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All American Dinner

All American Diner

Eat Ito eat all the night and the day, and groove to Elvis Presley!

-By Ayushi Teotia

Back in the days when Lindsay Lohan or Hilary Duff ruled the teenage cinematic audience with peppy and perfect performances in their respective movies, showing specific relevance to the upbeat culture of Diners and their meager incomes from the same, as they slid past, table to table, taking orders and serving food. Yes, All American Diner will surely remind you of scenes from such movies, or instill a feeling of being in a typical diner, if nothing else. Located within the resplendent surroundings of The Indian Habitat Centre, All American diner gives you a feeling of sitting in not less than a 5-star hotel coffee house, for its nice and flashy ambience, a perfect blend of clique crowd, vintage American like posters and a mix of checks and reds making the place look exquisite and vibrant.

IMG_8243Being one of the first of its kind, the place is inspired from ‘The Diner’, which was born when Walter Scott began to offer prepared food from a converted horse-drawn freight wagon in Providence, Rhode Island in 1872. His lunch wagon was an immediate success and others copied and improved on his concept. These pioneers helped create an industry that would eventually produce thousands of diners. All American Diner is an amalgamation of people holding serious business discussions, passing time and filling appetite before or between cultural events and exhibitions, or simply catching up with friends over a cup of coffee, for which it is almost impossible to find this place vacant or not expect waiting of at least 15-20 minutes.  The bar, tall revolving stools, sitting cabins, menu card, napkin box etc. everything has as typical American feel to it.  With a limited edition ‘Elvis’ Wurlitzer Juke Box that plays 50s’, 60s’ rock classics, and a Hamilton Beach Blender – probably the last one with a retro 50s’ look, each piece at the Diner is a collector’s item. The place has definitely focused primarily on every intrinsic detail to make it look authentic and a real diner.

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The menu boasting of popular American cuisine dishes starts from Salads, Sandwiches, Burgers, Pancakes, Hot dogs, Pastas, Waffles, to an endless range of options. The breakfast menu is particularly popular, and offers palatable omelets, scrambled eggs and bacon. Coming to the rest of the menu, the Classic Double Decker burger is a stealer, topped with double cheese, lettuce, tomato, braised onions and gerkins and comes along with crispy well fried wedges and an appetizing bunch of steamed vegetables. The fries are fresh and literally cut right in front, giving it unique freshness and not tasting stale because of potatoes being frozen. My recommendation would be the Zucchini white sauce mushroom pasta, which is smooth, creamy and savory in both, the taste as well as the presentation.  The Malts and Shakes are particularly sought after, for their thick and refreshing taste, and the desserts part of the menu has delicious options including the blend of waffles, pancakes and ice cream, apart from the general sweet tooth offerings.

IMG_8244Hot dogs are the hot favorites of his place, offering quality stuff and variety in form of not just hot dogs, but also cheese dogs. For value added meals, there are options of combos to suffice your big appetite needs. Although the food is scrumptious, the only hinge being the size of portions not being satisfactory. Diners in the US are known for their generous servings but this place stands in stark contrast with their stingy portions. One wouldn’t mind paying a few extra bucks for real authenticity as far as quantity goes, as a perfect mix is the one which encompasses high quality along with quantity. The friendly, Elvis side-burned waiters are well-versed in bringing a smile to the face and offer good service. Though the place is a little small for the large crowd it attracts, the fine detailing of absolutely everything and anything makes the experience worthwhile.

Price (for two): Rs 800-1000 (approximately)

Overall Rating: 9/10

Timings: 7 AM – 12 PM

Location: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

Closest Metro Station: JLN Stadium

Photographs by Foodie Photographer: Vidur Mayor

 

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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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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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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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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.

SPECIALITY:

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

 

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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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“All time is just the right time, only at it’s 9”

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 “All time is just the right time,only at it’s9”

By Ayushi Teotia

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Situated in the heart of Chanakyapuri, surrounded by exquisite embassies and an enchanting green environment, besets a café with a unique concept justified by its exceptional name being “It’s9 Bakery Café”. As the name suggests, it’s quite an amazing quaint bakery sharing boundaries with the famous Bikanerwala, in Yashwant Place Complex. The seating being up stairs conjoined with a glass door entry, flight of stairs, finally opening up to sublime ambience mingled with well decorated art pieces adorning the white wall. Upholding to its name, the Café opens at 9 am, giving anyone the leisure to pop into the place for a wonderful breakfast, a chit chat over coffee, or a sumptuous dine in with the family later in the day.

The place is well lit, well laid out coupled with a moderate seating area, large glass windows and is well anointed with arts and paintings of contemporary style. The blueprint of the place suits perfectly for a college hangout, catering specially to the needs of a good café and bakery in the vicinity of the south campus colleges. Launched fairly recently, the place meets the growing demand for fresh and delicious baked goodies at pocket friendly rates.  The menu card is a chic hard board appointing a perfect blend of perfect selections from continental and western food cuisine. The English breakfast section is particularly attracting in the menu, which offers a wide variety of food options for all occasions. The baked goodies are the signature dishes of It’s9, ranging from freshly baked Croissants, Danish, Quiche, Loafs, Baguettes, to Sweet Treats like muffins, tarts, donuts, cakes, pies.

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Among the favorites, the chef’s specialty “It’s9 Special Chicken Burger”, was distinctively interesting, both in its presentation and taste. Served in the shape of “9”, comprising of a tantalizing bun filled with the proper amount of chicken cooked just right, coupled with delectably perfect potato wedges and salad, is a dish you must not give a miss. The salads are equally mesmerizing, my recommendation to try being the slimmer’s special salad and the chicken Rambo salad.The signature dish being ‘It’s9 Special sizzler’, is a glorious medley of mutton cutlet, chicken steak, chicken sausage and roast potato with a fried egg, which doesn’t fail to disappoint in any regard. The coffee section offering limited but exotic options also must be given a shot.

IMG_8205In the beverage menu, the Mocha Shake is particularly amazing, appealing especially to the taste buds of people who like it more on the sweet side. The rates are affordable and the quantity is satisfying, which is fairly good.

 

 

 

Price ( for two ) : Rs 500-800.

Overall Rating : 8/10

Closest Metro Station : INA

Location : Yashwant Place, SatyaMarg, (Next to Bikanervala), ChanakyaPuri, New Delhi.

Whether it’s 9 or not, this place is a definite winner to be visited anytime during the day as a great casual hangout arena providing a refreshing experience topped with a friendly and courteous staff.

Photographs by Foodie Photographer :Vidur Mayor

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College’s favourite Adda: Irfan’s Maggi Point

College’s favourite Adda: Irfan’s Maggi Point

 Last year, I entered college with little nervousness and sky high expectations. Soon after the first few lectures, I made some new friends and came across acquaintances. This is when I got a chance to finally explore the college with my new gang. Front laws, done. Library, done. Canteen (excited as anything; didn’t stand up to the expectations), done. Sports complex (most surprising part of the day), done. Swimming pool, done. After checking out 70% of the college, we took some steps ahead and came across this little cemented area enveloped between the boy’s hostel and swimming pool. I was enthralled to see how this isolated place was already so crowded. And this is when I ran my eyes at the end of the courtyard and saw a stall. I went closer and started praising the lord, it was a food stall. The canteen was a big disappointment of the day; this stall was like light at the end of the tunnel. Enquiring few seniors, we learnt that the stall was famously called Irfan’s maggi point!

Irfan’s maggi point is run by two brothers Irfan and Usman. They are a part of the SRCC staff since a decade now, fending off the hunger pangs of battalion of students every day. This brother duo has been really successful in giving a cut throat competition to the college canteen and undoubtedly, has emerged as winners, always. Oddly enough, this little tin shed stall draws in multitude of students than any other hangout of college does. The sole reason being their innovative FOOD recipes!

As the name indicates, the most famous item on this stall’s menu is Maggi. Maggi menu alone is so diverse. Omelette Maggi to sate the taste buds of non-vegetarian foodies, Soup Maggi when a cold breeze gives you chills during winters, Bhurji Maggi for that zesty taste, and of course, everyone’s favourite Classical Masala Maggi, Irfan’s stall has it all. This isn’t where the list ends. Stall is always stocked with foods to grab on a go like sandwiches, burgers, Paneer Kulcha, chips, patty (never miss the far-famed bhurji bread patty sandwich, yum!). Need something to drink with that packet of Lays? How about a cold drink, (choose from coke, pepsi, 7up, dew, fanta) or a fruit juice, or masala soda, or tea, or coffee? This hut has everything for every season.

Yes, definitely the prices bring a big smile on your face. The average price of all items is Rs. 30. It is a student friendly, pocket friendly and stomach friendly food joint. We may not attend classes everyday but bunking these Irfan’s maggi point session is improbable.

Foodie Correspondent:Vishakha Bhaskar

24th August,2013

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Sukhdev Ka Dhaba

Sukhdev Ka Dhaba

A road trip without dhabhe ka food is incomplete that too if you are
traveling towards Punjab. Located on Delhi-Punjab National Highway1,
Sukhdev ka dhabha has been serving lip smacking food from truck drivers to
families, from students craving for midnight chai to couples wanting to
taste legacy. Situated amidst luscious greens this dhabha is open 24×7 and
sometimes so crowded that you will have to wait atleast 15-20 mins to find
a place to sit. “Weekend mornings are always crowded” adds Rajiv, a
frequent customer to this place, “especially if the weather is nice too.”

This place serves all kinds of pure vegetarian food and have added
continental, Chinese and other famous delicacies to their menu over the
passage of time. Considering Sukhdev from the dhabha point of view, its
phenomenal, with a huge parking lot, team of 50-60 working 24×7, clean
washrooms and even a small shopping complex selling things like garments
and groceries but considering Sukhdev from the dhabha food point of view,
of being spicy, full of flavours and giving you the typical Indian food, a
lot of people complain of it losing its essence and food quality over the
years.

I ordered it’s famous aloo ka parantha which they served with lots
of white butter and curd. The parantha though was a little bland but
appropriately stuffed and curd, its savior. The next on my list was the
buttermilk which was indeed worth the price and so was the chai, though not
as kadak as the weather. Sukhdev’s speciality, their makke di roti and
sarson da saag, is another good food on the list if you haven’t tasted it
in a while. Other food items such as Chowmein, Idli and dosas are ordinary,
hanging somewhere in between it’s real savors and Sukhdev’s personal ones.
Once upon a time Sukhdev which was famous for its extremely delicious food
is now just a place known for its specialties.

This place is totally worth a visit if you need a break from your neck-breaking driving journey and in urgent to need of good, hygienic food but not worth the hassle to specially drive 50kms away from Delhi or Panipat.

Foodie Correspondent:Sanskriti Nagar

22nd August,2013

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MY KIND OF GREAT FOOD!

MY KIND OF GREAT FOOD!

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“ Eating food should be simple” is the motto of  Ankit, the co-owner of a quaint little café in a lane in Kailash Colony Market called My Kind Of Street Cafe. Two years ago, it started in the serpentine lanes of Amar Colony Market, Lajpat Nagar IV, a favorite haunt of Lady Shri Ram College girls. It has been relocated to Kailash Colony to cater to the same. Their favorite item is the famous cheese momos.The cheese-filled dumplings dished out by them are a delight for any food lover.

chicken momosThe love for this dish can be seen on the walls of the café, full of small notes plastered on the walls. Their smoken chicken white cream sauce pasta is also a delight. Another outlet of MKSC ,as it is fondly known as, is located in SDA market which mainly caters to the IITians right across the road. Their favorite is the Herb and Bacon Stuffed Chicken. A neat and complete platter completed with beans, broccoli, curd dip and garlic bread, healthy and delicious with a subtle flavor.                                                                                                                                    

 IMG_9812Over the years, their food has evolved. The pasta, banana bread, my kind of burger, lemon butter fish are amongst the other mouth-watering delight the place has to offer. The menu has a lot of variety for people who like to experiment with food. It is a do-it-yourself menu so that one gets exactly what he has asked for. To end the wonderful experience, the banoffee pie is a must for the sweet toothed. It would be a shame to miss this stunner!

 banoffie pieOn being asked about their future plans and prospects, Ankit shared a little secret. They plan to venture into the world of out-of-the-box South Indian food, which has already started functioning in the SDA outlet in a small way.

With the way these two outstanding food joints are functioning, we can expect something really exciting in the days to come, and here’s wishing them all the best for a great future ahead and great and happy eating to all the young people in Delhi!

Foodie Correspondent:Shreya Chowdhury

Foodie Photographer:Kali Walia

17th August,2013

 

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.