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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)

Konkani Rassa (Palm Beach Road, Besides Croma, Belapur, Navi Mumbai)

Contributed by Guest Blogger Rakesh Kumar In a nutshell: Authentic Konkani food and good value for money Address & other details: Konkani Rassa, Vishnu Society, Shop no. 18, Sector 15, CBD Belapur Meal for 2: Rs. 500 onwards Cuisine Type: Nonvegetarian Description: Post shifting to Navi Mumbai, was always wondering where to find food at par with famous Mumbai joints – Mahesh, Gajalee, Jai Hind…etc. … Continue reading Konkani Rassa (Palm Beach Road, Besides Croma, Belapur, Navi Mumbai)

Dine Esty (Sushant Lok 1, near Park Plaza Complex, Gurgaon)

In a nutshell:

Pretty good Chindian / other Asian food & a very exciting & cool live Teppanyaki station – must experience it.

Address & other details: Dine Esty

Meal for 2: Rs. 1000 onwards

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:

The Chindian (Indianized Chinese food) is tasty & nice but lacks on the authenticity front. For ‘close to authentic Chinese food’ in Gurgaon, YUMMRAJ recommends The Monk, Galaxy Mall. However, if u do not give a damn to authenticity & r willing to dig into anything tasty, Dine Esty is a good choice. Infact its a very good choice for a nice evening out with some good food.

The main dining hall – another view

We have been to Dine esty several times & always had been eating at the Live Japanese Teppanyaki  (Japanese Grill) Counter. This time around we decided to sit in the main dining hall & ordered some Chinese (turned out to be tasty Chinjabi) alacarte section.

starter at Dine Esty

The menu card was almost 10 pages long & really requires a great deal of study by foodies to decide on food. Too many interesting names pop up before the eyes & ity becomes a challenge (in a good way) to narrow down & finalize the order. In the menu card there are sections like soups, dimsums, starters, main course etc like everyone else but all these section in turn have detailed sub sections  – chicken, pork, lamb, vegetarian, duck, fish, crab, seafood. I saw some interesting items like seafood dimsum, crystal dimsum, pork gouza, prawn harkaw (a dimsum that has potato starch as wrapper) – I fondly remembered harkaw that we had at Royal china. To summarize, every Chinese place has sections but this one was in great details.

 The interior has three sections – a lounge & bar setting on the left (as u enter) & this is covered by a see-through wooden partition. Then there is the Main dining Hall with Restaurant setting & at the end is the Live Teppanyaki counter where u can sit on the counter & njoy seeing the food being prepared in front of u. A chat with the chef is also an interesting option. Getting the food made with ur choice of sauces is surely another option.

The lounge & bar setting behind the wood partition

The Japanese concept of teppanyaki is very cool though – it is essentially a flat Metal plate (say 1meter by 2 meters) that is heated at all times. The customers have the option to sit around this hot plate & the Chef stir fries veggies / fish / meats in front of u & serves fresh out of the Teppan.

Stir frying on the teppan right in front of the customer seats – u see the cooking right infront of u

Inspite of the fact that the sauces here r tweaked to cater to Indian tastes – the overall taste is very enjoyable. ………….. Infact not too many people might b able to appreciate the 100% original taste the way it is served in Japan or China. I Do love the original though & do not mind the tweaked versions at times.

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Bohemian (32/4 Old Ballygunge1st lane, Kolkata: off Ballygunge Phari crossing – towards Bondel Gate)

Very unique & really interesting Continental Cuisine inspired by food of Bengal

Address & other detailsBohemian

Bohemian – As it looks like, from across the road

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

A small Visual window on top of the restaurant

Meal for 2: Rs. 750 onwards

Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:

In case u have been to the link above, u wud have figured out that Chef Joy, the owner, Chief Chef & conceptualizer of the restaurant calls it – contemporary Bengali cuisine & I have called it continental cuisine inspired by Bengal. Read more about this debate & about Chef Joy’s interaction with us in the detailed description.

If we keep aside the birth credentials of this food, it is good food & appeals to the taste buds & worth a second, third & so on….visit.

The Chilli pickle & cheese baked crab with Kolmi greens was mind-blowing – one of the best oriental flavors of crab I have ever had, mutton & cherry tomato skewers was a superb concept – slightly suboptimal in execution, stir fried prawns with muddled grapes was awesome, Pork Vindaloo & Royal Bengal mutton with bhuna sauce & mashed potatoes was good. The desserts were out of the world – Gondhoraj soufflé, Spiced mango soufflé & Mustard & tender coconut mousse.

……….. a must try

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Zambar (South Indian Nonvegetarian – Ambience Mall Gurgaon)

In a nutshell:

Pretty cool south Indian non vegetarian restaurant (veg also available)

Address & other details: Zambar

Meal for 2: Rs. 600 onwards

Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:

The interiors of this restaurant look like a traditional Kerala houseboat……food is pretty cool, serving staff is OK OK……. moody, inconsistent, sometimes very sweet, very cold at other times.

Food is good specially the non veg platter & sea food platter. Rest we found Ok Ok. Few people have written in reviews in diff food sites (tripadvisor & Zomato) that they have fallen unwell after eating veg food here. We have eaten Nonvegetarian few times – Never had any health issues. Just thought wud let u guys know.

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Swagath – Mangalorean Seafood Specialist (Sector 29 Gurgaon, besides Bikanerwala & defence colony market, Delhi)

Contributed by carnivorous YUMMRAJ & Herbivorous Guest Blogger KRISHNA DORAI

In a nutshell:

Awesome place for some unique & excellent Mangalorean seafood & other South Indian Nonvegetarian cuisines – Also serve very good Vegetarian food

Restaurant website for menucard & other details: Swagath

Cuisine type: Predominantly Nonvegetarian but quite a few very good Vegetarian options as well.

Meal for 2: Rs. 600 onwards

Swagath Dining hall

Carnivorous YUMMRAJ says –

Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:

Though they serve Punjabi, Chinjabi, miscellaneous cuisines, they excel & specialize in Mangalorean Seafood – Rarely served by many others. One of the best in Town or rather the best. Chettinad & Malabari food is also very good here.

Lady fish & Bombil fry are dishes that we order even before the menu card arrives – They are that good & u never get bored of eatin the same stuff. Then there is a long list of fishes, prawns, crabs, squids & multiple cooking options in them. U r spoilt for choice & the food is unique & cool.

U have to mention in case u want ur dish to be less spicy / hot coz some of the curries might bother u otherwise. The staff is very helpful & overall the restaurant is quite a no frills place. …….. Not too costly as well …….. good place to go for a non veg dinner on budget days & also otherwise.

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