Why you need to be a part of the Dineout Cocktail Week?

Dineout India once again brings an amazing offer for us foodies. We all love to go out with our friends during the weekends and splurge on food and drinks, and if an offer as amazing like this comes across, it’s a double treat. Diners will get access to curated exotic and unique cocktails at an unbelievable price of INR 200 per drink. Sounds too good to be true right?

 

Here are some of the restaurants where you can spend your weekends at during the festival:

En-The Japanese Restaurant

En boasts of some delectable food and a view to watch out for. Their interiors transport you to Japan and it’s rich heritage and culture. Sushi is a popular choice here amongst the diners apart from the Miso Soup. They also have an ongoing Sushi Festival which is perfect to pair your drinks with using the Dineout App.

2. Chatter House

If you’re a Khan Market regular, Chatter House must have caught your attention. Located in the middle lane, the eatery boasts of north India, Italian and American cuisine. Being an Irish themed pub, it has a casual ambiance where you can hangout with your friends over a meal and a few drinks. Don’t forget to try out their Dahi Kebab and Galouti Kebab.

3. Circus

Circus, located at South Extension tries to bring the same joy that a Circus used to when people attended it. From the decor to the uniform’s of the servers-everything is on point. Pair your drinks with their Butter Chicken Pizza or Mutton Ghee Roast with Malabar Parantha.

4. Smokey’s BBQ & Grill

Known for it’s ambiance and decor, Smokey’s has been one of the popular places to eat in Khan Market since a long time. Burgers, Steaks, Pizzas- you name a dish and they have it on their menu. Time to pair it with some amazing cocktails, don’t you think so?

Royal China

Royal China boasts of excellence in terms of food and service. Located on the 16th floor of the Eros Tower at Nehru Place, the restaurant is about all things royal. An afternoon brunch with the family, led me to try out the restaurant.

Royal China offers an amazing view of the city’s skyline giving you the ultimate meal with a view goal. The menu is elaborate and if you live for Chinese food like me, then this place is for you.

My favorites from the meal were:

  1. Chicken and Prawn Dimsums

These were delicious and the mixing of meats worked well. The outer coating was light and thin, and the stuffing was      perfectly spiced. You have to try them out if you love dimsums.

2. Salt and Pepper Prawns

This one was my favourite- the crispy prawns had been tossed in a spicy sauce leading to a perfect amalgamation of flavors. The garnishing of chopped spring onions and chillies blended the dish well.

3. Chicken in Black Bean Sauce

The dish had tender chicken pieces which had been stir fried with black beans giving it a wonderful taste. The sauce had a strong flavor which went really well with fried rice.

4. Sesame Noodles

There was something comforting about this bowl of noodles. Tossed in a wok with onions and garnished with sesame seeds to give it a crunchy taste, these noodles were delicious and different from what I have tasted earlier.

The service at Royal China is top of the line and the servers will assist you on what to order. If you just want to go for dimsums, the restaurant also offers a Dimsum brunch on Sunday with unlimited dimsums to gorge on .

 

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Pizza Express Goes All Festive

With the winter chill keeping us low and dull, only food comes to the rescue of people like me who don’t quite enjoy the cold. Food is synonymous with winters and acts as the perfect go to thing when you’re always too cold.

Pizza Express India decided to make Christmas special and launched their very own Festive Menu which has some special treats for the foodies . They have literally become the bearers of all things festive.
Here’s what their Festive Menu looks like:

Hot BBQ Italian Chicken Wings
Probably one of the best chicken wings I have had till date. It’s one of those dishes where you don’t mind getting your hands messy and simply gorging in. The sauce is a mix of sweet and spicy which gives it a great flavor, in turn making it a perfect starter.

Spinach Artichoke Tuffo With Dough Balls
Dough Balls are synonymous with Pizza Express and when one visits the restaurant-it should be on your To Try List. The is was a mix of crumbly feta cheese, spinach, artichokes , cream and topped with chilli oil. Th soft dough balls went exceptionally well with the subtle flavoured dip. If you are going in a group, these will be perfect to munch on while sipping on the drinks

Verdure Pizza
A classic one , the Verdure Pizza had a generous topping of some red pesto, roasted tomatoes, vegetables and of course, the mozzarella. The pizza had a soft crust and melted with every bite. The basil that had been used as a garnish gave it a beautiful taste. Definitely a must try if you’re a vegetarian.

Linguine Cajun Polo
This Linguine pasta was my favourite. Loved how the flavors of the Cajun sauce and roasted peppers came together. With every bite I was able to associate it with the perfect definition of comfort food. The garnishing of the bacon from top gave it a good texture. Try the Linguine Cajun Polo with Mulled Wine- you’ll love it!

The Big Bad Brownie
Served in a cup, it included a warm brownie which was topped with berry compote and vanilla gelato. To add to the heavenly mix, there was a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Warm, comforting and absolutely delicious, the dessert ended the meal on a high note.

Pizza Express has gone all out to spread the festive cheer and the menu certainly warms the heart. The servers at the restaurant are excited about it as well, and that certainly goes a long way in highlighting how popular a restaurant is not only amongst the diners but also their staff.
The festive menu is on till 30th January, do give it a try- you’ll love it!

 

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Say Hello to Thai House By Kylin

Popular joint The Kylin has recently opened their new restaurant- Thai House which focuses only on Thai Cuisine. Delhi is known for it’s gastronomy and Thai House makes a smart move by treating the city to some fine dishes which takes the diners on a short trip to Thailand.

Here’s a quick take on the restaurant:

Ambience

Located in N Block Market, Thai House boasts of a warm ambience. The decor has been done in shades of brown and have been kept minimal. The restaurant is housed on two floors with the second floor being an open terrace. With the onset of winters, the terrace will be perfect for those weekend brunches and long conversations.

Food

1. Poo Ja and Thod Mun Khao Phod

The starters were delicious and were in perfect bite sizes. Poo Ja which was a crab cake tasted delicious whereas Thod Mun Khao Phod was a mix of sweet and spicy Thai patty. They were perfect starters to munch on while we waited for our food to come.

2. Kung Phat Bai Phak ChiI Lae
The Grilled Butterfly Jumbo Prawn was amazing. The prawn had been perfectly cooked, and the flavors of coriander leaves and chili came out brilliantly well. The dish is a must try!

3. Gai Phat Khing
The dish comprised of stir fried chicken tossed with ginger and other vegetables. The defining ingredient was sliced ginger which gave it a great character. It was seasoned well and tasted amazing.

4. Khao Kraya Khu
This one was a sugar-free tiramisu and was an absolute delight. It had a healthy touch to it with the use of sugar-free making it even more special.

Chef Nikhil Kanwar has whipped up some spectacular dishes that will floor you with it’s tastes and flavours. He has made it a point to serve dishes that are his favourites and that just shows how passionate the restaurant is about the food they serve.

Thai House by Kylin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Circus

The word Circus is often associated with clowns, fun and joy, and as kids we used to hear our parents talk about how much fun they had when the circus used to come to town. Circus, located at South Extension tries to bring the same joy that Circus used to when people used to attend it.
From the decor to the uniform’s of the servers-everything is on point. The servers are seen wearing the clown costume and masks on their faces. Here are my top picks served at the restaurant:
1. Butter Chicken Pizza
Who thought that you could mix two of the most amazing things that could have happened to mankind- butter chicken and pizza. A thin crust pizza with a topping of the royal butter chicken made it really special. It tasted delicious and definitely worth trying at the restaurant.

2. Loaded Potato Skin
Boiled potato topped with cheddar cheese had unique flavors and was lightly seasoned. The creaminess of the cheese and the richness of the potato worked really well. Loaded potato skins are perfect starters to enjoy over a drink at Circus.

 


3. Mutton Ghee Roast with Malabar Parantha
This one is a tiffin meal concept where they serve the dish in a steel tiffin-something that will transport you back to the childhood days when you you would see your father taking the steel tiffin to work. The Mutton Ghee roast was brilliant and packed with flavors. The meat had been cooked well and came off easily. The gravy had a wonderful texture and the spices added their magic to it. It was served with malabar parantha and salad on the side to make it a complete meal.

4. Prawn Momos
The prawn momos were served steaming hot and were yummy. The prawns had been cooked right and seasoned well. They were served along with a spicy sauce making it a perfect combination to devour on.


5. Ultimate Circus Sundae
The sundae is every dessert lover’s delight. Imagine a glass filled with scoops of different ice creams topped with nuts, cherries and a drizzle of chocolate and strawberry sauce- sounds like heaven right? The ultimate circus sundae had all my attention and I enjoyed every bite of it. Ultimate is the right word to describe it and is a must try.


Circus indeed does a fine job in bringing great food, culture and good ambience to life. They have a lot of interesting things on their menu which cater to every taste bud. Do give this place a try!

 

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Sushi Junction

Over the past few years, Sushi has become a popular food in Delhi and people have now started accepting it as a part of their daily food intake. With people starting to experiment in terms of different cuisines and flavors, the Sushi industry has gone all out and earned fans across different palettes. Gone are the days when people considered it as a part of gourmet food. With so many stand alone restaurants coming up in the city, Sushi has become affordable and takers.

It is often said that Sushi is a developed taste and doesn’t find much takers in the Indian palette, however it has been tweaked a little here and there to suit the Indian taste buds. Growing high on the sushi scene is popular joint Sushi Junction which has been serving delectable Sushi over the past few years in Gurgaon.

Having opened their kitchen in South Delhi, I decided to order in from them to find out what they have to offer from their much talked about menu. Going through their menu, they do have an extensive list to order from and also with their motto of ‘Sushi Goes Desi’, I knew my taste buds were in safe hands and were not in for an adventure.
Here are my picks from their menu:

1. California Non Veg
The California Roll falls under the Chumaki type of Sushi which is a combination of Crab stick, Avocado, Cucumber and Mayonnaise. The roll was covered with Flying Fish egg that had a crunchy texture and was red-orange in colour. It was served with soya sauce which made it a great accompaniment apart from the usual wasabi. The roll was delicious and the texture of the flying fish egg gave it a nice twist.

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2. Salmon
The sushi was a mix of Salmon and spring onions which was served with Soya Sauce on the side. The salmon sushi was delicious and the addition of spring onions brought in a bit of crunchiness to it. It was light and was easy on the palette.

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3. Chicken Tori Karaage
This one is your fried chicken in the form of a sushi and it tasted pretty amazing. For all who are sceptical to try Sushi, this one is perfect to start your sushi journey with. The fried chicken with sushi rice turns out to be a great combination and will pleasantly surprise you. This one is a must have if you’re new at Sushi.

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4. Kidney Bean Curry Sauce
A truly desi style sushi, the Kidney Bean Sushi is a mix of kidney beans and Indian Herbs. This one has all the flavors of a typical Indian dish and will definitely catch the fancy of Indian food lovers. It is served with a Japanese Curry Sauce which is spicy and has a lot of flavor. It definitely has a lot of Indian influence in terms of taste, spices and of course the flavors. The Japanese are slowly terming it their national food. Well, they are yet to go a long way before they can actually hit a home run with their curry.

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Sushi Junction has definitely made a strong start in the Sushi arena in the city and have some promising flavors available. There’s something for everyone in their menu- be it the Sushi newbies to hardcore Sushi lovers. You have to try them to believe them.

Sushi Junction Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Oat It Out

When was the last time someone mentioned Oats and you made a face? Seems like yesterday right where you had a friend or your mom talking about trying oats and you running away from it. I used to find myself doing that too. However, all of it deliciously changed with the first taste from a bowl of oats. They did taste good and one couldn’t really ignore the health benefits that add on with it. It turned out to be a win-win situation- Oats found a fan in me and I enjoyed the health benefits with the taste. Ever since, I have been on a trip of experimenting with dishes that incorporate Oats and make it the main hero of the dish.

Oats are considered as a food for the boring, but with some ingredients they turn out to be great dishes. They are rich in protein and are a great add on to your staple diet. The friend of mine who introduced me to the wonderful world of oats challenged me to take up the Quaker Oats challenge where I had to show my creative side and come up with interesting recipes.

Desserts have always caught my fancy and I decided to take up this challenge in full force and come up with dishes that are a perfect way to end the meal yet are healthy and low on the sugar level. Quaker Oats are known to be the perfect energy source and are rich in protein. With the ongoing holy festival of Ramadan going on, I thought that incorporating Quaker Oats in desserts would be a perfect way to be a part of the festivities while keeping the guilt of the calories at bay. This challenge particularly interested me since most associate desserts with add on calories, and it was a perfect way to show that they can be healthy too.

I plan to make the FruOaty Bowl which is a perfect dessert bowl and has all the flavors intact:

Ingredients:

  1. Quaker Oats
  2. Hung Curd
  3. Museli
  4. Nuts
  5. Honey
  6. Choco Chips
  7. Fruits
Recipe:
  1. Take a bowl and add 4 teaspoon of hung curd .
  2. Add 3-4 tbsp of Quaker Oats
  3. Add 2 tbsp of Museli with nuts
  4.  Add pomegranate and apples to give it the right amount of freshness.
  5. Mix 1 tbsp of honey
  6. For the final touch, add choco chips to give it the sweet touch.
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For the second recipe, I opted to make Chia Almond Chocolate Oats
Ingredients
1. Quaker Oats
2. Cocoa powder
3. Chia seeds
4. Salt
5. Hung curd
6. Milk
7. Honey
8. Vanilla Extract
Recipe:
1. Mix Quaker Oats and cocoa powder in a bowl
2.Add chia seeds and a pinch of salt in the dish to give it a crunchy texture
3. Once mixed, add hung curd and milk to the bowl.
4. To give it a sweet twist, add honey and vanilla extract to the mixture.
5. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 2 hours or even overnight.
6. Sprinkle almond slivers on top of the dessert and serve it.
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RawLeaf

When was the last time a healthy meal impressed you that you would find yourself recommending it to everyone you came across? Last week when I ordered in from RawLeaf, who knew they would create an ardent fan in me for them. I always make it a point to try salads, cold pressed juices or even those whole wheat rolls and have been experimenting with various places that specialise in these. Raw Leaf caught my attention and I decided to try them out as part of my search for the best.
Raw Leaf has an interesting line up of treats lined up on their menu. From salads, wraps to smoothies, they cater to all. To start with, they have a well done up menu with each dish has been described well. The website has been made user friendly and is visually appealing. You are surely bound to put everything in the cart once you start going through the menu in detail.

The packaging is impressive and everything is marked well. The food looked attractive and fresh when it came in. My favourite picks were:

 
1. Tangy Chicken Salad
This one was delicious and fresh. The salad comprised of smoked chicken, cucumber, tomatoes and corn. The herbs gave it a nice flavour and the sliced almond slivers gave it a crunchy twist. The tanginess was brought by the lemon sesame dressing which made it refreshing.

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2. Smoked Chicken Wrap
It was yummy and my favourite. The stuffing was a mix of smoked chicken. lettuce, capsicum , tomatoes with Ceaser Dressing. It was a mix of creaminess and softness which made it a treat to taste. The base of the wrap was hummus that brought in earthiness to the dish. The wholesomeness of the wrap which was of the wrap made it a good meal by itself.

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3.  Zest Juice
The juice was a combination of Watermelon, pomegranate and mint. A refreshing drink, Zest was a wonderful choice. The juice is recommended for good skin, health and hair and by having did, I hope I did some justice to my body. The mint blended well with the sweetness of the fruits giving it a soothing taste.

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4. All Berries Smoothie
The smoothie was lip smacking. It comprised of different variety of smoothies like Blueberry, Blackberry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Yoghurt and Honey. It was filling yet tasted amazing. It had all my favourite berries in it which made it an instant favourite. The smoothie wasn’t too sweet which was a good thing. Loved this one.

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5. Quinoa Cranberry Salad
In recent times, Quinoa has become a popular food item and health experts having been giving raving reviews about it’s health benefits. The Quinoa Cranberry Salad was wonderful and tasted well. The earthiness of Quinoa and the sweetness of dried cranberries made a great combination. The presence of rocket leaves, spinach and basil gave the salad a wonderful flavour. It was accompanied with a dressing of lemon dijon which went well with it.

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Raw Leaf presents some wonderful treats for all health freaks out there. They deliver all over Delhi/NCR and are open seven days a week. The food is brilliant with some yummy flavours. Do give them a try and continue your health streak.

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Big Fat Sandwich

Having tasted the much talked about Big Fat Sandwich at Vasant Kunj, I was thrilled to know that they had opened up another outlet at the popular Select CITYWALK. The mall already hosts a plethora of some amazing restaurants at their food court-My Square , and with Big Fat Sandwich joining big league of food joints, the food court has become a food destination.

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BFS as the name suggests specialises in sandwiches apart from burgers which are huge in portion and of course, delicious. They have an elaborate menu which would leave you stumbled with how each ingredient goes on to make that perfect sandwich. Being a foodie and a sandwich fan, this place found an avid fan in me.

My favourite picks from their amazing menu are:

1. Say Cheese Sandwich
This one is a heaven for all cheese lovers. This gorgeous sandwich is a mix of grilled cheese, English cheddar gouda and Mozzarella apart from generous helping of butter and herbs. The bread was made toasted well and with every bite, the cheese transported me to heaven.

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2. 2. El Toro
Served on a sesame bun, the grilled chicken sausages give the burger a delicious twist. El Toro is a Spanish styled treat which has hummus rocket leaves topped with some parmesan cheese. The open burger concept worked well and all the flavours of the chicken sausage along with the humus came out really well.

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3.The Firecracker
The Firecracker burger served at the Big Fat Sandwich is true to it’s name. The juicy African flavoured chicken with a generous serving of cheddar cheese was exquisite. Loved how all the flavour came together to create the perfect taste.

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4.Croque Monsieur
Another masterpiece, this sandwich has all the good things in it. From baked ham and cheese, mozzarella Bechamel sauce, BFS hot sauce and more cheese, this one has it all. With every bite, the creaminess of the cheese and the softness of the ham came together.

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Big Fat Sandwich has won on all areas-be it service, portion size, flavours and off course the taste. Another great thing about them is that they give you an option to choose your bread. So, all you health crusaders out there, the guys at BFS have got your back. They have truly won a loyalist in fun once again with their food. The staff are well versed with the menu and generally help you in making a choice, which is indeed helpful as one is boound to get confused with the menu. I have already made a wish list of the sandwiches and burgers I am going to be trying out on my next visit to the outlet. This one is not to be missed!

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