May 2014 archive

Life On My Plate Reviews Our Food Safari at Uzuri Deck & Dining in Delhi

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).

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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

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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

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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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GourmetItUp’s New 6 Course Tasting Experience at Le Pain Quotidien

Unless you’re a Francophile, you’ve had trouble pronouncing this restaurant’s name at least once in all the time you’ve spent eating out. Originating in Brussels, this international chain has become famous for it’s communal table seating and an unbeatable selection of organic sourdough, rye and multigrain breads that are served warm in a bread basket with butter to every guest.

The Bandra Kurla Complex outpost of Le Pain Quotidien is easy to miss if you don’t know where Maker Maxity is and navigating the empty streets of Bandra Kurla Complex can be quite daunting. Nevertheless, once you’re there for the GourmetItUp experience and greeted by the warm and attentive staff, things certainly start to look up.menu

I walked in on a weeknight to avoid the swarm of office goers. The communal table was empty of course, so I chose to sit in one of the comfortable pockets of the restaurant. The signature wooden interiors of LPQ were no stranger to me as I had spent the latter part of my college life grabbing breakfast at LPQ Colaba between lectures. I generously buttered a warm slice of sourdough as my eager-to-please server poured me a glass of Grover Zampa Viognier that was pleasantly chilled. I was ready to be amazed.

Course One: The Chicken Club Tartinetartine

It’s not just an open-faced sandwich; it’s so much more. My club tartine was topped with sprigs of parsley, egg, a tiny slice of bacon and intensely flavored chunks of Harissa chicken that was both sweet and mildly spicy. The bread had just the right amount of crunch to it and the two tartine slices were sized decently. I assumed my tartine would be quite dry and I would have to sip between bites, but I wolfed the whole thing down quite quickly.

Course Two: The Grilled Mushroom Cobb Saladsalad

Tossing up a great salad is all about balancing flavors. Its versatility makes it rather simple to make but difficult to get it to taste “out-of-this-world”. The Grilled Mushroom Cobb Salad is, hands down one of the best salads I’ve tasted. Since I’m one of the few who doesn’t turn up their nose at the thought of being served blue cheese, I enjoyed the wonderful amalgam of mushrooms, rye crisps and vegetables coated in a green tea dressing. The salad was quite light and the blue cheese surprisingly did not overpower any of the other flavors.

Course Three: The Confit Chicken and Porcini Mushroom Ravioli confit-chicken

I do not exaggerate when I say that this is the one dish that might stay with me for many years to come. I’m aware that the chefs at Le Pain Quotidien hand roll their pasta so the stuffed ravioli was bound to taste delightfully fresh, but the creamy porcini mushroom and chicken filling tasted incredible. The strong flavors of rosemary in the sauce complimented the ravioli and the Parmesan finish turned this into a tour de force of a dish.

Course Four: Mango Sorbet sorbet

Summers are harsh in this city and LPQ stays true to season with a sensational Mango Sorbet. Of course I was feeling quite full by Course Four, so I was quite thankful that Mr. Imran let me take a breather for a couple of minutes to enjoy my wine and sneak glances at the dessert counter to my right.

Course Five: The Fourteen-Hour Slow Cooked Tenderloin tenderloin

Resting on a bed of mushrooms, asparagus and spinach lay two wonderful cuts of tenderloin steak. From the second my carving knife grazed the glistening meat , the wonderful thyme scented juices it had retained came rushing out, mixing with the rich deep brown gravy served with it. The sprinkling of prunes on the steak together with the sharpness of spinach and crunch of the asparagus made this a remarkable dish.

Course Six: The Dessert Trio dessertForever nursing an obsession with desserts, I was kind of disappointed to be completely full by Course Six. I still egged my taste buds on, of course. The three desserts were served on a banana leaf with thin slices of mango placed in between. The Belgian Chocolate Brownie was fudgy and rich in both texture and taste. The dark chocolate packed an intense and full-flavored punch to my taste buds. The Mocha Opera Slice had hints of coffee, a sponge base and a thin slab of chocolate on top. It tasted good but because I’m partial to pecans, I was waiting to sink my teeth into the Pecan Nut Tart all night. The filling was unfortunately not very appetizing, the tart shell was a bit too thick and took away from the nutty flavors that were supposed to play on my palate.

Before I knew it, I had drained my glass of wine and it was almost time to go. Another bite and I knew I would have to be rolled out of the restaurant, content and with a smile on my face. A big thank you to Team LPQ for being extremely attentive and providing me with fantastic and speedy service. You guys have turned me into a regular.

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Ms Coco Queen Launches S-Bar’s Lunch Experience

GourmetItUp’s Lunch Experience at S Bar was inaugurated by our Guest Blogger, the extremely popular Ms. Coco Queen. Here is her visually stunning blogpost :

Lets give a warm welcome to ‘GourmetItUp’. After 150 special curated menus for 75 restaurants across Mumbai and Pune and many happy stomachs – GourmetItUp launches in Delhi! Yohooo!

So what does GourmetItUp do? GourmetItUp aint just a website where you can pre book a table but its an initiative to create an experience to be remembered for many meals to come. A pre curated, pocket friendly, fine dining experience for foodies who are afraid of either the price point or don’t know which dish to order. The well curated menu is balanced with both popular and more experimental dishes by Deepa Jain.

Shiro, Diva Kitch, Rara Avis, Guppy by Ai, Olive Bistro are already partners with GourmetItUp. The special curated menu is available at all above mentioned restaurants, only when you pre-book a table at GourmetItUp!

I went to S Bar {formally know as Shalom} in GK1, another GourmetItUp partner to have a taste of their 3 Course Lunch Experience.

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S-Bar serves Mediterranean food hence the GourmetItUp menu was mediterranean based. The term mediterranean is quite self explanatory, its a cuisine based on foods that have traditionally been consumed by communities situated along the Mediterranean sea. So food from Italy, Greece, Turkey, or an exotic island in the Mediterranean together make the Mediterranean cuisine.

The robust flavours of Mediterranean cuisine are very popular in India and thanks to the initiative taken up by GourmetItUp you don’t have to fly all the way  to experience great quality authentic flavours . Its available at a click of a button.

First come in our choice of appetisers: Fattoush (V), Goat Meat Cheese Tarts (NV) & Cheese Sambosik (V). The appetisers were quite appetising! They certainly were scrumptious yet filled my stomach to be left with a bigger appetite.

The Fattoush is a vegetarian salad from the part of the land that gave us Hummus and Shawarma. Greens and vegetables when mixed with dried, crunchy pita gives us Fattoush. The one served at S-Bar had lemony light dressing, crunchy greens and crispy seasoned pita on top aka a perfect salad to begin with.

DSC_1023cc-copySoon came in the Goat Meat Cheese Tart. Baked to perfection, the pastry was thin and brittle. Cheddar cheese oozing out and goat meat cooked to excellence.

DSC_1026And like one thing leads to another- one cheese lead to another! Before we placed the main course we ordered another appetiser the Cheese Sambosik with paprika ‘sweet’ dip. The first bite was quite salty but with the dip balanced it out well.

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The lusty Mediterranean flavours lingered as we waited for our main course- Grilled Fish With Lemon Mustard Sauce, Tangy Lamb Herb Koresh with Cous Cous and Mushroom Ragout.

The grilled fish as accompanied by mashed potato, a half baguette and veggies. The fish was grilled beautifully and the sides especially the potato mash tasted great. Not many get the mash right but they do! The butter oozing out of the home made parsley bread was a site I still salivate on.

700x465xDSC_1057-copy.jpg.pagespeed.ic.VB28nbhe1j700x1053xDSC_1054-copy.jpg.pagespeed.ic.O4wESbnkulComing to the lamb, it certainly fell a little short on the menu. The curry was good but the meat was undercooked to my preference. Apart from the paring with cous cous there was nothing gourmet about it.

700x513xDSC_1068-copys.jpg.pagespeed.ic.KbF5VoOcIR700x534xDSC_1070-copy.jpg.pagespeed.ic.4dhW5vldGdWith forgettable lows comes salvaging ups. For peeps out there who don’t relish mushrooms should try this out. The mushroom ragout {ra-gu} rested like comfort food on my taste buds {i know mushroom and comfort are two words hard to find in a same sentence} but really the soothing white sauce with fresh mushrooms and chopped veggies tasted divine.

700x465xDSC_1076-copy.jpg.pagespeed.ic.5ahcr28t8JWith happy bellies we anticipated the desserts. They certainly came as another high point in the entire GourmetItUp experience! Man I still droll over those rich textured, flavourful gigantic scoops of  cinnamon and espresso ice-creams.

700x1058xDSC_1084-copy.jpg.pagespeed.ic.PqxlACtPUC 700x1093xDSC_1090-copy.jpg.pagespeed.ic.NKnSFRBwEiThe Baklava paired with a scoop of vanilla and sugar crispy tasted great too. It was so fresh and light that I could clearly see the fine layers. I couldn’t believe that all these desserts were prepared at S-Bar itself.

700x465xDSC_1094-copy.jpg.pagespeed.ic.2T36hYcMYzThe price point was much lower in comparison to similar set of dishes present in the A la carte, almost like 30%.  And prompt service. All in all the experience was great! I believe the concierges at GourmetItup certainly ensure great quality check and high service levels promised by partner restaurant. A friendly concierge desk that accepts special requests and points in the Gourmet Rewards program! What more can one ask for!!

Hunger bingies click away and book your S-bar lunch experience right away. {Click here to book}

Hope you enjoy this experience as much as I did.

Until next time,
GourmetItUp!!

Delhi’s Maia Sethna Launches The Guppy By Ai Experience

GourmetItUp’s Guppy By Ai Experience was inaugurated by our Guest Blogger, the extremely stylish Maia Sethna. Here is her fantastic review:

I had the opportunity to visit Guppy By Ai – another one of AD Singh’s creation’s – for the pre-launching of the GourmetItUp  dining experience in Delhi. My readers (you lucky things) get a special preview of the upcoming experience.

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Guppy by AI : My Review

The shabby chic, stand alone, diner lies in close proximity to the up and coming, Meherchand Market. Guppy by Ai is located in Lodhi colony. The unpretentious, easy going Japanese restaurant offers some of the best in the world of contemporary Japanese with favourites like California roles, Miso Cod and Udon noodles in a fuss free environment.

photo2-3The décor is super quirky, with its funky interiors and Japanese animae designs and the food is…..divine!

We started our five course – GourmetItUp, dining experience at Guppy by Ai with Miso soup, served in a traditional ceramic bowl. Now here’s the thing, I LOVE soup , there’s something so comforting about it  and honestly feel likes it’s hard to find a good, authentic Miso soup in Delhi – and I’m happy to report that Guppy’s rendition with fresh tofu, hit the spot!

photo5-2photo6-2Our second course consisted of three dishes from the appetizers section; Asparagus cream cheese roll, Chicken Karaage and California Roll. The Asparagus cream cheese roll was definitely my favourite, as it’s not something that I usually like – but the asparagus was crunchy and the cream cheese complimented it perfectly.

photo4-2We enjoyed the colourful, California Roll and the bite size Chicken Karaage too. FYI – The wasabi had just the right amount of kick, without making your nose and eyes water!

photo8 Next it was time for the main dishes. We were served a delicious veggie dish – Wok Tossed exotic vegetables, which included water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, beans and asparagus glazed with sesame soy, Grilled chicken breast and Tenderloin cube steak – which everyone agreed was their favourite dish of the day!

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The tenderloin was cooked to perfection, and served with a spicy Japanese sesame sauce. Garlic fried rice, steamed rice and Udon noodles were served as accompaniments with the main course. And finally the chef’s selection of dessert was presented; an assortment of petit Japanese dessert, a few colourful, bite sized delights to sweeten your pallet after a favoursome meal.

The overall experience was lovely. The food is fabulous – the ingredients are fresh and the staff is a friendly bunch as well, I think it makes the perfect lunch time spot and a good place to come have a bite a midst a day of shopping or on a dinner date.

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GourmetItUp Has Launched In Delhi

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After months spent studying Delhi’s niche fine dining restaurants, countless hours spent curating spectacular menus and polishing our experiences, we officially opened reservations in the Capital last week. And while we’re thrilled to have a new city on board with us, we wanted to take some time out to thank each and every member who has been a part of this fantastic culinary journey.

We now have a herculean task ahead of us. Taking over the food scene in Delhi is not going to be easy but we’re going to strive to comb out and umbrella the popular, the niche and some of the most delectable eateries in and around New Delhi. Currently we have a growing list of restaurant partners and it gets bigger each day. It’s our most exciting line-up yet and we’re very excited to have some of the biggest restaurateurs in Delhi on board with us. Just see for yourself:

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Since Reservations are already open, just follow the link to be redirected to the GourmetItUp Delhi Page where we have showcased some of our premier experiences that include Shiro, Diva, Rara Avis, Olive, S-Bar and many many more.

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