There was a time when eating-out was limited to Chinese, Indian and Continental cuisines, but such is the not the scenario anymore! As today, indulgence is all about modern Indian and fusion fare, with a pinch of molecular gastronomy. The latest trend is all about re-inventing the basic nutriment into fusion from all around the globe. Similarly, when it comes to India, chefs in most of the restaurants are infusing diverse flavours and techniques from one or more cuisines in a measured manner, to create an innovative dish. Therefore, Fusion has become the new gourmet – with an exception of the Indian-style Chinese of course. It’s a fact that experimenting with the Indian flavours is no piece of cake, but if it is done right, the results are always extraordinary and indulging.
Fortunately, there are a few restaurants in Delhi-NCR which allows you to indulge yourself with some of the exclusive new-age fusion food. A few of my favourites are:
1. Lavaash by Saby
It is often occasional to find a restaurant that can truly express the labour of love through food. One such restaurant is Lavaash by Saby, that gives insight into Chef Sabyasachi Gorai’s childhood experiences. Growing up in the coal belt of Asansol, Chef Sabyasachi’s childhood was consumed under the influence of the Armenian culture. Therefore, one of the best dishes on their menu is the exclusive Prawn Tolma, which is influenced from his childhood culture. Onion stuffed with coconut milk, ginger, chilli, prawn and kasundi: it is a stunning chemistry of the spicy, tangy flavours cooled down with the creaminess and sweetness of the coconut milk and the cooked onion.
The whole scenario of night life in Delhi has been changing over the last few years. The local pubs and discotheques have given a way to restaurants, especially the ones positioned near HauzKhas Fort. With the advent of HauzKhas Village came its own sets of problem: long traffic jams along with rowdy behaviour of people. Therefore, people moved to Gurgaon as it was the night-lifesaver for the young crowd. Consequently, places like Sector 29 and DLF Cyber Hub are becoming the new hotspots in town. The company that brought us Sutra, recently unveiled their latest brainchild “Factory by Sutra”- whose menu comprises of dishes like “bhindi nachos” ultimately getting full marks for its innovation. It is a simple dish consisting of crispy fried bhindi masala, served with mint yoghurt that makes you yearn for more and more.
3. Farzi Cafe
After valuing foodies in Gurgaon, Farzi Cafe finally opened its door in the heart of Connaught Place, Delhi. Good news is that the menu is stouter and has changed for the better, although, a few popular dishes remain the same. Here, too, molecular gastronomic technique adds to the 21st-century touch.
Their menu is a darling for foodies, but we munched exclusively on a star good old Duck Samosa, along with the Delhi Belly Tikka consisting of crunchy roasted apples that is super soft and in fact, the most succulent pork I had with a lovely murraba glaze on top. Similarly, their Mac n’ Cheese Pakora bites with spicy garlic sauce is an attraction, as you can hardly go wrong with cheese.
4. Molecule Air Bar
“Molecule” stands for the smallest fundamental unit of a chemical compound that can take part in a chemical reaction and the definition itself explains the concept of Molecule Air Bar. The innovative mind of Varun Puri and Manish Sharma is surely going to attract a huge crowd. Chef Piyush Jain and Team presents the progressive cuisine with a twist. Their main armour is the presentation which is unique and engaging. Dragon Smoke Popcorn and Molecule Puchka Shot are some examples of this. An amazingly exclusive fusion dessert, Rad Gulla Tiramisu, won everyone’s hearts. Tiramisu and Indian Rasgullaare combined together to make this masterpiece. It was fluffy and light with a gulabjamun at its core. Although, it’s hard to imagine that all the flavors of this dessert will work well when combined together, but one has to taste it to completely know it.
5. Sushi Junction
While you don’t normally relate Delhi with Sushi, the city has shown their love to this amazing Japanese cuisine, and today, we are talking about one such establishment that is serving authentic Sushi along with a section of Indian-Flavoured Sushi. Promoting the exclusive concept of “Desi Sushi”, the chefs have not compromised with the authentic taste and flavours. Sushi Junction promises taste, health and a never-ending promise to deliver quality.
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The busy corporate lifestyle eats into your head. The tall towers, the honking cars make life a maddening haze. Take a break, come to lap of nature at Jim Corbett National Park and get a sight of wild beasts dwelling in the woods of the Jim Corbett and a lifetime moment to capture the pose with the furious Royal Bengal Tiger, everything from its wilderness to its predators makes Corbett- a dream destination for any tourist. Named after the famous hunter turned conservationist, Jim Corbett, the Corbett National Park is considered as one of the best and most fascinating natural reserves and national parks in the world.
It mostly comprises of dense deciduous forest which include sal, haldu, pipal, rohini and other trees that cover close to 73 per cent of the entire park area. This delightful place is home to 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species. The connectivity is pretty good and by Air the closest airport to the Corbett is the Pantnagar airport. By train, Ramnagar is the nearest railway station to Corbett, positioned at the distance of 12 kilometers. Another advantage is of it being efficiently linked with the major cities like Delhi, Lucknow, agra, Nainital, etc.
Jeep Safari at Jim Corbett
The park is divided into five different exclusive tourism zones where tourists are permitted for day visit after obtaining the necessary permits from the forest department. Escorted jeep safaris are available for the day visiting Bijrani, Jhirna, Dhikala, Durgadevi and Dhela area of the park. The jeep safari is essentially conducted for three hours in two different shifts- starting either at 6:00 hrs for morning shift or at around 13:00 hrs for the evening one. The tourists are accompanied by trained naturalist and driver in an open gypsy. It is always advisable to get the safari booked in an advance. In order to ensure the equal distribution of safari vehicles only limited numbers of jeeps are allowed to enter into the park in a given shift.
Trek to Amtouli
Our Day -2 at Corbett the Baagh Resort started with an early morning trek to the sub himalayan hills of Amtouli. The stretch of the trek is 4.8 kms and we were escorted by jeeps to a point from where we trekked down to our resort. The fresh air filling in our lungs and the sense of excitement on being on top of a hill being the highlight.
On our way to the resort we had been provided with knowledge about local Floura and Fauna. Mr, Rakesh Bhatt who was our tour guide and an avid bird watcher helped us to interact with various varieties of species of plants and animals.
Local Village Life
Both of our tour guides, Mr. Imran and Mr Bhatt also shared with us the hardships of the locals who in absence of modern technology have adopted that the lifestyle of mother nature and which helps them in their struggle at each step whether it is technology, finances or safety from the wild animals. In the evening we visited a local village during the ‘Makar Sankranti’ festival or locally named as ‘Ghugutiya’. It’s celebrated with great enthusiasm by the locals. We visited a local household to join them for the celebration. There was this one indigenous sweet made of jaggery and wheat flour which tasted as if it had captured the freshness of the hills and the warmth of the countryside all at once.
As our country, the land of cultural diversities and festivals, just celebrated the festival of Durga Puja, which is known affectionately as ‘pujo’ or ‘Durgotsav’ to Bengalis, is celebrated with dance, food, music, grandeur and community gatherings. Now, we all know Bengal is home for some of the finest delectable delicacies. For our next food quest we decided to explore the tastes of Bengal, and what better option was there to explore in Delhi than the Bengali Hub, CR Park. My companion for this food quest was LeEco Le 2. It is the successor to Le 1 and comes with a similar design, but improved specs.
The phone boosts 8MP shooter front camera and 16MP primary camera with dual flash. The Camera Interface is Pretty Loaded in the Le 2. It has a big shutter button, above the shutter button it has the options for video recording, slow-mo recording and panorama mode. Then it has different modes to choose from like HDR, Night, Square and Beauty mode. It has a flashlight On/Off Button at the top center and a settings button on the top left. The device also features a lot of color effects to edit your photographs. Some of the color options are Mono, Nature, Tonal, Warm, Normal, Chrome, Lomo etc.
To test the camera quality of the phone we took it to various Durga Puja Pandals in C.R Park and famous Bengali eateries for this special festive story. We also bring to you a list of five Bengali dishes that you must try during this festive season. All pictures in the post are clicked by my LeEco Le 2.
The markets in Chittaranjan Park offers exactly everything that a Bengali from Kolkata would need. On one such journey to discover the popular bengali snacks we encountered “Ghughnee”. An extremely popular snack in Bengal and in parts of Bihar and Orissa, ghughnee is a curry made of chickpeas that are soaked in water overnight. There’s a veg version as well as one with minced mutton.
Location- A roadside vendor at Market No.1 CR Park near Canara Bank ATM
2. Mughlai Parantha
Mughlai Paratha or also popularly known as Mughlai Porota in Kolkata. Is a famous CR Park and Durga Puja Delicacy. This place (Kolkata Kathi Roll) deserves some special kind of food award for rolling out the world’s yummiest Mughlai parathas, stuffed with shreds of chicken and layered with maida and egg, the dish spells out indulgence
Location- Kolkata Kathi Roll, CR Park Market no.1
Prepared with milk, sugar and paneer, and decorated with pistachios, almonds and saffron strands, this Bengali sweet dish will melt in your mouth. The nuts give the soft mithai a crunchiness and saffron strands give it a unique flavour. If you haven’t had sandesh yet, you should definitely try it out this festive season.
Location- Rasoraj Sweets, D-767, CR Park, opposite market no.2 , Bipin Chandrapal Marg.
4. Kolkata Biryani
If you haven’t eaten biryani for lunch or dinner at least a couple of times, you’re really not feeling it. A good Mutton Biryani (Kolkata-style mind you) complete with a chunky potato is a must. And if you don’t eat mutton, even a Chicken Biryani is acceptable. The grains have to be long and separate, and have that yellow tinge without fail. Where in Delhi do you get this biryani? At the puja pandals of course or else you can head to Kolkata Biryani House.
Location- Kolkata Biryani House, Shop no 49, Market no.1 CR Park
Churmur is the broken down version of phuchka, or rather its a transition between alu kabli and phuchka. It is a crunchy, crispy, tangy, sweet & savory snack/appetizer that is one of the most popular roadside street food in Kolkata.
Location- K block pandal, C.R Park
This is the list of dishes that we suggest you to try during this festive season. A special mention to LeEco Le 2 which was my partner in this food trail. The phone which turned out to be the star of our trip is a a slim 7.5mm and weighs 153 grams pocketable device. The curved edges of the phone further helps in this regard and makes it comfortable to hold in the hand and it simply slips into any pocket.
The phone is powered by a 1.8Ghz Snapdragon 652 processor which offers an excellent balance between performance and frugality. LeEco phones are equipped with fast charging technology and it has been one of our favourite features. As promised, the Le 2 also charges up pretty quickly. For its price, LeEco Le 2 is a total worth and can surely turn heads.
Audi, the German car manufacturer, launched the all-new 2016 Audi A4 at company’s Gurgaon dealership. 95 kilograms more lighter than it’s predecessor the car has a brilliant performance and redefines efficiency, comfort and technical finesse. Audi A4 was the cheapest Audi earlier but now with A3 being the cheapest, A4 is the next cheapest Audi you can buy. The new Audi A4 is slightly bigger in dimension than its predecessor. It is 2.5cm longer on top of a 12cm longer wheelbase, 1.6 cm wider on a new platform that is said to be 120 kg lighter. The new Audi A4 is currently available in petrol only, with its 1.4 liter TFSI Engine pumping out close to 150 bhp of power.
The all-new Audi A4 now comes with a new 7 Speed S tronic transmission. The transmission now offers a fuel-saving freewheeling function called “Coasting Mode”. Wheel-selective torque control supplements the drive train.
First fully digital dashboard, the Audi Virtual Cockpit is completely driver focused, every information is directly in front of the driver- from navigation arrows to dynamic animations and infotainment features. The 31.24 centimeter LCD displays the most important information in brilliant high-resolution graphics, with great detail and sophisticated effects. The Audi Virtual Cockpit offers display in two views: Classic and Progressive.
The Launch event commenced at 7 pm with a host of attendees including journalists, marketers, bloggers, photographers and automobile influencers. The Audi Gurgaon showroom, under Zenica Group, is the first and one of the largest Audi showrooms in the country. Zenica group also boasts of two other iconic showrooms in Delhi/NCR – the Audi Delhi Central and Audi Approved Plus, the latter being the largest pre-owned luxury car dealership housing up to 33 cars under one roof at any given point of time. Over the years, all 3 dealerships have been awarded as Audi’s ‘Partner of the Year’ several times, with Audi Gurgaon winning it in a row since 2012.
The event organised by Audi Gurgaon was graced by Magician and illuminist Karan Singh Magic, who enthralled the crowd with his tricks. The new A4 has been launched at a really competitive starting price of Rs. 38.10 Lakhs (ex-showroom). The new car is now available for test drive at the authorized Audi dealerships in NCR. One can also check out the tweets on the new A4’s launch at the Audi Gurgaon dealership by following #NewA4atAudiGurgaon. The new A4 is sure to bring a revolution in the premium executive sedan segment.
Test Drive Link- http://bit.ly/AudiDelhiCentral
Glenfiddich and NDTV Good Times partners for a short series “The Mavericks”. The show will be hosted by renowned celebrity Rahul Khanna. The three part series will go air on 3rd September 2016. The subsequent episodes will go on air on 10th and 17th September.
The series brings to life the story of the maverick whisky makers of the Dufftown, from the Scottish Highlands. Whisky- making is the essence of Dufftown, and the world’s most award winning single malt Scotch whisky comes from this little vibrant area. A maverick in himself Rahul Khanna will take you through the story of legends who have introduced single malt whisky to the world. Set in quaint and picturesque Dufftown, the series begins from the “Valley of the Deer”, on the banks of the river Fiddich, where the founder William Grant nurtured a dream to make the “best dram in the valley”. This is where Glenfiddich got its name from.
Rahul takes the viewers through the journey of the William Grant and Gordon family into making Glenfiddich as the finest whisky the world has ever known. This traces the innovation and the pioneering outlook which this successful family run business embodies along with its’ contemporary global orientation that salutes the true maverick spirit the world over.
The show was unveiled over an exclusive media gathering at The Westin Gurgaon. Speaking on the occasion Rahul Khanna said that ” The humble origin of Glenfiddich is certainly awe inspiring for me since nobody would have ever thought that a small and quaint setting such as Dufftown would become an important part of the global whisky map. Whisky fans will certainly love to watch this carefully written story of the Mavericks of Dufftown’.