words in the end and all he said was, “I like to let the wine speak for itself.” He truly believes in the world class quality of his wines and who can blame him? With almost all the wines under their banner getting awards and commendations at wine competitions, award functions and international challenges, he has every right to feel that way.

Group PhotI managed to win myself a bottle of La Réserve that night. I don’t remember the question or the answer because I think I got it for sheer enthusiasm. Either which way, the belly of this beast was full and happy! At the end of the evening, I could safely say that Indian food does pair well with wine. A little thought should go into it and you can produce a fantastic meal experience like the one I had at 27 Icon. When it comes to wine, don’t be snooty. Just go with what you like and start traditional – white with white meat and red with red meat. Take it from there and you too could discover brilliant pairings of wine with Indian food.

Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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June 11, 2014

Outback Bar & Grill

By Aarohi Narain & Karan Subarna

Away from the constantly abuzz Cyber City corporate hub and milieu of malls that Gurgaon has come to be synonymous with off late, this weekend we ventured into the now neglected area of Old Gurgaon. Although you’re likely to get lost seeking the Outback Bar and Grill located in Sector 14, it’s worth putting your navigational skills to the test for. The ambiance is ideal for a relaxed lunch or dinner especially during the winter months, but can easily work for parties too, with its low plush seating, large television screen and well-stocked bar.

Thai MushroomIn terms of appetizers, the eatery offers grilled delicacies for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The French Herbs ka Tikka was a little bit lacking in French flavor and made for an average dish. Nevertheless, The Pepper Fish Satay more than made up for it, having been grilled to falling-off-the-skewer tenderness. The Shikampuri Kebab, a stuffed minced mutton patty, was well seasoned and succulent, and the Sunehara Jhinga, consisting of deep fried prawns, was truly golden in both taste and texture. For the vegetarian foodie, the Malai Broccoli and Thai Mushroom Kive stole the show. The Malai Broccoli gives a full bodied twist to the plain-Jane healthy vegetable, while the mushrooms are simply delightful and make for a great snack. Paired with superb beverages like the lemon margarita, ginger cosmo, and the green apple and cinnamon sangria, all in all, we saw Outback’s strength in its starters.

Imli Ki macchiAs the meal progressed, we ordered portions of the Dal Quraishi, Imli ki Macchi, Subz Rampuri Biryani and Hyderabadi Gosht Biryani. The Imli ki Macchi delivered on the tamarind quotient, but could have done with perhaps a hint of lemon and coriander to add that extra zing. The Dal Quraishi aptly represents the simplicity yet innovation of an everyday pulse-based dish in Indian households. The usage of Hari Moong ki Dal lends an aspect of freshness to the average Indian menu. Meanwhile, the Hyderabadi biryani was delicious, with al dente rice and spice-infused chunks of mutton. Drawing on the substance of the Pulao and the essence of Biryani, the Subz Rampuri Biryani satisfies every vegetarian’s desire for a good Biryani.

Outback does not offer too much variety to satiate your sweet tooth. Even so, the two dishes we sampled were truly amazing and scored high on quality. The Gosht Halwa and Pan Kulfi, both presented subtle sweetness, with the latter being a balanced union of cooling flavors suited to a summer’s day. The Gosht Halwa was highly innovative and interesting in terms of the consistency and taste that mirrored the everyday Ras Malai.

On the whole, we left Outback with a full stomach and a keenness to return. In a desert of mediocre takeout options and limited joints to cater to experimental young palates, Outback is a real oasis.


Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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Food for thought

June 10, 2014

Food for thought

By Abhijit Patnaik

Peeli Dal at Shakahari, Chawri Bazar: Making good peeli dal is an art, but these guys excel in it, though the one at Karim’s is also to die for.

Fish Fry at Ganesh, Karol Bagh ( Gurudwara Chowk): The queue of cars outside this beehive of activity is a testament to the drawing power of its menu’s main attraction.

Bedmi Aloo near Naugarha, Chandni Chowk: If waking up early in the morning and having your breakfast beside an open drain is your idea of fun, this is an experience you can’t miss.

Aloo Tikki at Natraj Cafe, Chandni Chowk: The tangy tikkis served in a pool of creamy dahi and a medley of chutneys are enough to make you ignore the elbow power of passers- by.

Papri Chaat outside UPSC Building , Shahjahan Road : You may have had chaat all over, but this one has something that makes even your crashing dream of entering babudom seem fine.

Kakori Kebabs at Aap Ki Khatir, Khan Market: The hole- in- the- wall restaurant has moved from Nizamuddin to Khan, but the quality of its kebabs hasn’t suffered.

Cream Chicken Kebabs at Salim’s, Khan Market: Even the Middle Lane dogs seem to love it – if they see you eating it, they’ll wait patiently around you for their turn to lick the plate.

Chicken Tikka Rolls at Khan Chacha, Khan Market: These rolls defined Khan Market for an entire generation of bunkers from Modern School – now the whole of Delhi goes to have them.

Chicken Changezi at Chicken Planet, Tyre Market, Near Filmistan: Now, you can have this beauty in air- conditioned comfort, away from the confusion at the eatery’s aam admi side.

Poori Aloo of Ramchand, Chhota Bazar, Shahdara: The pooris don’t get soggy because they are made with sooji and the aloo ki sabzi is drenched in imli chutney.

Chhole Bhature at Odeon Sweets, Bhagat Singh Marg, Gole Market: Some people get very possessive about their favourite chhole bhature place. Our cholesterol- laden heart beats for this one.

Mutton Dish at Ashok Meat Dhaba, Shop No. 42, Subhash Chowk, Sadar Bazar: You won’t get lost trying to find this hole in the wall. Just follow the aroma of shudh desi ghee.

CP Chicken Pepper Steak at United Coffee House, E- Block, Inner Circle : A chunky piece of chicken breast bathed in a creamy mushroom sauce and accompanied by lots of veggies is our idea of bliss.

Dal Meat at Embassy, D- Block, Inner Circle : The hardy perennial has winner written all over it. The mutton pieces in it are like butter, as is the dal . You must also have the Pindi Chana and the scrumptious Embassy Pudding.

Tomato Fish at Kwality, Regal Building : Certain classics become a part of a city’s collective consciousness. This is one of them. The place also has the best caramel custard.

Double Egg Single Mutton Kathi at Nizam’s Kathi Kabab, Plaza Building : This is the best of their offerings, though you must also have their Pakhtooni Keema Kofta Curry.


Set Dosa at Sagar, Defence Colony Market: You may keep complaining about the how Sagar has become a sprawling corporate enterprise, but certain favourites remain as good as they were.

Bombay Duck at Swagath, Defence Colony Market: This is the only place in the city where you can get real Bombay Duck prepared in the way it should be.

Rice with Gunpowder & Ghee, Andhra Bhawan: It’s a treat that even people on a no- carb diet must indulge in once in a while. Before leaving the place, make sure you buy a bottle of gunpowder and gonkura pickles from the little stall outside.

Bisi Bele Bhath, Karnataka Food Centre, Karnataka Sangha, Rao Tula Ram Marg: Once you have had this scrumptious, soul- nourishing vegetarian meal-in- a- dish, you’ll want to book a ticket to Udipi.


Chicken Pakodas at Moti Mahal Delux, Greater Kailash- I, M- Block Market: The restaurant’s signature dish is butter chicken, but the chicken pakodas win the popularity race by a mile.

Butter Chicken at Havemore, Pandara Road Market: But don’t go for the boneless chicken; the meat can be fibrous. If you’re vegetarian, dig into the soya chaamp ki sabzi .

Kashmiri Kebabs at Gulati, Pandara Road Market: There’s nothing Kashmiri about the kebabs. These are chicken malai tikkas quilted in chickpea paste and egg yolk.

Dab Chingri at Fire, The Park, CP: If you wish to win a Bengali heart, go for this seductive prawn in coconut milk and mustard curry that comes in a green coconut shell.

Gushtaba at Chor Bizarre, Hotel Broadway, Asaf Ali Road : This is the closest you’d get to Kashmiri food as your mother- in- law would make it, though we personally prefer the rista made in the Pandit style.Veggies must have the Tamatar Chaman ( tomato paneer).

Chicken Haldighati at Colonel’s Kebabs, Defence Colony Market: Once you have eaten it, you’ll forget all the rarha chicken you’ve had in your life.

Nargisi Kofta at Karim’s, Jama Masjid: It’s difficult to figure out what’s the best at Karim’s, but this one scores because of the fineness of the preparation.

Veggie Cutlets at Coffee Home, Baba Kharak Singh Marg: These oil drenched temptresses may just go out of circulation if the High Court decides in favour of the Coffee Home’s closure.

Pakistani Biryani at DeeZ Biryani & Kababs: This biryani, we are told, is cooked in the Sindhi style. We suspect they use packed masala from Pakistan . Whatever it is, it tastes great.

Mutton Mince at St Stephen’s, Delhi University : Stephanians get misty-eyed at the thought of this essential part of their callow youth.

Kosha Mansho at Oh Calcutta, Nehru Place : Kolkata’s favourite mutton dish takes on the zest of Delhi to become something special. Have it with loochis , or pooris made with maida .

Mutton Barra at Bukhara , ITC Maurya, Diplomatic Enclave: People love the ones at Moti Mahal or Karim’s, but our vote goes to Bukhara ‘s barras because they are uniformly well- marinated.


Pizzas at Flavors, Under Moolchand Flyover: Flavors manages to deliver impeccable pizzas from its wood- fired oven at any time of the day. Our favourite is the Vegetarian Piri Piri.

Khao Suey at The Kitchen, Khan Market: It’s impossible to get into the restaurant and the guy at the door is rude, but this Burmese delicacy is Delhi ‘s winter must- have.

Patrani Mekong Basa, Indian Accent ( The Manor, Friends Colony West): It feels like the fish has just popped out of the river – it melts in the mouth and the masala isn’t allowed to overpower it. Veggies must go for the paneerpinwheels.

Black Cod with Miso at 360 Degrees, The Oberoi: When the fish is silken and the sauce is made to be perfect, you won’t miss Nobu, where it was invented.

Stalin’s Beard at Nanking , Vasant Kunj ( opp. DPS Vasant Kunj): Potato has never tasted better. Even among their brilliantly innovative dim sum, this one stands out.

Peking Duck at China Kitchen, Hyatt Regency: This is justifiably the restaurant’s signature dish. The slivers of duck melt in the mouth, for the chefs prepare the bird by pumping air into it.

Hunanese Braised Prawns at The Chinese, Middle Circle , CP: There’s something about the sauce that stays in your edible memory.

Green Tea Noodles at The Monk, Galaxy Hotel, Sec. 15, Gurgaon: We thought it was impossible to get these noodles outside Sakura, but we were wrong.

Dim Sum at Tea House of the August Moon, Taj Palace : Best for Sunday afternoons. Ask for bok choy in garlic sauce for a change of taste.


Kadha Prasad at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib: It may be blasphemous to go to the gurudwara on a Sunday morning with the thought of food, but the stomach has its own logic.

Badam Halwa at Saravana Bhawan, Janpath, CP: This temple of good vegetarian food serves the best badam halwa redolent of shudh desi ghee .

Kancha Golla at Annapurna Mishtanna Bhandar, Chandni Chowk: This is the finest address for Bengali sweets. We could list many must- haves, but this is the best.

Saffron Lassi at Kaleva, Bangla Sahib Road , Gole Market: You can’t spend a summer without it. Nor can you let the winter pass by without their imarti and ghevar .

Chocolate Pudding at Angels in My Kitchen, Defence Colony: This is the mouth- watering reason why Def Col residents swear by Angels.

Jalebis at Old & Famous Jalebiwala, Dariba, Chandni Chowk: The man playing video games on his laptop at the counter may not have manners, but people still queue up for the soft jalebis straight out of the vast kadhai .

Karachi Halwa at Chaina Ram, Next to Fatehpuri Masjid: This is the last place you’d find this disappearing delicacy, and the near- extinct Sohan Halwa. They deserve to live.

Hot Butter Scotch at Nirula’s: We are not being facetious, but this is one buttery treat that is worth every milligram of bad cholesterol.

Neembu Soda and Pan at Prince Pan, Greater Kailash- I, M- Block Market: We can’t think of a better way to end one’s meal, or one’s life




Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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Crystal Jade

June 09, 2014

Crystal Jade 

By Venika Menon

Crystal Jade is tucked away in the corner of the small Central Plaza Mall but don’t let the unassuming exterior deceive you. With a seating capacity of 200 people including the top floor which can be booked for events, it’s no surprise that this international name in fine dining means business and is here to stay.

The seating is well spaced to provide optimum privacy and the round tables only add to the intimate food experience Crystal Jade aims to provide. The servers are polite and helpful and advise us, a team of five, on what to order. The drinks menu is short but has quite a few unique combinations (A Date with Crystal Jade- Dates, Strawberry and Honey, I am looking at you!). And though it does not serve alcohol yet, their bar will be well-stocked soon, we are told. We go in for a Cranberry Mojito, Mint Storm (i.e. plain Mojito), A Date with Crystal Jade, Crystal Queen and Eight Treasure Tea. The first two drinks werenot that impressive, but the rest of them should definitely be tried if you are looking for something new, especially, the Eight Treasure Tea. It is presented in the most exquisite glass pot to complement the many dried flowers and spices floating in it.

We were then presented with Poached Chicken Dumpling with Spicy Chilli Sauce and the Multi Flavoured Xiao Long Bao. The first had quite a strong, almost putrid taste and cannot really be called “spicy chilli sauce” because it definitely lacked the heat. On the other hand, the colourful Xiao Long Bao packed a punch of flavour with each spoonful tasting very different and unique.

IMG_20140601_165124For the main course, we ordered deep fried Prawn with Salad Sauce, Sautéed Diced Chicken with Dried Chilli and Cashew Nut, Braised Pork Belly (their speciality) and Pecking Roasted Duck. The prawns were tender and complemented the sauce well. The Chicken dish was average and could have been skipped whereas the braised pork was rich and soft. The sauce used, complemented the richness of the pork perfectly. The Pecking Roasted Duck arrived at our table on a side tray and looked scrumptious but unfortunately, the waiter stood behind it for quite a while, awkwardly trying to carve the meat as we tried not to stare. It was a painstaking process and by the end of it all, the eagerness to eat was gone.

20140601_151703We finished our meal off with Mango Pudding and Chilled Mango Cream with Sago and Pomelo. Though both were suggested by our smiling waiters, the first tasted like any other mango pudding- good but still just mango pudding. However, the mango cream was quite light and different. It marked a fitting end to our day’s culinary journey.

Our experience at Crystal Jade was a refreshing change from “Indian-ised Chinese” to say the least. The restaurant serves authentic Cantonese and Teochew cuisine whichis certainly not for everyone. Even within our team, there were mixed reviews about dishes like Poached Chicken Dumpling with Spicy Chilli Sauce. Nevertheless, I definitely urge you to give this place a try! Their pricing is as fair as other fine dining outlets in NCR even though their ingredients are mostly imported- from sauces to some meats- to try and preserve the traditional taste.The head Chef Leon, too, is from Singapore. This is clearly appreciated by their current clientele who are mostly the far-east expat community though Indian faces are not rare. Go into Crystal Jade with an open mind and an empty belly and from your first step to your last bite, this place will transport you to a foreign land!


Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.