New Launch: ETC Pan Asian Cafe, New Delhi

The food’s delicious… love the place… Et cetera… Etc. The word usually does get around… when something’s worth speaking about…Went there last week… the performances were great but the food, sinful…A little bit of everything… food… music… and it’s beautiful! Et cetera… Etc.

ETC Pan Asian Cafe, New Delhi

A lush forest extends torpidly around the place. The structure set within has tall window arches, high ceilings and colonial style interiors… The lavish indoor seating and welcoming outdoor patio looks upon a private courtyard that requests your satisfaction. The view of the Qutab Minar from the recently opened ‘Ambawatta One’  makes ‘ETC’ one of Delhi’s trendiest new openings this season.

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Each serving prepared by the multi-chef manned kitchen is a hearty ‘Bowlful’ to be remembered owing to, both, its flavour and presentation. The Terraces swank their own bar and oversized barbeque that are an emphasis on certain nights. The cuisine spans across South East Asia – the menu is a bold compilation, in the form of scrumptious smatterings of Thai, Chinese, Burmese, Indonesian, Japanese Etc.

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 “And If food is music to the body then music is food to the heart” – a mantra well followed by the owners of Etc.  The venue aims to provide a platform for acts from the world of performing & visual arts. An enviable calendar boats a variety of entertainment options for visitors on each visit with performances & displays by musicians, actors, comedians, dancers, singers and artists Etc. With the varied indulgences in order, a destination is borne, where visitors can expect to be pampered by good food and an ambience to match at any given point through the day, and at night. Be it an indulgent cup of coffee with a friend or meal well eaten with those you love, watching the sun set over the Qutab while relishing a cocktail while the chefs pamper your taste buds or tapping your worries away to the beat of your favourite band…A little bit of everything all parcelled in an abbreviation, Etc.

Address:Ambawatta One, 5/1 Kalkadas marg, New Delhi- 30
Phone:  +91 8826297104
Price: Meal for two approx Rs.2,200 (plus taxes)

Review: EN, Japanese Fine Dining, New Delhi

Living in Delhi, one begins to take for granted its exquisiteness, the beautiful parks and stunning monuments. This is why sometimes it takes dining at a place like ‘EN’, with its view of the majestic Qutub Minar to makes you appreciate and fall in love with the beauty of Delhi all over again. ‘En’ is a holy word, it means Synchronicity; a blessed relationship, an invisible connection of fate and destiny. Hence, merging various styles, essence, ingredients & preparation techniques from around the world with the spirit of Japan, the highly specialized chefs at En bring to you a superb reinterpretation of Contemporary Japanese Cuisine.

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EN- Japanese Cuisine, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Spread over three levels and divided into various areas, the design thought behind En highlights the harmonious coexistence of two strong cultures, Japanese & Indian. The century old royal heritage Haveli that is home to En has been recreated to harmoniously match the theme of a Japanese restaurant. And, rather than conform to the clichéd ornamental look like most oriental restaurants, the space has a minimalist appearance that flaunts timeless style and elegance. The interior layout has been done intelligently with seating that can be converted smoothly into private dining rooms that could accommodate 6, 8, 12 and 20. Complete with a Sushi bar and a bar, the fine dining area is radiant with a combination of natural and artificial light, bringing to life a composition that boasts of an unassuming earth-tone interior elements set off by clean lines. ‘aka’ – Red (believed to be the color of the Sun), the sacred color of Japan, finds its way into the furnishings gracing the space.  The luxurious placement of bay windows throughout the fine dine space allow diners unparalleled views of the surrounding green belt and the ubiquitous Qutab Minar. While the interior fine-dine space at En exudes ample charm, the terraces, aptly named ‘The Tableu’ sets a tone of its own bringing visitors to the piece de resistance of the venue. The view on all four terraces is nothing short of breathtaking, with the Qutub Minar as the main highlight. In fact, keeping this ambiance in mind restaurant had its first Sufi night on 26th April, where the atmosphere was mesmerising and left all those there wanting more!

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EN- Japanese Cuisine, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Dating back to the Peking man and his use of fire and the resulting invention of ‘modern day cuisine’ as we know it, Contemporary Japanese Cuisine is the result of noteworthy journey that began somewhere in the 8th century in history of The Three Kingdoms, arriving majestically at our up-to-date palates. According to Raji Sandhar, owner EN, “Our idea is to create a new benchmark in the arena of Japanese Fine dining throughout India.  It requires the infusion of un-matched cuisine served in the relevant ambiance. En aims to provide the Capital’s gastronomic globetrotters with a taste of what authentic Japanese cuisine is truly about.”

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Japanese food is one of the healthiest in the world and still remains the most distinct cuisines in the world. A few aspects that set Japanese cuisine apart from other cuisines is it’s emphasis on using quality ingredients, unique seasoning its impeccable presentation.The menu at EN bears witness of the rich epicurean roots of Japan. Though Japan is rich in culture and has a variety of different styles and cuisines, ‘En’ brings to you that culture of fine dining and authentic cuisine that’s savored only in Tokyo. We decided to go in for the set menu, so as to get a taste of the entire range of dishes served at the restaurant. We began with a dish that included Bean with Black sesame with Nanbanzuke and Prawn balls. The black sesame was out of this world, I can use it as a seasoning on almost anything I want to eat. We then had Kakiage and Tempura, which are actually similar dishes but I preferred Kakiage and now with this new knowledge I know next time to ask for Kakiage instead of Tempura. We then tried a mouth-watering assemblage of award winning Sushi & Sashimi, and a ‘so soft it melts in your mouth’ braised pork belly. We then tried ‘Chawanmushi’ or egg custard, an authentic Japanese dish the only thing on the menu I could not eat, as I think that is a developed taste and will take a long time for me to get there. Of course this was followed with an addition of Rolls and Maki & Teppen-Yaki and an exhaustive rendering of Noodle & Rice dishes… all washed down with a cup of signature Houjicha, Japanese Black tea and Sorbet for Dessert. All in all, I can’t wait to go back, sip my wine while I enjoy the view of the stunning Qutub Minar and enjoy an exquisite meal.

Address:Ambawatta One, 5/1 Kalkadas marg, New Delhi- 30
Phone:  011-26646471
Price: Meal for two approx.: Rs.4,500 (plus taxes) minus alcohol

Review- Rara Avis

So a Style City correspondant had already been here and reviewed it a few months back, but I loved the place so much when I went for dinner last night I had to re-post this, for anyone who hasn’t been has to check it out.

Review- Rara Avis.

Review: Cocoa House, Vasant Vihar, Delhi

Style City Correspondent

Every great hangout spot comes with three basic requirements — ambience, food and beverages. Some people will include music in that list, but when you are with your friends and having a great time, most music tends to be pleasant. You will find yourselves tapping your feet to almost any halfway decent beat if your taste buds are tripping and you are comfortable. Cocoa House in the D block market in Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, has the complete potential to become that. And then some.

The decor and ambience are perfect for a post-work drink and snack or even a meal. It is perfect for a coffee in the middle of the day or even if you want to have a work meeting. With quirky art and photographs on the walls and posters of beers from around the world, the place makes you comfortable quite instantly. They have a reading area and wi-fi and a lot of books and magazines. This place is serious about wanting to be a hangout spot and it is doing a good job at it. Cocoa House also comes with a fully equipped bar if you want to turn your evening coffee into a party till it’s time to go home. The manager insists that their cocktails and mocktails are designed to freshen you up and he is quite right. Try their signature Cocoa Belle, with green apple and fresh watermelon juice, this beauty is a taste trip.

 

Usually a place which serves more than two cuisines is dubious but Cocoa House manages to pull that off with grace. From mediterranean to continental to plain old desi served with their chef’s own twist, the menu is overwhelming to look at. But once the food is on the table, you are on your way to a happy tummy. They do their medium thin crust pizzas quite well, if you ask us. They even have an experimental chicken teriyaki pizza. But what they get perfectly right is the lamb. Not everybody makes a great lamb shoulder that rolls in your mouth and with every chew, it releases flavour. They even make some great momos. Their dumplings are light and just like their lamb, are done right.

So if you find yourselves in Vasant Vihar with either time to kill or friends to catch up with, StyleCity recommends Cocoa House.
Location: D-8, Community Center, D Block Market (Near Modern School), Poorvi Margh, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi. Phone No.:  011-41420233, 9560070731
Meal for 2: (Incl. tax with alcohol) Approx. Rs 1300/-

Baby lamb shoulder
Ingredients

300gm(after cook)
Rose merry glaze-100gm
Sauté vegetable-60gm
(bellpepper,zuccunni,carrot,broccoli,babycorn,beans.)
Jacked potato-70gm
Rose merry fresh -10gm
Salt –05gm
Black pepper-05gm
Sour cream-05gm
Spring onion-01gm(for garnish top on the potato)
Butter-05gm(sauté for vegetable& put in sauce)
Oregeno-02gm(sauté for vegetable)

Method of Preparation of Baby Lamb shoulder
First Marination:
Apply salt and black pepper, Rosemarry, garlic and Worcestershire Sauce on Lamb Shoulder of 500gm. Leave it for one hour at a temperature of 1 to 4 degrees celcius.
Cooking:
Add olive oil in pan. Add sliced onion, roughly sliced carrot, celery, leeks, garlic. Cook till dark brown.
Add marinated lamb shoulder then cook in its own juice called braising.
Add water to submerge the lamb shoulder and cover it with lid. Leave it for 90min at slow fire.
When cooked, take out the shoulder and remaining juice to be reduced for concentrated flavours. Strain the reduced Au Jus and serve with lamb shoulder as its accompanying sauce.
Serve with jacket potato topped with sour cream and sauted vegetables.

Falafel
Ingredients

1 cup dried chickpeas or 400gms of chickpeas.
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons flour
Salt
Pepper
Oil for frying

Method
Place dried chickpeas in a bowl, covering with cold water. Allow to soak overnight. Omit this step if using canned beans.
Drain chickpeas, and place in pan with fresh water, and bring to a boil.
Allow to boil for 5 minutes, then let simmer on low for about an hour.
Drain and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. Add flour.
Mash chickpeas, ensuring to mix ingredients together. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a thick paste.
Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping-pong ball. Slightly flatten.
Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes).
Serve hot.

HUMUS
Ingredient   

1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas
3-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on taste)
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

Method

Grind all the ingredients in a food processor with the help of olive oil till it become smooth paste
Served with Pita bread, humus and deep-fried falafel. Accompanied by home-made Arabic pickle
Preparation Time:  8 hours
Cooking Time: 45 min
Serving for 3