The New York style Pizzas at Sbarro

Sbarro was founded by Gennaro and Carmela Sbarro, when they emigrated from Naples to New York in 1956. Today, Sbarro has over 800 outlets serving New York style Pizzas in more than 40 countries. Other than pizzas it also specializes in pastas, stromboli, and other Italian­ American cuisine. Announcing its arrival at Gurgaon, India in 2014, it has followed up with its recent outlet in Connaught Place.

Pepperoni Pizza
Pepperoni Pizza

For a pizzeria, it is a big place, two floored with a live pasta and pizza station just at the entry.The spread here is quite huge, one can never taste all the pizzas in one seating, however we tried to achieve the impossible. Each pizza and pasta is served with a garlic bread and tomato basil sauce. We were told by the chef to not use fork and knife, but rather eat it New York style i.e. fold from the middle of the crust and eat.

Sbarro's Hand Stretched Pizza Dough
Sbarro's Hand Stretched Pizza Dough

We started off with the Pepperoni Pizza, which is loaded with lots of thin sliced pepperoni, mozzarella and Sbarro's own savory tomato sauce. As Sbarro also uses its own hand-stretched dough, the base of every pizza is very soft and has an even flavor.

New York Cheese Pizza
New York Cheese Pizza

Then came the classic New York Cheese Pizza, a simple yet one of the most popular ones of Sbarro, it is served with their signature sauce made with tomato, fresh basil, olive oil and spices, topped with 100% mozzarella cheese.

White Pizza
White Pizza

The highlight of the afternoon was the White Pizza made of ricotta cheese and mozzarella. The chef told us that once you bite through their white pizza you will never put the slice down, and this is indeed true. What makes this pizza so good was the fact that the cheese they use are 100% dairy cheese, giving the taste a whole new dimension.

Sausages and Pepperoni Stuffed Pizza
Sausages and Pepperoni Stuffed Pizza

Next, we were introduced to a new addition to the pizza line­up, a Stuffed Pizza. Amazed by the pepperoni pizza and the fennel flavoured sausage in stromboli, we ordered the Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza, which is a visual delight. Looking more like a pressed sandwich this preparation is a unique addition to their range of regular pizzas. One slice of this pizza is a meal in itself, but this doesn't stop you from grabbing another slice.

An interesting preparation of a pizza, Stromboli, was served next. It is a rolled pizza, with fennel flavored sausages and mozzarella cheese stuffing. It is quite filling and is a masterpiece with less ingredients used.


After so many pizzas, we were served with the Bolognese Pasta, the spaghetti and the meat are cooked to perfection, they use their in house tomato basil sauce which gives the pasta that authentic italian flavour, with optimum amount of seasoning.

Bolognese Pasta
Bolognese Pasta

Sbarro is famous for its Frosted Carrot Cake, which is a three layered moist carrot cake studded
with raisins and nuts and covered with fresh cream cheese frosting and walnuts.

Frosted Carrot Cake
Frosted Carrot Cake

Sbarro is an innovative pizzeria which focuses on customer satisfaction by bringing out the best in their dishes. This place is a must go for pizza lovers.

Price for 2: 800/­

Address:  N-4, N Block,
Connaught Place,
New Delhi
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The El Posto Magic at Karkardooma

Neatly tucked into a corner of the Aditya Mega Mall in Karkardooma, El Posto has gained great traction in Delhi due to their exceptional bakery products like the Red Velvet and Banoffee Pie. Though the restaurant is known for mastering the intimate chemistry between the batter and the cream, it also serves various dishes from the Italian, Mexican and Lebanese cuisine.

Banoffee Pie
Banoffee Pie

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Arabic Cuisine in Hyderabad

Hyderabad is home to significant number of Arabs especially Yemenis. Traditionally Arabic restaurants are based in Barkas area in old city, but most of these restaurants are not family friendly. Here we talk about few places that have started operating in other areas of Hyderabad, like Banjara Hills, Mehdipatnam and Tolichowki areas.

What is loosely called Arabic cuisine is actually dishes from different countries starting from Egypt and Turkey to Lebanon to UAE and Oman. On offer are Kabsa and Mandi, the biryani equivalents as well as shawarma, the quick service food. Sweets like Umm Ali, Basbusa, Baklava and Kunafeh  as well as Falafel, Hummus and Baba Ganoush are quite easily available.

Kabsa Laham at Spice 6
Kabsa Laham at Spice 6

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Quick Bytes: Naughty Lucy Burger at Dunkin Donuts

With a wonderful makeover, Dunkin Donuts recently relaunched their outlet at Connaught Place, Delhi. The entire outlet was renovated and is now branded as one of their signature stores which stands in all its grandeur in the heart of CP. While Dunkin Donuts mainly specialises in coffee and donuts, their mean Tough Guy and Heaven Can Wait burgers have surely drawn a lot of craze. The relaunch provided a novel opportunity for trying out their most recent innovation, the Naughty Lucy Burger which comes in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian variety.

Naughty Lucy Non Veg Burger.  Photo Courtesy - Dunkin Donuts

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Fork You Too : All About Steaks

An old school classic bar situated in the heart of Delhi, Fork You is quite reputed for serving sumptuous steaks and specially crafted burgers. After a great success at Hauz Khas Village, it has opened another outlet at Gurgaon Sector 29 Market and has provocatively named it - Fork You Too.

Crispy Onion Rings
Crispy Onion Rings
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Kitchen Off Kuchipudi : Offering a Rich Variety from Telugu Cuisine

The wide popularity of Telugu cuisine has seen many new restaurants opening their doors in Hyderabad, Kitchen Off Kuchipudi is one such new place. The restaurant is quite close to the Inorbit Mall and has been started by the same management which runs the Weekend at Kuchipudi near Raidurgam.

Gongura Fish Kabab
Gongura Fish Kabab

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Chili's - The Sweet, Smoky and Hot additions to the menu

With the advent of winter, many restaurants are showcasing innovative new items on their menu. Chili’s Grill & Bar, the reputed American restaurant at Inorbit Mall, Hyderabad has introduced a special list of items in addition to their regular menu for a limited time. The theme of the new offerings can be broadly categorised into three flavors – sweet, smoky and hot. The drinks menu has also been augmented with the addition of seasonal watermelon drinks.

Chili's Bar and Grill

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Quick Bytes : Shiv Tikki Wala, Karkardooma

Shiv, who is more popularly known as Shiv Tikki Wala had started selling tikkis in 1992, setting up a small makeshift thela arrangement. Over the years, the sheer quality of his products saw him expand into other snack items like Pav Bhaji, Malai Chaap and Tikkis as well as afford a bigger and better establishment. Now, after 20 years, he owns a big roadside dhaba like setting with tons of cars parked outside to have a taste of his delightful wares.

Pav Bhaji at Shiv Tikki Wala

Exploring the place with fellow food lover Sanju Aneja, we tried out his Tikki Chaat and Pav Bhaji. A huge dollop of butter on the bhaji along with chopped coriander, onion and a dash of lemon the dish was lip smacking causing a whole riot of flavours in the mouth . The aloo tikki chaat was great too and the tikki had a crispy exterior with well mashed potatoes creating the perfect filling.

Tikkis being fried

Cost for two - Rs 150

Ground Floor, Pramesh Tower,
Karkardooma Centre,
Anand Vihar, New Delhi
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New Menu at Olive Bar and Kitchen, Mehrauli

One of the most well known restaurants in Delhi, Olive Bar and Kitchen has a wonderful setting of a Mughal mansion turned into an al fresco Mediterranean restaurant. Invited for sampling their winter menu which was specially curated by Chef Sujan Sarkar, we were impressed with the european influence in the dishes, each having a distinct flavour worth dying for.

Muscovy Duck Breast
Muscovy Duck Breast

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Cake Mixing Session and Classic Sunday Brunch at Olive Bistro Hyderabad

With Christmas fast approaching, the top restaurants in the city are preparing for the same. One of the ceremonial aspects of this preparation is the cake mixing session which is held in the month before. Olive Bistro organized a cake mixing ceremony and Sunday brunch in the beginning of November.

Olive Bistro Hyderabad

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Harry's, Khan Market : Pairing Drinks with Food

Harry's has come a long way from the quaint little bar in Singapore from its time of inception. With multiple outlets in and around Asia, Harry's looks to enthrall the customers with comfort bar food from all over the world and a smart concoction of drinks.

Chef Vicky Ratnani and Mixologist Shatbhi Basu
Chef Vicky Ratnani  and Mixologist Shatbhi Basu at Harry's

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The Champagne Brunch at Kiyan, Dusit Devarana

Situated close to the IGI Airport, Delhi is Dusit Devarana, a majestic property with a calm and serene setting propagated by the lush greenery and water bodies running across it. Invited over to Kiyan, which is Dusit Devarana's 'Global Cuisine' restaurant, we got to taste some of Chef Nishant's signature dishes in the Far Eastern, European and Indian cuisine.

Mumm Champagne
Mumm Champagne

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A Leisurely Sunday Brunch at Fusion 9

The Fusion 9 group of restaurants (Deli 9, Fusion 9 and Coastal Spice Kitchen) have all been favorites of mine. So I was quite pleased when as part of the anniversary celebrations of Fusion 9, I received an invite to try out their Sunday brunch at Inorbit Mall. On the designated Sunday I landed up at the Inorbit Mall outlet with two food lover friends.

Fusion 9 Inorbit Mall

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Ananda: Andhra thalis in a traditional ambience

Vishnu Kompella

Guest Post by : Vishnu Kompella

Vishnu is well known in the local foodie circles in Hyderabad as a person who has vast knowledge of street food in Hyderabad. He is one of the top reviewers of Zomato for Hyderabad, and a regular participant in the various food meets organized by the foodie clubs here.

The word Ananda describes moments of bliss and happiness in life. A perfect feast with delicious food is also bliss. Ananda is the name of a newly opened south Indian restaurant in Film Nagar. It’s all about the experience and joy of feasting and relishing the flavors of Andhra.

Ananda restaurant Hyderabad

The restaurant is tucked inside a lane beside Sony showroom near MLA colony, Jubilee hills. The first impression it gives you is that of a home of wealthy rural gentry. The stunning traditional ambience of the house is perfect for a restaurant and provides a unique backdrop for an Andhra meal.
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The Launch of Soda Bottle Opener Wala, Khan Market

With the success of Soda Bottle Opener Wala in DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon, the Parsi cafe style restaurant under Mr. A.D. Singh's banner has opened yet another outlet in Khan Market much to the delight of the South Delhi residents. Invited for the launch party, the experience was simply phenomenal as we got to taste some authentic Parsi dishes while enjoying The Last Parsi - A Stand Up Special by Danesh Irani.

Nankhatai Jars
The Nankhatai Jars, characteristic of Soda Bottle Opener Wala

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Shanghai Chef 2, Gachibowli: New additions to the menu

Shanghai Chef 2 has introduced a range of new items to their menu. These have been included after studying in detail the feedback of current frequenters as well as looking at delicacies from Thai, Malay and other South East Asian food items which will enrich their current offerings. The new items include starters as well as main course. I had the opportunity of attending a tasting session for these new items on the menu.

Shanghai Chef2 seafood roll #hyderabad
Seafood Roll

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The New Tulsi Tea and Ginger Lemon Tea from Paper Boat Drinks

A big box from Paper Boat Drinks was delivered to our doorsteps a few days back. On opening the package we discovered a reusable jute bag. Inside there were pouches of two new drinks from Hector Beverages – both based on tea.

Paper Boat Drinks Tea #paperboatdrinks
The Two New Flavours

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Caffe Tonino - A Twist to the Tuscan Style

After completing a successful 10 years in M.G. Road, Tonino owners Parmeet Singh and Simran Sawhney unveiled a new Italian cafe themed extension in Connaught Place, Caffe Tonino, which will be more of an economical hangout spot rather than a fine-dine one. With renowned executive chef Suman Sharma overlooking both the restaurants, the cafe will serve quintessentially Italian cuisine with a twist of continental flavours to suit the palate of the young Delhi crowd.

Caffe Tonino

The place is exquisitely designed with long winding staircases, voids and arches to create a romantic but a chirpy Tuscan ambience. Though it retains the no-nonsense setting of the fine-dine restaurant, the cafe has giant glass windows overlooking the road, where one can sit and leisurely sip a cup of coffee, describing its cafe concept. The white brick walls, which sharply contrast the wooden polished furniture, are adorned with quotations from movies as well as picture frames showcasing the remarkable Italian architecture.

Caffe Tonino
Caffe Tonino

Invited for a blogger's table a few days before the launch, Executive Chef Suman Sharma's special tasting menu consisted of a mix of Italian delights as well juicy American burgers and delicious desserts. We started off with the drinks first; though the cafe hasn't got its bar license yet, they serve some delightfully refreshing mocktails and aromatic cups of coffee. The Beet's Beauty was my personal favourite; not only is it healthy but also tastes better than most of the other healthy products.

Caffe Tonino Entrée

For most Indians, Italian cuisine directly translates to pizzas. Caffe Tonino, like its parent restaurant serves some mean wood fired pizzas. The cafe uses a white wood-fired oven, in which the pizza remains clean from ash, while retaining the smoky flavour which is loved by all. Laden with cheese and meat, the thin crust is stable representing a proportionate ratio between the base and the toppings. Their pizza sandwiches too are great and come with a good filling in between which counters the dryness of the crust.

Caffe Tonino Woodfired Pizza
Woodfired Pizza

Though the Tenderloin Burger served was a bit smaller than what I expected, it was pretty filling and juicy, with the meat patty inside retaining the flavour and taste of the sauce, the mark of a good burger. There is also a similar burger in the chicken and vegetarian variety and although I didn't try it, the dish was quite well received.

Caffe Tonino

The meal concluded with desserts, the Arabian Honey Cake and the Tiramisu. Rich with a honey caramel and almond topping, the Arabian Honey Cake is a middle eastern pastry and was made to perfection while the Tiramisu was thick, creamy and had a sublime coffee essence.

Meal for two persons – Rs 1500/-

Address : PVR Plaza Building,
1st Floor, H Block ,
Opposite The Raymond Shop
Connaught Place, Delhi

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Farzi Cafe - A Molecular Gastronomical Experience

A lavish place opened by the father-son duo of Jiggs and Zorawar Kalra, Farzi Cafe introduces the concept of Molecular Gastronomy in India, made famous by scientists Nicholas Kurti and Herve This. Though the use of science in food industry has been somewhat limited till now, it has yielded some surprisingly good results. Spherification, using of carbon dioxide, foams and liquid nitrogen can not only dramatically change a dish's appearance but can also change the flavour and texture. The name farzi means 'fake' and is an apt pun on their use of molecular gastronomy.

Farzi Cafe Interiors
Farzi Interiors

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Smoked Biryani House

Smoked Biryani House, a restaurant which has recently opened under the TAB (The Ancient Barbecue) banner, primarily serves the Hyderabadi cuisine, specializing in their dum style biryani. The two-floored restaurant is well lit and beautifully decorated with posters of short Hyderabadi limericks, photos of various places in Hyderabad and a wall sized photo of Osman Ali Khan of the Asaf Jah dynasty, the last Nizam of Hyderabad.

Smoked Biryani House
Smoked Biryani House by TAB

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My Sweet Store: Bengali Sweets from Kolkata Delivered at your doorsteps

A few years back, Pista House started delivering the Hyderabad’s own haleem all over India by courier. At that time, my wife, who is a huge fan of Bengali mishti wondered if Kolkata sweet shops will be enterprising enough to deliver their sweets in a similar way to all over India.

This year has answered to the prayers of millions of fans of Bengali sweets. Now the best Bengali sweets from iconic sweet shops from Kolkata can be ordered on the web and delivered at your doorstep within a couple of days.

Balaram Mullick Jalbhara Sandesh
Jalbhara Sandesh from Balaram Mullick

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Mexican Fiesta at Hard Rock Cafe

Come September, every year, Hard Rock Cafe at Hyderabad unveils their annual event ‘Mexican Fiesta’.  The festival celebrating Mexican food and culture is celebrated for the entire month of September. As a part of the celebrations, a few food bloggers were invited to taste the offerings and provide their feedback.

Cactus Flower Tequila Hard Rock Cafe
Cactus Flower Tequila Shot
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The Bubbalicious Sunday Brunch at Prego, The Westin

Sunday brunches have become extremely popular among the citizens of Hyderabad. After a hectic week and possibly a late night on Saturday, for many Hyderabadis, brunch is usually the first meal on Sunday. Prego, the Italian restaurant of Westin is one of the favorite destinations for the food lovers on a Sunday afternoon.

Prego bubbalicious brunch
Bubbalicious at Prego

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Nabanno - Traditional Home Style Bengali Food

The scenario for restaurants serving Bengali cuisine in Hyderabad has seen quite a bit of churn with new places opening up and the older ones closing down. Nabanno is one of the newer Bengali restaurants in Hyderabad having opened its doors just before Durga Puja last year. In a short period this restaurant has made a name for itself not just among the Bengalis in Hyderabad, but also other lovers of Bengali food. The restaurant completes one year of its journey in September.

Nabanno Baithakkhana
Nabanno Waiting Hall

The restaurant is in the third floor of a building in Nizampet X Road, Kukatpally. As you enter the restaurant, you cannot help but notice the tasteful decor. There is a sitting area modeled after the boithok-khana or drawing room of a traditional Bengali family. It has a lot of books for people to browse through if they have to wait for a table. In a corner, an old style gramophone is on display with old 33 rpm records. The glass door leading to the main hall showcases poetry from Rabindranath Tagore in his own inimitable style of handwriting.

Nabanno restaurant
The Restaurant

In the dining hall there are paintings and photographs on the wall bringing forth glimpses of Bengal. One side has a gallery for displaying photographs on Bengal and some eminent personalities from there, along with their quotes in Bengali. Ethnic decor with cane furniture, jute table mats and handloom cushion covers adorn the 36 seater restaurant. Soft lighting and artistically placed lamp shades render a cosy and warm ambience.

Beguni Nabanno

As you wait for your food, have a detailed look at the menu. The menu is really innovatively designed. It also has interesting excerpts from old East Indian literature like Charjapad and Manasa Mangal – the excerpts related to food.  You find out that Nabanno serves some uncommon items which are not normally available in Bengali restaurants – items like Fena Bhat (over boiled rice) with boiled eggs, Panta Bhat/Pakhal (overnight fermented rice), Peyaj Posto (onion with khuskhus), Marich bata and Shutki Macher (dried fish) Chochhori.

Nabanno Shukto

To start, try their Marich Bata, which is a dish from Bangladesh, a paste of vegetables with chillies. It is sweet,spicy and goes well with hot steamed rice. For both me and my wife, our ancestors are from Bangladesh, and this dish tasted so much like the grandma’s home food from our childhood.

Their Labda, the traditional Bengali dish made from an assortment of vegetables and panch-phoron is not to be missed. Now we mostly have labda with khichuri during the festivals. Here the labda was ghee flavored and tasted different. Again the hot rice played the perfect foil to it. The shukto lovers  can also try out their Chapor Shukto.

Bengali Thala

A favorite dal here is masur, prepared in a very patla (dilute) fashion and garnished with split chilies and coriander leaves, the way it is prepared in Bengali homes. A dash of lemon added to it means that it made a fabulous combo with rice, and the two large daaler boras (pakoda). Nabanno also serves the popular Bengali Macherr Matha Diye Mug Daal (moong dal cooked with fish head).

For vegetarians, you have the Bengali delicacies like Mochar Ghonto (banana flower), Dhokar Dalna (lentil cake gravy) and Begun Bahar (brinjals cooked in mustard sauce).

The non vegetarian portion of the menu is extensive. You have a wide range of items ranging from fresh water fish, sea food and meat.

Nabanno sorshe pabda
Sorshe Pabda

The Rohu fish curry seems straight from your home kitchen. It was a light and non-spicy curry with papaya, cauliflower and daaler bori in it. To be savored with a dash of lime and a raw green chili. The Sorshe diye Pabda Mach has large sized fish cooked in mustard curry. Tyangrar Jhal is a spicy onion based gravy whereas the Rui Machher Kaliya is a thick curry cooked in curd and garam masala.

Murgir Jhol Nabanno
Murgir Jhol

The chicken preparation is the standard Murgi-r Jhol cooked with onion, ginger and garlic. It is the standard fare we have in the normal invitations. For mutton lovers go for their Bata Moshlar Manghso prepared with authentic spices. Nabanno makes a delicious Banglar Mishti Pulao to go with these dishes.

Bata moshlar mangsho Nabanno
Bata Moshlar Mangsho 

The Chatni (chutney) of the day can be from mango, pineapple or tomato. Among the dessert their Malpoa is a hot favorite. The Chaler Payesh has a different recipe where they add grated coconut to taste different from the traditional way. They also make their soft and fluffy Rosogollas in house as well as the signature Gokul Pitha and Patisapta.

Nabanno Malpoa

Currently, Nabanno has an unlimited buffet in the weekends called “Shoni-robir Mahabhoj”.  The buffet has a huge spread. Right from starters like Beguni or Kumro Bhaja, you have three vegetarian dishes such as Mochar Ghonto and Chapor Shukto, at least three fish preparations, and chicken. Misti pulao and rice are available to go with the dishes whereas the Luchis are served on the table. The range of desserts normally includes Payesh and Malpoa. The buffet is priced at Rs 599 plus taxes.

Subhasish and Paramita, the couple who run the restaurant along with their partner Abhijit are very passionate about the restaurant as well as the need to serve authentic Bengali fare here. They especially take care of the non-Bengali clientele patiently explaining the nuances of Bengali food. Subhasish himself has designed the interiors of the restaurant. The best thing I like about this place is that you almost get a piece of Bengal - not just food, but a glimpse of its music, literature, paintings, motifs as well as traditional art of rural Bengal.

To celebrate their first birthday, Nabanno will host a Bengali Food Festival from 12th-15th Sept. The menu will have quite a few new items as well as some some of their popular delicacies.

Address: Nabanno, 3rd Floor Plot 1 and 2, Sardar Patel Nagar, Nizampet X Road, Kukatpally, Hyderabad.
It is next to the Nizampet X Road petrol pump in the same building which houses Domino’s in the ground floor.

Telephone: 040-40203180, 8885559225

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A Traveler’s Food Diary - Street Food from Vietnam

Ashis Nayak

Guest Post by : Ashis Nayak

Ashis Nayak, a much travelled food enthusiast from Hyderabad, has a penchant for exploring new cuisines. Back from his recent visit to Vietnam, Ashis provides an insight about the Vietnamese cuisine.

Vietnamese cuisine is known all over the world for its use of extremely fresh ingredients and all flavors packed in a single bowl. I had the first person insight into the Vietnamese culture and cuisine while backpacking through the streets of Vietnam specially Hanoi, the street food capital of Vietnam.

Hanoi Food street
Street Food Corners in Hanoi

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The California Boulevard : A Taste of Hollywood

A two floored restaurant, next to the Rajouri Garden metro station, The California Boulevard welcomes you with open arms in a grand style with red carpets and the Walk of Fame. Set after the iconic American landmark of Hollywood, they have a Harley Davidson put on display at the entrance, which has become a great photo spot for all the restaurant goers. Invited to taste their wonderful menu, Chef Karen prepared select dishes from the 11 different cuisines that they serve.

The California Boulevard Interiors
The California Boulevard Interiors
Photo Courtesy - The California Boulevard

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Oh Calcutta: All about Maach, Mishti & more.....

For people who may not be familiar with the name, Oh Calcutta is possibly the most well known Bengali restaurant chain in India, with its presence in almost all major Indian cities. In Hyderabad, Oh Calcutta operates from very close to my residence in Begumpet.  As a result it has become a regular haunt for me whenever I feel like trying special Bengali recipes.

Oh Calcutta Begumpet
Oh Calcutta Begumpet

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Breakfast at Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and busiest areas of Delhi. Though it was traditionally built as a traders market, with merchants selling their wares during the ancient Mughal period, over centuries it has also turned into a foodie's paradise. Housing many famous eateries like Natraj’s Dahi Bhalle, Chaina Ram and Paranthewali Gali - a street lined with parantha shops, it is mighty close to the kebab joints near Jama Masjid and thus formed an ideal location for a food walk.

Chandni Chowk
Puris being fried at Chandni Chowk

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