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Philtre..??a love potion ? Wanna try ?

Yes friends, am back with my next review of newly opened restaurant in gurgaon’s happening place, Sector 29. As we all know this place is full of newbie’s with different concept so yes lets welcome Philtre , which means ” a drink supposed to arouse love and desire for a particular person in the drinker”, in other words a love potion.

This place is full of aroma be its ambience, concept, food presentation. They have a ancient era funda behind every drinks and food. Theme of this restaurant is related to an old era with fascinating paintings on the wall,decorum and bar arrangements.They don’t believe in using glassware to match their old era concept and hence go for  Brass, ceramic and other metals which were famous for crockery.

Food & drinks menu is wide and has lot of different exotic names to it. Every food item is served along with its presentation & preparation story, which not only excites us to try it but also makes us feel good to eat what we know.

Drinks were customized according to our choices, be it a mocktail or a cocktail and presented beautifully in different ways like in mocktails we had:

  1. Piney Basil slush : Its a must try
  2. Asian Sapphire
  3. Cold coffee

Similarly in cocktails we tried :

  1. Botany of Desire : Must try
  2. Midas Touch

DrnksComing to veg starters, we had

  • Beetroot crisps (4/5): Nowadays many restaurants are playing with beetroot and creating good dishes, this is yet another one of those. Thinly sliced battered beetroot golden fried served with bhel and mint chuttney.
  • Cholle chawal bites – This was something new to me, with a crispy fried layer full of spicy chole rice mixture. Spices were little on high end but yes loved the fusion.
  • Rajma Galouti – This was a different style to present galouti dish with fast food fusion. Placing rajma galouti kebab over in-house nachos was very innovative. Taste was literally lip smacking and delicious.

In non veg starters, the all time fav of my hubby was

  • Lamb chops(5/5) – One of the best and softest lamb chops that he ever had. Melted in mouth, and full of aroma and flavors. These Lamb Chops were a showstopper dish.
  • Maggi Fish Finger (4/5): My favorite dish, fresh fish battered with Maggi and fried golden, served with tartar dip. Amazing.
  • Butter Chicken Fondue (4/5): Another nice dish. Fried minced chicken fingers served with butter chicken gravy.
  • Lucknowi seekh (4/5): Yummy double seekh kebab filled with cheese at the center. Amazing.

In mains we ate, Maggi Prawns (5/5): Perfectly cooked prawns inside you very own Maggi. Must try for prawn lovers. Lamb Croquettes (4/5): Having nicely spiced and minced lamb inside crispy crust outside. Served with rogan josh gravy. Falafel Curry (5/5)-(both veg & non veg), this was a new fusion concept wherein the gravy was so creamy and  falafel carried its own crunchyness. Not an easy task so well done chef and a must try. Machir Ghunto(5/5) – Its a pulao with fish texture. Authentic to its taste and aroma. Was delicious.

Last but not the least , dessert was the USP here. We had In Desserts we had Litchi Rabri panna cotta (4/5): Served with Saffron foam and crispy almond tuile. Chocolate Desire (5/5): It was a cylindrical shaped chocolate flavored dessert sprinkled choco chips and served with fruit sauce,It had right amount of chocolate in it, was not much sweet and not much dark. Must try for chocolate lovers. Kulfi Falooda (5/5): A full platter of falooda served with various food items like fresh fruits, Malai peda and Paan flavor , which made it the showstopper in desserts. It was scrumptious and very refreshing.

Service was really quick and servers knew what they are serving which makes it more presentable. Before leaving the chef visited us to know our experience, presented us with something i can nevr forget, Gur Candies,have a look 🙂

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Must try place and highly recommendable. You can find it on Zomato:

Philtre - The Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Friction..the drinkery @ Sector 29, Gurgaon

Friction is a newbie in Sector 29 market Gurgaon with the promise to serve people with long lasting memories. Its located near IFFCO metro station, with ample parking space and placed next to After Stories. It has 2 level seating with adequate bars on both floor. Seating is very cosy and comfortable with exotic interiors. Service was really quick and its important to mention the politeness of servers.

Songs played at right chords in accordance to ambience. Led’s are setup to enjoy your time while watching favorite sports.

Coming to food, we started our weekday evening with few refreshments including

  • White Wine Sangaria(4/5)
  • Virgin Mojito(5/5) – Full of refreshment and tanginess required. Must to try
  • Chilli Guava(3/5)– the Tabasco content is on higher side so felt it more chilly , hence can be improved.

In Snacks we tried, Oven Baked Nachos(4.5/5) -which were crispy inhouse nachos layered with cheese and sauces. Veg Salt and Pepper(3/5) –  I personally think it can be improved by adding some fusion to it.It didn’t go much with my drinks. Dahi Kebab(4.5/5)-  I just loved the fusion of dahi ke kabab with beetroot. It has authentic flavour with sweet tanginess. Duo Paneer Tikka(4/5)– It was authentic to its grill and taste. Veg Quesadillas(5/5) – I personally loved them as it was soft and full of veggies which perfect flavor. Served with lip smacking sauces. Thai Spring Rolls(3/5)-  I think they need a little makeover as spices were less and couldn’t match to authentic flavor.


In Main Course, we had Dal Makhani & Paneer Makhani with assorted breads. Both the dishes were authentic to its flavor and taste. Perfect spices and colour made it scrumptiously tempting. They were served with jeera aloo sidings and salad.

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Last but not the least was desserts which made my evening sweeter. We had Apple and Cinnamon Cigar Rolls(3.5/5) – a good try to give it a fusion look, but yes can be more improved. Choco Chip Fudge Brownie with ice-cream(5/5) – was winning dish for me being lip smacking delicious. Hot Chocolate Waffle(3/5)- Authentic to its look and taste. All the desserts are highly recommendable for people like me with sweet tooth.

Presentation of food is amazing and quantity is worth for 2 people. Will definitely visit it again and recommend to all my foodie lovers.

You can find it on Zomato at:

Friction The Drinkery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

United Coffee House Rewind..relish the old days @ cyber hub

Hello friends, i am back with the food review of United Coffee House Rewind which takes a topical turn to the its heritage legacy restaurant in CP. So no more heading to CP or DLF Mall of India for UCH as its opened in cyber hub as UCH’s hip new bistro called Rewind.

Rewind will be a fresh take on UCH, which will offer you a wide variety of 300 + salads, soups, smoothies, different delicacies and desserts. It is said so, because it will have UCH signature dishes along with new menu to set the new niche for serving the people for generations by giving them an unforgettable fine dine experience.

Rewind is located at 1st floor in cyber hub & its ambience has a retro look with exquisite decor and photographs hanging around, comfortable seating and spacious enough to accommodate 50 pax .Classical twist with music of 70s-80s hitting the right chords adds to the scrumptious food & lovely evenings.

Coming to the tasting session, here are the dishes and the cocktails I tried
MOCKTAILS

Jamunrita -A Flash Frozen black jamun extract spiked with red chilli ,foggy clove smoke is chilled refreshing and tangy to its name.Its served in a filter glass within a huge glass bowl filled with liquid nitro, emitting smoke/flumes adds to it presentation while making it look more tempting.Its truly an amazing drink and a must try from the menu.

Sitara Phool: Another refreshing drink served with the appetizers was made up of burnt star Anise flavoured with rose, tamarind water, topped with soda crushed ice.

In snacks we tried, Chinjabi Veg platter which had delicious crispy chilli potato, asian paneer skewer,spring rolls, paneer tikka & kumbh ke soole. It was served with pita breads and flavored sauces. For veggies its a must try. Next we tried Veg Mezze which was snap-pea falafel , spinach & cheese samousek. It was okayish in flavor but can be improved.

Next was Mathur Chicken Chaat which is part of their Salads menu and was delicious. It had grilled chicken with tangy seasoning of chilies, coriander, onion & tomatoes. The best snack which is unforgettable is “Daryaganj Giant Samosa”, a large samosa with crispy layer relished inside with dry fruits and tamarind.

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Chinjabi Non veg Platter
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Mathur Chicken Chaat

 

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Mathur Chicken Chaat

 

In Main course, we tried both veg/non-veg delicacies like changezi murgh, paneer do pyaza & lahori meat served with assorted indian breads.Food was scrumptious and authentic to its flavor. Lot tempting to refrain 😛

In Desserts we tried their, Atomic Kalajamun with vanilla ice-cream & Bromley Apple Pie.

To end this wonderful food journey we had their Bombay Cutting Chai, authentic to its name & presentation. Signature cona coffee served with cute little cookies. Strong and awakening coffee made with dense cream and milk left its taste on the palette for quite long.

Find it on Zomato:

United Coffee House Rewind Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Final Verdict:

  • Ambience: 4.5 /5
  • Menu : 4/5
  • Service: 4.5/5
  • Food quality: 5/5

Will definitely refer it to my friends and plan again to visit it 🙂

Food travel Day1- Eateries at Sector 14 gurgaon..are you visiting next ?

Sector 14, Gurgaon is most famous and old market of Gurugram (previously called Gurgaon). Its still a busy market with so many options of shopping starting from basic family needs to expensive wedding shops to electronics to brands like Yepme, Footin and many more.

Its surrounded by residential areas and hence has a big parking issue. But still, i can visit this place anytime around the corner for its food options. So read below my best eatery options here:

  1.  Sethi Sweets: Its a 15 yrs old shop located in front of famous Hanuman Mandir, in Sector 14, gurgaon. Its owned by Mr. Ramavatar and currently run by both father and son. They have snack options like Samosa (the best), kachori, jalebi, bread pakore and other namkeens like matthi etc. In sweets they have all sort of like milk cake (delicious), rabri, boondi, rasgulle. I love visiting this shop to have my fav only, Samosa with imli chuttney. Cost is very pocket friendlyBeFunky Collage
  2. South indian store: This is a famous South indian shop located opposite to back side of Hanuman mandir. Its run by a south based person and also running it from last 10 years or so. He accepts Paytm too for payments. He has constructed the 3 shop area, one with seating options and AC in it. Service is very quick and best place to have south indian authentic food like idli, dosa, utthapam, vada. You can try it from morning 7am to evening 10pm. Its a family restaurant, so plz visit it and enjoy 🙂 Every dosa cost lies withing 100 to 120 bucks.  He has also put up a shop in basement, where you can find ingredients like batter, powders, coconut and many other stuff. You can order the food online also from Swiggy.com  BeFunky Collage
  3. Sweet corn wala or Bhutte wala: This is a local street vendor who sits in sector 14, near or in front of Om sweets sometimes. He serves boiled bhutta or sweet corn. It tastes amazing and cost is 30rs per piece. Do try it guys 🙂20170731_192547
  4. Om sweets: This shop needs no description. You can always visit it for eating any delicacy 🙂
  5. Pao bhaji wala: This is again a street vendor, who puts up his thela near to spencers or hardly 20 steps ahead. He is surrounded by below vendors too. They all serve their food with full authentic flavor and service is too quick.DSC_0978
  6. Bunte wala: Minty bunta served with ice. Cost is just 20 bucks.
  7. Coffee wala :
  8. Madras Cafe: This is located in front of AKD towers in Sector 14. Its a outside market area and has seating options too. Food is amazing specially all chutneys served. Coffee is worth a try and everything is pocket friendly.

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Beat your office stress at Soi7, gurgaon !!

Gurgaon is well known for its office after hours nightlife, and a big credit goes to Cyber-Hub for the same. This place is famous for its weekdays & weekends day and night life both. Full of restaurants and pub-bars, cyber-hub is a heaven for IT people who spend full time in office. We can hang around with our friends, enjoying light music, dancing on our fav tunes and drinking our fav beers at so many breweries present there.

Similarly , visited to Soi7 with my hubby and friends for a sunday dayout. Its located at 2nd floor in cyberpub, near to Imperfecto. It has perfect arena with spacious indoor & outdoor seating option. They have kickboxing ring set up outside too. You have both high & low seating options perfectly suited for every person.soi7collg

We started our evening with Chinese snacks like Szechuan dimsums & vegetable assorted dimsums (4/5) – Serving is done in a wooden box carrying perfectly steamed dimsums, filled with assorted veggies.Charred tofu in teriyaki sauce (3.5/5) – i personally dont like tofu much, but dish was true to its name. Person having taste for tofu , would love eating it.Grilled baby potatoes (5/5) – crispy and well full of flavors.Loved them.Crispy vegetable chilli garlic (5/5) -Assorted crispy veggies tossed with chilli garlic and true to its name .Vietnamese Lotus root (4/5) – This is something new i tired, but just loved it. It was little over honilious, but tasty & crispy.Winner snack for today was Oriental Money bag(5/5) – deep fried spring roll pouch filled with assorted veggies.

Along with it, we enjoyed our mocktails like Bunta (5/5), Italian smooch (5/5) along with other friends enjoying their beer & cocktails like Cosmopolitan , Sangarias (5/5)

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We skipped the main course as we were almost full with snacks only. Still we gave a try to chinese fried rice combo. Again it was full of aroma and perfect flavors.We moved on to desserts and tried Choclate spring roll (5/5) – fired rolls full of chocolate served hot with vanilla icecream. Coconut tres leches (3.4/5) – It was 3 milk coconut cake, which was full of flavors & chocolate honey glazed flat noodles with sesame (5/5). Perfect day with perfect people at amazing place !!

Presentation of food was amazing.Every plate had a side serving of edible flower shaped carrot, reddish and green leaves. Just loved it. The staff is exceptional, they are friendly and extremely professional.

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Soi 7 Pub & Brewery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Its AmPm cafe time | DLF Galleria

Hello friends..so here i am with my review of the buzz restaurant now a days, AmPM cafe-bar. Its has 2 outlets in north, one in DLF Galleria gurgaon and other in Rajouri Garden Delhi. Its a famous restaurant chain worldwide. Since weekend is the time for lepaking, and i wanted to kill my time with old buddies, thought of visiting this place !!

Its located at 3rd floor back side of DLF Galleria, Gurgaon. Its has capacious space with both indoor and outdoor seating. They have a separate area for live music, which not only adds liveliness to evening but also makes them more relaxing & peaceful. They serve lot of delectable & scrumptious food along with shakes and cocktails. Hence this place is best option to hangout with friends and family both.

We started with the lickables, which are launched newly like Benaras Belle(5/5), which is a thick duo of gulkand and kulfi, flavored with Paan syrup.It was presented with a paan leaf & tasted amazing, so a must try. Next we had Ms. Alphonso(4/5), the most awaited drink of the visit as its a mango season and this had Mangoes flavored with icecream, presented in a luscious way! Next one was thought to be a common Orchard Street (5/5), but it turned out to be toothsome with its tutti fruityyyy flavor.

In food,we tried many dishes like AmPm chaat, Palak patta chat, Daal makhana platter, momos, Paneer tikka platter, keema pao, veggie pizza & tangy tomato pasta. Everything was lip smacking and worth the try. Delicious & authentic to flavors.

Last but not the least, we ended our day with AmPm special shakes like Kitty Katty, Belgian Affair & Magnum Upside down. Last one is the winner of tonight’s food visit !!

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AMPM Café & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

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Molecule Air bar | Next gen Alehouse

Molecule Air Bar is the next addition to Sector 29 market, which is a hub of theme based restro-pubs. I heard a lot about this place from my friends in the past, so planned to visit it with my friends last weekend. It’s on other side of Sector 29 and located at 2nd floor. It’s a capacious place spread across 2 floors including a terrace. Molecule is taking molecular gastronomy to a whole new level along with a German brewery, with its smoky flames and innovative spectacles.

The ambience here takes you back in time machine to World war 2. The walls are covered with metal guns and other stuff depicted to be used in the war. A big face mask on one side of the wall resembling some cruel superpower, and on other side, glass walls depicting molecular diagrams. Food here is served in a symbolic way like golgapps water served in test tubes, chutneys served in injections. Vintage lights resemble the molecular hexagonal design. Seating varied from high end stools to low based sofa’s to comfortable laid back couches.

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When we visited this place, it was jam packed. Evening time this place is full of people, enjoying their beers, foot-tapping on the live music running across the place. Even there is no dance floor, still ample space to enjoy!!

Coming to food, they provide a variety of Indian dishes in fusion to progressive ways. This place has something which cannot go unnoticed. The dishes served are authentic in taste but infused with innovation & creativity of the chef. Must to mention here about their chef, as he himself comes to people for talking to them about their dishes, ask them about feedback!! Food presentation is done keeping in mind the restro theme. Just like they serve Molecular Puckha Shots (5/5), which is their version of Gol gappa’s served with assorted water flavors in test tubes & chutneys in injections. The potato stuffing is served in a mini pressure cooker. Then next we were served chef’s special Dragon Smoked Popcorn (4/5), which were infused with liquid nitrogen, which made it crispy. When we tried to pick and eat, even our fingers felt cold.

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This followed by the Air Bread (4/4) which are little pillow resembled crispy breads stuffed with combination of 4 cheese sauces and green chili caviar. They served it with 2 topping variations (Paneer and chicken) . Air is injected into the bread with syringes. Next, we had Ghee Roast Soya Keema & Lachcha Paratha combo (5/5) which had four mini parathas hanging from pegs on a little frame with a small pan full of soya keema served with raddish minced salad and chutneys. It was the WINNER dish for me tonite. Edible coal (3/5) was Smokey, lava ash flavored dish. I didn’t like it much. Chakna Tiffin (4/5) was again their innovative dish of serving corn-kurkure chaat in small packets hanging from little frame with clips. It tasted amazing and a must try. Next, we had Pao bhaji (5/5), Paneer Tikka (3/5), it had 4 flavored tikkas but paneer was not much cooked. We talked to chef about it and gave our feedback too. Last but not the least, we tried their Pizza (4/5), full of cheese and varied toppings. Tasted well.

In mocktails, we had 3 to tango, weirdo & apple cider. All were perfect and authentic to taste. Must try is “3 to tango”.

Last but not the least, we had chef special “Imitations of Ras malai”. Chef himself came to our table with materials to prepare this dessert in front of us. We were delighted to see it happen and also made a small video. Many things he explained us before starting, but yes many are a chef’s secret. I cannot rate this dessert, as it deserves accolade 🙂

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Molecule Air Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato