SWAD ‘Desh Videsh Ka’

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Yet another day in Delhi exploring yet another new restaurant to explore.
Desi food with a swag.
Nehru Place is another hub for food lovers and the place is definitely in the recommendation list. Simple and cozy place. Creative interiors with modern styling.

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It definitely had a lot of swad and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
Cuisines from different parts of India and abroad under one roof.

 

The Food Talk

Few favourites were –
* Amritsari Chole Bhature – Excellent
* Dahi Bhalla – Excellent
* Tibetan Momos – Average
* Teekha Paneer Tikka – Average (Too much teekha is not my thing)
* Idli Sambar – Excellent
* Indo Italian Dosa – Average
* Ram Ladoo Chaat – Excellent

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**Main**
* Hakka Noodles with Manchurian Balls – Excellent
* Thai Green Curry with Rice – Excellent
* Pindi Chole – Excellent
* Lachha Paratha – Excellent

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**Desserts*
* Gulabi Phirni – Excellent
* Moong Dal Halwa – Excellent
* Matka Kulfi – Excellent

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SWAD - Desh Videsh Ka Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

 

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STUDIO XO BAR

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My life is all about travelling and I am literally living out of a suitcase these days. Which I really enjoy. After a long gap of two and a half month I was back in Delhi. So, staying in Delhi without exploring new food joints is such a waste. So decided to check out few new cool places recently launched.

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Studio Xo Bar  is the one I visited and instantly fell in love. As the name suggests its actually looks like a luxury studio, huge space with stunning interior. The bar area has superb space and I couldn’t resist but get few clicks for myself.

They have a live performance area which is also huge and very attractive. Enough space for everybody, no matter you are in the bar or sitting area or near the live performance area.

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Lets talk about food

Few of my favourites are ——
Starters –
Pins colada – Average
Veg Seekh – I liked it!
Amritsary Fish – Damm Good!

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Mains –
Pindi Chhole – Excellent.
Dal Makhani – Excellent.

Dessert –
Blueberry Cheese Cake – It was Yummy!

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Overall, I had a great time……. met old friends……
Great place
Good food
Excellent service 

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Studio Xo Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

 

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”

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