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Monday, 29 February 2016

PUNJAB GRILL IN BANGKOK





India-based Lite Bite Foods expands in SE Asia with the brand Punjab Grill in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand –India-based Lite Bite Foods Pvt. Ltd., owners and operators of fine-dining Indian cuisine under the brand name of “Punjab Grill”, today opened its third overseas branch in Bangkok to further expand its footprint into Southeast Asia.

“Following an unexpectedly warm welcome to our Singapore restaurant located in Marina Bay Sands, we feel that this is the perfect timing to come to Bangkok especially in light of increased tourism and demand for fine-dining Indian cuisine as well as a significantly large Indian community in Thailand,” said Mr. Amit Burman, Chairman of Lite Bite Foods Pvt. Ltd.

Punjab Grill Bangkok commands a total space of 280 square meters including the bar and lounge, and has a seating capacity for 70 guests.  Diners who have experienced Punjab Grill’s cuisine in India, Abu Dhabi or Singapore will now be able to enjoy the restaurant’s signature dishes of ‘Avocado Papdi Chaat’ (avocado tossed with sweet and spicy chutneys and marinated cherry tomatoes, and served in flour roll cones), ‘Tawa Scallops’ (pan-seared, spiced king scallops, served with saffron scented Tandoori cauliflower puree and topped with cauliflower fritters) and ‘Tandoori Jheenga’(tiger prawns scented with carom seed and char-grilled in a tandoori oven, served with mint and coriander chutney). 
Announcing the launch of Punjab Grill in Bangkok, Rohit Aggarwal, Director, Lite Bite Foods said, "After consolidating presence and making a strong connect with food lovers in the various cities like Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune & Bangalore, this is the perfect time for us to enter the City of Angels.” He further added, Bangkok as a local palate is quite different as compared to the rest of the world. Considering the demographics of the city, our menu mix is slightly bigger here as compared to other cities.”
The menu at Punjab Grill Bangkok has been designed by Chef Gurpreet Singh & Chef Bharath Bhat. Chef Bharath brings with him a wealth of experience from 5-star hotels and resorts such as Grosvenor House Dubai, Armani hotels, St. Regis, Le Meridien and Alila resorts.  He has played a major role to ensure that not only high quality fresh ingredients and local produce are available, but also that the dishes selected reflect the discerning standards and authenticity of the Punjab Grill brand.
Chef Gurpreet, Corporate Chef, Lite Bite Foods, further added that "We are excited to extend our culinary expertise to a new market through our signature brand. Bangkok is a wonderfully diverse city and people will definitely love the authentic and unparalleled taste of fine North-Indian cuisine and experience refined hospitality that the restaurant offers.”

“We are delighted that Lite Bite Foods has chosen to open Punjab Grill Bangkok in the premises of our hotel.  Although the restaurant has its own main entrance in the driveway and is geared to be a separate dining destination, our guests will also have the benefit from having such a reputable Indian restaurant on their doorstep”, commented Mr. Simon Ramsay, General Manager of Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit hotel.  “The restaurant is also very convenient in terms of location as Sukhumvit Soi 13 can be accessed by both Nana and Asoke BTS stations which are close by”, Mr. Ramsay added.

Punjab Grill Bangkok will only be open for dinner from 6:00 – 11:30 p.m., and during the month of February 2016, every diner making a reservation through its website: www.punjabgrillbangkok.com will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco to join in celebrating the opening of the restaurant.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

RANGLA PUNJAB - PUNJAB GRILL , SAKET





Punjab, the land of the five rivers - Beas, Sutlej, Chenab, Ravi and Jhelum, is also called the land of milk and honey. Perhaps it would be appropriate to call it the land of plenty!! Punjabi cooking and eating is just like the Punjabis themselves. It is simple and forthright. Punjabis are a hardworking and fun loving community by nature with food and merriment, very much a part of their lives.

Being an agricultural state the staple food of Punjab is wheat and to accompany hot rotis and parathas are a variety of the most exotic vegetarian and non-vegetarian delights.

Punjabi cuisine has always been strongly influenced by Mughal invaders who brought with them the tradition of the great Tandoor and now Punjabi tandoori cooking is celebrated as one of the most popular cuisine throughout the world.



Punjabi cuisine is not subtle in its flavors. There are no intricate marinades or exotic sauces but it has full-bodied masalas (spices) cooked with liberal amount of pure desi ghee (clarified butter) always served with a liberal hand of butter or cream. Milk and its products are an essential part of everyday cooking. Curd and buttermilk are also an essential concomitant with every Punjabi meal.





Keeping the tradition alive and to bring the heartland of Punjab to our own city, Punjab Grill has done its best so far. Punjab Grill from the house of Lite Bite Foods have tried to take things to a new level. Corporate Chef  Gurpreet Singh Gehdu with his Team has done wonders which are real works of art, I must say.



We have always , for as long as I remember have savoured only a selected few dishes like Butter chicken, Dal Makhni and Sarson ka Saag with Makki ki Roti and considered them to be the cult dishes from Punjab. But we never gave it a second thought that these dishes have always been done commercially at Restaurant level, whereas real Punjabi cuisine has existed and evolved at Punjabi homes in Pinds (villages) and towns of Punjab.

Team Punjab Grill has done a lot of research and finally brought back the gems of traditional cuisine of Punjab like the Atta chicken, Kunna meat, Maa Choley di Daal, Khoya Paneer, Lamb and Chicken Pickle, Jaggery infused with spices, Ghee Shakkar and not to forget the most appetizing Kali Gajar ki Kanji.

I was invited by them to relish these delicacies, and was really impressed by the way they have cooked and presented the whole affair. Each and every dish , starting with the  Machhi ke pakode ( big chunks of river Sole fish covered in chickpea flour batter with ajwain and deep fried) which were the best I have had till date. The Mutton Chaap was and has always been the most coveted dish at Punjab Grill, the three ribbed mutton cuts coated in the most exotic blend of spices and grilled; melt in the mouth types. The Kali Gajar ki Kanji was the perfect accompaniment and a great start to the meal. 


The highlight of the meal was the Kot Kapura Atta Chicken, which was served next. It came as a ball of dough, well cooked and brownish in colour (grilled in tandoor). The server very humbly cut the dough and the muslin cloth in which the chicken was wrapped inside with whole almonds and tandoori masala in yoghurt etc. Smell was amazing and yes the taste was very different from whatever style of chicken you have ever had. Though it was a little dry, but still very unique and flavourful. The dishes like the Kunna Meat ( cooked everything together in one pot) and Pind da Saag  (coarsely ground) were served in clay bowls accompaniments were fresh white butter, lamb and chicken pickle, gajar gobhi pickle,and not to forget the Khoya Paneer( white gravy with sweet milky flavour) and the Maa Choleya di Daal ( Langar Style).  

Small size breads i.e. Tiny lachha paranthas, pudina paranthas and mirchi paranthas were served , which were very cute as well as perfectly done. One of the best dishes was the Hari Choliya Pulao made with Basmati rice and the Sela; tasted really awesome.


The Ghee Shakkar (powdered jaggery) was another gem on the table, which made the whole experience more worthwhile. For the desserts they had done beautiful Jaggery Rice (not very sweet at all) and the Makhana ki Kheer. Both were very nicely made and a perfect closure to our meal experience.

For the love of Punjabi food, especially the unique dishes on offer during this promotion ; all the foodies and food lovers whether Punjabis or not must visit Punjab Grill and savour the flavours of RANGLA PUNJAB.




 PUNJAB GRILL - Level Two, Select City Walk, Saket
UPTO - Feb 24th (Lunch and Dinner)



Punjab Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Coverage and Review By : Vickrham (vicky)
Email :  vickrham.m@gmail.com






'WAHRABIA FEST' at BARBEQUE NATION



WAHRABIA FEST - BARBEQUE NATION


















EVENT

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Indulge in the food and fantasies of Arab lands, only at Barbeque Nation’s ’Wahrabia Fest’- Arabian Food Festival

THEME

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WAHRABIA FEST:

An Arabian food festival that aims to enthrall diners with myriads of enchanting flavours of the Arabian lands. Walk into Barbeque Nation and treat your taste-buds to the exotic cuisine. Sit back and relax as Barbeque Nation weaves the magic of Arabian nights with colorful, dreamy decorations and beautiful lanterns that will transport you to the exotic lands of Arabia making you feel like a true royalty.

MENU

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Signature dishes include Jojeh Kebab, Rubian Mashwi, Arabian Kafta Lamb Seekh, Farareej el Fahem and Dabel Kebab. Also on the menu are vegetarian preparations such as Curried Chickpeas, Afelia Batata, Felafel Pita pockets, Sheesh Kudra, Zucchini Fasigratin. Offerings on dessert include Baklava, Saffron Muhallabieh, Kataif Mihshi, Date pastry.

DATE

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 26 February – 13 March, 2016

TIME
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Lunch and Dinner hours

VENUE
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In Barbeque Nation’s 111 outlets in Delhi-NCR region (Connaught Place, Jangpura, Saket, Vasant Kunj, Pitampura, Janakpuri, Vivek Vihar, Noida, Faridabad, Sohna Road and Sushant Lok)
ABOUT BARBEQUE NATION

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Barbeque Nation is a pioneer in India to promote ‘DIY’ (do-it-yourself) cuisine with a concept of live on-the-table grill in India and is the largest casual dining brand in the country. The restaurant offers a pre-fixed menu with a fixed price. The menu is drawn from Mediterranean, American, Oriental, Asian and Indian subcontinent. With more than 62 outlets across the nation, it offers a happy blend of various cuisines in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices.
COST
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Average meal for two: Rs. 1600

CONTACT NUMBER
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Delhi - 011 60600000/02 | Noida - 0120 6060000 | Gurgaon - 0124 6060000

Monday, 22 February 2016

ART OF CHOCOLATE MAKING - FOODHALL @DLF SAKET





The Art of Chocolate Making with 
Chef Olivier Vincenot Corporate Chef Foodhall 
At Foodhall @ DLF Saket


The ultimate gourmands paradise, Foodhall @ DLF Saket hosted a special chocolate making workshop with Chef Olivier Vincenot , Corporate Chef at Foodhall, who transported the attendees to the wonderland of fruit and nut chocolates. Chef Olivier displayed his culinary skills and ensured a chocolatier out of everyone who attended this live demonstration.  


Chef Olivier rustled some of the most delicious flavors of chocolates, Truffles Mocha: (Ganache), Fruits & nuts Mandian, Chocolate mousse and Chocolate almonds, to name a few of the sinful indulgence.

The event witnessed Chef Olivier Vincenot sharing his secrets and techniques of making perfect chocolate through various applications like tempering, moulding and decorating chocolates. The guests enjoyed themselves as they spent a fun afternoon honing the chocolatier in them. .














About Foodhall:

Foodhall, a premium lifestyle food superstore, Future Group’s ambitious venture, is a pure gastronomical delight. Latching on to the love for global cuisines, Foodhall is an answer to every foodie’s inner epicure. Launched in May 2011, Foodhall is a one-stop destination for a well travelled urban consumer who understands the nuances of gourmet cooking. An eye-appealing exotic store captures the novel concepts from around the world on one platter. With an aesthetic mix of Indian flavors with the west, this specialty store is a den of discovery - of the finest global foods and ingredients.

Foodhall appeals to every food connoisseur with its custom-made gift hampers, monthly thematic festivals, beautiful display of fruits and vegetables, a spice station, live demo kitchen and fresh sampling of ingredients in the best possible combinations. These make shopping at Foodhall an enriching experience. A perfect blend of culinary presentation and ingredients in Foodhall is at par with any international gourmet food store. It has an extensive global variety in every category – the offerings range from Tomotillo (Green Tomatoes of Mexico) to gluten-free breads such as pizza dough, bagels, to range of super-food options such as Greek Yoghurts, fat-free organic milk, Tofu, gourmet chocolates, oils and vinegars, smoked salmon, mock meats, specialty cold cuts, teas, fresh truffles and various food delights including a variety of Indian foods.

Foodhall offers an assortment of fresh and packaged foods and covers international and pan-Indian cuisine. From avocados from South America and over 60 varieties of cheese to freshly made authentic breads by in house chefs, Foodhall has an exhaustive range to offer. Well stocked in fresh produce, dairy and packaged foods, this food enthusiasts’ hub boasts of an extensive frozen section and a good delicatessen selling cheese and poultry. One can also choose from their impressive array of breads, snacks, desserts and savories, both Indian and international.

Keeping in mind the day to day needs Foodhall offers a huge variety of staples, dry fruits and organic food items. With its wide array of offerings the store certainly proves to be the ultimate foodies indulgence store offering the curious and passionate foodie something new each time.

Foodhall also caters to all the dining and cooking needs of customers with an array of kitchen appliances and accessories.

Living up to its image of being innovative and offering a world class experience under its arcade .It has an exclusive seating area called the Foodhall Deli. Foodhall Deli is the first of its kind café space at any food retail outlet with an elaborate menu offering in house blended coffees, meals, salads, sandwiches, savories and pastries, etc.

Live Counters with a café style seating serving freshly cooked food, ASA spice station offering a selection of over 150 rare and exotic spices and herbs from all over the world and Chado Tea Bar are the highlights of Foodhall. This heaven for food lovers has mastered everything to do with Food: Variety, Specialty and Experience.

Foodhall with its array of exclusive offerings and an inviting environment with wooden décor, warm lights and food visuals coupled with superior customer service and innovative display of food promises to create a complete sensory experience which will ensure an experiential, solutions oriented and most pleasurable shopping experience.