The Peri Peri magic – Nando’s , Nehru Place

The peri peri sauce and it’s magical flavour is the soul of this place … Easy to locate in Epicuria , situated right opposite to Dhaba by cladridge ..
They have ample of choice in term of Non veg food and alchoholic​ beverages .. Veg option are limited but you can find the right thing to order ..Even they have kept a Kid’s special burger .

First glance at menu make you think , ” oh they are expensive “, but when they inform that with meal you can take unlimited soft drinks /frozen yogurt /peri peri sauce from a self serving counter . You feel just the opposite -” Dude , it’s a jackpot deal ” .
So we tried garlic bread (which was a bun ) , Veg platter with rice and exotic veggie and pasta . Serving size was cool and prep time was 10-12 min . During which you can sip coke /sprite /Fanta as much as you can .

Taste was ok considering veg dishes , as the place USP is chicken .. Icing on cake was they provided colors and drawing sheet to my kid . He got totally engaged in it and we parallely enjoyed our meal after long .

Overall : One time must visit for veggie’s to try this concept and non-veggie seems to be a regular repeat customers .


Cost for 2: INR 800
Table reservations : Must on weekends during dinner time .
Kid’s Menu : Burger specially for them .
Service : Quick and very appreciative
Theme : South African music and ambaince is prominent
Parking : In Nehru place metro station ample is available .
PS: Ask for your royalty card and you will get Free Burger /Chicken on every 3rd visit on bill above 300 INR .

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Strengthen the Roots – Kids development at early stage !

Me and my  kid was walking across road , coming back to home when suddenly he pointed towards a tree and started talking :  


That tree is so so big , dad ”  while making gestures .

 

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Yes , Kid ” 
See , how high its branches has gone , almost 50 feet tall ” .. ” If planted in our backyard, it would have covered our entire house with it’s shade ” ” It seems to be super strong , Just like WWE Superstar KHALI  .  It can easily  force of at least 100 elephants like BAHUBALI ” 
Yes , my son yes . You are completely right   ” 
Few days after —-
It’s impossible … DAD , its impossible ” ..
” What happened ” 
Just come with me  , while coming back from school I saw a unbelievable thing ” 
” Ok , Ok … Let’s go “ 
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See , this is I was talking about … This tree has fallen HEAD-ON with his entire roots “” Can’t understand , How such a giant structure fallen overnight  . ” Although there was a small hurricane last evening  , but  even much smaller saplings in our backyard survived them easily ” 
Let’s see !!And we curisoly started looking around the fallen giant  ... ” If you carefully observe the roots , they are all dry and thin .” ” This shows , although the tree grew in age , but due to lack of nourishment at the roots may be  during early years , it’s base  never grew to being capable to support the growth  ” . ” And with growing years, branches keep on spreading out  but there was never enough internal strength to support it. Probably , this caused the fall of this tree. ” 
Now I understand DAD , why we take extra care of saplings and keep an eye till it set its roots strongly to grow organically . Those pest control treatment, extra fertilizer,  adding good worms is all for early years care which rips fruit forever ” .

 


This stands TRUE for us too , what we ignore at early stage comes back to haunt further in life and unfortunately there is no way to close this gap after certain years .
Being a father , I take keen interest and participate in ensuring my kids  meal plan contains all essential nutrients  .download.jpg I also request my fellow readers to ensure the same & avoid feeding them even bytes of  junk food . Because excuse like  ” Hey , they are strong and they can digest everything ” or ” It’s Ok , if he eats sometimes  ” is only going to putting toll on his body organs and impact the growth  .
Check with your doctor on what will work best for your kid and prepare food intakes accordingly .  We know all the neighbor ” Grand Ma’s ”  bombard  us with  plethora of food ideas but a double crosscheck will only going to help before making them part of kid’s meal .
So wake up and listen what your child’s health is saying about his diet  and ensure they became  fit and fine internally to survive any thunderstorm of life .
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DabbaGul – Delivering Home made food

Manoj Kumar once said ..Every human basic necessity  is ” Roti Kapada Aur Makaan { Food , Cloth and Shelter }  ”   and from thereon ,  this quote has been used for years by our politicians in their poll promises.

How funny it may sound but it’s a reality , Food always tops the priority chart of any human being  and it supersede all other wishes and desires .

Many startup has been trying to capture this high potential  market with innovative offering . Although food aggregator are there which gives wide variety of option in meal and restro to choose from , but they are still ” MADE IN professional kitchen  ” and misses the warmth and lightness of home cooked food .Specially home cooked simple and hygienic food is what people are on lookout for who are staying away from their loved ones . So when Mumbai got their ” Dabba Wala’s ” , NCR has been lacking on such service .

DabbaGul is a startup which try to bridge the gap by providing home-cooked food on weekdays delivered at doorstep . They have pre-fixed menu everyday which prevent hassle of selecting  meals on daily basis . You can order you meal /Dabba everyday over App or Phone or can pre- book meals for longer duration for lunch or dinner or both . You can even choose time slot to receive your Dabba as per your preferred lunch hours .

I tried my hand and my stomach over one of their lunch menu ( Veg one )  .  The content of the Dabba  delivered to me has :

  • 4 units of unleavened flatbread / Chapati /Roti

  • 150 ml – Seasonal veg curry  

  • 150 ml –  pulse /dal 

  • 50 gms Salad

  • 100 gms Steam Rice

*Quantity are close approximation based on size of the containers

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Inside the Pandora box – Well packed food

Packaging : Overall packed in Pizza delivery shaped box, it hold good the content inside without fear if spill of . Also after finishing meal , you can put back the empty container in this box which help in keeping your lunch place clean .

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Outside Packaging . Reminds of Pizza Boxes

Quantity : With 4 units of Roti and box full of Rice is more than sufficient as meal for 1 . Even Curry and pulse were enough to finish the main course .

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Dal and sabzi 🙂
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The Rice JAR

Taste :  Rice were well cooked , Rotis were soft and fresh . Dal has balance of spices and flavors as per north Indian taste . Curry has some extra oil which can be drained or reduce but it definitely tasted like one prepared keeping health and taste in mind .

Overall , it tasted like what was expected and though I really missed on  a small portion of ” DESERT ” or Sweet to finish my meal on a HIGH NOTE . But may be everyone doesn’t have carving or have sweet tooth like me 🙂

Although currently they are serving only in Limited parts of GURGAON but I  surely wish to see them covering entire NCR region as Office goes /Students definitely need a organised home made food delivery system as an option to help them switch from unhygienic street side food . Beacause as the  DABBAGUL’s  tagline rightly captures  :

                                                         ” HAPPINESS IS HOMEMADE “

Checkout more about them or to tryout your first meal at  :

Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/DabbaGulIndia

Downaload the app : Google Play Store Link : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dabbagul

 

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Complex Web of Charges in Restaurant

Being a foodie , I have visited and tasted food right across from street side vendors serving 4 pieces of Gol Gappa for just 10 Rs. to High End Luxury Cafe charging INR 1000 for 50 ml super small size serving of basic English tea .

Although various factor comes into play while deciding the right price as Brand , location , ambiance , hospitality , product , chef etc.  Generally in our  review  of places ,  we try to benchmark and share opinion if the price tag for food was justified or not .

But really , my issue has not been the prices /cost becaz I know when I see Online/Offline Menu card how much they are charging and should i go ahead with ordering or not based on occasion and my wallet size ( Yes , the swings are very large depending it’s start of a month or end ) . The painful part begins , when the bills arrive and it is 20-40 % more than your calculation .. Yes , the taxes , duties and charges are the main culprits behind this .. Again , as a Law abiding citizen , I know paying duty is must and the host have no share in it .

But , But , But … how these taxes are calculated makes me go on a roller coaster crazy spin  . Really , based on 400 + dine in place experience , I am truly confused what’s the actual tax rates are .  Mainly I see 3 headings over Basic rate :

  • VAT – Value Added Tax

  • Service Charge

  • Service tax

But the values of these changes drastically from place to place and even from dish to dish . Many Fast food joint charges different tax for Food , Diff. for Beverages , Diff for Take Away and so many combinations of them .download

Interestingly , Between these taxes , Restro owners have smartly added Service charges which most of people think as another form of Tax but in reality they are forcing you to pay  ” TIP ” which must be a optional part and which now directly goes in pocket of them . they have not mentioned it basic price just to attract customer to lure on deal .

Even , many friends and family members I talked experienced similar situation and were utterly confused as their is no explanation available with the serving staff and none of the menu card have clearly mentioned rates for them ( which must be made mandatory ) .

So while food makes you lick your fingers , it’s bill with web of taxes  leave you red-headed with focus shifting on calculating and re-calculating how much above the budget your meal went and whether or not you visit the place next time .

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Specifically for these reason , my family  keep looking for places which mentions ” ALL INCLUSIVE ” food deals  .

May be my love for food will continue under the pressure of uncontrollable taste buds , but surely for larger interest of people , clarity over taxes will go long way in resolving  issues which leaves a bitter taste in mind of host as well as guest .

Hopefully Restaurants Associations and Government would look into in this matter and GST can solve these problem introducing single component in bill .

For Further Reading and getting more sense on this topic , checkout any of these links :


Photo Blog : Go Goa Gone

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Slow and steady 🙂
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Cashew nut flower !!
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We too need a Evening Walk 🙂
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Guardian of the beaches
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Spot me if you can !!
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Hope this inspire for a poem
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My secret hideout

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Entire Masterchef Australia revolve around me
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Faceless , Spotted !!!
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It’s My Home !!
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After a Tiring day !!! Zzzzzzzz.

Food Review – Olive Bar & Kitchen ( Delhi )

Date of Visit : 20th June

Theme: Chef’s Table Menu ( Organized by http://chefstableweek.com/ )

Location : Nearby to Qutub metro station and 500 mts. from Qutub Minar

Parking : Chauffeur take cares of it , So drive in with your limousine.

Seating : Indoor & Outdoor .

Reservation : Highly recommended on weekends

Price :  INR 2500 / pax ( Complimentary for us Thanks to @romedynow & @chef’stablewek  )

Website :  http://www.olivebarandkitchen.com/

This was our first visit to this place and based on past reviews we planned to try out Majority of Italian cuisine .  As a part of food festival , where menu was pre-decided by the Chef  starting right from Soup till deserts leaving options to choose even for Vegetarian’s all us .We Get our hands on dishes namely :

  • Parnsip Veloute ( soup ) 
  • Charred Vegetable and Quinoa ( Appetizer ) 
  • Tagliatelle Primavera ( Pasta ) and
  • Tirmasu  ( Desert ) …

Among this Soup and Desert gets 5/5 and rest all 4 .. The Presentation , Flavors were all good  . We spent almost 80-90 minute at the place . It’s a perfect place to dine in Leisure and enjoy the hospitality of the place . Do let  them know if you are allergic or on restricted diet with any of the food ingredient .
The place is now on my top 5 Place for Italian Food in Town .

Checkout more reviews at My Zomato Profile at : https://www.zomato.com/jainchandresh

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Review – Rajdhani Thali Restaurant

Location : Saket , New Delhi

Type  : Dine In , Buffet served on table

Meal type : Pure Veg

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Location is Easily accessible , Parking is Swift being located just behind Select City Walk mall .  Almost a food Lane with Barbeque Nation , Gulati aadjoining to this place .
As name suggest they serve thali with fixed menu served on Table .. Most of Rajasthani dishes are available with options in Starters , Main Course & Desert ..Bets part is Appetizer of Butter milk which sets the mood .

Overall Food is Mouth Watering  , Ambiance is  pleasant , Service is Quick .

Area of Improvement : More Option’s in   Beverage’s with the meal ( other than lassie ) , Keep Prices Uniform across week ( Sunday is 395 , Monday 70 less and Tuesday special it drops to 290 something ) ,

A must visit place  to get all the variety of Rajasthani food at one ( Similar taste is available at delhi haat but you have to sit in open on benches )

Rajdhani Thali Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato