Portuguese Cocktail Bar & Dessert Tasting @Barcelos

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Barcelos brings the rich wine culture of Portugal here through their newly introduced Portuguese Cocktail Bar. They have already won people’s heart through their exotic bar menu which includes Molecular drinks, Sangria, boozy shakes and now taking it to another level, they have introduced an exclusive Portuguese Cocktail Bar.

With today’s emerging global trend of fast pace living, there is little time available for good and traditional food. Therefore, Barcelos strive continually to find a perfect balance between the traditional, healthy home-style cuisine and the fast lane demands of the modern world. Barcelos is an Afro-Portuguese restaurant specializing in Peri Peri best Flamed Grilled Chicken. With a single operation founded in Pretoria, South Africa in 1993, Barcelos has grown exponentially which led it to start franchising in 1998. Ever since this gourmet of burger chain opened in Khan Market it has been a hit amongst the people.

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The ambiance is bewitching. Spread over two floors, this place has a warm inviting feel with well laid out massive space & comfortable seating. The interiors have been done tastefully with a lot of wall paintings reflecting the theme of Portugal.

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So after creating a huge buzz by introducing colored burgers, Barcelos is back with another interesting concept for those who love their drinks and for all the sweet-toothed people like myself. It brings the rich wine culture of Portugal here through their newly introduced Portuguese Cocktail menu. First up, i was greeted by the delightful DIRTY ROSE, a small-sized glass containing wine, rose essence and tropical fruit- all topped with dried rose petals. The fruitalicious blend somehow left me with the pleasant aftertaste.

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Next was the Indian classic cocktail KHATTI MEETHI MARGARITA, infused with tequila, fresh lime, mint leaves, tamarind and watermelon. It was refreshing and is definitely a popular choice amongst the ladies.

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Although I’m not a wine person but still i was in love with DOCE. A blend of red port wine, a spoon of vanilla ice cream to give a creamy texture to it, cinnamon, raspberry syrup  with sprinkled chocolate powder. This drink was a pure bliss.

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As for food, FRIES AND WEDGES PLATTER was served with 3 dips- mayo, peri mayo and cheesy jalapeño mayo which was my favourite.

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Up next was ARABIC MEZZE PLATTER, it comes with the fresh hummus, baba ghanoush, tzatziki, pesto hummus and tabbouleh with the crispy falafel and spongy pita.

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Now comes the sweet part of this review, dessert that is, GOLDEN CHOCOLATE CAKE serve with meringue and BLACK FOREST ICE CREAM was luscious. Ice cream was vanilla based with chocolate flakes and cherries.

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Though TRADITIONAL CHEESECAKE with gulab jamun base didn’t have the perfect consistency but small sized gulab jamun that were served separately with it was on point. The best part about ice cream here is that it is not procured from outside but made in Barcelos, so fancy some PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM? Go for it as it tastes great and gives a flavorful after taste.

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Overall I enjoyed this experience and all credit goes to the staff and prowess of the chef. Presentation and hospitality was remarkable. Barcelos strives to serve something different in a market that is already full of restaurants serving everything and they manage to hold their ground well. Hence, their new cocktail and dessert menu is worth a try.

Happy reading & Happy eating!!!

By Nistha Singh

Associate Blogger

 

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Seasonal Menu at Mamagoto

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Shrimp Dumplings

Mamagoto has been a favourite since forever now, be it someone’s birthday or a casual lunch, Mamagoto is the first option. One good thing about this place is the consistency in their food and quality.

Winter is a time when the appetite automatically gets doubled and most of the people, including me are always looking for new places, menu to try on. Mamagoto introduced a not so extensive but satisfying winter menu this season, 3 options in cocktails, 1 veg, 1 meat and 1 sea food options in Dumplings section. 3 different options in the main course and 1 in the dessert.

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Rum Diaries

Mamagoto excels in the field of asian cooking and one who is a regular at the restaurant swears by their dumplings and Ramen Bowl.

I tried Shrimp Dumplings and Veg (mixed mushroom spiked with sesame oil, served with a fresh chilli and vinegar dressing) the dumplings were perfectly steamed and the filling tasted well too but my only concerned was about the dressing, since the dumplings come dipped into the dressing, it becomes too soggy on the base which makes it difficult to eat.

On the other hand, Mama Katsu-Don ( Mirin, sake, kikkoman soya, smoky onion sauce poured over sticky rice and served with panko crusted fried chicken) this was one full meal with huge chunks of chicken and a bowl full of rice. This is a meal in itself, and can be shared by 2 people.

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Veg Dumplings

The drinks were pretty good as well, I tried Frozen Sangria and Rum Diaries, as the name suggests one being a wine based cocktail and other a mix of white and dark rum shaked with grilled pineapple and orange juice.

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Frozen Sangria

You can find these cocktails in the regular menu as well.

     Happy eating & Happy reading!!!

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The Dumplings & Chinese Bread, New Menu at Mamagoto

Cheese Veggie Bun

Cheese Veggie Bun

Mamagoto, the much loved Pan Asian restaurant chain by Kabir Suri and Rahul Khanna of Azure Hospitality that started its first outlet at New Delhi in 2009, celebrated its five year milestone with the addition of the quintessential Asian staple The Dumpling & Chinese Bread, albeit with a “Mamagoto Special” twist.

Mamagoto, made eating Pan Asian cuisine a fun and memorable culinary experience, has always been at the helm of innovations that do not compromise on freshness or wholesomeness of each dish. Eating at Mamagoto always leaves one with a sense of satisfaction and adventure that keeps one coming back for more.

Traditional Pecking Dumpling

Traditional Pecking Dumpling

The New Dumplings and Mantau (Chinese Bread) menu follows in the same thread: hearty comfort food that surprises you pleasantly with its experimental pairing of ingredients, textures and tastes.

Vegetarian Jungle Dumpling

Vegetarian Jungle Dumpling

The Dumpling Menu is pure fun with great taste, allowing you to enjoy a mini meal of Dim sums: Street Style Spicy Dumpling (minced vegetable/chicken or shrimp), Traditional Peking Dumpling, Jungle Dumpling (chive infused vegetable or minced shrimp dumpling, topped with ginger, mint and soy sauce), Old School Gyoza(Lightly pan fried vegetable or chicken dumplings with a spicy “momo” sauce).

Though I loved the dumplings thoroughly there is one thing that remains the center of my concern and that is, the sauce makes the steamed dumplings soggy and the pan fried ones had a little layer of oil which was mixed with these dumplings and again made them too soggy.

Poaky Apple Mantau Makeover

Poaky Apple Mantau Makeover

The light, almost cloud like “Mantaus” come with stuffing’s such as Porky Apple Mantau Makeover (shredded pork belly, caramelised apple infused with red chilli, served in a mantau), Tokyo Metro Mantau (Crumb crusted slivers of aubergine or chicken with wasabi mayo and Japanese BBQ sauce served in a mantau), Cheesy Veggie Bun(stir fried pad choi, pine nuts ,spices and fresh cheese, served in a closed bao).

Old School Gyoza

Old School Gyoza

The mantau’s were perfectly stuffed and the filling was an absolute stunner but the bread was way too fermented which gave me a taste of south Indian rice dumpling (Idli) and the bread was almost over powering the filling inside.

Chinese Chicken Puff (minced chicken wok tossed in a 5 spice aroma and baked into a puff) and Char Siu Puff (The classic sweet “Char Siu” style vegetable or pork stuffed puff).

Char Sui Puff

Char Sui Puff

These puff’s can be mistaken for the french pastry but no it’s not that. These are traditional sweet char sui puff which is either filled with minced chicken or veggies. At first I was confused about the sweetness but when I asked about it then I was told that that is how they are made, a little sweeter. If you don’t like the sweetness in your food then you can probably avoid this.

Mango Coconut Sago Pudding

Mango Coconut Sago Pudding

To give that perfect satisfying end to the meal Mamagoto has introduced the seasonal Mango Coconut Sago Pudding.

With these new additions, Mamas ready to spoil you once again. Savour these at the Mamagoto outlets in Delhi at :

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

Happy eating & Happy reading!!!

Black Burger Made its Way to India

Black Burger

Black Burger

After making a strong culinary statement in developed markets like the US and Japan, the ‘Black Burger’ has made its dramatic debut in the Indian market. Barcelos, the South African casual dining eatery, has introduced the Black burger in its outlet at Khan market, New Delhi, promising more than just a color change for the traditional burger aficionados. The Black burger is not just an experiment in color, but has also significantly redefined the traditional burger, with its texture and overall presentation. It is no secret, why the Black Burger has been a rage in the US and the Japanese markets and now India will be the third country in the world to enjoy this quirky offering.

Peri Black Beauty

Peri Black Beauty

Barcelos has introduced two variants of Black Burger i.e. Peri Black Beauty (veg) priced at Rs155 and Peri Black magic (Chicken) priced at Rs195. Available in two variants, black burger will have peri mayo in it.

Peri Black Magic

Peri Black Magic

Barcelos serves this exclusive black burger with peri peri sauces in four variants like Supa Peri, Veri Peri, Mild Peri and Tangy Lemon. After talking to Rohit Malhotra, GM Operations, Barcelos India said, “We are delighted to introduce Black Burger for the first time ever in india. Barcelos has not used any ink or artificial color to darken the bun but the herbs and organic ingredients used in it gives it a black color. We have kept the nutritional value of burger in consideration and not used any artificial color to it. Black burger is unique in itself due to its color and it will definitely intrigue the food lovers in the capital to try it.”

Peri Black Magic

Peri Black Magic

I tasted both the burgers and personally I loved the bun individually and the non veg burger was outstanding. Though the veg one was a tad bit disappointing, considering that all it had was soya and potato which made the patty way to soft and at the end the patty was falling apart. As I suggested this to the GM operations, Mr. Rohit, he said he will definitely look into the matter and work on it.

All in all it, this Black burger is here to stay!

Happy eating & Happy reading!!!

All you need to know about Barcelos, Khan Market

Barcelos, khan Market

Barcelos, khan Market

With a single operation founded in Pretoria, South Africa in 1993, Barcelos has grown exponentially which led it to start franchising in 1998. It has been expanding continuously and became a household name the world over ever since. Barcelos enjoys its presence in 17 countries with 120 outlets. To ensure continuity and excellence throughout the brand, the founders of the brand, namely Costa Marzi, Johan Van Eyk and Beverley Vaskys, are all still actively involved in the operations of the company. Company has a service office in London with its group offices in Centurion, South Africa as well as national distribution centers in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and in Gaborone, Botswana.

Barcelos, Khan Market

Barcelos, Khan Market

Barcelos is famous for its flame grilled Peri Peri menu that has won people’s heart in the capital and has been getting rave reviews from their first restaurant at Khan Market in central Delhi. They have an extensive menu of both veg & non- veg. But the Portuguese food here is dominantly for chicken lovers with a good amount of veg options available too. For starters I had Chicken Platter and Stuffed Mushrooms & Potato. The platter had chicken liver, boneless thighs, chicken wings and drumsticks all cover in tangy lemon sauce. First thing that I liked was the sauce was not just coated on the outside but it was there till the bone. I’m not a potato lover but these stuffed potatoes and mushrooms were better than any non beg dish ( this doesn’t mean I didn’t like non veg!).

Stuffed Potatoes & Mushrooms

Stuffed Potatoes & Mushrooms

Chicken platter

Chicken platter

Talking about the chicken platter, I’ve tried various chicken wings,drumsticks etc. but the taste and flavors one gets at Barcelos are different and rare to find.

In the main course, we ordered from the Portuguese specialities, Chicken Trinchado with rice- an exotic Portuguese gravy dish. With pepper and onion tossed in special gravy with chicken breasts cut in pieces. This dish is another must have. I’ve hardly seen any restaurant using Indian spices like tesz patta and jaiphal in their dishes and I had thought that only Indian origin restaurants do that but Barcelos proved me wrong.

Chicken Trinchado

Chicken Trinchado

The quantity is worth every penny and standing in Khan Market this place has made a niche for itself. The desserts and drinks are another highlight. I tried the Cheesecake and Tiramisu. Both were great but my vote will definitely go to Tiramisu. The Mocktails though were a bit on the sweeter side.

Mocktail

Mocktail

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Presentation and taste get a 10/10 from my side.

Happy eating & Happy reading!!!

Breakfast date at Market cafe, Khan Market

Nani's Breakfast-  Aloo toastie, fresh juice, cutting chai, parle G, brownie.

Nani’s Breakfast- Aloo toastie, fresh juice, cutting chai, parle G, brownie.

Market cafe is the most visited and loved place of Khan market and why wouldn’t it be, the place has everything to be loved about. Good food, great ambiance and generous staff and for me these are a few things I look at when visiting a food joint or cafe. Market cafe is known for its scrumptious meals and refreshing juices and quaint atmosphere and also they have the best terrace in all of the khan market.

NewYork Cheesecake

NewYork Cheesecake

Recently this cafe introduced a new breakfast menu and luckily I dropped by the very day they started this menu. The menu is not very vast but has everything that one would want to have in his/her breakfast. There are a certain quirky names given to the different sections of the menu that are,  Classic MC Breakfast ( 2 eggs done your way, baked beans, chicken sausages, bacon strips, grilled tomato, hash browns, juice, tea/coffee, toast, butter and preserves. Cost- 425/-), Not So Shudh Desi ( anda or aloo parantha, paneer bhurji, cutting chai, parle G, juice, achaar. Cost-275/-), Healthy MC Breakfast ( bagrry’s muesli with milk/yoghurt, fresh fruits platter, 2 egg white omelettes, fresh juice, tea/ coffee. Cost- 345/-), Uuuse the Foooork ( pancake/waffle stack with butter & mapple syrup, 2 eggs done your way, bacon strips/chicken sausages, juice, tea/coffee. Cost- 345/-) and last Nani’s Breakfast ( aloo or veg toastie, fresh juice, cutting chai, parle G, brownie. Cost- 225/-).

Stack of Pancakes

Stack of Pancakes

I tried the combo of two breakfast options and other dishes from the regular menu too. The aloo toasties reminded me of childhood days when I used to go for long vacation at my Nani’s place and this used to be an all time favourite with that hand toaster she had at that time. A light breakfast option which is different from the regular crepe and other continental breakfast options. The next on my table was my favorite, stack of pancakes with maple syrup and butter. The fluffy and mildly sweet pancakes were gone down my tummy withing minutes, leaving my friend shocked because she couldn’t try more than two bites.

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

Apart from ordering from the newly launched breakfast menu I ordered a salad and potato wedges. Both of these didn’t disappoint me either and by the time my dessert arrived I was fully satiated. But as I always say, no meal is complete without dessert for me. So I ordered a lemon tart and newyork cheesecake. Here I was a little disappointed because the tart was way too hard and the cheesecake was too dry. I might not go for the desserts next time but other than that, the food was brilliant.

Tart

Tart

Happy eating & Hapyy reading!!!

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!!!