GOOD OLD DAYS 

Take me back to the good old days. Here I’m not talking about the beautiful memories of my past, but this incredible restaurant in effotel, situated right next to Radisson.



Tired of spending weekends in same kind of bars? Here’s a quirky alternative. Good Old Days’s theme speaks volumes. It’s a small retro themed bar lounge. Comfortable, Cosy, Elegant and Dramatic. Dim lights, checkered walls section, old Hollywood movies posters, red sofas, illuminated floor (tiles which light up with different colors!), mirror ceilings, and of course, posters of the likes of Merlin Monroe, Elvis Presley, Che Guevara & Bob Marley bringing the good old days back.



I would like to thank Chef Thapa who hails from Nepal and is associated with Sayaji since 4 years and Indore Bloggers Association for making this meet happen.

We were served –
FILO WRAPS  

Filo or Phyllo is very thin covering usually used in pastries and it dates back to Ottoman empire. We were served a vegetarian deep fried filo wrap which was actually wanton wraps, filled with cheese and three kinds of bell papers. It’s a vegetarian delight.
Another highlight of this dish was it’s dipping – saffron mayo sauce. It’s distinguished garlic flavor gave the dish a beautiful twist.

CHARMOULA CRUSTED COTTAGE CHEESE –




Another dish to please vegetarians palate. Chef has definitely succeeded. It’s cottage cheese served with herbed rice and sautéed vegetables like broccoli and zucchini.
Dish is medium spicy and it’s sauce take away the cake. It’s served with barbecue mango sauce which is definitely a must try here.
Also, presentation gets 5/5.

MEXICAN RED  KIDNEY BEANS AND CORN QUESADILLA  –


Pc – Satyajeet David



Quesadillas is one of my favorites and this place doesn’t disappoint. Flat circle grilled tortilla with a stuffing of red kidney beans and corn. It was served with salsa sauce made with minced tomatoes and perfectly complimented the dish. Here, I would also like to mention that they are smaller than regular size.

CRUMBLED FISH  – 

Fish is marinated with lemon, garlic and parsley, coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried. Its boneless fillets of basa fish and is a must try here.
RUBIYAN MESHAWAI  – 


Pc – Satyajeet David



I’ve a new favorite!! Them prawns ❤️

Medium prawns with tail, perfectly grilled in Arabic spices will leave you wanting for more and more. It’s beauty lies in its simple preparation. Prawns are marinated in garlic & black pepper. It’s served with risotto rice in tomato sauce and saffron dip which is rich in garlic and butter. It’s a must try here.

DRINKS –



COCKTAILS

MARTINI


“Shaken, not stirred!” – James Bond’s iconic drink, this Martini is a must try. Instead of gin, they have used vodka but I really can’t complain. Garnished with olives and a small umbrella, staying true to its classic colors.
STRAWBERRY MOJITO 

It’s a proper ladies drink. Not too subtle, not too strong. Mint and strawberry complimented each other & it’s a treat to the eyes.

MUDSLICE  –

The moment I heard about BAILEYS cocktail, I was waiting for its serving. It looks like chocolate coffee especially due to chocolate syrup lining the glass. Sadly, bailey’s flavor is diminished by coconut and chocolate flavors. Avoid.

GIMLET  –

Pc – Satyajeet David

I unfortunately didn’t try this gin based cocktail. There were two glasses amongst ten bloggers, what do you expect?


COSMOPOLITAN


One of the best cosmopolitan I’ve tried in this city. I order cocktails because hard core strong drinks are not my thing. The bartender has beautifully managed to keep it not too sweet and not too strong and I really don’t think you can go wrong with cranberry and vodka. Mama Mia. We have a winner here.


MOCKTAILS


SHIRLEY TEMPLE


Too sweet. Strawberry syrup with ginger and lime and of course the lemonade.
VIRGIN COLADA  


This was definitely my favorite mocktail. Creamy coconut drink with pineapple, with a tint of vanilla and pineapple. A must try here.

My ratings

Taste – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Presentation – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Drinks – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

Service – ⭐️ ⭐️

Value for money – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Ambiance – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

Overall – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

Address: Effotel Hotel, Plot No. 10-C/ C.A., Scheme No. 94, Sector C Indore, Indore.

Open time: 1 pm to 11:30 pm

In the end, I just wanna say that this is a place to spend some quality time with your friends or lover over drinks. They usually play 90’s pop music in the background, adding to its theme. Seating arrangement is comfortable. I’m definitely gonna visit again & so should you.

Good Old Days - Hotel Effotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mc’s FUSION 

Mexican food is believed to be originated from Mayan Indians & when Spain invaded Mexico in 1521, they also left their prints on Mexican cuisine, introducing dairy products, garlic & many other herbs & spices. With time, assimilation of other cuisines like Caribbean, South American, & Portuguese was also seen which led to such diversity in Mexican cuisine.

Mc’s Fusion is one of those restaurants that had my attention even before they opened. They serve various cuisines like Mexican, Italian, & American. It’s situated on the main road at 12/2, Bairathi Colony, Near Sapna Sangeeta & hence not hard to find.

You can clearly see the effect of Mexican theme in the pictures hanged on the walls, colorful and of course the Cowboys, reflecting the spirit of the Mexico.


I along with my fellow bloggers at INDORE Bloggers Association had this amazing opportunity to review their menu.




Mc’s Fusion has three floors –

Ground floor – food court/cafeteria.

Second floor – to host parties/get together.

Third floor – Gaming section – including pool table & darts & comes with ON THE HOUSE DRINKS.


They also have a lift for easy movement, which is not in much use since they’ve recently opened but will be active soon.


It’s a quick service restaurant and apart from their illuminated menu at the counter, you can also see the menu pamphlets on every table.
Let’s talk about FOOD guys! Here’s what I ate –

BURRITO BOWL & BURRITO WRAP –



The whole world is singing ‘pacito pacito’ in Despacito but I’m singing BURRITO BURRITO! Talk about priorities you guys, Haha!
Burrito bowl was the first thing that was served to us and I couldn’t stop hogging. Presentation gets full marks. The first thing my friend & Chef Amit Pamnani noticed was the use of black beans as it’s not available anywhere else currently in Indore. The owner wants to give it this dish a very authentic feel & he has succeeded. Burrito bowl had chicken that was well marinated and perfectly cooked & was kept on the side. It also had lettuce, basmati rice, tomatoes, onions, capsicum, & SOUR CREAM on top. I wrote sour cream in caps lock as it takes away all the attention. It was homemade and probably the best sour cream I’ve ever had.

A vegetarian variant of this dish is served with grilled Paneer instead of chicken.

Burrito Wrap –


I loved the bowl but Burrito Wrap was even better. It had the same ingredients in the bowl with the addition of cheese sauce and minus black beans. It was served with sour cream and salad on the side. Uff that sour cream! ❤️

CLASSIC QUESADILLAS –


This is probably the best thing I’ve tried here. It’s stuffed tortillas and was flatter when compared to the wrap. The mustard sauce has a very distinguished flavor. Top it up with Cheddar cheese & you’ve a winner. It’s not crispy, but rather soft and you can feel the love in every bite.

CLASSIC NACHOS GRANDE –


Whenever someone interferes in my life, I’ve a habit of saying – Nacho problem. Ugh, hope you get the pun.

Anyway, talking about the dish, the nachos were made in their kitchen but somehow I didn’t find it extraordinary.

SALAD MEXICANA –


I’ve tried the non-vegetarian version of this dish it was lip smacking good. It’s perfect for health fanatics like I’m trying to be Haha. It had a generous amount of lettuce, zucchini, cherry tomatoes & topped with imported feta cheese. It also had some fajita seasoning, & lemon juice making it apt for chatoras like me.

MC’S MEXICAN STYLE NOODLES –


Although the name says Mexican style noodles, I found them to be like regular Hakka noodles with specially imported Mexican seasoning on top. It had chunks of chicken & I’ll just say that there are better options to try here than this one.

CLASSIC HOTDOG –


Served with French fries on the side, this was a delight. Chicken sausage, cheese sauce, mustard on top, with capsicum, with every bite I was asking for more! French fries were pressure fried and not deep fried and hence, comparatively a healthy option.

CHICKEN STRIPS AND CHICKEN WINGS –


Chicken wings and STRIPS are batter fried and served with a sauce that’s a perfect amalgamation of sweet and chili. The chicken was crisp from outside and tender on the inside. It’s served with tartar sauce on the side. Both were coated with the same batter, the only difference being wings had bones.

PASTA ITALIANO –


It amazes me to see how easily people go wrong with a basic recipe like white sauce pasta. AVOID. It had vegetables takes broccoli, carrots, and American corn. I like my pasta to be creamy and cheesy, hence this was a letdown.
SANDWICHES –


Classic Salsa Sandwich –



It was okay. Nothing special about it. It’s the basic recipe with the tomatoes, bell peppers, onion & finely chopped green coriander.
Grilled Chicken Ham Sandwich – 



I think it’s safe to say it was my favorite amongst the non-mexican items. The combination of smoked chicken ham with lettuce and fried eggs made a delicious snack. Ham wham baby!
Peri Peri Chicken Sandwich –

Peri Peri sauce is a part of Portuguese cuisine. Although I’m not a big fan, I can’t help but appreciate it’s hot & fiery flavors. With shredded chicken & peppers, this sandwich is worth a try.

LAMB BURGER –


One of the most awaited item & the biggest let down. It lacks taste and flavors. Patty was oily. Please avoid ordering this. 

Summary – 

Mc’s FUSION is a brainchild of Mr. Preetpal Singh who has resided in the USA for more than two decades and wanted to introduce authentic Mexican cuisine in Indore. In a short conversation with him, I could see the zest for food in him. 

Timings – 11am to 11pm.
Open everyday.
Recommendation – stick to Mexican cuisine & you’re good. Burrito, ham burger, quesadilla and salad are a must try here.

Pros –

1. Location is easy to find.

2. Authentic Mexican cuisine.

3. Gaming zone provides free drinks.

4. Value for money.

5. A big range of delicacies available.

6. Lift as it has three floors.

7. Imported Mexican seasoning and black beans.

8. Every floor has a water counter.

Cons –

1. Although Mexican food was a treat, pasta and noodles fails to impress.

2. Interiors are although interesting, there’s nothing extraordinary about it.



My ratings –

Ambiance – ⭐️ ⭐️

Taste – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Service – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Presentation – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Overall – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

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Sources –

https://world-food-and-wine.com/mexican-food-history

Dal bafle at Vrindavan

What makke di roti, Sarson ka saag is to Punjab, is what Daal Bafla is to Malwa, M.P. It’s a variant of Dal Bati that is the staple food ofRajasthan. Bati is flaky round bread of wheat, traditionally baked in tandoor or Kandas (cow dung, especially in villages) or over an electric oven & dipped in ghee. Bafla is like Bati that is cooked in boiling water (like a dumpling) and then baked.

Given its taste, it’s not surprising that it’s fame has spread well beyond these states. It’s USP is in its earthy flavors.

Its history is quite fascinating. Did you know ‘Dal Bati,’ was a ‘war food?’ Its first mention was during the time of Bappa Rawal ‘ the founder of the kingdom of Mewar in Rajasthan. Soldiers used to break the wheat dough into chunks & bury it under thin layers of sand so that it can bake under the sun & when they returned, they would find perfectly baked wheat globes that were then dipped in ghee and served.

It was the official ‘wartime meal,’ as it can be made with few ingredients and very little water which wasn’t available readily in barren lands of Rajasthan. This culinary invention evolved into a delight with two other items ‘ Dal and Churma ‘ over the years.

You can not visit indore and not eat Dal Bafle. It’s our specialty.

It’s in our traditions and it’s lip-smacking good.
I along with fellow bloggers at Indore bloggers association & Indori Zayka was invited for a food tasting at a vegetarian restaurant called ‘Vrindavan,’ situated in Vijay Nagar, near prestige college.



Interiors –

The interiors of Vrindavan justifies its name. There are big Shri Krishna’s paintings that adorn its walls, and the carpet is green, giving an appearance of grass, together creating a peaceful and soothing environment.


To beat the heat, the place boasts huge misting fans that blows a fine mist of water into the air, which absorbs heat & thus working as an air cooler.

It has traditional sitting on the floor over mats, cross-legged dining, bringing today’s generation closer to it’s roots. The food was served in huge copper thals that were quite heavy giving a royal feel.

FOOD
We were served Baflas with tadke wali tuar dal, dahi kadhi, gatte ki sabzi, lassan & coriander mint chutneys, salad, and keri panna.

Bafle had the perfect golden crispy crust and friable inside with a buttery flavor. What I loved the most was the fact that they used just enough ghee to give it an authentic flavor & feel, making it ideal for health conscious people. They served extra ghee to please the foodies like me. Hence, a win-win for both.

The naughty recurrence of ghee is best explained by an Indian author, Chitrita Banerji, who wrote: ‘It is only natural that cooks from Rajasthan, a land where survival is a struggle and nature far from bountiful, will make the most of the non-perishable elements such as sugar and ghee ‘ to give tone, depth, and nuance to their food.’



Tadke wali daal didn’t work for me. It was neither bland, nor spicy. Good news is, it’s made with minimum amount of oil & there are so many options that you won’t even realise it’s taste after mixing it with kadhi, gatte ki sabzi and chutneys.
Dahi ki kadhi – Ah! This has to be my favorite. It was a perfect combination of sour, sweet & spicy & the goodness can be experienced with every spoon. It complements Dal bafle really well. Also, dahi kadhi is a refreshing accompaniment in summers.


Gatte ki sabzi – It’s a traditional Rajasthani dish. Cylindrical chickpeas dumplings are cooked in the spicy curry made with curd giving it an oomph factor. They were perfectly cooked, soft and spicy.

Fair warning – It’s more on the spicy side.


Lassan chutney – It’s really spicy and so good that you can’t help adding a big spoon to the mix and immediately regretting it because when it comes to lassan chutney, less is more.


Mint and coriander chutney – It’s summers, anything with mint is bound to blow your mind away.


Salad – I can’t eat food without salad, hence this was a must. Although, they added a bit of spicy chaat masala and I didn’t like it.
Laddoo – I don’t have a sweet tooth but these Laddoos were to die for. It took the platter to altogether a new level. These Choorma Laddoos were made with the same flour as bafle with sugar and nuts in the mix. Not too sweet, and so delectable.


Kerri Panna – came as a relief as it was, ‘thanda thanda cool cool,’ but it tasted more like Jaljeera than panna.


PROS

– Vrindavan is the only restaurant in the city to provide this village style authentic Rajasthani sitting arrangement.
– Free home delivery.
– Food is value for money.
– Less oily.
– They serve ghee separately, in case you’re health conscious.
– Sitting arrangement aids in digestion.
– Misting fans to beat the heat.
– Ideal for family outing or picnic.
– Beautiful decor.
CONS –
– Available only on Saturday & Sunday.
– Panna could be better.
– Chaach can be added to the mix. It’s a better alternative to Kerri Panna.
– I love how they serve ‘khichda,’ with ghee and Jaggery in Rajasthani style thaals, hence I’m making a suggestion that they can add khichda to their menu too.

– Water that was served to us, was at room temperature. Since it’s summers, I think they should serve chilled water.
Ambiance – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Service – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Taste – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Presentation – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Overall – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.7
My verdict – this sit-down style restaurant is a ‘must have experience,’ in the city.  But do remember, this is a ghee-laden meal so go with an empty stomach, and keep the calorie conscience temporarily shut for the day.

Price – ₹200/-

Timings – 11am to 4pm.

Address – Vrindavan Premises, Scheme No. 78. Vijay Nagar.

Vrindavan Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

If you have any queries or suggestions, you can contact me on Revaparihar@gmail.com

Till next time!

Source – http://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/indian-food-history/

http://m.thenational.ae/lifestyle/food/food-obsession-dal-baati-churma