Sandy’s Cocktail & Kitchen

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SANDYS Cocktails & Kitchen, as the name suggests is symbolic of everything that its creator Sandeep Verma (akaSandy) has accumulated over decades of experience in the hospitality sector. An ideal place to dine in with that special someone, families and friends alike, Sandy and his team have used all their armour in making the place an ideal ground for great conversations, whilst enjoying blues, jazz, rock and swing music and live gigs. Situated in a quite area of Gurgaon’s sector 29 it is a full service restaurant and bar that wears its creator’s clouds on its sleeve.

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A visit to SANDYS Cocktails & Kitchen will have you basking in the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere conversation pieces that adorn its walls overlooking its herb garden. With an equally envious fresco area and unique outdoor experience, Sandy takes his motto of using only the freshest ingredients to a whole new level. An inspirational Pan-Asian and European cuisine crafted with love and passion, the kitchen at Sandy’s provides a fresh twist while churning out some old favorites.

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Last Tango

The food and beverage menu has been carefully crafted and curated by Sandy himself. A few signature/trademark dishes that are worth mentioning are Seafood Risotto(Calamari, Prawns & Fish fume), Gamberoni Alla Griglia(Grilled king prawns served with olive oil & lemon juice emulsion with capers), Braised lamb shanks(Cooked in its own jus and served with globe artichokes, green pea and truffle risotto and sauteed spinach, shallot confit), Pork Chops Avec Polenta(pork chops served with home made barbeque sauce and herb polenta),Tian Fu Chilli Tofu(braised silken bean curd in chilli oyster sauce with tian fu chilli), Hu-Nan Style Prawns(made with fresh chilli, wasabi and schezwan sauce) to name a few.

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Lamb Shank

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Disorientated Chicken Caesar Salad

Its signature bar, the highlight of the property is located in the basement, which has the 1920’s -New Orleans speakeasy feel to it.  Whether you are looking for a top Old Fashioned, a magnificent Martini or new age Molecular Cocktails, SANDYS Cocktails & Kitchen is eager to concoct it for you. Few of the signature cocktails atSandy’s are – Muddy Waters(Bourbon, brandy, maple syrup, Angostura, apple juice and cinnamon dust), Smok’d Celery Bloody Bitch(Vodka, Worcester, Tabasco, crushed pepper, tomato juice topped with smoked salt and celery foam), Last Tango in Modena(Tequila, Spicy bell pepper, passion fruit puree, basil leaves and lime) to name a few. They have over 100 cocktails listed in the menu, out of which 40 are hand crafted bespoke creations by Sandy himself.

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Old Fashioned Cocktail

Sandy is a live wire behind the counter, who himself dispenses the most suave and novel cocktails in the capital. His mixology is not only creative but exotic too. He entertains tirelessly belting out humour and drinks with equal panache and style. Sandy believes that it’s the bartender who is the soul of every function and thus invented the term “Show Tender”.

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Wild Mushroom Risotto

His bartending exploits throughout India have provided him with over two decades of experience throughout the bar industry. Having tended bars for the rich and famous, Sandy has also appeared on TV and in national and trade press as an authority on drinks, mixology and bartending.

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Minestrone

       Happy eating & Happy Reading!!!

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Things you should know about LEVELS, Hauz Khas Village!

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Levels, a four storey restaurant cum lounge is opening shortly at Hauz Khas village and we bring to you 4 reasons why they are going to next big thing:
1. Each floor at Levels has a different theme. Each theme mingled almost perfectly with its interiors. Not just that, each floor has a different menu. One of its kind, it brings to you specialised and authentic cuisine from around the world and drinks that you can hardly find it any of the existing bars.
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2. Well did we tell you that you can enjoy four different nights at the same time. So you don’t like Sufi, change your floor and you can groove to hip hop.
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3. Levels have designed quirky merchandise to attract their customers. You can buy them for a nominal prince at the restaurant. Not only are they marketing their restaurant well but also selling out some really good stuff and.
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4. You don’t pay in cash here. The first thing you do is get yourself a card and recharge it. So everytime you order something, just swipe it. The remaining balance can be redeemed once you are done.
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5. This restaurant is going to have its own app. They don’t want you waiting in ques to get your card recharge or wait until somebody attends you.  Technology has made everything so much for easier,No?  Tap tap. And your card’s recharge. You can also buy their goodies there.
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4. You don’t pay in cash here. The first thing you do is get yourself a card and recharge it. So everytime you order something, just swipe it. The remaining balance can be redeemed once you are done.
5. This restaurant is going to have its own app. They don’t want you waiting in ques to get your card recharge or wait until somebody attends you.  Technology has made everything so much for easier,No?  Tap tap. And your card’s recharge. You can also buy their goodies there.

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!!!

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

 

Harry’s New Menu by Chef Vicky Ratnani

Singapore’s favorite bar- Harry’s has launched its all new menu to cater to the strong bar culture that the brand is grounded in. Curated by Celebrity Chef Vicky Ratnani, the food menu comprises of Greens, Bar Nibbles, Mains and Desserts for the foodies to celebrate the New Year.

Get ready to be spoiled for choice with delectable yet healthy ‘Greens’ including Watermelon & Feta and Caesar Salads; relish over 30 varieties of ‘Bar Nibbles’ such as Buffalo Chicken Winglets, Fondue Stuffed Mushroom, Smoking Hot Sausages and Crispy Chilli Potatoes.

Take your pick of yummy signature ‘Sliders’ or dig into ‘Bowls’ with a variety of Asian, Italian and Indian options to choose from.

Harry’s has been on my list of favorite’s since the time they opened up their Khan Market outlet which is above Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. This place for some reason can never go wrong with their food and drinks and just like any other day I visited Harry’s with the same zeal and enthusiasm this time too for the launch of its new gastronomic menu. Chef Vicky Ratnani had flown down from Mumbai especially for this launch and paid attention to each of the person present at the launch.

Our evening was started with some cocktails from the new menu. I decided to go with White Sangria as it is my current poison these days. The sangria as expected was freshly prepared with all the fruits soaked in white wine but to my surprise it was on the sweeter side. After much discussion we asked the server and he said the drink had mango juice in it. Well I’ve had sangria’s at a lot of places now and I’m very well aware of the taste and contents but this was first of its kind having mango juice. I’d leave it on to you people for the feedback because food is something very personal I believe. For me it was way too sweet for my taste buds.

The next drink was Dirty Harry made with vodka, litchi juice and some caster sugar. Again, not a very impressive trick.

For the starters we had Ratatouille Stuffed Mushroom Caps, Vietnamese Spring Roll, Wasabi Cottage Cheese, Mumbai style Potato Wedges, Fisherman Basket etc.

The mushroom caps were surprisingly delicious and it was more like “You didn’t want to know what’s there inside it and just gulp it down” as said by one of the bloggers while eating the caps. And I most definitely second her on this thought. They were the best I’ve had so far. Vietnamese Rolls were though a little loosely packed, tasted good. Wasabi Cottage Cheese were again a hit on the spot dish, with perfect tinge of wasabi in it.

Vietnamese Spring Roll

Vietnamese Spring Roll

Wasabi Cottage Cheese

Wasabi Cottage Cheese

Ratatouille Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Ratatouille Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Fisherman Basket and Potato wedges were perfectly cooked and spiced dishes which were amongst the most enjoyed and loved by everyone from the new menu. Although I’m not a potato person, I thoroughly enjoyed eating these wedges with tangy sauce.

Fisherman Basket

Fisherman Basket

Potato Wedges

Potato Wedges

Watermelon & Feta salad is what I had next. After much discussion and speculations all of us decided to order this salad, and my my such a wonderful salad it was. But the only trouble I had was with the feta cheese, it was a tad bit on the harder side as compared to how cheese is supposed to be in this salad.

Watermelon & Feta Salad

Watermelon & Feta Salad

From the main course I had Thai Curry with Rice. As expected the curry was beautifully made with vegetables and complimented well with sticky rice.

Thai Curry and Sticky Rice bowl

Thai Curry and Sticky Rice bowl

Desserts are the best part of any and every meal. For a person like me who definitely has a mini stomach especially for desserts, it’s difficult to leave without tasting at least one out of many and oh boy this dessert swept me away from my feet. The Volcano Chocolate Cake with flamed rum was one mind boggling dessert I had or you could imagine. You gotta eat to believe it! Highly recommended by me, a 10/10 to chef for this amazing addition.

Volcano Chocolate Cake

Volcano Chocolate Cake

Next time you are in khan Market or SelectCity walk and looking forward to spend some quality time over drinks and food, head over to Harry’s and you won’t be disappointed.

Happy eating & Happy reading!!!