Mexifornia at California Pizza Kitchen

Corn & Jalapeno Empanadas

Corn & Jalapeno Empanadas

What better to compliment the searing summer than the tastes of cilantro, peppers, squash, tomato, avocado, vanilla, cocoa, corn, Mayan ingredients and all of these shot with a burst of California with its emphasis on fresh ingredients and inspiration from rich Mexican flavors. California Pizza Kitchen presents an exclusive ‘Mexifornia’ menu.

Sonora Pizza

Sonora Pizza

Indulge in zesty Mexican Cuisine with a twist of signature Californian panache as you pick from an exclusive range of appetizers, pizza, pasta, specialty, dessert & drinks.

The Mexifornia Menu assures to delight its patrons with asensational roll-out, featuring the Sonora Pizza, a thin crust pizza with a smoky, roasted tomato salsa, roasted corn and black bean salsa garnished with creamy avocado, a snappy jalapeno sauce and a drizzle of cilantro. The Chicken Asada Pizza- a titillating serving of a robust traditional pizza with a sharp New Mexico chilli sauce with cheddar and fontina- a delicious semi-soft cheese-and shimmering, roasted peppers. A lip-smacking specialty, California Style Chimichanga- a stellar dish of crispy fried wrap filled with California rice, cotijacheese, masses of shredded lettuce, sour cream and a zesty tomato salsa.

California Style Chimichang

California Style Chimichang

California Pizza Kitchen is known for its mouthwatering pizzas but this time I was much more impressed by the Drinks,, Salads and Appetizers though the pizzas were good too. CPK India currently has 5 outlets spread across in India, I went to the Gurgaon outlet which is located in DLF Cyber Hub. The interiors are chic, casual and inviting whereas the staff is helping and courteous. Pizza is one such dish that can be infused with any and every topping and the amalgamation comes out beautiful. CPK had a great menu to offer which was beyond pizzas.

Cocktails

Cocktails

The food was accompanied by tequila based Margaritas, I tried Pineapple & Passion Fruit Margarita and then opted for a refreshing Mango Tango (Mocktail). All the drinks were freshly prepared using syrups and fresh juices and due to the use of fresh juice the drinks were close to perfection, although I felt there was a need to increase the alcohol in the margarita.

The Appetizers were the show stopper, we started with Corn & Jalapeno Empanadas, these were good but the size and use of Jalapeno can be increased. The freshly prepared salsa served along with the appetizers was excellent. Chicken Tomatillo Chille were strips of chicken tossed in homemade green chilli sauce along with coloured peppers, onions and tortilla chips. This was more like a salad which was tasty and healthy at the same time. Next on the table was Chicken and Paneer crispy tortilla salad, this was average in taste, chicken strips and paneer both were deep fried and tossed with three kind of lettuce along with Ranchito dressing which gave it a tangy flavor.

Chicken Tomatillo Chille

Chicken Tomatillo Chille

Crispy Tortilla Salad

Crispy Tortilla Salad

After the appetizers came the pizzas, there were four variants of the Mexican version, Mexican Habenaro Pizza, Chicken Asada, Mexican Veggie Pizza and New Mexico Pizza. Everyone’s favorite was the Mexican Veggie Pizza which was made on the thin crust base and was spicy yet flavorful and came dressed with veggies.

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Desserts at California Pizza Kitchen, defy description. You have to dive into the Mexican Caramel Banana Flan served on a bed of vanilla sponge with great lashings of Banana Cream and Caramel sauce. Or the Trio of Chocolate Mousse, an opulent chocolate mousse flavored with three layers of Mexican white, milk and dark chocolate flavored with a hint of coffee and served in its very own chocolate cup.

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Happy eating & happy reading!!!

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Mango Fiesta at Lodi- The Garden Restaurant

It’s that time of the year again when everyone and anyone (most of them) turn into a mango lover and swear by the king of the fruits.

It’s not hidden from anyone that Lodi- The Garden Restaurant is famous for its seasonal festivals be it Melon or Mango, these festivals involve cocktails, mocktails, salads, soups and whole range of appetisers and main course along with desserts. One can relish the taste of mangoes in everything even in a Bellini which is a sparkling wine based drink.

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Mango Bellini

This festival is usually a month long affair but this time the restaurant is planning on having it for next months as well, as that time is the perfect time for mangoes. Lodi also has its own gardens in Pushkar from where they get mangoes in good quantity and those mangoes are used during this festival too.

You’re welcomed by a glass of Aam Panna the moment you get your table. This one drink is my all time favourite and childhood love too. This is as good as the one made at your home. After this a cold soup made of mango and yoghurt is served which is not only tasty but gives you a soothing effect in this scorching heat.

Menu has three types of salads, Spicy Green Mango, Fresh Mango & Brie and last shrimp with Mango ceviche. Out of these three the spicy green mango salad won my heart.

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Spicy Green Mango Salad

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Fresh Mango & Brie Salad

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Shrimp & Mango ceviche

Next were the main course dishes along with some more cocktails. Pan seared salmon, Char grilled tofu and Grilled chicken, all with hint twist of mango in them were brilliant dishes. Best was the Salmon which had mango salsa sauce, I couldn’t have believe that fish can taste so good with mango and this dish was definitely a show stealer!

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Pan seared salmon

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Char grilled tofu

For desserts, what first came onto the table was a platter of sliced mangoes and I think it was the perfect dessert, since we were talking about mango.

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Mango platter

But no this doesn’t mean that they don’t have options in dessert section. Well there’s whole range of Mango & Chocolate souffle, Homemade mango ice cream and Mango & Barley pudding.

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Mango and Barley pudding

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Mango and Chocolate souffle

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Homemade mango ice cream

For various reasons the mango ice cream won my heart. It was flavourful with no added flavour, not watery and perfectly creamy. I could have had another round of it.

Well that was a lot of mango for me but if you happen to be a mango lover or even if you’re not, you must visit the on going feista and enjoy these delicacies at Lodi.

          Happy eating & Happy reading!!!

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