Monthly Archives: September 2012

Colonel Kebabz (Gurgaon) 6/10

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I’d say the DLF Phase IV area in Gurgaon is a foodie’s paradise- especially when you’re looking for home delivery options. Comparatively however, eat out options are slightly limited. We had dined at Colonel Kebabz on Arjun Marg about a year back and thought it would be nice to go back there. Sadly, it seems that the quality has dropped somewhat. Don’t expect Karims or Al Jawahar levels of quality. While nothing comes close to these institutions in Old Delhi, it would be nice to have a couple of contenders in Gurgaon as well.

The simple décor and slightly cramped spaces all contribute towards a cozy family atmosphere. The lack of alcohol is actually a plus- that means you wont have loud and tipsy executives guffawing at the table next to you. But be warned, you WILL need to climb a flight of rather narrow stairs to get to the main dining area.

The menu is funny- in a good way. Apparently, the good Colonel has named the preparation categories after the places he’s been posted in during his career.

We started with the mutton burra kebab and the murg afghani. While I’m usually a big fan of the burra, I’d say stay away from this one. Stick to the tried and tested tandoori and afghani fare here. In the mains, try the chicken haldighati. It’s not bad, considering the inordinate amounts of ginger on top. My favourite there remains the roganjosh.

Top Tips:

  • Like I said, don’t expect the extraordinary
  • You will need to climb stairs
  • Reservations aren’t really necessary, even on a weekend
  • For dessert, there’s an outlet of Angels in my Kitchen on the other side of the market
Ratings/ Quick Facts Scale (on 10)/ Remarks
Ambience 5
Ease of access 7
Service 6
Quality of food 5
Value for money 8
Would I go back there? I’d rather order home from Qureshi’s
Meal for two Rs 1000
Serves alcohol No
Credit cards Accepted, but ask if their machine is working

 

 


 

 

 

Zen (Connaught Place) 7/10

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Zen

One of the old stalwarts on the Inner Circle, Zen provides wholesome Chinese food. Given my innate bias against Chinese food, I’d say the place is acceptable. The décor is a little dated, but I guess the old-world charm works.

It’s a pity we were seated next to an obnoxious group- most likely a family celebrating some sort of birthday or the like. Really loud and slightly drunk. The fact that there were a couple of toddlers on that table didn’t help either.

We started with the soup. Warning! Stay away from the Hot and Sour. It’s really heavy, mostly hot, not sour enough and the chicken pieces are rather insipid. On the other hand, the Wanton (try the Zen special) Soup is light and perfectly balanced. An old favourite with the missus, we also ordered the Honey Chilli Potatoes. According to her, north campus still has the best HCP.

Moving on to the main course, we ordered the penang curry, shrimp flat noodles, the grilled saki maki, a tofu in black bean sauce and a vegetarian shallow fried noodles. The penang curry was good- albeit the overpowering flavor of peanuts. The shrimp flat noodles- which I’m guessing is Zen’s attempt at a Char Poy Tao- a wonderfully wholesome dish local to Malaysia- wasn’t bad either. I wasn’t exactly transported back to a hot and sticky marketplace in Kuala Lumpur, but a good attempt, nonetheless. If you’re looking to have something apart from the regular Chinese fare, I’d say this is the dish to try out. The tofu and the shallow fried noodles were par for the course- although the noodles could do with less frying.

The grilled saki maki on the other hand- is awesome. It looks small on the plate but boy, is it filling. The hand rolls are perfectly made and the fish is well seasoned. Will have to go back to try out more of their sushi.

Don’t even think of trying the Italian fare. Zen has been and presently is a predominantly Chinese restaurant. Let them stick to what they know best.

Ratings/ Quick Facts Scale (on 10)/ Remarks
Ambience 6
Ease of access 9
Service 7
Quality of food 5
Value for money 8
Would I go back there? Atleast one more time to try the sushi
Meal for two Rs 1600
Serves alcohol Yes
Credit cards Accepted

 

 

Top Tips:

  • Careful while ordering. Their portions are huge!
  • Take a stroll down to Keventers for a butterscotch milkshake after meal
  • Parking is an issue. Try taking the metro. Its right on the inner circle- block B

 


 

Chatime

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Author’s note: abject apologies, dear reader, for the long absence. Work pressures and getting married does take a while. But I’m back and hungry again. SO here goes!!!

I discovered that Chatime is now in Gurgaon. Chatime is a Taiwanese chain- famous for bubble tea. They have been in India for the last 9 months or so, but imagine my surprise and delight when I found an outlet right next door in Galleria!

For those of you who dont know what bubble tea is- its regular tea, you get to choose between green and black, and has tapioca (sabu dana) in it. The tapioca is boiled and forms rather large globules which are immensely chewable.

Beware though! There’s an inherent risk of the overzealous drinker to have a globule stuck in the throat. Exercising caution is advised. Those with an overactive gag reflex might have issues too! 😛 Also, you’re faced with a number of choices in terms of flavour, toppings, type of tea, size, etc. For me, I like to keep it simple. Original, with pearl milk- and you’re sorted.

In Gurgaon, the Chatime outlet is on the first floor of the Galleria market. Its a bit of a hunt, but I assure you- its worth it