Everything Tastes so Divine – The Wine Company, Gurgaon

FullSizeRender_3A meal well enjoyed with wine and some music to groove along Is what The Wine Company brings to you. Located at a convenient entry of the most happening places in Gurgaon i.e. Cyber Hub, The Wine Company has the outdoor as well as indoor seatings for their guests. An ideal al fresco wine bar having a long queue of crowds as well as loyal patrons, it has a wonderful interior with wooden barrels as tables along with high chairs. With the perfect balance of wines with their lovely appetizers, The Wine Company makes sure that the guests enjoy their meals and drinks to the fullest. With the wolf down pizzas to romantic pastas and risottos, The Wine Company has all in store to go with your wines. Boasting more than 120 labels, they have a tuck shop which allows the guests to choose the wine and get it served on their tables.

Carari roti

Carari roti

Kitchen Pops was obliged for being invited and to get a chance to experience the wonderful place with its specially booked corner table inside. The interesting choice of songs was a cherry on the cake. Well greeted by the manager, we were helped with the menus and were suggested to try their special fest of wine tasting. The breath-taker was their “Carari Roti” (INR 125) which was served to us to start our brilliant food journey @ The Wine Company. Served on a big plate and of huge size seemed to be like a vessel shaped upside down roomali roti which was fried or was like a huge papad. When asked the steward, he helped us understand that yes, it was something similar to the dough of roomali roti as it was made of corn flour and sprinkled with parsley, chili powder and Chaat masala along with butter.

While munching the tasty carari roti, we browsed through the menu and found about their wide variety of choices for guests to order and share across and fall in love with their wines once again. Wine Flights (INR 945)- We were then delighted by the 4 glasses of different wines spread on a piece of a paper describing the details about them. It said:

Wine Flights

Wine Flights

  • Royance Lady Semillion – Shiny & pale gold dress. A delicate nose with aromas of tropical fruit and citrus. On the palate it is elegant, round, fruity, slightly sweet and a mineral touch to finish.
  • Royance King Bordeaux – With its beautiful ruby red color and a sensual nose of strawberry, this wine is very elegant and well structured in the mouth with supple tannins.
  • Pettirojo Sauvignon Blanc – Light yellow with a lightly golden tone, this Sauvignon Blanc o­ers aromas of tropical and citrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit. The medium-bodied palate is refreshing and crisp with herbal notes and a pleasing Nish.
  • Pettirojo Cabernet Sauvignon – Intense ruby red, this Cabernet Sauvignon o­ers red fruit aromas along with spices, chocolate, turmeric, black pepper, and black currant. The deep and delicate palate reveals a predominance of fruit such as blueberries and plum jam. The tannins are soft and enveloping, and the Nish is long and pleasing.

Our personal favorite is the Royance Lady Semillion, which is a white wine. Along with these wines, we were served some great salads, cheese platter, followed by pizzas, pastas, risotto and the lip-smacking desserts.

The cheese platter was so attractive with the colorful cheese, pine nuts and cherry tomatoes. Next to our table was grilled pesto mushrooms with pine nuts and goat cheese (INR 290). The mushrooms were well cooked and had a perfect flavor of the cheese and nuts which were stuffed. A flawless dish for mushroom lovers to go along with your drinks.

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Cheese Platter

Bread is one food that everyone loves in India and have them in their daily meals. To make us have the best experience, we were then presented with Bruchetta Platter (INR 325) – whipped cheese with asparagus, olives, tomatoes and feta cheese, goat cheese with sun-dried tomatoes and balsamic reduction. We are not the real lovers of bruchetta but these ones changed our feelings and made us fall in love with their different toppings fresh and tasty bruchettas. When the bread served with such a different toppings, the love for them increases many folds. Along with these bruchettas, we were served the tomatoes with cheese toppings. Cheese is said to be one of the best accompaniments for the wine as it helps you to clear your palate when you switch the wines from one to another.

Moving on to the main course after our wonderful wine tasting along with their luscious appetizers and salads, we opted to stick to Fruit Sangrias along with the pizza and pasta. We started our main course journey with half-half of two vegetarian pizzas:

  • Bell peppers, caramalized onion, mushroom and scarmorza (INR 385) and
  • Jalapeno, olive, red onion, arugula and feta cheese (INR 385)

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    Pizzas

If you haven’t tasted the pizzas of The Wine Company, you are deifinitely missing out on something really really scrumptious with their special thick cheese and marinara flavours. Our personal favourite out of the two was the Bell peppers, caramalized onion, mushroom and scarmorza pizza. The pizzas were nicely cooked and were thin crust pizzas. The flavours of the food was clearly indicating the mastery of the chef. Truly amazing!

To make us fall in love once again with the place, we were offered the Vegetarian Penne mix sauce pasta along with Crispy Garlic Risotto. The pasta had more of the tomato sauce and was perfectly seared penne pasta with the flavours of rosemary and cheese. You gonna fall in love with it if you are a fan of pasta not much of veggies into it. However, the crispy garlic risotto had a strong falvour of garlic along with crispy onions, sun dried tomatoes and creamy sauce.

Crispy Garlic Risotto

Crispy Garlic Risotto

Kitchen Pops recommends you to try:

  • Carari Roti – exclusive and unique
  • Fruit red and white wine Sangrias
  • Crispy Garlic Risotto
  • Yummylicious Pizzas

We ended the food journey of appetizing meal after 2 hours of enjoying, we winded it up with 2 desserts. Kitchen Pops highly recommend you to experience this place with their magnificent wines and food served with love under a canopy with perfect lighting and ambience.

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Recipes with a click of a button—Chef Watson App

IMG_5894Kitchen Pops was invited to be part of the IBM Analytics Forum. Executive Chef Kedar Bobde from Hyatt Regency created scrumptious recipes with the help of Chef Watson app that were more palatable to Indian taste. He presented us with two recipes, catering, vegetarian and non-vegetarian—Jackfruit Salad and Salmon Roll.

We at Kitchen Pops are happy to share the recipe of Jackfruit Salad with Vinaigrette dressing and Jackfruit Salad with Turmeric dressing, an innovative team work by Chef Watson App and Chef Kedar Bobde.

IMG_5896We know you must be wondering what’s this app all about. To be honest this is an evolution of computing designed by IBM.Watson is big in healthcare industry, finance industry, retail industry and now food industry.There are approximately 9,000 recipes inbuilt in the Chef Watson app.Unlike search engines, this app engages and analyzes thousands of recipes based on ingredients and complex dishesto reproduce new recipes.It is based on Hedonic Perception Theory in which fusion of flavours will act differently on peoples’ palate.New recipes are concocted with the help of IBM’s cloud-based cognitive cooking system referring to peoples’ taste, chemical reaction of ingredients and presentation.Chef Watson app has made impossible possible to challenge the imagination and rationalism of human mind.Wow!This sounds so sci-fi, but believe it or not—Chef Watson exists.

But do you know why IBM loves food?Because cooking food is not only an art, but has science behind it.There goes a lot behind cooking, especially in the field of neural science and chemistry.IBM took one step further to explore the machine to think, create and ideate with problem solving techniques.This app has helped numerous professional chefs in past year in pursuit to create best possible recipes with the combination of human brain and machine.A grade higher for chefs to come out the comfort zone to try out new recipes with novel techniques.IMG_5904

Even for professionals who have no time to get groceries can manage well with limited ingredients with the help of Chef Watson.All you have to do is choose the style of cooking and Chef Watson will take you through ingredients needed for the dish and how to go about it.

Chef Watson on your fingertips, here are the easy and quick steps to follow:

  • Pick the ingredients
  • Select what can be avoided
  • Choose the method of cooking
  • Choose the style of cooking

Jackfruit Salad with Vinaigrette dressing

Ingredients

Salad

  • 20 gms Rocket Leaves
  • 20 gms Romaine heart
  • 20 gms Micro greens
  • 100 gms Raw Jackfruit
  • 5 ml Olive oil

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  • 5 gms Coriander powder
  • 5 gms Fennel seed
  • 5 gms Mustard seed
  • 5 gms Fenugreek                      
  • 10 gms Cumin powder
  • 10 gms Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste

Vinaigrette dressing

  • 10 ml Red wine vinegar
  • 5 gms Dijon mustard
  • 30 ml Olive oil
  • 5 ml Lemon juice
  • Salt                                                  
  • 5 gms Black pepper

Method                

  • To prepare Achari marination – Mixed all above ingredients roast and grind it and keep aside.
  • To prepare Vinaigrette dressing – For vinaigrette dressings mixed above ingredients together and check seasoning and keep aside.
  • To prepare Salad – Cut the jack fruit lengthwise and marinate and keep aside for atleast 6 hours. After that preheat oven for 180c and roast jackfruit in oven till golden brown color.
  • Final mix – Take a mixing bowl, add mixed lettuce, jackfruit and 2 tablespoons of Vinaigrette dressing, salt, pepper and mixed.
  • Arrange the salad on the plate.
  • Garnish with roasted Fennel seeds and roasted Kalongi
  • Drizzle some olive oil on top and serve!

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Jackfruit Salad with Turmeric dressing

Ingredients

Salad

  • 20 gms Rocket Leaves
  • 20 gms Romaine heart
  • 20 gms Micro greens
  • 100 gms Raw Jackfruit
  • 5 ml Olive oil

Achaari marination

  • 5 gms Coriander powder
  • 5 gms Fennel seed
  • 5 gms Mustard seed
  • 5 gms Fenugreek
  • 10 gms Cumin powder
  • 10 gms Turmeric powder
  • Salt

Turmeric Vinaigrette dressing

  • 30 gms Fresh turmericIMG_5922
  • 10 ml Red wine vinegar
  • 5 gms Dijon mustard
  • 30 ml Olive oil
  • 5 ml Lemon juice
  • Salt          
  • 5 gms Black pepper

Method

  • To prepare Achari marination – Mixed all above ingredients roast and grind it and keep aside.
  • To prepare fresh Turmeric dressing – For fresh turmeric dressings mixed above ingredients together and check seasoning and keep aside.
  • To prepare Salad – Cut the jack fruit lengthwise and marinate and keep aside for at least Six hours. After that preheat oven for 180c and roast jackfruit in oven till golden brown color.
  • Final mix – assemble mixed lettuce in mixing bowl, add 2 tablespoons of turmeric dressing, salt and pepper and mixed. Arrange the salad on the plate, and arrange roast jackfruit on top of the lettuce.
  • Garnish with roasted Fennel seeds and roasted Kalongi
  • Drizzle some chili oil on top.
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As the world shrinks, our palate is turning into a global fusion. We can cook and decide limitless recipes offered on our phones to find the right blend. Chef Watson is here to stay!

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The Love for Kitchen at The Kitchen District, Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon

IMG_8930Welcome to a place could not have been with a windy breeze and a great smile on the faces. The grand place well represented by the Manager and the Chef Shenthil, it was a great time spent in The Kitchen District, Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon. Located on the Gurgaon- Manesar border, just after the toll, Hyatt Regency treats their guests to a profusion of Indian Coastals, Eastern as well as Mediterranean delights from their 7000 sq. ft room kitchen.

A perfect place with comfortable seatings with two private dining sections and a chef’s live table as well, Kitchen District is a place with its extended attachment to The Long Bar which boasts a 60 ft long bar table. Kitchen District also possesses a communal table with the concept for the individual guests who can sit, have their wines and interact with new people. Talking about the food kitchens, the place has separate kitchens like the Japanese Kitchen, Indian Kitchen, Western as well as Italian Kitchen.

???????????????????????????????We took the table just adjacent to the entry to The Long Bar and were greeted well by Chef Senthil, who heads the Indian Kitchen at Kitchen District. He is the versatile mind in the conceptualizing of the restaurant with the experience of 17 years working across the World in Hyatt properties. The chef enlightened us that the kitchen uses fresh seasonal ingredients from their local and international markets. The cooking methods include grilling, stir-frying or baking, etc. The special dishes introduced by him in the menu was the authentic Indian flavors and dishes like Kai Kari Korma and Kal Dosa which are gaining popularity amongst foodies.

Our food journey begins with the Citrus Cooler mocktail to go with the amazing rainy day. Along with the beverage, we were served the Tomato Bruchetta.

Citrus Cooler with Bruchetta

Citrus Cooler with Bruchetta

Next came the salads and appetizers: Burrata with cherry tomatoes & Basil; Melted Goat cheese, eggplant, tomato, herb salad and Nonya Salad – vegetables, sweet chili sauce. The Burrata was an amazing cheese served along with cherry tomatoes and with the flavor of basil. While the melted goat cheese and eggplant salad was something very exclusive and different. It had the wonderfully done herb salad, which was served on the eggplant with goat cheese. Our personal favorite of these was Nonya Salad which was sweet as well as sour in its taste. With the veggies cut in small pieces and served with the dressing of sweet chili sauce, it was a refreshing salad you will love before you go to your main course.

Our culinary journey took a step ahead when we were served the Lentil Soup, Orzo Pasta, Vegetables,  served in a very authentic and Indian style, this was a Dal shorba served along with a roti. The taste was enhanced with the orzo pasta and the veggies added to the soup. The totally different was the soup Veg Laksa, a soup with a flavor of coconut milk, curry leaves, turmeric, lemon grass and vegetables.

???????????????????????????????Up next was Vegetarian Yakitori – served on a live griller and a mix of shiitake mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini and bell peppers. We are a fan of veggies and salads and when served in such an innovative way, we loved it more. A dish which was unknown to our palate and now tops our wishlist is their Spinach Pide. Seems like a pizza, but lot more yummy than it, Spinach pide is a mix of spinach, cottage cheese and cheese baked in a bread and served hot. Next to tempt us were the Zucchini Fritters with Cheese Dip. For the ones who loved pakoras but with a continental touch is what these fritters are. Crispy yet soft from inside, keeping the flavor of zucchini intact, this dish was a total hit!

Innovation is what Kitchen District has in store for you and that’s what made them come up with another innovative delightful dish Mushroom Wantons. Served on a bed of soya sauce and flavors from the China, these wantons are stuffed well for the mushroom lovers to have the flavor of mushrooms in all together a different way. It’s a personal favorite of Kitchen Pops.

Next to our table was an entry by the famous and chef’s special Kai Kari Korma and Kal Dosa. From the ancient times of south, Chef Shenthil innovated and introduced this dish to Kitchen District’s menu. Wonderful flavour of coconut and veggies in the kari served along with a different type of dosa cum uttapam is what this was. A must try for south Indian food lovers.IMG_8933

Being stuffed badly, we requested the chef to now close down the main course menu for us and to allow us to browse through their Interactive dessert counter. Where we were not able to help ourselves from drooling over the Tiramisu; Lemon Mousse Coconut Dequire; Chocolate Mousse and Strawberry Eton Mess. A perfect place for food lovers and especially the mouth watering desserts. Looking back at the good time spent in this place, we recommend The Kitchen District to spend quality time with your loved ones with prompt service and a happy atmosphere.

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Different strokes for different folks at Kurries & Burries

K&B ShortNot so far from the station, and pretty much central via roadways. Kurries and Burries, is a one of a kind café that serves Mex–Asian cuisine. It’s a dream venture of the Todi family. The recipes were created by Archana Todi, and the research took over a year to get the recipes right. The café is clear with their target audience: students, families and professionals. As their brand mascot suggests, ‘Mex-Asian on the move’! They serve most of their dishes in a disposable container, which can be re-heated in the microwave. The packaging is apt for corporate pickups. They also deliver, anywhere between Narimon Point and Mahalaxmi Temple. 

Mango Mocktail

Mango Mocktail

Kitchen Pops started with the Mango Mocktail, as an in-house drink. The specialty behind this elixir is that they use fresh mango pulp without preservatives.  We would say that we have just begun our journey with some delicious recipes on our way, which were solely inspired from an in-house family-cum-chef, Archana Todi. The next dish we tried was, Mexican soup. If you like your soup spicy and creamy, this fusion will work best for you. Don’t miss out on their in-house 3 Layered Sandwich; this sandwich has all the flavors that will tickle your palate, as they call it Baap of sandwiches

In starters, we tried Taquitos, Kung Pao Potatoes and Crackling Spinach with Paneer. Believe us, it’s so good that we can’t decide what to go for first! Taquitos are cone shaped Tortillas filled with creamy cheese and Mexican fillings. Its unique presentation sets it apart from the rest of the dishes. Kung Pao Potatoes are a lot spicier and yummier than the original recipe. It’s their signature in-house dish, must try! The easiest trick to find out if the recipe is well done is to try certain dishes that tell you the story. Crackling Spinach with Paneer will definitely tell you a story of perfection. You can actually feel the crackling sound as you chew the soft paneer with crispy spinach. 

In the main course, we choose to go with their signature dish Mexican Mex-wich.It’s strictly served hot, as the flavors blend well with your taste. The hard work and creativity shows in the process it is made. It’s both grilled and fried, with a thick layer of cheese sauce topped with salsa sour and Mexican sauce. It’s like heaven and earth combined together. And, definitely tops the list for Kitchen Pops. The next four dishes we tried were Asian: Coconut Cream Gravy, Red Thai Curry, Burmese Khau Suey and Pad Thai Noodles. Coconut was the main ingredient in all the four recipes.

Three Layered Sandwich

Three Layered Sandwich

Kitchen Pops fell in love with the Coconut Cream Gravy, which was their Jain specialty. In Burmese Khau Suey, they have mixed all the ingredients together with noodles, except the gravy for the customers having it on the go. For curries, you don’t have to worry. You have two options: The Red Thai Curry is medium spicy, whereas, the Green Thai Curry is spicy. If you want to try out something new, then definitely go for Pad Thai Noodles. It’s creamy and spicy—a simple combination of sweet, salty and sour flavors. 

And now, last but not least, we have the king of all desserts and Kitchen Pops favorite, Taco Mousse. Cacao Mousse with grated chocolate, edible stars, dragées and Choco chips are served in a hard Taco shell. 

Their regular customers actually complement them for keeping the dishes close to home cooked food. Moreover, their ingredients are made in-house. Apart from friendly service, they are always keen to know their customers’ need and try to keep up with it. And, the most important factor is that it’s budget friendly and serves good enough quantity that can feed 1-2 persons. Two people can have their meal in just Rs. 400. They also carry student discounts from Monday to Friday, between 12.15pm – 7pm. 

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Taco Mousse

Kurries and Burries have a special burrito challenge going on. The idea behind The Big Daddy Burrito Challenge is to add some spice for the vegetarian foodies. This concept is common in foreign countries, but restricted to meat eaters. Above all they serve 90% Jain food and give the same treatment to Jain recipes. Check out for more details about The Big Daddy Burrito Challenge bellow: 

BIG DADDY BURRITO (BDB) CHALLENGE GUIDELINES 

  1. You have to eat, chew & swallow, by yourself all the burrito (16”), salsa, sour cream, wafers, and Pepsi Pet bottle that is presented in front of you at the table
  2. You cannot leave the table during the challenge
  3. The Big Daddy Burrito Challenge is available in house only
  4. There is something in it for everyone
  5. Beat the latest best record: BDB Free + 50% off on the next bill
  6. Complete within 8 mins: BDB Free + 75% off on the next bill
  7. Complete within 15 mins: BDB Free
  8. Complete in 15 mins: We pay 50% of the BDB for you
  9. Referrer: Dessert Free
  10. Incase you can’t finish it you pay for the BDB 

Join them as they have something in it for everyone.

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Treat your tastebuds with Australian Eagle Boys Pizza

Packaging @ Eagle Boys PizzaWith the aim of tasting and reviewing the Eagle Boys Pizzas, Kitchen Pops was invited to Sterling Cinema, which is a place surrounded by many corporate offices in the old British premises. Before, we go ahead with what all we relished, we want to take you back to the memory lane at the inception of this Australian treat. In late 90s, a small pizza store was open for business in Albury, New South Wales. In no time it grew into one of Australia’s second largest Pizza makers, creating job opportunities for more than 8,000 members nationally. 

Veg Mexicana & Country style Pizza

Veg Mexicana & Country style Pizza

It is no surprise that they have launched, Eagle Boys Pizza in India. For them, India is a huge market. Their first pizza store was recently launched as a medium size joint shared with other eateries , inside the Sterling Cinema, Mumbai on 19th December, 2014. And now, they are soon going to launch their pizza store in Oshiwara, Andheri West. 

Spicy Garlic Scroll

Spicy Garlic Scroll

Kitchen Pops was keen to know how good are they in side dishes! And to our surprise, they proved us wrong. Usually, the pizza stores in India are only focused on pizzas and neglect the other important food components that compliment pizza with drinks. Especially, the sides! We recommend that you do not miss the Spicy Garlic Scroll—it’s hot, cheesy and spicy! For non-pizza lovers, don’t be disheartened. Eagle Boys Pizza serves delicious pastas that will make your tummy smile. Although, they offer limited pasta options, but we say lesser is better. So, do not hesitate if you are in no mood to have bread and not the pizza as some of their dishes are tailored according to the Indian palate. 

We just hate the idea of aerated drinks on its own, when you have better ways to drink it. You must try their mocktails, Exotic Flavoured for the people who love stron berry flavours and Green Apple Mojito, uf you prefer drinking something on a milder side. 

BBQ Chicken & Spicy Chicken Pizza

BBQ Chicken & Spicy Chicken Pizza

We were made to taste some wide varieties in pizzas, from Country Style to Veg Mexicana in vegetarian and from BBQ Chicken to Spicy Chicken served in a deep dish. All we could think of, when we recall the flavors of Eagle Boys Pizza, it is the soft, deep dish layered with crunchy vegetables and melting in mouth chicken. Kitchen Pops highly recommends Veg Mexicana and BBQ Chicken. They make the dough in their kitchen and don’t call for it from elsewhere and to go with it, they prefer mozzarella over cheese paste. 

A special care is taken to keep the place clean and hygienic according to international standards. And the best part is that the customer can see how the pizza is made in front of them. The stewards are helpful and aware of what the customer is looking for! 

What really stands out about this outlet is that the movie-goers can take the pizza inside the cinema theatre!

Kitchen Pops believes that the experience of a good movie is incomplete without a perfect treat. Yes, treat, our final and the best pizza that you can imagine—Triple Chocolate Pizza. This is one of those dishes, you can’t miss in life!

Triple Chocolate Pizza

Triple Chocolate Pizza

Eagle Boys Pizza has some brilliant offers going on. If you’re a cricket fan, don’t miss out on the 50% off on everything you order, when India wins. They also have happy hours from 12pm to 5pm on limited options, and on delivery they have Rs 299 off on certain dishes. What are you waiting for?

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Savor the moment—Wine tasting @ Mumbai

IMG_6184Little did we know that India has some exceptional wines to offer. Kitchen Pops was invited to Trinity Vintners’ wine tasting event at D’wine in Khar, Mumbai, hosted by Ashwin Deo, founder and owner of Trinity Vintners. He is India’s leading F&B professional with 27 years of experience in the alcohol beverage industry. Marc Dworkin, consultant winemaker for Trinity Vintners, was thrilled to illuminate us with his knowledge about wines. Marc imparted his wine tasting trick— you must always have a slice of bread while you sip on to wine during the tasting.

Marc Dworkin

Marc Dworkin

Marc, strictly says no to spice, but with red wine you can savor it. He says, “Red wine compliment spicy food in a way it creates a balanced flavor in your mouth.”Marc has visited India from past couple of years due to his involvement in making sure the wine imprints a good feeling on to us. He believes that the client is the king and no wine is a bad wine. People enjoy it because it suits their palate. 

According to Ashwin Deo, his motive is to change his audience’s mood with his wide range of wines. Turning Point Sangrias is one of a kind drink available in two flavors—Metropolitan and Nashik Mule, served in attractive bottles of 330ML. Metropolitan is a combination of red wine with fruit flavors of orange and cranberry and in Nashik Mule, white wine with fruit flavors of orange and ginger ale. These Sangrias are designed for consumers to induce them to have fun with the bottle. Ashwin wants to ‘renew, reinvent and repurpose’ the intake of wines. He made Turning Point wines simple and accessible to young people. The MRP of these Sangrias is Rs.135/- only competing with a set of premium beers and breezers. “Sangria has, over the last few years become the largest selling cocktail in the country with all the leading hotels and bars serving them by pitchers! It is this trend that has been captured in a 330ML bottle by Turning Point Wines!!“, says Ashwin Deo.

Ashwin Deo

Ashwin Deo

Turning Point Sangrias is a must have for anybody who believes in the concept of YOLO (you only live once). Don’t find an occasion to drink wine, have the wine anyways. All you need to do is push the sliced fruits into the bottle and slurp it on a happy day. 

Ashwin Deo is a non-believer of matching his food with type of wine. A wine is all about mood. Although, for those who still want to follow the traditional way of having wine, you must eat less and enjoy your drink more. It is about ‘wine & mood’, rather than wine & food. 

Kitchen Pops thinks highly of Turning Point Sangrias with a completely new concept of having wine straight from the bottle. The good news is that Turning Point and JLT ranges of wines are available in over 300 outlets across Mumbai and also available in Pune, Nagpur, Punjab, Delhi, Bangalore, Pondicherry and Calcutta. So grab your bottle now!

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Variety is the spice of life with Holachef!

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Ajwain Fish, Dal fry and rice

Holachef, a unique venture that caters from Bhandup to Andheri to residents and offices around the vicinity. An online restaurant which is based on cloud. Sounds interesting, isn’t it? Holachef offers a wide range of dishes from Mexican to Middle-Eastern and from Kashmiri to Chettinad. They maintain the standard of ingredients used in the dishes.

The variety of food can be ordered by simply logging onto their website. However, Kitchen Pops observed and found this dynamic website a bit out of place when it comes to deciding the recipes. Foodie like us needs to keep refreshing the page again and again as the listed dishes usually ends up in the sold out section in few seconds, which makes the user feel on the edge. It gives very little time for users to decide over a meal and order asap. 

Although, to talk about the food, it is fresh and delicious. We decided to choose a few chefs from Holachef based on their ratings and how many dishes served. And we short-listed the chefs and dishes we wanted to taste and review. They have carefully hand picked chefs who have either been in the industry in some way or the other or have gained knowledge from their ancestors to reproduce traditional dishes from within their family. All you would find on Holachef are passionate about cooking and serving the best. 

Creamy broccolli and spinach soup, Sesame potatoes and Paneer Chilli Fry1

Creamy broccolli and spinach soup, Sesame potatoes and Paneer Chilli Fry1

Kitchen Pops selection: 

  • Shivani Grrover – Arbi Lababdar with Parathas, Chana Chaat, Kadhi Pakoda and Rice
  • Aditi – Orange Lemonade; Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Soup
  • Radhika Khanna – Grilled Chicken and Artichoke
  • Chef Nidhi Sharma – Organic Cold Pressed Watermelon and Mint Cooler
  • Chef Suryaveer Singh Bhuller – Ajwain Fish with Rice and Dal Tadka; Sesame Potatoes; Paneer Chili
  • Indrani Dey – Walnut Brownie 

Shivani Grover has a 4 star rating on Holachef, and there is no denying in her cooking skills. We definitely recommend Arbi Lababdar and  Kadhi Pakoda. The tingling taste of Arbi Lababdar will unfurl the ingredients in your mouth. It tastes best with Paranthas. Another excellent dish by Shivani was the Kadhi Pakoda with balanced spices. Shivani used khada masalas in the Kadhi, which made it distinct from the rest. Best served with Rice. 

Orange lemonade

Orange lemonade

Aditi, is another 4 star chef who has excelled in providing nutritional dishes that is not only tasty, but healthy. We tried the Orange Lemonade, a miracle potion to entice your senses. Kitchen Pops recommends this drink with crushed iced. The second recipe we opted from her was the Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Soup was simply healthy, but not for those who love strong flavors as it was slightly on the bland side. 

We were really keen on Radhika Khanna’s Grilled Chicken and Artichoke Salad. She has introduced Thai food in a way the Indians like it. It was a salad to be relished, especially the tangy artichoke laid around the grilled chicken with herbs. 

Next to our platter was a 5 star Chef, Nidhi Sharma, who offered us an Organic Cold Pressed Watermelon and Mint Cooler. A brilliant concoction of minty flavors and sweet watermelon. Kitchen Pops recommends it as a perfect summer drink. 

Organic Cold Pressed Watermelon and Mint Cooler

Organic Cold Pressed Watermelon and Mint Cooler

Chef Suryaveer Singh Bhuller is known for his non-vegetarian dishes. He loves to experiment with food in a subtle way that doesn’t fork the traditional flavors. Kitchen Pops loved his starters that included Sesame Potatoes and Paneer Chilly Fry. The right amount of ingredients mattered a lot to him, as we noticed in Sesame Potatoes. It was crunchy and mushy, giving it a unique biting experience. Paneer Chilly was dry and perfectly spiced. It is a rare style because others prepare the dish slightly soggy. We also tried his main course, Ajwain Fish with Rice and Dal Tadka. We do not recommend to those who don’t like the strong smell of fish. Dal Tadka, was simply a delicious treat. 

We thoroughly enjoyed the Walnut Brownie by Indrani Dey. Kitchen Pops assures you that every bite you take, you will be going a step further to heaven. A must try, if you’re lucky. 

Kitchen Pops recommends:

  • Arbi Lababdar with paratha

    Walnut Brownie

    Walnut Brownie

  • Orange Lemonade with crushed ice
  • Organic Cold Pressed Watermelon and Mint Cooler
  • Paneer Chilly Fry
  • Walnut brownie 

The packaging by Holachef would keep the food fresh and at the right temperature. And a good news for vegetarians, they have a separate preparation section for them. 

So what are you waiting for? Order now on 8080804652 or download their app on Google Play Store.

Happy Cooking!

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