Review: DIVA Spiced, New Delhi

DIVA is a chain of fine dining restaurants in India. A brainchild of Chef Ritu Dalmia, each restaurant is famous for its own unique style and menu. A new offing from the same team is Diva Spiced. Situated at Meherchand market, it has taken the space of the old Chez Nini, ‘DIVA Spiced’ is an all-day dinning café offering Modern Asian Cuisine. Reflecting Ritu’s signature style of fresh and wholesome ingredients, the café introduces a menu which is a culmination of flavours, spices and innovations from the South East Asian belt. As Staying true to her classic style, a definite splash of European technique and presentation is evident in the cuisine.

DIVA Spiced_Ground_floor

DIVA Spiced is a 70 cover café spread with a ground and first floor seating. Keeping up with the DIVA legacy, Spiced has a warm and a cozy ambiance, but unlike other Asian cuisine venues it has its own take on decor.The interiors of the cafe have been designed by Anita Dalmia with a combination of vintage and contemporary style. The wallpaper is quite quirky with images of Asian women, Asian motifs and sightings while the chairs and furniture have an industrial appeal. Keeping Asian minimalism in mind the look is overall quite subtle with a play of bright colours. The style is very cafe like while the food is Ritu Dalmia’s take on Asian cuisine.

DIVA Spiced_1stFloor

Not for the weak-hearted or for people who do not like experimenting, the menu is a culmination of a lot of innovations, ranging from steamed crystal dumplings to grilled, fried and baked dishes. Some of signature dishes include tapas dishes like Panko Crusted Arancine filled with corn & chili jam, fried Zucchini flower stuffed with Tofu and Feta, Pork belly skewers with spicy yuzu Lemon dressing. For the mains there is a large variety like Goan Prawn Curry simmered in kokum and coconut served with ginger rice, stuffed baby eggplant in a whipped fennel sauce, Miso Marinade Salmon with soba noodles etc. For a sweet ending there are the regular DIVA desserts and a few special ones for Spiced such as a Spiced Mess- Lemon Grass Meringue with mascarpone cream and berry compote and the special black pepper infused chocolate fondant served with basil ice cream!

Address: 79-80, Meharchand Market (Ground & First Floor)
Contact no: 011 49051837
Meal for 2: Rs. 2200/- (without Alcohol)

Review: Hungry Monkey, New Delhi

The New York styled loft ambiance of Hungry Monkey; bare brick walls, concrete floors, the MS installations and the elegant wooden interiors come together in perfect synchrony to create an intriguing industrial feel. The creative typography of quotes on the walls, crafted using carefully chosen fonts are a perfect match to the stylish vibe of the restaurant. Already curious? Well, ‘curiosity is the beginning of adventure‘, is exactly what the walls of The Hungry Monkey tell you.With a faint old school meets new age magnetism, numerous little elements like encyclopaedias stacked on shelves, a vintage hour glass, Edison light bulbs and the rich brown of the wood everywhere bring to life these very stories.The Hungry Monkey, www.stylecity.inThe Flying Brunch, Hungry Monkey,

Inspired by sunny California, The Hungry Monkey introduces the city to ‘California cuisine’, which many may not be well-versed with, but worth a try. An out of the box offering, the restaurant brings you a rendition of varied dishes from the European culture with a unique twist of fusion. Even the “Flying Brunch” is a step away from the usual. After you pick your salad from the display, you get small quantity main dishes delivered to your table and you can pick and choose the ones you want to have or repeat. The Hungry Monkey offers an eclectic menu which focuses on a global palate, through a surprising fusion of flavours combined with fresh produce from organic farms like ‘Farmlove’, a pioneer in organic food in the capital. Dig into the Cold Spinach Gomae or relish the signature Bang-Bang Chicken Rolls. For the adventurous souls, the Expresso Pan Fried Chicken made with a light coffee sauce or the Asian Honey and Soy braised Pork Ribs served with Kimchi on the side are the perfect indulgent picks from the menu. While the Smoked Salmon Carpaccio is a succulent fusion of flavours, the White Chocolate Parfait with almond and vanilla filo pastry cigar along with Coconut French Toast leaves a lasting impression. The Flying Brunch, Hungry Monkey,

The bar’s hexagonal chemical bond inspired display itself has been designed personally by the owners who have left no stone unturned to bring you an exciting array of drinks. Always innovative in its ways, The Hungry Monkey serves its signature cocktails, the Old-Fashioned and the Manhattan, classic as well as smoked. The bar here easily boasts of a selection of delightful and many a times ‘difficult to spot in this city’ liquor.  Apart from popular modern cocktails, be assured to also come across beautifully infused renditions of the classics.

Eat | Drink | Play
Address – B 6/6 DDA Market, opposite Deer Park, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi
Contact No. – 011 46049801, +91 9810788196
Meal for 2 – Rs. 2000 ++

Review: Amreli, New Delhi

If you are an avid food lover or even if a stylish ambience is your thing, Amreli the new offing at New Delhi’s Diplomat hotel is just the venue for you to try out. A cross between an upmarket London diner and a classic bistro, Amreli offers seamless dining experience, with faultless service and exquisite multi-sensory food experience.

Amreli, New Delhi,

Situated in the embassy area of Delhi, Diplomat hotel is a serene property hidden away from the chaos of the city and this is the reason it makes for a perfect venue for a chic fine-dining eatery, attracting a crowd which knows its food and desires the perfect ambience for a business meeting, a lazy sunday brunch or a romantic night out. Amreli suits all these purposes and fills in the gap of a fine-dining restaurant in that area. Conceptualised by Sidhant Lamba, Amreli aims at offering palate pleasers without the extravagant commitment of time and money. His aesthetic influences are as broad as his travels. Through Amreli he is introducing a signature style to the city,“Amreli will have its own culinary leanings, and it will exhibit a laser-like focus on professionalism and impeccable service. With Amreli, we will be serving a multi-concept menu that focuses on freshness and ingredient quality,” says Sidhant.

Amreli, New Delhi,

Amreli, New Delhi,

Amreli’s décor is modelled on that of an upmarket London diner, complete with chessboard floor, mirrors and gorgeous artworks. Some of the pieces have also been curated by Sidhant to go with the ambience, trust me if you love art, you would want to buy a few pieces for your collection (Not sure if they are for sale!). The alfresco area, in a quiet courtyard has a lovely lush green and perky seating to enhance your enjoyment of the exquisite fare, while the indoor dining room is a mix of casual yet sophisticated seating with casual perches at the bar. The menu has been done by Chef Sabyasachi Gorai, a well-known name among India’s dining public. Popularly known as Chef Saby, he doesn’t walk the route of a traditional chef, but that’s arguably what brought him such fame. With his high-end techniques and culinary curiosity, he has given a diverse menu to Amreli. The all-day breakfast menu is also strong, in fact it is the highlight of the menu with the dishes done spectacularly well. The beautiful display of each dish is a threat or a promise—depending on whether you would want to wear your skin-tight jeans again. For breakfast you can choose from, Homemade Granola, French Toast, Mushroom on Toast, Egg Appam, Eggs Florentine, Keema Eggs Benedict.You can also expect aromatic dishes jewelled with nuts, herbs and dried fruits, plus hearty peasant-style stews, spiced roasted meats and seafood. The careful spicing and flashes of creativity means the menu is peppered with classic dishes (Sole Meen Moilee, a fish curry from the coast, The Humble Plate, dal and vegetables of the day and Kerala Mutton Stew, melt-in-mouth mutton chunks in a creamy coconut stew) to please conservative diners, as well as more inspired interpretations of well-known recipes. So whether you are cutting on carbs or you are after that plate of comfort food in the company of a few friends, or a celebration that requires plenty of bubbles or probably at lunchtime for peace and quiet; dinner for buzz, Amreli is the place you should try out for sure!

Address: 9, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic enclave
Phone: 011 46050200
Pricing: Average Meal for two approx.: Rs. 1400-1600 (without alcohol)

Review: Moonshine Cafe and Bar, New Delhi

The term ‘Moonshine’, can be traced back to the 1920s American concept of distilling liquor at night “by the light of the moon” during the Prohibition era, is the name of the city’s new café and bar. MoonshineCafé & Bar boasts of a rustic, industrial aesthetic with a modern interpretation of a new-age speakeasy; with vintage décor and an artistic interpretation of Chicago’s skyline on the walls. The bar is modelled after the iconic 20s American watering holes and does a good representation of the same in todays modern day and age.Moonshine Cafe &  Bar,

The Bar seamlessly divides its vast expanse into various sections which play different genres of music to suit your mood for the evening. While electronic, house, classic rock and popular jazz tunes are a regular on the cafe’s playlist,the bar also boasts of having live bands and Sufi Performances! But music is just one of the things that make it a perfect night at Moonshine. They also serve a cocktail menu with a twist and scintillating renditions of classics. There is a choice of tipple for every occasion –the ‘Moonshine Specials’ on the menu have all the ingredients for a great night. I tried the LIIT which is yet to be launched in the official menu. It has blue curasao and apparently a secret ingredient which made me feel I am having a “chuski”

Moonshine Cafe & Bar 2

Moonshine Cafe &  Bar,

And if you are inquisitive about the food by now, expect to be pleasantly surprised as you re-discover your some old time classics and favourites with the menu. We tried the “Galouti Kebab”, “Beer Battered Fish” and “Moonshine Sliders”. While the Sliders and fish were quite tasty the Galouti Kebabs were out of this world and something I would recommend everyone to go and try. We then had a “Peri Peri chicken pizza” for the main course. It was the perfect choice for a perfect night. If you are around Hauz Khas and want to be taken back to an older time, do go by Moonshine Cafe and Bar. They even have Gentleman’s night every Tuesday, where the ladies pay while the men get free drinks.During the day, the property transforms into a relaxed venue with a terrace over-looking the greenery and ruins of Hauz Khas, leaving behind any trace of the previous night. Whether it is a night of revelry or a day of charm and serenity that you seek, at Moonshine Café & Bar, you’ll always find a corner just right for you.

Address: 30, Second Floor, Hauz Khas Village New Delhi, DL 110016
Phone: 098 71 555718

Review: He said She said, Mumbai

Sprawling across 13,500 square feet, He Said She Said has a huge open-air, tarp-covered section along with an air-conditioned bar, a fine dining restaurant and a terrace bar perfect for sun-downers and gigs. Also considering the fact that this was the day Germany was playing the United States to determine if the US goes through the next round of the FIFA world cup you could see a whole lot of football enthusiasts had converged at this bar making the environment electric. The main area, apart from a giant screen airing the 9:30pm WC games, has a beer pong table, a British phone booth exclusively for selfies and enough space to indulge in various drinking games leading to free drinks (6 shots in 6 seconds anyone??).

He said She said, Mumbai,

As we were coming to terms with the sheer size of this bar, Kuber, who runs the establishment, was kind enough to give us a tour of the place. With going from a place that is 1/5th its size in Delhi to opening this establishment, He Said She Said has hit the nail on its head when it comes to accommodating everyone in this city who likes a night out, with brilliant and comfortable décor that is very complimenting of its ambiance and vibe.Vishal Guptaa very young and talented interior designer and artist has done the concept and design of He Said She Said. On the Ground level there are 2 Outdoor sections with Not-That-Loud Music where people can talk and lounge. It sports a grass turf, high chairs, sofas, benches with a very relaxed atmosphere. Inside there is an section specifically labelled “Loud Music” where you can dance beside the DJ console, but there is only a clear glass division between the indoor and outdoor section thereby utilizing the openness and space. These areas have colorful digital art in form of Characters as well as a Cityscape that adds to the distinctiveness and a flowing fountain in the outdoor section that has miniature character installations on it (fishing, sitting and even urinating!). The digital art is very difficult to mount in walls without printing or tracing but HS3 got the extremely talented Bhuppi (from Delhi) to hand-paint all of them to precision. Moving up the ladder, the place metamorphoses itself to the land of Greek Gods. White Washed Hand plastered walls and Retro artifacts welcome you to the Fine Dining area with even softer music levels. Treat your taste buds to exclusive European delicacies in this section. Finally, the top Level has a covered Terrace with a small stage that can accommodate small gigs, screenings, etc.

He said She said, Mumbai,

He said She said, Mumbai,

Before we got stuck into the food we had the privilege of tasting some of the many shots the bar had on offer, it was a shame I could not try all as I would have definitely had a memory lapse. He Said She Said has on offer over 40 shots divided into ‘layered’, ‘chocolatey/creamy’, ‘fruity’, ‘spicy’, ‘balls of steel’, ‘it’s different’, ‘ice-cream’ and ‘Mumbai special’ options, all priced between Rs120 to Rs349. Something that is ideal in case one wants to get a quick buzz before heading out to party.Our captain recommended the following sequence of shots and it was the greatest combination of pick-me-up-I-am-ready-to-start-this-party-shot I have ever had. We started with a ‘Red Hot Chilli Pepper’, which came with a green chilly, that one bites into before taking the shot and keeping it in your mouth for 30 seconds before gulping it down. One chases this shot with the ‘Chai Maila’ a concoction of whiskey and caramel soothing the spiciness of the previous shot. Needless to say I was attuned to what effect those shots were meant to have and they did not disappoint. Another fun things to try at He Said She Said apart from their different shots is their FotoFunbooth where patrons enter a Old Retro Telephone booth, sign in into Facebook, get their picture clicked with various props and accessories and instantly upload it, tagging the friends who they want. It is a unique fun experience which will make your memories last forever with friend. Now for the food,we ordered a wide variety of starters and bar food to go along with our beers and game of football. The pepper and olive cheesy parcels are highly recommended by the bar and they live up to their billing. A great combination of melted mozzarella with some pepper and olives infused together before slightly fried and coated to keep them together. This was the perfect accompaniment to our beers. Apart from this the quintessential Okra Kur Kure and garlic bread helped keep the beers down and games interesting.From the fine dining menu we received a sampling of the Stuffed Chicken on a bed of mushroom risotto along with a portion of BBQ chicken wings. We washed these down with a few more shots, which included the Aampanna shot (an old favourite) and the chocolaty Coco Chanel (comes with an actual Kit-Kat bar). Each shooter is so unique and wonderfully presented that you cannot help but try a few.

He said She said,Mumbai,

He said She said, He said She said,

To sum up all I can say is He Said She Said in Andheri quite literally provides everything one could ask for at a night out. One can start with some relaxed beers in the main area, move to the louder air-conditioned bar, head up for some fine food at the restaurant and end the night enjoying a gig on the terrace. Coming from Delhi and complaining about the lack of space Mumbai has to offer, trust me such quality establishments are diamonds in a coalmine. Amongst the plethora of identical bars/pubs spread out over Colaba, Bandra, Juhu and Andheri finally there is a place that is quite appropriately ‘for everyone’.
Address: Remi Biz Court, Lane behind Fun Republic, Off Link Road, Veera Desai Road
Phone:+91 9867515082
Price: Approx Rs.2,000 for two
Rating: Butter Chicken
Rating Scale: Tinda – 0, Idli – 1, Salad – 2, Butter Chicken – 3, Kakori Kebabs – 4, Grandmother’s cooking – 5

De-clutter your life, space and mind

The other day I came across an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashian’s (my guilty pleasure at times) where Kourtney Kardashian is upset (again!) because Scott Disick, who otherwise is always at home not partying, being a great dad goes off once a week to party in LA and is too hung-over the next day. Now I don’t know or really care about the intricacies of their relationship and trust me I am not supporting him or any of them, personally I think they are all seriously disconnected from reality, but it made me wonder if we have become just too intolerant as a race, unnecessarily complicating life, expecting too much while giving nothing in return and easily generalizing people.This then reminded me of another conversation I had with a college friend, where by he was telling me about all the couples who had gotten married around the time I moved to Mumbai and are now divorced. While divorce is a common occurrence in the West, in India it is still looked down upon and often considered the absolute last measure so it was very surprising to hear the numbers and even more surprising the reasons; almost every girl had accused the guy of being an alcoholic or domestic abuse. As for the guys the really cool boy friends turned into these idiotic MCP husbands.

Honestly, I don’t think most people even know the actual implications of terms like alcoholic or domestic abuse or how traumatic it is for people who actually face this in life. For instance,if a person had a big social life with a huge friend circle before you came into his life and enjoyed it, it is a part of their personality and if he/she is responsible, working hard and only drinking socially 2-3 times a week, it makes them social and outgoing not an alcoholic.If however they need to have a drink everyday and can’t stop at just a couple of drinks each time they sit to drink, don’t have any control over desire for alcohol, have a complete personality change from a docile person to a violent abusive one, then yes they are an alcoholic and you need to be worried. Just because you don’t drink or like to go out it is kind of unfair to call another person an alcoholic even if they are not and expect the other person to completely change their ways, you need to come up with a compromise. As for domestic abuse, I completely condone anyone raising their hand on another person; talk it out, scream if you are that angry or avoid the person but no need to get violent. Then once and the only time in my life (barring battles with my brother) I actually slapped someone.

I was living with this girl who had been making life hell for me but I had been ignoring it; she would not let me have people over(which I respected and had no one but my BF who she knew about come over), send me stupid messages all day even when I was at work and she knew it annoyed me but I avoided it, Charge me extra and make me pay for things I never used, lock the door when she knew I had stepped out, wasn’t helpful but mostly never discussed her issues even when I asked her. I was being patient for over 6 months till one day she locked me out again and this time even though I rang the door bell for over 40 mins she did not open the door. So that left me standing outside middle of the night, alone, banging on the door, calling her up till ultimately the whole building woke up started screaming at me for creating a ruckus and she had to open the door. That was when I actually slapped another person and even though I never hope to raise my hand on another living soul I don’t think I was unjustified.Firstly, she had no right to lock me out since I also paid to live there and it is unsafe for a girl to be standing out in the street middle of the night, Secondly it wasn’t like she had passed out and could not hear the doorbell she was just being vindictive. So you might call this domestic violence, but given the circumstance, was I really the only one at fault for raising my hand? I mean I had been avoiding her nagging and been trying my best to accommodate her for months but my patience had worn out.

All of the above examples to me seem like they are due to unrealistic expectations people have, looking for validation from outside rather than inside. For instance, if you are not social and feel that is something you don’t enjoy or are not OK with a social partner it is better to go for someone who fits the profile of what you like, rather than try to change someone completely, it wont happen at least not permanently. It is the easiest thing in the world to blame another person or their shortcomings but we are far from perfect and that is something we need to remember. Somewhere I think we really need to go back to the basics, uncomplicated life and start from scratch. I think the current monetary situation in the world is taking us right there-to the start! We don’t need things in quantity as much as good quality. It is fashionable to have your own style and vintage is in. I am not saying we need to be door-mats, but somewhere we need to completely de-clutter our minds, take a deep breath and learn to accept people for as they are and not what we want them to be. That is the only way we will feel at peace with ourselves.

Review: Barbeque Nation, Lokhandwala

Finally! Andheri gets it own personal Barbeque Nation.For those of you who are not aware of the brand, this concept started in Mumbai in the year 2006 and since then has branches in various cities around the country. They have a prefixed menu where you select either the Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian option and they are served with an array of starters, leading to the buffet with Salads, Main course and Desserts.

I for one had never been to a Barbeque Nation in my life, which is exceptionally strange since I love experimenting with various cuisines but for some reason had never had a chance to visit a Barbeque Nation. My dinner date on the other hand was a huge fan starting from his hostel days in Chandigarh. I promise he was salivating from the time I suggested to him I am invited to review BBQ Nation and asked him to accompany me. He went on about how he and his college friends would hang out their atleast once in two weeks and eat the amazing grills till they were absolutely full. In my head I was like, wow rich kids, in college I could never afford an all you can eat Buffet. But my visit here changed that and for a good reason.

The Lokhandwala branch which was a first for me has a reception with one room on the left and the Buffet counter behind the Reception.They have maintained a standard decor in all their outlets with exposed brick walls, lots of wood and a well-lit place. Each table has a personalised grill embedded into them, where the customers can make their own food depending on their likings. You also have a variety of marinades to select from to give the finishing touch of your choice.This is followed by a Buffet meal and Dessert. On a daily basis they serve 5 veg or non-veg starters, A veg and a non-veg soup, 6 veg and 4 non-veg dishes in mains, 5 veg and 3 non-veg salads and 7 Desserts. You can also call in for their amazing cocktails, my favourite was the jeerapana Mojito which was a great infusion of the Classic cocktail with Indian flavours. And very refreshing, a perfect accompaniment with the Indian Cuisine as the hot weather.

Anyway I thought the grill dishes were amazing, I ate so many that I had to really work hard to make place for the main course. I felt the non-veg starters and the veg main course were the best combination. For me I would suggest everyone who like me has not tried it out to definitely give it a shot you will be pleasantly surprised I can assure you.
Price:Weekdays Veg-Rs.600+Tax, Non-Veg-Rs.650+Tax excluding alcohol
Weekends Veg-Rs.700+Tax, Non-Veg-Rs.800+Tax excluding alcohol

As always here are a few recipes we got from Barbeque nation which you can try out for your next Al-Fresco parties. They also work as great starters if you plan to have just drinks and starters for your party.


Chermoula prawns

  • Brown onion                                  :1
  • coriander leaves                            : 2tbsp chopped
  • Flat parsley leaves                         : 2tbsp chopped
  • garlic cloves                                 : 2 crushed
  • cumin                                            : 2gms powder
  • paprika                                          :3 tsp
  • ground turmeric                            :2tsp
  • olive oil                                         :2tbsp
  • Prawns                                          : 1kg divined and tail intact


  1. Combine onion, coriander, parsley, garlic, cumin, paprika and turmeric in a large bowl. Stir in oil. Add prawns. Toss until prawns are well coated. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to marinate.
  2. Preheat a barbeque  on medium-high heat. Place half the prawns, in a single layer, on barbecue. Spoon over half the marinade. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes each side or until prawns turn pink.Transfer to a bowl. Repeat with remaining prawns and marinade.

Lebanese Chili garlic prawns

  • Boneless prawns                                6.5kg
  • Ginger garlic chopped                       150gm
  • Green Chili chopped                        50gm
  • Chilly flakes                                       75gm
  • Celery chop                                        75gm
  • Honey                                                 2tsp
  • Chicken Maggie cubes                      2cubes
  • Limejuice                                           25ml
  • Tahina sauce                                      75ml
  • Salt                                                      to taste
  • Oil                                                       1/2lts


  • Cut & wash chicken in to dices shape
  • In a bowl take Chopped garlic chilly flakes celery chop honey veg Maggie cubes lime juice tahina sauce salt oil with ginger chopped or chopped garlic
  • Add chicken in this Mari nation and marinate for 3 hr
  • Skive in skeewer or grilled on a grill
  • Serve hot

Shami Kebab

  • 2000 Gms  Boti (lamb bone less)
  • 150 Gms channa dal
  • 20 Gms  chopped garlic
  • 20 Gms chopped ginger
  • 100 Gms sliced onions
  • 05 Gms Mace
  • 10 Gms black peppercorn
  • 01 Gms bay leaf
  • 03 Gms cinnamon sticks
  • 02 Gms cloves
  • 02 Gms black cardamom
  • 02 Gms green cardamom
  • 05 Gms sahi jeera
  • 20 Gms kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 15 Gms  salt
  • 200 Ml oil



1. Heat the oil and add the whole garam masala
2. Add chopped ginger, garlic and the onions.
3. Add lamb, channa dal red chilli powder, salt  and mix it properly.
4. Add water and allow to simmer till the mix gets cooked  and the water evaporates.
5. Take out fine mince twice.
6.  Divide into 20 equal balls
7. Flatten the balls and stuff with the mixture and make a tikki.
8. Shallow fry till golden brown. Serve hot.



Review: Visionnaire Cafe by Ipe Cavalli

So last weekend happened to be my Delhi best friends birthday, well I have alot of best friends and I know people dont get the concept of how I can have more than one but I have school friends, college friends, work friends, Bombay friends etc etc so I am allowed to have a best friend from each of these areas of my life. Coming back to the topic, so it was my Delhi best friends birthday and I wanted to surprise her by flying down and planning a small dinner for her with a few friends. Obviously the most challenging process when you are trying to surprise someone with dinner is the venue. Fortunately for us and thanks to the lovely ladies Priyanka and Neha Nagar and ofcourse the dynamic Ramola Bachchan, the answer came to us in the form of Ipe Cavalli’s Vissionaire Cafe. Yup thats right, it is finally here, from Milan to Gurgaon. I was so excited I think I would have gone straight from the airport if it were upto me which fortunately it wasn’t. So anyway I controlled my urge and Sunday night four of us went to check it out and ofcourse celebrate my friends b’day.

An exact replica of its twin in the Milan café, the elegant and inviting interiors flaunt a milieu of contemporary elements from luxuriously appointed mauve patent leather chairs, glass & steel tables and crystal chandeliers positioned tastefully amidst a cocoon of mirrored walls. La resistenza pezzo de centers around the twenty-two foot long bar . The bar setting provides for a stylish ambience serving as a magnet for the suave aficionada living in the area with its carefully selected choice of wines and spirits while listening to the trendy music montages played by the House DJ.

So we started with the cocktail (what? it was my friend’s birthday and what great night starts with just salads) anyway we started with cocktails and one very pregnant friend stuck to mocktails. So here is a quick how to for a few drinks we tried.
1) Pan Surprise: 60 ML Vodka, 90 ML Condense Milk, 3 measure Paan mix ( infused vodka with condense milk)
2) Very Very Strawberry: 60 ML Dark Rum, 120 ML orange juice, 1 Scoop Strawberry ice cream, 4 sliced pieces Fresh Strawberries , Blended cocktail
3)Cucumber Spritzer: 1/2 sliced Cucumber Minced, Ginger 10 gram, 1/4 spoon Black salt,Mint leaves, top up with sprite. (non alcoholic)

We then moved on to the food, the Three Cheese Soufflé molded to perfection from scarmoza, cheddar and parmesan, served alongside an order of Antipasti Misto – a  platter comprising misto parma ham, pepperoni, chicken salami, olives, parmesan and pickled peppers along with the Visionnaire House Salad and Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad. For mains we tried  Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breast, Pizza ai funghi misti, Pan seared Norwegian Salmon and a Fettucine alfredo mushroom. The food was awesome without a doubt (much to my relief or my friends would have murdered me for taking them to Gurgaon.) We rounded off the meal with Chef’s Cheesecake of the Day and a sinful plateful of Sticky Toffee Pudding punctuated with a burnt whiskey sauce. Anyway as I always do when I like a place I requested the Chef to share a few recipes with us. So please try it at home.

Three cheese soufflé
Butter- 80gm
all-purpose flour-60 g
milk- 350ml
Scarmoza cheese- 30gm
cheddar cheese- 20gm
Parmesan cheese- 20gm
Eggs- 6no egg
Tomato sauce- 150gm
Bell pepper- 50gm
Cream- 20 ml


1.Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Stir in flour; cook for 1 minute or until bubbly. Gradually add milk, salt, Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Add cheese; stir until melted. Remove from the heat and set aside.
2.In a small bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored about 3-4 minutes. Stir in cheese mixture. Return all to the saucepan stirring constantly; cook for 1-2 minutes longer. Cool completely, Place all the mixture in  a tart and place it in a saucepan with little bit water for induction method for 15-20 min.
3.After 20 min. put the tart in oven for 10 min. at the 250°c  till golden brown.Place the sauce pan in a range prepare the  rose  sauce for soufflé, Pore the prepare sauce in a plate and place the hot soufflé on the sauce garnish with bell pepper and lettuce it’s ready to serve.

Arugula & goat cheese salad                        
Fresh rocket leaves, – 200gm
pine nuts – 4gm
Orange segments- 40gm
Crumbled goat cheese,- 30gm
Balsamic -10ml
Honey- 10ml
Olive oil extra virgine- 20ml
Salt to taste
White wine vinegar- 5ml
Black pepper- 2gm

Method-wash lettuce, dry it and keep in fridge for chilling. cut orange segments, dices of goats cheese and roast pine nuts. now in a mixing bowl put lettuce and add dressing to it. mix it nicely.Place it in the plate and add orange  all over it. add goats cheese all over. sprinkle pine nuts on  the top and serve it chilled.

Fettuccine alfredo mushroom
Fettuccine pasta-100gm
Cream- 50ml
Garlic- 10gm
mushroom- 50gm
Parmesan cheese- 10gm
Extra virgin olive oil-15 ml
Salt and  pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add fettuccini and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In a saucepan, add some olive oil and garlic  over low heat. Add mushroom salt, pepper Stir over medium heat; add  cream again stir for few second.
  3. Add pasta to sauce. Use enough of the pasta so that all of the sauce is used and the pasta is thoroughly coated. Spring cheese Serve immediately with parsley  garnishing.


Review: Indian grill Room

Usually when I go out for dinner, Indian cuisine is the last on my list of options. Don’t get me wrong I love Indian food, but since that is what I eat at home I prefer to be experimental with my cuisine when I step out. My family who loves going for Indian cuisine hates this, and hence this time when I went to Delhi for a short 2 day trip I succumbed to their wishes and ended up going to try out a new restaurant in Gurgaon called Indian grill room.


We started at the bar, obviously, which is a delight for all you whiskey lovers as it promises to have the largest collection of whiskey at any stand alone restaturant in India. The bar snacks were quite delightful as well, we tried like Kursi Miyane (Lamb mince stuffed egg balls), Veg Papri (Crispy papri and thepla with exotic veg topping) and Aloo Chatkari (Punjab’s favourite crisp potatoes tossed in tangy and hot masala).

Moving to the food, Indian Grill Room as the name suggests serves grills from all over India. They follows a ‘Table De Hote Menu’ or a ‘set menu’ concept where in the guest pays a fixed price for a meal that includes a soup, 12 varieties of Indian grills, followed by curries, lentils and an assortment of bread, a choice of desserts and a post dinner warm beverage. Which is perfect for someone like me who can sit on a menu card for hours before picking the worst dish on the menu.

This menu is set to change every 15 days. Over and above, the guest has an option of ordering from an A la carte ‘enhancer menu’ that has a select exotic offering of meats and veggies like the Sikandari Raan (Tender leg of baby lamb marinated overnight with the chef’s spices and served royally), Grilled Shadras (A combination of exotic vegetables marinated in ricotta cheese and Indian herbs with a smoked flavor) amongst other things.





Anway I had such a great experience that I convinced chef MP Bhandari, to share recipes of two of their dishes so you guys can try them out at home. So do try them and let me know how they turn out for you. Oh! and incase you would rather just visit the restaturant here is the address:Indian Grill Room, 315, 3rd Floor, Suncity Business Tower, Sector – 54, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon (Haryana) – 122002 Tel: 0124 – 4477806/07/09/10


  • 0.4 kg Cottage Cheese                                      
  • 0.12 kg Kathi Roll mix
  • 0.03 kg Gucci
  • 2pc Kasta Roti jattar spice
  • Oil for basting
  • Salt to taste
  • 0.04 kg Tomato chutney
  • 0.01 kg Jeera
  • 0.02 kg Ginger and Garlic paste
  • 0.02 kg Lemon juice
  • 0.03 kg Besan
  • 0.01 kg Turmeric Powder


  • Take cottage cheese cut into thin slices marinated. Grilled the cottage cheese and stuff with kathi stuffing.
  • Make small khasta roties brush with oil and sprinkle jatter spice.
  • Present with tomato chutney and roti.


  • 1.5 kg Leg of Lamb
  • 25 gms Cardamom Powder                         
  • 5 gms Chaat Masala
  • 60ml cooking oil
  • 20 gms Ginger and Garlic paste
  • 30 gms Lemon juice
  • 25 gms Mace powder
  • 240 ml Malt Vinegar
  • 10 gms Red Chilli powder
  • 120 gms Rum
  • Salt to Taste

PREPRATION- prick the leg all over with a fork.

  1. marinate the leg in a mixture of salt,red chilli powder, ginger and garlic paste, mace powder and cardamom powder and lemon juice. Set a side for 2 hrs.
  2. pour the vinegar and rum over the lamb.
  3. place leg on a baking tray and pour over 1 ltr Water. Bake in an oven at 350 ‘F for 1 ½ hrs. turning the leg two or three times to ensure. It cook evenly.
    once water dries out remove for tray. Baste with oil and grill till well done all over


Drink for a Cause!

In February 2011, Belvedere the premium Vodka brand announced its partnership with RED and the launch of a special edition to raise proceeds for the Global Fund, the worlds leading financer to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. 50% of profits from the sales of Belvedere (RED) special edition will contribute to the Global Fund.

To add to the summer fun, here is a list of cocktails created by Claire Smith for Summer 2012. So throw your fancy party and add a tinge of RED with these cocktails.


Belvedere (RED) Reef Breeze            Belvedere (RED) Cherry Collin

1oz Belvedere RED                               50ml Belvedere Vodka

½oz Belvedere Citrus                            6-7 Fresh Black Cherries

2oz Pineapple Juice                               Dash Simple Syrup

Dash Lime                                            15ml Lime Juice

¼ grenadine syrup                                Dash peychaud Bitters

Shake and pour over into High ball         Muddle,shake and strain in a iced highball

                                                          Pour Soda and garnish with a cherry 

Belvedere (RED) Port                        Belvedere (RED) Tart

1oz Belvedere RED                              1.5oz Belvedere RED

½oz Strawberry Juice                          ¼oz Chambord  Black Raspberry liqueur

½oz Port                                            Dash Ameretto

Dash Simple Syrup                             ½ oz Fresh lime juice

2 dashes rhubarb bitters                   Shake first four ingredients. Top up with sprite

10ml chilled water                            Garnish with red berries

Stir and serve at room temp in spirit glass