Barrels- old world pub in a new avatar

Barrels

Barrels

There was a time when pubs were a rage in the capital and all around the Metropolitan cities. Lately this culture has diminished among the cafe and all day dining restaurants. Barrels is one of those rarest pubs located in the nightlife hub of Delhi, Vasant Kunj. Once this place and market was known for its pubs, bars and much talked about TGIF is now a little lost but Barrels and places like it are trying to revamp the whole market again.

Barrels is a spacious, quirky and interesting place for a relax evening with friends or to chill out in afternoons.

This is one of the rarest pubs in the capital which has the best aromas whet up an appetite making way for a wholesome gastronomic experience. It has the divine, challenging impressive food menu which includes the dishes influenced by Asian, American, European and African cooking traditions.  Hot and piping barbecued chicken sausage, shredded lamb nachos, cigar rolls and classic fish fingers are a must try. Apart from this, peri peri chicken skrewers, choco chip sandwich and kukkad meal can’t be ignored. Barrels  also has  delicacies ranging from kathi rolls, Kebabs in Egg Blanket , Crème Veg and mushroom penne salad and not to forget  the  lamb steak and spicy meat balls with rice that will surely be  tempting and ensures a visit.

Interiors

Interiors

This place is always buzzing up with loud music and you’ll see almost every table filled with beer glasses, exactly how it happens in a pub. The food surprisingly is good and the menu has quit a lot of options from finger food to platters and sides. I tried a few dishes and was impressed with the taste and quantity. But at the same time I was not so impressed with the service and the choice of dishes served. But nevertheless I would like to give them a benefit of doubt, the staff was probably not well prepared and got a little hay wire when it came to choosing the dishes for me.

Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips

Malai Tikka

Malai Tikka

Drums of Heaven

Drums of Heaven

Longggg Island Ice Tea

Longggg Island Ice Tea

Chinese Platter

Chinese Platter

These were a few dishes I tried, they definitely don’t look out of the world or anything new but then there are days and times when you are not looking for something exotic but comfort food. You may think that it’s an ordinary kind of a meal but let me tell you, it tasted really well. Also they have some amazing cocktails, their bar tender knows his job very well and serves you right kind of cocktail.

Graffiti wall

Graffiti wall

Located at one of the most popular hang-out destinations of the capital of PVR Priya Complex, Vasant Vihar, Barrels positions itself as India’s first ‘Thematic’ pub.

A one-stop overhaul for the chained mind to break free in the melange of colours, music, art, and lighting, ergonomically designed to de- strain the mind and soul.  The ambiance of Barrels is an amalgam of graffiti with 2-D Sculptures. Though the restaurant elicits a classy, very English vibe, it also serves as a family-friendly place that’s open to all people who come through its doors.

The Liquor served here runs for its money which makes it one of the most vivid and innovative Drinks Menu in town. It serves an exotic range of beers, whiskeys, wines, and cocktails.  The most luring Beer Cocktails and the Director’s Cut (Barrels Owner(s) original recipes) like Ans’wer, Cashew’s Nut and Gawd Save Me are just too good to resist.

Besides serving free beer pints for various promotions on Birthdays, Puzzle Games and Guzzling competitions, Barrels also celebrates Movies and Sitcoms which helps them to stay in  an  instant connect with the youth. With regular movie viewing(s) like that of Sholay, Godfather, JaaneBhi do Yaaron, AndaazApnaApna and Golmaal clubbed with sitcoms like Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds and Coke Studio, Barrels aspires to bring about a change in the entertainment biz of the hospitality sector.

Meal for 2 – Rs. 1800 approx with alcohol, VAT& service charges extra

Rs. 150 for a pint of beer approx

Opening hours: 11:30 am to 12 Midnight.

Covers – 40

Happy eating & Happy reading!!!

Ambrosia Bliss- Your casual dining place in the heart of city

How will you feel if you get to dine at a well spaced, decorated and a place which has mouth watering food? Yes, all these things can be found at Ambrosia Bliss which is situated in the heart of Delhi, Connaught Place.

Ambrosia Bliss is a bold, beautiful and larger than life hospitality venture, Standing tall, with 15,000 sq. ft. of space in the heart and nerve center of Delhi; Connaught Place.

Boasting of three beautiful sun kissed terraces, an opulent and pristine dining area, a silent and state-of-the art conference room for all your important boardroom meetings, uber chic bar with a stage that would stand host to beautiful artists and performers from around the globe, chefs so adept and seasoned that they literally flirt with food and service professionals who decided to come together especially to treat Delhi to real & responsible hospitality; Ambrosia Bliss is powered by the original spirit of hospitality and in that, it is unbeatable.

Outside sitting area

Outside sitting area

Inside dining area

Inside dining area

View from the other side

View from the other side

Now that I’ve given you a good view of the restaurant, let’s hop on to the topic which i enjoy writing about the most, food. As soon as I was seated on my table, the server asked if I would like to go by the menu or chef’s choice. So unlike always I decided to choose from the menu and then go with chef’s choice. I ordered their Indian Tandoori platter as I was told that it was their best selling items. This platter had Kasundi fish tikka, Chicken tikka, Afghani Chicken & Mutton seekh Kebab. It’ll be rather unfair to say that out of all this something in particular was my favorite but if I have to tell then it’ll be Kasundhi Fish Tikka. Such beautiful flavors and spices are used in this fish that I could keep eating it.

Indian Tandoori Platter

Indian Tandoori Platter

Next on the table was steamed fish cake, Chicken Dimsums, Spicy Hot Prawns, Chicken Shitake, Pizza Punjabi Kukkad, Tamarind Tofu Cups, Mushroom Galouti & Kesari Paneer. I would like to draw your attention to one unique thing that I had noticed while having the food and that is Ambrosia has its specialty laying in dishes that involves fish. You’ll definitely find their fish way tastier than any other meat dish, this doesn’t mean other dishes aren’t good but my personal favorite was fish.

Kesari Paneer

Kesari Paneer

Steamed Fish Cake

Steamed Fish Cake

Dimsums

Dimsum

I tried Dimsums too but they didn’t do the work for me. Although the filling was tasty and had perfect amount of filling but the outer covering was too thick and couldn’t support the filling. Kesari Paneer, is one dish I would recommend to everyone. Mushroom Galouti & Tamarind Tofu cups are again something to look forward to, both these dishes have a very unique presentation as well as taste. You’ll probably think that those cups are something spicy and filled with veggies but these one bite tofu cups are full of taste and they just disappear before you realize.

Mushroom Galouti

Mushroom Galouti

Kasundi Fish Tikka

Kasundi Fish Tikka

Chicken Meat Ball Peri Peri was quite refreshing a new on the taste palette for me. The meat balls were not too dry and hard to chew, which is the case at most places.

Chicken Meat Ball Peri Peri

Chicken Meat Ball Peri Peri

Ambrosia has some very different and interesting cocktails for everyone. I tried two kinds of cocktails, one from the menu and the other that was specially curated by the bar tender considering the fact that I was bored of normal cocktails. Love Birds & Betel Bliss are the cocktails I tried. What makes these cocktails interesting is the fact that while love birds is an amalgamation of sparkling wine, build up & raspberry syrup, refreshes your senses and gives you a sense of elite drinking, betel bliss works as a “Pan” in liquid form. Muddled, vodka, fresh betel leaf, rose petals, cardamon and club soda, all this is combined for your perfect Indian cocktail. FYI I’m not a pan fan nor can I stand it and still I finished this drink and loved it the most.

Betel Bliss

Betel Bliss

Love Birds

Love Birds

As I always say, I never miss out on the desserts and this time again I made it a point to try two of them. Sticky Toffee pudding with Toffee Sauce and Carrot & Walnut cake with philadelphia frosting. Did you read too much toffee somewhere? The toffee pudding was overtly sweet and too much toffee made it so. Maybe a salted caramel topping could do away with the sweetness. The carrot cake neutralized the sweetness and it was exactly how a carrot cake is supposed to be.

This place is worth every penny and being in the heart of the city makes it even more worthwhile!

Address:  Ambrosia Bliss: L – 51-54, Second Floor, Outer circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi-110001

Happy eating & Happy reading!!!

ONE STEP OUT OF DELHI,MANY STEPS INTO STYLISH RELAXATION

CelebrateValentine’s Day at Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund

With the change in season, comes new and exciting escapades for you and you loved one at Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund, located few minutes away from the bustling city of Delhi, it truly promises to be an urban oasis perfect for both adventure and rejuvenation.

There is much to look forward to this Valentine’s Day as Vivanta by Taj Surajkund introduces a rejuvenating couple spa treatment; exotic F&B offerings and a special Celebrations package. With the extravagant variety to choose from this day of love will be made truly special.

Jiva Grande Spa

Jiva Grande Spa

Couple Spa Treatment at Jiva Grande Spa:

Indulge into the signature couple spa treatment at the Jiva Grande Spa at Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund and pamper yourself and your loved one on Valentine’s Day. Two trained therapists will set the mood for romance with an aromatherapy massage using evocative oils in a beautifully candle-lit ambience. Enjoy a rose petal bath and some exclusive time together with a bottle of champagne after the soothing massage.

Treatment Details:

  • SOMĀ Nectar Of The Gods
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Cost: INR 9000 (exclusive of taxes)
  • Venue: Jiva Grande Spa, Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund

Celebrations Package – The Surajkund Story(stay package)

Inclusions:

  • Early Check and late check-out
  • Accommodation in a deluxe delight pool view
  • Buffet breakfast at Oasis
  • 20% off on F&B
  • Complimentary Cake
  • Complimentary Bottle of House Wine
  • INR 500 discount coupon per person for a visit to the Spa

Bespoke Experiences at Additional Costs:

  • Barefoot Dining at Poolside
  • Mashal Dining in alfresco at Oasis
  • Private Dining at Oasis
  • Terrace or balcony dining in room

Price – INR 8499 plus taxes– deluxe delight courtyard view room (per night rates; Double occupancy)

F&B offerings

Easy Bar& Oasis:

  • Exotic variety of chef special finger snacks at Easy bar along with free flow imported drinks followed by dinner buffet at Oasis @INR 6999 AI per couple.
  • Enjoy the vast spread of multi cuisine buffet along with unlimited drinks and live music at Oasis @ INR 6999AI per couple.
Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund

Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day at Vivanta by Taj, Gurgaon

Vivanta by Taj, Gurgaon introduces exquisite F&B offerings for its guests this Valentine’s Day. Celebrate your journey of love at Thai Pavilion, Latitude and Tease with special offerings ranging from a table d’hôtemenu, amorous cocktails andhandpicked chocolates to sparkling wines and champagnes.

Vivanta by Taj Gurgaon has also designed an exclusive‘Weekend Romance’ stay package that includes discount on F&B, Spa services and complimentary upgrade to next room category at a price of 7000 INR plus taxes only*.

ThaiPavilion(Signature Thai restaurant)

  • Treat your beloved this Valentine with a 6 course menu specially handcrafted by Master Chef Prajuab Shoosridam to reinvigorate your taste buds paired with a glass ofchampagne.
    Price: INR 12,000 AI per couple*
    Offer available on Lunch and Dinner
  • Rejoice your togetherness with a personal chef who designs your 4 course amorous menu coupled with champagne and deserts in an ardent set up at the Private Dining Area in Thai Pavilion.
    Price: INR 25,000 AI per couple*
Vivanta by Taj Gurgaon

Vivanta by Taj Gurgaon

Offer available on Lunch and Dinner

Tease(High Energy bar)

  • Come this valentine and spoil your treasured one with desirous cocktails,a romantic hang out by the smoky live barbecue at Tease Alfresco and tempting chocolates handpicked by our executive chef, while our in-house DJ adds on to the fervour with ardour numbers to make the evening more memorable.
    Price: INR 10,000 AI per couple*

 

Latitude (all day dining restaurant)

  • Drop in to Latitude as we treat you with an‘Amour’ themed elaborate buffet spread teamed with a glass of sparkling wine, luscious chocolates and yummy cakes. Sing to the tunes of our crooner and dance the night away!
    Price: INR 6,000 AI per couple*

Offer available on Lunch and Dinner

 

*Terms & conditions apply

 

Irresistible Valentine’s Day offerings at Harry’s

Come spread the love this Valentine’s Day with a special Food Menu coupled with exciting new Parisian Themed Cocktails to bring out the true essence of Valentine’s Day.

Add a little flair to your love life, with exclusive ‘Tigre Blanc’ Vodka cocktails aptly termed the Parisian Crush and Rouge Toujours (Always Red). Blended with crushed ice, fresh mint, sugar syrup and Tigre Blanc Vodka with a splash of lemon juice topped with Crème de Cassis to give the Parisian Crush the true essence of Paris. Rouje Tajoure is infused with Tigre Blanc Vodka, Mint Leaves, Sugar Syrup, Grenadine & Anise flavoring and Lemon Wedges, all muddled with Fresh Watermelon to give it a fruity yet delectable flavor. For the less adventurous, Harry’s is also offering you your all-time favorites- Lychee Martini and Passion Mint Margarita both with a Valentine’s Day twist.

Forever Red

Forever Red

Sweet Passion

Sweet Passion

The special Valentine’s Day Food menu crafted by Chef Mohit includes a four course offering with a Salad, Starter, Main Course and Dessert to choose from.

 

The Salad termed ‘Love on a Yellow Plate’comprises of Red bean hummus, roasted pepper and zucchini paired with sesame garlic chicken skewers and sour cream, all priced at Rs. 329/- (taxes as applicable).

Orange scented prawns tossed in garlic, basil, peppers and asparagusawait you as an appetizer followed bythe main course- Lover’s Mess which comprises of Shitake mushroom, asparagus, Pak-Choy and Babycorn in a Smoked Chilly Soy Oyster Rice Wine Sauce messed with Jasmine Rice.

 

Satiate your sweet cravings with Love Flame Strawberry’s and Chocolate- Our favourite Chocolate volcano cake with macerated strawberries, vanilla gelato and triple sec flambé.

Harry's Interior

Harry’s Interior

Pick your individual favorites from the options above, or simply go in for the exciting Set Menu Package for you and your partner comprising of 1 Salad, 1 Starter, 1 Main Course, 1 Dessert and 2 Cocktails all at very exciting prices. Harry’s also has some stirring giveaways for all the beautiful couples giving themeven more reasons to be romantic this Valentine’s Day! Exclusivelyavailable atall Harry’s outlets across Bangalore, Dellhi and Mumbai.

Parisian Kiss

Parisian Kiss

Locations:
New Delhi: 2nd Floor, Select CITYWALK, Saket
New Delhi: Flat No.62, 2nd Floor, Above CBTL, Khan Market, New Delhi
Mumbai: Ventura Park IT Building, 103, 1st Floor, Central Avenue, Hiranandani, Powai
Mumbai: No. 14, Silver Beach Estate, AB Nair Road, Opp. Juhu Post Office, Near CBTL, Juhu
Bangalore: No.2006, First Floor, HAL 2nd Stage, 100 Ft. Road, Indiranagar

The Wine Company, Cyber Hub

The Wine Company

The Wine Company

While everybody else around me thinks that Cyber Hub is too far, I on the other hand feels that this place is perfect for any sort of meal/occasion/ celebration. From bakeries to doughnut outlets and big restaurants, this place has everything. I’ve been to a lot of places here but one place that kept me interested in it was The Wine Company. So when I got an invite to review this place I couldn’t say No infact I made a few changes in my schedule and planned this evening at this restaurant.

Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar

As the name suggests, this place has humongous collection of wines from both the world’s (New & Old). New world being from France and Old world from Chile. Less that we all know, a lot of things matter when you’re drinking a wine, for example how does it smells, the consistency of the wine, how does it tastes and what all flavors you can taste when you sip on your wine. Luckily, the connoisseur of The Wine Company, sat with us and told us many such details about wine and its pairing with the food you eat.

Wine Flights

Wine Flights

We tried what they call is Wine Flights, where you are given samples of 4 wines, 2 Red and 2 White (1 White & 1 Red is from Old World and 1 White & 1 Red is from New World) wines. Each sample is paired up with a particular dish, depending upon the texture, consistency and majorly acidity of the wine.

New World Wine pairing:

1. Bordeaux Blend (France)- Spaghetti with Meat Ball

2. Semillion (France)- Any Fruit Flavor Dessert 

Old World Wine pairing:

1. Cabernet Sauvignion (Chile)- Grilled Tenderloin or Barbeque Grilled Chicken Pizza

2. Sauvignion Blanc (Chile)- Salads

Carari Roti

Carari Roti

Now coming back to the food, we were served Carari Roti as soon as we were seated. This as the name suggests is a bigger and crispier version of a naan which is garnished with masala’s, ghee and coriander. This carari roti gets a 10/10 from me. Next came on the table were Grilled pesto mushrooms, Skewered Chicken olive tapenade, Lemon and garlic prawns. The grilled pesto mushrooms were perfect in flavor and taste and so were the lemon and garlic prawns. Skewered chicken had a very different and unusual taste because of the coating that has been used and leaves a good impact on your palette.

Skewered Chicken Olive Tapenade

Skewered Chicken Olive Tapenade

Rocket leaf and goat cheese salad was bang on the spot! It’s also my personal favorite these days and tasted much better with the wine which was paired with it.

After discussing with the chef we decided to go for a half n half pizza. The Pizza was Half topped with garden veggies and Half with minced lamb. Though the taste, preparation and quantity was perfect, I found the crust of the pizza to be weak and unable to hold the toppings. The toppings in the lamb pizza were continuously falling down which actually turned me off.

Pizza

Pizza

As per the wine pairing we were served Spaghetti with Meat balls. The spaghetti was a cold and the meat balls were too dry. I asked the chef if it’s just today or it’s supposed to be like this. After knowing that it’s supposed to be a little dry due to some reason I agreed but still this dish is highly avoidable.

For the main course chef gave us Thyme butter marinated roast half chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. Now this dish was beautiful. Both in looks and in taste, this dish had perfect texture, flavors, taste and everything else.

Thyme roast half chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy

Thyme roast half chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy

Next dish on the table was, Spice salmon with herb oil spaghetti. Recently at one of the reviews I had salmon and it was too dry for me to eat it but this was totally opposite to what I had the other day at this place. The spaghetti was tasted so good in this dish and salmon was not dry and in fact was perfectly grilled on outside and soft and juicy on inside.

Spice Salmon with herb oil Spaghetti

Spice Salmon with herb oil Spaghetti

No meal is complete without desserts. So we learned that The Wine Company has collaborated with L’Opera for a new dessert menu. Baba Au Rhum, Opera Classic with Coffee Cream and Apple Cinnamon cake with Madagascar Vanilla Ice Cream were a few desserts we tried, Baba Au Rhum is deadly dessert filled with Rum, Opera Classic was my personal favorite out of the three and Apple Cinnamon left me craving for more.

Opera Classic

Opera Classic

Baba Au Rhum

Baba Au Rhum

Do visit this place once and try their wines if not anything else. They have amazing collection of wine and an extensive food menu too.

Happy eating & Happy reading!!!

Indulge in ‘ChocoBerry’ Fiesta this Valentine’s Day

Mousse

Casablanca

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf brings to you “ChocoBerry Fiesta” offering four irresistibly exotic desserts from mousse, crunchy tart, red velvet cheese cake to sponge rolls to sweeten your Valentine’s Day. Scrumptious and romantic, these desserts are made with rich and divine ingredients including strawberries, chocolate and whipped cream. Each piece is made with love and detail to leave you and your loved one craving for more.

Cupid's Roll

Cupid’s Roll

Indulge in the flavorful Casablanca, a mousse with a fusion of both Strawberry and Chocolate ringed with meringue or let the Sweet Valentine, a crunchy tart with an inner crust of white chocolate, filled with custard cream cheese, topped with fresh strawberries take over your taste buds by adding that twist with a crunch.

Sweet Valentine

Sweet Valentine

Killing Me Softly, is a sinful red velvet baked cheesecake topped with decadent chocolate cheese cream that will make you melt. The Cupid’s Roll is sure to captivate you with its almond sponge rolled with luscious strawberry compote and cheese cream, finished with dark chocolate garnishing.

Killing me sweetly

Killing Me Softly

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf also introduces the all new ‘Caramel Macchiato’ for the espresso lovers. The new beverage is a fresh espresso with steamed milk and foam, topped with buttery caramel syrup to make it a sinful indulgence. This scrumptious espresso will course through your veins, and the sweet, buttery caramel syrup will make you get lost into this mysterious elixir.

Don’t be surprised if it gets you addicted! It is available both hot & iced to suit your preference.

The ChocoBerry Feista desserts and Caramel Macchiato are available till 28th February, 2015 at all “The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf”.

Hurry don’t miss the irresistible sweethearts!

Happy eating & Happy reading!!! 

 

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