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

 

Mister Chai- Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi

Mister Chai is a unique concept that is curated to give patrons a local ‘tea shop feel’. It focuses on regional Indian street food and beverages with emphasis on tea. Unlike a conventional tea lounge, Mister Chai is a dining destination in its own right. Popular Indian street food has been re-invented and presented in exceptional style.  

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Experienced and talented chefs under the guidance of Executive Chef, Neeraj Tyagi have collaborated to design a menu that is as creative as it is well thought out.The menu is a kaleidoscope of regional dishes with a modern twis

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Mister Chai’s beverage menu lives up to the restaurant’s name providing a plethora of choices with its tea selection. It is all set to provide guests an authentic local teashop experience in the heart of the city’s business and entertainment district.  

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The swanky new menu is designed in such a way that neither you’ll be worried about your pocket nor the taste. The highlight of this place is the exquisite variety of teas and coffees available for you. One thing is definitely assured that you’ll be spoilt for choice.

From vada pao to sandwiches and chocolate shake, you name it and they have it.

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       Happy eating and 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.

Bonhomia’s Summer Transformation @ #LBBD Dessert Bazaar

Bonhomia Coffee Capsule box

Bonhomia Coffee Capsule box

Bonhomia, the name synonymous with gourmet coffees, brought in a summer surprise ! .. A bevy of coffees and coffee based creations at the Little Black Book’s Dessert Bazaar at Monkey Bar on 16th May (Saturday).

Bonhomia’s unique coffee blends that come in ‘Nespresso’ compatible coffee capsules delighted with a rich assortment of coffees, coffee based dessert and cocktail. There were many who savored the Bonhomia Espresso shot, Cappuccino, Americano and Vanilla Machiatto and were delighted with the Bonhomia coffee dessert and coffee based cold beverages. Bonhomia also presented new blends of Black Veil (full bodied dark espresso) and Organic Bliss (organic espresso) for the connoisseurs.

One could indulge in a cocktail with Espresso Vanilla Martini (A rich vanilla flavoured espresso crafted with Bonhomia’s Artisan blend Coffee Capsules spiked with Vodka) and the not so traditional Cold Coffee (Ice coffee crafted with Black Veil Coffee Capsules) that brought the soaring temperatures down; the handcrafted Coffee Dessert in the form of an artisnal Ice Cream named Affogato (Vanilla Icecream drowned in Bonhomia Dark Deeds Espresso shot in association with ScoopsNSticks) was a delectable discovery.

 

Dark Deeds Coffee Capsules

Dark Deeds Coffee Capsules

Let’s take you to a tour of their coffee’s and their details:

Freelove:

Our 100% Arabica gourmet blend offers an extra-smooth body and an aroma that is piquantly poised between sweet and spicy notes. The fragrance hints at a tinge of dried apricot mixed with a whiff of delicious wine, enhancing its exquisite flavor.

Dark Deeds:

Our gourmet blend of all things dark and delicious is the perfect example of what can transpire when two good things come together to make something quite special. This confluence of Arabica & Robusta gives you a deep and dark espresso like none other. 

Fresh espresso shot with froth

Fresh espresso shot with froth

Black Veil: 

Sourced from the finest royal estates of Mysore, our 100% Arabica roast will uplift your senses. Intense and alluring, with spicy undertones, this full bodied dark espresso emanates an aroma of woody notes and boasts of a perfectly textured golden crema. With glimpses of Cocao and Citrus in a fresh tingling aftertaste, this pure coffee  will surely make your mornings and late evenings intensely perfect.

Me having my Black veil Cold Coffee

Me having my Black veil Cold Coffee

Besides the above, they have worked with infusions as well in their coffee’s with subtle overnotes of Chocolate, Vanilla and Hazelnut.

Vanilla – Artisan Blend:

Our range of Artisan coffees are exquisitely crafted to conquer your senses with an elevated coffee experience. This decadent espresso spiked with a subtle hint of vanilla weaves its creamy, mellow magic to perfection. With its beautiful buttery aftertaste and flavors that warm the heart, our Vanilla Artisan coffee works brilliantly as a dessert coffee; best enjoyed after a meal.  

Coffee Dessert

Coffee Dessert

Chocolate – Artisan Blend: 

Our range of Artisan coffees are exquisitely crafted to conquer your senses with an elevated coffee experience. Decadent and deep, this classic blend reinvents itself by pairing cocoa nibs with refined single origin coffee. Poignant notes of superior chocolate flood the palate with their charm and majesty, while our indulgent espresso enchants the spirit. Deliciously dark and bittersweet, this makes for a sinful dessert coffee bringing fine meals to a close on tables around the world.  

Coffee Boxes stacked up

Coffee Boxes stacked up

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!!!

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.

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Mocktail

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

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

Happy eating & Happy reading!!!

Wendy’s is here!!! #WendysIndia

Wendy's at sector 29 Gurgaon

Wendy’s at sector 29 Gurgaon

America’s favourite and world renowned Wendy’s makes it’s way to India. Yes, everyone you read it right! Wendy’s has opened it’s first outlet in Gurgaon Sector 29, Leisure Valley market and is ready to open it’s door for the public of Delhi/NCR on 6th of May 2015.

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Let me take you back in the year 1969 and tell you a small story about wendy’s.

1969- First Wendy’s (November)

1970- Wendy’s introduces a pick up window (November)

1975- First Canadian Restaurant (September)

1976- Wendy’s goes public (September)

1976- 500th Wendy’s open (December)

1977- First television commercial (April)

1978- 1,000th Wendy’s open (March)

1979- Salad bar introduced (November)

1980- 2,000th Wendy’s open (November)

1981- Wendy’s join NYSE (May)

1983- Baked potatoes added to the menu (October)

1984- “Where’s the Beef” (January)

1984- Wendy’s turn 15 (November)

1985- 3,000th Wendy’s opens (February)

1989- Dave Thomas advertising campaign (April)

1989- Super value meal launched (October)

1990- Grilled Chicken Sandwich (Summer)…..

2013- Stock of the year &

2015- Wendy’s comes to India!!!

First Wendy's Outlet

First Wendy’s Outlet

The place is very well decorated and smartly used. It has the space for about 60-70 people who can properly sit and eat unlike standing and eating. They have high table as well with chairs if someone doesn’t gets a table which is equally comfortable. This place has a unique combination of Coke studio playing in the background with an all american atmosphere and food. You don’t have to cue up and wait for your order, the servers will give you a token number along with your bill and the food will be served on your table which is not usually seen in any of the QSR chains. Cleanliness and efficiency in each and everything can be spotted.

Interiors

Interiors

Follow a few simple steps and place your order without any fuss- the moment you enter from the front door, you see the cash counter where you can place your order. So once you place your order, an order number would be provided along with a bill and you will be asked to get a seat for yourself and the order will come on your table. Yes, unlike any other burger place you don’t have to wait at the counter for your order. It takes maximum 5-6 minutes and you get your burger in a proper ceramic plate, where you don’t have to unwrap it from the paper. It is as if you are sitting in a restaurant serving any other cuisine which comes to your table with proper plating.

Baconator burger, Chicken Chilli, Cherry Cola, Cash Counter

Baconator burger, Chicken Chilli, Cherry Cola, Cash Counter

Kitchen area (they make their own cola), Fries with cheese and Bacon, Frosty topped with caramela nd banana, Cucumber fizz, Aloo crunch in the making, Ultimate paneer patty in the making and Chicken ranch salad

Kitchen area (they make their own cola), Fries with cheese and Bacon, Frosty topped with caramela nd banana, Cucumber fizz, Aloo crunch in the making, Ultimate paneer patty in the making and Chicken ranch salad

I know by now you must tempted enough and without delaying more let me take you to a short trip of the menu I tried and what all you should eat when in Wendy’s.

Vegetarians grub- Spicy Aloo Crunch ( with regular bun and spicy skinned baby potatoes coated with in house masala topping, this burger can turn a carnivore into veggie lover and you won’t even complaint. This is a must have!) Ultimate Paneer (another winner from the veg section, this has a thick piece of paneer (cottage cheese) in it with toppings and brioche bun which makes it simply perfect)

Non-Vegetarians delight- Ghost Chilli, Baconator, Chicken ranch salad and Greek mutton. I’m already drooling while writing these names, as the name suggests the ghost chilli is made of naga chilli in them but doesn’t kill your palate with the extra chilli flavor. Baconator being a baconator is an awesome burger for every bacon lover because it gives a good amount of meat in it without compromising on the flavor or sauces. And the surprise element of the complete menu is “Salad”. A QSR selling salads is first and boy oh boy, the salads are nothing less than WOW!.

Drinks- they have 5 fizzy drinks that are different, refreshing and chilled. I tried watermelon cooler and cucumber fizz and they both were better than most of the mojito’s or mocktails you get in any of the cafe’s. They are more like a cafe than a regular fast food joint. They have a huge variety of hot and cold drinks and use 100% Arabic beans for their coffee. The cold drinks are made of Monin natural flavors including cucmber and watermelon.

Ultimate paneer, aloo crunch, ultimate mutton and ghost chilli

Ultimate paneer, aloo crunch, ultimate mutton and ghost chilli

If you know about Wendy’s then you would definitely know about the reason behind these square buns. It is because Dave Thomas figured out that is the best way to cook them. It also reminded him of his favorite restaurant when he was growing up. In India, they are the first ones to do square patties and also square buns. I took a round of the kitchen and I must say that I have never ever seen such organised, clean and well equipped kitchen of a fast food joint. You can get a better kitchen in probably a 5-star hotel but getting such a high tech kitchen where non veg and veg section are not only separated in terms of equipment but also in terms of the kitchen staff and their clothes.

Good to be Sqaure

Good to be Square

Wendy’s is launching officially on 6th May 2015 with loads of fun activities lined up for everyone!

 Happy eating & Happy reading!!!

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