Beauty Ritual: Ishana Nature Spa, Saket, New Delhi

Spa Ritual: Santisukh Tranquility Massage, 90 minutes, Rs.3650
Location: Ishana Nature Spa, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket

Now that the New year festivities have slightly mellowed down, I cant think of a better way to start the year of hectic work and even more social events than a Spa visit. So that is what I did to start 2014 with my visit to Ishana Nature Spa. Ishana Nature Spa offers a cocoon of luxurious comfort and enriches your experience further with a range of traditional therapies. Based upon centuries-old Ayurvedic tenets and enriched with an exclusive range of natural ingredients, the therapies at Ishana aim to support balance and enhance bliss in your life.

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From the moment you enter the Ishana Nature Spa, everything you feel and touch is pure and gentle – every extravagance stimulates a feeling of well being as you surrender yourself to the very caring and experienced hands of the expertly trained therapists. The city spa, located at MGF Mall, Saket is a spa lifestyle brand that brings Asian heritage to the spa scenario in Delhi and the Ishana Nature Spa therapies are designed to provide maximum benefits to the discerning guest. If you remember few months ago I had visited the Ishana Experience centre at IGI airport, which was more about the experience than the actual spa treatment but was a great experience, so my level of expectation had been set quite high when visiting the Nature Spa at Saket. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The first thing you notice during the treatment is the heated bed, which makes it extremely comfortable to have a treatment during the winters. The second is the absolute expertise of the therapist as she slowly massages the knots out of your muscles. I always find it strange when a busy mall has such serene places, they are relaxing and definitely worth a visit. Of course here too is a gift shop where you can buy products completely Indian and organic in nature. Though I suggest you do it prior to the massage, as post massage you want nothing but a cup of chai as you cuddle in bed with a novel.

Review: Fio Cookhouse and Bar

A pebbled patio with a stylish alfresco dining, surrounded by frangipanis to serenade you, sounds like a lovely spot in a farmhouse hidden away from the main city, right? So if I told you this was the exact look and feel of Fio-Cookhouse & Bar under a metro station in one of the most crowded areas of the city, you will think I am joking. Fortunately I am not, and the new Fio Cookhouse & bar is a sanctuary right in the middle of the city with a stunning alfresco dining area which paves way for an interior that is cheerful and café-like during the day and transforms into a moody and soulful space at night.

Fio Cookhouse & Bar, www.stylecity.in

Fio Cookhouse & Bar, www.stylecity.in

A labour of love and faith, Fio Cookhouse & Bar is a lovechild of Vineet Wadhwa. In fact Fio at Garden of 5 senses was one of the first reviews on StyleCity. Fio is like an urbane getaway that offers a sensory treat to diners. The place is seamlessly divided into two sections- a lounge and bar area that is moody, sedate and intriguing and a restaurant section that is relaxed and cheerful. Both the sections are cleverly wrapped by a wall-to-wall library that gently transforms from a liquor cabinetry to a culinary library and eventually into a food cabinetry. The cocktails I tried were extremely unique and pleasant like the  Bellini Martini (yes, its a wine based Martini) and Its me at 18. While my friends Mocktails- Hot wired and Apple Jack (told you, interesting names!) were refreshing and excellent!

Fio Cookhouse & Bar, www.stylecity.in

An eclectic duet of European fare along with contemporary Indian dishes makes the menu a diverse selection of culinary delights. Cooked with the freshest ingredients and kitchen herbs, every meal is an affair to remember! Every dish we tried as per the chefs recommendation was delish! Be it the Cookhouse salad, which was really fresh or the extremely tantalizing Spitfire grilled chicken. We then moved on to the Main course which was Olive crusted Rawas for me (my sea-food obsession) and Butter beans, mushroom, spinach roesti for my friend. Not only were the dishes excellent they were very decent portions, so much so we had to skip dessert and need to go back to try them out! In terms of the food and the ambience I don’t think I have been to a nicer place recently. If you happen to be around Nehru Place, especially when the weather is still lovely, I would totally recommend you stop by at Fio- Cookhouse & bar, Order your favourite cuppa, sit by the large glass windows or just catch up with family and friends over a more elaborate supper, you wont be disappointed.

Address: Epicuria Mall, Nehru Place, New Delhi, India- 110019
Contact no: +911126281026 +919899228666
Meal for 2: Rs. 2,500.00
Hours of operation: 11 am – 1am

Review: Boveda, Andheri, Mumbai

Gaurav Shekdar

A drive through the by lanes of Andheri west had us at BOVEDA the latest eatery on this side of town. A warm staff greeted us as we entered a rather spacious restaurant and bar. Spread Across 2,200 sq feet with a seating capacity of about 120 people, Bóveda is a Spanish word translated as vault. The interiors, conceptualized and managed by Sandeep Parwal & his team of MAX Solution is inspired from the design concept “Listen to the heart”. With classic yet contemporary interiors, wooden structure with suspended retro bulbs, exposed brick walls, plush lounge area, Bóveda has the ideal setting for a memorable night out.  Not restricting your night within the constraints of walls, it jazzes up your dine out with an open air area where you can revel in the crisp evening air. The colour almost instantly catches your eyes with a classy blend of greys and browns.

Boveda, Mumbai, www.stylecity.in

Boveda, Mumbai, www.stylecity.in

The crowds hadn’t gathered as we were unusually early for a Friday night. But once we got onto the drinks menu we realized why this place was different from the others. The range was vast and it’s cocktails section made a special mark. With refreshing and innovative blends on the cards we went for 3 different cocktails and all were more than up to the mark with the watermelon burst being the icing on the cake. A munch or two always goes down well with drinks and we decided to pick a prawn and a mushroom starter. Both were delectable and great on the taste buds. Once in the mouth they had a burst of flavours that were both new and interesting. A mini pepperoni pizza that followed was a perfect choice along with the Patatas Bravas. The sign off was a chocolate mini pastry which was gooey, nutty and yes, very chocolaty.The staff was attentive and pleasant. Most importantly, they knew their dishes and drinks well and made the correct suggestions.The overall food and drink experience was rather rewarding. The pricing was just right and the variety and quality meant that this place would have me coming here again for a bite and a gulp.

Address: G 04, Morya Landmark 1, Off New Link Road, Andheri west
Tel: +919820704963, 022-67080858/59

Review: He said she said, New Delhi

By Avni Wadhwa
Situated at the very alive and kicking Haus Khas Village , He said she said doesn’t promise more than it can deliver. That is, it is a non-pretentious pub with simple décor and introduces the concept of a ‘Shots and Bar Café’ in this populated market which has tons of different cafes and pubs. This on it’s own wasn’t as exciting to me, but clubbed together with a menu offering food infused with alcohol definitely made me want to venture out and try this place with my friends. It is not high strung; the place has no airs about it. It is a modest ,chill out place. We  were made to wait for about 10 minutes before we finally found ourselves a table inside. The murals are definitely interesting but nothing extraordinary, even the seating is simple with high bar stools.The shots menu though was extremely creative and had an interesting variation of shots to offer. ‘I clove you’, ‘aamsutra’ were a few of the shots we tried from the very elaborate shots menu. The shots were tasty, colourful and pretty reasonable at the same time. They definitely aren’t stingy with the alcohol, that I can guarantee.

He said She said, www.stylecity.in

watermelon shots, he said she said, www.stylecity.in

I was most curious as to how the food would turnout. They say “you eat with your eyes first” . We ordered ‘Mutton khurchan’ to start from the Indian Selection. We waited 15 minutes before the food finally appeared on the table. The mutton was served on top of the naan and was accompanied with mint chutney, kurma and onions on the side, it tasted fine and had a smokiness to it thanks to the rum infusion. It was spicy ,tender and seasoned well though I felt something innovative could definitely be done with the presentation. Next in line we had ‘Aphrodisiac garlic chicken. This one was a sure shot winner on my list ,with the correct amount of garlic and oriental spices it definitely tingled my taste buds. Main course was ‘Chilli fish with sliced garlic’ and ‘Lamb manchurian’. We ordered steamed rice and hot garlic noodles as sides. The fish was pretty much the old “desi” version Chinese we had as kids. The sauce was a garlic ,soy base thickened with corn starch(more like a regular Manchurian sauce). I had expected more from the chilli fish. The spice factor was missing as the name suggests, though the fish was tender. Lamb Manchurian was seasoned well, extremely tender.The food all in all was decent ,portion wise it justified the price. The aphrodisiac garlic chicken definitely is worth a try and is perfect on the palette. Also the service of the staff was worth a mention, they were sweet, friendly and accommodating. This place is definitely worth a visit especially to start you night of partying, and if you happen to love shots that just a bonus.

Address: 31 Hauz Khas Village, (Ground and 1st Floor)
New Delhi, India 110016
Tel: +91 9717888945, +91 9717888940
Price: meal for two costs 1500/- (inclusive of alcohol).

Review: Soy, Khan Market

So it has been a while since I have written one of these and even though I argued with my sister that I should be paid for writing these (if you are good at something, never do it for free), I surely am glad I got the chance to revisit this now adopted “hobby” of mine. So this time I visited Soy, at Khan Market and establishment that opened up sometime last year.

Soy, Khan Market, www.stylecity.in

Soy, Khan Market, www.stylecity.in

Soy is a Chinese restaurant nestled in Khan Market’s now infamous middle lane. People who grew up in Delhi and studied here would know that Khan Market’s middle lane has gone through all sorts of changes in the past 10 years or so. I remember back in 2003 there was only a Khan Chacha (near where the big chill is nowadays) and a Chonas in the middle lane with a few other apparel boutiques scattered around the lane. So though over-all the market is very different with way more people and places cropping up, but visiting Khan Market after a couple of years it is good to see the Middle Lane resembles what is used to be 10 years ago, apart from the fact that now they have more restaurants. Although opened about 8 months back, Soy, one of the new Chinese cuisine restaurants that have come at Khan has gone a little under the radar, which is surprising for the good quality of food it serves and most would only recognize the brand from their food court franchise Soy Express.

Soy, Khan Market, www.stylecity.in

When we walked in we were immediately impressed by Soy’s ambience and décor. Going up those stairs we seemed to have been transported to another portal where away from the tiny, messy middle lane of khan market we found ourselves in a beautiful restaurant containing interiors with a clear Asian influence;clean straight lines, with wood work and oriental motif on fabric, along with origami birds hanging above one section, leading to a beautifully manicured terrace. The kind of décor which spells fine-dining without it being too in your face and make you uncomfortable and under-dressed. Before I get to the menu I should point that I was very impressed on seeing the Wok section. During my time as a student recently a lot of my meals came by visiting Wok restaurants and ordering a comfort food bowl of rice, meat, a spicy sambal sauce – great for those weekend hangovers. Unfortunately my excitement was watered down by the manager of Soy who, quite rightly, suggested we order some a la carte and not ruin our appetite with a bowl of wok.

They offered us gracious servings of salad, soup and appetisers that included a Tangy Chicken Salad, I not being a big fan of salad was genuinely impressed by the flavours and lightness of this dish. After that we had some good old chicken hot & sour soup and portions of Wasabi Prawns, Prawn firecrackers and an assortment of dimsum. Both the prawns and dimsum were absolutely magnificent.Then the waiter brought us a prawn speciality called Sauteed Jumbo Prawns in Thai Sweet Chilli sauce and I have to admit that it was the best portion of Jumbo Prawns I have ever eaten in Delhi. One usually avoids ordering Jumbo Prawns due to the risk of they remaining undercooked but at Soy this was never a concern. A greatly balanced dish that had prawns cooked perfectly, not too raw just right.For the main course we had some Fish with Scallion and Oyster Mushroom, Fiery Chicken Hunan Sauce along with some rice and noodles. The portions were huge and the food provided great flavour. With the freshest ingredients, Soy made sure we had a thoroughly wholesome experience. If I have one criticism – although it was hard to muster one, it would be that the food was not as spicy as we would have wanted. But all in all a great experience and if Soy Express is as good as this restaurant then I would definitely stop by the food courts in DLF Mall Saket and Vasant Kunj for some dimsum. I do look forward to returning to Soy in Khan Market and making my own tossed Wok (Meat, Prawns, Spicy BBQ sauce and rice) to really test the variety of food offered at this establishment. Maybe my sister allows me another chance to review this place and cover the rest of their delectable menu. I hope after reading this you give Soy and Khan market a fair chance.

Price: Meal for two- Rs.2500 with alcohol. A Wok however is only about Rs. 600 (a meal in itself)
Rating: Butter Chicken
Rating Scale: Tinda – 0, Idli – 1, Salad – 2, Butter Chicken – 3, Kakori Kebabs – 4, Grandmother’s cooking – 5

Review: Cafe Les Parisiennes

I really like Les Parisiennes a vintage French fashion and Interior Design store located at Shahpur Jat. A fact you would know from my constant coverage of it in StyleCity. Hence, I decided my review of their gorgeous French Café will be a bit biased and requested Suhasini Mehta, an upcoming chef and Food writer to try it out and give in her opinions. Here is what she has to say about the French Café at Les Parissienes.

Les Parisiennes, www.stylecity.inLes Parisiennes, www.stylecity.in

Along one of the narrow lanes of Shahpur Jat, amidst the quaint colourful shops, there lies the elegantly furbished Les Parisiennes – the concept store which strives to give you the homely French experience. With its white brick walls, aesthetic styling and mellifluous music that fills its air it succeeds in providing just that. At Les Parisiennes you can purchase a variety of locally sourced goods such as clothes for women and children, candles and furniture all of which mirror the feel of the store. But your French experience is incomplete if you leave without trying out the delectable treats that the café has to offer. Keeping in touch with its homely feel, the café offers a different menu each day, so it never gets boring, and its laid back environment lets you relax as it coddles you in its home like warmth.

Les Parisiennes, www.stylecity.in
I was looking for a complete French experience and that’s exactly what I got from their mid-week lunch menu of Zucchini and Goat cheese quiche and Tomato and Mozzarella salad, which was accompanied by a refreshing glass of ice tea and finally encored by delicious homemade mango ice cream and Madeleines. The quiche, with its typically French taste, made for a filling meal without being heavy and the salad that accompanied it held its own. It wasn’t just greenery to fill up the plate, with a variety of lettuce and rocket leaves tossed in a light vinaigrette; it packed a subtle punch lined with sesame flavour. The quiche was delightfully delicate but packed with taste with its creamy texture and a flourish of oregano, on the downside the base of the pastry was a tad plastic and chewy, but no complaints other than that.  The Tomato and Mozzarella salad was fresh and juicy and with a kick of chopped parsley it’s just the dish for summers. The encore was sung by the mango ice cream and Madeleine, apart from just being typically French, this refreshing and delicious combo can make Indian summers feel good! The sheer authenticity of the ice cream had us smacking our lips, it was pure mango! The Madeleine beautifully accompanied the ice cream and is a must try French treat.
Visiting Les Parisiennes was a delightful experience for me and I hope it will be the same for you.
Address: 5B Shahpur Jat, Asian Village, Dada Jungi house
Tel: +91-8826518943
Price: Meal for 2, Rs.1,500

Review: Piccoli Tortini, Mumbai

This week Writer and Blogger Sohini Datta went to check out Piccoli Tortini in Bandra, a luxurious Italian Pasticceria serving tortinis, cupcakes, pastries, desserts, paninis, Italian breads, salads, pastas and a high end, indulgent afternoon tea. They also do a typical Italian meal, well her opinion, read ahead to find out.

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Italian food is as common as burgers in India. Everyone has it and everyone thinks they are a connoisseur of it. Therefore, reviewing Piccoli Tortini in Bandra is ten times more difficult…or so I thought. The patisserie is really small in area size and the cynic in me had her nose upturned till it reached the heavens. In my head, Italian restaurant that boasts of gluten-free, organic food must be sprawling.I will speak about the food more than the décor. The décor is nice…but then I belong to the minimalist generation, ornate is just not my style.With a lot of glass and baroque details, the space was distinctly old school Italian. And while we all agree the ambience goes hand in hand with the quality of food, sometimes one tends to overpower the other. This time, the food took home the gold.

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While I am clearly not a salad or health-food person and believe raw food must not be eaten, the chickpea couscous salad in olive oil being refreshingly light, won my heart. Next up was the orange ice tea, which by the way for some reason is still undiscovered. Think citrus tea….how wrong can it get? Not much. How right can it get? Home run style! I could have had four of those, but I try not to act like a glutton in public.  This was followed by Chicken Ciabatta –slices of chicken mortadella with green olive paste. This was fabulous so not so much my favorite because too much bread during dinner always spoils the appetite. It is the beautiful creamy mushroom sauce fettuccini with roasted shrimps that took us on a direct flight to Italy. Creamy pasta is always almost made wrong, either too heavy or too floury or cheesy. However, Piccoli, use their own home-made gluten free wheat pasta and their sauce was perfectly balanced, leaving no taste bud alone. The mouth was an explosion of flavors…and I might just start drooling again if I keep speaking about it. Most importantly, it was light enough to digest super soon which seldom happens with Italian. Finally, we ended the dinner with what can only be described as a cupcake platter. Vanilla, chocolate and spiced pumpkin cupcakes…I had two of the spiced pumpkin ones because …they deserved to be loved.

Piccoli Tortini, www.stylecity.in

More love was shown to a slice of dense cheesecake (you can choose the topping you like from blueberry, raspberry and some more) and I contemplated buying all of the desserts off the shelves, but decided against.The verdict is that go to the restaurant with a lot of built-up hunger and enough space in your camera for innumerable Instagram photos. Because the food is so good that it can bring out the glutton from the most elegant and cynical of connoisseurs.

Address:Shams Palace, 98 Hill Road,near St Andrews Church, Bandra, Mumbai
Contact Nos:02269996000/993075741

Review: Aoi, Mumbai

Japanese food seems to be the trend, not just in India but around the world. I for one love Japanese food and have already reviewed a Japanese restaurant before and will be reviewing another soon and with pleasure. Now, the question stands, can a non-Japanese cuisine lover be converted? We sent Writer and Blogger Sohini Datta a self proclaimed Japanese cuisine hater, to review the new Japanese establishment Aoi in Bandra Mumbai.
Her verdict- well read more to find out.

Review: Aoi, Mumbai

Not everyone likes every kind of cuisine. Japanese like that is my least favourite. Well second last to be more exact, ranking just above the ugly and vicious world of boiled vegetables. Therefore, when my first review was for a Japanese restaurant, I thought it was a cosmic conspiracy.

I dragged an American friend for the same; at least someone could explain to me why one should pay to eat raw fish unless he is Robinson Crusoe deserted in an island. But then the cosmic conspiracy unfolded and ten dishes later, Japanese as a cuisine had climbed straight up the ladder of my favourite food list.

It helped, with hundreds of origami cranes floating right above and filling the ceiling; it was just about enough Japanese for a small eatery in Bandra West. Interestingly, it was a small eatery planned with smart thinking. Open kitchen, bookshelves and enough tables to make it comfortable, made Japanese cuisine a lot closer to the heart. It deconstructed the exoticness of the palate, brought it down to the neighbourhood comfort and yet left us feeling just as fresh and light after the meal at any other fancier restaurant would. This is the result of a clear vision, when you know that you do not need to compromise on anything, just because you want to make it more affordable or you have a smaller space.

Review: Aoi, Mumbai

Review; Aoi, Mumbai Review: Aoi, Mumbai

My American friend was extremely excited, she compared it with the Japanese she eats in New York and she felt it was totally better. I never thought I would fall in love with Salmon tartar, but I did. Aoi successfully converted me. We recommend Salmon Tartar Genryo, Tempura with Japanese mayo vegetables, Beef Yakitori and almost everything on the Sushi list. The new found love for sushi makes me want to go back there almost every weekend, who said raw fish was not edible?
Aoi: 1,Gloria, St Baptist Road, Near Mount Mary Steps. Tel: 022-69995000
Price: Meal for 2, Rs.2,000 minus alcohol

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Beauty Ritual: The Four Fountains Spa, New Delhi

RITUAL: Chocolicious Massage, 60 mins, Rs.2,199
LOCATION: The Four Fountains Spa, South Extension, New Delhi

Spa Treatment, Four Foundatins spa

So I know it has been long since gave you an update on new Spa treatments or reviewed a Spa but don’t blame me- blame the weather. I mean seriously the last thing someone like me, who abhors winters needs is cold products applied on my body. So I started this years Spa reviews post 15th February when its less cold with The Four Fountains Spa-one of the largest Spa chains in India with around 17 outlets all around the country. I learnt two new things about myself after this treatment 1.Always book a Spa treatment for Tuesday 2.I might actually start loving chocolate and I am not a chocolate fan. The former cause to have the best results of a Spa treatment, you need to resist alcohol, heavy food and need to be completely rested for 24 hours before and after the treatment. And the latter because though I prefer other sweets to eat I love chocolate for my body, which I learnt after this treatment.

My treatment started with a consultation with the in-house doctor who wanted to check my stress level so she could recommend the right treatment and prescribe a diet and exercise for me to follow at home. No marks for guessing, I come in the high stress category and the diet plan makes me want to cry- it says AVOID ALCOHOL, so have decided to follow it after the weekend! The decor of the place is simple with a no fuss approach, it has six body treatment rooms and one foot massage room. The one thing I had wondered was how they will manage to keep the sounds out in South Extension market, but they did somehow, and all I could hear was soothing music.

Chocolate and VanillaThe treatment I decided to try out was the Chocolicious massage, which uses a blend of dark chocolate and aromatic vanilla to create the perfect potion for your body. Dark chocolate is known to contain antioxidants that help you retain moisture and prevent loss of elasticity while Vanilla is known to reduce anxiety, both are well-known aphrodisiacs, so besides triggering the sex drive they also help release stress. The idea is to apply this concoction over the body with firm deep strokes, so the chocolate can soak into the body and work its magic. My therapist did a great job with that, in fact even I had not realised how stiff some areas of my body had become till she applied pressure there and I almost collapsed first in pain and then in relief when those joints opened up. After the massage is done I was told to go in for a shower, but this time I decided I will not use soap instead just wipe the excess chocolate with plain water. And since it was Tuesday, it did not matter as I knew all I had to do was go home  and get into pajamas. When I woke up the next day my skin was definitely feeling soft and as I write this article after two days I can confirm my skin is super soft. The winter dryness has vanished like magic, though I have been having strange chocolate cravings since the treatment but that I can live with as long as my skin glows and feels soft. So I highly recommend you go in for this treatment to do away with the winter blues 🙂

Review: The Food Mill, New Delhi

Before I get into reviewing ‘The Food Mill’, at Hauz Khas village, I feel it is imperative that I set the scene on how I was roped into writing this review. I am home on vacation from Barcelona and my sister needed help with a couple of restaurant reviews. Given that I am not being productive enough for my family’s liking I was thrown straight into the deep end. She promised me free lunch and duly delivered but more importantly gave me a chance to write about a few of my favourite things – Food and Alcohol.

The Food Mill, www.stylecity.in

Now as I have been away for a couple of years and ever since I have come back to Delhi it has been impossible to avoid the aura that Hauz Khas Village carries over Delhi folk. Personally I think Hauz Khas has gone into overkill mode and it has lost the charm it used to have. There are too many places over there and the area seems to be more quantity than quality.So when making my way upstairs to the restaurant I clearly used an incorrect staircase and on asking people was directed towards a door that looked nothing like a restaurant. The gentleman standing at the door confirmed this was the food mill and assumed I am there for a meeting. And so for my first ever restaurant review I walked in through the back door, tip-toed across the kitchen and entered from behind the bar. For a moment there I felt like Henry Hill from GoodFellas. For the curious readers the kitchen was extremely clean however if you have studied in DU, ‘clean kitchen’ takes on a whole new meaning but this was a pleasant sight.

The restaurant was well-lit, decently sized and had a comfortable vibe about it. I have to be honest that when my sister mentioned a place for review I did not think of a place like this-She is accustomed to a rather higher standard of living and so I always imagine places where even if I wore a tuxedo I would feel underdressed and out-of-place. You know the kind of fancy places Delhi loves to visit just to be seen, no matter the quality of food or service. So it would be an understatement to say that I was pleasantly surprised by The Food Mill as it looked like one of the most easy, chilled out places I have seen in a while. I mean at first glance the perfect place for college students and young professionals alike.

The Food Mill, www.stylecity.in

I took a seat on the veranda and ordered my beer whilst I waited for my sister to show me the ropes of restaurant review. The menu was one of the best menus I have seen for a while, maybe I was happy that the waiter said one of the greatest sentences to Delhi folk of my kind, “Sir, we have kingfisher on tap and its happy hour”. When we as customers enter restaurants we look at a few things namely price, variety of food, ambience, and then you get straight into the food. The menu had a list of items that can only be described as comfort food we love.I ordered a portion of Pan-fried Pork with my beer and as the menu suggested it to be spicy, they didn’t disappoint. The dish was spicy enough to be considered Indian but not too spicy to ruin your beer. The only disappointment about the dish was the cut of pork that entailed too much fat, besides that they gave pita bread on the side which was a great touch. Post that, the more I read into the menu the more I felt that this place would be perfect for college students to come for lunch or for professionals to grab an after work drink.

Then walked in my sister, told them she was here for a review and then started the show. The manager, head chef, every waiter came to our table and made sure we were doing fine. She ordered a Vodka Twist or Tweezer or Twizzles and you straightaway knew that she didn’t belong there. She said the cocktail was good though.Then the manager offered to serve us small portions of everything. So in the whirlwind of trying everything on the menu, here are my tidbits:

  • Stuffed Mushrooms – inventive, unique, loved the mozzarella on top
  • Chicken Satay – good portion, nice for those looking to avoid spices
  • Pan-fried Prawn – the star of the show, well-cooked and amazing sautéed prawns.
  • Pan-fried chicken – same as pan-fried prawn, well cooked and great appetizer
  • Grilled Chicken Pizza – simple, good quantity of toppings
  • Pork Curry with Rice – tasted really good and was a good helping. Easily a meal in itself

All in all it was a great experience, I would definitely return maybe not for an entire meal but some appetizers, beers and conversation with my friends.
Price – Meal for two was about Rs 1,500 with alcohol
Rating – Somewhere between a butter chicken and kakori kebab

Rating Scale: Tinda – 0, Idli – 1, Salad – 2, Butter Chicken – 3, Kakori Kebabs – 4, Grandmother’s cooking – 5

RECIPES
Pasta Fusilli ToscanaThe Food Mill - Fusilli Toscana
Ingredients:

200  gram  blanch pasta
30 gram bell paper
20 gram slice onion
10 gram cherry tomato
100 gram cancase sauce
15 gram black tomato
origono,salt, paper
parmesan cheese
20 ml olive oil

Method:
Heat the pan and put some olive oil, Add onions, garlic and bellpepers and some sliced onion
season it with some salt,pepper, and oregano after the tomato has been sauce cooked for some time
then put blanched pasta ,toss in the pan ,lastly add parmason cheese and mix it well.
put the pasta in a bowl
garnis it with some cherry tomato, basil leaves,& little parmason on the top along with two pieces of garlic bread.

Signature Fusion Chicken Platter 1Signature Fusion Chicken Platter
Lemon chicken ingredients
1. 3 tbsp olive oil 2. 1/2 cup garlic & ginger paste
3. 1 whole onion finely chopped
4. 1/2 cup tomato puree
5. 1/2 cup lemon juice
6. 1/2 cup fresh cream
7. 1 tbsp cumin powder
8. 250 grams of  Boneless chicken
9. Salt according to taste
10 Finely 3 chopped green chilly
11. Coriander for seasoning

Method
Heat the oil in a pan, once the oil is hot add the onion paste and fry
for a minute. Then add the ginger garlic paste and fry till it turns
golden brown. Then add tomato puree, chillies and salt. Cover the pan
with a lid and leave it for 2 minutes.
Add the chicken pieces and stir it well so that the pieces get coated
with all the ingredients. After few minutes of cooking add cumin
powder, fresh cream and lemon juice.
Cover the lid and cook till the chicken is  tender.
Half a cup of water can be added if more gravy is required.
Garnish it with coriander and serve it with hot rice, chutney, salad
and sautee vegetables.Serve with some boiled rice.