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Friday, 27 May 2016

FRUITOMANIA - CHA BAR


Watermelons, Grapes, Cherries, Mangoes and many more of your favourite fruits make it to Cha Bar’s summer menu, beautifully combined with drinks, desserts, salads and main course dishes. The specially crafted menu will not only cool and refresh you but also treat your taste buds to a frutilicious experience.
The special menu will entice diners’ taste buds with desserts and dishes like Baked Grape Pie, Coconut Panacotta with fresh Mango Puree, Litchi Mousse, Mango Baked Cheese Cake, Honey and Lemon Parafait, Jamun Brule, Sattu Cooler, Jal Zeera, Aam Panna, Green Apple Soda, Pink Lemonade, Green Japanese Matcha Shake and many more. The foodies meet will witness Chef Namrata from The Park sharing tips on light foods and the best way to include summer fruits into your diet, alongside the tasting of the new summer menu at Cha Bar. 

 
Cha Bar’s new menu is designed to appeal to the evolving palettes and preferences of casual dining guests, while providing guests with more options to their meal experience at any time of the day. The new menu is in line with Cha Bar’s philosophy of offering yummy, wholesome and pocket friendly food with a twist.
The expansive menu has been brought out following months of culinary development, intensive research and consumer evaluation. The new menu poses for an excellent opportunity to be teamed with the array of exotic teas served at Cha Bar.


 
Cha Bar is the first of its kind urban contemporary space that created a rage in Kolkata in year 2000, turning tea from a dry page in history to a lifestyle drink! Ms Priti Paul’s brainchild backed by generations of Apeejay Surrendra Group’s experience in tea plantation business, Cha Bar was created as an integral part of more than 90 years old iconic Oxford Bookstore in city centre Park Street. The concept was expanded pan India integrated into Oxford Bookstores and customers loved the experience of being able to browse at leisure, leafing through the books of their choice, over a cup of tea from the wide selection available at the Cha Bar or simply unwinding with friends sipping the rejuvenating beverage, iced or piping hot!


 
Whether one prefers a rich, full-bodied, strong flavor, or a light fragrant taste, the Cha Bar offers a wide and enviable choice. Cha Bar believes that there is indeed nothing quite like a good cup of tea so every cup of blend we serve has journeyed, be it from the dhabas in India or from across the Globe from other cultures. Today, Cha Bar offers this experience at Oxford Bookstores across multiple stores in Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi.

The stylish and relaxing ambience of Cha Bar can make hours go by browsing through our huge collection of books while one is spoilt for choice with an assortment of Teas blended and prepared with precision, and after exhaustive research, with personalized and informed service. The space dedicated to the Cha Bar adds to the experience.


A unique feature of the environmental graphics across all Cha Bars is the Tea-Pot wall which displays the different traditional tea-pots from across the world. This not only creates awareness about the tradition of tea-serving across different continents but also adds an interesting design element adding to the ambience of the space. It also showcases how different teas in our menus are served and promotes the dying truck art of Pakistan and the Bollywood poster art of India, for which special artists are commissioned by, Ms Priti Paul, Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group.

Cha Bar Menu is refreshed regularly with additional varieties of exotic Teas and delectable snacks with in-house experts at Apeejay Tea Group with experience of nurturing tea in our plantations dating back more than a 100 years and renowned Chefs of the Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels with nearly 5 decades of experience in fine hospitality and award winning Food & Beverage offerings.

About Oxford Bookstore Connaught Place
Oxford Bookstore Connaught Place offers a carefully curated list of titles for booklovers to browse through and buy and perhaps the world’s largest assortment of teas in the hip Cha Bar, to create a holistic experience for book lovers. The entrance leading to the bookstore houses a big Neon Wall, a cloud of words in English-Hindi-Latin that envelopes book lovers in a universe of emotions linked to reading. Inside, in the tranquil space, hands-on staff, knowledgeable and highly trained book specialists, offer suggestions of handpicked titles from major, independent and indie publishers: a great selection of books, some exclusive to Oxford Bookstore. The selection features both emerging and established authors from India and the world. Shelves stocked with the best in Indian Writing, International Fiction and Translations take one into a spacious, elongated Reading Room which opens onto a dedicated Events Space. Well-researched sections on Languages and New Age books address issues of addiction, relationships, unexplained phenomena, and showcase the best of thinkers and Indian gurus. A wide range of titles in Travel Writing, books that showcase the very essence of New Delhi and a specially curated section of books on tea are other highlights.
Cha Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

CAFE @HYATT REGENCY - Summer Fresh Salads and Drinks




Soft tinkling laughter, languid whispered conversations, summer shine filtering in gently – this is what greets you as you step into the Café at Hyatt Regency, New Delhi. This is soon becoming my favourite place to brunch, and ever since their invite to sample the new summer buffet menu, I have been there once more and probably suggested it to all of my ladies that lunch groups. Not saying men wont enjoy it equally much, though.


This is ‘the’ place for the best of this season’s salads, fresh juices, summery cocktails and the most fabulous desserts. The menu includes exotic, mouth-watering appetizers, hearty salads, fresh pasta, delicious Indian curries and perfectly-cooked grills amongst others. Diners can experience a full Sunday Brunch from the five interactive kitchens, served with champagne, wine, beer, fresh juices and iced teas.
Chef Abhishek Singh, Chef De Cuisine at Café said, “We wanted to enhance the variety and quality of the buffet menu by laying emphasis on European, French, British, American, Spanish, Indian and regional Indian cuisines. We have increased the number of salads and added a variety of Indian curries with breads. Patrons also have a choice to ‘Make Your Own Salad’ or indulge in some hearty cheese, ham/salami selection.”

 
Though I did briefly indulge in the very fragrant and flavorsome Indian curries, it was the salads, grills and desserts that stole my heart. The salads featured a range of seasonal summer veggies and the exotics too. Pairing delicately prepared meats with fruits, citrusy or lightly creamy dressings, every spoonful promised heaven. The especially developed salads by Chef Abhishek Singh were a study in aesthetic and flavor. The platings ranged from minimalistic to hearty, depending on what the ingredients demanded. Our tasting table welcomed with the Italian Berry Fizz cocktail, a delightful coming together of bubbly and raspberries. For those who preferred to stay stone cold sober, there was the Café Summer Cooler, a refreshingly happy mocktail. And then followed one after the other, the new masterpieces, weaving in seamlessly with our pick of salads, mains, breads and cheeses from the buffet.


We started out with the Mango and Papaya Carpacio. Sweet, succulent bites of cool fruit most beautifully flavoured with a citrus dressing, blue berries and arugula. Californication was another level altogether, a rather colourfully interesting coming together of Californian strawberries, Californian grapes lettuce and bacon. The Balsamic Marinated Vegetables were just so lovely, like this little cityscape, where the skyscrapers were actually fine slivers of zucchini, beets, etc rolled up like towers! The Cous-Cous Salad With Caponata and also the Shrimp and Avacado Salad were delightfully light. However, the star of the evening for me was the Chef Salad, the most brilliant salad of fresh figs, rocket, poached pears and feta. This is what I keep going back for.


The mains and grills need no praise, they are always just so damn good at Hyatt, you can take it as a given you will be happy with them.

On to my favourite part of the meal – the desserts. Pies, puddings, mousses, sorbets, soufflés, mithais, cookies, marshmallows, tarts…there was nothing I could find missing!

Hyatt Regency has always been on top of the charts when it comes to promoting natural and fresh ingredients. Farm fresh fruits and veggies being served direct onto our tables this summer is the latest example. One should not miss such good salads made with the best organic stuff available in a new and innovative manner.





CAFE , Hyatt Regency, New Delhi.






Compiled and Edited By  : Sonalini Chaudhry
Pics by : Vickrham (vicky)
Email : vickrham.m@gmail.com

Cafe - Hyatt Regency Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Food Revolution : Jamies Italian Way




                          Food Revolution: For A Healthier 'We'

With the ever increasing pace of our busy lives, with new developments taking over our brains by the second, we are currently living in an era where everything is getting easier for us to use or to get access of. From doing our chores in a click to smart watches monitoring our each step, everything today is making life much simpler for us. Despite all these developments there is one thing that has not only suffered but has become worse, i.e. our health. From skipping meals to overeating at some point of the day, such irregular food habits are not only harming us but are also being passed on to the future generations. To make for a healthier next generation, Food Revolution- an initiative by Jamie Oliver, a British celebrity chef, is working towards changing the way children access, consume and understand food.

 
Every May, special cooking sessions, discussion groups and tasting sessions are organized to celebrate the Food Revolution Day and to its success, to raise awareness and invite more and more people to join this revolution. Recently, such a cooking session was arranged at Jamie's Italian, Vasant Kunj which aimed at creating healthy-delightful easy to cook recipes for the kids. The session was conducted by Chef Abhinav and Chef Dhruv.

With the cooking stations set and all the prep done for each and every recipe, we tried our hands on making a hearty bowl of Minestrone Soup, a Classic Tomato Spaghetti and Fish with Pesto Dressed Veggies. Each of us added our twists to the dishes, from overusing the cheese to taking the dish a notch up by adding more vegetables, it was a fun session with enthusiastic kids around us. With each step of making the dish we were educated about the importance of quantity and quality of the ingredients. The best part of the session- hog on the food which was created by us amateurs. Everybody with their aprons on took this opportunity to learn and further spread the message of healthy eating.

 
We should always remember that a meaningful change can only be built from the ground up. Following healthier eating habits today will trickle down to the future generations and so on. All we need is do our bit and pass on the habit.

You also can sign up and join the food revolution by visiting www.jamiesfoodrevolution.org

Happy Healthy Eating to You!








Compiled By : Ritika Dhawan
Email : vickrham.m@gmail.com




Thursday, 19 May 2016

RADISSON BLU MBD NOIDA - LAUNCH OF THE PRIVE COLLECTION



Radisson Blu MBD Hotel,Noida Hosts a Lavish Celebration for the Launch of their ‘Privé Collection’

~ MBD Privé Collection - The Ultimate Uber-Luxury Destination in Delhi-NCR! ~



Noida’s first 5-star deluxe property, the Radisson Blu MBD Hotel, Noida, has launched their all-new MBDPrivé Collection, which offers the highest level of luxury and comfort way beyond your expectations, with a grand celebration and an ultimate uber luxury experience at the luxurious property amidst the crème de la crème of Delhi-NCR today. The synergy of timeless craftsmanship and modern engineering is sure to make the MBD Privé Collection a unique address for discerning travelers in Delhi-NCR.

The evening began with picking up guests in chauffeur driven premium luxury cars presenting an exotic treat of leisure, followed by a tour of ostentatious collection of rooms that were tastefully decorated to suit the distinct guest moods in the world of luxury: work on a marvelously crafted writing desk, white glove dinner service, signature morning tea service and turn down service with signature aroma in bathtub. Each mood was depicted in bespoke style with customized light setting and theme music in each room type to give the perfect feel. This tour culminated in a specially curated dinner service with champagne and a beautiful Harp & Flute duo instrumental live performance.

 
The rooms have been designed in the best Venetian and French traditions as the decorative scheme encapsulates centuries with styles alternating between those from the Victorian to the most contemporary, which makes its appearance timeless and eclectic. Each furniture piece is bespoke and finished meticulously with gold carvings that date back to the 1800s. All the decorative lights, including goose necks, table lamps, chandeliers and standing lamps are hand-picked for their unique character and presence to heighten the elegance of the elaborately designed rooms. Quintessentially, the features in the new range include rich fabrics, high beds with footstools, elegant bathroom fittings, modern amenities and neoclassical carpets. The detailed craftsmanship in ceilings and walls creates interesting design elements at the MBD Privé Collection.


Each room in this brand new MBD Privé Collection defines uber luxury as it emulates the fashion and impeccable interiors of rococo style while staying true to its Indian roots by blending it with heavy lush embroidery and authentic ‘dabka’ work on draperies and cushions. The calmness of the interiors is inviting while the freshness is introduced by refreshing green adorned with subtle wallpapers at the corridor level. Adding to the royal charm, the rooms have POP-carved frames around colonial paintings, which are well complemented by the floor with contemporary Italian wooden and stone finishes. Each element has its own peculiarity while retaining design cohesion through different eras thus making it ageless and offering the best of bothworlds. All the guest rooms and suites have a collection of antique finish furniture with elegant bathrooms and a range of impressive reclaimed beds and emperor beds with intricate gilt bed wall canopies and bed throws.

To provide the exquisite and unique touch, there’s a Privé Lounge, which is an exclusive area that makes for a perfect space for an extravagant lunch or an exuberant networking dinner with complimentary cocktail hours, lavish evening amenities and a well-stocked library for passionate readers. To the most astute global travelers, the MBD Privé Collection presents a lavish experience including a personal butler, access to the Privé Lounge, signature amenities, signature  aromas, mood-lighting, in-room technology that cater to personal specifications and much more for an effortless and luxury stay experience.


Comprising of 33 elaborately designed rooms that are lavishly furnished to ensure an unprecedented level of luxury and hospitality experience for the guests, with the bespoke personalized services catering to their individual needs, Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida is all set to establish the finest and the most revered hospitality benchmark in the city. With this new addition, the Radisson Blu MBD Hotel, Noida has redefined luxury and comfort and is soon going to become the first choice in Delhi-NCR for anyone travelling for business and pleasure by exceeding the expectations of those looking to indulge themselves in an effortless, regal and opulent stay experience!

About Radisson Blu MBD Hotel, Noida:

Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida is fully owned and managed by the MBD Group In its twelve years of existence, the Radisson Blu MBD Hotel, Noida has quietly, but distinctly defined itself as a trendsetter and is a top performing hotel in competition set. Moreover, in 2015-16, the hotel has achieved revpar among the top 3 hotels in the entire NCR. The Hotel creates a beautiful synergy of fashion, style and hospitality with its award winning food and beverage outlets Made In India (The Indian Restaurant), ‘RED (The Oriental Restaurant)  and the The Chocolate Box & lounge  along withS-18 (The 24 hrs brasserie) and Espace spa and fitness club. The Hotel was honored with the Hospitality India award for “The Best Business Hotel in Delhi & NCR” 2009 & 2012. In just a short span of less than two years, Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida, received the “The Best Franchise of the year award 2005. The Hotel also received the Asia Pacific’s Best Performing Franchised Hotel of the Year for 2011 Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, ‘Hotel of the year’ 2012 and 13 and “Responsible Business Hotel of the year 2012”, Franchised Hotel Asia Pacific by the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida has also featured amongst the top 100 Best Business Hotel in India by Conde’ Nast Travelers (2012). The hotel has also been awarded the Silver certification from Earth Check; the world’s leading and largest environmental management system in use by the travel and tourism industry. The hotel has also got inducted into ‘Hall of Fame’ of Five-time Certificate of Excellence Winners on the World’s Largest Travel Site, TripAdvisor.

GADBAD SUNDAE & WATERMELON JUICE AS REVITALIZERS AT SAGAR RATNA



Sagar Ratna’s ‘Gadbad Sundae’ and ‘Watermelon Juice’ revitalizes the taste buds during this scorching heat

Sagar Ratna, one of the most recognised names for South Indian food launches delectable “Gadbad” Sundae ice-cream and refreshing “Watermelon Juice” in its 37 restaurants across Delhi & NCR. The cool menus received a hot response from the fans and patrons of Sagar Ratna, who are relishing the fresh, healthy and sumptuous food for almost 3 decades. The majority of food fanatics was pleased to pamper themselves with tempting “Gadbad” sundae and salubrious “Watermelon Juice”.


Gadbad” sundae is a colourful camouflage of mango, vanilla and strawberry ice creams all mixed together topped with cashew nuts, fruit cocktails and cherry. The amalgamation of all top summer flavours will add a soothing touch and is sure to refresh your mind from the hot weather. The nuts at the top will give a crunchy touch to your taste. Seasoned with chocolate syrup, Gadbad is priced at Rs. 150, per serving. The fresh watermelon juice (250ml) in glass tumbler is available at Rs. 120, only which will re-energize your senses besides giving you a healthy retreat.


About Sagar Ratna

The first branch of Sagar Ratna was started in Defence Colony in 1986 by Jayaram Banan and since then it has moved on to become the most preferred destination for South Indian cuisine across the country. The chain is currently headed by CEO Murali Krishna Parna for the last four years. Within a short span Sagar Ratna has spread its wings far and wide and today with more than 90 restaurants, Sagar Ratna has established its presence in the National Capital Region (NCR) through company owned restaurants and in various prominent cities of North India through franchise outlets. Having won numerous awards in the Hospitality industry in various categories over the years, Sagar Ratna continues to delight its customers with its authentic South Indian food cooked fresh many times a day.
The must – try dishes at any of Sagar Ratna restaurants are the Mini Idlis dipped in sambhar, Medu Vada, Dahi Vada, Masala Dosa, Rava Onion Masala Dosa, Mysore Masala Dosa, Rava Kesari. The nascent coffee aroma emanating from the filter coffee, served in the traditional steel tumbler and the saucer is another specialty of Sagar.

In an ever-evolving market, Sagar Ratna believes in delighting the customers with new innovations in its menu and this keeps us way ahead of competitionPlease find attached press release along with Hi resolution photographs pertaining to the same

The must – try dishes at any of Sagar Ratna restaurants are the Mini Idlis dipped in sambhar, Medu Vada, Dahi Vada, Masala Dosa, Rava Onion Masala Dosa, Mysore Masala Dosa, Rava Kesari. The nascent coffee aroma emanating from the filter coffee, served in the traditional steel tumbler and the saucer is another specialty of Sagar Ratna.

In an ever-evolving market, Sagar Ratna believes in delighting the customers with new innovations in its menu and this keeps us way ahead of competition.

Please find attached press release along with Hi resolution photographs pertaining to the same.

Item : Gadbad Sundae’ and ‘Watermelon Juice’
Timings : 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Venue : Sagar Ratna ,Delhi ,NCR

Price-  Gadbad is priced at Rs. 150, per serving, The fresh watermelon juice (250ml) in glass tumbler is available at Rs. 120.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Kitchen District – Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon




Kitchen District –Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon

 
Yes, I know it is completely out of the way from everywhere. Yes, I know it’s just a tad bit far for an impromptu dine out plan. But it is five very distinct cuisines, five kitchens existing in perfect harmony, creating a beautiful symphony of aromas, flavors and textures and forming one culinary district! And how often does that happen? So, yes you may have to plan your visit to the Kitchen District at Hyatt Regency - Gurgaon a little in advance but it will be worth your while and more.




The minute you enter this uniquely planned space, you feel awash with good vibes – the ambient lighting, beautifully spaced seating, the vibrantly alive kitchens that are open to your view and the delightfully courteous staff all come together to form such a happy, charming ambience that you just know it will be an experience to remember.

Kitchen District has introduced a gourmet menu bursting with new flavours and textures. Specially curated by a team of passionate chefs, the new menu is light on the palate and stomach, using the choicest array of fresh and exotic ingredients. The extensive menu focuses on handpicked dishes from the coastal regions around the Mediterranean, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and China cooked to perfection. Dishes are created using simple, traditional cooking methods – grilled, steamed, stir fried, and baked which bring out the true essence of the cuisine.

 
Chef Ashutosh Kumar had us feeling right at home and was to be our host for the meal, and Chef …… was holding fort at the kitchens, ready to enthrall us with some of the finest preparations we have sampled recently. The welcome drink was quite a surprise – it was actually a Kala Khatta Chuski! Now though I mostly shy away from chuski as a rule, I did have to take the customary trial sip. And it was rather nice, albeit only in small doses for me. I am sure those who enjoy this flavor will absolutely love it. But I must admit I focused more on the deliciously warm, fragrant bread that graced our table with an awesome dip. 





Our first sampling was from the new Japanese menu - a mixed platter of sushi and sashimi – moth wateringly gorgeous. The Maguro and Shake Sashimi, Tekka, Shake and Shitake Sushi with pungent wasabi and soy were an absolute dream. I recommend you definitely try their wonderful new Japanese menu. With a new Chef handling this segment, it is quite the star draw at Hyatt this summer. Liam Crotty, Executive Chef at Hyatt Regency Gurgaon said, “Being a globetrotter and having gathered knowledge about different cultures and food, I have specially designed the menu with one idea in mind – global cuisines as per the local flavor.”

From the Asian menu, I absolutely loved the Tofu Tod; it’s a fried preparation, with succulent chunks of tofu, fried and tossed with sweet chili and ground peanuts. The moneybag dumplings were rather good too but the Char Sui Bun stuffed with peking pork and hoison sauce really stood apart as the absolute winner. We also sampled the Wonton Noodles Soup that boasted a fine coming together of shitake mushrooms, egg noodles, vegetables and chicken wontons in a light refreshing broth. The Wok Fried Vegetables were indeed a unique take on stir fry. They were delightfully and predominantly green with asparagus, snow peas and bok choy flavoured with a sesame garlic sauce. Extremely light and summery.


Accompanying our meal was a selection of cocktails from the special summer menu. They were presented beautifully and tasted just as great as they looked. Mixologist Niraj Ved has outdone himself with this special menu, creating heady mixes based on guest suggestions. Including a couple of recipes here – do try them at home for an indulgent evening.


We were now joined by Head of PR, Simmi Sood and by the General Manager, Roger Wright who with his wonderful wit and great sense of humour told us many an interesting tale. They insisted we try the non-vegetarian thali from their South Indian kitchen and also the Tawa Macchi. Coated with green chili, coriander, garlic and lemon, the fish was hot, spicy and really sharpened the appetite, gearing us up for the very lavish South Indian Platter that featured delightful preparations of lamb, fish, chicken, beetroot and oh so much more! Its way more than one person can hope to finish and we regrettably had to leave some of it for we had much more to try.

Moving on to the Western Menu, the Pan Seared Scallops with carrot ginger puree were cooked to perfection, retaining their soft texture paired with a gently flavoured sauce and also a very interesting fish brandade on the side. The Salmon Carpaccio came delicately flavoured with lentil vinaigrette and raisin jam. We drizzled a little balsamic on it of course as we are wont to do in our special signature way. Divine, absolutely divine. The Ricotta and Herb Ravioli was a gentle melding of flavours from cauliflower puree to potatoes to truffle butter sauce.

 
Stuffed full but craving dessert we ploughed on courageously. I say courageously, because well, I am known to consume copious amounts of dessert with no qualms – and getting to them after a very satiating and large meal does require courage! This is where Chef Ashutosh was in his full element! Being the patisserie chef, he was waiting to see our blissed out expressions after sampling his fabulous creations. And oh what a spread! I am so egging him on to do a dessert festival after this! Saffroned Pears…can you just imagine the burst of flavours here – pears poached with saffron syrup over hours, stuffed with herbed goat cheese – I cannot even begin to describe the sensations this arouses. This was followed by a very delightful Shahi Tukda doused with vanilla oil, topped with a cardamom mascarpone with a pretty rose petal as crown. We also tried the Chocolate Fondant with salted caramel centre, a sesame tuile and vanilla ice cream – what a beautiful presentation. The Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich was to die for, loaded with raspberry sorbet, tart raspberries, mint and ah, I just can’t describe it without going into a daydream! But the piece de resistance, wait for it, was the Chocolate Pizza! Chocolate dough base, topped with vanilla icecream, shavings of chocolate, pecan nuts, chocolate sauce…just gorgeous! Little wonder then that this is the signature dessert.

 
Nobody would want this experience to end, right? Believe me I was sad to leave the desserts and go. Sighing, I got up from the table with my friend, bidding adieu to all the wonderful people who brought this meal together. But it didn’t end there! For Chef Ashutosh sent us off with a fine selection of his delicious macarons - passionfruit, raspberry and olive!

Life couldn’t get any better, what say? As I grin from ear to ear, reliving this fabulous meal, I give Kitchen District five rounds out of five. Head there soonest to get your time in culinary heaven.


KITCHEN DISTRICT - HYATT REGENCY, 
NH-8, GURGAON



Compiled by : Vickrham (vicky) and Sonalini Chaudhry
Review By : Vickrham (vicky) and Sonalini Chaudhry
Edited By : Sonalini Chaudhry