Review: Mistral, New Delhi

I love Director’s cut, at the Ambience mall in Delhi as I had mentioned a few months ago after my first visit. And an add on to the Director’s cut is Mistral by PVR a restaurant right outside the cinema hall. A casual dining concept, Mistral offers a high quality experience in “smart-casual” settings and atmosphere, at great value prices.

Mistral by PVR,

Mistral by PVR,

Polished casual dining lends itself equally well for a business dinner, a family luncheon or a private function.Spread over a carpeted area of 5,666 sq ft with 120 covers, ‘Mistral’ boasts an extensive Grill kitchen comprising of a Rotisserie, Fish grill and Kebab stations  designed as a see through kitchen closed by a wrap-around floor-to-ceiling glass curtain where cooks and Chefs can be seen preparing orders giving a theatrical ambiance. At Mistral, the Grill is also supplemented with fresh bakery products and pizzas which are baked in an Italian pizza oven. I had stepped in before a movie and decided to try out some food with a glass of wine.

Mistral by PVR, Mistral by PVR,

The All Day Breakfast Menu-Fresh from the farm which is inspired by the continental breakfast classics and designed with organic ingredients, is created with fresh and natural ingredients to beat the heat. We went in for the Brekkie Salad, which was poached eggs, vine, yellow & cherry tomatoes, bacon, sourdough bread & preserve. We paired this with a Chilean white wine and then tried a pepperoni Pizza from the main menu. All in all, the ingredients were refreshing and the meal was delicious. As chef Mayank Tewari says, “At Mistral we pride ourselves to emphasize on where the food comes from, where it is grown. Central to this ethos is our constant pursuit for the most dedicated producers in the area who like us adhere to uncompromised quality as guiding principle. The All day breakfast organic ingredients are supplied by one of our favourite producers, French Farm in Haryana.” He also assure me there will be lots more such innovations, so I can’t wait to go back for some more.

Venue:Mistral, 3rd Floor, Ambience mall, Vasant Kunj
Time: 11 am onwards, operational all 7 days
Cost for 2 people: INR 1,500 +taxes

Benefits of Coconut

Going organic and going green seems to be the new mantra these days and if you are not doing that you seem to be a social pariah. This holds true for everything from what you wear to what you eat and what you apply on your skin. As intimidating as it sounds it really is not so tough as we have a lot of natural ingredients which are easily available and simple to use with great benefits, one of them being Coconut. Coconut has a ton of health and beauty benefit, in fact each element from the Coconut water, to Coconut milk to eating coconut have its own individual benefits. Here we have noted a few of the benefits.

1. Coconut is a potent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal it is a great cleanser of our guts.
2. They can boost thyroid function by up to 20% which means it helps boosting our metabolism and energy production.
3. Coconut water is again an amazing substance, this stuff has an array of health benefits firstly it is low in carbs and sugars and one of the best hydrators, fluid replacers known to man.
4. Eating coconuts also supports the development of strong, healthy bones  and teeth.
5. It also helps hair to become more healthy and lustrous.
6. The oil is excellent for keeping one young and beautiful. Its antioxidant properties slow down the aging process by  protecting the body from harmful free radicals.

So now that we know a few of these amazing properties of Coconut we got Dr. Jaishree Sharad to share with us a few tips, so as to use Coconut to its full potential for beauty treatments to help us during this winter.”The various benefits of coconut milk are known for its immediate skin brightening. With the winter season in full swing, it is essential to stock up on products that retain moisture, so that you aren’t plagued with the dry and flaky ‘winter itch’. An ideal product, beneficial for all skin types, is one that has coconut milk as its base ingredient. I advise the best ever practice of adopting the all-weather Cleanse – Exfoliate – Moisturize routine the au-natural way!”


~STEP 1~
Exfoliate: Fatty acids present in coconut milk ensure that you can use it to exfoliate your skin, without stripping it of its natural oils. Make two very effective full-body scrubs by mixing equal parts of coconut milk with sugar or mixing roasted and chopped almonds and honey in coconut milk and apply it on your face and neck. Leave it on till it dries a bit, before washing it off. You will be left with supple, glowing skin that you can confidently flaunt to a rapt audience.
~STEP 2~
Cleanse: Fatty acids present in coconut milk are a reason why it makes a great cleanser. Coconut milk can be used to clean your skin of the dirt that collects on it in the course of the day. Lotions, on the other hand, are a popular means to remove make-up. Thus, it is only natural to opt for a coconut milk based lotion, since you will be able to free your skin not only of all cosmetics, but grime and dirt too.
~STEP 3~
Moisturize: Coconut milk is all our skin needs for daily moisturization. The natural miracle fruit is known to have eminent soothing properties that help instantly replace lost moisture in dehydrated skin. The natural collagen found in coconut is an excellent remedy for dry skin as its plumps the skin rendering instant softness. It is also a good ingredient to add into face masks. Another trade secret is that coconut milk based lotions are highly recommended in moisturizing our feet, elbows and knees – essentially, any part of your body that could use some extra moisturization. The easy and quick absorption property of coconut milk based moisture onto our skin is advantageous in case of being used on the feet.