Monday, 19 March 2018

DIAL's First Call For #T2Shifting...

The Indira Gandhi International Airport has been the crowning glory of sorts for the capital city as it serves as Delhi NCR's principal civil aviation hub. It comes as no surprise that GMR Group led DIAL Consortium (Delhi International Airport Limited) is the force behind the smooth functioning of an airport that boasts of being the busiest in terms of passenger traffic for almost a decade now.

As a citizen of Delhi, it has been a pleasant experience to date as far as my airborne travels are concerned as IGIA has always portrayed a consumer-centric approach, with convenience and comfort from a consumer point-of-view being at the highest pedestal.

While the chic, yet thoughtfully designed interiors of T3 had been grabbing eyeballs ever since its inauguration in 2010, it is the newest addition to the DIAL family - the recently revamped and recommissioned T2 - that has garnered praise and appreciation from Delhiites.

Keeping robust passenger growth and upcoming airport expansion works in mind, Terminal 2 (T2) commenced operations on 29 October 2017. In tandem with the core philosophy of IGIA, a seamless experience for flyers is of utmost importance to DIAL.

The newly inaugurated Terminal 2 of IGIA features adequate check-in counters, X-ray machines, baggage reclaim belts, aerobridges and parking bays for aircraft.

A couple of days back, #ShiftingToT2 was in the news as IndiGo and SpiceJet were set to partially shift their operations from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2  of IGIA with effect from 00:01 on March 25, 2018, in compliance with an Apex Court order, thus joining GoAir, which was the first airline to shift its entire operation to T2 in October 2017 itself.

While IndiGo's shift includes ten sectors, that of SpiceJet includes seven.

For IndiGo, making the switch are Flight No.s 6E 2000 to 6E 2999 i.e. destinations Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Raipur, Srinagar, Udaipur, Vadodara, and Vishakhapatnam, while for SpiceJet, Flight No.s SG 8000 to SG 8999, encompassing Ahmedabad, Cochin, Goa, Gorakhpur, Patna, Pune, and Surat are relocating.

In line with Master Plan 2016 and to facilitate the growth at IGI Airport, DIAL had earlier proposed partial shifting of all three carriers to T2 until the completion of the expansion of T1.

A temporary move to ease the pressure of thriving traffic at T1, it will enable the expansion works at T1 effectively. T1 is set to be expanded from the current capacity of 20 million to 40 million per annum with twenty-two aerobridges, and state of the art infrastructure spanning all major areas of the airport i.e. Landside, Terminal and Airside proposed to be completed within four years.

Commenting on the development, I Prabhakara Rao (CEO-DIAL), was of the following opinion. 

We welcome IndiGo and SpiceJet to Terminal 2. This will enable us to start the expansion works at Terminal 1. During the expansion of Terminal 1, Terminals 2 and 3 will cater to the growing traffic over the next 3-4 years. DIAL would leave no stone unturned to make Delhi Airport a preferred Hub Airport of Asia. Our focus towards maintaining the highest level of safety and operational efficiency is unwavering. We continuously aim to provide convenience to passengers with our services.

The passenger Terminals managed by DIAL are recognized for their state-of-the-art infrastructure, design and operational efficiency and I am sure Terminal 2 would be no different.

In fact, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has become World’s Number 1 Airport in the highest category - over 40 million passengers per annum (MPPA) - as per Airports Council International (ACI) - Airport Service Quality (ASQ) 2017 rankings.

Also, Wings India Award for ‘Most Sustainable and Green Airport’, and Silver Recognition for sustainable waste management initiatives under ‘ACI Asia-Pacific Green Airports Recognition 2018’ have been recently conferred to Delhi Airport. 

Are you looking forward to IndiGo and SpiceJet's #T2Shifting? I sure am! :)

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Marvellous Flavors At Masala House...

Masala House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

It would be an understatement to say that Masala House is a gem of a place when it comes to relishing authentic Indian preparations presented in an elegant and intriguing manner.

I recently came to know of this fine-dine restaurant nestled in Sunder Nagar and was prompt enough to pay them a visit to witness their culinary finesse. Occupying two floors and a picturesque rooftop, albeit, that has ceased operation, a meal at Masala House has turned out to be one of the memorable ones.

Classy interiors and decor done up in orange and beige hues are complemented by attentive and refined service. There is also a fully-stocked bar on the first floor and the choicest selection of wines on the second floor.

Picture a candle-lit dinner with loved ones to share the banter. Masala House offers exactly this, in a contemporary manner. There are also Studio Nights on Wednesday and Friday nights that feature a live singing session.

Though it is a clever tactic to have a flight of stairs to climb as you enter the restaurant, it aids the motive of building an appetite to appreciate the pleasant gastronomic experience that is to follow.

Coming to what would be best to try when at Masala House...


Anarkali Tikki was a pan-seared melt-in-mouth beetroot preparation that had an enviable crunch.

Kathal Varqui, as the name suggests, had a tart filled with tangy jackfruit.

Asparagus Paddu was an authentic South Indian preparation on an aesthetic platter that had greens as its filling.

Kataifi Achari Arbi was a crackle of an appetizer with pickled colocasia root nestled in vermicelli pockets baked to perfection.

Murg Luqmi had delicious chicken morsels wrapped in filo pastry sheets and layered with microgreens.

Dora Kebab is Chef Ranveer Brar's signature recipe, of which I had heard from him at first, and the preparation at Masala House is enviable, to say the least.

Silbatte Ki Shammi is a pan-grilled lamb preparation that had soft mince paired with spices and garnished with a cucumber slice.

Main Course:

Palak Moti which translates to pearl was the classic Palak Paneer recipe presented in a contemporary manner with the cottage cheese being mixed with mascarpone for those soft morsels.

Dum Ki Daal was the authentic Dal Makhani recipe paired with Chur Chur Naan.

Amritsari Wadi Tarkari was a lotus-stem preparation that stood apart from the rest, as it is not often that you would expect to find it on a restaurant's menu.

Moge Wala Tamateri Kukad was the authentic Butter Chicken recipe rendered with a gravy that had a lingering taste on the palate.

Dum Biryani had slow-cooked long-grain Basmati paired with Raita.

Rawa Meen Moiley had semolina crusted sole fish rendered in a coconut gravy paired with Appam.


Gulkand Phirni was the authentic rice pudding layered with a silver sheet which had Gulkand at its core.

Gajar Halwa Kunafa is a cracker of a dessert at Masala House, and much about it is better left unsaid, as it flavors are best to be relished. After all, Gajar Halwa is a staple winter delight!

On the whole, my time at Masala House was impressive and I would recommend a visit with loved ones because a meal is best relished over good banter. :)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Return Of #ChaayosWinter...

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

Chaayos has been a favorite for all things चाय and नाश्ता, so much so that I find myself heading there whenever hunger pangs hit to be satiated by the most loved beverage and thoughtfully curated quick bites.

As has been the (delightful) case with Chaayos, their Seasonal Menus always bring something new to the table in terms of filling meals that are perfect for teatime.

This time was no different as #ChaayosWinter has made a stellar comeback, and is, in my opinion, their best to date.

The गुड़ वाली चाय had been the most well-received last season and has been retained this time around too, owing to the healthier alternative that is Jaggery.

Apart from that their are eight new additions across four categories - Meals, नाश्ता, Chai-Unchai, and मीठा.

It's hard for me to choose an absolute favorite this time around, as these folks have hit the home run with the flavorful line-up. Nevertheless, here are all the new additions that have been made to the Menu on account of #ChaayosWinter.


Chicken Keema Loaded Open Parantha is a first cousin to the Loaded Open Paranthas that first made their debut in #ChaayosMonsoon and is a cheesy, flaky thin crust delight with an Indian touch to it.

Kulhad Butter Chicken Kulcha has me most impressed because of the fact that there is a marked improvement from their Kulhad Masala Chicken Kulcha which was a bit too high on the 'Scoville Scale'. Of course, the Kulcha still sports a couple of chili flakes but those are bearable alright, while the Butter Chicken morsels are to be relished.


Paneer Bhurji Bun could have been more like 'Mom's Paneer Bhurji Bun' with the home-like preparation tossed subtly with greens and reds layered on open buns.

Cutlets make a debut at Chaayos this Winter, with the meat variants - both Chicken and Mutton - grilled to crispiness.

With a flavorful filling paired with tangy dips on the side complementing the snacks, it is a nice addition to the culinary experimentation that Chaayos has been adept at.


The newest kid on the block in this section is the heart-warming brew of Tulsi Green Tea. Apt to be paired with their मीठा or taken on its own, it is quite an authentic preparation at Chaayos.


While #ChaayosMonsoon was about incorporating Indian-ness into the Menu with Kulhad Jalebi, #ChaayosWinter has to be all about cakes, because, Christmas is round the corner too.

The subtlety of flavors is evident this time around with the Banana Walnut and Moist Chocolate Cakes.

While the Moist Chocolate Cake is a spongy muffin delight, the Banana Walnut Cake steals the show with the crunch of nuts and balance of sweet and nutty.

#ChaayosWinter has been around for sometime now, and shall be on the continuum but if you have not savored the latest menu, you're in for a pleasant surprise when you visit Chaayos next, and I would say you should do that soon! :)

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

#SachinAtSmaaash To Amp The Ambience...

SMAAASH is an active entertainment space and a one-stop shop for patrons to play, party and celebrate. With a wide repertoire of games spanning Arcade, Virtual Reality, and Simulation genres to name a few, the brand journey has seen a steady growth to becoming one of the most loved entertainment destinations for many around the country and overseas.

My most recent visit to SMAAASH came about as a consequence of the unveiling of their newest outlets at the Ambience Malls in the city, namely at Vasant Kunj and Gurugram. The fun-and-food centers have sprung up in place of the quite popular bluO lounges in both malls.

The icing on the cake turned out to be the presence of Master Blaster and SMAAASH's Brand Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar who had a brief media interaction while unveiling the newest catchphrase and logo of SMAAASH that proclaimed 'Can't Stop Playing' - and rightly so! :)

Also present at the launch was Mr.  Shripal Morakhia, Chief Imagination Officer, SMAAASH Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., who was of such opinion with regard to the expansion

"All the games here are like the three A’s of SMAAASH – Amazing, Aspirational and Awesome. We are the best place for celebrations, as one can eat, play and party, all under one roof. Also, considering the changing tastes of the consumers, we will be regularly introducing new gaming concepts. With our presence across twenty-six centers in thirteen cities and growing, SMAAASH aims to change the way our country celebrates each day."

Commenting on the concept of SMAAASH that has visibly gained popularity among families and youth alike, Sachin regarded SMAAASH as a great platform for people to de-stress and enjoy with friends and family. He was of the opinion that SMAAASH has redefined the concept of sports entertainment in the country while providing wholesome entertainment for sports lovers and thrill-seekers.

The newly revived 50,000 sq. ft. centers are the next links in the chain of the country’s premier urban sports parks. SMAAASH, Ambience Gurugram has two exciting new Golf-based games - Golf Showdown and Mini Jungle Golf and SMAAASH, Ambience Vasant Kunj has LaserBlast - a trippy Laser Tag arena for group games.

SMAAASH Cricket - the 360o cricket simulator is the only one where one can experience first-hand the exhilaration of facing cricket legends like Anil Kumble, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram and of course, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar.

The newly-designed spaces maintain a vibrant balance between energizing and yet a chilled out ambiance, where one can hang with friends and family.

Meanwhile, the in-house café and bar at SMAAASH will ensure that one enjoys hearty meals and heady drinks during the fun gaming sessions with the gang.

In addition to their brand expansion over the Indian subcontinent, SMAAASH has also targeted the USA with the Mall of America while expansion in Saudi Arabia and Dubai is in the pipeline.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Gastronomic Spectacle At The Sky High...

The Sky High Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Sky High at the revamped Ansal Plaza has an apt because it boasts of one of the most spectacular views, being a rooftop restaurant, occupying the third floor and a picturesque terrace.

There are quite a few decent terrace eateries in Delhi and The Sky High has to be one of the best of the lot with its vintage lamps, pebble-laden walkway, vaporizers, and even fountains at one corner of the terrace.

Apart from the nicely done ambiance, the food is fantastic and there is foot-tapping music being played by their in-house DJ to enhance the experience. I was here last weekend for lunch and even spotted a band prepping up for their performance later in the night.

The Menu has a considerable variety showcased across a multitude of cuisines - be it Indian, Italian, Oriental or Mediterranean. The nomenclature of various sections is also quite catchy.

Here's a lowdown on the dishes worth a try at The Sky High.

Too High To Care (Mocktails / Shakes):

Peach Treat as the name suggests was a peach based concoction that was smooth on the palate.

The Sky High was a potpourri of fruits blended with Vanilla ice-cream.

Black Currant Shake was high on the berry flavor and was a somewhat thick shake done right.

Travellin' Light:

Cajun Fishy Bites were crisp and flavorful when paired with the in-house tartar sauce.

Flying Sky High:

Harissa Grilled Prawns were high on the flavor and had been aesthetically plated with grilled veggies.

Grilled Sole had a generous layer of Almond Butter Sauce with a crunch that lent the dish a different level altogether.

Provencal Baked Red Snapper was sandwiched between a tomato-based ragout and a spinach-based sauce and the chunk was altogether melt-in-mouth.

Shakahari Vegetarian: 

Akhrot Aur Subz Ke Seekh is one of the well-received dishes from their Indian Cuisine section, and I could taste why it is so. The crunch of walnuts paired with the vibrant hues of veggies was what had elevated the dish.

The Indian Road Runners: 

Chutney Wali Whole Baby Pomfret was a Main Course preparation layered with lemon slices and was a bony one that had to be consumed with some amount of caution. It was flavorful nonetheless.

Soupy Tales To Warm You Up: 

Mushroom Cappuccino
Roasted Bell Pepper And Tomato
Badami Murgh Ka Shorba was the best of the lot - high on flavor - with its elements right in place.

Finger Lickin' Pizzas:

Hawaiian Supreme was a Thin Crust preparation layered with pineapple, olives, chicken chunks, onions, and bell-peppers. One of the stellar dishes.

Heavenly Delights (Desserts): 

Both of the sweet conclusions completely stole the show with their aesthetics as well as delicious preparation.

Ice-Cream On Fire was The Sky High's take on Fried Ice-Cream.

With ice-cream balls placed on a bed of brownies, layered with berry and chocolate sauce, it was a dessert par excellence.

Eclairs Of Gulab Jamun was a contemporary take on an Indian desert comprising pistachios, Rabri, and Khoya with a drizzle of chocolate and kiwis and cherries on the side.

On the whole, a visit to The Sky High is a must if you wish to obtain a stellar bird's eye view of Hudco Place while gorging on some delicious preparations underneath open skies. :)