Thursday, 23 November 2017

Dine Like a Maharaja - Hyderabadi cuisine at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi

The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi is celebrating the deliciously exotic taste of authentic Hyderabadi cuisine in it’s festival, “Dine like a Maharaja”. The reason why Hyderabadi cuisine is so famous is because it is a perfect blend of the best of Turkish, Arabic and Mughal taste sensibilities. Some dishes from the Hyderabadi cuisine retain the taste of native Telugu and Marathwada.

Dine Like a Maharaja

Dine Like a Maharaja - Hyderabadi cuisine at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi

Dine Like a Maharaja
The delicacies have been curated  by the expert chef’s at the Leela ambience to allow you a visual as well as culinary treat. This is the season 2 of “Dine like a Maharaja” series. This culinary retreat has been designed for the food lovers who relish the ultimate taste of dishes from the state of Nawabs and Pearls.
Dine Like a Maharaja
Chef De Cuisine Ashwini Kumar Singh, personally visited the city of Hyderabad. Every little detail has been taken care of to recreate the hidden culinary jewels that reside in the lanes of the city by communicating with the localities and tasting the dishes, first hand!
Dine Like a Maharaja
The grand menu of this food fest offers a grand variety of dishes such as: Tootak, Arbi ki shami, Varqui Luqmi and lots more. There is good news for those with a sweet tooth too as a lots of desserts, such as: Khajoor ka halwa, sheer khurma, shahi tukda will be available too. So, you can totally satisfy your sweet cravings.
Food I Tried

Food I Tried
The ambience of the place too, has been recreated to feel similar to a royal durbars so that the diners can feel nothing short of a Maharaja while enjoying their meals. Striking decor such as use of Royal colours like deep Maroon, Bottle Green and luxurious fabrics along with paintings that look like they are right out of the Mughal era and silverware make the fest look aristocrat in every sense of the world!! 
Food I Tried

The seating arrangement is spread across a spacious lawn so that you can visit the fest and enjoy a sumptuous meal with your family.
Food I Tried

The buffet prices:

Adults: INR 1591 plus 18 percent GST
Kids between 5 to 12 years of age: INR 800 plus 18 percent GST
Food I Tried

Food I Tried

Having a first hand experience of tasting this cuisine, I surely recommend everyone to give it a shot. The gravies smell amazing and have a lively flavour of balanced notes of spicy, sweet and tangy. The sweet dishes are next level!! The live grill counter serve marinated non veg snacks with authentic hyderabadi touch.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Destination Kolkata : The Grand Trunk Culinary Journey

'Phuchka na Jhalmuri konta khabe babu?' boyfriend to girlfriend...

'Ma, aj raate luchi r kosha mangsho koro toh' son to mother...

'Ogo suncho! Parshee Macher jhol e ektu jomiye jhal diyo toh' husband to wife...

Kolkata is famous for its rich culture and street food delicacies with a variety..for its people and their big hearts. I miss Kolkata a lot these days. Since last couple of months i was missing those Phuckas and Jhalmuri. One of my friend told me that day about The Grand Trunk Culinary Journey hosted by The Leela Ambience Delhi Convention Hotel. I heard about this hotel many times but was waiting for the right opportunity to visit. The Journey started with Amritsar, made stops at Old Delhi and Beneras and now it ends with the final destination Kolkata. I boarded the train and got down at the last station 'Kolkata' popularly known as 'The City of Joy'. 

Destination Kolkata!

 A lady dressed in red and white saree which resembles traditional bengali festivity style welcomed us with a smile. The ambiance was perfect with Bengali folk songs playing live in front of you. The surroundings were decorated with a hand driven rickshaw, small yellox taxis and Howrah Bridge miniatures. The natural fragrance of 'Dhuno' was adding an extra essence to the environment. 

City of Joy :)

Kolkata ache Kolkata tei :)

Last Destination for The Grand Trunk Culinary Journey : Kolkata

                                                                          The chef Mr. Ashwani Kumar Singh took us for a walk to the food stalls and explained the uniqueness of the food served in brief. He personally went to Kolkata  to research about the food and specialities to make them. After the food walk we went back to the table and enjoyed the mouth-watering ‘Kolkata Phuckas’. And to surprise us, the taste of the phuchkas with the sweet and sour water took us back to the memories of streets of Kolkata. From jhalmuri to ghugni, singhara to fish fingers, kobiraji to illish mach bhaja, Chittal Peti to Bhetki Macher Paturi, the wide spread variety of starters and their taste grasped me with a bit of nostalgia remembering my mother’s handmade food. Among the main couse we had Biriyani, same old fragrance that you will find in the streets of Kolkata with Chicken Rezala. While there were plenty of choices, but Luchi and Kosha Manghsho is something that one should not miss to have. With rice we tried Parshe Macher Jhol and again it was something which every bong would crave for. Among the sweet dishes there were Langhcha, Rosomalai, Nalengurer phirni and Gujiya. And if someone gets a ‘Mishti Paan’ to end the journey, what more we could ask for.

Non veg starters : Fish Fingers :D

Maach Bhaja :)

Chital Peti :)

Kosha Mangsho :D

Kolkata Biriyani :)

Parshe Macher Jhol :)

Deserts Counter :)

Nolen Gurer Phirni :)

Sondesh, Rosogolla, Phirni and many more...

Mishti Paan...

The chef presented the menu with a variety of dishes for which Kolkata is popularly known. And he did a perfect job in choosing and making the dishes which will definitely give you a feeling that you are in Kolkata. The management and their hospitality  was very friendly  and helped us in choosing the best dishes.  With Poila Baisakh knocking at the doors, I think one irrespective of being a Bengali or not, if you are staying in Delhi or come here for some work or vacation, you must give your taste buds a try to these authentic Bengali cuisines available there. It will definitely give you the feeling that you are in Kolkata sitting next to your mom and having your dinner. 

All set to welcome you :)
Want to feel the essence of a wanderlust night that will take you to the streets of Kolkata and make you feel the enriched culture of Kolkata with ghazals, folk songs and stories to accompany with? Want to treat your taste buds with that taste of your mother’s hand that is lost somewhere in time? Want to save money to fly to Kolkata to enjoy the food? Grand Trunk Culinary Journey awaits your precious presence. Only 3 Days left to board ‘Destination Kolkata’, a train which will take you to the land of epic delights. The journey comes to an end on 16th April,2017. Enjoy! :)