Special Winter Menu @Chaayos

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Summer are already approaching in Delhi but its never too late to talk about the amazing memories of winter. I always use to crib about the severe winters in Delhi but this time I was travelling so much that I started missing the weather over here. The places I travelled had moderate climates and I use to wonder how the temperature would be in Delhi. I guess its true that when you are away from something you miss it more.

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Anyways! To cut my long story short, this winter was extra special coz of this one place which I’m in love with now.  “Chaayos”

They have these extra tempting winter special menu which will leave you coming back for more. My favourite will be the different options you get in Chai (Tea). Not only their menu but the unique interiors and captivating designs will leave you mum.  

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Would not take much time and straight forward show you the dishes I liked the most and I am so waiting for this years special menu. 

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Cuisines

CAFE , TEA

Opening hours

8 AM to 11 PM

Delivery Timings

8 AM to 10:30 PM

Address

Plot 3, M-66, First Floor, M Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi

More Info

Breakfast

Home Delivery

 No Alcohol Available

 Wifi

 

Chaayos Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

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MASALA HOUSE

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Masala House is yet another example of Indian Progressive Cuisine which will surprise you with their innovative presentation and awesome flavours.
With beautiful interior and hospitable stuff this place is perfect for a family get together or a chilled out time with friends.
I had a great time too with few of my colleagues over lunch.

Few of my favourite items were –

Drinks =
# Basil Cucumber Coller – my favourite
# Cosmopolitan

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Starters =
# Asparagus Puddu – It was good
# Dahi Kebab – I liked it more. The texture was smooth and flavourful
# Kadi Patta Jheenga – Awesomely cooked Prawns. Soft and loaded with flavours

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Mains –
# Bafat Masala Fish – Yum Yum
# Moge Wala Kukad – Diffrent
# Dum Biryani – Mutton biryani was too good. light and aromatic. I took serving twice.
# Chur Chur Naan – It was also too good.

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Desserts –
# Gajar Halwa Kana

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Masala House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Raise The Bar Rooftop @Clarens Hotel

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This place has amazed me with its beauty and luxury. And to top it up, the mouth watering food and best of best cocktails. Best place to chill out with friends over few drinks at the beautiful rooftop. The rooftop terrace have been designed extremely well and thoughtfully which makes it even more appealing. In this beautiful winter evenings of Delhi, one must visit tis place and make the most of this amazing place along with their well crafted drinks and food.

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The story behind “Raise The Bar” is that they take you on a Cocktail Journey through different corners of the world and share untold stories of the land. They start from the glorious Gardens of England; the fruity drinks to the America in the 1920’s with its rich and flavourful gin-based cocktails.

The story doesn’t end there. these guys reached the Amazon Rainforest to create drinks that are exotic and infused with the bittersweet flavours of cocoa and bourbon. They also pay a homage to the Great Himalayas, the mystical land of magic and grandeur, resulting in cocktails soaked with zesty tastes.

My favourite items which I enjoyed to the core

Drinks –

# Hiss in the dark – Always a coffee lover and this drink made me super happy as it contains coffee liqueur, vodka, and shot of espresso. 

# Roaring Twenties – A rum based drink with orange and cinnamon.

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Appetisers –

# Smoked chicken and orange salad – my favourite 🙂

# Herb crusted sole fillet

# Pan fried Himalayan trout

# Philadelphia salad roll

# Chicken roll

# Spicy chicken wings – hot hot mess.. loved it to the core

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Desserts –

# Banoffee pie

# Boozy truffles

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Cuisines

EUROPEAN , CONTINENTAL , ITALIAN 

Opening hours

 6 PM to 1 AM

Address

Clarens Hotel, Plot 363, Sector 29, Gurgaon

 

Raise The Bar Rooftop-Clarens Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

JOM JOM MALAY – A MALAYSIAN DELIGHT IN DELHI

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The Five State Menu has been a great experience in Jom Jom. 

In for some authentic Malaysian food, is the the go to place guys! Been there with two of my close friends and had a ball of a time. Beautiful Malaysian influence interior and decor.

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Loved the fact that we had to create our own Sambal. All the ingredients are provided and you have mix them up with the help of a postal and mortar.Coming back to food…. they were serving a special menu from five different states of Malaysia.

Melaka (is a state in Malaysia located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula)

Johor (Johore is located in the southern portion of Peninsular Malaysia. It is one of the most developed states of Malaysia)

Sarawak – (Located in northwest “Borneo Island”, Sarawak is bordered by the Malaysian state of “Sarah” to the northeast, “Kalimantan”, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, to the south, and the independent country of Brunei in the north.)

Kelantan (Kelantan is a rural state in the northeast of Peninsular Malaysia. Kota Bharu, the riverside capital, is home to royal palaces)

Penang (Penang is a state in northwest Malaysia comprising mainland Seberang Perai and Penang Island.)

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– Dishes I loved – 

Appetizers  –

# Kombia – This dish is from the state of “Sarawak”. It is a Spicy Malaysian lamb sliders with wonderful flavours and juiciness. This appetiser was one of my favourite.

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# Sambal Udang Dengan Bola Beras – The was from the state of “Melaka”. A Spicy sambal prawns with steamed rice balls.

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Mains –

# Laksam Kelantan – As the name suggest the dish is from the state of “Kelantan”. Its a Coconut based white laksa (Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup) with seafood, fresh herbs & house rice noodles roll with homemade chilli paste. 

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# Ayam Pansuh – Belongs to the state of “Sarawak” , its a chicken dish cooked in its own juices with bamboo shoot and herbs.

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# Otak Otak – Belongs to the state of “Johor” its a Steamed Chilli lime flavoured fish cake wrapped in banana leaf with fried onion served with sticky rice cake.

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# Laksa Penang – We can recognise from the name that it belongs to the state of Penang and Laksa meaning spicy noodle soup. So it is a seafood base curry soup with zing of Tamarind. 

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Few More Dishes served were – 

# Tauhu Bakar – Crisp silken tofu with shredded cucumber, carrots, chives topped with rojak sauce

# Sarawak Popiah Rolls – Gluten wrappers with Yam, Carrot & curried potatoes.

# Acar Melayu – Sweet spicy Malaysian pickle with nutty sesame flavour served with sticky rice. 

# Nasi Kapur Kunyit – Turmeric & lime scented steamed rice. Best served with Ayam, Kambing, Campuran Sayur

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Cuisines

Malaysian, Asian

Average Cost 

₹1,800 for two people

Opening hours

 12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 7 PM to 11:30 PM

Address

BG 04, Ansal Plaza, Andrews Ganj, Khel Gaon Marg, New Delhi

 

FATHER’S DAY COOK OFF @CROWNE PLAZA

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On the occasion of Father’s Day this year two great minds ‘Vickrham Vicky’ founder of  “Foodmaniacs” and ‘Aditi’ founder of “Ikreate” collaborates together for an amazing cook off in association with Crown Plaza, Gurgaon. Their small idea turns out to be a successful event and I was one among many bloggers who happens to be a part of it.

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‘Crown plaza’ helped set up an amazing individual cooking sections for each participants along with wide variety in the pantry. Everything was available for the cook off along with specific sections for Grill, sauté and deep frying. I was amazed to see the enthusiasm and turn over of good cooks for this event. Everybody was talented and ready to create their unique dishes.

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The panel of judges includes MasterChef Season 5 Star “Siddharth Talwar” who along with Executive Chef “Nilesh Dey” who were present to guide the participants as well as kept an sharp eye on the way they were cooking. There main focus was on reducing the waste we normally do while cooking. The lesser the waste, higher the points. Few more important judging criterias were the innovation, technique and most of all the taste of a particular dish. At the beginning 5mnts were given to select their required items from the pantry and later extra 1mnt in the pantry between cook off . Overall 1hrs was given to create their final dish.

I had a ball of a time witnessing the whole event. It was great to see the energy and enthusiasm the participants showed all along. I was surprised to see the each and every idea people had for their dish. Not a single dish was average. Everybody showed unique cooking skills and innovation. The main attraction was to watch two kids “future chefs” participating along with the elders. 

Speaking at the event, Chef Siddharth said,

“The Fathers day special cook off event hosted by Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon, Media Event Partnered by Vickrham(vicky) of Foodmaniacs and organised by Aditi of Ikreate was one of the best cook off events judged by me. A very meticulously arranged and coordinated event went off very smoothly and without a doubt had the best chosen contestants. Best of ingredients, equipments and contestants will always make a contest a memorable one. Kudos to all”.

Many thanks to “Foodmaniacs” and “Ikreate” for totally believing in this concept as cooking for your loved ones never fails, and hence what better than showing some love to your father by cooking for him on Father’s Day and tried making it more interesting by adding the competition layer to it. Looking forward to see many such events by this amazing duo.

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“The Winner”

Yeti – The Himalayan Kitchen

My quest for authentic flavours took me to this place which offers different cuisine from the Himalayas. Himalayan cuisine is diverse and unique as it covers all ends of the Himalayan borders. In the local staple you will find dishes from China, like chow-mein and spring rolls, or of India, with Curries and Samosas. Himalayan food is a unique food culture which is like a drooling mix of Chinese, Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan favourites.

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Himalayan food is much more then just yak meat butter tea and here at “Yeti” its a celebration of different cuisine found there.

“Yeti – The Himalayan Kitchen” is another gem in the Haus Khas market commonly known as “HKV”. Although this place is all about night life and pubs and designer outlets. “Yeti” is a breath of fresh air to me. I love to visit this place due to the fact it gives you a homely feeling and comfort. The ambiance both inside and outside is absolutely perfect for its theme. Good himalayan food with beautiful greenery outside of the place. One can relish a good quality meal with a feel of the nature.

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It has the authentic flavour and taste of a home cooked dish. Very rustic. To maintain the flavour these guys even source spices from the Himalayas. The have chefs from the same origin. Nevertheless, this place and its flavours speaks of its own.

This place has become my second home if ever I wanna come over for some comfort food and a relaxed time.Visited the place with some friends and totally fell in love with it. By the time I’m writing this review I have visited the place twice.
And I’m sure I’m coming back for more.

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Few of my favourites are –

## Piro Aloo – Darjeeling style cumin, garlic, turmeric spicy potatoes.

## Macha Tareko – My favourite. Fish marinated in spices and batter, fired in mustard oil

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## Mushroom with Black Bean Sauce.

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## Chicken Dry Fry –  Chicken pieces fried with peanut and pepper.

## Sha Datchi – A Bhutanese meal. Cheese curry. Can be veg or non veg.

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## Crispy Pork and Honey.

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## Doh Nai – Pork Cooked in black sesame gravy, a delicacy of the Khasi- Jainitias of Meghalayas.

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## Yamari – Sweet Newari steamed rice dumplings with Nutella Chocolate. 

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Cuisines

Tibetan, Nepalese 

Cost

AVERAGE

₹1,300 for two people (approx.) 

Exclusive of applicable taxes and

Opening hours

12 Noon to 11:30 PM

Address

30, 1st Floor, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

Highlights

Home Delivery

Private Dining Area Available
Lunch Menu
Kid Friendly

Paid Parking

CALIENTE – A SWEDISH CHILLI INFUSED DRINK

Caliente has launched in India and guess what! I got my hands on to try out two of their flavours. To my surprise I quite liked it. Its a Chilli infused drink with organic fruit concentrate. Its a Swedish award winning company which is now available in India.

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Caliente has been awarded with –

*** “The World’s Best New Adult Drink Concept” – World Beverage Innovation awards 2015
*** “Winner Best New Organic Drink” – Natural and Organic Awards Scandinavia 2015

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“Caliente” is a new away winning drink that has been spiked with chilli. Chilli adds character and great taste, without need to add a lots of sugar and it kick starts our endorphins. Its organic and made in Sweden from pure ingredients.

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The same stuff that makes chillis hot “Capsaicin” also floods your brain with endorphins, for a natural high. Caliente has come up with unique way of spiking chilli heat, making it one of its kind. For best results… enjoy Caliente slowly and ice cold on its own or pair up with food for an experience beyond comparison.

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# Caliente Ginger Lime Chili – 

I quite liked it even though it has a strong flavour of chilli and also the infusion of ginger kicks the spice note too.

Ingredients – 

Water | 15% Organic fruit juice from concentrated grape, lime | Organic raw sugar | Natural aromas | Sea salt 

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# Caliente Blueberry Lemongrass Chili –

This would be my favourite so far because I feel its has the perfect bend of chilli and berries. The ratio is quite enjoyable of those who are not into too much spicy drinks.

Ingredients –

Water | 18% organic fruit juice from concentrate apple, blueberry, black carrot, lemon | Organic raw sugar | Natural aromas | Sea salt

Crafted in Sweden from organic ingredients, it’s the ultimate choice for people who are after a complex non-alcoholic drink that’s low on sugar. All are bottled in Småland, Sweden, of 100% natural and certified organic ingredients.

Caliente’s full range now consist of – 

# Plum Rosemary Chili

# Blueberry Lemongrass Chili

# Ginger Lime Chili

# Cranberry Pomegranate Chili

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