Wednesday, 15 February 2017

A Treasure Of Flavors At Prantha Jn.

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Paranthas form for a staple breakfast item in India, especially the northern part of it. though they can be relished at any time of the day. After a shopping spree in the posh Meharchand Market situated in Lodi Colony, we found this hidden gem of a place, that is Prantha Jn. situated just above Giani's where we had gone to have some ice-cream.

Prantha Jn. has a name which might lead you to believe that this place is all about Paranthas, just like the iconic brand Not Just Paranthas! but for Prantha Jn. it is a misnomer because this place goes beyond Paranthas to cater to Indian Cuisine with grace and aplomb.



Prantha Jn. as a place, is well-lit, has been done up in subtle hues, with spacious indoor and outdoor seating facility. The decor is minimal though it lends a feel-at-home vibe, with soft music accompanying the excellent food being served. The stewards are courteous, well-informed, and attentive as well.





The feel-good factor extends beyond their ambiance and reflects in the preparation, presentation, quality and taste of their dishes.

Here's what all made our meal at Prantha Jn. an extraordinary one.

Soups, both of which were warm and flavorful broths that held on to their individual flavors:


  • Tomato Basil Shorba 





  • Chicken Shorba 



Appetizers served alongside an accompaniment of Papad, Onion Rings, and Mint Chutney:




  • Veg Platter, consisting of Khada Papad Paneer Tikka (Chef's special at Prantha Jn. - cottage cheese chunks layered with crisp Papad on the outside, while a bite of the cheese is soft and melt-in-mouth), Stuffed Aloo, Dahi Kebab, Stuffed Mushroom, and Veg Galouti Kebab. 





  • Non-Veg Platter, consisting of Mutton Seekh, Chicken Tikka, Malai Tikka, Fish Tikka, and Prawns. 




Mocktails / Shakes: 


  • Apple Cinnamon Iced Tea 





  • Italian Smooch 





  • Hazelnut Mocha with Ice-Cream
  • Cold Coffee Frappe
  • Jaljeera 




Main Course: 


  • Paneer Methi Tandoori Prantha served with Chole, Raita, Achaar, and Makkhan. 





  • Chicken Pyaaz Tandoori Prantha served with Silky Gravy, Raita, Achaar, and Makkhan. 




  • Shabnam Curry, which was essentially Mushroom and Peas cooked well. 



  • Silky Chicken is their signature rendition of Butter Chicken and the gravy is literally silky as it leaves a lingering taste on the palate. The chicken was also brilliantly prepared. 





  • Prawn Curry had a Goan hint to its preparation. 




  • Dal Makhni, which is a classic that must be done right. Here at Prantha Jn., it was served with a dollop of ghee on top. 




Desserts: 


  • Gur Ka Parantha is to die for, here at Prantha Jn. Jaggery or Gur is a solace in Winters and when you pair melted Gur with Fennel or Saunf, it renders a cooling effect on the palate. This one was a visual treat too, more than being appetizing. 





  • Gulab Jamun is a classic North Indian dessert and this one was just fantastically soft and right degree of warm on the palate. 




I loved my meal at Prantha Jn. only because each dish was well-prepared and courteously presented. Their Gur Ka Parantha has earned a special mention from my side because it was simply heart-warming.

Prantha Jn. is essentially a fine-dine restaurant that is a family place that entertains no nonsense of alcoholic beverages or the newest fad that Hookah has become and I loved being here because this place is so humble and down-to-earth in its functioning.

I would definitely love to be at Prantha Jn. over and over again. :)

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Gastronomical Delights At Gastronomica Kitchen & Bar...

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

Gastronomica Kitchen & Bar situated in the happening GK-I M Block Market is a place with chilled-out vibes. The crowd is also energetic enough, with a majority of youth opting for a relaxing evening here. Plus, they have a well-made terrace, which can also be considered a USP since this place is situated on the second floor.


Music keeps playing in the background while patrons can relish good food, beverages, and even Hookah if they wish to.

I was invited to Gastronomica for a Blogger's Table and found the place to be well-done aesthetically, though dimly-lit. The food was good enough, some dishes were fantastic, though the stewards could be a little more informed and attentive. :)




Here's what all was savored, coming from Gastronomica's Kitchen...

Appetizers:


  • Quinoa Bhel





  • Ratatouille Cigars 





  • Wasabi Fish Cake 





  • Bagels 





  • Mascarpone Chicken 





  • AAA Pizza 





  • Pizza Pazza 




Mocktails / Shakes:


  • Bubblegum Bazuka 





  • Rose Lavender Shake 





  • Orange Kafir Lime Spritzer 
  • Cold Coffee Shake 




Main Course:


  • Cottage Cheese Steaks 





  • Chicken Milanese 




Desserts:


  • Beetroot Halwa 
  • An Evening In Jaipur 



I had a good time at Gastronomica and would recommend the place if you're looking for dining with a view, at the terrace that is. :)

Oven Story Redefines Love For Pizza...

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Last weekend at home was Pizza Weekend. Though Pizza has lost me as a fan because of not-so-great preparations being done by the regular names in the market, I had heard a lot about a new home-delivery-only joint in my vicinity going by the brand name - Oven Story - a brand which believes that Pizza emulates life, and thus decided to give it a try.

How is Pizza = Life? Thus opines Oven Story's Pizza Pedro:

"Flour, butter, veggies and cheese, if not put through grueling heat and tests of time, they will never become a beautiful pizza. On the other hand, we’ve often seen people find the completion of their story, in a warm pizza. In life-like situations like these, how can the only variety be that of toppings?

At Oven Story we know how your pizza resonates your story, so we’ve got you our 4 signature cheese bases- one for each of your mood. From alive and hearty Peri Peri and beautiful mellow roasted 4 Bell Pepper to hot Chipotle and el-Classico - a classic cheese spread that’s perfect for all.

So go ahead, choose a flavor that completes your story."

This particular analogy seemed interesting enough for me to go ahead and craft a story at Oven Story. From their impressive range of Pizzas, Garlic Bread, Bruschetta, and Dessert, I decided to opt for Pizza and Dessert to form my first impression of their brand.

From their quad bases, I opted for El Classico, Chipotle, and Peri Peri. Going by their About Us, I already had a feeling that Oven Story would be a class apart from run-of-the-mill Dominos or Pizza Hut, and I was proved right.

My order placed with them consisted of the following:

  • Chipotle Gourmet Veggie (V)



  • Peri Peri Big Western (NV)


  • Classico Picante (V)


  • Sicilian Red Velvet Cake 




Not only were their 9" pizzas thin, crisp, steaming hot, fresh and light on the palate, but also they were loaded with life-size chunks of respective toppings and melt-in-mouth cheese that went without saying. I finally got rid of my gradual aversion to Pizza because of the other well-known brands having degraded their name in the market by utilizing ingredients/toppings just for namesake, as Pizza had just become mere refined flour and cheese for me over the passage of time. 

Not the case with Oven Story, though. These people impressed me and how! Also got to know that they had partnered with Faasos for their delivery operations, hence handling the logistics like a pro. 

 I also observed that their bases were not just flour, but also some herbs were visible on the underside of all the three bases. Poking holes in the pizza base also proved to be a good idea for even cooking, thus making the pizza soft, crisp, and flavorful. :)



However, the star of the meal was their Sicilian Red Velvet which was a delicious cross between a regular Lava Cake and an aesthetic Red Velvet. The cake was topped with nuts, which were the icing for me. This dessert is my must-have when ordering from Oven Story.


Oven Story as a brand has been present in other major metro cities of the country and Delhi is their newest arena. I am sure that with such mastery in their preparation, presentation, and delivery, Oven Story will steal hearts all across the capital city. :)

Monday, 13 February 2017

Taiwanese Tarts At Moon Of Taj...

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Moon Of Taj is an elegant Taiwanese Sweets outlet situated in Lajpat Nagar. I visited the outlet this week and was introduced to the concept of Taiwan in India courtesy Master Chef Hugo Wang, who himself hails from Taiwan and has taken the onus upon himself to present Taiwanese Sweets with an Indian Heart, here in Delhi.


Moon Of Taj prepares authentic Taiwanese delicacies - Fruit Tart and Nougat, both of which are a changeover from routine Indian sweets, being presented elegantly and being smooth on the palate.


Infusion of fine-quality ingredients like butter, spices and hand-picked dry fruits makes these confectionaries balance health and taste. More than anything, quality of the sweets being presented to the Indian audience and the fact that hygiene is maintained is of utmost importance to Hugo, adhering to Taiwanese ethics and Indian FSSAI regulations. 

The vibe at Moon of Taj is calming, to say the least, and Hugo's hospitality is a class apart with the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony being emulated at Moon Of Taj in an aesthetic partition made at the entrance of Moon of Taj itself.



Here at Moon Of Taj, Fruit Tarts are made using an assortment of Indian pineapples, other fruits, and Californian almonds. Fruit Tarts date back to times as ancient as 2nd Century and are considered auspicious in Taiwanese ceremonies hence making these an ideal gifting option here in India as it would be a welcome change from the monotony that giving and receiving gifts faces here in our country.



Essentially, these fruit tarts and nougat are meant to be consumed with Green Tea, a variety of which was presented at Moon of Taj and was not at all bitter, refreshing nonetheless.



These fruit tarts are available in the following four flavors catering to the Indian palate:

  • Mint Mango 
  • Latte Butter 
  • Cheese Pineapple 
  • Chocolate Orange 

A reason that further adds to their nifty appeal is the fact that they come in per piece packaging, thus they can be purchased loose or in a packaging of boxes having a certain number of pieces with pricing depending on the weight.




The elegance of packaging makes these fruit tarts come across as a sophisticated gifting option for sure.


Apart from fruit tarts, Moon Of Taj also manufactures Nougat that dates back to the 10th Century as an Arabian delicacy. Soft and tender on the inside and chewy and crunchy on the outside is how I liked this one. Nougats at Moon Of Taj are available in Chocolate and Vanilla flavors. These nougats too come in per piece packaging and are generally available in a box of twenty priced economically. 

Moon Of Taj is Chef Hugo's attempt at presenting East Asian delicacies that try to blend in the Indian culture and appeal to the Indian audience. That is why Moon Of Taj's tagline fits it best - Taiwan Sweets 💗 Indian Heart. :)