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Food Tales from Bunta Bar, Janpath

I had the chance to visit Bunta Bar at Janpath, Delhi on a blistering afternoon last week. The place was exceptionally quiet except for the light music in the background. The interiors were pretty and there is a huge space divided in two floors.

I started with “Banta”- a popular carbonated drink of India that is usually served in lemon flavor. It contains salt and spices along with crushed ice and is quite popular as a quick go to option.

At Bunta Bar (Bunta is spelled differently here), it was available in different flavors here and that is their USP, hence the name.ย The staff is very polite and recommends you to try new dishes.

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My Bunta is here!

With my Banta, I ordered paneer tikka and arnacini as starters-both delicious and fresh. I especially enjoyed the arancini which were given a little Indian twist as they were stuffed with kidney beans made in local style.

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Paneer tikka

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Arancini with kidney beans (rajma)

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Pretty plating

I ended the afternoon with a margherita pizza- simple and classic with tons of cheese.

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WANT! NEED!

Are you hungry yet??

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All About Pizza: An Insta Story

Sometimes I am amazed at Delhi, the city that I have now been calling home since 2010.

Why am I amazed??

Simply because of the number of options it gives me for food! And for PIZZA!

If you search for pizza in Delhi, a whole new world that opens up! You will get a variety of pizzas in every size, shape and errr color. And let me tell you, no two pizzas are ever alike. You will agree with me at the end of the post ๐Ÿ™‚

Mid week happiness๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ•

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Roses are red, violets are blue….I ordered a pizza and none of this is for you ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•

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I love my veggies… Especially when they are on a pizza ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•

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When in Rome….What?? . . Just go and eat Pizza ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Say Cheese!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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Tag a fellow pizza lover you would love to share this pizza with ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ‘‡

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That's kinda loaded ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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"Joey doesn't share food!!!!" Yes!!! You leave it there ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป

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Summing up the sumptuousness ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— @italiano_restaurants

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For the cheese lovers….๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ . . Pizza — Bhagwaan ne bhi kya CHEESE banai hai ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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Love comes in all shapes and sizes ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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Do you agree with me??

A Taste of Awadhi Cuisine at Namak Mandi

The name Chef Imtiaz Qureshi will pique your interest and open your culinary buds instantly. I went with the same expectations when I heard about Namak Mandi opening in Vasant Kunj, Delhi. Namak Mandi serves Awadhi cuisine and is known to be famous for its dining experience.

What is Awadhi Cuisine??

Awadhi cuisine is the food that belongs to the land of Newabs i.e. the city of Lucknow. Most of the awadhi cooking is inspired from the Mughals and so the food is rich in texture and taste. After having some of the kebabs and mouthwatering mutton you yourself will feel like a king.ย The team at Namak Mandi is well versed with the food and suggest you dishes at the drop of a hat. The dining experience itself is one of the best with the exquisite brass ware and glasses.

How was the food??

I started with a plate of Galawati kebabs because Awadhi! No regrets there, they were probably one of the best I’ve had in all of Delhi and therefore belong to the must try category.

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Jaljeera

Along with the kebab came the Murgh Balai kebabsย andย Peshawari paneerย tikka. Both the dishes were well made and flavorful and the best part was the way they were presented with good chunks of salads and chutneys.

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Peshawari Paneer

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Galawati Kebabs

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Mrugh Balai kebabs

I ordered a Jaljeera with my starters but it wasn’t really to my liking so I would suggest you to skip it.ย For the main course, the Gosht nihariย was my top dish after gelawati kebabs. Along with it were accompaniments of roti and mandi ki dal. Another favorite in the house was theย Rampur Biryani that came in a cute wok and was opened with a knife to reveal the inside. The presentation and the drama of it added to the fun dining element.

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Rampur biryani

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Ghost Nihari

To satiate my sweet tooth I orderedย Narangi Kulfi andย Khubani ka meethaย in the end. Again both the dishes outsmarted in presentation and were equally delicious.

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Narangi Kulfi

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Khubani ka meetha

Would I go back??

Yes. I would love to try a few other sumptuous dishes on the menu such as Chingri Curry and Burrah Kebab.

Damage to the pocket??

INR 1200-1500 for 2 people.

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Street Food from Delhi: An Insta Story

Evening spent the old school style with those cookie jars and that chai glass.

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Breakfast tales!!!

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Now that's how I define a Sunday morning ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Customary Hometown Post – A visit back home can never be complete without this ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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My representation of a weekend – Visit to Lotan Jee ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Are you on Instagram?? If yes, do give in a follow and drop in your handle here ๐Ÿ™‚

The Italian Dream

Bellissimo!! One of the few words that I know from the Italian language and one of the first words that came to my mind when I had a lunch at The Pasta Bowl Company. The food and the place are simply beautiful.

If you are looking for the best Italian meal in Gurgaon, The Pasta Bowl Company (TPBC) is the winner hands down! Located in the Cross Point Mall, TPBC also scores additional points because of it’s central location, proximity to theย Galleria Market and a comfortably accessible parking.

 

 

It had been more than a year since I had been hearing about TPBC, (and all good) but somehow could not visit the place. This time when my friends and I finalised TPBC as the venue for lunch, it was a happy happy day.

On a weekend, as I sat gazing different food pages on social media, I came across this Instagram post on the official handle of The Pasta Bowl Company introducing the late lunch menu ‘Cucina Con Amore’ which means Cooked with Love. So I dialled up my friends number and we decided on the ‘happy day’. The new menu offers a three course meal for late lunchers especially aimed at the corporate sector.

We arrived just around noon. I believe it was such a great choice of time because it made the place look beautiful with the natural light peeping in from every possible opening. The brick wall interiors just give you a sense of calm and you can not ignore the huge clock on one end and small sports cars on the opposite end. TPBC also have an open kitchen which gives you a good view into live cooking. A very special and cute attraction is the fresh grown basil right on the kitchen shelf.

 

 

We started with the ‘Primo’ which was Bruschettas and ordered the Pomodoro and the Funghi E Olio Di Tartufo. The latter had pesto sauce and cherry tomatoes. For me anything with authentic pesto is a winner. Additionally, If you also add Truffle Oil to the dishes on my plate, you are not an ordinary winner but you are a champion. Both the Bruschettas gave this place a head start in the championship. TPBC is known for using ingredients imported from Italy. This can be experienced through the Truffle Oil Bruschetta. The chef made sure that the truffle oil is used in right quantity and does not over power your taste buds. We were left wanting for more.

 

 

Then came ‘Secondo’, that is the second course, offering a choice of pizza or a pasta. I ordered the Pizza Ortaggi Siciliani and my friends ordered the Fusili Bianca. Both theses dishes took me to Italy for a while…… They were not the usual Italian food that we are used to in India with cheese overload. The pizza had a very different shape and was topped with fresh and colourful vegetables. It was both a visual and a gastronomic treat. The Peperoncino Chilli stood out distinctly both in taste and appearance. Whenever I think of the meal at TPBC, I always think of freshness. It was just the way I experienced as I enjoyed my meal!

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Coming back, the Fusili Bianca made me change the way I cook pasta at home. It was very light and mild on flavours. The Parmesan, cream and parsley were added in quantities which allowed me to relish the texture of the pasta as well. The pasta and cheese were very well balanced. The objective of cooking pasta highly rich in cheese has now taken a back seat for me.

 

The final stages of foodgasm had almost set in as I flipped through the menu to see what is next. Dolce Vita (Life is Beautiful and luxurious) when desserts are on the way……Ah!! The third course named ‘Dolci’ offered a choice of Cannoncini and Panacotta della Stagione. My mouth is watering as I write about the Cannoncini. The texture of the lemon cream was amazing. You could feel the flavour bursting on the palate slowly and in a smooth manner. What surprised me was ย the taste of the Brioche because I was not expecting it to have that delicious taste and was extremely soft. The Cannoncini brought out the kid in me as I relished it in a manner I have enjoyed cream rolls during my childhood.

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Hold your breath to read about the most delicious dessert I have had in a long time. The Panacotta della Stagione which luckily for me was the Mango Panacotta. With every bite I took I wanted more of it. I wish it was served in a magic plate that would refill every bite of it. The gooey texture, the right temperature and the appropriate amount of sweetness made it very very delectable.

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The entire experience of eating here became more interesting when you have Chef Om and his team ready for a chat on everything Italian. We also had a chance to learn a lot of Italian words and one word that comes to my mind after the lunch at TPBC was ‘Grazie’.

An ‘Impromptu’ evening

Not always is an impromptly planned evening such a wonderful experience as this one turned out for us.

When in Gurgaon, we all are quite used to the routine pattern of lifestyles. From the start of the day where we can see the suave and the crisply dressed millennials deboarding the cabs and boarding the elevators, to the regular exchange of emails throughout the day. It is all in the routine. Lately, even the patterns of recreation have become robotic. Most of the office goers take a flight down the office stairs and land up for a couple of drinks. A few decide to drive across the โ€˜valleyโ€™ for some โ€˜leisureโ€™ time.

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Apart from these usual places, there are very few places in Gurgaon that come under the “WOW” category of Gurgaon’s nightlife. Impromptu is one of them. Definitely not your average run of the mill place, Impromptu is a rare find of space and a little gem in the middle of Gurgaon. As I crossed the roads of Golf Course Road and entered the place, sexy is what came into my mind. That’s how the place is. It’s so chic and tastefully done with subtle lights at the entrance, the cool interiors clubbed with outside sitting makes it a win win!! A bonus is the huge flat screen make you want to sit there for hours. ( Cricket lovers!!)

My partner and I were super impressed and wondered why we didn’t try this place in the past 2 years. It was just our type of the place with the coolest music playing and most importantly at the right volume. Helped us have a good conversation over some amazing drinks and food.

Our first order was cocktails and we went with the quintessential Italian Martini and a cocktail called Rusty Nail. The Rustic Nail was made using a Drambuie. It was the first time that we tried the Drambuie. Drambuie is a liqueur made of Scotch whisky, honey, herbs and spices. The service was very polite and not at all overbearing and all our food was ordered as suggested by our server Vikram.

 

We started with the Soya Kebabs which were very delicious and tender. We also ordered a Shish Taouk which was a chicken dish inspired by Lebanese cuisine which was followed by a Crunchy Caprese Pizza (not salad but pizza) which was quite different loaded with cheese. The best pick of the evening was the Keema Pao so flavourful and probably competing with soya kebabs ๐Ÿ˜‰ We would definitely recommend this dish to everyone. Rich in flavours and the soft pao was a delight. It was almost 1130 when we ordered the dessert. Time passes so quickly when you are having fun no??

Dessert included their house special which was flourless chocolate cake with ice cream. It melted in the mouth and was extremely extremely soft. Thank you Impromptu for a great evening. This is a place that shouldn’t be missed and I would go there again and try their buffet which runs all week.

Cost on the Pocket โ€“ Rs. 2000 for 2

Where – Vatika Towers, BLC-143, Golf Course Road, DLF Phase 5, Sector 54, Gurugram, Haryana 122002

It’s that time of the year again…

 

‘Winter is coming…’

‘Winter is coming’ and it’s that time of the year that we foodies look forward to. Time for food, feast, fun and food fests.

With every passing year and with my growing love for food, another thing that is growing is the size of the hoodies and pair of jeans that I have to buy for this year’s winter. My love affair with food has now come a full circle. Palate Fest Delhi 2015 was my first visit to a food festival since I started dating food. This year, I was very lucky to be present in ย Chandigarh, The City Beautiful, as the curtains on the Lloyd Palate Fest 2016 were raised.

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the perfect set up…

The lush green environs of Leisure Valley in Chandigarh proved to be a beautiful set up for my date. Perfectly placed in the lap of nature, basking in the nascent winter sun and each other’s love, it was just my food and me.

We walked around, enjoying each other’s company and clicking a lot of pictures as well. I have always believed, a thing of beauty is a joy forever, and love turns out to be really beautiful when you have fallen for food. I would like to spread this joy through this photo diary.

The line up at the fest had some really interesting names such Dera by The Taj, Browse – the in house bakery at The Lalit, Kylin, Uncle Jack’s, Keventer’s Shakes, Casa Bella Vista and more. In addition, the music was like an icing on the cake with Astitva doing the closing act.

Casa Bella Vista

In my opinion, the prettiest set up was done by Casa Bella Vista.

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Casa Bella Vista

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Asparagus Pizza by Casa Bella Vista

Magic Wok

Among the other pretty places was the Magic Wok. It provided for a huge space and with lot of colors and a vibrant decor.

Keventer’s Shakes

And there was Keventer’s Shakes and they reminded me of the historic war cry ‘Dilli Ab Duur Nahin….’

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Browse – Hyatt Regency

Browse, the in house bakery by Hyatt Regency had some lovely desserts to offer. With the sweet tooth I possess, they were one of my personal favourites. From croissants to brownies to Danish pastries, Browse was a good experience.

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Danish Pastry by Browse

A few more special moments

As the evening set in, I decided to take my parents to meet my first love. Beautifully lit up, it was a typical pre-winter evening which we experience in ‘the North’ around Dusherra. My photo diaries have a few experiences which might just make the viewer a bit envious.

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Dilli Ab Duur Nahin

After this lovely weekend, I am ready to hop on to the next bus to Delhi and as I said ‘Ab Dilli Duur Nahin….’ Definitely not. Come November and Palate Fest now comes to Delhi. I wait to take all of you along on my next date in Delhi very soon. Stay Tuned and ‘Keep Eating, Keep Clicking’.