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Sunday, 31 July 2016

WOKTOK @THE GRAND - DIMSUMS AND BEER GO BOTTOMLESS






 The vibrant Pan Asian specialty restaurant WokTok at The Grand, New Delhi blends in the best of Asian culinary excellence of steaming, frying and tossing up the most authentic of flavors by the chefs. It comprises of distinct components viz an open kitchen that is encountered immediately on entering the restaurant; two beautifully designed private dining rooms, the dining area and the outdoor seating in the plush lawns.

The huge glass façade gives way to the bright daylight and the monsoon drizzle can be seen and experienced even when sitting inside sipping and biting into the most delicious food.
I was invited to cover their ongoing Dimsums and Beer festival at WokTok. The staff is friendly and always ready to serve you with a smile. The Chef welcomed me and we placed ourselves in of their Private dining areas.


Chef Nilesh Dey who is a talent warehouse has recently joined The Grand, New Delhi and has started showing his creativity in a real focused manner , which can be very well seen in his dishes and offerings. We had a great time together, chatting and discussing on the different styles of cooking, cuisines, especially Mongolian and other oriental forms of grilling etc. OMG, Chef Dey has so much in store with him, we could have continued for 3 days at a stretch talking on our favourite subject food and would have been craving for more even after that.



Our ever so charming host, Deeksha Mishra (Head. Marcomm. & PR) also accompanied us thru this yummy culinary journey and we had loads of talks about the food scene at the hotel and otherwise….. But as always our focus was on the specially curated Dimsums …. 

The crunchy mix of mushrooms, asparagus, bok choy, water chestnut, almonds and many more vegetables goes well as a stuffing for a Dimsum and we had a perfect one to start for at WokTok.
A lamb kothe…. Hot as it was,  I had a whale of a time biting down on its marinated mince with spices wrapped in a just-perfect starch sheet — and lightly pan-seared on one side. This was something quite unusual as dimsums are usually steamed — or fried keeping in mind, Indian preferences.

 A quick sip of beer and it was time for another dimsum offering! But this time, it was with a combination of dips – soya, garlic and chilli with a tinge of sweetness and fresh coriander and caramelized onion relish …. With Pork char sui Bao and the Sui Mai chicken Dimsums. The Bao was just perfect….Oh! I am feeling hungry …. The soup with dimsums (leeks and ginger chicken dumplings) after that acted as a perfect complement to this meal as it helped us wash down the already ingested creations called Dimsums. The Dimsums were full of meat juices and that too without the use of fat as informed to us by the Chef. Hats off to him and his recipes, as Dimsums and oriental food as such is thought to be very healthy and he has done his best to keep it that way.


With a little bit of creativity one can really go places because there are endless combinations of fillings that you can opt for. For instance, seafood is now being used which was previously not done, mostly Dimsums were made using lamb, pork and chicken with a mix of veggies.
 
I, being the lucky one got a chance to savour some of the dishes from the new menu too, which is yet to be launched. Some of them I had not even heard before. Quite different and unusual but keeping the basics intact. But we will not get in too much of details regarding that for now, lets focus only on the Dimsums.

 
WokTok is a hidden gem and is starting to shine again with the new Chef and his team pumping all their energy into it. The F & B scene is taking a drastic turn at The Grand, New Delhi and very soon will be one of the best places to dine in the city.


 Unlimited Dimsums & Draught Beer

 Rs. 1245+ taxes per person

 WokTok, The Grand New Delhi




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Friday, 29 July 2016

Weber- American covered Grilling Master forays into North India!



Launches its first flagship store in Delhi and first Grill Academy in India

Weber India, a 100% subsidiary of Weber Stephen Products LLC, expands its footprint with the opening of its flagship store on MG Road, New Delhi and exclusive experiential zone ‘Grill Academy’ in the same premise. The premier grilling products manufacturer major has introduced its extensive range of Grilling products for B2B and B2C customers, including the signature charcoal grills and gas grills along with grilling accessories. 

Going forward with its essence, “Don’t just grill, let’s Weber”- Weber is here to add a new dimension to the culinary experience. At the launch event, two star chefs demonstrated scrumptious fusion of local gourmet with a twist of American grilling culture, and showcased Weber’s unique method of cooking - “covered grilling” to the eminent guests.  The versatile and unique characteristics makes the weber experience and provides delicious results – of cooking on a Weber second to none.


On this occasion, Mr. Manish Khandelwal, Managing Director, Weber-Stephen Barbecue Products India Private Limited said, “Weber is loved world over for its closed-lid grilling products and experience. Expansion to North India is a logical step as it has favourable climatic conditions and preference for grilled food. Also, with changing preferences of millennials who equate personal time and freedom with luxury, we are sure that our customers will love us and will only do Weber!” 

Weber’s vision is to change the way of grilling with the ultimate barbecue experience – done the Weber way. It brings together communities and allows users to spend quality time with friends and family. With the invention of the covered-lid grill, Weber has made possible a healthy way of cooking that creates mouth- watering food that can inspire and be enjoyed and shared by everyone.

He further added, “As Weber is becoming synonymous with Grilling, we have also launched our Grill Academy in India where people can learn authentic ways of grilling to prepare delicious food under the guidance of the Weber Chef.  Grill Academy is one of its kind initiative which is appreciated globally by food lovers and we welcome customers to experience the world of Weber.”

The soul of Weber lays in its unparalleled quality, grilling performance, ease of use, generous warranty and customer-centric service that millions of happy customers enjoy around the world. Weber reaches out to top 10 cities including Metro and mini metros through stores and authorized retail dealer partners in Delhi NCR, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kochi. Weber products are also available through online stores to ensure its availability to grill lovers across the country.

Weber – A pioneer to BBQ Version 2.0
 
Different from other grills, Weber is bringing a brand new concept of “closed-lid grilling” to India. With a Weber barbecue, you can grill, bake and roast and smoke, whether it is paneer tikkas or thin-crust pizzas or desserts, all could be easily managed on Weber. By cooking seemingly impossible dishes, Weber fires up infinite cooking possibilities.

Born from a buoy in 1952, Weber initiated its story by developing “covered grilling”, which changed our earlier concept of Barbecue and sparked a backyard revolution in American history. After a thriving growth of six decades, Weber has become a world-leading manufacturer of high-end grills. Dedicated to develop innovative Barbecue experience, Weber has been providing unique cooking methods to every consumer with its creations. 

Weber’s Charcoal and Gas grills are two categories available in India, including fashionable Q-series, charcoal series, gas grill series, which are designed to satisfy various demands for Barbecue in park, lawn, small balcony or even for camping purposes. In addition, Weber also provides different functional accessories from basic to professional level, which add more fun to our “covered grilling” experience.

About Weber
Weber-Stephen Products LLC, headquartered in Palatine, Ill., is the world’s premier manufacturer of charcoal, gas and electric grills, grilling accessories and award-winning cookbooks and mobile applications. In 1952, founder George Stephen sparked a backyard revolution with his invention of the Weber® kettle. More than 60 years later, the privately held company’s products are sold worldwide at select national home centers, specialty hardware stores, patio stores and other retail outlets. Weber’s social communities include www.facebook.com/weberbbq, www.instagram.com/webergrills, www.twitter.com/webergrills, www.pinterest.com/webergrills and www.youtube.com/user/GrillwithWeber.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

MONSOON MANIA AT MAMAGOTO






 
Kickstart the Monsoon season with a delicious and unique range of beverages by the award-winning Pan Asian restaurant, Mamagoto! With this exclusive beverage menu specially crafted for the pouring season, Mamagoto brings in exciting and unconventional flavours of pop rocks and sangrias bearing refreshing fruits.



Pop Rocks remain a fond childhood memory in India and with their new beverage menu; Mamagoto takes its patrons back to the good old times in a rather quirky way with a delightful selection of pop rocks. The menu boasts of a colourful and enjoyable selection of flavours such as Orange Pop Rock, Mint and Honey Pop Rock, Kiwi and Passion Fruit Pop Rock, and Strawberry and Watermelon Pop Rocks. The sangria and pitchers offerings include revitalizing flavours like Passion Fruit and Kiwi Mojito, Watermelon Caprioska, Long Island Iced Tea, Electric Blue, and Mix Melon Sangria.



Immerse yourself in a tropical breeze this Monsoon, and indulge in zestful offerings at Mamagoto. The rain has never felt better!

Timeline:  15th July 2016 to 31st August 2016

Available at Mamagoto outlets across NCR:

Mamagoto Outlets:

Khan Market – 12:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Saket – 12:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Vasant Kunj – 12:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Gurgaon – 12:00 PM to 11:15 PM
Noida – 12:00 PM to 11:30 PM

Bonhomia - Making Coffee Gourmet!






Coffee, an addiction for some and a culture for many, is a brew that needs no introduction but certainly needs to be educated about. With coffee chains in every nook and corner, our palate is now used to that artificial flavours. Little do many know the difference between a good espresso or a latte, forget talking about it's blend, roast or body. It's time to know what goes into our cup and how it should be done.

Bonhomia, a company started by two youngsters Kunal Bhagat and Tuhin Jain in 2012, is up to the task of giving you that perfect cup every time. The only venture that offers single serve gourmet coffee capsules that compliments their brewing machine, The Boho. With an intention to ensure that one understands the taste and the components of a good coffee, they have developed such a machine that pours out the perfect quantity or shot of coffee every single time. 

 
We just need to insert the coffee capsule and press a button, out comes an aromatic shot with a layer of golden creme that will please your senses. If you want it to level up the experience even more, they have a milk frother: just pour some milk and within 4-5 minutes it comes out all hot and creamy. From flavoured coffee capsules like hazelnut, vanilla, chocolate to capsules with a intensity level as high as 11, they have it all captured in a capsule. The machine is very easy to clean and portable. Also they have a range of tea capsules and what makes them even more desirable is that they are made form the produce of India. With delivering consistent taste, texture and flavour, the machine epitomizes technology and refinement.

 
With about 3-4 cups down me, I still couldn't get enough of how fuss free the machine was. With every pour the room would get filled with the aroma and with every sip an experience of intense satisfaction. They also educated us about the different kinds of blend and roast. A proof of their credibility is that renowned hotel groups such as Hyatt, The Oberoi, Taj, Starwood and many more are customers of their capsules and machines.

Currently present in more than 80 plus stores across the country and on Amazon and Snapdeal as well, one can also purchase it from their own website. The coffees come in 6 flavours and varying intensities ranging from organic to darker full bodied blends, which includes Free Love (intensity level 5), Dark Deeds (intensity level 8), Organic Bliss (intensity level 4), Black Veil (intensity level 9). The tea variants include Green Peace - Green Tea and Blackpot - English breakfast. Compatible with Nespresso, the capsules are very affordable with a price ranging from Rs. 35 and the machine from Rs. 9,990. What I would personally recommend is the Hazelnut one.

 
So sip it when you crave and fuel your craze for coffee, experiment making drinks, be it hot be it cold, with a dollop of whipped cream or with some luscious chocolate and caramel. Go wild with coffee, go Bonhomia!




Monday, 25 July 2016

Foodhall @ Dlf Place Saket Celebrated the Best of Monsoon Delights








Monsoon is one season in India that everyone eagerly waits for. Apart from the beautiful rain-soaked weather, monsoon also brings along some lip-smacking food. The smell of the wet soil, overshadow of dark cloud on a shining day makes one crave for hot baked vada pavs along with a cup of hot tea. Foodhall, India’s premium lifestyle food superstore has an answer to all your monsoon cravings. It celebrated Monsoon Delights Festival over a bloggers meet on Friday 22nd July 2016 @ DLF Place Saket.

The event started with a guided tour to the food paradise with the food bloggers, where they explored all the section of the super store which included bakery & patisserie, spices, The House of Tea, Cheeses, exotic fruits etc.

 
Chef Debashish Dutta rustled up Cronuts, a croissant- donut hybrid rolled in cinnamon sugar and served warm the new enticing dessert introduced by Foodhall to its bakery & patisserie menu this month.

The food lovers also enjoyed a wide range of piping hot bowls of soups like Truffle Shiitake Mushroom Soup, Roasted Red Pepper Soup, Mexican Chicken Gumbo and Seafood Bisque. Soup was complimented at the dim sum station with a variety of dim sums like Spinach & Water Chestnut dim sum, Carrot & Truffle dumpling and Triple Mushroom HarGow. The newest addition to the store is the pommefrite bar, complete with dips like Wasabi Mayo, Chipotle Sour Cream, Parmesan & Peppercorn, Peri-Peri Sour Cream, SambalOelek and Apple Crumble


 
The live kitchen at Foodhall is offering novel delights with the chatpata  flavours of Indian street foods like Chola Kulcha Bun, Paneer Makhani Bun that can be paired with piping hot Kashmiri Kahwa, Matka Chai or a cup of coffee. Foodhall brings to you a perfect marriage of traditional recipes and modern flavors!It has also introduced monsoon special beverages that includes like Matcha Cinnamon Tea Latte with almond milk and Foodhall’s version of Haldi Doodh called Golden Milk.  

The House of Tea section at Foodhall has a wide array of flavored teas and tea blends perfect for the monsoons. Teas like Maharaja, Apple Oolong and Mango Tea are the best during this season. These teas are set up in a kulhad or matka accompanied with mini savory options which acts as a palate refresher.

Now, you know where to head to this monsoon for some amazing monsoon delights! 

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 flavours 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 Tomatillo (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. Currently Foodhall is present in Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi, and Gurgaon.