Sakura (1st Floor, Time Tower, MG Road, Gurgaon)

In a nutshell: Good Ambience, warm, efficient staff, great authentic Japanese food in Gurgaon – as good as it gets I guess. The huge Japanese population dining here everyday is perhaps a testimony to this. Address & other details: Sakura Meal for 2: Rs. 3000 onwards Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself … Continue reading Sakura (1st Floor, Time Tower, MG Road, Gurgaon)

Soi 7 Pub & Brewery (205-208 & 209 A, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon)

In a nutshell: A largely drinking & partying place, this mammoth Resto bar has loads to entertain – A live boxing ring, live music, large screens for watching matches , indoor seating, outdoor seating & much more…………. & they also happen to serve mostly average & some good food. Address & other details: Soi 7 Meal for 2: Rs. 1500 onwards Cuisine type : Vegetarian … Continue reading Soi 7 Pub & Brewery (205-208 & 209 A, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon)

T.K’S Oriental Grill ( Hyatt Regency Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi)

In a nutshell: Its Quite an experience to sit around the teppanyaki table (in Delhi) & have food that is freshly cooked in front of u – exactly the way have had Japanese food in many Far East Asian Countries. Good food, Great Ambience & good service surely made our experience memorable. Address & other details: T.K’S Oriental Grill A virtual tour into the Restaurant: … Continue reading T.K’S Oriental Grill ( Hyatt Regency Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi)

B Bar (4th Floor, Select Citywalk, Saket, New Delhi)

In a nutshell: If u r a connoisseur of great food, if u do not have any dietary restrictions (including being chickenetarian / vegetarian) and if u do not think twice b4 spending on great food, this is the place to be……. Yummraj’s ‘best lunch out ‘so far in 2013!!!! Not to mention the outstanding ambience, the cool music and very good service. Address & … Continue reading B Bar (4th Floor, Select Citywalk, Saket, New Delhi)

Guppy by ai (28, Main Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi)

In a nutshell: Sigh of relief that ai is back, albeit in a new avatar – said my tastebuds after going here this afternoon. Address & other details: Guppy by ai Meal for 2: Rs. 2000 onwards Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & … Continue reading Guppy by ai (28, Main Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi)

Sakura (Metropolitan Hotel, Bangla Sahib Road, Delhi)

In a nutshell: Shudh Japani Bhojanalaya – that is what I cud think of, while describing Sakura. Some of the food here is so close to original that many Chinjabi/Japjabi lovers might not actually like it. Super Loved the ‘Saturday Lunch special’ here & craving for more. Address & other details: Sakura Meal for 2: Saturday Lunch Special – Rs. 2000+taxes per person – Choose … Continue reading Sakura (Metropolitan Hotel, Bangla Sahib Road, Delhi)

Kyoto – Japanese restaurant and bar (20, Part 2, Sector 15 market, Gurgaon)

In a nutshell: Simple interiors, Japanese style seating in addition to usual restaurant seating, very polite hosts & Japanese food as authentic as it can get in Gurgaon. Adventurous people, hardcore foodies, ‘authentic’ cravers will love it – Chinjabi lovers wud not b very impressed though. Address & other details: Kyoto Meal for 2: Rs. 1500 onwards. Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian Disclaimer: All … Continue reading Kyoto – Japanese restaurant and bar (20, Part 2, Sector 15 market, Gurgaon)

Kylin Premier (Ambience Mall, Nelson Mandela Marg, VasantKunj, New Delhi)

In a nutshell:

We had a really good time with some good Japanese Teppanyaki that however does not qualify as ‘the best I have ever had’ – A Japanese Restaurant in Delhi that has a live Teppanyaki counter, a sushi bar & more with very warm & interactive chefs who create good food from scratch right in front of u.

A general view of the Dining Hall of Kylin Premier Ambience Mall Vasant Kunj Delhi

Address & other details: Kylin Premier

Meal for 2: Rs. 1000 onwards

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:

Situated in Ambience Mall VasantKunj, this restaurant serves Japanese & other oriental cuisines. They also have a ‘Kylin Express’in the same Mall – at the food court.

The Restaurant is very tastefully made. As u enter, u realize that the Restaurant has a dim Lighting with individual lights near tables. Amidst this dim lighting, on the right hand side is a glass box that is illuminated & hence it totally stands out –different types of visually appealing sushis displayed in it. A little further, there is the bar area & then is the restaurant area. Beyond the Restaurant area is the area that appeals to me most in a Japanese Restaurant – Teppanyaki counter (Japanese live grill).

typical teppanyaki set up @ Kylin Premier Ambience Mall Vasant Kunj Delhi

The people in the Restaurant were very warm. I indulged in a little chat with two of the Teppanyaki Chefs. They are Indians but they have worked in Japanese 5 star Restaurants with Famous Japanese Chefs. The constant interaction with the chef as he was making our Dinner right in front of us – it was very interesting & enjoyable.

fried rice in the making on teppan @ Kylin Premier Ambience Mall Vasant Kunj Delhi

For the choice of food we stuck to the Japanese section & avoided the obvious non-Japanese hits like prawn butter garlic etc. We went for two Teppanyaki dishes – one recommended by the Chef as ‘must not miss in Kylin’ – Prawn & the other of our choice – Soy Salmon. New Zealand Lamb Chops & Pork Ribs also feature in ‘Chef’s recommendation’ according to the menu card – But we cud not manage to taste those due to sheer lack of space in our stomach pouches.

Noodles being made on the teppan

As I have mentioned above, the food was very enjoyable though not the best TeppanyakiI have ever had. This however has been one of the best Teppanyaki I have had in Delhi so far.

A view of teppanyaki counter & the background from our table @ Kylin Premier Ambience Mall Vasant Kunj Delhi

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Daikichi (Upper Ground Floor, shop no. 2, JMD Regent Arcade, MG Road, Gurgaon)

In a nutshell:

Japanese restaurant in Gurgaon run by Japanese National , usually full with Japanese expat guests, good service, great food – A must visit for those who have started to appreciate Japanese Cuisine.

the logo

Address & other details: Daikichi

Meal for 2: Rs. 1500 onwards

tuna & salmon sashimi at Daikichi

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:

We saw this tiny Japanese Restaurant in JMD Regent Mall on our way to the Korean Restaurant Tomato in the same mall. Daikichi looked totally different from anything around & absolutely stood apart inspite of its small size. As we peeped in thru the glass, we saw all seats occupied by Japanese expats – a view that made me think for a second that I am in Tokyo. So, decided to pay a visit to Daikichi soon & here we were in a month’s time.

the restaurant

The entrance is quite tricky. There is a traditional curtain at the entrance that was made out of natural fiber ropes. One is supposed to brush it aside before entering – unable to imagine that b4 entering, I walked past & reached the KFC door, only to realize my mistake.
The interiors are not as Japan specific as the exteriors. It cud well have been any other restaurant. However, few posters on the wall with stuff written in Japanese gave a feel. The right side had rows of tables with 4 seats each & on the left were few cubicles with 4 seats each. The dividers of the cubicles were so high that u cud not see the guys in the other cubicle.

the facade of daikichi restaurant

The restaurant has a partially open kitchen & one can easily peep inside the very neat & clean kitchen.

Shrimps in chilli sauce

The 5 page menu card is pictorial with a caveat ‘the photograph is an image & is not necessarily a true representation’. While reading thru the items, in quite a few instances I was zapped & felt as helpless as I wud feel in Hongkong in a traditional restaurant. Though everything is written in English, somewhere some things are not very clear. However, the staff is very quick to help & explain & answer patiently to all questions.

pictorial menu card at Daikichi

The service is great & what makes a difference is that the elderly Japanese Gentleman who owns the place personally comes to meet the guests , does a Namaste, a traditional Japanese bow & does a little conversation in English. His warmth makes one feel like revisiting.

Few things that we usually try in a Japanese place is sushi, sashimi, ramen (Japanese Noodle soup) & of course teppanyaki (where available). This time around we missed out the ramen at Daikichi coz its just too big & almost a meal in itself. Will revisit & keep u all updated.

stir fried pork at Daikichi

The We super loved our sashimi , baked rice & our grill ,liked the prawn in chilli sauce.

This place also serves Japanese style cutlets, skewers, salads, udon noodles etc.

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Food Republic (Cityplaza, Taikoo Shing, Hongkong)

An Indian foodie’s experience at a Specialized Asian Food court in HongKong

In a nutshell:

It’s a great concept place planned perfectly where u can sample food from all Asian countries & different kinds of cuisines within a country as well.

Food Republic – Asian Speciality Food Court at City Plaza Taikoo Shing, Hongkong

Meal for 2: HK$ 80 onwards

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

Description:

I was wandering in City Plaza Mall in Taikoo Shing, Hongkong, when I noticed a huge corner with food stalls. The foodie in me cud not resist & I walked in. I started looking around at the stalls soon to realize that it was a well-planned & nicely laid out food court.

peking duck on display

The Design of the food court was uniform for all stalls – in terms of size, façade, Shop fronts etc. This was quite different than the over-cluttered multicolored multi sized facades of stalls in Food courts in India.

Food Republic at City Plaza

What impressed me was the fact that the Mall Guys have actually planned the renting out of stalls to ensure that all Countries & the cuisines of Asia (sans Indian subcontinent) are represented. The shops included a Japanese open live teppanyaki counter, a Chicken rice counter (Singapore), a Noodle & congee shop, a Japanese wazen shop – what was been sold here looked like a lunch box (bento box), a Vietnam stall with many ‘pho’ dishes – of diff varieties like chicken, duck, beef, seafood etc, a Chinese stir fry, a Thai stall, a traditional rice noodle house, a ‘in-house made’ Japanese udon noodles stall, a Shanghai & Sichuan counter, a Korean counter, a Dimsum house & a shop selling Taiwanese food. There is a dessert shop as well. I guess it will take a month for a person to xplore all the shops & may be 6 months to try all dishes sold at these shops.

Roasted meats on display

The first shop on the right was Bread Talk that we have at Spencer’s Gurgaon. Till I saw this I had no idea that this Bakery shop in Gurgaon was an International Chain.

Bread Talk at Hongkong

I must say – amazing variety, amazing planning & great execution & popularity shows – The Food court is always full at meal time.

Some stalls had almost real looking plastic look-alikes of the food that was on offer.

look-alikes of food on display

Some others had all their real roasted food on display.

Roasted meats on display

In case u r visiting Hongkong & want to have a taste of Hongkong & other Asian Countries, get to this place. I wud not say that the food served here is the best in their respective category but they are surely good.

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