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‘Smaaash’ing the weekend away

My brother and I had been looking for a chance to sneak away from too many friends and spend a brothersโ€™ day out. The weekend before Christmas while he prepared to head back to his home town on Sunday, we decided to head to Smaaash on Saturday.


Before visiting Smaaash, the only reason why it brought a smile on to my face was that it is co-owned by none other than the Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar. Smaaash is located at four locations in Delhi and NCR region. The one in Sector 29 Gurgaon also boasts of a Go-Karting track which is next on my list after this visit. We visited the one in Cyber Hub.

Personally, I am not someone who jumps out of the seat on the name of a visit to a gaming arcade. However, this visit might change my opinion about such places.

Smaaash offers so many types of entertainment options that no one from the family can get bored. The kids can have a lot of fun at the Arcade Zone with so much to choose from. The youngsters can enjoy the bowling, the pool table, the cricket nets and gulp down a few beers along with the oldies of the family.

Smaaash has a lot of the virtual reality games which eventually turned out to be my favourite. We started with the roller coaster ride. What fun it was and yes for the first few seconds, I was wishing if someone could press the stop button. Guess what, this was one experience which we came back to at the end after trying many other games. Among other virtual reality options, I would recommend the Jurassic Park and Vertigo. The latter is sure to give you a lot of funny experiences to laugh about later. My only wish, if only haunted hospital really felt scary. While playing the virtual reality games we did have a few beers from the bar. Just added to the real feel. ๐Ÿ˜Š


Done with the virtual reality, we headed for a game of bowling. No prizes for guessing, I lost. I enjoy bowling a lot but I always feel that it ends too soon. Especially for someone like me who hardly gets a strike and gets no extra chances at the end. Nonetheless a great experience. Love the atmosphere at the bowling alleys with those radiating carpets and neon lit alleys.

One of the most popular experience at Smaaash is the cricket. You can experience a very enjoyable cricket net session with different bowlers from around the world. Believe you me, it will not be as easy as you think. There is one very interesting story that I heard and even witnessed. One fine gentleman visits Smaaash every Saturday and plays cricket in these nets for 3-4 hours. Now that is called passion.

Smaaash also has many other games such as the very popular Air Hockey, basketball, crashing cars, car and bike racing and much much more. We tried many more and I do recommend this place to you for a good family day out.

Smaaash also has two restaurants by the name of Unforked Bar and Cafรฉ. One side of the restaurant is more of a pub with good music and big screens to catch up on all the sporting action live. The second restaurant offers a more silent ambiance for those family conversations, gossips and loud jokes. We ordered a Deconstructed Chicken Chaat and a Mezze platter to start with. Both these went well with the beer. I just wish the Chicken inside the nachos was served a little warm to make it more delicious. Post this, we also tried the Paneer Kathi Wrap. The presentation of the wrap was a pleasant surprise. The taste was a little extra spicy so make sure you highlight your preference to the chef in advance. We ended our meal with the Chicken nuggets and The Smaaash Lovers Pizza. The expectation was very high from the pizza since it is named after Smaaash. Fresh veggies but the crust could have been better.

While all the excitement of the games took over our minds, we forgot to order desserts. Now that clearly explains the good time we had at Smaaash. I think going forward I might just jump out of the seat if someone offers me a visit to Smaaash. The excitement will be higher when I visit the Go Karting in Sector 29 Gurgaon.



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.


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.


Paneer tikka


Arancini with kidney beans (rajma)


Pretty plating

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



Are you hungry yet??


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

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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.



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.


Peshawari Paneer


Galawati Kebabs


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.


Rampur biryani


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.


Narangi Kulfi


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.


Three of My Favorite Food Blogs

Ever since the time I have taken to instagramming food and initiating this blog, I have also started to understand food better. The more I eat, the more I realize how much I love it and how much I want to cook. Whenever possible, I try for my own benefit.

Thanks to the amount of information available these days, it is very easy to google a recipe and cook. But it also gets confusing because there is a lot out there. So how to narrow??

I have a few blogs that I seriously read when it comes to easy recipes and inspirational content. Sharing with you all, three favorite food blogs that I love for their inspiring content and recipes. Hope you like them too!

Conifรจres & feuillus: A fellow Indian who is passionate about all types of food, Annika’s blog will make your mouth water! Her dark photography and simple vibrant pictures of delicious recipes are a treat to the eyes. I always learn more than a thing or two from her posts. I love the way she has categorized her blog section to make it easier for the reader. Keep up the great work Annika and inspire more people with your cooking!

Chez Moi:ย Chez’s blog has everything under the sun but the food section stands out for me. I love everything about her cooking from her simple breakfast ideas to unique drinks. Chez’s USP is in her write up and you will know as you head to her page. I hope you keep trying more family recipes, Chez.

Ministry of Curry:ย Another wonderful blog on food, Archana is a super talented cook with an eye for detail. Her inviting and simple recipes of vegetables found in our day to day lives will make you try the dish in your kitchen very soon! Archana also does cooking classes for us learners. Cheers to her!

What are some of your favorite blogs??


Best Places to Eat in Gurgaon

The name of the post is pretty self explanatory so without further adieu here’s a curated list of my favorite places to eat in the Millennium city (err….) Gurgaon (to be read as Gurugram as per personal preference).

While a few of these might be obvious choices, I hope you enjoy them nonetheless:

Di Ghent- As the name suggests, the place gets its name from the city Ghent in Belgium and so the entire cafe is themed around Belgian food with hints of Austrian in between. The menu is extensive and one is really spoilt for choice. What I particularly love about this place is how quaint it is. The interiors are thoughtfully done and the whole cafe gives a very European vibe. I have had my fair share of food experiences in Di Ghent and my favorites here include a good old cappuccino with an evergem bagel and livinus waffles. I usually end up ordering a lot of waffles and pancakes whenever I go here because they are so good! The only downside here is a slightly higher model of pricing but it turns out okay if you visit it in a couple of months.

-Roots- Cafe in the Park: Roots is my favorite place in Gurgaon. Yes. Located in the lap of nature away from the hustle bustle of the city, it has a huge green belt hugging it closely. It is a different side of Gurgaon not known to many and one may quite feel closer to nature. You can even feed squirrels who have an eye on your food constantly.ย It has a roofed as well as an open seating area. I always chose the latter for obvious reasons- I love sitting in the open especially after six in the evening once it is beautifully lit up.

Fried tikkis with chai= epic combination๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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At Roots, the lightest of meals give you a break from the usual heavy chicken tikkas, over loaded pizzas and thick creamy chocolate shakes. It is a place where you can sit for long peacefully and have great conversations. My favorites here include traditional Indian food, bun omellete, a wonderful innovation in the form of the Wai Wai Bhel, regular tea, vegetable biryani and poha. The poha is probably my favorite because it is loaded with vegetables and cooked without haldi (turmeric) that makes it look fresher. I have also loved their Willingdon Kejriwal sandwich which is enjoyable with a perfectly made Sunny side up.

Impromptu: 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 in the mill place, Impromptu is a rare find of space. It is chic and tastefully done with subtle lights at the entrance, the cool interiors clubbed with outside sitting makes it a win win!! My favorites here include the quintessential Italian Martini, Soya Kebabs and Crunchy Caprese Pizza. We would definitely recommend these dishes to everyone and to try Impromptu. They even serve buffet.


The Pasta Bowl Company:ย If you are looking for the best Italian meal in Gurgaon, The Pasta Bowl Company is the winner hands down! It will give you instant Italian Foodgasm with its authentic fresh flavors and seasonal menu. The staff here is very kind and accommodating to your tastes. What I love the most here are several dishes but my most favorite are the truffle oil Bruschetta, tagliatelle and amatriciana pasta. You can add as many vegetables or meat you want as they offer customized pasta options. I also love their panna cotta and cannoncini.

A toast to the week gone by and a funny life ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

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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!


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.


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.


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’.