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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Pearls Regency, Noida

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Pearls Regency is situated in Ganga Shopping Complex, Sector 29, Noida. It is a place very hit with office crowd in the afternoons and with families in the evening. It has three portions - a Chinese restaurant, a bar and an Indian restaurant. In the evening there is a live ghazal program in the Indian restaurant, where you can ask for your choices. The ambience is okay but the food is cheap, good and quantities are big.

Best is to stick with Indian cuisine here. Try Murgh Sheekh Kebabs or Murgh Tikka for non-veg starters. If you are into vegetarian stuff only then go for Tandoori Bharwan Aloo. In main course, go for Paneer Tak-A-Tak Masala, Plain Dal or Malai Kofta in vegetarian. In non-veg stuff, go for Murgh Makhan Wala (Butter Chicken) or Rogan Wala Gosht. Accompany it with Pineapple Raita.
Wonderful stuff - good typical Indian food in reasonable prices. Liquor is also not too costly here. Do make sure that you do not order more than you can eat - they have good servings. Also ask for company discount - you would usually get 15-20 percent discount. They have home delivery options as well which is quite reliable. They offer 10 percent discount on home delivery as well.

Contact Info:-
Pearls Regency
Block 1, Ganga Shopping Complex,
Sector 29
Noida - 201301
Phone: (0120) 2450061, 2450062, 2450063
Free Delivery Timings: 12:00 Noon to 3:15 PM and 7:00 PM to 11:15 PM

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Tea Shop, Sector 37, Noida

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Tea Shop in Sector 37, near the telephone exchange is one of those hidden places which become popular only through word-to-word publicity. It is a nice little shop run by Capt. (Retd.) Mehra and his wife. It is quite popular among young crowd - who come out to chill, chat and smoke there.

The place has sitting arrangements in front of the shop. It offers great variety of tea and coffee plus grilled/plain sandwiches and other eatables like cookies, momos, corn etc... It is wonderful place - one which I have visited numerous times and still visit a lot. Order any hot/cold drink from their menu and it would be fantastic. All the sandwiches are also wonderful specially the traditional onion-capsicum grilled and the latest chicken-salami one. There is also a sweet shop nearby, offering wonderful samosas.

If you are in Noida, then it is a place to visit and relax in your car while having wonderful tea/coffee along with hot eatables.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Pind Balluchi (located in Lajpat Nagar)

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If I could summarize Pind Balluchi at Lajpat Nagar in one line, it would be 'Good old Punjabi food without burning a hole in your pocket'. Yes, it is cheap, excellent & very tasty food. Once I was part of a party of about 16-17 people there and the host actually paid only around 2000/- for all our food!! I have been there on several occasions and I could say very easily that average per head never goes above 150 bucks. That's too cheap for good food in Delhi.

As the name suggests, Pind Balluchi, has been made like a Pind (Village). So there is a village chaupal (meeting place), haveli (house), gufa (cave), village well and even a (plastic) tree simulating stylised rusticity. The entrance itself is through a grand haveli-like-gate and the guard there would greet in Punjabi. The whole atmosphere is village like with constant chattering and tempting smells of delicious Punjabi food. The cutlery is also along the theme with big steel plates and large copper like glasses. It surely symbolises the return of Indian cuisine to main stage.

To the food now. It is one restaurant which has very good vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian options to go for. For vegetarians, go for 'Sarson ka saag' (curried mustard leaves) along with 'Makke ki roti' (corn bread), it is totally divine. Other good dishes to have are 'Dal Tadka' (lentils with a spicy tempering) and 'Butter Paneer Masala' (a bright colored, creamy and light buttery flavored cheese dish). For non-vegetarians, go for 'Tangri Kebab'(chicken leg piece marinated in curd, ginger garlic & spices - gone through the tandoor) for starters. Go for 'Dhaba Meat' (Indian-style-roadside-eatery-type mutton) in main course, it is really wonderful at Pind Baluci. Accompany it with 'Mutton Biryani' (rice and mutton cooked with Indian spices). The mutton biryani is served in a 'handi' (Indian style earthen pot) - and it tastes very spicy and tasty. Do not forget to have 'lassi' (skimmed curd) with the meal - it is served in large copper glasses, the traditional Punjabi style.

Overall, you will feel satisfied with food at this restaurant and your pocket will not feel light after coming out. One thing to note is that avoid going on weekends - it gets very crowded and you may have to wait a lot. The service also degrades at that time. It is open all days except Tuesdays.

Contact numbers: 011-51325760/ 61
Timings: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Address details of the various Pind Balluchi restaurants:

8, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar-IV
(Near State Bank of India), New Delhi- 110065

Sector 29, Leisure Valley, Gurgaon (Haryana)

Pind Balluchi Restaurant
J-2/1 B.K. Dutta Market
Rajouri Garden,
New Delhi – 1220027
Ph: 011-25421725, 26

Pind Balluchi Restaurant
12/7 Main Mathura Road
Near Sarai Chowk
Faridabad, Haryana
Ph: 9350238541

Pind Balluchi Restaurant
Unitech Metro Walk
FA- 9, 10, 11, Sector – 10
Near Rithala Metro Station
Rohini, New Delhi- 110085
Ph: 9958292950

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Latitude restaurant in the Mosaic, Noida

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Latitude is a multi-cuisine restaurant at the mezzanine level of Hotel Mosaic, Noida. From past sometime, it has become a frequently visited place by me. The decor is quite subtle and professional. Seating arrangements are comfortable and the staff is cheerful. Food is of varied cuisine - Oriental, Indian, & Continental and nearly most of them are good.

For starters, try Greek Salad or any of the kebabs - they are really good. In the Indian menu main course, try Nalli Gosht (a lamb curry on the bone with grindless gravy), Bhindi Jaipuri (crispy, stir-fried Okra) and/or Paneer Lababdar (cubes of cottage cheese cooked with tomatoes, cashew nuts and whole ground spices). Go for Hyerabadi Gosht Biryani (rice + lamb with tasty spices) - it is really one of the best ones I have tasted in Noida. In the Oriental menu main course, try Chinese Vegetable in Hoisin Sauce. They have a daily buffet in lunch also which has good number of items and variety - costs a little on higher side though (699 plus taxes).

Overall, a good place to go with your family and enjoy good food. Average cost of two person would be around 800 (without drinks).

Timings: 7:00 am - 1:00 am

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Yellow Brick Road at the Ambassador Hotel

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Yellow Brick Road is quite an interesting place. It is the 24 hour multi-cuisine coffee shop at this Taj property but it is more famous than the other specialist restaurants/bars there (Larry's China or H2O+). The color scheme is very bright - mostly primary colours, and makes you feel as if you were eating in a kid’s room. The menu is set inside a news paper; it is like - while reading the news, why don't you order something? I liked it - at least the concept is unique and quite innovative. The photos on the walls are of old Raj-era advertisements which give a nostalgic feel to it.

The food is not so great - but considering that it is a multi-cuisine attempt, it is ok. We tried a special salad (which was the best items on our lunch) - 'Kurkuri Idli Chat' (fried savory cakes made of a batter consisting of fermented black lentils, rice and fenugreek; all tossed up with other spicy items & sauces). It was something which we have tried and it was simple yet it tasted wonderful. Do try it if you go there. The fresh juices there are also wonderful. We also tried 'Bangkok Vegetable Curry' and it was fine.

Overall, the food is not so great but the place is worth a visit (but just one only).

Contact details: 1 800 11 1 825 / 91 22 6601 1825
Open 24 hours - Round the clock.

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Khaja Chowk in Noida

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Khaja Chowk, a concept-based restaurant chain, has opened its outlet in Noida's Sector 18 market. It is a restaurant inspired by Indian street food. The overall ambience and setup of the restaurant is about daily activities and common scenes across Indian streets. There is also an auto-rickshaw-converted-into-dinning-table for four people. There are also small auto rickshaws as decorative artifacts. Overall, the setup is quite unique and good.

Now, to the food part. The lunch buffet is not good - very less in variety. They claim it to be a five course buffet - which it is not at all. It has no starters, no soups - just 3 veg and 2 non-veg dishes plus one salad + one sweets. Although the rates are cheap (175 for veg buffet and 195 for non-veg buffet), the less of options in the buffet makes it a not-to-go-for thing. We tried a-la-carte instead. One of the starters which we liked was "Khaja Chaat Platter", it was really wonder. It was basically traditional Indian chaat items served with some innovation in terms of toppings & fillings. In main course, we liked "Besan Ke Laddu" a lot - it is Jodhpuri-style filled gram flour dumplings in lemony flavored curry.

Overall, a good place of occasional visit - fits the budget nicely and will go well with each age group.

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The Dhaba at Claridges

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A visit to Dhaba was long due since I had heard a lot about it. But I would say that I was not that much impressed by the restaurant. It is ok for occasional visit but not much more than that.

Dhaba is the Claridges Punjabi restaurant, done up like a roadside truck stop; it serves a refined, hygienic version of the simple, tasty food found along North India. The place is pretty small and hence the sitting is quite close. The concept is good but the food is not extraordinary. We tried Matar Paneer (cottage cheese along with peas in thin gravy), Dal Tadka (yellow lentils) and Balti Meat (red meat cooked Indian style) - they were all good but that's about it. Overall, I think the non-vegetarian food is better there but it is surely costly. Food for two would cost something around 1200 bucks.

Worth occasional visit - although I would prefer Jade (Chinese restaurant at Claridges) more.

Lunch: 12.30pm - 2.45pm
Dinner: 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Contact Number: +91 11 4133 5133

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Fabindia - Supports artisans from all over India

From the Fabindia website:
Determined to showcase Indian handloom textiles while providing equitable employment to traditional artisans, Bissell established Fabindia in 1960 in order to fuse the best aspects of East/West collaboration.
Fabindia sources its products from over 15000 craft persons and artisans across India. We support the craft traditions of India by providing a market and thereby encourage and sustain rural employment. Today we have retail outlets in all major cities of India - 80 at last count - in addition to international stores in Rome, Italy; Dubai, UAE and Guangzhou, China.

Most people I know who have bought stuff from there are fairly happy at their purchases, and many of them do not even know about the support to Indian artisans. Fabindia retails a range of products such as kurtas, shirts, pyjamas, churidars, traditional jackets, stole, salwars, ladies pants, tops, skirts, capris, dupattas, kaftans, bedspreads, cushion covers, pillow cases, quilts, tablecloths, mats, napkins, baby bedding, curtains, etc.

The outlets of Fabindia in Delhi and NCR are:

1. Connaught Place
B-28, Upper Ground Floor,
Inner Circle,
Connaught Place,
New Delhi - 110001;
Ph: +91-11-41513371, 72, 73, 74
Store Timings: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Open all days of the week

2. Dwarka
Centrino Plaza, 1st Floor, Plot No. 8,
Sector -11, Pocket - 4, Dwarka,
New Delhi - 110075
Ph: +91-11-42770251, 2, 3
Store Timings: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Open all days of the week

3. Greater Kailash: Garments
14, N-Block Market,
Greater Kailash Part I,
New Delhi - 110048
Ph: +91-11-29232183, 84, 85
Store Timings: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Open all days of the week

4. Greater Kailash: Home Furnishings
5, 7, N-Block Market,
Greater Kailash Part - I,
New Delhi - 110048
Ph: +91-11-29232183, 84, 85
Store Timings: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Open all days of the week

5. Karol Bagh
17 A/62, WEA, Tank Road,
Karol bagh,
New Delhi - 110005
Ph: +91-11-45046104, 105
Store Timings: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Open all days of week.

6. Khan Market
Central Hall,
Above Shop no. 20 & 21
Khan Market,
New Delhi – 110003
Ph: +91-11-41757142, 43, 44
Store Timings: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Open all days of the week

7. Lajpat Nagar
I/1B, Ground and 1st Floor,
Central Market,
Lajpat Nagar II
New Delhi - 110024
Ph: +91-11-29810512 to 15
Store Timings: 10 am to 8 pm; Open all days of week.

8. North Campus (Bungalow Road)
D - 79, Kamla Nagar
(Next to ABN AMRO ATM, Opp HDFC Bank)
New Delhi - 110007
Tel: +91-11- 47082033, 44
Store Timings: 10 am - 8:00 pm; Open all days of the week

9. Rajouri Garden
Vishal Cineplex,
New Delhi - 110027
Ph: +91-11-25160696 - 25466860
Store Timings: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Open all days of the week

10. Saket
Select Citywalk S-II(B), 2nd Floor
Plot No. A-3, Distt. Centre
Saket, New Delhi 110017
Ph: +91-11-42658392, 96
Store Timings: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm; Open all days of the week

11. Vasant Kunj
10 Local Shopping Centre,
Nelson Mandela Road ,
Vasant Kunj New Delhi - 110070
Ph: +91-11-26899775, 78, 26121093
Store Timings: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Open all days of the week

12. West Gate Mall, Rajouri Garden
Shop #SF-39, West Gate Mall, Plot 4, 5 & 6, Sivaji Place, District Centre, Raja Garden, New Delhi - 110027
Ph: +91-11-45508062, 63.
Store Timings: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Open all days of the week

13. Faridabad
S.C.O. 102-103,
Sector 16 Market,
Faridabad – 121001
Ph: +91-0129-4160970, 71
Store Timings: Store Timings: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm; Open all days of the week

14. Shipra Mall
Shop # 3, 4, 5, 26, 27 & 28,
Level IV, 2nd Floor,
Shipra Mall, Indirapuram,
Ph: 91-120-2689657, 58
Store Timings: 11:00 am to 8:30 pm; Open all days of the week

15. Ambi Mall, Gurgaon
S-206, IInd Floor,
Ambience Island,
NH-8, Gurgaon.
Ph: +91-124-4671072, 73
Store Timings: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Open all days of the week

16. DT Mall, Gurgaon
Shop no. 110, DLF Mega Mall, DLF City Phase 1, Gurgaon- 122002
Ph: (0124) 2566893, 94
Store Timings: 10:00 am to 8:30 pm (Weekdays) 10:00 am to 9:30 pm (Weekends) Open all days of the week

17. Gurgaon
S.C.O. -F-3&4, Sector -15, Part - II,
HUDA Urban Estate, NH 8,
Gurgaon - 122001
Ph: +91-124-2224130, 2222175
Store Timings: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Open all days of the week

Shop No.211A, 1st Floor, Plot No. 1-2,
Spice World Mall, Sector - 25A,
NOIDA - 201301,
Ph: +91-120-5333451, 2, 3
Store Timings: 10:00 am to 8:30 pm Open all days of the week

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Diwan Saheb outlets in Delhi and NCR

If you are looking for some great male traditional wear, whether for the party season, or for rituals such as attending marriages (maybe even your own), then Diwan Saheb is a great place to do your shopping.
The outlets boast of some great wear, such as Italian fabric suits, some great looking and stylish shirts, kurtas, sherwanis, jodhpuris, safas, accessories (shoes, belts, wedding turban (pagri), hanker-chiefs, etc). Of course, with this great style, prices tend to be a bit on the higher side as well; but if you are entering Diwan Saheb, then it would be expected that you would be willing to pay for the kind of quality and style that you would be getting. I know somebody who got a very fashionable party suit made for a sum of Rs. 13,000 and did not regret it one bit - it looked pretty great.
The staff is very friendly, and in our case, they actually kept the shop open for some time more till we completed our business. Outlets for Diwan Saheb are spread over Delhi and NCR:

40 E, Central Market, Lajpat Nagar - II
Delhi - 110 024, India
Tel : +(91)-(11)-41039009/41039010/29818866
Fax :+(91)-(11)-41039006

6 / 30 W.E.A, Ajmal Khan Road
Karol Bagh, New Delhi - 110005, India
Tel : +91-11-25739755 / 25767134
Fax: +91 11 41039026

23 / 4, East Patel Nagar
New Delhi -110008, India
Tel : +91 11 25781776
+91 11 25850492
Fax: +91 11 41039026

Shop No. F-9 & 10
Cross River Mall
Near Karkardoma Road,
Ph: 011-32425455

M/s Roopali Exclusive
G-2, The Hans Plaza
Ambedkar Road,
Ph: 120-6407200

Read more about Diwan Saheb at their website.

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