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Occasional Stories, Food Inspirations and irresistible Travel Escapades. A baker and a cake artist by day I moonlight as food-digger & experimental ‘bawarchi ‘by night. Enclosed here are snippets of this exhilarating travel & food voyage entwined with little smidgens of art, lifestyle and everything else in between that captures my fancy

Friday, 6 September 2019

Top Rated Restaurant,OKO by the Lalit New Delhi

The breathtaking  spread of  urban Delhi , all the way to the twinkling lights of Connaught Place has few better vantage points than from OKO. Perched on the 28th floor of the The Lalit , New Delhi the vast floor to ceiling windows from your table  provide ceaseless views of the cityscape below.   And if the 360 degree magical view of the Capital does not leave you mesmerized the food will.

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Top Rated Restaurant,OKO by the Lalit New Delhi

Oko by the Lalit, a top rated restaurant, boasts of of an extensive Pan Asian menu  featuring five different cuisines- Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and of course the  ubiquitous Chinese. Add to this a live Sushi  Counter and Teppan Grill  and you have trappings of  a fantastic meal.

What We ate at this Top Rated Restaurant

Top Rated Restaurant,OKO by the Lalit New Delhi


 Since it was a Friday dinner and thus the Kitty Ko Pop Up Night,  we were presented with  a special Kitty Ko Menu.  For the uninitiated OKO, The Lalit New Delhi now turns into a high energy bar post 10 PM with DJ Aamish playing some groovy Nu Disco sounds every Friday and Saturday.

Japanese being the hot favorite these day  we began with  the  Oriental Sushi Combo followed by , Crispy Rice and Cottage Cheesecakes and the Mun Farang in the Vegetarian.
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Top Rated Restaurant,OKO by the Lalit New Delhi
Oriental Sushi

Top Rated Restaurant,OKO by the Lalit New Delhi
Fried Rice and Cotafe Cheese Cakes

Delicately flavored with Thai and Chinese accents the Oriental sushi were  quite delectable.  Called a sharing platter each serving  has only 4 pieces of Sushi so  don’t expect to be really large or filling. The  Fried rice  and cottage cheese cake with  their tangy dip and contrasting textures were quite a mouthful.

 The Mun Farang are essentially potato wedges with  twist  of thai Chili paste and add an interesting dimension to the flavor profile and taste of this bar essential.

Top Rated Restaurant OKO by the Lalit New Delhi

Vegetable in Taro Nest

Top Rated Restaurant OKO by the Lalit New Delhi
Japanese Pizza

In the main course we decided to sample a few favorites from the live teppanyaki grill. The tofu steak with assorted vegetable and sweet and sour  made our taste buds dance and full of contrasting flavors. The Volcano duck breast tried by my friends were pronounced equally good.

Signature  Cocktails and more at the Oko, The Lalit, New Delhi

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Cocktails at Top Rated Restaurant OKO by the Lalit New Delhi
The Lalit Signature Cocktail
The Kitty Ko menu has specially curated cocktail menu the star of it being the  Lalil Cocktail. A  3 stories high , flambé cocktail  with grey goose, peach Schnapps ,it full of drama and sure to make your evening even more glorious.



Top Rated Restaurant OKO by the Lalit New Delhi
Sangria Granadash


We also tried the Drag-illini, a take on the Martini  and a superb concoction of Gin, Lapsong Souchang Syrup  , dragon ball infusion topped with sparkling wine. The Sangria Granadash was excellent too and goes to show the expertise of the Bar tender.

Don't Miss the  Desserts at OKO by The Lalit, New Delhi

Desserts at Top Rated Restaurant OKO by the Lalit New Delhi
The Stunning Caramel Custard


It arrives loaded with flaked almonds with no fancy plating  and is looks like any other Caramel Custard , but what sets  apart the Coconut Caramel Custard at Oko as its rich flavors and velvety texture that are hard to get right. Creamy with crunch of the toasted almond flakes the team at Oko definitely saved the best for the last.

Desserts at Top Rated Restaurant OKO by the Lalit New Delhi

Also try the Wasabi Chocolate Terrine a sinful Dark Chocolate mousse with zing of Wasabi adds  a unique  twist to this classic dessert.

Should you visit Oko, the Lalit , New Delhi?


With a view to die for, exceptional service and two live counter,  what will keep you coming Back to OKO BY the Lalit, New Delhi are the Exceptional Flavors. Add to this a high energy nightclub in the weekends and the Lalit team sure had winner on their hands



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Sunday, 1 September 2019


Dragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant Review


Opulent and lavish are the word that comes to your mind the moment you step into recently opened Dragonfly at Aerocity. While the lights at the entrance leave you mesmerized, as you walk into the colossal dining space with twinkling lights , colorful dragonfly motifs, high ceilings  and huge bars at three different levels have you enthralled. 

Dragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant ReviewDragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant Review




Spread over 10,000 square feet this bug themed restaurant serves lip smacking Pan Asian & European Cuisine with a Twist. Their signature Mixology Manga  Cocktails are one of  the best I have tried in the city making it a must visit for tipplers in the City.

What we ate


Dragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant Review

The menu is large and detailed with Sushi, Dimsum, Tempuras, a Bar Tapas sections and Pan Asia Appetizers and much much more. The plating is spectacular and therefore at times looks better than it tastes.  

Salads

-        Raw Papaya Salad- A refreshing combination of Thai Herds, Sweet Chili , Fried Shallot , Peanuts and Green Tomatoes  to add that extra twist.
-        The Signature Cold Fruit, Candied Walnuts , thai herbs and Arugula Salad that came with soya gel, revitalizing and cool it’s on my Repeat list for sure.  
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Dragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant Review
Papaya Salad
Dragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant Review
Cold Fruit Salad

Sushi

If you’re a sushi fan then Dragonfly Experience is a must visit from the traditional Nilgiri, to the Signature Rolls to the innovative Sushi Rolls you will be spoilt for choice like a Kids in a candy store

-        The Classic Asparagus  Roll, I must confess is my all time favorite a delicious Combination of Crispy tempura fried Asparagus , Creamy Avocado  off set with tartness of mayo makes for the most perfect sensory experience
-        the Avocado and Cucumber Roll  with Cream cheese is another excellent creation by the Chef topped with Mango Dressing  its and exceptional marrying of contrasting flavours, yet fresh and   clean
-        DragonFly Sushi Donut – this sushi is more about it plating and exceptional looks than taste and though lovely on its own the others far out shine it in taste
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Dragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant Review
Asparagus Role

Dragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant Review
Avocado and Cucumber Roll
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Dragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant Review
Sushi Donut

Dumplings & Dimsums

The selection of Dimsumdsis not far behind  the Sushi. We had
-        Broccoli Truffle , a brilliant medley of water chestnuts and broccoli brought alive by  truffle flakes
-        Crystal Pumpkin and Carrot , as the name suggest they were delicate dumpling filled with scrumptious combination of crunchy carrots and pumpkins
-        The Spicy Corn and Asparagus for me lacked the oomph of the previous two
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Dragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant Review
Broccoli Truffle

Dragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant Review
Crystal Pumpkin

Bar Appetizers and More

This was followed by Zuchinni Tempura, Peanut Butter and Vegetable Puffs , Cheese Lumpia Rolls, a The Crispy Mock meat and the More
-   The Zuchinni  Tempura were nothing great and can be given a miss
-  The Peanut Butter and vegetable Puffs are simply mind blowing with their puffy and crisp pastry outside and a filling of creamy peanut butter inside
-  Cheese Lumpia Rolls are a Spring rolls filled  cheese and  go well with your cocktails
-  The Crispy Mock meat  with Chilli and basil is another amzing creation by chef whichi enjoyed despite being a vegetarian
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Dragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant Review
Peanut Butter Puffs

Tempura

Dragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant Review
Cheese Lumpia Rolls


The Cocktails


While the Regular Bar Menu is quite extensive and has an exhaustive list of classic cocktails and drinks , I urge you to leave that aside to try their Manga Menu by The Mixmaster Richard Hagroves of the TGI-Fridays fame.  Turn the page to this comic book style menu to reach their first and signature drink –

The Saitama- greater than gin infusion with passion fruit, yuzu  and shiso leaves it served in a Dragonfly Glass and give you the true dragon fly experience !
Lust-As described it a Mojito given a Japanese makeover Gin , plum wine, infused ake blended iwht fresh yuzu and lime juice and topped with Rose Petals
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Dragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant Review

Dragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant Review

The Desserts

Dragonfly Experience, Aerocity Delhi- Restaurant Review
Desserts

 The desserts to me seemed to be mishmash from various continents and does quite mathc up to the rest of the menu,  from Hot Chocolate to the Mandanrino  it story seems a little lost here. We tried
-         the Homemade Artisian  Ice cream and trio of innovative yet complimentary flavours it’s a must have for perfect end to your meak
-        Mandarino- a Cheesecake  with citrus crumble , a bit too cheesy for my taste

The Verdict

Restaurant by day and club by night , Dragonfly with its unique vibe, extravagant interiors and ingenious cocktails is sure to sweep you off your feet

Tuesday, 20 August 2019


Restaurant Review of Darzi Bar and Kitchen in Connaught Place



 Darzi Bar & cafe is a quirky Tailoring shop themed restaurant located on the first floor in CP’s outer circle and if like me you have not yet visited this eatery yet , you have been sadly missing out on some great grub and some of the best cocktails in town.


Restaurant Review of Darzi Bar and Kitchen in Connaught Place

Great pains have been taken to make the restaurant look like an actual darzi ki dukaan, with sewing machines lining one wall and clothes on hangers another. On a week day afternoon we landed here for lunch and were surprised to find quite a few tables full.

Restaurant Review of Darzi Bar and Kitchen in Connaught Place
Entrance

Restaurant Review of Darzi Bar and Kitchen in Connaught Place
Tailor Made Drinks


 While the ambiance is unique the food and drinks don’t disappoint. Now I must confess I am as fussy about my cocktails as your next-door neighbor; Mrs. Sharma is about her tomatoes while haggling with the sabziwala. I should be able to taste the alcohol in the drink but it should not burn my throat, The drink should be balanced, nor sweet, nor too strong and yet layered with flavors. And as if that is not enough to make the poor bartenders life hell, I prefer sticking to Gin or Bourbon.

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Restaurant Review of Darzi Bar and Kitchen in Connaught Place
Darzi Special

However the bartender when presented with this long lists of do’s and don’ts and few more did not even break a sweat and soon presented me with a delicious tailormade .. oops I meant Darzi made drink. Rad’s Darzi special was a spectacular mix of Kaffir Lime, orange juice, bitters and Jim Bean. 

Restaurant Review of Darzi Bar and Kitchen in Connaught Place
Somrass

Darzi Bar’s philosophy is “what fashion is to a Tailor, cocktails are to Darzi! We hope you get yours tailor made from nothing but the best each time!’  And the drink completely lived up to their promise! Since the first drink was so perfect I decided to be adventurous and try the vodka based Somrass. A potent mixture of coffee, vodka and more,  it does leave a lingering heavenly taste

Restaurant Review of Darzi Bar and Kitchen in Connaught Place
Fantastic Cocktails & Ambiance

What we ate

While the drinks menu had us completely fascinated with its cocktails names after a Darzi Shop we now shifted out focus to the vast food menu.  The menu has lavish selection of All Day Breakfast, Oriental, European and Indian Cuisine. We decided to go with a bit of each.

Restaurant Review of Darzi Bar and Kitchen in Connaught Place


We began with Dahi Kebabs and the Khandari paneer tikka in the Indian selection and the Veg Quesadillas in the International.

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Restaurant Review of Darzi Bar and Kitchen in Connaught Place
Dahi Kebabs

The Dahi Kebabs were perfect succulent melt in the mouth, a subtle mix of spices and stuffed with nuts, the dish was beautiful symphony of rich flavors and textures
Restaurant Review of Darzi Bar and Kitchen in Connaught Place
Khandhari Paneer

The Khandari Paneer Tikka, is a signature dish, Paneer marinated with beetroot, pomegranate juice and spices, it was beautiful red color with subtle earthy flavor of the beetroots.

Restaurant Review of Darzi Bar and Kitchen in Connaught Place
Quesadillas

The clear winner however, was the Vegetable Quesadillas, tortillas filled with vegetables, kidney beans and cheese, served with  loads of fries and a beautiful  fresh salsa  and sour cream, the plate itself was a spectacular sight to look at.

In the Non Vegetarian my friends tried the Amritsari Macchi, Bhatti ka Murg and the BBQ Chicken Wings and all were equally lip smackingly delicious
Restaurant Review of Darzi Bar and Kitchen in Connaught Place
The Famous ISBT Maggi


After all these starters we  were so stuffed that we decided to give the mains a miss, however the comically named ISBT Makhani Maggi  had us curious and we decided to give it go.  If you are a maggi lover you have to try their creamilicious  take on them. A delectable maggi with the luscious & buttery feel of Dal Makhani sans the Dal of course!

Shahi Tukda


Pineapple Halwa

The last but not the least were the desserts the Pineapple Halwa and the Shahi Tukda Croquants , after the exquisite meal if felt the desserts did not quite do justice to rest of the course.  I can never quite understand the reason for making a dessert as rich as halwa using different fruits, the pineapple Halwa was total Miss, while the Shahi Tukda Croquants were  average!

The Verdict


An innovative & ingenious space, The Darzi Bar & Kitchen is sure to keep you coming back for its Artistic   and made to order cocktails and scrumptious fare. The service is efficient, quick and courteous, and the experience relatively easy on the pocket owing sizeable serving leaving you with a smile on your face




The Darzi Bar & Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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