Mediterra 


Ongoing ‘viva Mexicana,’ fest at mediterra is a treat for the eye and the palate. Triangle ‘papel picado’ Mexican banners spanning from one side to other in innumerable rows marking the celebrations for ‘the day of the dead,’ a national holiday in Mexico which is celebrated from 31st October – 2nd November. Although this fest is not connected with this Mexican holiday, it sure is a pretty good time to organize one.


There’s something alluring and picturesque about a windmill in motion. 


On the other side of mediterra, the city view is breathtaking, thanks to high transparent windows.
Let’s talk about FOOD! 
We were served – 

TACOS

Mexican cuisine without tacos is unimaginable. We were served :-
1. PANEER CEBOLA TACO


Cebola is a Portuguese word for onions. Served with white onions and olives, it’s a treat for vegetarians. 

Price – Rs. 325/- 

2. Chicken Tomatillo –



Tomatillo is a Mexican husk tomato. Cilantro and tomato flavored chicken filling made for a great appetizer. Taco’bout deliciousness.

Price – Rs. 345/-

Verdict – 4/5

MOLLETES –



This one is without a doubt my favorite. Buttered Mexican bread topped with beans & sumptuous amount of cheese, yes please! You’ll see a fancy term in the menu – Pico de Gallo, also called salsa fresca, is made from chopped tomato, onion, coriander and green chilli. 

Price – Rs. 295/-

Verdict – 4.5/5

POLLO CON PALLO (CHICKEN SKEWER) –




Well marinated and grilled to the perfection, juicy and tender, these chicken skewers are served with crisp lettuce and mayonnaise.

Price – Rs.425

Verdict – 3.5/5

QUESADILLAS –



Oh my my. Bursting of vibrant flavors, these chicken Quesadillas are much wow. Bell Pepper and cheese can never go wrong. Spicy yet creamy. P.S – no judgement If you ask for more.

Price – Rs.325/-

Verdict – 4.5/5

DIPS, HUMMUS AND PITA BREAD –


We were served salsa, sour cream and guacamole dip. Although sour cream failed me somehow, hummus made up for it. I couldn’t stop eating! You guys now know what to do while waiting for your order *wink wink*



DESSERTS –


1. DEATH BY CHOCOLATE –



Haaye meri toh death hi ho gayi. Hey chocoholics, craving chocolate? This is your instant fix. Dense fudge-like Chocolate cake topped with melted chocolate served with vanilla ice cream! Oh yes, you won’t stop eating.

Price – Rs.315/-

Verdict – 5/5

2. ALMOND PIE –


Another favorite. A perfect end to the feast. It’s crunchy and sweet, & needless to say, baked to perfection. It will just melt in your mouth! It’s served with vanilla ice cream and trust me, the combination is heavenly.

Price – not yet decided.

Verdict – 5/5 (I can probably give it a six on a scale of five because it’s that good!)

MY RATINGS –

Ambiance – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Taste – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Presentation – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Value for money – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5  

Service – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Overall – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️


That will be all folks! Do visit this place, because it’s an experience in itself. 
Till next time, 

Xoxo.

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Liv up cafe and lounge 

All you need is L̶o̶v̶e̶ Food. I live for food and this cafebar lives up to the expectations. After all, the menu is curated by Chef Ashwin kotian, who has been a head chef in St.Regis Mumbai & has served to the likes of Bill Clinton & many Bollywood celebrities.

At first, it’s location can be hard to find. So I’ll make that easy for you. It’s situated in orbit mall. Take the main entrance, walk straight to the elevator, go to the first floor and the cafe is on the left. 



The first thing you’ll notice is the space. This place is huge. It’s divided in two parts – casual dining area and the lounge which are well separated. Cafebar also has a separate smoking room, and the lounge has big dance floor, probably the biggest in Indore! Comfortable sitting arrangement & vivid wall paintings just add to its charm. 



We were served –
MELODRAMA


It’s melon ka drama. It’s a watermelon based drink with orange and Mint. This mocktail is insanely refreshing and it tastes as good as it looks. 

FLAME KALMI KEBAB and LASOONI JHINGA –


Tandoori prawns & chicken to which they add vodka in front of you to create a burst of flames (this technique is called flambe). It’s awe-inspiring. The best part about these dishes are it’s dip. There are six varieties that were served to us that perfectly complimented the dishes – Green chutney, Dahi dip, green apple dip, pineapple & papaya murabba and chimichurri sauce. Sweet or salty, you’ll find everything here.
Note – they are served as two separate dishes in the menu.
JAITUNI MUSHROOMS & KACCHI KAIRI KA PANEER –


Oh my God I’m gonna visit this place just to have them again. Stuffed with cheese, olives and parsley, Jaituni mushrooms are a perfect starter. I’m not big on cottage cheese but they are definitely worth a try.
LAMB GALOUTI KEBABS – 


Galouti’ or ‘Galawati’ means melt in the mouth & these kebabs does just the same. There’s an interesting story behind the invention of this dish. This dish was especially made for the ageing Wajid Ali Shah nawab of Kakori, Lucknow. The Nawab had lost all his teeth but not his love for meat. So, galouti was made to satisfy his palate.

If you are a non vegetarian & you haven’t eaten this dish, you’re definitely missing something. Kebabs are softer than butter & are served with pita bread, they are more on the spicy side. 

KUCH MEETHA HO JAYE?


Chef special desserts that contains LEMONGRASS SORBET, ADA PRADHAMAN & CHOCOLATE PUDDING with rum soaked nuts. A perfect end to an amazing feast. Ada pradhaman is a traditional dish especially made during onam & has weetened rice cake with Jaggery coconut milk. Chocolate pudding had strong rum flavor that along with ice cream just added to its charm.


MY RATINGS –

Ambiance – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Taste – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Presentation – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Service – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Overall – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

In short, this place should be next in your list to visit. It’s a perfect destination for an evening with family to grooving with friends.

I would like to thank Mr.Naveen Rajwal, & Chef Ashwin Kotian for being such amazing hosts. Also, a big thanks to Indore bloggers association for organising this meet.


Till next time,

Xoxo.

Veera Di Hatti 

It’s not a dhaba, it’s not a high end restaurant but if you love Punjabi food, this is where you need to go. Worth every penny! 

A bloggers meet was held here in association with Indori Zayka & I’m still spellbound with their hospitality. It’s a small outlet but I guarantee that one visit and it will become your adda. Homely environment and the food is amazeballs. 


Here’s what we were served – 


LASSI –


It was our welcome drink. Most places serve lassi that’s too thick that you’ve to eat it with a spoon rather than drinking it, but this lassi had the perfect consistency and yes, you can drink it! It’s worth mentioning here that I had 3 glasses! We were served in small glasses for the bloggers meet, these aren’t the glasses they’ll serve you when you order. Also, it’s just 50 INR/ glass.

MAKHMALI KEBABS – 


These kebabs are killer! A perfect combination of spicy and sweet. It had cottage cheese, chunks of cashews & mawa in the mix. For Rs 220/- per plate, it’s an ideal starter & is served with green chutney and onions.
PANEER ACHARI TIKKA – 

After a sweet spicy dish, this was the right thing to serve. Authentic achaari feels bruh! Right amount of spiciness & Uff the quantity is enough to satisfy your tummy and your soul. Paneer pieces are topped with slices of tomatoes, onions & capsicums & its served with curd based green chutney and onions.

8 pieces/plate for just 140 INR! 
MUSHROOM TIKKA – 


If you like mushrooms, you gotta try their Mushroom Tikka! A bit more on the spicy scale and grilled to perfection. Also, this beauty is available for just Rs. 120 and you’ll be served 8 pcs with green chutney and onions. 

RAJMA RICE –


Most awaited item on the list and it didn’t disappoint. Its like maa ke hath ke rajma chawal. Low on spices and high on taste. Rajmaaaaaaaaaaah! ❤️


It’s made by owners wife and when I complimented her on the dish she told me how she makes it while taking God’s name and that’s what adds to it’s charm. Oh well, I couldn’t agree more!!!!!
ALOO & PANEER KULCHA WITH CHOLE –


MY FAVORITE HERE! It was as good as it looks. It’s served with pyaaz chutney (with tamarind and ginger taking it to whole another level!) on the side and it perfectly compliments the spicy chole 😍 

Kulchas are crispy and filled with aloo mixes with spices. Uff! Ye toh jaan hi le gaye meri!!!

PANEER KULCHAS as the name suggests, had overdose of Paneer and it’s a MUST ORDER. 

Chole what i noticed, didn’t contain onions and were purely made by spices! Your visit to this place is incomplete without this dish! *drools*
DAL MAKHANI & LACCHA PARATHA –


Looking at those lacchas, I fell in love. Such beautiful layers, I’ve honestly never seen such a perfect laccha paratha before. Dal makhani was medium spicy and again, a favorite here. Although I was bit apprehensive about having dal with laccha paratha as I’m used to have it with rice, one bite and it all went away. Heavenly!!

My ratings – 

Taste – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Presentation – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Service – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Value for money – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Overall – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5 

In the end, all I can say is – IT’S A MUST VISIT! Also, trust me when I say this – you will end up raving about it to others in conversations about food! 

The 78 Boulevard 

I recently attended their new menu launch with my fellow bloggers at INDORE Bloggers Association & team Indori Zayka.

The name intrigued me, hence my first question to the owner was – why? Turns out, it’s because of the beautiful street outside this bistro cafe and 78 as it’s situated in Scheme 78, Vijay Nagar.

Not just the name, a lot of thought has been put into its interesting interiors too. The moment I entered this place, I was mesmerized with its theme. “Le le re selfie le le re!” 🎵 Yes, this place is a treat for selfie lovers like me.

Its theme is vintage new york style with a cosmopolitan vibe. I’ve never seen an apter industrial decor in Indore. Antiques on the weathered brick walls make for a beautiful rustic & mature interior. Dim lights just add to the feels. Wooden tables, colorful chairs, benches and sofas on a cemented floor completes the whole look. The credit for this goes to the co-owner and interior designer Miss. Anushri Jain.


📷 – burrp (link below!)




This is by far the best-themed restaurant in Indore. 
The V in bouleVard stands for Vegetables. Yes, it’s a 100% VEGETARIAN bistro & this place serves alcohol on weekends. If this isn’t a good news, then maybe the fact that drinks aren’t overpriced will be soothing to your ears.
It’s one of the first few restaurants to introduce the event culture in Indore. It not only hosts cooking workshops, but also meddles with open mic events (free entry for all! Best platform to feature local talent!!) twice a month, rock concerts, underground music nights, & yes, bringing a dose of STAND UP COMEDY shows featuring best of the best in India – Sorabh pant, Abish Mathew, Kanan Gill, Sahil Shah, Sapan Verma, Varun Thakur, Atul Khatri, Kunal Rao & Abhishek Upmanyu. 

These events are guaranteed to put you in a mood for riotous revelry. Oh yes, Rock and roll baby!!!

Don’t lose heart if you couldn’t attend Kanan Gill on the house, here’s another one you wouldn’t want to miss – 

In a Kamra with Kunal Kamra! #Sorrynotsorry 

Tickets available on bookmyshow & at the 78 Boulevard for Rs. 800/-

More on the event in my next blog. Don’t miss it! 

They usually play deep house in the background, which is a subgenre of house music, and a youth’s favorite.

A bistro is a place that serves a quick and simple meal at moderate prices & living true to its bistro cafe title, they have introduced a ‘happy hour menu’ that runs from 11 am to 6 pm. When asked about this special menu, Anushri says, “the items are more for students and we serve cafe style food like sandwiches, burgers, combos etc. The catch is that the entire menu is under Rs.99. Pocket-friendly for student crowd.”
Wait wait, don’t rush to this place just yet. Do it after reading the whole review! Okay?
Now let’s get to the part for which we were invited for. Their new menu launch!!
I was beyond excited. So will you be, once you see this place!
The menu is as quirky & varied as it’s interiors. Their philosophy is to have, ‘something for everyone.’ Chinese, Mediterranean, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Burmese, Indian and Thai, they serve it all.



We were welcomed with a mocktail called ‘sex on the beach!’ Since it wasn’t on the menu, we all started guessing its contents! It was like playing ‘guess what?’ game. Just like classic sex on the beach – virgin, it had cranberry & orange juice with a dollop of peach syrup. Rimmed with salt & garnished with mint leaves & lemon. A beautiful warm day & this tangy fruity mocktail as a welcome drink. Couldn’t have asked for anything better.




CREAM OF PEAS –



I had a sore throat so this soup came like a blessing. I can totally call it my favorite amongst all the dishes I tasted that day. The twist was in its presentation, it was served in a shot glass with breadstick on top. SHOT SHOT baby. One sip and you’ll fall in love with its taste and creamy texture. Its vibrant green color is it’s another highlight. It’s a treat for your eyes and palate.

Price – Rs. 180/-

Verdict – must have.
FATTOUSH SALAD –



Okay, I’m not big on salads but this didn’t disappoint. Fattoush salad is a Mediterranean dish & it’s big on vegetables. Lettuce, tomato, radish, bell peppers, parsley, you name it, this had it. Tossed in lemon, garlic & oregano dressing giving it a sour taste. A perfect starter for health conscious people. Fried pita bread tasted like namak pare & Uff that crisp gave it the oomph factor.

Price – Rs. 220/-

Verdict – Do try. Less on calories, big on taste. Although, if you’re not a salad person & don’t like to experiment, avoid this.

CAPRESE SALAD – 


It’s a simple Italian salad, typically made of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes & basil. However, mozzarella the chef used here wasn’t really fresh, but it did taste good. The hero of this dish is the honey balsamic dressing. It’s sweet and tangy & it can be regarded as a perfect salad dressing. Its presentation gets full marks & who says no to cheese?

Fun fact – this dish has these ingredients so that it will resemble the Italian flag which has red, white & green color.

Price – Rs. 240/-

Verdict – Do try.

DIMSUMS –


This restaurant doesn’t have bright lights because of it dim sum. This Taiwanese dish is my favorite. Looking at dim sum, I got all excited. Served in steamer baskets and oh so colorful. However, my excitement was short lived. It had a filling of shredded cabbage & carrots & they were steamed, not fried hence making it a healthy choice. Although it was more on the spicy side.

Price – Rs. 240/-

Verdict – Avoid.

THAI SPRING ROLLS – 


Thai spring rolls had capsicum, cabbage, & carrots infused with Thai flavors. It’s crispy & if you like lemongrass, this is for you. However, I found it to be pretty mundane.

It’s served with Thai sweet chili sauce, & to be honest, it made normal Thai spring rolls, extraordinary.

Price – Rs. 260/-

Verdict – can be avoided.

EMPANADAS – 


You can never go wrong with a combination of corn and cheese. First look, and I shouted – ye to ghujiya hai! Lol. Empanadas are Spanish appetizers & are traditionally baked/Fried. This place serves the baked version with a filling of potatoes, corn, onions, garlic & mozzarella cheese. I totally loved it. It’s served with sweet chili sauce, which to be honest was an irresistible combination.

Price – Rs. 240/-

Verdict – Do try.

CHEESE FONDUE PLATTER –


It’s a cheese lover dream. Colorful fondue prongs & a small lamp below the fondue pot were very appealing to my eyes. It’s said there are 246 varieties of cheese in France alone, and this dish had a beautiful amalgamation of three of them. This dripping, melting, yummy cheese fondue is served with grilled veggies and bread croutons.

To be honest, I think it will taste even better on a rainy day.

I wish they also had a cranberry walnut loaf in the pattern. That would have been majestic.

Using the fondue prongs, dip the bread cubes/veggies into the cheese and experience the magic.

Price – Rs. 500/-

Verdict – worth it.
TANDOORI PLATTER – 


Fir bhi dil hai hindustani. Finally an Indian dish.

This platter had Paneer Tikka, makkai seekh kebabs, bharwan achaari aloo, tandoor ke phool (cauliflower!) and shabnam ke moti (mushrooms!)

And the winner is – bharwan achaari aloo. It’s lip smacking good. If you love mushrooms, you’ll enjoy shabnam ke moti too.

Price – Rs. 500/-

Verdict – if you’re a tandoor fan, this dish is for you. Although I think with this price range, you’ll get better options.

NAANZA –


A big NAA NAA to NAAnza from my side. It’s basically a NAAN BREAD SPICY PIZZA. The highlight of this dish is house style basil pesto sauce & it contains salad greens, roasted tomatoes, toasted nuts and mozzarella cheese with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. However, even balsamic glaze couldn’t save it. The crust was thin but chewy. Also, this pizza was more on the sweeter side.

Price – Rs. 360/-

Verdict – Avoid.

RATATOUILLE –


Well, this dish reminds me of that cute little rodent chef. Only 90s kids will remember him. It’s a French dish that originated in Nice & has Rice. A fresh medley of vegetables like tomatoes, onions, eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers & topped with herbs infused tomato sauce. The texture of the vegetables are creamy, and the sauce is rich, but it still lacks any real depth of flavor.

Price – Rs. 340/-

Verdict – if you like authentic French food, this is for you but if you’re a chatora indori like me, avoid ordering this.

STROGANOFF – 


It’s a Russian delicacy. Another dish that stands out. Rice is served with a consomme of exotic vegetables, sour cream, and mustard. It’s delicious and height of luxury. It’s creamy and cheesy. Its traditional version is served with beef and given the cow vigilantes, even writing about beef is scaring me! However, it’s a 100% vegetarian restaurant & they have succeeded in making it an eight on a delicious meter. You can ask for flat pasta instead of Rice.

Price – Rs. 380/-

Verdict – worth a try.
KHOW SUEY –


I can never appreciate this Burmese dish as I’m not big on coconut and although I saw my fellow bloggers taking a dig at its pungent taste, I somehow liked it. Perfectly blending in my taste buds with its vibrant flavors, this dish has noodles and vegetable curry made with coconut milk, medium spicy & served with contrasting condiments of spices, cashew nuts, fried onions, fried garlic, spring onions and zest of lemon. My favorite being fried onions & peanuts. These condiments gives away a unique flavor to the dish. It’s an Indian version of this Burmese dish, so if you’re a fan of authentic Khow Suey, I’ll suggest you to ignore it.

Price – Rs. 380/-

Verdict – with this price range, I’ll suggest you to try other things then experimenting with Khow Suey.
DUM BIRYANI –


Biryani is my go to dish and the chef didn’t disappoint here. It gets its flavor and aroma as its cooked on slow fire or dum. Well if you’re a hard core non vegetarian like me, you’ll think twice before ordering this royal dish but the moment its aroma reaches you, all your doubts will vanish away. A medley of basmati rice, vegetables, saffron, whole spices, are slow cooked to perfection in dum pukht style. It’s served with plain curd and this dish will surely blow your mind and taste buds away.

Price – Rs.300/-

Verdict – must have.

CHOCOLATE FONDUE WITH ASSORTED DIPPERS –


A chocolate lover’s delight, this dessert is served with array of DIPPERS like mini brownie bites, waffle sticks, kiwi, bananas and different flavors of mini ice cream balls. Dark melted chocolate alongside cream makes for an irresistible dessert.

Price – Rs.500/-

Verdict – if you love chocolates, this is a perfect dessert to end your meal.


GULAB JAMUN LEMON CHEESECAKE –

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This is the cheesecake I want after dinner. It remains true to its description which goes like – “This rich sweet-tart is made with cream, Philadelphia soft cheese, and a zest of lemon waver a crumbled biscuit base bursting with delicate flavor and sweetness of Gulab Jamun.”

It’s sweet, not too sweet & the lemon brings out the natural tartness of the cheesecake. It’s smooth and creamy & trust me, one bite of those, & you too will sound like Meg Ryan in that famous “When Harry Met Sally” deli scene.

Price – Rs.320/-

Verdict – must have.

My ratings –
Taste – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5
Presentation – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Service – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Value for money – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Ambiance – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5
Overall – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5
Address: Gf 69, Opposite Prestige College, Vijay Nagar, Scheme 78 Indore.
Open time: 11 am to 11:30 pm

In short, this cafe is an experience in itself. From local to global, I loved their new menu. Happy hour menu is a value for money. Events like rock concerts and stand up comedy are like a cherry on the cake.

 

 

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Till next time,

Xoxo.
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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.

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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/

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Ni Hao!


Ni hao means Hello in mandarin Chinese and that’s how we were greeted by the very warm friendly staff. It’s an oriental cuisine restaurant situated on the first floor of Radisson Blu with rooftop & indoor dining spaces, special mention to the spectacular gazebos. The interiors were designed to create a sense of warmth and intimacy. From shoji screens to modern furnishings, it’s a perfect fusion of East and west. Chinese crockery, wooden artifacts just adds to its subtle interiors. The decor justifies the theme of this Asian Chinese restaurant.



“Fine dining, not so fine cooking.” Haven’t we all have said this about Radisson? I have. Ni hao’s best part is also its main drawback. The menu is as authentic as it can get – no Manchurian or Chopsuey here, thank you very much. The problem is that it serves very authentic cuisine which is perhaps not made for my palate. While having a conversation with the Chef Siddharth, he explained his dilemma of trying to keep the authenticity of the cuisine and at the same time making it more suitable for customers like me. Hence, this menu was created, and I & fellow bloggers had this opportunity to review their preview. This menu will be officially launched next month & as the Chef says, it was long due. 


Before I start with the sumptuous meal I had, here’s what I want to tell you guys which apparently I wasn’t aware of. If you think that the dish you’ve ordered is not according to your taste, you can ask the chef to customize it to your needs. Also, you can tell them beforehand how you want your dish to be.

I guess I’ve always been too shy to complain in a five-star restaurant Haha.


This meal was a feast I won’t forget.


What are we waiting for! Let’s get started!!

Xinjiang style spicy celery soup


Xinjiang makes the northwest of China and the food here resembles more to central Asian & Turkish cuisine maybe because Muslims make the most of the population in this region. (Xinjiang contains Aksai chin which although irrelevant here but is claimed by both India & China.)

This soup will be served in three variants – prawn, chicken & vegetable.
We were served the vegetable soup. It was hearty and spicy. Although it was a clear warm broth, it looked colorful due to the vegetables like carrots, spring onions, celery.

If you like it hot, baby this is for you 😉
Sushi

Green Asparagus & Daikon Roll (Japan) –


SUSHI! SUSHI! SUSHI! Yes, I have a weakness for Sushi and this dish didn’t disappoint. They are cylindrical shape sushi rolls of vinegared rice, fresh Asparagus, Daikon, & served with Kikkoman soy and wasabi. Daikon is white radish and has pungent and sharp flavor. Wasabi is Japanese Horseradish.

The dish was on a little sweeter side so do not order it if you’re looking for something spicy.
Smoked Salmon Nigiri (Japan) –

Ah! What a beautiful dish. Pressed vinegared rice sushi topped with thin slices of Norwegian smoked salmon & served with Kikkoman soy & wasabi. 

Kikkoman soy is naturally brewed soy sauce for many months with four major elements – soybeans, wheat, water & salt which gives it an edge over soy sauce. 

Nigiri is a special type of Sushi which consists of a slice of raw fish (salmon) over pressed vinegared rice.

It was perfectly executed & I’ll definitely recommend this for you to try.
Dim sums

The term ‘Dim sum’ literally translates to ‘touch the heart’, and these Dim Sums did the same. They are ideal to be served for a long brunch or with tea. We were served Jasmine tea along with them to maintain the authenticity. 

These delicious dumplings consist of a thinly rolled piece of dough, filled with ground meat, seafood or vegetables, which are then crimped to seal in the filling.

In order to satiate Indoris palate, the chef gave a unique contemporary twist to traditional dim sum.
Mandarin lamb dim sum (Chinese) –

This was my favorite. They were rose shaped with a tint of red on top which was due to beetroot. Ah! They looked so beautiful that I didn’t feel like tasting them, although I did in the end because I couldn’t resist Haha. They are steamed lamb mince dumplings (not pork which is usually used in rest of the world, giving the dish a beautiful twist!) in Chinese flour crystal casing.
Shrimp har gow (Chinese) –


One of the most popular dim sum dishes in the world, Har Gow were created at the beginning of the last century in Guangzhou. It’s also called Shrimp bonnet. Traditionally Har Gow should have more than seven pleats on its wrapper and chef made sure it was the case here too. They are translucent & Shrimp was perfectly cooked.

If you love Shrimp, Ni Hao should be your next go-to place.
Leek, water chestnuts & celery dim sum –


Whoa! Water chestnuts are my favorite and although it’s a vegetarian dish, it’s a winner for me. It’s a treat, not only to my eyes but also to my palate!
Veg Starters – 
Wild Mushroom Mousse & Sesame on toast –


This will blow your mind. I’ve been seriously underestimating vegetarian food for a very long time. Mousse has a pure earthy mushroomy aroma and mellow texture, placed on top of French baguette & sprinkled with sesame seeds. It’s deep fried in sesame seed oil to perfection. I’ll definitely recommend this one to try. The only thing I didn’t like was how sesame seeds dominated the whole dish. Probably it would have been better if it was mushroom & not sesame.
Stuffed Chilli Mushroom (China) –


You can never go wrong with cheese! These cheese-filled button mushrooms are tossed in chilies, ginger, garlic and Sichuan peppercorns (which has slight Lemony overtones and is not hot and pungent like black pepper!) 

This combination of cheese and chili was a delight for my fellow vegetarian bloggers.

And here’s a treat for you guys – 

Chef Siddharth has happily shared it’s recipe for you beautiful people out there – 


Do make it and let me know how it turned out to be ❤️
Nonveg Starters –



Beijing style New Zealand Lamb Chops –



Beijing and New Zealand are poles apart so when I first heard about this dish, I was intrigued. If you like sweet and sour, this is for you. New Zealand is famous for it’s lamb, entirely grass fed on open pasture & only animals under 12 months can be labeled ‘Lamb’ in New Zealand. This Lamb is smaller than American lamb and is meatier & has more pronounced lamb like flavor. It is very tender. 

The dish has smoked pineapple in its base & oh my I couldn’t love it anymore than this. 

Verdict – Do Try.
Wok-fried Prawns with Oriental Chilli (China) –


This is Chef’s special. Prawns are tossed with garlic, ginger & Szechwan peppercorns. As the ingredients suggest, it’s quite spicy. It’s chef’s version of chili chicken and a perfect blend of crisp and crunch. 

Verdict – always go with the Chef’s special. It’s worth it.
Main Course – 
Lamb Rendang (Indonesia) –


In traditional Indonesian-style rendang, lamb is slow cooked in Coconut milk. It is a fairly time-consuming project. Rempah (Malaysian spice paste which is a blend of various herbs and spices) is used as a base for this curry & the dish is cooked until most of the liquid goes away, leaving the meat tender and infused with flavor. The end result is tenderized meat with lightly crisp, a sweet surface on the outside & yes this dish is a winner. Hats off to the chef for taking his time while cooking it & making it irresistible.

It was served with Jasmine Rice although we had an option for plain rice as well. 
Crispy aromatic Duck with exotic vegetables (Chinese) –


It is similar to Peking duck, or we can say it is it’s UK’s version which was made to cater to locals. This dish dates way back to ming dynasty. It is first marinated with spices, then steamed till it’s tender and finally fried to make it crispy. Although this was served with exotic vegetables, I’ve also had crispy duck rolled in Mandarin pancakes in Ni Hao a week back. It was garnished with crunchy spring onion and served with hoisin sauce (which I really liked!). I tried ducks for the first time then, so I really can’t compare but it was good to my palate.

In the end, I’ll just say that this dish is a ‘must try’ here.
Lotus leaf wrapped Rice –

Served in a bamboo basket, as the name suggests Rice was wrapped inside a lotus leaf. When the waiter unwrapped it, the chorus of aromas that touched my nose is what I’m still unable to forget about this dish. When cooked with chicken, this dish is called Lo Mai Gai.

Extremely delicious and must have.
Desserts – 

A good meal is incomplete without desserts. We were served –
Tab Tim Grob –
It is ruby colored water chestnuts in coconut milk, & somehow it failed to make its mark.

Coconut and Jaggery Ice cream –


Tempting. Lip smacking. Sensational sweet delight. You name it, and this dish has it. It’s heavenly. I’m not big on Jaggery or coconut for that matter, but something about the combination that steals the show away. 

It’s a signature Ni Hao dessert and I’ll strongly recommend it.
Schezwan Pepper Tiramisu –


Tiramisu is my favorite but this is Tiramisu with a twist. Pepper is quite dominant. The coffee flavor is strong and if you don’t mind pepper, this might be an ideal dessert for you as the Chef has tried something new here. Also, this does look real good.

That will be all folks!



The day ended up being the most chill gathering we’ve had in a while because never underestimate the power of delicious food, good wine & even better company. Thank you Team Radisson for making this happen.
You know the food was good because clean plates don’t lie 😉
My Ratings for Ni Hao –

Ambiance – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Service – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Taste – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

Presentation – ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Overall – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 

In the end, I’ll just say that if you’re looking forward to spend some good time with your family or lover, this is the place to be. 

Hope you liked my review, & if you’ve any questions or suggestions, you can get in touch with me at Revaparihar@gmail.com.

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Food Review, Radisson blu!

Good FOOD is Good MOOD.

The idea about starting a food blog came ṭo me last week when i was sitting with my friends & one of them jokingly asked, “Is there anything you love more than food?” And I was like, NO! Next question came – “Then why not write about it?”

This post is my answer.

Luckily, I came in touch with Mr. Rakesh Dawani of Indori Zayka who himself is a food blogger & he invited me ṭo the food tasting session at Radisson indore .



Radisson has always been a favourite for Sunday brunching scenes for obvious reasons like great ambience & live music, but honestly I’ve never been a big fan when it came down to authentic Indian food they serve. I’m an Indori by heart. I don’t like bland food (sorry, not sorry!) but with this tasting session, they have managed to change my views.

We dined at Inḍiya Oye, which was a first for me. I’ve been to TCK quite a lot of times, but never tried Inḍiya Oye or Ni Hao. Now, I know I should have.

The first thing I noticed was the colourful interiors, deeply rooted in India’s culture featuring handcrafted artifacts & it was a delight to my eyes. 


Rustic furniture, embroidered curtains, colourful accent pillows, wooden table with chairs & bench style sofas just added to it’s Indian appeal. Terracotta dolls, Handis, lanterns, art metalware of Rajasthan, handwoven baskets, beautiful paintings, wall hangings & all the wooden work successfully creates the true essence of India.


The ‘bangle decor’ took my breath away. It gives the feeling of visiting a ‘haat bazaar’ and it was visually appealing.

Time to talk about the food.

Radisson Blu has revised their menu to make it more authentic.

STARTERS 

We started with Gosht Nalli ka Shorba. It’s a bone marrow broth & you can call it a ‘spicy version of the soup.’ I’ll definitely suggest you to try this one if you’re a non-vegetarian as it is indeed a perfect starter.

For vegetarians, the menu includes tomato tulsi ka shorba which sadly I didn’t try as I couldn’t stop hogging on Gosht Nalli ka Shorba.

NON VEGETARIAN- 

1. tandoori Champien-

Here’s a little surprise for you lovelies. With this review, I’m SHARING its RECIPE by executive Chef Sujeet Singh –

It tastes as good as it looks.

There we go –


Tandoori Champien or Mutton Chops (served with flavourful chutneys) made the best pairing with the wines and drinks that followed. 

You can never go wrong with Lamb chops but the chef has taken it to a new level. Simply phenomenal. DO MAKE THE DISH AND PLEASE SHARE YOUR VIEWS HERE 😄

 

2. Jheenga balchao 

If you like spicy sea food, this is for you. Jheenga (Prawns) Balchao is basically a Goan cuisine, & has a fiery tangy flavour. If it was better seasoned and not undercooked, it could make for a great dish. 



3. Fish tikka amritsari 

Yes you heard it right. It’s not fish tikka or amritsari fish, it’s ‘fish tikka amritasari’ made with singhara fish marinated with red punjabi masala & cooked in tandoor – an innovation by the Chef Sujeet Singh to add that extra zing! 

4. Nizami Murg Tikka 

This Hyderabadi dish has a flurry of aromatic masalas. It’s well tempered & grilled to perfection. Tandoori grilled tikka of chicken reserved overnight in a melange of Hyderabadi spices accented with dry onion seeds.




5. Lucknowi GALOUTI 

As they say, save the best for the last. I can still distinctly remember it’s taste. ‘Galouti’ or ‘Galawati’ means melt in the mouth & these kebabs does just the same. There’s an interesting story behind the invention of this dish. This dish was especially made for the ageing Wajid Ali Shah nawab of Kakori, Lucknow. The Nawab had lost all his teeth but not his love for meat. So, galouti was made to satisfy his palate. 


Usually They are made with beef but Radisson serves it with Lamb (thank goodness for that!)

If you are a non vegetarian & you haven’t eaten this dish, you’re definitely missing something. This dish in itself is a delight. I didn’t even need chutney to eat it. Kebabs are softer than butter & are served with ulta tawa paratha.

Must try – Needless to say, Lucknowi galouti is the winner in this category. 

VEGETARIAN –

1. Tandoori Bharwaaṅ mushrooms 


Button mushrooms filled with spinach & CHEESE, coated with spicy marinade & chargrilled. I’m not a big fan of mushrooms but i will tell you that this dish was amazing. I absolutely loved it & yes, you gotta try this one. 

2. Subz mewe ki seekh 


No veg starter is complete without veg kebabs. These are flavoured in cardamom & cooked in clay oven. Since I was so immersed in eating Galouti kebabs that time, I totally ignored this one. Hence, I can’t write about them without being biased so I’m passing. 

3. Kumbh ki galouti 

This is the vegetarian version of lucknowi galouti made with mushrooms cooked in mahi tawa, served with ulta tawa paratha. 

4. Kale chane ki spicy sammi

Iske toh naam Mei hi spicy hai 😉 It’s made with black chickpeas. The chaat masala adds to its tongue tickling flavour. Sadly, there was nothing special about it. You can pass on this one.



5. Pithi wali tikki 

You can never go wrong with potatoes & yet somehow I didnt like it. Maybe it was because of the strong Hing flavour. It has stuffing of moong dal & is cooked on mahi tawa. If you’re okay with hing, you should try it.

*Mahi tawa is a copper vessel used for shallow frying*

Must try – tandoori bharwaaṅ mushrooms.

That’s all for the starters.

MAIN COURSE –

I made the mistake which Iam pretty sure you all do at times. I ate too much of ‘starters’ to leave only a little space in my tummy for the main course, but nevertheless I ate it all. Being a foodie ain’t easy man. Log samajhte hi nahi hai 😂

Non Vegetarian 

1. Raan e Patiyala Shahi 

It’s slow roasted whole baby leg (raan is thigh) of lamb served with masaledaar gravy. It’s one of those magnificent dishes that always create a stir when served at table. 

2. Raarah Murgh 

Enough with lamb, it’s time for Chicken. It’s a flavourful punjabi dish with keema. It was well cooked and tasted best with laccha parantha. You’ll find whole red chillies in it. I’m glad they added yogurt to the mix so it’s spicy but not that spicy. I didn’t like it that much but it wasn’t bad either.

3. Nihari Gosht 

We were told that it’s an specialty of Indiya Oye & after tasting it, we knew why. Baby lamb shanks simmered slowly in stock with crushed black pepper. If you love mutton, this is a MUST HAVE. Nihari is said to be originated in Old Delhi in the late 18th century when it was ruled by Mughals. The word ‘Nihari’ originates from Arabic word ‘nahar’ meaning day as it was served to kings after sunrise who would then sleep till afternoon.

The meat was tender and perfectly cooked. I loved it to the core and so will you if you’re a hardcore non vegetarian. This dish is marvellous. It’s said, “every good thing takes time” and well oh well Nihari is usually slow cooked overnight, so yes the saying makes total sense. 

4. Meen moilee 

I’m sorry I can not comment on this one because I’ve strong aversion for coconut but my friends seemed to love it. It’s a popular Kerala fish stew cooked in coconut milk & spices.

5. Chicken bharta 

Baigan ka bharta is a favourite so when I heard ‘chicken bharta’ you can imagine the excitement. It’s something different and worth a try.

6. Dhaba Gosht 

Ah! Ḍhaabe ke khaane ki baat hi niraali hai. Desipan jhalakta hai 💕 I loved it. Its home style mutton curry preparation flavoured with ginger.

7. Hyderabadi kacche Gosht ki Biryani 

Biryani ne toh chaar chaand laga diye! Mashallah! Any Hyderabadi cuisine is bound to be a delicacy and so was this biryani. The texture of the meat was far more tender than how you find in the usual biryanis & the aroma just added to it’s charm.

Must try – nihari gosht & biryani.

DESSERT –

Well, a meal is incomplete without the desserts. We were served – 


Malai kalakand –

I’m not a big fan of kalakand & it was too sweet for me, Although everyone around me seemed pleased.

Gulkand rasmalai –

This was wow. The fragrance of gulkand and the taste of Rasmalai was a perfect combination.

Kesari phirni –

This was the winner. It’s a kashmiri traditional dish. I sincerely can’t stop raving about this one. You gotta try it.

Must try – Kesari Phirni.

That would be all folks.
My experience at Indiya Oye was delightful. Nothing beats the combination of Good food, good music 🎶 , good wine 🍷 & even better company. 

Ambiance – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Non vegetarian Food – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Desserts – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Presentation – ⭐️⭐️

Service – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Radisson has successfully created an inviting space for family gatherings. It’s a must visit 🙂

In the end, I would like to thank the Radisson blu team – Mr. Rahul Joshi (GM), Ms Nidhi Khatri (marketing manager), & the man behind all the action – Executive Chef Sujeet Singh & his team.

This was my first attempt at food blogging, hopefully you enjoyed reading it. Food is not just food for me. Food is a language that knows no barriers. It’s a conversation. It’s a story. It’s happiness. 
Till next time.

Xoxo.

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