The Food Abode : Gastronomica Kitchen & Bar at GK 

“Gastronomica” is a Spanish word that stands for Food and this place was  truly an abode of good food. Located in M block market it’s a fun place to hangout at.

Loved the ambience and the way entire sitting was done, quite a lot of efforts put in the details. And each corner has its own appeal be it inside sitting or the balcony sitting

A place that serves Chocolate shakes is always one of my favorite. And this one had 2 of my favorite things on menu one of course you guessed it right Death by chocolate , a chocolate shake and another Paan based drink – virgin paan and gulkand Mojito.

And here’s the other one which was really nice but probably the straw was wrong. As it was actually difficult to sip the gulkand through this straw. All paan lovers will simply love it. Quite liked the efforts in experimenting with Paan.

Started off on starters with raw banana kababs and the presentation was simply more than appetizing.

But I still have something for dahi based kabab and this Kadak Papad Kabab was stuffed with Spinach and coated with roasted papad fried to perfection and of course great on taste and presentation.

And how can a vegetarian not have Paneer in starters. So cream cheese Paneer tikka was just a perfect pick with a overdose of Paneer.

One more thing that I tried for the first time was Tandoori Jackfruit and quite liked it since I love Jackfruit.

Moving on to main course,  I think when one is in love with a particular cuisines you always end up having almost same stuff in vegetarian. So here is my pick Dal makahni and Paneer kaliya in the main course. And both the dishes were simply amazing. Had a really yummy Paneer dish in mains after a very  long time. And just loved it.

I literally waited for the desserts like anything as I have spotted this Dish ” Green Apple Beetroot Halwa” , and since we hardly find people who like beetroot,  I was seriously looking forward to this one,  and here it came with Red apples though but tasted yummy.

And was very very close to gajar ka halwa if I was blind folded and was asked to have this dish I would have guessed it gajar ka halwa. So this is definitely my strongest recommendation from their dessert menu.

So overall a great dining experience with nice Mocktail and starters options. And very nicely done sitting space. Do visit sometimes.
Gastronomica Kitchen & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food from East streaming Live in East Delhi at Leela 

The culinary Journey of flavors and food across the Grant trunk road ends in Kolkata.When it comes to east of India,  probably we all think of West ( best)  Bengal as one of the places as an oodle of great food. A amalgamation of different culture,  an entry point to world famous cuisines and a place that is beyond just food, it’s a way of life. From street food to the royal cuisine every kind of food holds a lot of value in this culturally rich city.

So here we are at Delhi 32,  The restaurant in the hotel Leela in East Delhi bringing together handpicked delicacies from Kolkata. This is the last leg of the food festival at Leela and the chefs have not only sourced authentic ingredients from Kolkata but have stayed briefly in Kolkata to curate this amazing menu.  So it’s all the way from Kolkata with loads of  love.The team has done an amazing job of creating Kolkata live and you have to visit this to believe it.

The famous Howrah bridge is one of the iconic places in Kolkata and same goes with the yellow taxis and the very famous 🚊 Tram train.

Even the handpulled rickshaw is a common site in few parts of Kolkata and when I lasted visited this city all I remember is the sound of Tram like a hurricane and these petite looking rickshaw pullers. And off course the soandesh at Haldiram near airport. 

The entire set up creates the perfect stage for this culinary tour to the food from Kolkata. and probably that’s the first time I felt so much is being missed out if you switch to vegetarian food. But nevertheless you can still see few of the dishes from the pictures. 

We started the food ride with JhalMuri and Ghondoraj ghol, for a treat to eyes here is a quick shot of it.

Well Jhal Mori is the Bengali bhehpuri and the distinctive ingredient in Bengali version is the use of raw mustard oil that gives it a hard hitting taste. And this is really yum the taste in tinge hits your senses like anything. Coming to the ghondoraj ghol as the name suggests it’s a drink made of thick whey with Peels of ghondoraj ( large form of a green lemon) and in vegetable starters we had Alloo chop, vegetable chop and mochar cutlets everything deep fried and crispy. 

Getting on to the main course since its a buffet so the list of food is endless but then have what makes a sense to you. Like my plate shows 2 dishes that is Dhokar Dalna well this is one of the very special dish and made of Channa dal can be referred as the dhokla of east and the only difference it’s not steamed but fried. And then made into a curry fish refered as Dalna in Bengali. Aaloo Posto is made with khas. 

Cholar dal complemented with luchi and Khorishutir kachori and mugalai parantha stuffed with mutton 

And the Paranthas looked super yummy and crispy outside and loads of filling inside. now as promised some treat to non veg lovers 

Bhetki paturi that’s a fish preparation in banana leaf.

Moving on to the yummy dessert this is the festival to be from over dozens of dessert options it’s simply impossible to just pick one. on the plate you can see Pantua that’s the Bengali version of Gulab jamun only difference is shape so this one is more like a doughnut and also it’s served cold versus our warm or hot gulab jamun. Nothing can beat freshly made sondesh in its original flavor while I had a hell lot of flavors while I visited kolkata and Payesh which similar to our knees.

And of course Misti doi is like the best ever version of milk. I simply love it and having it in earthen pot is like a super treat to a Misti doi lover. And I literally had two 😀

Now while we were done with food,  we were greeted by the Pan wala stall serving freshly made customised Pans. 

One thing that I really admired about this place was the detailing in creating the entire concept of Kolkata to let the food journey come alive. Starting from the ushers dressed in Bengali tradinal wear to the entire Kolkata set up  , enough of selfie and photo corners.

The cutest part was the Howrah bridge 🌉 and the cute little yellow taxis like the minions on the road.

Now about the festival : Kolkata food festival has curated menu from the city of kolkata that is served as dinner. The entire set up is done in the open air with plenty of mist fans to keep you calm and add the coastal breeze to add to the theme and the evening. The dinner comes for Rs 1535 plus taxes and trust me it’s a steal deal for the kind of food they have on offer. 

Bonus for people with Kids there is no charge for kids under 12 years of age. 

And most important 15th April is the last date , and I know you will miss on this so be happy it’s till 16th April. But done miss to visit it for your love for food more so if you love Bengali cuisines. 

And just for record all this Gyan is coming from our campanion on our table Mrs Mamta. 

If you miss it then you will seriously miss some serious and delicious kolkata food.

 Dine in the woods at Jungle Jumboree

Few places have everything in there name and this is no brainer to decode What I am going to talk about when I am at a place called Jungle Jamboree. 
So when Jamboree literally means a large celebration of gathering of people generally a lavish one with a lot of noise and fun. This place was a quiet place with loads of food to create noise in your tummy. This is a jungle themed restaurant in Logix City centre Noida on second floor.

Have a look at the setting of this place,  I am sure it’s like a walk in the enchanted woods for little ones, lush green all around with lot of wild animals on the walls. 

Even the chairs were made painted with theme.

The table are barbeque enabled therefore what you will truly enjoy is the Ambience with jungle theme and Smell of burning coal and aroma of barbeque on your table satiating your taste buds. 

The place is serves Ala-carte, along with  Buffet lunch and dinner. Lunch starts at 12:30 and serves till 3pm serving 7 course meal. During lunch the mocktails are included in the package while for dinner you have to pay separately.

That’s the bar in the woods.

So have a look at the starters  I hogged on.

The serving starts from the home made papad and dips along with chutney. These mini chunck of papad keep you busy while the barbeque is getting ready.

The entire lunch was spread across 7 courses 

  1. First course :Chat & More 
  2. Second course : Soups & Salads 
  3. Third course : Indian Appetizers
  4. Fourth course : Global Appetizers
  5. Fifth course : Indian mains
  6. Sixth course : Global mains
  7. Seventh course : Desserts 

So the first starter that came was my all time favorite golgappa chat filled with loads of chutney and curd. Just the way I love it.

Followed by Pizza, kababs, American corn shots,honey lotus stems.

So the food kept coming but I only picked and clicked what I wanted to have. 

The main course , soups and salads was set on the buffet.

I love sticking around to Indian mains when it’s an option. And just loved the Dum aloo and kurkuri bhindi and even the Briyani was too good.

Have a look at my plate,  not to miss the additional servings that I took of Dum aloo.

And in the end comes the best, yes the desserts. The best part about buffet desserts is that you can have whatever you like along with repeated servings and off course you can have it as any course like start with desserts.

So overall a great jungle experience with loads of good food. And they also have dedicated section on level 2 and then another area as aqua that depicts marine life 

Check out the marine area and theme here is blue.

The best part about this place which I kind of noticed for the first time at a restaurant were the Air purifiers. The white boxes are actually air purifiers.

So explore the jungle safari with some really delicious food amoung the woods. A great place to go with kids and a huge gang as this place is truly pocket friendly. 
Jungle Jamboree Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Baris : A peaceful Fine dine Mediterranean retreat

Just launched in the Capital city Delhi,  this Mediterranean cuisine is a great destination for a cozy evening, a romantic dinner getaway from the hustle of daily routine and great fine dine hang out option for some family time with food that is truly outstanding and cuisine authentic to the core. 

“Baris” meaning peace in Turkish,  this place truly stands for it with an Ambience that’s completely in sync with it. 

Lots of sign board but still you might not find it that easy to locate this place if you have not been to this place earlier. This new restaurant on block is just next to Zoe in GK 2 and the operational hours are 12:oo to 3:30pm and then 6-12:30 am meaning only lunch and dinner experience so be careful of time  while you drop in here. And if you are fond of open air sitting then evenings are the best place here. Open air terrace sitting for ur kind of space with hookah.

Loved the interior of this place giving it a classic royal touch with lots elements with modern yet antique look.A look that is inspired by the cuisine it caters from Mediterranean to Turkish to Middle East.

Coming to the food which was 10 on 10.Started off with mocktails and opted for the Frozen Baris ( must have rule,  try the thing that has name of the restaurant in it) 

Serving starts with these dips – Almond taratora,Olive oil pomoglazed dressing,  Dill (pulses) and cucumber dip  along with a bread basket.

Some mocktails before we start hogging on to food. So this one I had was more like a slush with salted glass. And served with fresh berries.

Moving to the delicious food we tried but even before we could we were served with palate cleanser and the only condition Manish mentioned while serving it to us was “have it one shot like shots“.

Mereimek Corbasi

A Turkish version of soup , this is made of traditional red lentil ( masoor dal without chilka ) with glazed onion and croutons. Just to clarify croutons are sauteed rebaked bread served with soup and this one had some caramalised onion with a slice of lemon.

Cigar Borek – don’t worry that’s not for smoke but it’s a very very delicious dish that derives its name inspired by its appearance that looks like a cigar. These are crispy cigar rolls with filling of feta cheese,  caramalised onion , parsley  is served with a cacik sauce. And trust me this is a must try dish here. Perfectly crispy and with a yummy filling within ,tastes amazing with Cacik sauce.

So what is cacik sauce,  well it’s a Turkish preparation with curd. A refreshing dish that usually an appetizer or  used as a dip on a plate of salad. Very refreshing on hot summer days as it has cucumber, mint,  garlic and olive oil. And this sauce is served with a lot of dishes here.


Spinach Fatayer: well while you look at this it might look like a member from the family of Indian samosa but Fatayer is actually a Middle East meat pie that can be alternatively stuffed with spinach. So vegetarian version was stuffed with spinach ( Sabanekh) and feta cheese (Jibnah). Fatayer is a part of Arabian cuisine and eaten in Iran,palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. It may also be referred  as Fitiir. This is also served with cacik sauce.

So these triangles are nothing close to our samosas as they have a very thin and extremely crisp outer layer and not at all filling like our samosa so a perfect pick to start with but don’t blame me on deep fried stuff though having a spinach filling ,it is still good for health but not so much. But you are here to eat so indulge. Relish the food and let calorie count take a back seat.

Mantar Yahnisi

So yet another Turkish dish , it’s sauteed mushroom with onions, garlic ,thyme balsamic glaze Parmesan served with hummus and lavash crostini, well Crostini are Italian appetizers small breads with thin slices grilled and toasted. It’s a good dish but don’t try it if you are not up-to an Turkish mushroom dish. Though it tasted really good when had all together.

Izgar Paynir 

So we went by chefs recommendation for this Paynir ( read it Paneer ) dish it’s basically herb crusted grilled Paneer roasted with tomato sauce and pamo glaze.

Woddo Paynir

This is yet another Paynir dish ( akka paneer  – cottage cheese as they write it).

Grilled Paneer served on mahogany noodles and spicy tomato creams sauce. Trust me it was a dynamite of great taste. Perfectly spicy and a hint of sweet to balance the spice and delicious noodles.

Sebzile Pide : Turkish veg pizza 

Pide is the  most popular slow cooked fast food,  basically a snacks in Turkish cuisine.In few rural areas people make the filling and take it to a baking shop to get it baked.

Grilled veggies with fresh herbs baked with mozzarella and feta cheese.

So how is it different than our regular pizza? Well, at the site of it you can say it’s the shape. But trust me it’s a bit different in taste too off course its delicious.

Well literally  enough of food well that’s what I said to my mind while moderating my portion sizes to keep up with my diet. So let’s move to desserts.

Pumpkin Catalana

Caramel braised honey pumpkin infused vanilla citruses burned sugar crust and raspberry sorbet that’s what it derives its color from. While people liked it as it was served but for me it tasted better after the ice cream started melting. 

Crema De chocolate

This is a great at site dessert and I think half of the eating is done with eyes. Rich chocolate mousse with raspberry and Turkish coffee and Hazel nuts from the Chefs hometown. And trust me I was sold to this dish the moment it mentioned chocolate and coffee. ( coffee lover u see ). Don’t believe me , have a look for yourself.

Baklava Duo 

Hand rolled pillo dough baked in walnut and pistachios and then soaked in cinnamon syrup and topped with home made clotted cream. You may find this closer to our Indian desserts like sakkar paare.

So overall a great experience  at this Mediterranean, Turkish & Middle East cuisine and don’t miss to meet the Master Chef here off course he is from Turkey and that’s why we have so many authentic Turkish dishes on the menu and let me tell you the Chef is really a very candid person just like the presentation of his dishes ,with good looks ( read Handsome 😍 ) so that’s Chef Sahib Ibis the curator of all the menu.

So boss ek selfie toh banti hai,  after all Turkey is on my bucket list on the International destination to go to. So all the more reason now to explore more yummy food from Turkey.

Baris Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Flat Rice Noodles with Fresh Herbs 🌿

Foodhall in association with Singapore Embassy hosted  a fun-filled masterclass Celebrating the  Singapore cuisine on  24th March’17 at Foodhall DLF Place Mall Saket,  New Delhi.

The masterclass was hosted by chef Prince and a total of 3 recipes were on Live Demo. Of the three dishes I just loved  Flat rice noodles with fresh herb. And therefore here you go with the recipe from the Live Demo 

Main Ingredient : 1 pack Koka flat Rice noodles ( soak in warm water to soften) 

Other Ingredients

  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For Herb and olive mix 

  • 3 tablespoon fresh parsley
  •  6  chopped Cloves of garlic
  • Thinly sliced 1/4 cup green olives
  • 4 canned artichoke( bite size pieces)
  • Freshly cracked blackpepper
  • Rocksalt to taste 
  • 12 cherry tomatoes halved 
  • 1 cup olive oil

Preparation

Heat up the non stick pan and add olive oil. 

Fry garlic till fragnanat 

Add flat rice noodles and rest of the ingredients and lightly toss and fry for 3-4 minutes. 


Season to taste and serve immediately


Dessertarian Fest : Sweetness overloaded


These days capital is flooded with food festivals from The Grubs to Asian Hawkers market to The Palate to mini Palate to the Food truck fest etc etc,  in fact there are multiple seasons of each of these festival just like fashion shows. 

While #SelectCityWalkMall hadhosted multiple food festivals in the past and had been a great choice for smaller formats of many fests and Events which have grown big to move to bigger venues. #Dessertarianfest by far one of the sweetest of them all, after all it’s a dessert fest so it ought to be one. 


From cutely done chocolate counters to Ice creams to doughnuts to cup cakes to brownies to buntas to chuskies to cakes and shakes this place had it all loaded with live music and a lot of fun activities with loads of sweet treats to be won as goodies here. 


You will truly love this fest if you are one amoung these 

  •  A person who loves sweets 
  • A person has sweet tooth as the only tooth.
  • A person who starts with menu from back to front.
  • A person who is happy when dinner starts with desserts ( read something sweet)
  • A person who is born to eat.
  • A person who does not have a favorite in desserts, you just love them all.

So have a look what all this place had in offer for you






Coming to what we had 

Kiwi ice cream roll from Lets Roll it’s a ice cream preparation on the plate with liquid nitrogen.


Water melon ice creams at Let‘s Roll 

Our favorite waffle with vanilla cream and banana at #Waffles&Crepes

What was fun thing here was the entire lane from old delhi serving everything sweet from the lanes of food capital. 

And see where we found maximum number of people,  well on the counters which were serving something not so desserts

And this was a fun place where you can win a goodie too 

I tweeted and got a dessert jar 


So overall a great experience for the sweet foodie in me. And ek baar jana toh Banta hai yaar.

One thing that was common across the fest was everything is sweet and off course droolworthy after all you are in a dessert fest so smile and hog on to your kind of dessert.