Lovely Masalas at Masala House

Lovely Masalas at Masala House

If you have been living in Delhi for long, its needless to mention that you have the north Indian food at plenty of places with similar menu’s, with strikingly similar tastes and by now your taste buds have almost stopped recognizing the difference between one Indian restaurant from another. The usual standard fare of dal makhani and chicken and paneer tikka have made you numb.

That’s exactly how I was feeling when I dropped into Masala House during the winter of 2015. Expecting fancy names to camouflage for the same tastes, I began my expeditions at Masala House. Before I move onto describing the food, let me state that since my first visit I have been back to the place almost once every month. Sorry for killing the suspense, if there was any….

So as I settled down in Masala House, the restaurant is situated in the now sleepy market of Sundar Nagar, the place has a nice sit out balcony on the top floor which gives a decent view of some greenery overlooking the gardens of Sundar Nagar.

I began with the appetizers and I must admit I stuck to the tried and tested because some part of me wanted to believe that a usual cottage cheese can be made so well / differently that the taste lingers on. So I recommend both the paratwala paneer and the bhatti paneer tikka. As the name suggests the masalas is what makes the difference. Perfectly marinated and excellently presented both these dishes are a must have. I would recommend not distracting these dishes with any pickles or chutneys. For the meat lovers, yes I haven’t forgotten, the bhatti murg is brilliant. It has a garlic pepper taste and that’s what is its differentiator, the dish has four soft chicken legs ready to melt in your mouth. Additionally, the dora kebab is a must have. It’s basically the mutton seekh which we all have so commonly had, but I assure you this preparation will amaze you. It has a unique taste and is served rather creatively with a dori (thread) being pulled right out of the seekh. In short don’t miss it if you want to try something unique and tasty. Period. Moving on the silbatte ki shami, the popular mutton shami kebab is another dish which caught my fancy. Lovely four pieces, well infused with spices, it offers a great balance between the lamb and the lentil. For the sea surfers, the kasoondi machchi tikka, described as a river sole fish in mustard paste is simply adorable.

In the mains, there are plenty of options and the vegetarians will have no reason to crib for lack of choice. The paneer lababdar, dum ki dal and the palak moti (palak paneer) are super. The lababdar is a bit lethargic in its digestion but the taste more than makes up for it. Infact the thick paste is as much a eat, as the paneer and one can simply much of a bread entirely with it. The quality of the palak is supreme, well grounded and hence it brings the wholesome body to the palak paneer. In the meat section the the chicken chettinad is welcome relief from the usual north Indian rich gravy and offers a lovely south Indian taste which in some sense breaks the monotony of the experience. The flavour of coconut laced with the chettinad spice makes it heavenly for the pieces of chicken to swim in them. Having tried both the biryani’s I can safely recommend both, though I would have loved it had the rice been blended only a slight bit better with the meats. But overall no complaints and at times the biryani can be a meal by itself specially for single folks or for guys whose homes have turned them out due to a round of cleaning or a bunk by the cook.(personal experience).

So if you haven’t ventured out to Sundar Nagar market, and I don’t blame you, it has little to offer other than ample parking 🙂 🙂 it will be worth your while to go back there to eat at Masala House a restaurant serving lovely food in a relaxed and classy environment.

Since the middle class values of mine kicked in I haven’t gone beyond the usual cola’s and fresh limes at this place, but the place has a full fledged bar with some exotic offerings and some great wines for the expats and indulgent Indians that I so often see eating at this place. Oh and of course in the breads section both the lachcha and the pudina paratha are great and I did also try the the bread bar which is tempting incase you like variety and would like to be a prudent spender.

 

Masala House

WAZWAN KASHMIRI FLAVOURS at BROADWAY, RADISSON BLU, FARIDABAD

WAZWAN KASHMIRI FLAVOURS at BROADWAY, RADISSON BLU, FARIDABAD

Want to indulge in a cuisine which is laced with tradition and culture? What better way than to go to Radisson Blu, Faridabad as it presents to its patrons, an authentic Kashmiri Food Festival – Wazwan, at its multi-cuisine dining restaurant BROADWAY, from 14th July 2017 to 23rd July 2017.

Wazwan takes you back to the ceremony that brings together the history, culture and gastronomical delights of Kashmir in the most traditional style. Popular chefs from Kashmir will be rustling their pots and pans all through the festival, whipping up a meat-rich Wazwan for all food connoisseurs.

The festival boasts of signature Kashmiri delights like Rista, Rogan Josh, Tabak Maaz, Daniwal Korma, Aab Gosht, Marchwangan Korma and Gushtaba, specially curated by the renowned chefs of Kashmir.

To complete the Kashmiri journey, the chefs offer Kahwah, an aromatic traditional Kashmiri green tea made with cardamom, cinnamon, saffron and almonds.

So whet your appetites and arrive for a culinary delight which will provide a break from the usual, and will offer a mix of food which will both nourish your stomach and your soul.

rogan josh

 

  • Address:  Sector – 20B, Faridabad, Mathura Road, Haryana 121004
  • Date: 14 July 2017 to 23 July 2017
  • Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Cost per person: INR 1,599 plus taxes

For reservations, please call the hotel’s dedicated team at +91 129 2666 000

Websitehttps://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-faridabad/

 

STIRRING THURSDAY NIGHTS AT GRAPPA, THE BAR at SHANGRI-LA’S – EROS HOTEL, NEW DELHI

STIRRING THURSDAY NIGHTS AT GRAPPA, THE BAR at SHANGRI-LA’S – EROS HOTEL, NEW DELHI

It’s time to experience an entirely new Thursday night at GRAPPA, The Bar at Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi as it brings to its patrons stirring nights every Thursday dedicated to old-school and current beat Hip Hop, melting away your midweek stress with signature drinks. The musical melange, coupled with moody lighting and a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere, makes Grappa the ultimate spot to elevate your evenings.

With favourites from the 90s to the freshest beats, Thursday Nights at GRAPPA is the perfect place to kick it at with your bud’s. Groove to DJ Oma’s album packed tunes of old school and current R&B. Immerse yourself in evergreen favourites combined with soaring symphonies of the saxophone by the immensely talented Tanya. Whether you want to engage in a conversation or chill out to mellifluous melodies, GRAPPA is now the hottest destination to unwind after a long day.

And to get the party started, all the lovely ladies can enjoy with a one plus one on select beverages, every Thursday night.

Seamlessly complimenting the heady music is GRAPPA’S remarkable Italian inspired bar menu of ground-breaking experimental cocktails, including Barrel Aged Cocktails, Negronis, bitters and sours. Resplendent with a dynamic ambience, GRAPPA is an exciting destination which elevates the capital’s nightlife.

Ladies Night

  • Operating Hours: 12:30 pm to 3:00 am all seven days
  • Approx. cost for two: INR 5,000​
  • Ladies Special Offer: 10:30 pm – 12:00 am every Thursday, one plus one on select beverages.

Address: Lobby Level, Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi, 19 Ashoka Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001
Phone Number: (91 11) 41191030
E-mail addressgrappa.slnd@shangri-la.com
Websitewww.shangri-la.com

PURANI DILLI, NAYI HAVELI-HAVELI DHARAMPURA

PURANI DILLI, NAYI HAVELI-HAVELI DHARAMPURA

WHAT’S THIS BUZZ ALL ABOUTNestled among the narrow alleys of Chandni Chowk, this beautiful heritage property offers the authentic flavour of Old Delhi. You can now fulfil your childhood dream of visiting a Haveli in your own Dilli city. Travel back in time and explore the rich cultural heritage of the Mughal Era

 WHAT’S THERE FOR ME:  ‘’LAKHORI’’ offers an authentic lip-smacking variety of chaats & tikkis of Purani Dilli.

For the Entertainment quotient & to sooth your soul,

  • WEEKDAYS: Live Classical Music performance of Tabla & Sarangi
  • WEEKENDS: Classical Kathak performance

Lakhori-The Restaurant

WHAT’S SPECIAL ON THE MENUOne can choose from the array of choices available on their menu including kebabs, Chaats, Tikki, Delhi 6 k Dahi Bhalle, Butter Chicken, Dharmpura Special Dal, Chicken Qorma/Mutton Qorma, Haveli Special Paneer, Methi Malai Murg, Fish Masala amongst many other offering.

MUST HAVES:

  • For Vegans- Haveli Special Dahi Puri, Chandni Chowk Special Matra Kulcha is to die for, Sita Ram Bazar ki Aloo Tikki is delectable!
  • For Non-Veg lovers, Purani Dilli ke Gilouti Kebab & Mutton Rogan Josh are luscious!KHARCHA-PAANIIt can cost ₹3,000 for two people (approx.)

Haveli Dharampura

HOW TO REACHMetro connectivity has made our lives much simpler, Metro is the best option to reach Haveli Dharampura. Exit from Chawri Bazaar Metro Station & you could either walk upto your destination or take a cycle rickshaw to Jama Masjid Police Station. Haveli is hardly 10 minutes from the metro station!

EXACT LOCATION: Haveli Dharampura, 2293, Gali Guliyan, Near Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi

KRIPYA DHYAN DEIN:

  • A la Carte is only available on weekdays from Monday-Thursday
  • Fixed Menu on Weekends:  Veg- Rs.1,800 +taxes, Non Veg- Rs.2,200 +taxes

 

 

The Modern Indian Gourmet Experience @VARQ..

The Modern Indian Gourmet Experience @VARQ..

It was a special day, after all it was my dear husband’s birthday and we decided to splurge. Varq was one name on my husband’s mind since long and we finally decided to go there for a special meal.

Named for India’s exotic edible gold leaf, Varq seats 82 guests and includes a private dining room for 14. Interior designers Mario and Theo Nicolaou created a classic contemporary ambiance by using dark wood, creamy leather and gold textures to complement traditional Indian artwork. Rosewood wall paneling and a dark chocolate tile floor contrast with the gold leaf coffered ceiling. The restaurant’s dramatic entrance features a pair of illuminated cylindrical glass sculptures with polished cut glass floral details set in gold leaf to create a sense of arrival at a jeweled trinket box.

This ultra-fine dining Indian restaurant is placed a level down from the ground floor, on the left side. You need to take the staircase to reach the restaurant. As we entered, the décor seemed quite sophisticated and classy. Overlooking, the lush gardens, we took the corner table. The garden view from the window glass and beams of sunlight falling on us seemed quite enchanting.

While we were being asked on our choice for a bottled Or sparkling water, I left no chance to let them know that it was my husband’s birthday 😉 I am quite shameless like that and my husband was hell embarrassed. You think, it mattered to me, never!

We were now welcomed with their signature mocktail drink ‘Tamarind Orange Juice’ (FYI- This is not a regular pattern, we were served this drink because it was a special day for us 😉 The drink was really refreshing and the taste was wonderful.

Now, the important moment, what to order? I try to be wise at times, to save some portions of our hard earned money (Or so I would like to believe :P). We chose dishes from the Main Course Menu- Paneer Anardana (Cottage Cheese with pounded pomegranate) – full portion, Dal Makhani (red lentils simmered overnight and enriched with chef’s special recipe) & Lasooni Palak (Spinach tempered with Garlic) –From the choice of Samplers, Martabaan ka Meat (lamb cooked with pickled chillies in an earthen pot)- Husband’s choice (I am strictly a vegetarian) and our respective choice of breads.

Samplers were strictly just as the name suggests, they were not enough for even one person. Dal Makhani was average, Lasooni Palak was decent, Paneer was sumptuous and Meat was relishing (in my husband’s words). Size of bread was too small (pricing is not as small though). You can’t complain because you’ve entered a 5 star hotel and you’re supposed to be having overpriced dishes. I understand and accept, but can we not have better portions at least for the kind of money we are paying.

Mr. Thomas (the representative who served us) was kind enough to offer us sweet paan, followed by a birthday present (rose tea leaves packed in a lovely pink cover). Very thoughtful of them to do this gesture J!

Overall, the experience was lovely and the food was decent. Portions can get better as per the pricing.

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT VARQIt is a modern Indian gourmet dining experience with authentic, artistic dishes created by Taj Corporate Chef Hemant Oberoi and paired with teas to enhance enjoyment of the dishes’ ingredients. Varq is part of Chef Oberoi’s masala cuisine concept, which reinvents Indian food with new techniques, innovative plated presentations and organic produce and spices. Chef Oberoi is faithful to the diverse homemade Indian dishes, while evolving traditional Indian recipes for contemporary palates. At Varq, he uses ingredients such as sea bass, diver’s scallops, foie gras, halibut, sand crab and Karachi prawns.

TIMINGS ARE IMPORTANTLUNCH 12:30-14:45, DINNER 19:00-23:45

WHAT’S THE BUDGETPlease keep at least 5 k for a good meal for two!

 

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