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My Coastal Odyssey: Nariyal Cafe with #CoolpadNote5Lite

Hop away from the rumble of Adchini, and you can spot this cute little cafe nestled at the top of a building called Nariyal Cafe. Enjoy a delicious ride of coastal flavors and drool at my favorites from the menu shot using my latest device – Coolpad Note 5 Lite. It’s tiny, power packed and has the best of camera quality in a shoe string budget!

Shotgun Murugan Tacos – You know there can’t be anything wrong with the dish when homemade cheese sauce, salsa, sour cream and a stuffing of spicy Chicken 69 come together. Wrap this in a crunchy taco shell, and voila! Here is the perfect starter of Nariyal Cafe.

Chicken Chettinad Pizza – The extensive use of freshly roasted spices is the sole reason why Chettinad cuisine is my favorite. This classic offering of Indian cuisine, is by far the best creation if you have a knack for spicy food. Now picture this on a pizza- Chunks of juicy and succulent chicken, marinated in Chettinad gravy, with a topping of roasted onions, garlic and red chillies – Well, Nariyal Cafe easily aces the fusion test with this dish.

Passion Fruit Coconut Water – While coconut water has always been my favorite due to its immense nutritive value, Nariyal Cafe has surpassed all levels of innovation by serving different flavors of this miracle water. From Strawberry, Peach, Passion Fruit to Mango – there is something for everyone and every mood. And wait till you hear the best part, they engrave your name to make you feel all the way special.

Murugan Chocolate Bomb –  Desserts like these deserve to be bookmarked for the cheat day. Piping hot Chocolate Sauce breaks open the shell with delicious Coconut Ice Cream inside. Though this concept of Tempered Chocolate Bomb is over done by a majority of restaurants, yet somehow the whole routine never ceases to be a visual treat for me.

Chicken Caferal  Slider– Some authentic Goan flavors right here, the minute you dig into this dish. The spices were well balanced, and the quantity is suffice for 1 person easily. The fine part about this cafe is the nominal pricing, and also how each dish is distinctive from the other in aspects of flavor and presentation.

What: Nariyal Cafe
Where: A-4, 3rd Foor, Adchini, New Delhi
Cost for two: INR 1200

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Calling all Dimsum Lovers: Yum Cha Festival at Asia 7

Asia 7, a venture of Lite Bite Foods nestled in Ambience Mall; Gurgaon has rolled out a fabulous reason for every Asian food fanatic to make a visit this March 2017. Called as Yum Cha Festival, the restaurant has on offer an array of Dimsums with a very moderate pricing as well.  Here are my two cents!

What Not To Miss?

Yummy Cheese in Chilly {Priced at INR 259 per basket} – Shitake Mushroom & Water Chestnuts filled with Philly Chilli make for a fabulous combination & surprisingly emerge out as the hero from the entire menu. It would take some serious courage to resist yourself from a second serving.

Chicken Siew Mai {Priced at INR 279 per basket} – Finely chopped Chicken, Basil & a dash of fresh Red Chillis are a trio that you can never go wrong with. A classic combination that is done outstandingly well.

For the vegetarians, Spicy Asparagus in Thai Flavours {Priced at INR 229 per basket} – Initially I was pretty apprehensive on trying this variant, but the presentation for once bowls you over. This, and the amalgam of Asparagus with Thai herbs is outstanding. Top it with the the Peanut Sauce, and your taste buds are in for a treat!

What’s more?

Wash down the food with a fancy Chinese Green Tea or a dessert whichever suits your mood & appetite best.

What: Yum Cha Menu at Asia 7
Where: Third Floor, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon
Cost for two: INR 559

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Srilankan Kotthu Roti and Coconut Jaggery Pudding: Zambar’s New Menu is GOLD!

Right when I thought there is nothing more to Gurgaon except breweries, bars and restaurants serving world cuisine to make numbers, I happened to make a visit to Zambar in Ambience Mall. The restaurant serves a plethora of dishes with a forte in South Indian and Coastal Cuisine. Zambar is one of the many brands owned by Lite Bite Foods, among my other favorites namely Punjab Grill, The Artful Baker, Asia 7 and Fres Co.

Lead by chef Vetrimurugan Natesan, who comes with 12 years of experience and hailed to be a prominent South Indian cuisine specialist, Zambar is in for a fresh change this season. He brings some great new additions in the new menu like Kingfish Reichado, Chicken Stew and Coconut Jaggery Pudding. You are in for a salivating treat as you continue reading below!

The meal began with an assorted basket of Poppadums, Appalams, Vadam and Vathals paired with Zambar signature chutneys. I can imagine how these names sound alien to you, and to make it little easier for you I would like to tell you that these are the most amazing munchies you could pair your drink with! My favourite is Vadam {Rice based Papad} paired with Toraiyal Chutney {Made of Coconut, Onion, Turmeric, Garlic and Red Chilli Oil}

Next we warm up our palate with Pineapple Rasam which was tangy, sweet and spicy all at once. This was such a refreshing change and an interesting twist to the usual Rasam we all have always had. For starters, you have a fancy line up which is too hard to skip. I’d suggest ordering in small portions and going beyond the usual Dosa and Idli and exploring the menu {Explore your palate, maybe?}

Kingfish Reichado

Spicy and crispy fried Ladyfingers called Karukhe Murukhe Vendakai are the closest to when I have LOVED green vegetables. It is not too oily, unlike how majority of deep fried dishes end up becoming. Enjoy them piping hot though! Kingfish Reichado wins your heart with the gorgeous crust and having been rubbed with famous Goan spices, you find it hard to help yourself from a second serving. Nadan Chicken Tikka, inspired by the flavours of the chef’s native state Nadan are a refreshing change from the usual ones flooded in the market. The spices for this dish are made with hands, without use of any machines so you can count on the chef’s credibility.

Srilankan Kotthu Roti

Srilankan Kotthu Roti is another great dish, and one of the firsts I ever had. A half fried egg plated on a bed of Flaky Parrotta stir fried with Chicken, damn that did taste good. The garnishing of Coriander and sprinkle of Lemon just alleviated the flavour to another level. For the herbivores, Potato Cafreal is a safe bet. The crispy fried Potato Wedges taste great with an addition of minty Goan Cafreal Masala. Spicy and very flavourful! I chose to skip the Vegetable Stuffed Poppadums though, courtesy TOO much oil draining out of it despite a gorgeous plating.

Coconut Jaggery Pudding

In the mains, DON’T skip the Chicken Stew served with fluffy Appams. It is mildly spiced with very juicy Chicken and just the perfect dish to keep you warm this winter. Acchamma’s Lamb Curry which is inspired from a Grandmother’s recipe from Kerala that involves simmering of Mutton in Coconut milk. The dish is very mildly spiced and the lingering taste of Coconut is flawless. Enjoy it with the Flaky Malabar Parotta and you can call it a day. Wash the meal with a wide variety of sweet offerings. My pick is hands down the Coconut Jaggery Pudding, which is Zambar’s take on a Souffle. Despite being bloated and practically unable to move due to food coma, I wiped it clean and wouldn’t be ashamed of a second serving. Despite being apprehensive of exploring a new cuisine, I took the plunge and already thinking of a second visit. Next time you’re in Gurugram, binge on some delicious Coastal cuisines at Zambar and do share your experience with me in the comments below!

What: Zambar
Where: Ambience Mall, 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, DLF Phase 3, Sector 24, Gurugram, Haryana 122001
Cost for two: INR 1400

*Featured Image Courtesy: Zambar

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Savour 16 Dishes at Top Restaurants in INR 1200++ in Small Plates Week

After hosting a series of successful events like Restaurant Week, Chef’s Table Week and DineFest, Cellar Door makes the debut of one of a kind Small Plates Week in New Delhi from 14th to 23rd October, with 10 of Delhi’s most loved and critically acclaimed restaurants for informal dining.

During this 10 day period, Small Plates Week gives the diner the liberty to savor tasting portions of 16 top dishes at the city’s best restaurants at a uniform price of INR 1200++. This is a boon for people who are a regular to a restaurant and have never paid heed to anything beyond their favorite dish. It gives an opportunity to enjoy an array of dishes and try the menu in-depth. The menu for Small Plates Week features a minimum of 6 vegetarian and non-vegetarian savory dishes each and 4 desserts which ensure you have a gastronomic experience at the restaurant. These dishes usually are the signature items from the menu, which honestly save you the hassle of choosing what to order and also enjoy the most loved dishes. I have already dined at Perch in Vasant Vihar and planning to head to another place for a quick meal, that doesn’t punch a hole in the pocket and gives me the opportunity to enjoy the food at a great restaurant. A must try for people who fancy trying new places, eat nothing but the best and in small quantities {like me}.

At a place like Perch, sampling 16 dishes at a price of INR 1200++ per diner is honestly a steal deal. From the delicious Pork Scotch Eggs with White Wine to Maple Glazed Chilean Pork Ribs, to Spinach Gnocchi and Mustard Grilled Chicken with Asparagus, I was honestly taken aback by the whole idea of trying the best from the menu of an exemplary dining place in such a meager amount.

Some top notch restaurants of the city which have equally different cuisines and specialties are a part of the Delhi edition. A few of favorite places to dine out which include Ek Bar – Defence Colony, The Fatty Bao – RK Puram, The Hungry Monkey– Safdarjung, Ziu – R K Puram, Dhaba by Claridges – Epicuria & Saket, Perch -Vasant Vihar, Ping’s Café Orient – Lodhi Colony, Rustom’s – Aurobindo Marg and Elma’s at Good Earth –Saket among others.

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7 Places in Delhi for Navratri Feasting!

Celebrate the spirit of Navratri with some great food. It is indeed both surprising and exciting to see some great names rolling out a special menu during this festive season. While it is the season to be veggie, I’d suggest you to ditch the cliche Bikanerwala and go dig these interesting food options. While you’re at it, don’t forget to share your feedback with me in the comments below!

1. Olive Bistro, Gurgaon: Savor specially crafted vegetarian specials, which are best to give your body a much needed detox during the ten days of Navratri at Olive Bistro. Choose from a variety of vegetarian options with no onion and garlic during the fasting season from 1st to 10th October 2016.  From Zucchini to Falafel, and Beetroot to fresh vegetables grown during this season, a gourmet meal at this place is definitely going to stay with you for long.

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Where: Cyber Hub, Shop No 101, DLF Cyber City, Phase 2, Gurgaon 122002
When: 1st to 10th October, 2016
Price: 1200++

2. Dhaba by Claridges: The unique Punjabi highway eatery, Dhaba by Claridges is offering a delectable Navratri menu this festive season. Some of the most loved food items during fasting like Singhade Aate ki Poori, Sabudane ki Kheer and Shakarkandi ka Halwa are up for grabs! This special menu can be savored both at the restaurant, and at the comfort of your home. Order right away!

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Where:  Dhaba by Claridges, Shop 302-305, Second Floor, DLF Place, Saket, New Delhi, Delhi 110017
When: 1 Oct to 10 Oct, 2016
Price: Rs 575/- plus taxes

3. Guppy:  Enjoy a 10 day vegetarian detox menu starting at Guppy from Oct 1st to 10th.  Some absolutely unconventional food items await you at your next visit here. A menu that boasts of scrumptious offerings like Braised Shiitake Uramaki, Cheese and Vegetable Krokke, Lotus Root and Tofu Hasamiage Tempura, Grilled Portobello Steak, Okonomiyaki and more.  For all those who think Japanese food is only about seafood, well hello there!

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Where: 28, Main Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
When: 1-10 October 2016
Price: Rs 1500/- for 2

4. Fio Country Kitchen:  Fio Country Kitchen has rolled out two interesting Navratri platters which complement the flavors of everyone. If you are accustomed with the conventional delicacies, then the Traditional Indian Navratri Platter priced at Rs. 999 plus taxes should be your pick. However if you are open to experimenting, and would love to gorge on a delicious spread consisting of Sago Risotto and Rosetti Chestnut, go try Contemporary Italian Navratri Platter priced at Rs. 1099 plus taxes.

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What: Fio Country Kitchen
When: 1-10 October 2016
Price: Rs. 1099/- plus taxes

5. Punjab Grill, Pacific Mall:  Punjab Grill in Pacific Mall, known for its delicious spread of North Indian cuisine chose the rather unconventional way this Navratri. The restaurant has gone all vegetarian during 9 holy days of Navratri and is offering a special Navratri Meal Box priced at INR 395 only. With options like Banana Walnut Lassi and Low Fat Sabudana Kheer, you get both variety and value for money. This one is definitely my favorite, what about you?

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Where: Pacific Mall, Subhash Nagar
When: 1-9 October, 2016
Price: Rs. 395/- plus taxes and Rs. 495/- plus taxes

6. Imly: This restaurant has already got rave reviews of presenting the street food culture of our country out there beautifully. With the festive season around the corner, they have rolled out a Navratri Thali that offers specially curated dishes like Sitaphal ki Sabji, Jeera Aloo, Kele ki Sabji, Sabudana Khichdi, Sabudana Papad, and more. Sweet and simple?

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Where: Rajendra Place, Rajouri Garden and DLF Mall of India, Noida
When: 1-9 October, 2016
Price: Rs. 290/- plus taxes


7. MoMo Cafe at Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon: 
 Executive Chef Amit Dash has crafted a special thali to make these 10 days a complete gastronomical delight. The menu comprises of delicacies like the Sakarkandi chaat, Samak ke rice, Aloo jeera, Phaldari paneer, Kaddu ki sabzi, Singhare ki Sabzi, Sabudana khichdi, Kuttu ki poori and a lot more. End your meal on a sweet note while relishing on some luscious Basundi. 

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Where: 27, B Block, Sushant Lok, Gurgaon
Price: Lunch-INR 899 ++ and Dinner-INR 1099 ++
When: 1-9 October, 2016