Nizami Daawat at SodaBottleOpenerwala

With celebrations already in the air, everyone is all out celebrating Ramzan. Eid ul-Fitr which is slated to be celebrated on Saturday, the party has gone bigger and better. SodaBottleOpenerwala had a month long celebration of the holy month by hosting a Nizami Daawat in Delhi. 

Being always open to celebrations, I decided to explore what the Iranian Cafe had to offer which already has some amazing dishes on it’s menu.
We started our grand meal by ordering Lukhmi which is a typical starter to a Hyderabadi cuisine. A savoury dish which can called as a form of samosa, with a stuffing of minced keema. The outer pastry was soft and flakey which made the stuffing stand out. The minced meat was spiced right for the taste buds, not making it too spicy. 
 
 
The Mutton Biryani was a delicious affair. Hyderabadi biryani is a well known dish and literally is the best thing that has ever happened to mankind. The biryani at Soda Bottle Openerwala was amazing, and complemented the haleeem that we had ordered as an accompaniment. The haleem was unlike the traditional Hyderabadi preparation, it was actually an Iranian version. It was a hearty dish and a Haleem is a mix of wheat and meat, making it a sumptuous dish. The Nizami feast at SodaBottleOpenerwala is a wonderful initiative to encourage everyone to enjoy the delicacies that are an important part of the festival. 

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Cafe Delhi Heights

Cafe Delhi Heights has become a popular joint over the years and are known for their burgers apart from other variety of options on their menu.

 

The Jury Lucy Burger is one of the specialities at Cafe Delhi Heights, and must say it deserves all the fame. It is one of the most sold dishes on the menu, and the count is going strong. The burger includes 250 gm of minced meat patty which had a stuffing of cheese and jalapeños. The burger was huge, but on the taste meter it definitely was a strong dish. If you love burgers and of course, have a huge appetite, then Jucy Lucy is the one to try.
The  Pan Fried Noodles with Chilli Bean Sauce, which was basically an assortment of vegetables stir fried in the sauce and served on top of pan grilled crispy noodles. The dish was pure comfort food. Being someone who loves pan-asian food, the dish was really a hit.
Cafe Delhi Heights has been constantly revamping their menu and adding innovative dishes which are great for the palate. There’s something for everyone on the menu which makes it the ultimate star in the dining arena.

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Tara at Roseate House

Tara, Roseate House‘s new restaurant is all about indulgence of the tastebuds and your eyes. Located next to the infinity pool of the hotel, this Japanese eatery headed by Head Chef Paul John Abayan dishes out some amazing Japanese delicacies.
Me and a friend decided to try this much talked about restaurant, and see what the fuss is all about.
We started our meal with the Longest Sunset, which was an amazing drink – perfect to bring the spring in! It was a perfect mix of orange, lime, pumpkin and white peach, followed by Apple Tease and Devil’s Tongue. The Apple Tease had a fruity texture and was a mix of earl grey tea, jasmine, vanilla and green apple. The Devil’s Tongue was an absolute delight. It is named after the blood red colour which is made of beetroot pure, ginger, jaggery and ginger ale.

The Fried Calamari and the Shrimp Popcorn were amazing. One has to order these while at Tara. The Calamari was fried to the right temperature and went really well with the Tartar Sauce. On the other hand, Shrimp Popcorn was light and flavourful. The popcorn was seasoned with Yuzu salt which gave it a extra punch, making it the right choice for an appetiser.
Being a Japanese restaurant, we had to try the Sushi and the Chef did a great job with it. We ordered in the Chicken Maki Sushi and it was a wonderful preparation.
For the main course, we tried the Grilled Lobster and Salmon Teriyaki. The Lobster was made with shizo pens butter which gave it a rich texture. The  lobster tasted fresh and the flavours of butter blended well with the meat. The Salmon Teriyaki had a great portion size and the fillet was served with a portion of rice. The Salmon had been cooked in Teriyaki sauce which gave it a sweet taste. The main course were definitely a huge hit!
Moving on to the desserts, we ordered the Ancient Cheesecake which had a garnishing of raspberries. The cheesecake appeared to be a little dry, and I have had better ones. On the other hand, the other dessert was The Black Hole. It was as sinful as it can get. The chocolate slice was served with a scoop of caramel ice cream and dresses in lots of chocolate sauce, making it the right way to finish off such a grand meal.
Tara definitely deserves a star as it stands true to it’s name. I can’t wait to go back and indulge myself in another treat at this restaurant.

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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.

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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.

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