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Thursday, 11 January 2018

All Things Peaceful/Comforting...Cha Cha Cha @ Amar Colony

With cafes popping up in every nook and corner of the city, the concept is fast becoming a favourite. Each café has something unique to it, be it the menu, décor, music or setup – every factor adds a character to the place. If your idea of a café is a cosy setup with some soft music, books, coffee, tea n cakes, then you need to read further.

Located in a very quiet neighbourhood at the Amar Colony is Cha Cha Cha. As you walk by the lane you will come across a small structure that is all glass and dressed in bright colours like yellow and blue. With a giant tree as its umbrella, the place looks extremely inviting. The door opens to a beautifully designed two-floored café with wooden interiors and warm lights. Take my word when I say this, you will be pulled in by this place. With soft jazz music playing, it makes for such a quaint place.

Now, let’s talk about the menu. If you have a sweet tooth and cannot resist cakes, then let me tell you that this place will spoil you for choice. They have about 15 cakes in their menu and each on is unique in its appearance and flavour. Take the usual Carrot Cake, they have given it an artisan spin with icing some beautiful mini carrots on top. Their Fig and Honey Cake is a must, it was moist and had such perfect balanced sweetness to it. For people who believe that anything sweet means chocolate – you absolutely have to lay your hands on their Double Chocolate Cake and Nutella Brownies. Just a bite of these and you will be transformed to a place of utter bliss. Also they have the classic eats like Banoffee Pie and Blueberry Cheesecake. When it comes to the quality of their produce – you can trust them blindly.
A quintessential café goes all out with their research about teas and coffee and the case is no different with Cha Cha Cha. From Kullad Chai to Masala, Kadak, Green, Darjeeling and Earl Grey, they have everything good on their menu. What took us by surprise was their Long Sock Tea - a completely differently made, strong and full bodied tea! Their coffees are blended, locally roasted and some made exclusively for the café. Also they have a reasonable range of shakes, smoothies and juices too.

They have a very elaborate menu when it comes to food too. A long list of sandwiches and pastas await you there. I binged on their Chilli Cheese Toast, Ham & Cheese Sandwich and Penne Butter Chicken **drools** If you are one like me who is not that into beverages and enjoys their food more than anything then please do try their pasta. It is just the best of both the worlds i.e. butter chicken and pasta.

If your idea of an outing is sitting at a quiet place, eating or sipping on brews, talking to your friend or even reading a book then head to Cha Cha Cha now. You will keep coming back here and will be recommending it to everyone – I am doing the same. This places is an absolute yes and deserves a big thumbs up. Welcoming, pleasing, delightful, quaint, quiet, cosy – all the words that mean comforting and blissful are apt for this café.

Please your taste buds and senses, head to Cha Cha Cha!

PS: Light on the pocket too.

Coverage by : Ritika Dhawan for Foodmaniacs

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Top Food Joints for the Year 2017 at Pacific Mall, Delhi

Although, it is well known why December 25th a day of celebration is, there are several factors that may have influenced the choice like big feast; with breakfast rolling into a huge lunch is one of them which fascinate all of us in myriad ways. When it comes to the most magical place to visit for Christmas, Pacific Mall is one of them, a most popular destination in Delhi.

Not only on Christmas, Pacific Mall, Tagore Garden known to serve as one of the most delectable and enthrall cuisines to their customers at every occasion.  Some of the outlets serving some delectable festive food at the mall are as follows....

 Here's a closer look at all of them.

Café Delhi Heights: - It’s always a great feeling to be with family, especially for a Thanksgiving dinner. It is a challenge to build close, enduring family ties due to changing lifestyle. Café Delhi heights understands it very well i.e. It’s a place where you can hang out with your friends or just enjoy your alone time. The place is light spirited and friendly with good food like pepperoni pizza and shakes, BBQ chicken fingers which are amazing and ambiance is nice and it’s affordable.

 Chili’s:- Chili’s has just opened in Pacific Mall & nothing can be better than this, it is one of the most unique outlets who work on the motto,” Work hard. Play hard. Feel like a family. Act like friends. Love life and everything you do to make it more fun for others.”, and this Christmas chili’s has come to serve you better with amazing ambience and mouth watering dishes is been delectable for the patron’s. This is the place to have delicious food which you loved every sip and bite of it. 

Carl’s Jr.:- Carl's Jr. is a fast food restaurant chain and even known as the Pioneer of the Great American Burger. When, you stare down a Carl’s Jr. Burger, think of big and scary delectable burgers which will intimidate even the healthiest appetites, it is renowned for its menu innovation and premium quality of offerings, which make It’s  one of the most popular joints among those who want to experience the original taste of Legacy.

  Jamie’s Pizzeria by Jamie Oliver: - Jamie’s Pizzeria is one of the famed brands in Indian market which is well known for its fresh ingredients and bold flavors', served up in a buzzing, authentic and family-friendly environmentWhether you're looking for a quick and easy lunch or somewhere to relax with friends and family, Pizzerias are comfortable, convenient and affordable. Pop in today and enjoy one of the best pizzas in India. Chicken Peperonata, Classic Pepperoni, Chicken-Alla -Diavola, Kasundi Chicken are some of the non-veg stuff on offer whereas for the vegetarians Chili’s freak vegetable are some of the mouth watering dishes offered during this season. 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Ola and Delivery Hero join forces in India

  •        Ola to acquire Foodpanda’s India business from Delivery Hero Group
  •     Ola commits to investing $200mn in Foodpanda India

Ola, India’s most popular mobility platform, today announced its partnership with Germany based Delivery Hero Group (“Delivery Hero”), the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace. This deal includes the transfer of Foodpanda’s India business to Ola in an acquisition deal in exchange for Ola stock. This collaboration between India’s largest online platform and a global leader in online food delivery, unlocks the power of a partnership that will help Foodpanda India grow as the most preferred online food delivery service in the country.

Foodpanda India will benefit from Ola’s scale and efficiencies as a platform, also having leveraged learnings from Delivery Hero’s global best practices. Ola and Delivery Hero will continue to collaborate on building the online food delivery ecosystem in India. Ola has also committed to invest $200mn into the Foodpanda India business, by far the largest such fund infusion in India’s online food ordering and delivery industry thus far.

Saurabh Kochhar, who was the CEO of Foodpanda India until recently has decided to move on to pursue other opportunities. Pranay Jivrajka, Founding Partner at Ola, has been appointed as interim CEO of this business unit, supported by the existing leadership team at Foodpanda India.

Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO at Ola, said, “I’m excited about our partnership with Delivery Hero as we team up to take Foodpanda India to the next level. As one of India’s pioneers in the food delivery space, Foodpanda has come to be a very efficient and profit focused business over the last couple of years. Our commitment to invest $200mn in Foodpanda India will help the business be focused on growth by creating value for customers and partners. With Delivery Hero’s global leadership and Ola’s platform capabilities with unique local insights, this partnership is born out of strength. I look forward to welcoming the Foodpanda India team to the Ola family.” He added, “I also thank Saurabh Kochhar for building a wonderful team at Foodpanda India over the last couple of years and wish him the very best in his new endeavours.”

Niklas Östberg, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Delivery Hero AG, said, The partnership with Ola will allow us to further consolidate markets where it strategically makes sense to collaborate with leading local players. At the same time, we consider our stake in Ola as a very valuable asset, while Ola's investment commitment in Foodpanda India is a clear and confident signal to the Indian market.” He added, “The Foodpanda India team has done a tremendous job building the business and we look forward to supporting them and the Ola team in the future."
With menus from 15,000+ restaurants across 100+ cities in India available on its cutting edge app and website, Foodpanda is leading people discover and order great food from around them, every day.

About Ola:
Founded in Jan 2011 by IIT Bombay alumni Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, Ola (formerly Olacabs), is India’s most popular mobility platform. Ola integrates city transportation for customers and driver partners onto a mobile technology platform ensuring convenient, transparent and quick service fulfillment. Ola is committed to its mission of building mobility for a billion people. Using the Ola mobile app, users across 110 cities can book from over 800,000 vehicles across cabs, auto-rickshaws and taxis. Ola has also introduced a range of shared mobility services on its platform like Ola Shuttle and Ola Share for commute and ride-sharing respectively. The app is available on Windows, Android and iOS platforms.

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About Delivery Hero:
Delivery Hero is the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace with number one market positions in terms of restaurants, active users and orders in more countries than any of its competitors and online and mobile platforms across 40+ countries in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Delivery Hero also operates its own delivery service primarily in 60+ high-density urban areas around the world. The Company is headquartered in Berlin and has over 6,000 employees in addition to thousands of employed delivery drivers.
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Coffee Day Square introduces the finest culinary experience in town!

An exquisite dining experience with an innovative new menu reflecting current global trends

Say hello to Coffee Day Square, an exquisite offering by Cafe Coffee Day that is all set to launch its irresistible new menu celebrating the taste of finer things in life. An exotic range of alternate brewing techniques, tantalizing international cuisines, global cooking techniques, international standard presentation and a tempting selection of wellness and indulgent F&B options, will make Coffee Day Square every discerning coffee and food connoisseurs dream come true. Guaranteed to take you on a culinary world tour, this delectable new menu reflects the current trends that will liven up your senses and bring you something you’ve never experienced before. The menu plays around with international flavours in a manner that it offers a new twist by interestingly combining flavours.

Coffee Day Square is the ideal place to experience something new, trendy and exclusive; offering a menu that is bursting with irresistible dishes perfectly paired with the choicest beverages. Enticing flavors, signature meals, spicy-sweet treats and aromatic coffee, have all been curated with a creative flair and passion for international taste. This dining experience holds a wide repertoire that caters to every taste.

Known for its unique coffee experience with Single Origin Coffees, the new beverages launched in the menu at Coffee Day Square begins with three Alternate Brewing techniques, where each method accentuates a particular taste profile with a rich, deep combination of flavors that needs to be tasted to be believed. This includes the Siphon, the French Press and Pour Over. Fascinating coffee innovations also include drinks like Espresso Express which is a shot of espresso with an intriguing  flavour of rum and tequila topped with milk foam. There is also the unique Smoke-it-up Cold Brew – a Mandarin flavoured cold brew which comes in a blanket of smoke in the ‘Cold Coffee Extravaganza’ category

There is a whole new range of preferentially selected beverage categories as well like ‘Luscious Smoothies & Shakes’, ‘Soulful Sips’, ‘Virgin Cocktails’, ‘Refreshing Teas’, and not to forget ‘Cocoa Excess Shake’. Keeping in mind the global trend of wellness that is pioneering in India, the exquisite menu has also lined up a selection of drinks made with latest wellness ingredients like avocado, sea buckthorn, chamomile and more. Drinks like Avonade, Zesty Coconut Mandarin and infusions like Tranquil Twist and Purple Berry Blast have been introduced in order to create a fine balance between wellness and indulgence.

Coffee Day Square offers a freshness of quality presentation enhancing a visual appeal combined with exemplary cooking techniques like smoking and molecular gastronomy that is correlated to global cooking as well as eating habits. Hence items like Lenthil Vadas which serves caviar on crispy vadas have been introduced to the menu. There is drama to even the simplest of dishes like Pani Puri Twister that is bursting with flavors and textures. Avid travellers and food lovers can easily find and pair their favourite aroma & flavours and call this place their own. The menu is time specific too, running into an extensive breakfast, lunch & dinner options. The dessert category can be  reserved for an after dinner meal. However, there is a separate section catering to the all-day diners who can experience mouth-watering options between anytime of the day.

A unique blend of International flavors has been authenticated with a tasty twist. Specific items in the Japanese, Korean, Oriental cuisine have a zing of Indian flavor in it, Vietnamese Grilled Paneer Skewers, Nashville Chicken Fingers, Kung Pao Chilli Chicken to name a few.

Diners can choose to enjoy morning favourites including eggs and omelettes, celebratory cakes, pastries and heart-warming pizzas and burgers complimented with light and fresh salads. The exotic range of breads and sandwiches, noodles, rice are the next level of deliciousness.  Adding to the experience is an irresistible range of cakes and desserts. There’s plenty to intrigue your palate with the likes of caviar, avocados, and the use of not one, but three exotic varieties of cheese – Cheddar, Blue cheese, and Gouda.
Speaking about the new menu launch, Mr. Ramchander Raman - President – Food and Beverages, Coffee Day Global Limited
 said, “The Square has always been a reflection of the newest in culinary experiences. The menu for Coffee Day Square has been crafted after observing what urbane diners are seeking for. We have worked on providing multi-cuisine with a vibrant and an exotic dining experience that is combined with alternate brewing techniques, a world class presentation, new cooking techniques and international ingredients. The menu is targeted at people who seek the finer taste in life, right from the understated to the ornate. Intellectual wanderers who enjoy experimenting with their food have a range of dining options to choose from. Inspired by the wellness bandwagon, our menu boasts of bounteous signature meals and eclectic drinks prepared with the goodness of avocados, sea buckthorn and  chamomiles. We have indeed tried to meet every refined palette’s taste.”
Whether you wish to relax with a morning coffee or dine more formally, whether it’s a heart-warming signature meal or a selection of sweet treats, whether it’s the hot sip or cold brews, Coffee Day Square is the ideal location for an exemplary global culinary treat in town.

About Café Coffee Day:
Café Coffee Day is India's largest café chain in terms of number of café outlets as of December 31, 2014 (source: Indian Coffee Industry Overview, March 2015, Technopak (“Technopak, March 2015”)) and operates through Coffee Day Global Limited (“ CDGL”), a subsidiary of Coffee Day Enterprises Limited. Café Coffee Day has pioneered the coffee culture in the chained café segment in India (source: Technopak, March 2015) and opened its first café in Bengaluru in 1996. Café Coffee Day’s menu ranges from a mix of hot and cold coffees and include several food options, desserts and pastries. In addition, Café Coffee Day brand merchandise and accessories such as coffee mugs, coffee machines, travel mugs, etc. are available at the cafés.