Nasi and Mee Canteen, South-East Asian
This place has been in my list for a long time now but the horrible traffic (less than 30s green, over 3 minutes red light!) to the place had dissuaded me. It too far to walk from my house and too near to ride to.
I am not a fan of sweet Malaysian & Singaporean flavours when it comes to non-veg dishes but the food here was fresh which I appreciate. Hence, I was not too fond of the char-grilled chicken satay with sweet-peanut sauce but the chicken dim-sum with cherry & chilli sauce, were delicious.
The thing I soon realized was that the absence of beer was a bumber. The lychee & lime spritzer was a great substitute. The place is fresh, chic & cozy and the waiters were friendly.
I feel South East Asian cuisine generally do well with all-in-one broths and terribly when it comes to desserts.
Nasi and Mee is Malaysian for "Rice" & "Noodle dish". I wasn't too hungry so didn't get to try my favorite South East Asian dish: Nasi Goreng.
Al-amara, Egyptian, is a tiny restaurant, its cheap, clean, super-fast and popular- the best Arabic fast food in town for this price. It may not be very nutritious but its very tasty. Try the chicken-cheese keema roll and "falafel spl" that has french fries, mayonnaise, chickpea, brinjal/eggplant, sesame paste sauce (hummus, tahini: lemon, garlic, olive oil etc), salads with lettuce etc all rolled in a flat pita bread
Best in India? Possibly.
Lebanese fast-food restaurant, Al Bake (India & Saudi Arabia)
"In Year 2000, Mirza Ziauddin Beg gave Delhites a new taste which they might not have experienced ever before by setting up a small takeaway with the name Al-Bake at community centre in New Friends Colony which went on to be known as Shawarma Centre now a days by the young delhites."
Its a tiny, dim-lit place but located in a premium space. The chef was previously working for the famous "Tuscano" Italian restaurant and has now joined here. The waiters were courteous and totally professionals. I couldn't understand one thing in the menu, so I just I stuck to my favourite Italian orders. I personally feel the dessert list was sidelined in the menu.
This is perfect restaurant for the time. Its Italian enough and the menu list is limited, however, also targeted. A good place for people who want to get easily introduced to good Italian cuisine. To sum it up, the restaurant is like its complementary DIY entrée. The place is not the best, or for that matter, even expensive but it introduces us to something fresh and engaging.
At some point, I felt that I maybe was heading for disappointment but then the complimentary hot bread rolls were being served with herbed butter, were so soft. I reached into the basket and as I nibbled, I keep thinking, this place is not bad, not bad at all.
First, the things that are common. They are both medium expensive restaurants serving Indian Tandoori cuisine.
Tandoori resturent markets to the puritans who love the opulence of exotic Mughlai-style; whereas Barbeque Nation (BQ) is a modern contemporary North-Indian bbq-styled.
Frankly, I have had better and richer Mughai food in North India so Tandoori was a let down. I hear the "dal makhani" is milder and tasty but I only like yellow lentil so I didn't have the chance to taste it. This is a place for rich white people or NRIs who have not travelled to North India and want to try the food here. I think even the staff knows that and behaves accordingly. For this price that we pay, I expect the food to be more memorable. Maybe it is one of those places that use to be good.
On the other hand I found BQ to be better; and I wasn't even interested to try their main course. BQ is an all-you-can-eat buffer and the highlight of their food is their bbq starters. Nobody in their right mind goes there for the main course. Another thing I liked was that the staff were very courteous and attentive. I loved the pomegranate and passion fruit mocktail.
Those both paces are know for their "sheek kababs", I do not eat sheep meat so that is something I have nothing to say. I am a slow eater so its a dash to finish my food before it gets cold sitting in these AC restaurants.
There is this thing about Korean food, I absolutely love and dislike different items.
I go to a Korean restaurant for their salty Korean style grilled/bbq pork and the assorted accompaniments, which includes the sticky/glutinous rice. I absolutely am in love with their gim-bap (gim: seaweed leaves) and I think its better than Japanese sushi any day.
I tend to stay away from their egg and beef preparation. Their half raw preparations (I stress that I would like it totally cooked or well done) and Korean meat spices don't sit well with our general way, I guess. These restaurants are not the right place to have momos. The Indian-Chinese-Nepali momo fusion food is something which Korean speciality restaurants cannot do justice to.
So I have been their couple of times but have eaten there only a few times. If you are there at a reasonable time, then you get to eat. You get a sense that you are having a relaxed and personal interaction with their staff. The price is slightly steep, even for a speciality restaurant, however, the quantity is also always more for a single person unless he wants to over eat.
Korean restaurants have this fascinating weird thing in their space, be it posters of their teen pop culture which are plenty of dolled up teens with a serious hangover of 70s rock or they have these little porcelain figurines (that freak me out a bit ) that all stare over and around you while you eat.
Istanbul Doner, Turkish
Rs. 90 and the best!
That's the Shawarma under the "Main course". I suggest try the Shawarma (wrap) under the Starters. I now know, I don't want authentic taste. I like the flavours to be put intelligently, fused to create dishes that most can palate; without loosing the essence of it all.
This maybe a place only for people who like sheep meat. And I cannot be fair as I didn't order any lamb from this middle-eastern (i.e. lamb speciality!?) restaurant. I don't know enough about their different styles of food (I do know the stereotypes).
However, there is no excuse for the three types of (thickness) breads served, which were neither soft nor any good. They were powdered for some reason. The chicken wings were like the average home-made kind, fried with flour and garnished with burned (bitter) coriander.
The chili hummus was bland and garlic mayo was very/only sour. Everything had less salt, especially their soft french fries (I like it crunchy). I didn't care much for the seafood in their menu.
I'll be going there again for their 'relaxing' hot Chamomile flavoured tea. Its one pricey (teabag) though. I have a gut feeling this is more of a place which is (its a guess by looking at their menu) positively soup & salad biased place. I can't eat that during summer.
Its a tiny restaurant, its cheap, clean, super-fast and popular- the best Arabic fast food in town for this price. It may not be very nutritious but its very tasty.
Try the chicken-cheese keema roll and "falafel spl" that has french fries, mayonese, chickpea, brinjal/egg plant, sesame paste sauce (hummus, tahini: lemon, garlic, olive oil etc), salads with lettuce etc all rolled in a flat pita bread
These are some various types of condiment that I found helps a dish to come together.
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