Park Balluchi – A Nature Lovers Delight..

•June 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Park Balluchi

Park Balluchi

Situated at the Lush Green Hauz Khas Village area of South delhi, Park Balluchi is at the Natures doorstep. The ambiance of the Restaurant is breath taking; you would feel as if you are in a typical Pashtoon Village in Baluchistan with Turbaned waiters in waistcoats serving an extensive range of kebabs and spicy tandoor items.         I was initially impressed by their prompt Service and the way they were trying to make everyone comfortable. The range of Cuisines offered was fabulous for a hard core Non – Vegetarian like me. Of the Cuisines they served my favrouite turned out to be Afghani-style murgh-potli (tandoori chicken) which is chicken breast stuffed with minced mutton and served over a flaming sword, although the specialty at Balluchi is the lazeez dohra kebabs, tantalizing combinations of two meats (chicken and prawn marinated in herbs, or minced lamb with minced chicken). Newer dishes include raan sikandari, roast leg of lamb marinated in herbs, spices, and rum and then grilled in the tandoor. But it’s just not the End of the world for the Vegetarians they can order mewa paneer tukra, chunky Indian cottage cheese stuffed with raisins, sultanas, walnuts, and other nuts; preparation of this dish takes at least 12 hours. Instead of the Normal tandoori roti try the side order of peshawri naan, bread cooked in the tandoor oven with poppy seeds and coriander leaves. One can even try the dal makhani here (tough I did not try that, coz i was practically fed up of having Dal Makhani everywhereJ). Apart from the usual food they serve an assorted range of Cocktails, ideal for corporate honchos who prefer discussing “Deals over the Lunch”. Being situated in the middle of Deer Park, it’s a delight for Nature lovers. If you come here for lunch you may spot the wildlife like: scampering rabbits, strutting peacocks, or one of 300 spotted deer that roam the park. The food is worth your money, and remember it offers you two for the price of one i.e. Finger Licking good Food and a mini safari at the price of one J, it’s definitely worth a visit. 

P.S. Get your kids along, if it’s not a formal occasion they would love the Wildlife.            

You can reserve your seats from their site at: http://www.parkballuchi.com/

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Chor Bizarre – Bizzare ?? Not at all !!

•June 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Chor Bizzare.

Chor Bizzare.

I had heard a lot about the Chor Bizarre from people around, but what attracted me the most to giving it a try was its “Bizarre” Name which means “thieves’ market”J. Once inside the restaurant, the first thing that took my attention was the Ambiance of the Restaurant, the decor here was quite interesting, with antiques and object’s of art dateing back to the days of the Raj were prominently being displayed, there were old sewing tables to dine on and mismatched chairs to sit. They served both a la carte and a buffet, part of which was located in an old car – Model T? Not sure, just guessing. If you’ve been there, do let me know which one it is. J  Old Hindi songs playing in the background blended well with the ambiance and the friendly service was just what the Doctor had ordered for me, after a gruelling day at work. But the Fantasy just didn’t end there The Food here was like “The Cherry on the Cake”. Specializing in Kashmiri Cuisine, the restaurant had a variety of dishes to choose from like dals, salads, starters, street food, sweets, meat, chicken, paneer and what not. I opted for lamb meatballs flavoured with cardamom, the mutton stewed in yogurt, cardamom and anise, the aroma of the meat made the food look mouth watering, even before it was served on the platter. Tough samplers were available for every dish, but it was hard to figure out which one to eatJ, I finished my meal with a kesar badaam Kulfi. Tough it was a bit expensive, but every single Rupee of mine was redeemed at the restaurant. I would recommend it for people who want to catch up with old friends, or want to go out on a dinner with their families.

P.S.: Weekends see a lot of rush, be sure you make Reservation in Advance.

Check out for Exciting offers at their site – http://www.chorbizarrerestaurant.com/

Not Just Parathas : For those who are away from home

•May 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment
my first love

my first love

Since ages ..probably even before the Italians started layering the outside of their breads with “stuff” (and called it arty!!come’on!!), the Indians were layering their breads,INSIDE!! Parathas. For those who would like us to believe that they do not enjoy the sinfully rich experience my grandma called porothaash!! they are liars. Now lets celebrate the rise of the parathewalah!, for ages he has dominated the galis of old Delhi and hundreds of other cities, so much so that some rich fat lalaji who may have been bribed with some thick paneer and aloo fillers with some ’taaza’ makhan ages ago even dedicated a street to the ubiquitous parathewalah!! no mean trick!! you think its easy to get a street named after you?? Die man die!! many did and got there streets but the parathewalah did it with pure ghee!!
Not Just Parathas, is a new entrant to the kingdom long ruined by trans fat and anorexic women! So its fat!! bid deal, the fun was to be able to eat it and burn it off!! not just stop!! if so all you diet freaky crazy bony flakes of humanity i invite you to stop having sex. You will get pregnant!
3 outlets and a multitude of followers later it still has to see the mainstream dazzle that a standalone chain gets ever so often! for goods sake pizzas you can have but not parathas!??
NJP is located at 3 locations one described by ami_paromita and very well too. Me had the privilege to visit the newer outlet at V3S mall off laxmi nagar in east Delhi. Well located and definitely in a locality with more paratha lovers than pizza schmmoozers i was hoping to find the place packed. Alas!! they weren’t! which in a way is good as you can eat in peace. So as the wife busied herself with the KMP (kid management program) i was left to navigate through the rather large menu all alone. Its was quite a large menu!! for gods sake they have bloody dozens of parathas. for the vegetarians there were around 20 kinds of stuffing!!!(I saw a few vegans celebrating before i entered, now i know why!) and almost the double of that for the carnivours!! and there were meetha parathas, paan parathas!! an so on so forth. The also do keep a large selection of regular dishes and gravies and yes you will get tawa chicken there too. So relax!.
The food was good, though you may want to specify that you want your tikkas well cooked. The marinates are well done and subtle, yet its easy to be misled by the menu, where some items written about beautifully weren’t quite the thing. Try the murgh lahori tawa, its nice and the naans and lacchaa parathas are good. The place is done over in 3 levels, and in each part they have recreated parts of India which would bring my grandma on her “pheet!! There are nice touches of a old haveli, chandni chowk streets (funny they always do that when they want to depict old??!!) and of course some nice rugged benches almost out of city hall!! the waiters dressed as i guess old fashioned chaiwallhas or may postmen were okay, and sometimes attentive, one even participated in the KMP, and was graduated with a RS 20 bill promptly by me!! So much so, its a nice place, good value for money, quantity is good so dont order too many things, and yes Rs 500 is kings meal so have fun

Mainland China- China at ur doorstep

•May 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Mainland China - Masjid Moth - New Delhi - Delhi

I would rate this as the Best Chinese Restaurant in Delhi as well as in India. Right from reserving a table over the phone till walking out of the restaurant had been a pleasure for me.

I reserved my table for Lunch on a sunday and on reaching I found my table was reserved and I did not have to wait a minute for my table. The vallet parking they provide is also quite professional and well managed. Their menu starts from dimsums, spring rolls, fish, prawns, shrimps, crabs, ducks, chicken ,lamb, squids and ofcourse vegetables for vegetarians. In some of their recipes they do use wine. They also serve alcoholic beverages. Thay also have a wide range of deserts like pancakes, ice creams etc.
Right from entering the resaurant one gets a feeling of Chinese decor, ambience and staff. Most of their staff are either Chinese or atleast look like Chinese.
They serve a chinese tea in small chinese cups n saucers which is worth a try.
A meal for two without alcohol would cost around Rs.2000/- It’s better to reserve a table if visiting on weekends or holidays.
This is an ideal place to visit with Buisness Partners, friends, family and everybody else.

http://www.mainlandchinaindia.com

Karnataka- Slice of Udipi

•May 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment
masala dosa - gateway to nirvana

masala dosa - gateway to nirvana

Karnataka is situated in the busy market of Yusuf Sarai in south delhi near green park. This restaurant is pretty good for its food but parking is a major problem. Cost wise it is very affordable. Reservations are not taken and you often have to wait to get a table, specially if you are in a large group. Known for its South-Indian Dosas and uttapams, this restaurant is very popular in South Delhi, full of office staff from nearby places. The Coffee here is absolutely amazing. But the major drawback of the restaurant is the limited seating arrangement. The restaurant is on the ground and first floor and is not very well designed. The ambience is ordinary. The music is a bit monotonous. But if are looking for good south indian food after a hard days work this is the ultimate place. The staff is well behaved & co-operative. So go on and have a piping hot dosa at a cost that will suit your pocket perfectly.

Bukhara- Rice for the Rich

•May 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

bukhara-restaurant2

This restaurant is placed inside the Maurya Sheraton hotel, with a poolside view. The ambience is that of an outdoor log house with the seating and the tables designed with wooden logs cut in the shapes desired according to the seating space. Another uniqueness of this place is that they have glass windows for the kitchen so while you are waiting for your food to arrive, you can look at the art of making the ’naan’ by the chefs. The cutlery is also made of brass with a rough finish to complete the authenticity of an outdoor log house. They do not even provide spoons along with the main course. The cuisine is actually THE BEST for the Northern Indian Tandoori palate. The most famous and the winner of the best Dal makhani award is the ’Dal Bukhara’ and rightfully so. This dal is actually prepared in 24 hrs as it is cooked on a slow fire. It is definitely rich and scrumptious.

For vegetarians, a must try would be the ’Tandoori phool’ and ’Paneer Tikka’. The ’Tandoori phool’ is cauliflower prepared on a tandoor with different seasonings. And ‘Paneer Tikka’ is again baked cottage cheese with lots of onions, green pepper and tomatoes. For anyone with a taste for boneless chicken, if you haven’t tried the ’Murgh Malai Kebab’ (Chicken boneless Kebabs), you haven’t lived your life as yet. The service is also very appreciative. The waiters are dressed in a typical pathani suit in colors blending with the ambience. The place is definitely a must visit, though with a few drawbacks to it. First of all, any given day, with or without reservation one has to wait at least 30 minutes to be seated. Then, they do not allow kids less than 7 yrs of age to enter. Thirdly, even though justified to each an every penny, it is still a lavish affair… its expensive. So you can visit this heavenly place on Earth only once in a moon blue. But still my advice to all you good food lovers is to visit the place at least once. Bon A petit!!

Nirulas – A nice way to start your day !!!

•May 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Good Morning Tummy !!!

Good Morning Tummy !!!

Many a times when we travel ingroups and visit any restaurant, choosing the right cuisine according toeveryone’s taste can be a mammoth task. For instance if you are out forbreakfast and wish to enjoy an American breakfast but your partner wishes to indulge in the ‘Aloo Paranthas’ then you are confused as to where to go. Nirula’s Potpourrican be the perfect destination for you. Here you can enjoy a scrumptious American Buffet with waffle and maple syrup while your partner enjoys his mouthwatering and spicy Indian breakfast.
The casual dining restaurant provides with various choices and is especially known for the salad bar. If youare out on a morning walk and are hungry then you can come down to Nirula’s which opens at 7.00 am. The restauranth as no dress code you can simply relax and enjoy your morning tea in your tracks and welcome the warm sun rays that fill the place.

Being in Connaught place, the heart of the city, the location is perfect for business lunch andfor family dinners also. If you want to catch up with your old friends then the restaurant has the perfect atmosphere and makes you feel comfortable. The different cuisines served here include different cuisines like Italian, Thai, Mughlai,continental, Mexican and so on. The mouth watering Lasagna and the live past a counter and the yummy ice creams are some of the other specialties of the restaurant.

The décor of the restaurant has been kept as casual with classic ambience so that you feel comfortable. The atmosphere is lively and the service is great. The staff here is helpful and courteous and you don’t have to wait for your food. So next time when you are in Connaught place and are confused about where to go then you can definitely come down to Nirula’s Potpourri. The restaurant is open till 11.00 pm and is perfect for any meal of the day.

Location: Outer circle, Connaughtplace
Nearest metro station: Walking distance from Bara Khamba metrostation and Rajiv Chowk
Price- under 600 for two
Timings: 7.00 AM to 11.00 PM