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Barbeque Nations, Jangpura

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

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WHEN THE TONGUES ROLL-UP

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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.

971961_528825777191365_1617707698_n (1)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

 

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The Colony Bistro

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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.
IMG-20130822-WA0003 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

6th September,2013

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RICO’S


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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 .
ricos3In 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.

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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 .

RICO’S
2526 , 1st floor Hudson Lane
Nearest metro station – GTB Nagar
Contact no. – 9717466333

Foodie Correspondent:Damini Shrivastava

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Pink Umbrella to the Rescue

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.

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Chalte Firte Momos

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

3rd September,2013

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CAFE 6

Cafe 6

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.)

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Peach Ice Tea

2nd September,2013

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‘CHAT’-TING ALL DAY!

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‘CHAT’-TING ALL DAY!

You will not even have to exit the Chawri Bazar metro station and the heady aroma of the dahi – bhalle, papdi and saunth would be there already in your nostrils. It is so overwhelming that it will attract you and you would be left with no option but to join all the people savouring the sweet and sour gol gappe and papdi chat. . Yes! I am talking about the much talked of Ashok Chat Bhandar right outside the Chawri Bazar metro station exit ( Chitli Qabar side) which attracts more than 700 people daily.

The place is almost 70 years old and continues to be one of the favourites among dilliwalas. Though they don’t have a very large menu to choose from, but there are just more than enough options for your tummy! Owned by Mr. Padam Singh, this small chat corner is one of the most successfully run outlet in Old Delhi and being right outside the metro station, its clientele has drastically gone up during the past many years.

Kalmi vada chaat and aloo masala are the most popular snacks served here and the other options available include dahi bhalle, papdi chat, aloo masala, masaledar pani pakodi, kalmi bada chat and gol gappas (with various stuffings). The menu is quite different from the regular chat corners and this makes Ashok Chaat Corner a distinct one among hundreds of Chaatwalas in old Delhi. The prices are not very high and worth the taste.

I had wanted to try the aloo masala and the masaledaar pani pakodi, but it was already finished due to their popularity among the people. Instead, I tried the  kalmi vada chat with papdi. Kalmi vada is a dark brown flat pakoda like thing made of chana daal, gram flour, coriander and other spices. A dough is made of the mixture and cut into small pieces and then the pieces are fried. This delicacy is enjoyed both with coriander chutney as well as part of the chat.

The spicy and crispy kalmi vada with curd and saunth was a flavoursome indulgence. The plate is quite filling and worth the price. The masala sprinkled on the top added to the delish essence. The Kalmi vada chaat would get a 7.5/10 from me. The gol gappas that I tried there were also a hit. The tangy and spicy water was the best part. The freshness of the water is still there in my mouth. I would rate them at 8/10.

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Almost all the snacks are priced between Rs. 20-60. So the snacking at Ashok Chat Corner won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

There is another good thing about the place that all the things are home made. From the papris and kalmi vadas to the masala, everything is prepared at home by the owner and his family. He resides near his own shop so the transportation of the material is not problematic. All the things are freshly prepared, so you don’t have to worry about the food being stale.

So the next time you visit Nai Sarak to buy your books or stationery, don’t forget to pamper your taste buds with Ashok’s chat.

If you want to know anything further, kindly contact

Mr. Padam Singh – 9811467238

Address (shop) – 3488, Hauz Qazi Chowk, Delhi -110006.

 

Till then, happy burping! J

 

By Kashish ( Foodie Correspondent)

Photo Credit- Piyush Nagpal

 

30th August,2013

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The Mini Red Bus

The Mini Red Bus            

By Navani Satija, Delhi Food Walks

Gone are those times of hailing the modern chefs for their haute cuisine. Gone are those days of relishing the lavish gourmet treat in such fine ambience. It may seem bizarre but the “in-thing” these days is the scrumptious, freshly prepared street food. And this mini red bus situated amidst the hustle-bustle of Balco market, patpurgunj (east delhi), also known as ‘Susaki’s Food’, is clearly one of the best street food eat-outs. Be it the lip-smacking Susaki special chilli chicken or the delectable Talumein soup, Susaki proves to be the haven for all Chinese cuisine aficionados, at all times and in all moods.

When asked about how Susaki came into the real picture, it’s owner Mr. Rajesh Sharma (a very jolly chap, indeed!) proudly says that it was set up in 1996 by Late Mr. Surender Chowdhary (Rajesh’s uncle) and it has been at the same spot ever since its establishment.

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They take pride in their Susaki’s special chilli chicken, Susaki’s special fried rice, Talumein soup and American chopsuey all freshly prepared, luscious and rich in a number of condiments.

Being one of the very few such joints in patpurgunj approved by the MCD, Susaki offers free home delivery and caters to various tastes and preferences. With their ‘very reasonable’ prices, daily eaters describe it as a perfect place for an evening buddy hangout or for a quick snack when you’re in a hurry.

So, if you’re a Chinese cuisine lover and wish to have a not so expensive hearty meal, then this is perfectly the place you should head for.

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Food Walk @ Parsi Anjuman

Food Walk @ Parsi Anjuman

By Damini Shrivastava

Amongst the hustle and bustle of the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg , lies the quiet and placid building of the Parsi Rest house. The mysterious outlook instantly drags you towards it . As you enter , you see a huge marble engraved with the words “Main Building built out of the donation of Seth Manchersha Mengusi of Bombay Rs 60,000 ” . This guest house exclusively serves to the Parsis, for residential purposes but everyone is welcome to try their catering services. Dhun Daraius Bagli the owner of the place was generous enough in allowing the Delhi Food Walks to host the food walk in her empire this time. Basically from Bombay , she has been living here since 1958 along with her family. After the sad demise of her husband , Lt. Mr Daraius Bagli ,who was also the head priest at the Parsi Anjuman Hall , she is running the place with the help of her daughter-n-law Benaifer Bagli .Their greatest strength they believe are the cooks who have been working with them since 1958. The compelling fact is that both her headchefs,Ram Baran and Laxman are North Indians but have mastered Parsi cuisines and loves cooking it.She said they actually make faces when asked to cook chhole or some North Indian dish.

“I didnt fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian” – Erma Bombeck

The Parsis strongly relates to this saying by Bombeck.According to Benaifer,vegetarian dishes are unpalatable and meaningless for the Parsis.They favour on adding chicken or mutton to all their dishes.This being the reason they have such uncommon dishes like “dhansak” which is actually mutton cooked in dal .

The dinner included a scrumptious menu of :

– Dhansak

– Sali Chicken [ chicken served with fine fried matchstick potatoes]

– Patra ni Macchi [ fish covered in leaf ]

– Mutton cutlets

– Jardaloo Booti

and for desserts we had mouth watering Parsi Kulfi and Lagan nu Custard.

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The star dish of the day has to be the patra ni macchi which was repeatedly asked for . It was essentially fish covered in a coriander-coconut chutney , steamed and then elegantly wrapped in banana leaves to add flavour . It was a common opinion amongst the people that it was the best fish they ever had . The food was not just luscious and toothsome but the creativity with which it was served left a bunch of foodies amazed . The chicken was towards the sweeter side with fine fried potatoes served over. My personal favourite was the mutton cutlets as I lust for spicy food . It was spicy and delicious enough to make your taste buds go “whoaaaahh” !

The meal ended with appealing desserts being served . Lagan nu custard was tantalizing and the kulfis were to die for ! It was my very first experience of Parsi food and I immensely relished the meal . Parsi food will surely make you wanna come back for some more . Experience for yourself .

Parsi Rest House ,

Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg

New Delhi 110002

Contact no. – 011-23238615 , 011-23231228

Email – baglidhla @yahoo.com