Neung Roi (Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi, National Highway 8, Near IGI Airport, Mahipalpur, New Delhi)

In a nutshell: One of the best Thai food I have had in Delhi NCR so far, way beyond the usual red curry, green curry & tom yam. Address & other details: Neung Roi, Radisson Blu. 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 … Continue reading Neung Roi (Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi, National Highway 8, Near IGI Airport, Mahipalpur, New Delhi)

Drift (Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon)

In a nutshell: A multi-cuisine restaurant serving some good but not great Asian, the best Kashmiri food in town, very good North Indian & pretty average American food – a selection from different specialty restaurants of the Old World Hospitality group that runs All American Diner, Chor Bizarre, Oriental Octopus etc. Address & other details: Drift Meal for 2: Rs. 800 onwards Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian … Continue reading Drift (Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon)

The Spice Route (The Imperial, Janpath, near CP, New Delhi)

In a nutshell: A Jaw dropping concept restaurant that took 7 years to make, immensely beautiful interiors with antiques & intricate traditional painting on the walls by artisans from faraway lands, excellent staff, a great place to spend an evening with some good to great (but not exotic) food at 5 star prices. Address & other details:The Spice Route Meal for 2: Rs. 4000 onwards … Continue reading The Spice Route (The Imperial, Janpath, near CP, New Delhi)

Oriental blossom (Optus Sarovar Premiere, 43-47, City Centre, Sector 29, Gurgaon)

In a nutshell: An understated presence of the restaurant (from outside), a cheap looking colored hoarding outside the building contrasts with a stunningly beautiful interior. Great place for enjoying some good Oriental food in a nice ambience. Address & other details: Oriental Blossom Meal for 2: Rs. 1200 onwards Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited … Continue reading Oriental blossom (Optus Sarovar Premiere, 43-47, City Centre, Sector 29, Gurgaon)

Blue Elephant – Restaurant & Cooking School, 233 South Sathorn Road, Kwaeng Yannawa, Khet Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand

In a nutshell:

An experience beyond imagination that wud leave foodies with an unforgettable memory – Cook ur own food at a restaurant after being taught the same by the Masterchef.

facade of Blue Elephant Restaurant
facade of Blue Elephant Restaurant

Address & other details: Blue Elephant

Address
Address

Description:

I walked into this place as a part of ‘surprise evening’ with a group of friends, only to realize that for the foodie in me it was beyond just surprise. We were at a top restaurant in Bangkok which serves super YUMM Thai food & is so famous that they sell their memorabilia – tee shirts, ‘blue elephant’ shaped piggy banks, candle stands etc & I was told people buy them as well. Thai Sauces, curry mixes etc were also being sold under the Blue Elephant Brand.

They have had famous people from around the world eat at their Restaurant including the senior George Bush – they had a picture of that event on the wall.

A guest presenting what he prepared
A guest presenting what he prepared

What differentiates them from the rest is that they impart classes to the guests on how to prepare a multi course Thai lunch or dinner post which the guests can enjoy the meal. Of course one can just walk in, order, eat & leave as well, like in all other restaurants.
For enrolling into the cooking class, one has to seek pre appointment. Post successful completion of the course they award ‘certificates’ as well. They give a ‘blue Elephant’ branded apron during the class which one can take back home as a memory.

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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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Homemade Thai Green Curry

This is a part of the series ……. For the Chef in u

Contributed by YUMMRAJ’s favourite Chef ANONYMOUS

Super easy to make & Super good to eat……………

Home made Thai Green Curry – with fish

Thai Green curry had always been a mystery to me. I wud have eaten this dish in at least 10 different Restaurants in the last two years. Infact, I have at times tend to rate restaurants in my mind on the basis of Thai Green curry!!!!

This eating around of Thai Green Curry continued till I accidentally stumbled upon a Cookery Show on TLC. I found that making this curry from scratch was less complicated than it seems. So recipe hunting started & so did my experiments in the kitchen.

Here is my version of the Thai Green curry with ingredients that r easily available in Delhi.

For the Green curry all that is needed is a paste. The following ingredients are needed to make the paste.

Take 3 lemon grass stock. Clean, remove outer layers & cut them into small pieces.

Cleaned lemon grass stock

Add thumb size Thai Ginger(Galangal).

Thai Ginger – Galangal

Two Kaffir lime leaves

Kaffir lime leaves & Galangal

Take 1 cup coriander leaves & ¼ cup fresh Basil leaves.

2 teaspoon dhania (coriander) powder, 1 teaspoon jeera (cumin) powder, 1 teaspoon brown sugar (use normal sugar as substitute), 2 tablespoon fish sauce & 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 5 fresh green chillies, 2 large cloves of garlic, 1 small onion.

Rest of the ingredients – garlic, cumin, corainder, brown sugar, green chillies, fish sauce, soy sauce

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Republic of Noodles (Located in Lemon Tree Hotels – Goa, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Gurgaon, Aurangabad)

In a nutshell:

Very enjoyable Asian Cuisine with a good variety, cool ambience & good Hospitality

Cool ambience at The Republic of Noodles Restaurant, Lemon Tree Aurangabad

Address & Other Details: Lemon Tree Hotels

Meal for 2: Rs 1000 onwards

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

Short Description – In case u r in a Hurry:

Though we have stayed in Gurgaon for many years now, we have not been to the Gurgaon or Delhi Lemon Tree Hotels. Our first brush with Lemon tree was at Aurangabad & this is where we saw a board that mentioned ‘winner of Times Food Guide Best Asian Food’ award. I was surprised. Times Food Guide in Aurangabad?? Checked with the Hotel Lobby & then came the story – The Delhi chapter had won the Times Food guide award twice. Since the menu & recipe is same across all the Republic of Noodles restaurants, they had put up such an advertisement.

Nonetheless we decided to give it a try & we were not at all dissappointed. Infact we loved the experience at this place.

Top view of poolside restaurant & open kitchen

The Restaurant at the Aurangabad property is pool-side. So the ambience was very good. Though there is a little bit of electric lighting in the corner, the real light for the dining table is just a candle – So even without planning for a ‘candlelight dinner’ u inadvertently end up in one.

the dining plates

The kitchen was an open kitchen on the poolside. One can go & take a peek at whats cooking. The service was reasonably on time & the guys serving were quite warm & knowledgeable.

We went for the dishes which showed up as Chef’s recommendation in the menu card. Loved the food. Honestly it was much better than my expectations. I cannot vouch that the dishes were 100% authentic but they were really good to taste.

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