Friday, 6 July 2018

Jugaad Kitchen - Gurgaon!

Happened to be here on a chance Sunday evening. A nicely done small eatery, with a nice spread of everything Indian. Must be wondering if the name Jugaad is just for the sake of it, or there is really some jugaad in the affair. Yes, there is. They serve jugaad combos, very very affordably priced, serving great portions of dal makhni...rice/bread of choice, and a typical spicy curry you choose from the menu. The portion size is so big that one such combo can serve little less than two as well 😝 we went for paneer tikka masala and kadhai chicken. Wont recommend kadhai chicken as wrong order. Paneer was typical though..,but nice. So do order one combo of choice to really hog on jugaad.
I also happened to order Dahi k kebab..,it was nice. And some beverages to go with the whole mean, just complementing the plate, not out of the world.

Taste bud yell: indian food craving just met right
Pocket shouts: super light
When I look around: just eat your food and get going
Waiting time for tummy: not much
My hosts: gentle and caring, genuinely sought feedback

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Crepe-Fe - Gurgaon!

Visited the tiny outlet of Crep-fe in Banni's Square. By the way, all the food joints here are tiny and that let's you get a palate of so many different cuisines at one place. I like the place for the sheer calm against the chaos of all other popular malls and hangout places. 
 Coming to Crepe-fe, this is definitely premium because of which you may decide to give it a miss. But step in and you will feel the difference. They have managed to put up an up-market set-up, with contemporary decor. Even the tiny place is so well lit up, you don't feel congested. And staff goes all the way to make you feel comfortable and valued, unlike several other waffle and take away joints. At least going by my experience, the staff barely cares, rather they don't have the time to look up and bother. Here you are pleasantly greeted, escorted upstairs and offered mint-lime water.
As you walk up, the walls are decked up with all the offerings in glow boards. I eat the best Waffle in Gurgaon here. Others basically make it a batch process affair. Here you feel the exclusivity. The Waffle is fresh, neither thin or think to extreme, and crisp. Brilliantly done. And they take out time to
fill in all the troughs with Nutella and stand banana slices in each, again instead of scattering all over. I have the picture here, see for yourself. I had got them to deliver these with maple syrup once, and was equally awed by packaging and the freshness ensured. If you think you have had it, enough of waffles, trust me you are not done yet.
Won't take this long for rest, they serve bagel, not the tiny ones, but a really big one with many many varieties, I took paneer tikka. Indianised! But planning to pick up a different lighter one next time. They serve a whole range of gelato and sorbet as well. I happened to pick Belgian kitkat, which was smoothness with chunks of crisps.
Other items they serve and I could not try were pancakes, crepes. I am super curious to try out the crepes next. You definitely end up paying more. But you will not mind, because you know they have compelled you to leave wanting to come back again.

Taste buds yell: I am just not done yet
Pocket shouts: Heavy for tiny outlet
When I look around: Posh, neat, Lit-up, Lively
Waiting time for tummy: Not much really
My Hosts: You are taken care of with a smile and perfectly guided through the varieties and flavors

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Zaitoon - Bangalore!

Haven for non-vegetarians. And vegetarians, please buzz off, even if you see the section in the menu.
A simple family dining set-up, minimal decor, but great food. Ensure you are heading with the right company as you are going to have a gala time with food.

They have a lot to offer both Arabic and Mughlai. I was anxious to discover Arabic. We started off with BBQ pepper fry, absolutely bang on! I always want my bbq uniformly roasted post ample marination. And I was not disappointed. The pieces were done right left, right, center. We also ordered skewers, think they were Moroccan chicken. Again dry roast with flavors oozing out. Every thing was served on a bed of Koobus, with a side of hummus. The whole combination was new to me, presentation as well as Koobus with any dry variant you order. Though I was done after these two, Mutton biryani was a big recommendation at this place. I was not very impressed with the flavor of the biryani as a whole, but mutton in there was cooked nice. I was told it was not my biryani time at the place.
The menu is lot more exciting than what I could manage to explore, I may need 2-3 more visits to do justice with fish and prawn sections as well. Planning to put up another post for Zaitoon, if things click and push me enough to share again.

Taste buds yell: I am just not done yet
Pocket shouts: Super light
When I look around: Well lit, simple dine-in
Waiting time for tummy: Don’t mind if you get your food roasted right

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Churrolto - Hyderabad

Guys this tiny cafe in the heart of Madhapur happened to draw my attention, by it’s name. Yeah, it coins with Churros. They were the ones to introduce me to this famous Spanish snack dessert. The concept is similar to doughnut, baked and then coated with sugar and cinnamon on classic ones. Then you go on to create your variants. But these are not those fluffy buns with holes. These are crispy twisted soft stick-like, fresh out of frying pan with side dips. Absolutely loved it with Nutella. Next I am going to try espresso choco sauce. Also comes with Dark choco, white choco, toffee sauce. Must try, I think it’s exclusive in your city.

Churros just drags you in. But there is so much more to discover! This is actually an excellent patisserie. And I cannot talk about whole range as it keeps changing, I manage to find something new every time. Let me talk about the ones I have tried so far. The blueberry cheesecake, you can call it classic, but the berry jam was as real as it could be and I am going to say the same about strawberry because, I have always been a fan of real ingredients which are difficult to find these days. Triple mousse cake was also a delight, neatly crafted layers of Blueberry, Vanilla and chocolate mousse with a consistency that holds up on the deck but simply melts in your mouth. Post a terrible headache sat for Mocha once, it was one of the nicest I have had till now. But for the price, wanted my mug to be deeper. Cold coffee was not bad, but remember this is not what you should step in for. They also serve freshly made gelato and manage to make sandwiches binding between flattened Churros. Frankly, super excited to try them, not sure how many more visits it will take to cover all.
Last but not the least, my favorite, Mexican snack is brilliantly done here. Just had the hard-shell tacos. They had the right crunch and trust me, I was impressed with the authenticity in each layering. One just cannot miss the pine nuts. 
Per plating, they do it wherever there is a scope to satiate a fine diner in their small set-up, you can see in the pictures. Otherwise also, the wooden plates completely gel with their decor and any dessert you pick from the rack.
I am going to be here, till it stops surprising me. Really do not mind the tiny space.

Taste buds yell: I am just not done yet
Pocket shouts: In tears out of pain
When I look around: Cute little cafe 
Waiting time for tummy: Just a little per a dine-in

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Lava Lounge - San Francisco

Love Ramen? Just cannot miss this little cozy lounge in SOMA.
Chic, not too loud bar and sitting area just make the place perfect for after work drinks. You can find better spots if it’s just about hanging out. But if it’s Ramen, you have to be here.
So they have their own secret broth. Like you build your own Burrito, here you make your own Ramen. The thing that fancies me most is the well calibarated Spice level - Nono (not spicy), Kilauea (medium spicy), Fuji (Spicy), Krakatoa (Extra Spicy), Lava (Super Spicy), Molten Lava (Extremely Spicy). And dare you undermine this. I am someone who has always enjoyed spice in life, be it with running nose. But with my several visits, I could not climb up beyond Krakatoa.
Yes, you can pick from a ready selection of broth, I liked both bell pepper and garlic chicken. Tick the spice level. Then the show stopper will be the topping. Shrimp tempura and lobster on special request are the must-try ones. And don’t explore your ramen ignoring these, learn from my mistakes. Right when they are crisp and just dipped, ensure you get them down. Don’t know if Japanese allow them to twirl in the pool and get soggy. Them you have all the time in the world with your chopsticks. Think I am done with Ramen Saga.
This place is reasonable and offers all quick snack options and no dearth of cocktails and drink. But for me, it’s Think Lava, Think Lava.

Taste buds yell: Love the heat, keep it coming
Pocket shouts: Easy
When I look around: Regular small cozy lounge
Waiting time for tummy: Just a little per a dine-in

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Crab house - San Francisco

Had heard tonnes about the Sea-food around Fisherman wharf and Pier 39, supposedly two most happening spots along side walk by the bay. Finally zeroed down on Crab House.
Had read missed reviews. But I was destined to have a treat to remember. Fortunately planned the visit on a Monday, when everybody was gearing up for long pending week at work. Visited Sea Lion spot, all were lazing around and growling. Then walked up the stairs. 
As the smiling waitress paved way for me, I was seated, made to gear up for the feast with a basket of tongs and apron. Then they laid the standee on the table and I waited for my Killer Crab! Came buzzing in my ears the sizzle of a giant crab on an Iron skillet. It was reddish orange lying vibrant on a secret garlic sauce. I had also ordered a side of Garlic fries and Fish Bait Strawberry Mojito, but the Killer crab just stole the show. Started as sophisticated diners, but in no time was digging, tearing left right and center. The crab meat was as fresh as it could get and a whip of garlic sauce just did the magic. Could have easily sat for another round. There were plenty of other sea food options as well, but was governed by the mood of the day.
All in all I had a great experience, with the good food on top of the charts and then the friendly environment, a romantic couple fine dining, a bunch of office-goers gorging. Definitely a must-visit in SF, would recommend to plan it early weekdays. Go for the Killer Crab!

Taste buds yell: Want more
Pocket shouts: Not too easy, but need to do it once
When I look around: Being right at the pier makes all the difference, mediocre decor
Waiting time for tummy: Dare to head only on a weekday!

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Fat Fanny's Cafe - Bangalore

Had heard a lot about it and was excited to pay my first visit. Had spread equal anxiety among all my friends. We book a cab and just stop when Maps say - ' Your destination is on left'. Left! Where! Anyways, just get down. We roll our eyes literally 360 degrees. All four of us missed it in the first go among all the glow boards of random eateries. Finally one of us points out a small scribble on the first floor right above us reading - Fat Fanny's Cafe. Thud!!!! Is this what I was so excited about.

We decide to take the rickety stairs and enter through a little door into a room with dull blue walls, glass on one side. Old, broken and ancient as it can get. At your first glance you can notice table made out of sewing machines. Sitting made out of huge old wooden trunks with just a piece of cushion on it. A table with a very old table fan and one of those very first telephones at the very entrance. A TV with that black and white kind of screen and a plump tube behind, it times of chic flat screens. Do not know if it was all feeing good or bad, but every corner had an unusual surprise element. Then the portrait on the wall catches your eyes, a collage of the lady - 'Fanny'. No one seems to be in a rush. So the waiter comes leisurely to handover a menu. Trust me, it's such an awesome storybook in the InstaVintage tone. It reads how Mrs.Fanny used to spell her magic into dishes, how people used fall in love with her dishes and the place was dedicated to her culinary brilliance. Even the antique lamp on the wall is a piece of furniture right from Fanny's own sweet home.

I just cannot get enough of the place to come down to food. But yes as the place so was the food. We had ordered very common dishes to be safe on the first visit. But the flavors again did surprise us. We could not help but lick the bowl clean of the yummy sauce of pasta Arrabbiata. It definitely tasted deliciously different from a restaurant pasta. Sandwich was also so simple yet juicily stuffed. The rustic look was stark with an antique knife tearing into it right at its center. Even the french toast with caramelized fruits on top was just out of the world. Watermelon slushy and Ice tea were a perfect punch to beat a lazy summer afternoon. But try to stay away from a pumpkin based drink, a strange blend of pumpkin, chocolate and orange. Mrs. Fanny was very daring when it comes to experiment in her den, her kitchen. She has all rights, but you can safely ignore this one mishap.
The place had no AC as Mrs. Fanny did not have one in her times in Bangalore. Who knew global warming will reach a point when fan will no more be enough in Bengaluru. Still I am raring to go back again, this time for a not so common dish from Mrs. Fanny's times.
Taste buds yell: Pleasant discovery
Pocket shouts: Easy
When I look around: A different era
Waiting time for tummy: Worth a little given the exclusivity awaited

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