Friday, October 21, 2016

Have You Been To The Parsi Food Festival at Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida?

Last Saturday I was invited to be part of the much-awaited 'Parsi Food Festival' underway at the Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida from October 14 till October 23.

Known for celebrating the tradition of love for rich and authentic cuisines, this iconic hospitality destination of Delhi-NCR played a perfect host by inviting some of Delhi-NCR's top food bloggers at their exclusive fine dining Indian specialty restaurant, Made In India. IMHO it was just the perfect opportunity to taste mouth-watering Parsi food, which finds its roots in the Persian and Gujarati cuisines.

Parsi Food Festival at Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida

To introduce the Parsi cuisine to food enthusiasts like me (admittedly, I have limited knowledge about this cuisine), an exciting master class by Master Chef Kaizad Maneck Patel was held during the special preview at the award-winning restaurant.

Master Class with Master Chef Kaizad Maneck Patel

He taught us how to cook two exotic Parsi dishes - Patra nu Paneer and Chicken Farcha.

Patra nu Paneer
Chicken Farcha

This was, simply put, the kind of start to the culinary fest that I had hoped for. Interestingly, Kaizad was brought up in a Parsi caterer's family in Mumbai.

Master Chef Kaizad Maneck Patel

The menu for this ten-day long festival is also curated by the Master Chef himself, with some of the best 'authentic' and 'traditional' signature dishes from the Parsi kitchen. You can explore a unique mix of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delights such as Bhujeli Kaleji, Kid Gosht, and Chapat. Much of the food is non-vegetarian; if you are a meat lover, it's like a dream come true!

Bhujeli Kaleji

Commenting on the special menu curated for the Parsi Food Festival, Master Chef Kaizad Patel said,
"Parsi cuisine is a melange of different flavors with an eclectic mix of hot and sweet, sour and spice. This delectable cuisine is deeply influenced by various parts of our country that the Parsi community has traveled to, and its soul lies in the ingredients used to make the mouth-watering delicacies."

Parsi Food Festival at Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida

The Parsi Food Festival aspires to bring back the traditional recipes and authentic flavors of an ancient cuisine that many in this part of the world don't know about.

Master Class with Master Chef Kaizad Maneck Patel

So what are you waiting for? Make sure you head to Made In India restaurant this weekend to indulge in an eclectic mix of hot and sweet, nice and spice, which accurately sums up the Parsi cuisine. For table reservations, call +91-9560401526.

Made In India - Radisson Blu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Daawat-e-Kashmir: Delivering Authentic Handmade Kashmiri Food Right At Your Doorstep

As a food connoisseur, I'm always looking for newer opportunities to explore different types of cuisines. One such opportunity presented itself last week when the owner of a year-old Kashmiri home delivery/takeaway outlet 'Daawat-e-Kashmir' contacted me via Facebook for food tasting. The idea of authentic handmade Kashmiri food delivered right at my doorstep was enticing to say the least!

Kashmiri food is most famous for the variety of spices and ingredients used - from red chili to salt - Daawat-e-Kashmir brings to you the most original taste of 'Pandit' cuisine from the valley of Kashmir.


Brainchild of 24-years-old Vivek Dhar who opened this outlet in December 2015 after three years of careful research and planning, Daawat-e-Kashmir caters to the flourishing foodie crowd of Gurgaon (and Delhi too if prior order is placed), operating as delivery-only for now. You can place orders for your favorite Mughlai and Kashmiri food by calling 9821542005 or 0124-4042048 and collect the same from their base kitchen directly. Since the majority of food is made fresh on demand, the outlet usually requests for an hours’ time for delivery. Outdoor catering services are also available on request.


The kitchen staff includes four chefs in all -
  • Two for Kashmiri cuisine (one for Kashmiri Pandit food and other for Kashmiri Muslim food): Both the chefs hail from the Kashmir valley.
  • One for Mughlai cuisine (gravy and biryani mainly)
  • One for Tandoori food (breads and starters mainly)

[Vivek is also planning to open up a fine dining restaurant by December 2016.]

Thinking of ordering food from Daawat-e-Kashmir? Here are my top recommendations. 
  • Papdi Paneer: This Daawat-e-Kashmir special (from Mughlai kitchen) is made of cottage cheese chunks - marinated, rolled in papadum, and then fried to provide a crunchy edge! 

Papdi Paneer

  • Kashmiri Wazwan: Considered a point of pride for all Kashmiris, the Kashmiri Wazwan is a multi-course meal with Rista, Tabak Maaz, Kebab, Gushtaba, Yakhni, Rogan Josh and Phirni, to name a few.

Kashmiri Wazwan

  • Butter Chicken: Perfect non-vegetarian gravy dish that balances the taste of tangy tomatoes, yoghurt, and smokey kasuri methi (dried Fenugreek leaves).

Butter Chicken

  • Tabak Maaz: Flavorsome and succulent deep-fried mutton chops made with Kashmiri spices and yoghurt to give you a near perfect experience. Enjoy the crackling skin and juicy meat of Tabak Maas while you're at it! 

Tabak Maaz

  • Mutton Rista: Yet another Kashmiri delicacy. Here the mutton is cooked in Kashmiri spices with saffron, pounded to form beautiful 'velvety textured' meatballs. There is nothing better than these wholesome meatballs dipped in delicious red curry! 

Mutton Rista 

  • Mushroom Yakhni: Mushrooms sautéed and cooked in yoghurt curry. If mushroom is not your thing, you could go for the Nadru Yakhni, a vegetarian specialty in which the Lotus stem is cooked in yoghurt curry with Kashmiri spices.

Nadru Yakhni

  • Tamatar Chaman: Chaman in Kashmiri language means cottage cheese. As the name suggests, this vegetarian dish is cooked in tomato gravy with Kashmiri spices. 

Tamatar Chaman

  • Haak Saag: A Kashmiri specialty made from Saag (Indian spiced spinach) in its broth. 

Haak Saag

  • Phirni: Indulge in this creamy milk and rice based sweet dish.


The outlet also serves an exciting range of tandoori dishes such as the Murg Tandoori, Paneer Tikka, Chicken Malai Tikka, Mutton and Chicken Kashmiri Kebabs, Cauliflower Kebabs, and Chaap.

Tandoori Dishes at Daawat-e-Kashmir

Room for more? Go for the crunchy Nadru Churma, Stuffed Mushrooms, Kashmiri Rajma, Nawabi Seekh, Mutton Gustaba, Chicken Rogan Josh, Kashmiri Dum Aloo, Veg Biryani, Mutton Mastch, Paneer Lababdar, Dal Minchi Seekh, or Murg Lemon Leaf Tikka.

Kashmiri Kebabs

The packaging is perfect; every dish is nestled in plastic microwavable bowls. You don't require separate cutlery when you order from Daawat-e-Kashmir.

Plastic Microwavable Bowls

So what are you waiting for? Enjoy the rich aroma and taste and authentic flavors of Mughlai and Kashmiri cuisines from your favorite kitchen in town!

[Address: Navkriti Building, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon
Nearest Metro Station: Sikanderpur
Mobile: 9821542005 – 6
Price: INR 800 for two
Open every day from: 12 – 4 pm; 7 – 11.30 pm]

Daawat-e-Kashmir Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato  

Monday, October 10, 2016

Kaiser - Promoting Authentic Mughlai Fare

Few weeks ago I was invited to a bloggers table at Kaiser, a new restaurant in Gurgaon popular for promoting authentic Mughlai cuisine that traces its origin back to the imperial kitchens of the Mughal era.

Brainchild of young restaurateur Kamal Arora (32) who's already made a mark with his very first venture 'Khyen Chyen', Kaiser (which literally means emperor) evokes a quintessential old world charm and character offering mystic flavors through every dish on its menu. The flavors vary from extremely mild to spicy, and are often associated with a distinctive aroma and the taste of ground and whole spices.


Launched in the second week of August this year, Kaiser is nestled in the busy Supermart 1 of DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon. The restaurant can easily accommodate over 22 people at any given time and has a covered area of approximately 700 square feet.


The kitchen is in the capable hands of head chef Hasan and sous chef Sunil, who come with 15 years and 7 years of F&B experience, respectively. They are ably assisted by an excellent, attentive staff of 15.

Me with three other food bloggers

Open seven days a week from 12 noon to 11:30 pm, Kaiser is hailed for avoiding the use of artificial colors or ingredients in cooking. That's not all! The meat is marinated overnight (sometimes for nearly 24 hours) to ensure all flavors get absorbed properly.


Here are my top recommendations for food at Kaiser.

  • Mutton Gilafi Seekh: Brace yourself for hot and juicy, flavorful tender pieces of minced mutton cooked to perfection. Similarities to mutton seekh served in the Jama Masjid area of Old Delhi are inevitable! 

Mutton Gilafi Seekh

  • Chicken Tikka: Soft marinated pieces of boneless chicken cooked with flavorful Indian spices that just melt in your mouth.

Chicken Tikka

  • Mutton Burra: An instant hit with one and all, these succulent roasted lamb kebabs are popular for its unique aroma.

Mutton Burra

  • Butter Tandoori Chicken: The best part about this dish is that the chicken is first marinated, then oven roasted and finally coated with layers of butter to render a near perfect taste. 

Butter Tandoori Chicken

  • Kaiser Haleem Biryani: A must have dish, which includes a winning combination of Haleem condiments (used as garnish) and biryani topped with crispy fried onions. Truly deserves a mention, since very few can actually get the awesomeness of Haleem and biryani right in a single dish! 

Kaiser Haleem Biryani

Room for more? You can also try these two signature dishes at Kaiser:
  • Murg Musallam
  • Palak Gosht 

  • Sheermal: Sweet in taste, this saffron flavored traditional flatbread is to be savored with butter chicken or mutton rogan josh. 


  • Double ka Meetha: A.k.a. Shahi Tukda in some places, this bread pudding dessert is made of fried bread slices soaked in hot milk with saffron and cardamom. 
  • Phirni: This delectable rice pudding like dessert is served in traditional clay containers. Topped with poppy seeds and almond slices, it contains a significant flavor of cardamom that you just cannot ignore.


The kebabs, tikkas, Haleem biryani, and curries at Kaiser are to die for! As a purist I only look for two things when it comes to Mughlai cuisine - texture and flavor - a classic combination of these two makes every dish at Kaiser a perfect 'soul food'.

Kaiser Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Sunday, October 09, 2016

A Visit to the All New Fat Lulu's Bar and Pizzeria in Gurgaon

Last month I was invited to a bloggers table at the all new Fat Lulu's Bar and Pizzeria in Cross Point Mall Gurgaon. I have been meaning to visit this property since its launch in July 2014.

Brainchild of popular restaurateurs Deepak Datwani and Monika Batra, Fat Lulu's is the perfect place to enjoy live acoustic music and fresh brews while savoring sumptuous Italian food like hand rolled thin crust wood-fired oven pizzas, homemade ravioli and tortellini, etc.

Fat Lulu's Bar and Pizzeria

The kitchen is in the capable hands of Chef Amit Kaintura who comes with over 16 years of F&B experience, having worked for reputed brands like Olive Bar and Kitchen, Spaghetti Kitchen in Select Citywalk Mall, and many more.

Fat Lulu's Bar and Pizzeria

Here are my top recommendations for food and drinks at Fat Lulu's.

  • Pizza Bombs (INR 275): You'll absolutely love these bite-sized pizza balls filled with mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, mozzarella, ricotta, spinach, and cheddar cheese.

Pizza Bombs

  • Super Spicy Nachos (INR 275): Fresh homemade nachos in a super spicy avatar with melted Mexican cheddar, fresh cilantro, and sour cream. Best served with salsa.

Super Spicy Nachos

  • Lulu's BBQ Wings (INR 225): Jack's hickory wings served with spicy blue cheese dip. 

Lulu's BBQ Wings

  • Beer Battered Fish Sticks (INR 295): An ideal evening snack made of mustard, lime juice, and marinated fish. Best served with homemade tartar sauce and skinny fries.
Beer Battered Fish Sticks

  • Detox Salad (INR 295): Here's a salad to put you back on track; contains berries, avocado, cous cous, kale with honey lime, and poppy seed dressing.

Salad at Fat Lulu's

Vegetarian Pizzas (INR 550 for 14") 
  • Queens: A signature pizza made of Jalapeno, olive, red onions, feta cheese, and rocket (Arugula).
  • Lulu's Vegetarian: Another classic pizza made of zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, olives, pecorino cheese, and mozzarella cheese.

Non-vegetarian Pizzas (INR 650 for 14") 
  • Soho: This medium spicy pizza contains pepperoni, parma ham, ground lamb, and Italian sausage. 
  • Fire in the Hole: True to its name, this spicy pizza is made of paprika marinated chicken, bird eye chilly, pimento chilly, jalapeno, and roasted garlic with masala sauce.

You can choose from the following pizza bases: Regular, whole wheat, garlic Provencal herbs, spinach, and beetroot.

The dough used in these pizzas is hand kneaded everyday using Doppio Zero low gluten, low starch flour.

Also, the herbed tomato sauce at Fat Lulu's is made using over 2000 tomatoes.

Pizza at Fat Lulu's

  • Honey Glazed Pork Ribs (INR 575): You can't leave Fat Lulu's without tasting these whole spiced pork ribs with honey, white wine and brown sugar, glazed with apple jam honey mustard sauce.

Honey Glazed Pork Ribs

  • Windies Jerk Chicken (INR 475): Jerk marinated chicken and roasted potatoes, served with assorted vegetables and homemade BBQ sauce.

  • Strawberry and Mint Sparkling Sangria (INR 525): This delectable Fat Lulu's signature sangria can be ordered in a glass or a pitcher.
  • Dirty Lil Rascal (INR 425): This housemade cocktail contains a hearty mix of JD, old monk, orange peel, clove, star anise, and cinnamon with coke.
Dirty Lil Rascal

Desserts from Bombaykery 
  • Belgian Chocolate Mousse Cake (INR 225)
  • Red Velvet Cheesecake (INR 225)
  • Tiramisu Jar (INR 225)
  • Waffles: Battered and buttered, sweet and savory waffles at Fat Lulu's are to die for. Try them all! 

The new property can easily accommodate over 50 guests at any given time, making it the most spacious Fat Lulu's outlet to date (FYI Fat Lulu's has five outlets in Delhi-NCR alone). Open every day from 11 am to midnight, the bar and pizzeria can be visited for brunch/lunch/dinner. The decor is chic and contemporary; the exposed red brick wall interiors in particular will knock your socks off. Other highlights are the classic Foosball table, projector screen, ceiling lamps, and exotic antiques.

Classic Foosball Table
Exotic Antiques
Exotic Antiques
Blue Tokai Coffee
Bakery Items
Exotic Antiques
Yours truly at Fat Lulu's

A visit to Fat Lulu's should be high on your agenda. You can thank me later!

Fat Lulu's Cafe & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato