Time to clock in at The Clock Tower 

It’s very rare that you visit a property that is spread a across floors, well finding a restaurant that’s spread across floors is easy but finding one that is a huge stand alone restaurant , spread across 3.5 floors is really something outstanding.Not just the building it’s more exciting to see different themes being followed across the spaces created and this place has it all.wooden walls,  wooden flooring,  wooden furniture , it’s like as if you are sitting in the woods somewhere in Stockholm or Shimla or may be a hill station.

 Even the exterior of the building is Such that’s gives you an exotic feel. it has so much like 

#An Alumnus corner 

# A performance area for bands 

#A smoking zone

# a lawn with a tree right at the entry 

# a huge sitting on ground, first and second floor 

# Sitting space with a window view

#sitting space with direct Sun light

#A cozy corner for the lovie dovie

#Open Air sitting 

#Under the sky Rooftop

#Sitting with lots of green around. 

Don’t believe me ! have a look for yourself.

Let’s move to food. 

Mocktails

When you are out for long in a hot day,  all you need is something chilled. We had Mandarin sour and Smooch.

Starters 

#Dahi K Kabab : Any place that does Dahi Kebabs right,  always wins me over and this place served one of the best Dahi Kababs I had in Gurgaon. 

# Jalapeno poppers : Not a jalapeno fan but just loved the crispy poppers and their presentation. Good to have

#Vegetable Spring rolls :  This is something that if is crispy,  it’s good to have. The filling becomes secondary if crispiness is there. and presentation always appeals to our eyes.

#Spinach Pizza : just loved it. yes just loved it to the core. Looks healthy already when you see a perfectly crisp thin base Pizza with a healthy spinach layer. And tasted great too.

If you seriously ask me sometimes its about having  your favorite food done in the right way is an ultimate thing. I was seriously full but since we have ordered main course so dragged myself to have some more. 

Tried Green Thai curry with plain rice and noodles.

And Finally desserts we had chocolate cake slice with vanilla ice cream.

Overall this is a place to sit back,  relax absorb nature, bring your kids and let them run around and hear them giggle. Enjoy the mist fans on the terrace with ultimate Gurgaon view. 

Also their interior have few very interesting stuff , have a look

So explore all this and more in your kind of corner at The Clock Tower and travel in your own time space.

The Clock Tower Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Address
The Clock Tower
Opposite South Point Mall, Near Rapid Metro Pillar 140, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon
011 30806636
12:30 PM to 12 Midnight
Cuisine served :North Indian, Continental, Italian, Fast Food

Summer gets sweeter at Baris 

If you have a sweet tooth or you love everything sweet. Or may be you are like me who loves to hog on to desserts first before I move to main food, then Baris awaits your visit to indulge your taste buds into a sweet temptation.

A menu that is curated by their chef Mr. Sahib Ibis, the entire range of summer dessert is loaded with summer cool ingredients, that represents the perfect blend of hand picked summer fussion  dishes. And the portion sizes are so indulging that you won’t mind those extra calories.

Best part of the food at Baris is that it marinated the food much longer to achieve the perfect blend of spices and taste unlike the over cooking that we generally do while making food, that you end up getting the taste of spices only.

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And even I felt the extension of this in their summertime sweetness Dessert menu as well.Let me take you to the sweetest culinary trip to the dessert on offer this summer at Baris

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1.) Aam Lava ( Rs. 325) : in case you could follow my last blog on Baris or have been to this Mediterranean dining then you need no introduction to the best item on their dessert menu,  yes it’s Baklava. And Aam Lava is a mango infused traditional Baklava that is served with mango cinnamon syrup.  And a presentation to die for. Don’t  believe check this out. And a mango flavored muse over it, garnished with dry fruits.

And Nothing gets better when the MasterChef  Chef Sahib Ibis from Turkey  serves it to you.  It’s ought to be extra sweet. Got lucky second time to be served by the curator himself, with his million dollar Turkish smile,

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2.) Figamisu ( Rs. 325) : Well this is a version of Tiramisu with a blend of figs,  savoiardi cookies layered with mascarpone cream. And look at the presentation isn’t it difficult to control. This is devilish for sure.

3.) Twisty Turkish Delight ( Rs. 275)  : So as the name goes it’s a Turkish dessert made with carrots, Coconut, walnuts and Cinnamon. And this is one dish you will definitely want to order again.

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4.) Kazan dibi Muhallebi ( Rs. 275) : Yaa that’s the name probably the most exotic  and is the lightest dessert on the menu on sweet quotient and taste too. It’s caramalised milk pudding with mastic & seasonal fruit salad. It had mango so for me it was the perfect pick. Chilled fruit salad on such a creamy and light base tasted simply yum.

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5.) Shambali (Rs. 275)  : Last one on the list but not any less. Yes wheat semolina orange pound cake with cinnamon salted caramel & Vanilla ice cream on the top. This is pure Bliss. An ultimate dessert to dig into.

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So what are you waiting for,  visit this inspired Mediterranean dining place for these incredibly irresistible dessert option for a completely satiating meal.

where you Ask ?

Baris Restaurant

Building 3, Local Shopping Complex, Mazjid Moth, Greater Kailash (GK) 3, New Delhi

011 49045330

011 49045331

( Pre booking recommended )

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

The Orb at RadissonBlu 


Lavish elegance, upscale styling with the bar counter right in centre,  done with very nice lights around the Bar table is the main highlight of this place, adding to the charm of the new kid on Block and has just opened.

An avant garde bar offering exotic drinks, appetizing food and foot-tapping music in a perfect setting of cosy corner sitting across sofas and couches. 

Well a Mocktail person is always a missfit in a bar, but still there is always something to look at from the non alcoholic drinks as well,  have a look.

Paris Dreams 

A Mocktail made of Ginger, apple juice, lime and ginger ale.

The Orb Love : A Mocktail made of pomegranate juice, Lime , mint and vanilla syrup, little sweet but that’s how it needs to be.

In search of Paradise 

Well that’s not what I am looking for but that’s what I had at The Orb, yes it’s a Mocktail by that name. Though would not call it paradise of mocktails  but yes in search of paradise for sure, made with peach,  apricot and ginger ale.

Getting on food, and off course vegetarian food,  herein are my picks.

Bruscheta rather I should be calling it mini Bruscheta , small in size but just the right size to fit in your mouth.

Loaded with fresh veggies was a good starter.

Being a hardcore Paneer love,  it’s a mandate to have at least one dish from paneer and picked Dakshini  Paneer ke tinkey. A mildly spiced and well marinnated Paneer served with green chutney. 

One serving had 6 pieces sufficient for 2 people.

Veg Kathi Roll

The filling was too good,  blame it to my Paneer Love  just loved this.

Kaffirelime scented corn fritters


A corn deep fried dish , order on your own risk. It tasted great with the sweet and tangy chutney but was quite heavy.

So just loved the “The Orb” experience. Very well designed space and a huge comfortable sitting. And my favorite place is just in the bar counter.

The Orb - Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Eat like a Japanese in the Heart of Delhi @ Guppy

When a Restaurant specializes in a particular cuisines the authenticity is always in question, and that is something that definitely hits you as you enter this space designed to unwind. A big board guides the way inside to the restaurant among the greens.

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Passage to the entry

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Open air sitting

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high raise tables

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colorful sitting

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Whenever it is about Japanese food the first thing that hits us is Sushi – undoubtedly the most famous Japanese dish outside of Japan as well as in Japan. Since traditional  Japanese cuisine is served on low rise  tables and cushions placed on floor over mats, so don’t expect the floor sitting ,here  they have a proper western yet comfortable & colorful  sitting.

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What is always most challenging for me is to find the Veg options in a cuisine other than Indian. But this place is completely sorted to offer the best vegetarian options along with a good non veg spread with lots of seafood.

So the easiest to pick is the Meal options whether it is sunday brunch or weekday  Guppy set lunch or dinner option, these pre designed meals comes really handy. Japanese style traditionally abhors different flavored dishes touching each other on a single plate, so different dishes are given their own individual plates as mentioned, or are partitioned using leaves, etc. So going by that they offer each and every dish directly in eating bowls and cutlery .And this place follows the course to the core, the next dish on the menu would only arrive on the table when you are done with the previous dish.

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I opted for Teppanyaki Stir fried vegetables priced at Rs. 900/- for a 5 course meal with 6 items.

1.Salad – Seasonal greens with wafu dressing 

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Green vegetables served in Wafu dressing

This is literally “Japanese-style dressing” is a vinaigrette-type salad dressing based on tosazu, popular in Japan. The best part of the Japanese salad is unlike western salad these salads dont have oil as base, this one was  tossed in vinegar, soy sauce and sesame seeds.

2. Meso Soup : fermented soya bean paste soup in a dish base with tofu , wakame and spring onions.

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Miso soups are authentic japanese soup,but if being a vegetarian you are sensitive to smells, don’t go for this soup as the fermented soya bean paste is not that pleasant.If thats the case you can opt for clear mushroom soup. The other ingredient in this soup is the seaweed – Wakame which is a well cooked green leaf and plain tofu does add to the taste.

3. Sushi Roll –  Sushi of the day 

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So whats Sushi ?

In Japan there are over 4-5 varities of Sushi and outside of Japan most common is  Norimaki  Sushi rice and seafood, etc. rolled in dried seaweed sheets. There are countless varieties of sushi rolls differing in ingredients and thickness. Sushi rolls prepared “inside out” are very popular outside of Japan, but rarely found in Japan.

Here I opted for a Black rice california roll  that had avacardo, creame, asparagus, cucumber and takvan as the filling , and this was so good that I had ordered for complete portion and got it packed. (full portion had 9 pieces ) served with pickled ginger and avacardo chutney.

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Black rice california roll

4. Rice Or Noodles – Udon Noodles with exotic Mushrooms 

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Udon is a type of thick wheat flour noodle of Japanese cuisine. The bowl had loads of veggies , sesame seeds and the soup.

5.Teppanyaki Stir fried vegetables

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Perfectly stir fried vegetables sprinkled with finely diced onion stems and sesame seeds. And the sauce was great on taste with the perfect blend of vinegar.

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A combination of 4 deserts in mini portions had Fruits, chocolate, red velvet cake and Tart. Portions that were just perfect for giving taste of the desserts and leaving the craving on.

The best part of the entire experience was the timing of each and every dish being served just to ensure that you are completely in the dish that is on the table and the next one comes while the existing is cleared.

Along with the lunch , I also tried my hands on 2 of the mocktails

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Overall had a great experience and interesting part is the live sushi corner where you can watch the preparation of your choice of sushi while its being made – Check out the video here 

This place has something about the way they have used the space , a combination of well lit , open and closed space. the outside space is done so well that it becomes a preferred point to chill out with kids, and i am surely going to try this out.

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Small little but lots of such elements that gives this place a seem less theme of being a japanese restaurant.

Try out this place if you like japanese cuisine and if you never had it before then also its a must try to get a hang of this cuisine in the most affordable way.Pre booking / reservation is recommended especially over the weekends.

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

Ivy & Bean Cafe : #Bean there

Best cafes are the ones which are being referred by friends. So this one came as a strong recommendation while having lunch at Out of box cafe in Gurgoan  early November by a colleague Varun Khanna who is a foodie too.

Since then I had this place in my #ToVisitList , here came the invite for a pre event for #PetFeb at #PuppyChino which was in the same building at 119 Shahpur Jat and another cafe #HearkenCafe that was opening its gate today. So when you are destined to visit a place , saari Kaynaat sajish main lag jati hai.

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So while the pet fed event was gearing up and  I was amoung the few early ones so I thought of checking out this place for a quick coffee. Came to this place and was surprised to see this very well done space, with a lot of light and a combination of open air and closed sitting space. Furniture was really unique all done in white with a rustic look and floral upholstery made this place a girls space too with a touch of antique. sofas with cushions and straight chairs are designed to the lazy you.

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The open space is done with sofa cum chair sitting all done in white with a lot of green outside (artificial plants ) to give this place a look of closer to nature, i wish to come back to this place on a rainy day for the view and smell while it rains. the mist fans and cooler must be keeping this place cool in summers.They are known for their Pan cakes and sandwiches, a delicious breakfast thats what the guy told me.

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A VIEW OF OUTSIDE

A quick look at food

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Mocha with Mushroom Bagels

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Loads of vegges – loaded with health

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Yummy and filling

Since this is a coworking space so it offers free wifi for 3 hours as you come and do your office work and the staff came and told me on his own – “Mam, if you dont feel like going to office than please come over and work from here we offer Free wifi with coffee ” , I was like are you reading my mind.

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Have your health dose as you eat with a range of Ice teas, coffee, shakes and mocktails this place has too much too offer and look at the pricing man. Three hours with that coffee life cant get better than this.

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Flinders Lane Salad (Its a slightly warm Salad served with a hard boiled egg )

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Mint ginger Ice Tea

In case you are not able to finish your food while working and need to rush out , they are very sweet in asking you to pack it for you.

All for your love for reading 

Now this woud ring bells to a lot of friends who are all the bookworms out there, this place is an ideal space to come over and pick up a book and read , in case you are not able to finish it , you can always rent it out to complete it and then return.

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A Cupboard pull of Books is a delight for a reader

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Coffee with the Books – Read it or rent it to finish it

sharing is caring, so in case you woud like to donate your books you can simply drop them here for others to pick up and read.

Good times are made of  coffee , books and a good ambience and this place rules it. So visit this place when you looking for any of the above.

Ivy & Bean Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hearken Cafe – Let your hands echo your words

 

“Passion is born deaf & dumb ” -Honore De Balzac

And Hearken Cafe is one such place where i felt the best & most beautiful moments in life cannot be spoken or written they are only experienced and cherished.You can place your order without speaking as well.

By far this place has touched more than just my taste buds, a place that truly is beyond the food on flatter, a visit that  you relish and cherish for the memories made.

As you enter the 119 building this place is right on the top ,as it ought to be with a rooftop.

Everything under the sun is beautiful and extra bright and this place says it loud out here with a lot of natural light that not only lifts up your day but also your heart. The owner of #HearkenCafe “Ms Smriti Nagpal “(a forbes awardee, Devi Awardee and an awardee at 100 Women )”-feeds on her passion for the deaf community and she has been working with the community ever since she was 16, with over a decade of working with the community this is her second business venture that goes to make a lot of noise by simplifying the sign language and making this place a point to hang out with the silent people who truly proves  ” If speech is Silver , silence is #Gold”. Along with her partner in crime “Virat Suneja is the other cofounder & brain behind this cafe , he graduated from Cyprus and then did his masters in hotel and tourism management. Virat had interned with LeMeridien before handling operations for  Solang valley resort .Smriti and Virat are first cousins and this proves when Sibblings work together they do miracles , Everything at Hearken cafe is straight from the heart of these 2.


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When the hands speak and the heart listens – and a order is taken

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Learn as you eat

So as I entered I was  given a warm welcome by the sun rays coming straight from the windows and litting up the entire place, a place that gives you a lot of space because of the sitting arrangement , and is a deaf-run cafe/ co-working space located in Shahpur Jat,an urban village of Delhi serving fusion food bringing together flavors of Europe. And was lucky enough to be attended by none other than the creators themselves – Ms Smriti & Virat.

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The people who commute in sign language are up with a smile to get you a seat of choice and food you wish to have all this while you can also pick up a bit of sign language. And they also promote that you come over and just have good time without having to speak too much, so a place to unwind out the noise and choas of the city. A place that has a Echo of its own, poised with so much peace.

So here is  a quick look at food that i could explored during this visit

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Nutella shake & Southern Mango twist (A must to have for mango lovers )

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Spaghetti meatballs with spicy tomato concasse

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Simply Veg Pizza

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Tex  Mex Bhel picco de gallo

Beyond food 

So while this is a socially responsible place , on this visit of mine i could explore the following

“#ATTARI “- connects beyond borders. Attari is a village in Punjab touching the borderline with Pakistan. It is where the founder’s family roots extend , making the woven wall hangings very personal . This is shown with the connection of threads, bringing out the art to adorn your homes .

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#Atulyakala is a lifestyle brand and a design house run by deaf artists which gives back. A large part of the proceeds from sales go towards the education of deaf and mute students at our training centre. Atulyakala aims to empower the 18 million deaf and mute people of India by providing employment, educating deaf students and spreading awareness about Indian Sign Language.

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The bags on display were a great collection a combination of fabric and leather priced at Rs. 500/- onwards is definitely a good pick.

Sugar Binge : everything sweet and sugar to binge on by Prerna Jain – a  Home baker North Delhi who deals into customised eggless cakes , cupcakes , desserts.The cute little display with sweet little samplers of cup cakes was a sweet attraction and  while we were talking the sampler serving kept adding sweetness all around.They bake with lot of love and take orders over calls with at least a week of lead time for customised cakes.

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Since this place is designed to create a co-working space so the entire set up has been done in that manner, and the food is really delicious, So a visit to this place is definitely recommended for a soulful experience. So explore your heart out at Hearken Cafe 

Hearken Café Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato