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AROI @ 4th FLOOR (delivered all across delhi NCR by home chef sirattiya bora)

In a NUtshell Well, it has now become impossible for us (since the last 1 year) to like Thai food in india. Quite a few restaurants we used to quite like earlier, now seem to be serving OK ish food, ever since we have eaten the food cooked by sirattiya bora, a Thai culinary & visual artist married to an indian visual artist, Anirban Bora. … Continue reading AROI @ 4th FLOOR (delivered all across delhi NCR by home chef sirattiya bora)

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Onam pronam (SOUL FOOD COMPANY)

A delivery pop up (delhi NCR) of fusion onam sadya , bengali dishes by Pritha sen & Malayali dishes by Prima Kurien) This is a series about how eating out is, post COVID lockdown. Read about the previous dining out / takeaway / home delivery experiences after the COVID pandemic lockdown here – amar Jyoti tres spectra threesixtyone Tenali bagundi potbelly divine cafe lungta jamun … Continue reading Onam pronam (SOUL FOOD COMPANY)

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Jamun (Lodhi colony market, New Delhi)

This is a series about how eating out is, post COVID lockdown. Read about the previous dining out / takeaway / home delivery experiences after the COVID pandemic lockdown here – amar Jyoti tres spectra threesixtyone Tenali bagundi potbelly divine cafe lungta  In a NUtshell A visually beautiful, cool, restaurant that serves Tasty, urbanized, moderately firangized, not at all rustic food, from different regions of … Continue reading Jamun (Lodhi colony market, New Delhi)

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Park Street – kolkata Christian food by Home chefs Mrs. Leena Daniels & Ms. Antara Daniels (home delivery in delhi NCR)

In a NUtshell Stunning food that left us speechless, led us to over eat way beyond our routine. Address & other details: Park Street (insta: parkstreetjoint), +919810842901 Meal for 2: ₹ 1200 onwards Cuisine type :  vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even one featured … Continue reading Park Street – kolkata Christian food by Home chefs Mrs. Leena Daniels & Ms. Antara Daniels (home delivery in delhi NCR)

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SOUL FOOD delivery pop up (hello panda gurugram)

In a NUtshell A delivery pop by soul food that that went horribly wrong. Address & other details: hello panda Meal for 2: ₹675 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even one featured / sponsored … Continue reading SOUL FOOD delivery pop up (hello panda gurugram)

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Cafe lungta (sector 15 market, gurugram)

This is a series about how eating out is, post COVID lockdown. Read about the previous dining out / takeaway / home delivery experiences after the COVID pandemic lockdown here – amar Jyoti tres spectra threesixtyone Tenali bagundi potbelly divine In a NUtshell A cafe in the same premises (different floor) as gurgaon’s best cocktail bar ‘cocktails & dreams SPEAKEASY’, both run by master bar … Continue reading Cafe lungta (sector 15 market, gurugram)

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Potbelly divine (32nd avenue, earlier 32nd milestone, gurugram)

This is a series about how eating out is, post COVID lockdown. Read about the previous dining out / takeaway / home delivery experiences after the COVID pandemic lockdown here – amar Jyoti tres spectra threesixtyone Tenali bagundi hello panda In a NUtshell A visually nice restaurant with both indoor & outdoor seating, located in 32nd milestone, an open area with restaurants & cafes where … Continue reading Potbelly divine (32nd avenue, earlier 32nd milestone, gurugram)

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Bagundi (opposite Connaught circus fire station, Connaught Place, delhi)

This is a series about how eating out is, post COVID lockdown – dine in, self pick up, home delivery. Read about the previous dining out experiences after the COVID pandemic lockdown here – amar Jyoti tres spectra threesixtyone Tenali hello panda In a NUtshell A beautiful theme restaurant, great place to catch up with friends to chit chat over a good meal, warm staff, … Continue reading Bagundi (opposite Connaught circus fire station, Connaught Place, delhi)

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Hello panda (Bestech central, sector 57, gurugram)

This is a series about how eating out is, post COVID lockdown. This post is about home delivered food from hello panda. Read about the previous dining out experiences after the COVID pandemic lockdown here – amar Jyoti tres spectra threesixtyone In a NUtshell The most impressive home delivered Asian food I have had in a decade, in india. Address & other details: hello panda … Continue reading Hello panda (Bestech central, sector 57, gurugram)

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Tenali – the Andhra kitchen (green park main market, delhi)

This is a series about how eating out is, post COVID lockdown. Read about the previous dining out experiences after the COVID pandemic lockdown here – amar Jyoti tres spectra threesixtyone In a NUtshell A nice theme restaurant, great place to catch up with friends to chit chat over a meal, warm staff, good food for people new to the cuisine. Address & other details: … Continue reading Tenali – the Andhra kitchen (green park main market, delhi)

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Amar Jyoti restaurant (sarojini nagar market, delhi)

11th july 2020. Our First non 5 star dineout experience after the COVID pandemic lockdown Read about the previous dining out experiences after the COVID pandemic lockdown here – tres spectra threesixtyone In a NUtshell It was more than ‘worth the drive’ from gurgaon to sarojini nagar market, just to eat lunch here – special mention to the butter chicken that made our day. Address … Continue reading Amar Jyoti restaurant (sarojini nagar market, delhi)

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Threesixtyone degrees (the oberoi , gurugram)

5th july 2020. Our Second dineout experience after the COVID pandemic lockdown – slightly different from the first. Read about the first dining out experience after the COVID pandemic lockdown here – spectra Read about our first experience at three sixty one here. In a NUtshell A lovely breakfast in a restaurant with great ambience, after 4 months of eating at home – wonderful experience … Continue reading Threesixtyone degrees (the oberoi , gurugram)

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Arq by Home chef Ms. Anamika Bajpai (home delivery in gurugram)

In a NUtshell A very enjoyable lunch, home delivered by home chef, crisp & focussed menu, home like food that tasted super YUMM. Address & other details: anamika Bajpai Meal for 2: ₹ 750 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips … Continue reading Arq by Home chef Ms. Anamika Bajpai (home delivery in gurugram)

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Tres (Lodhi colony market, New Delhi)

In a NUtshell A lovely, freshly prepared, meal (takeaway) at this restaurant that gave us a lot of joy Address & other details: tres Meal for 2: ₹1000 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even … Continue reading Tres (Lodhi colony market, New Delhi)

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The oversimplified grammar of cooking – only for beginners

Chefs/ already good cooks, pls give this a pass. This is a broad generalisation & there are many exceptions to it. The idea is to explain the logic of cooking & let first timers play around & experiment with food, without imposing DOs & DON’Ts. Keep in mind – EVERYBODY CAN COOK…. ….. you do not need to cook like someone else. You can create … Continue reading The oversimplified grammar of cooking – only for beginners

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Roadtrip mumbai to delhi part 5 – Cinnamon (Jai mahal palace, Jaipur)

In August 2019 we did a road trip from mumbai to delhi. We stopped over at nights in Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Udaipur & jaipur. This is part of of a series of 5 posts about food & travel experienced during the trip.   Read about part 4 of 5 here: Taj Jai mahal palace   This post is about the food at cinnamon, in taj Jai … Continue reading Roadtrip mumbai to delhi part 5 – Cinnamon (Jai mahal palace, Jaipur)

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Roadtrip mumbai to delhi part 4 – Jai mahal palace, Jaipur

In August 2019 we did a road trip from mumbai to delhi. We stopped over at nights in Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Udaipur & jaipur. This is part of of a series of 5 posts about food & travel experienced during the trip. Read about part 3 of 5 here: Taj Aravali resort & spa This current post is about the stay at Taj Jai mahal palace, … Continue reading Roadtrip mumbai to delhi part 4 – Jai mahal palace, Jaipur

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Roadtrip mumbai to delhi part 3 – Taj Aravali Resort & Spa (Udaipur)

In August 2019 we did a road trip from mumbai to delhi. We stopped over at nights in Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Udaipur & jaipur. This is part of of a series of 5 posts about food & travel experienced during the trip. Read about part 2 of 10 here: house of MG This post is about the stay at Taj Aravallis & the food at their … Continue reading Roadtrip mumbai to delhi part 3 – Taj Aravali Resort & Spa (Udaipur)

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Roadtrip mumbai to delhi part 2 – house of MG (Ahmedabad)

In August 2019 we did a road trip from mumbai to delhi. We stopped over at nights in Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Udaipur & jaipur. This is part of of a series of 5 posts about food & travel experienced during the trip. Read about part 1 of 10 here: cafe farohar This post is about our stay at house of MG, Ahmedabad during the trip. We … Continue reading Roadtrip mumbai to delhi part 2 – house of MG (Ahmedabad)

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Rambabu paratha bhandar (belanganj, Civil Lines, Agra)

In a NUtshell A legend, rightly so, that has been around for 90 years – simple decor, outstanding food – unmissable, when u in agra Address & other details: rambabu Meal for 2: ₹200 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian only Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.comContinue reading Rambabu paratha bhandar (belanganj, Civil Lines, Agra)

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Roadtrip mumbai to delhi part 1 – Cafe farohar (udvada, Gujarat)

In August 2019 we did a road trip from mumbai to delhi in our jeep. We stopped over at nights in Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Udaipur & jaipur. This is part of of a series of 5 posts about food & travel experienced during the trip. In a NUtshell The drive to surat: The drive from mumbai to surat (after leaving mumbai city limits) was outstanding. It … Continue reading Roadtrip mumbai to delhi part 1 – Cafe farohar (udvada, Gujarat)

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Deviram sweets (Khandelwal colony, Katlupur, Rakabganj, Agra)

In a NUtshell A sweet shop with two branches, that serves YUMM breakfast savouries in addition to some very good sweets. Address & other details: deviram Meal for 2: ₹100 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian only Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even … Continue reading Deviram sweets (Khandelwal colony, Katlupur, Rakabganj, Agra)

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Peng you quan – Friends restaurant (central plaza mall, golf course road, gurgaon)

In a NUtshell A serious, no nonsense, authentic food restaurant that made me feel several times , that I was sitting at a restaurant in China – look, feel, decor, smell, detailing, vibe. Address & other details: peng you quan Meal for 2: ₹500 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself … Continue reading Peng you quan – Friends restaurant (central plaza mall, golf course road, gurgaon)

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Poppins hotal (cross point mall, diagonally opposite to galleria, DLF phase 4, gurgaon)

In a NUtshell A fun place with a good vibe, great food & a warm host chef subhayan Address & other details: poppins Meal for 2: ₹1000 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even one … Continue reading Poppins hotal (cross point mall, diagonally opposite to galleria, DLF phase 4, gurgaon)

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Second wife kitchen (Bhubaneswar Puri Road, orissa)

In a nutshell: Super interesting eatery with a super quirky name , super serious about the food they serve Address & other details: second wife kitchen Meal for 2: ₹100 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not … Continue reading Second wife kitchen (Bhubaneswar Puri Road, orissa)

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Pop up by home chef Shaista Iqbal (Diya, Leela ambience gurgaon)

In a NUtshell A lovely dinner of Purani dilli recipes by home chef Shaista Iqbal, loved it. Address & other details: diya Meal for 2: ₹2000 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even one featured … Continue reading Pop up by home chef Shaista Iqbal (Diya, Leela ambience gurgaon)

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Niros restaurant (MI Road Jaipur)

In a NUtshell A restaurant straight out of a 60s movie, not coz it has been recreated that way but coz nothing much has changed in the look, old time waiting staff with an ooze of old world hospitality, crisp menu & finally very enjoyable food Address & other details: niros Meal for 2: ₹800 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All … Continue reading Niros restaurant (MI Road Jaipur)

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A trip to Cambodia – a travel story

We had Cambodia on our list of travel for a long long time. So when I got a chance to make the best use of time between two jobs, this location unanimously came to our mind. The tailor made trip was organised by Veena world, mumbai. Serious appreciation for Mehul Deshpande from Veena world , who put up with hundreds of our questions from beginning … Continue reading A trip to Cambodia – a travel story

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Viet:nom (ground floor, cyber hub, gurgaon)

In a NUtshell Better than many Asian restaurants in delhi NCR in terms of trying to be close to the real cuisine. Few dishes were tweaked to adjust to indian taste. Good service. YUMM food. Lovely ambience. Address & other details: vietnom Meal for 2: ₹1500 Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ … Continue reading Viet:nom (ground floor, cyber hub, gurgaon)

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Comorin (two horizon center, golf course road, gurgaon)

In a NUtshell Day 1 Being a big fan of Indian accent, went here with huge hopes (chef manish Mehrotra is common to both) – impressed but nowhere close to Indian accent, as different as Honda city & an entry level mercedes. Must mention that this restaurant is much cheaper than Indian accent but that does not make a difference to me. I judge the … Continue reading Comorin (two horizon center, golf course road, gurgaon)

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Sonabridge (hotel zhongqiao, golf course road, gurgaon)

In a NUtshell I had to pinch myself to make sure I was not dreaming – the food at sonabridge made me think I was in Guangzhou, no tweaking to meet Indian tastes, ditto same. I had been searching for such a place in the last one & half decades in NCR. Address & other details: sonabridge Meal for 2: ₹800 onwards Cuisine type : … Continue reading Sonabridge (hotel zhongqiao, golf course road, gurgaon)

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Hanglatherium (Prince Anwar shah road, opposite south city mall, lake gardens, KOLKATA)

In a NUtshell A small quirky restaurant by the park, serving some very good Jama Masjid delhi & other mughlai food. Address & other details: hanglatherium Meal for 2: ₹400 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not … Continue reading Hanglatherium (Prince Anwar shah road, opposite south city mall, lake gardens, KOLKATA)

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Curry singh (Unitech Arcadia 2, rodeo drive, south city 2, sector 49, gurugram)

In a NUtshell A beautiful cuisine Mis-represented & turned into mindless nightmares on tables in most mainstream eateries in india & abroad, thankfully given a new lease of life at curry singh kitchen – a fab job of presenting home like punjabi food in a restaurant, including a section on seasonal vegetables. Address & other details: curry singh kitchen Meal for 2: ₹800 onwards Cuisine … Continue reading Curry singh (Unitech Arcadia 2, rodeo drive, south city 2, sector 49, gurugram)

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Grand market pavilion (ITC Grand Royal, kolkata)

In a NUtshell A Royal mess in terms of managing the restaurant, cold, over worked & badly trained staff who reminded me of Sukumar ray’s ‘ram garurer chhana, hanste tader mana’ (people who don’t smile), good ambience but nothing Royal about it, HOWEVER, a truely grand spread of dishes & very good food – our taste buds were super happy. Address & other details: grand … Continue reading Grand market pavilion (ITC Grand Royal, kolkata)

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‘Goalondo festival part 2’ by Pritha sen (three sixty one degrees, Oberoi, gurgaon)

In a NUtshell A beautiful evening spent in a lovely restaurant enjoying some absolute art on the plate & some other good bengali food from undivided bengal Address & other details: three sixty one degrees Meal for 2: ₹5000 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for … Continue reading ‘Goalondo festival part 2’ by Pritha sen (three sixty one degrees, Oberoi, gurgaon)

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Alila fort Bishangarh (rajasthan)

This review has two parts – stay (on top) & food (below stay). Please scroll down directly to food section if you want to skip the stay part. In a NUtshell A memorable stay in a beautifully restored & maintained 230 year old fort in Rajasthan, now converted to a hotel, Super warm & efficient staff who always made us feel like a guest at … Continue reading Alila fort Bishangarh (rajasthan)

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Riyasat (south city mall, kolkata)

In a NUtshell Loved eating out here, warm & efficient service, good decor, very good traditional Indian food with a twist, with two dishes as exception. Address & other details: riyasat Meal for 2: ₹2000 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & … Continue reading Riyasat (south city mall, kolkata)

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Eating out in Cambodia & visits to food market (siem reap)

Part 3 of 3 – siem reap continued To read part 1 of 3, please click here: Phnom Penh To read part 2 of 3, please click here: siem reap we got this customised trip to Cambodia arranged thru Veena world, mumbai – super happy with the attention to detail on everything & patient assistance by Mehul Deshpande. Onway to bantei Srei temple from siem … Continue reading Eating out in Cambodia & visits to food market (siem reap)

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Eating out in Cambodia (siem reap)

Cambodia trip Part 2 of 3 To read part 1 of 3, please click here: Phnom Penh Siem reap We stuck to our resolve that we will eat only local food in siem reap. Our tour guide Sayung (+855 89 809 908) was super enthusiastic & took our food mission very seriously. He actually was constantly thinking of how to give us new & different … Continue reading Eating out in Cambodia (siem reap)

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Eating out in Cambodia & visits to food market (phnom penh)

Cambodia trip Part 1 of 3 In a NUtshell A culinary treat for everyone with a wide palate, lots of vegetables but a bit restrictive for indian vegetarians as there is almost no milk / milk products & pulses in the diet. Address & other details: Cambodia Meal for 2: varied at different restaurants. Details in the note below Cuisine type : vegetarian & non … Continue reading Eating out in Cambodia & visits to food market (phnom penh)

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Kashmiri pandit food festival curated by by Rajni jinsi (radisson blu, Faridabad, NCR)

In a NUtshell Worth a drive from gurgaon to eat at this pop up – beautiful, thin, flavourful gravies that we fondly remember with joy. Not every dish was perfect but the overall joy of eating the food was immense. Address & other details: radisson blu Meal for 2: ₹4000 Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ … Continue reading Kashmiri pandit food festival curated by by Rajni jinsi (radisson blu, Faridabad, NCR)

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Cafe TBQ (chalung house, leh, Ladakh)

This is a review of multiple meals we had at this homestAy in leh, Ladakh & also about the homestay itself. At this cafe all meals are made to order. Walk in customers (not guests at the homestAy) Can also order a day in advance from a set menu Or can discuss with shivendra (the one man chef cum home stay manager cum proprietor) In … Continue reading Cafe TBQ (chalung house, leh, Ladakh)

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Punjab beyond borders – a food pop up by home chef sherry malhotra (Bombay gymkhana, mumbai)

We had been to a pop up by home chef sherry malhotra at mustard & were blown over. So when we heard she is doing a pop up in Bombay gymkhana, we tagged on to a club member. Here is a guest blog by Harinder singh pelia In a NUtshell ‘Punjab beyond borders’ was a pop-up by home chef Sherry at the Bombay Gymkhana. A … Continue reading Punjab beyond borders – a food pop up by home chef sherry malhotra (Bombay gymkhana, mumbai)

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The Canteen Chettinad table – May 2019 (the Bombay canteen, Kamala mills, mumbai)

In a NUtshell A very well planned meal with so many items but did not end up in a situation where one wud feel like bursting out at the end of the meal. The 4 kinds of rasam, the 4 kinds of chutneys were thoughtful & a class apart. Address & other details: the Bombay canteen Meal for 2: ₹3200 for veg & 3600 for … Continue reading The Canteen Chettinad table – May 2019 (the Bombay canteen, Kamala mills, mumbai)

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Ministry of crab ( Zaveri house, khar, mumbai)

In a NUtshell: Absolutely bowled over by the freshness of ingredients, the expertise of cooking crabs & prawns in terms of retaining the perfect taste, texture & flavours – however, I have surely had better curry made by home chef Pia Promina who does crab & other pop ups at her Bandra home. MOC highly recommended for crab mains – u can easily pass off … Continue reading Ministry of crab ( Zaveri house, khar, mumbai)

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Konkani Muslim Ramzan special (3rd to 9th June 2019, neel tote on the turf. Mahalakshmi , mumbai)

In a NUtshell: A super refreshing, very different, excellent ramzan dinner that will remain in our memory for long. Address & other details: Authenticook Meal for 2: ₹2800 Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even one … Continue reading Konkani Muslim Ramzan special (3rd to 9th June 2019, neel tote on the turf. Mahalakshmi , mumbai)

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Bohagi bidai festival by Gitika’s pakghor (pop up at APB cook studio , Chandivali, mumbai)

In a NUtshell: A brilliant, hardcore, authentic, Assamese tribal food pop up by gitika that marked the end of first month in Assamese calendar. Address & other details: gitika Meal for 2: ₹3400 Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.comContinue reading Bohagi bidai festival by Gitika’s pakghor (pop up at APB cook studio , Chandivali, mumbai)

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Cecconi’s (Soho house, Juhu Tara Road, mumbai)

In a NUtshell: A lovely restaurant by the sea, warm & inviting, very good & consistent Italian food, though not the best Italian in town. Address & other details: cecconi’s Meal for 2: ₹2000 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips … Continue reading Cecconi’s (Soho house, Juhu Tara Road, mumbai)

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Tresind (inspire BKC, Bandra Kurla Complex, mumbai)

In a NUtshell: 5/5 on showsha, great place to impress ur firang/ NRI friends who do not have much exposure to the real indian food, saw-tooth experience when it came to the food. It ranged from average to excellent. Nothing was outstanding in terms of taste, flavor & texture. Address & other details: tresind Meal for 2: ₹3000 Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian … Continue reading Tresind (inspire BKC, Bandra Kurla Complex, mumbai)

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Jumjoji (the orb, next to JW Marriott, sahar, mumbai)

In a NUtshell: A beautiful Parsi themed restaurant that has good service & some very good food. Address & other details: jumjoji To reach this place, go to the main entrance of JW Marriott sahar & once car security check is done, turn right. Meal for 2: ₹1500 Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited … Continue reading Jumjoji (the orb, next to JW Marriott, sahar, mumbai)

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Ekdalia Rd (4/2 Ekdalia Road , kolkata)

This is a review of a pop up ‘Firinghee thala’ by food historian & culinary artist Pritha sen, at Ekdalia rd restaurant by Surojit rout, a Finance professional who worked as Solution Architect in Global IT firm who left his job in America to open this restaurant in kolkata In a NUtshell: A pop up that laid out dishes that showcase (with huge success), global … Continue reading Ekdalia Rd (4/2 Ekdalia Road , kolkata)

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Kathiawadi food festival by chef Dhawal Ajmera (Hornby’s pavilion, ITC grand central, mumbai)

In a NUtshell: A meal that gave us as much joy as we experienced after eating at Dum Pukht (not comparing cuisines but the sheer feeling of joy) – loved the chat with chef, his team mate , the thoughtfully laid out festival section, ingredients sourced from Gujarat, fabulous taste & textures & most importantly the fact that chef had the guts to offer home … Continue reading Kathiawadi food festival by chef Dhawal Ajmera (Hornby’s pavilion, ITC grand central, mumbai)

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Garhwali summer pop up menu by Rushina munshaw ghidiyal (APB cook studio, Chandivali, mumbai)

This meal was booked thru Authenticook.com – they arrange very interesting home meals across india. To read earlier reviews of food that we had thru Authenticook.com , pls click here. In a NUtshell: A Garhwali home food pop up that we will fondly remember for long – a beautiful evening spent with fellow foodies (never met before) , a talk about Garhwali food & a … Continue reading Garhwali summer pop up menu by Rushina munshaw ghidiyal (APB cook studio, Chandivali, mumbai)

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Americano (123,nagindas master road, Kala ghoda,fort, mumbai)

In a NUtshell: A 3 day old restaurant started by chef Alex Sanchez (former chef at The Table) in fort, mumbai, that serves slow American food (very different and refreshing offering than what most ‘American’ themed restaurants in india serve. Address & other details: americano Meal for 2: ₹800 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ … Continue reading Americano (123,nagindas master road, Kala ghoda,fort, mumbai)

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Kulcha walas (HUDA market sector 31, opp Bata showroom, gurgaon)

In a NUtshell: A small shop in a sector market in gurgaon with ‘stand and eat’ options for 4 groups of people, serves the finest kulchas compared to all kulchas I have had in gurgaon during my decade long stay. Address & other details: kulcha walas Meal for 2: ₹200 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian only Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were … Continue reading Kulcha walas (HUDA market sector 31, opp Bata showroom, gurgaon)

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Anti clock (park inn by radisson, Moolchand, New Delhi)

In a NUtshell: A nice, evening place, with retro live music , serving Indian food (from across the country) by a chef who has thousands of fans in gurgaon – Sushmit Daniels Address & other details: anticlock Meal for 2: ₹700 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has … Continue reading Anti clock (park inn by radisson, Moolchand, New Delhi)

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Tasallibaqsh (gurgaon india)

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Spectra, Coffee Shop, Leela Kempinsky (NH8 Gurgaon, besides Ambience Mall)

This post covers our visit on 4th july 2020 & also our first experience in 2011.

Read about Our First dineout experience after the COVID pandemic lockdown

Read about the first eat out (but not done in) experience after the COVID pandemic lockdown here – tres

Keep scrolling down to Read about our first experience at spectra in 2011.

In a NUtshell

An excellent dinner in a restaurant after 4 months of eating at home – wonderful experience overall, great food, enhanced by our host.

Address & other details: spectra

Meal for 2: ₹2000 onwards

Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian

Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even one featured / sponsored reviews. YUMMRAJ believes in going to a restaurant in anonymity, as a normal guest, experience everything & give a honest account of the same to you.

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster

Short description- in case u r in a hurry

This was our first dinner in a restaurant ever since cities got locked down due to COVID. We were deliberating between different options & narrowed down to spectra. We were looking for European food. Very Glad that we came here – the experience was totally worth it.

The restaurant is situated inside leela ambience gurugram. As we alighted from our vehicle, a guy in uniform came for valet parking. I handed over the keys & the car. He asked my phone number (he said it was mandatory). I asked for the receipt. He said physical receipt will not be given & that I will receive an SMS in 10 minutes. The SMS however never came. After our dinner I walked out of the gate, told the security about my car. He asked me for SMS. I said I did not get. He got me the car & handed over the keys!!! So imagine someone can quote another person’s Bentley’s number & drive it away!!! Super wierd.

As we entered the hotel we were asked to put all our metal belongings in a tray and pass through the security so that there is no need for physical patting and checking. As we reached the lobby, we were asked to stand in front of a machine that could measure the temperature without physical contact.

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After this,when we moved on to the restaurant, it was about 7:40 PM and the restaurant had about 4 to 5 tables occupied. it was as silent as it could be it. No chatter, no clattering of cutlery. It seemed like walking into a restaurant in a hotel at 7 AM in the morning for breakfast on Sunday, sharp at the opening time.

When we had called earlier, the guy did not tell us that the last order will be before 8 pm. We were lucky we walked in at 7.40. Else we would have to return.

Our server was extremely warm and constantly kept us engaged throughout our stay in the restaurant. We felt like being guests at his home.

As we sat, he got us a scanner. It had a QR code, which we had to scan from our camera of the phone. immediately as we scanned the code, a link appeared and it had the entire menu of all the restaurants in the hotel. The E-menu was Crisp and very very easy to navigate through. it was very user-friendly, I must say.

The final check however came in traditional printed paper. Thankfully, inside the restaurant we could takeoff our masks because the tables are apart anyway and due to low occupancy people were seated far from each other.

Few customers in the restaurant and imports not yet being normal, led to some ingredients being absent in the kitchen. so few of the dishes that we wanted to have , cud not be served to us. However, whatever we had was outstanding and by far made up for not getting the ones we were looking for.

Absolutely loved the food

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As we waited for the food, we were served a complimentary Immunity booster – it had strong celery flavors, had a tinge of salt, it was not too sweet & overall it was a great refreshing drink. Rate it 4.25/5

We ordered grilled Norwegian salmon. It was just brilliant. It was so juicy that At times it felt like that I was having watermelon!!! The fish was flaky, full of flavors and perfectly cooked. the skin on top was Crisp & super enjoyable. Chef had made a marmalade Inhouse, that was spread on top of the fish. excellent. Loved it so much that our plate was polished white by the end of the meal. Rate it 4.5/5

Grilled lamb chops were perfectly cooked as well. The pieces of meat used in the lamb chops were also excellent. The meat pieces had a layer of fat in the corner. These had become Crisp outside. as we would bite into the meat, the Crisp thin layer of fat wud burst into a flavorful thick liquid. Outstanding is an understatement. rate it 4.75/5

For dessert we had banana walnut caramel tart. The tart base was very good. The filling was good, the caramel sauce excellent, the bananas were very ordinary, flat taste ones – not too sweet, a hint of salt. Overall the dish was very good. Rate it 4/5.

Overall rating of food & beverages average out to 4.25/5

Really happy we went there. Wud go for a Japanese dinner some day.

Below is the original post from 2011

In a nutshell:

Loved the experience & the food – a few ifs & buts though on the food. Will surely revisit to try out other cuisines.

Inside Spectra, Leela Kempinsky, Gurgaon

Address & Menu card : Spectra

Meal for 2: Rs. 2000 onwards

Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

Cool & colorful decor at Spectra Leela kempinsky gurgaon

Short description – In case u r in a hurry:

As u walk into Leela & then into the Coffee shop Spectra, ur eyes r overwhelmed with the decor & the look. I wud not say that it is the most artistic place I have been to but it is a visual delight.

........... a visual delight

As u walk in the restaurant u realize that the staff is very warm. I have this funny habit of wearing the most ordinary of clothes to a 5 or a 7 star & then asking for non bottled filtered water – The reaction is very interesting to see coz a section of the staff in most of these places tend to judge u by these initial parameters. Here at Spectra the reaction was as warm & normal as it could get & they passed my funny test with flying colors.

The Coffee shop has a very very interesting Japanese counter where u can chat with the chef, tailor-make ur sushis & sashimis & sit & eat on the bar table. The Chef rolls the sushis in front of u from scratch &serves.

A little away from there is the Chinese counter. Here again u can sit on counter, chat with the chef , tailor-make ur food & eat soups, stir fries , soupy noodles like thukpas etc. All ingredients are kept there as well & the colors of them are a visual delight.

There are also a good representation of cuisines that u usually do find too many Top end Restaurants specializing in. e.g Arab cuisine, Thai, Malaysian, Singaporean . They also have a large list of good unusual food (unusual when compared to menu cards of other delhi restaurants).

The menu card has a very large & wide selection vegetarian section.

Other interesting options are a breakfast spread Rs. 750 + taxes, a Lunch buffet of Rs. 1600 + taxes , a Sunday Brunch (with sparkling wine, house red & white wine, beer & vodka cocktails) & a Champagne Brunch for Rs. 3500 (Champagne in place of Sparkling wine + everything else) .

We liked the seafood soup, loved the Moroccan seafood grill & Freaked out on the outstanding tenderloin steak.

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