Life On My Plate’s Upasna Verma is in her twenty-somethings and is extremely enthusiastic about her food. One of the most influential food bloggers in Delhi, her voice is one that thousands of Delhi-ites trust. GourmetItUp had the privilege of sending her to review one of our top experiences in Delhi at Uzuri Deck & Dining and here is what she has to say:
*Below is an extract from her blog. To read the full blogpost click HERE
We sure seem to love different dining experiences these days, the more unique and unconventional the better.
Whether it’s a blind-tasting event or a meal with complete strangers, or the slightly more old-school wine-and-food pairing events, there’s always something new taking place to keep us food enthusiasts busy.
New to Delhi is GourmetItUp that recently made its way to the capital after successfully over-feeding gourmands in Mumbai and Pune for over two years. With more than 20,000 members, GourmetItUp is essentially a web-based community of people who share a love for good food. But it isn’t just another foodie website. What it offers is a number of tailor-made and exclusive-to-members dining experiences at some really great restaurants across the city.
Once you sign up, you get access to these specially curated menus (and at complete value-for-money rates) at restaurants like Olive, Guppy by Ai, The Lodi Garden Restaurant, Ploof, Shiros, among others. Think Restaurant Week, but all-year round.
A new experience is released on GourmetItUp.com at least once a week, and the latest to come on board in New Delhi is the relatively new, yet extremely well-known restaurant in GK-2, Uzuri Deck and Dining. The web portal has reached out to a few food bloggers across the city to inaugurate these new experiences, yours truly included. And you guys, my lovely readers, are getting a sneak peek into the 5 Course Experience at Uzuri, but feel free to go and try it out yourself once we’re done!
A modern European restaurant with African undertones in both the food and the décor, Uzuri is definitely very promising and the partnership with GourmetItUp is a winning combination. Right from making your reservation to the confirmation Email from the GourmetItUp concierge (there’s a follow up mail too requesting for feedback the day after your experience), you feel well taken care of. The staff at Uzuri was extremely warm and friendly, though I won’t comment on this further as we were guests at the restaurant and they were expecting us. But just to let you know, I’ve read multiple reviews with positive feedback on the service. We made our way straight to the second level, bypassed the very dimly lit indoor bar / lounge section, and settled into our seats on the terrace.
The evening began with some drinks (2 glasses of Wine / Sangria / Beer / Cocktails per person is included in the price of this experience).
The Vanilla Bellini was crisp and tart, a chilled glass of sparkling wine spiked with Vodka, Vanilla and Peach Liqueur.
The Kaffir Lime Mojito was cool and refreshing, a hint of all the flavours lingering on, but not one tried to overshadow the other. Luckily it was neither too sweet nor lemony, nor too minty.
The ‘Koffie’ Martini with Vodka and a shot of Espresso shaken together was delicious, like a rich decadent mousse in a glass. I’d gladly replace my morning Cold Coffee with this, but let that be our little secret.
First Course – Soups
The Pea Soup with Confit Potatoes and Crème Fraiche was interesting and innovative. While it certainly checked all the boxes of what I would hope for in a soup, thick and creamy as it was; but I can’t particularly say I enjoyed it till the last drop. Somewhere along the way, the grainy texture and strong flavour became just a bit much.
The Roast Chicken and Braised Lettuce soup was lighter in consistency without being too watery and milder in flavour without losing its charm.
These came accompanied by a basket of fresh, warm bread, along with two kinds of in-house butter – one flavoured with Pesto and the other with Paprika, and a portion of chunky salsa. The whole medley was absolutely delicious.
Second Course – The Salads
I’m not too fond of a Caesar Salad to begin with, but this one… I became a complete fan. The sweetness from the grapes offset by the mild cheese, the perfectly boiled eggs and crispy lettuce with just the right amount of creamy dressing, each bite brought forth a different flavour to play with.
The next one was a preparation of Couscous, red pepper pesto, chunky vegetables and fresh salad. I loved it. I love couscous in any form, but this salad with its many components was particularly enjoyable. I just wish there weren’t so many raisins in it, I felt they overpowered everything else.
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