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Pebble Street

 15 years of amazing taste @Pebble Street

-Ayushi Teotia

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Set amidst the surroundings of a typical open Delhi market complex, which has now, in various areas been replaced by the contemporary “Mall era”, lies the Pebble Street. Located in a rather posh locality of New Friends Colony, the restaurant attracts various sects of people, and has become to be known as the local watering hole. It is a restaurant which seems to appeal to everyone for its location as well as reputation. The entrance gives the place a very young look, much like a sports bar, but once inside, one gets the hang of how the place is actually a favorite of all. The concept of the restaurant is actually defined by its name, and the idea seems quite unique and interesting, with porch lights hanging in the center, dim lights making the place look like an old British style pub, coupled with comfortable seating, divided in three different sections and a good collection of classic music.

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It is one of those outlets that have stood the test of time – it has been there since 1998 – and evolved as an excellent casual dining option. In fact, the restaurant is now completing 15 years on 11th October, and the same is relevant with the pamphlets hanging on the ceiling boasting of the extravagant services provided by the restaurant consistently. The menu, which imitated a typical European inspired theme, encompasses the best of Italian, Tex-Mex, Lebanese, European, Thai and Indian cuisines, giving a lot of options to choose from the selection of starters as well as mains.

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A person favorite would be the Lasagna Palermo, which is a ravishing combination of minced chicken with home made sheet pasta, giving it a big thumbs up, especially for red sauce pasta lovers. Apart from the exquisite Italian food, that this place is known for, the Classic all time diner favorite Pebble Burger, is something to die for. A delicious blend of Bacon and chicken served with French fries, Cole slaw and onion rings, is a definite stellar. Other than these, the thin crust pizzas, Enchiladas, Fish sticks, and Burritos are a constant favorite. The portion served is large enough for two to share a dish, making the place not too heavy on pocket. The drinks are the most popular part, and provide a range of good mock tails as well, at affordable pricing.

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Coming to my favorite part, i.e. the Desserts, were exceptionally good. The Blueberry Crème Pie, is the best cheesecake like sweet eats I’ve tasted in a very long time, making me wish for the toothsome dish to never finish! However, the best part of enjoying a meal in Pebble Street was being appreciated as a crowd for a constant support to the restaurant which has helped it to achieve glorifying fifteen years of existence, and hopefully many more to come, with a dessert combining the likes of a chocolate brownie, caramel and ice cream. The presentation of not just food, but the ambience is splendid. However, the service seemed a bit slow, which could certainly be improved. An F1 Race, A Soccer Match or a Crickety fever is the best time to be here if you like a packed house of revelers. Apart from the daily routine, when you want to pamper your taste buds and enjoy a nice evening out with friends, family or colleagues, you know the place to be.

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Price (for two): Rs 1200-1500

Overall Rating: 9/10

Nearest Metro: Kalkaji Metro Station

Location: 8, Community Center, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

Contact number: 011 2684 4380

Photographs by Foodie Photographer : Vidur Mayor.

 

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Delhicious Kitchen

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                     Delhicious  Kitchen

                                                                                             By Tanya Kapoor

A small yet eye catching little restaurant, you will find Delhicious  Kitchen tucked  between CCD and MOD  in the bustling Lajpat nagar market, and I suggest the next time you walk past, do step in, it will be totally worth it.

The restaurant  looks  bright and funky with  lamps and little lights above you and interiors done in black and green.  For  seating, there are bright little stools placed near the wall and the floor is done up in wood, this makes delicious kitchen a cool place to hangout with friends.

This  restaurant is a one of its kind in the locality .  For a small café like this; Delhicious Kitchen has a vast menu that offers North Indian, European, Mexican, Lebanese and American dishes, and each cuisine has a wide range of dishes as well. So many cuisines, all under one roof, what else does a foodie want?!

I ordered the Chicken Shawarma,  hummus with pita bread and virgin mojito. Because the menu has around 150 dishes, I will need quite a few visits to taste if not all, but at least one fourth of them. Coming to the food I ordered –  the hummus was flavourful but  missed a little bit tahini, if a little more tahini could be added this would be the best hummus in delhi. As for the shwarma – a roll made of pita bread, having sour cream, lettuce and chicken with some veggies  is  a must try for everyone! The virgin mojito was perfect with right amount of sugar content and is one of the best virgin mojito’s I have had in delhi.

I was quite happy with the flavours, especially at a reasonable price (they offer the cold drinks at MRP, that’s adorably fair!). I do wish the portions were a little bigger though but then its okay, I got a chance to try more dishes.

The food served here  will leave your taste buds asking for more, without a big hole in your pocket. Don’t judge a restaurant by its size! That is what I would say about Delhicious kitchen.

 

 

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Nagpal Chole Bhature

                                                                                                                8th October,2013

   Nagpal Chole Bhature

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 “… Yaar tune yahan ke chole-bhature nahi khaye? Sharam kar!

And with this, my friend greets me into the haven of all the ‘PG people’ in and around Amar colony. This was one place where the undying-Punjabi-love-for-choley bhature was conspicuous. Be it a south Indian girl standing at the counter and ordering two extra plates to take for her PG mates after having one whole herself, or be it my bong friend who did the awesome job of bringing me here, Nagpal chole fits all tastes and preferences very well.

Coming back to the plaIMAG2892ce from where all the mesmerisation started, Nagpal choley was found in 1990 in the same Amar colony area where it is operational till now. In contrast to the current scenario, it was started with just one main dish which was the (evergreen) choley bhature. Looking back to those times this enticing plate consisting of a big bowl of choley with 2 huge bhaturas was merely priced at Rs. 8.

And this is where one of the in-charges there, Ramesh, says that ever since the time he has joined as a worker here, all he has been observing is the sheer increase in the customers as well the prices. With 2 years away from completing its 25th year of existence, Nagpal choley has been catering to the tastes of a huge chunk of people situated in Amar colony by serving them with a wide variety of the fried Punjabi flavour. Their dishes range from special Nagpal choley bhature, poori choley, rajma-rice, shahi paneer-rice, samosa with chutney and steaming kachoris.

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Undoubtedly, Nagpal choley has emerged as the most sought after food point in Amar colony due to their reasonable prices in terms of the quantity and quality they offer. The most famous choley bhature is priced at Rs. 55 for a full plate, Rs. 40 for a half plate and so on for every dish they offer. In all the ratings accordingly will be as follows:

TASTE                                9/10

AMBIENCE                        7/10

VALUE FOR MONEY         8/10

So the next time you’re around amar colony and wish to savour the dramatic-Punjabi- flavours, Nagpal choley surely possesses all the ‘must-haves’ to jerk your taste buds and brighten up your mood or day!

Cheers! Happy eating!

By Navani Satija,Foodie Correspondent,Delhi Food Walks

 

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Changezi Chicken

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By Kashish Badar

Famous for its Mughlai and Tandoori dishes, CHICKEN CHANGEZI is a non vegetarian’s arcadia. Located on Netaji Subhash Marg, this small restaurant serves outstanding food. Though they don’t have much for vegetarians, but for the non veggies, this is shangri la!

I had heard a lot about the place, and the week before, I decided to visit the place for dinner. It is a small air conditioned restaurant which was established around 12 years back according to the owner, Mr. Mohd. Salman.

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As the name of the restaurant suggests, the menu is chicken centric, with only a few other options, but that does not make it any less enticing.  We began with the Afghani Chicken which is chicken marinated in curd and other spices and then roasted. It is then put in gravy of cream and butter. This Afghani chicken is had with onions and coriander chutney. The chicken pieces were succulent and soft. They were properly marinated and the flavours had touched the core of the piece. I would give a 10/10 to this dish because of the tender and juicy chicken it had. The gravy was equally tasty and smooth. We had also ordered Butter Chicken which arrived soon with the rumali roti. The proportion of tomatoes, cream and spices was perfect in the dish, but the rumali roti was not such a hit. It was not very hot when served and it became rubbery and stretchy soon.  The butter chicken can be given 8/10.

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And the showstopper of the evening was of course the most special dish of the restaurant; the Changezi Chicken. This is a great getaway from the usual chicken dishes. The grilled chicken pieces in the curry are first marinated DSC04780in lime juice and spices and then grilled. They are later served in gravy. Initially one might find it a little sour, but gradually your taste buds will love it. It’s garnished with freshly chopped coriander leaves and served hot with khamiri roti or plain naan. The dish has a little crunch in it and tanginess. It’s aptly spiced and served. The dish can easily score 8.5/10.

For the dessert we had zafrani kheer. It is basically the normal kheer to which zafran (saffron) is added. This adds further flavour, colour and fragrance to the sweet dish. It was served cold and tasted incredible. After all the spice, the little sugar made a perfect ending to the perfect dinner.

The service is really impressive in the eatery. Despite the renovation that is on in the place, the staff ensures proper check on the customer’s requirement and comfort.

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For all those looking out for inexpensive and delicious non vegetarian food this weekend, do try out the place. Even a full plate of butter chicken will not cost more than 500 bucks. The place is great for family meals or an outing with friends. It’s comfortable (not luxurious) and gives you the feel of having good food in the heart of Delhi. After the feast, you can take a walk to the famous Jama Masjid to digest the scrumptious meal.

A meal for two would only cost around 400- 500 bucks. My personal recommendation would be the Afghani Chicken and certainly the Chicken Changezi!

The place is a must try for every non- vegetarian foodie!

You can contact Mr. Mohd. Salman for any further queries.

Mr. Mohd. Salman- 9312251239.

Address (Chicken Changezi)- 3614, Main Road, Darya Ganj.

Photo Credit- Piyush Nagpal

7th October,2013

 

 

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MOCHA

 

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-by Shailaja Das

If you’re looking for a place where you can enjoy a cuppa in an ambience that is neithertoo loudnor too subdued,Mocha inCivil Lines is a good option. Location wise, it’s as perfect as it could possibly be; it’sright next to the Civil Lines metro station.

It has a beautiful hedge entrance that goes well with the lushgreeneryof North Delhi.The interiors have been designed to give achilled out look to the place.You may even sit outdoors if you wish to. Mocha caters to people of all age groups : on one corner you may see a group of boisterous youngsters, and onthe other an elderly couple peacefully drinking coffee and enjoying their afternoon snacks. The facility of free WiFi occassionally attracts a solitary student in need of a pleasant change of environment.

The menu here is decently priced. A must try dish, according to the management,  is the OMG Burger which they claim is “the greatest burger ever made by man”. No alcohol is served, and neither is smoking permitted. However, they do offer hookahin a variety of flavours. There are special cabins, completely separated from the main restaurant, for those who wish toindulge in hookah. This is a plus point for Mocha since nowadays most restaurants with a hookah licence do not offer this facility and it becomes a nuisance for those do not wish to be in the vicinity of any kind of smoke.

Address and Contact:

13, Alipur Road,The Exchange Store Building,Civil Lines,Delhi – 110054

011- 23945596

Nearest metro station:

Civil Lines (yellow line)

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Shake Square

                                                                                                          3rd October,2013

Chill Out at Shake Square

By Sukanya Sharma

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Walking down the Bunglow Road of the Kamla Nagar market, one can easily miss the small “Shakes Square” amid the other equally bright signs. Once inside, you’ll never forget it. I think this is characteristic to the Keventer’s, the main branch of which at Connaught Place also has the tendency to ne missed but once had a sip of the shakes and a scoop of ice-cream, you are bound to never ever forget.

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This bright, small yet cosy shop with the counter, ordering platter on the ground leveland the sitting area over head exudes the flavours of its items on sale in the very way the place is adorned. The choosing platter of ice-creams can actually make you go crazy about what to eat and what to spare for the next time. Trust me there is always a next time with this place.

Have you ever had this nostalgic feel of those very few first years when we used to get milk in big, no huge bottles? Or do you remember Tom, the cat in Tom and Jerry cartoon series ogling at this large bottle of milk? Well, you get to live this when the milk shakes come in similar containers.

The smooth, creamy thick and greatly ice sprinkled crystal, clear glass bottle does real wonders, during the sultry summer days. The blasting effect of the sweet, frothy shake and the crunch of the ice in it can be explained in only one word- ECSTASY or two- PURE ECSTASY! May you be dead sleepy after an 8:40 am lecture or infact be dead tired after any lecture, this place with its amazing range of flavours from chocolate to butterscotch, kesar pista to elaichi; is enough to take you through the day.

Maybe because it is the weekly, if not daily pilgrimage at K.Nags  for DU students and for their prompt service and great ambience, i rate this place a 4/5. I actually (guiltily though) feel like a child in a candy shop in this place.

 

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Theobroma Cocoa

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All of us have a sweet tooth, the degree is what differs. This is exactly what got me to THEOS. The newly renovated theos is nothing less than an entrancing experience, the one which rarely consigns to oblivion.

They have close to 300 dishes to offer in the menu like Ravioli, grills, lasagna, risotto, foccaceria, pizza, pasta, antipasta (starters), zuppa(soups), insalada (salads), sandwiches and crepes just to name a few. It just fills you with plenty craving for Italian food it offers. Being a loyal pasta lover that’s what I tried, ‘Spaghetti nepotilana con polo’ it was. It was perfectly done spaghetti, not over cooked at all. The perfect blend of basil, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, peppercorns, the flavors just wouldn’t wash down. My next objective was the dessert which at the first place got me here. I ordered a red velvet pastry, and I had really high expectations out if this one. And just when it arrived all my doubts were gone. I gazed at its beauty, but then looks are deceptive aren’t they. I digged my teeth deep into the pastry without any ado just to appreciate the alluring masterpiece, YES that’s what it was. The layer of the moist, fluffy and delicious pastry was nothing but an indulgence. It was a divine experience. So much that I couldn’t stop myself from having another one.  All in all this place is a 10/10.

Theos also have a variety of breads, breakfast rolls, macaroons and chocolates to choose from. I am short of words to propound my theos experience, it’s a small wonder.

Address:Dynamic House,Aggahpur,Main Dadri Road,Sector 41,Noida

                                                                             Foodie Correspondent:Kritika Dutta

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Raaga,the coffee lounge

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Italian delicacy in Delhi..!!

By-Samridhi Jain 

Raaga – The coffee lounge correctly stands on the ground that you cannot judge a book by its cover, the place will not attract you initially due to its location and surroundings but once inside, you forget all about it and find it a combination of homey and upscale restaurant. The ambiance is cozy, comfortable and pleasant with elite finesse. The restaurant has a very musical and calm aura which works well with their menu. The place is perfect for all ages, if you wanna go alone, with friends or with your family. The seating is very comfortable with sofas to plop down on.

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The menu has all the Italian treats that you can think of, from bite size treats and munches to full main course dishes it has it all. The price is acceptable considering the dishes taste amazing. The dishes and drinks I ordered left me ecstatic with great presentation and outstanding taste.

The canapé and lasagne I ordered had impeccable preciseness and consistency of taste. There is a huge variety of drinks varying from coffee and tea to smoothies and shakes. 

The staff is friendly with complete knowledge of what they are serving. The service wasn’t very rushed or very slow.  The place could easily be a food lovers paradise and has the capacity to compete with the huge number of restaurants in Kamla Nagar. North Delhi people do not need to go to south for a good experience or for a family meal or formal meeting it available right here. IMG-20130914-00242 IMG-20130914-00243

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Ranganathan

Delhi’s very own MADRAS CAFE

Five years ago a man named Ranganathan, arrived at New Delhi Railway station from Chennai holding his ten year old son’s hand and with dreams in his eyes. He wanted to start a small food joint in the capital to earn his livelihood.

With whatever savings he had and his culinary art of making delicious South Indian delicacies-dosa, idli and vadas he started his venture near GTB metro station as his main aim was to attract the college students who throng in and around North Campus. Assisted by little son, Ranga as he is fondly called he would get up early in the morning and start his preparation work. Around 12.30 pm, he would reach his venue with his paraphernalia and after the initial preparation like setting up of things like the dosa tava utensils, he would start doling out delicious dosas.

The aroma of fresh dosas being prepared, attracted a few passersby in the beginning and gradually through word of mouth Ranga’s business picked up. Today the small food joint is famous as “PURE MADRASI DOSA” stall. If anyone’s read “The Martyr’s Corner” Ranga’s story will remind you of the same. The must haves of this famous joint are the “Masala Dosas topped with cottage cheese”, the soft succulent vadas served with sambhar, coconut and gun-powder chutney. People from all walks of life throng the food joint and go back satisfied having tasted authentic South Indian delicacies at reasonable prices which suits every pocket.

This is the story of a man who has made big in a city like Delhi.His magical smile adds to the final touch to the whole experience and you come back again and again asking for more and more and more……

Foodie Correspondent-Surabhi Baksi

The location of the stall-near GTB METRO STATION
CONTACT NO-9044017319

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The Golden Fiesta

 

The Golden Fiesta

By Tanya Kapoor

I visited Golden Fiesta  on the recommendation of a friend whose opinion I’m slightly skeptical about! I wasn’t expecting much from a restaurant located in  the overly crowded lajpat nagar market.  Golden Fiesta  is located on a narrow road facing the Tagore public school  with no inside parking facility. However  it’s a welcome oasis for scores of hungry and thirsty shoppers who visit the market each day. Be warned though – the place  has just 3 stand-up tables where patrons and other shoppers jostle for elbow room. The food is hygienic enough but a lot of people may not like the squalid surroundings.

Golden FiestaGolden Fiesta offers an interesting menu. It is  a good option for a refreshing Orange Crush on that hot, summer day. Of course, you could choose from the multitude of pastries, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers,  Chilli Chicken and  hot dogs. As for the food, it is tasteful and abundant. Being a  die-hard cheese lover I ordered  a grilled chicken sandwich  and a pan chicken pizza here and I must say the sandwich  was quite a mouthful! Stuffed generously with juicy and flavourful chicken, mayo, veggies and grilled to melting yumminess, it was quite a heavy duty snack that left  me full for the rest of the day! The pizza was really well executed: the crust was very nice (thin, and not overcooked) and the filling was great, with some very good toppings, the only weak point in my opinion was the tomato sauce which could be a bit more tasty.With the exception of the cold coffee  I ordered, which was slow to arrive  everything else was delivered promptly. The selection of desserts is big, and I recommend the tarts and the chocolate pastry. We lingered after devouring most of the food, yet he didn’t hurry us out. I am looking forward to returning to sample more of the dishes that the restaurant has to offer.

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Not only was the food impeccably delectable and the portion size extremely filling, but also surprisingly pocket friendly. Golden Fiesta should most definitely make it to your list of on-the-go places to eat!