Vikas Khanna is definitely one of the most handsome & down to earth chefs from the ones I have met so far and when he is cooking, giving out his useful tips and joking with the audience, pun intended, you become more a fan watching him cook, laugh & spread more love and happiness. USHA International, one of India’s leading consumer durables company recently hosted a cook out session with the man himself, six times Michelin starred chef and Brand Ambassador for Usha Kitchen appliances, Vikas Khanna at Delhi Golf Club.
Teddy Boy– a gastropub inspired from British subculture – is an ode to the classy pubs of 1950s that were extremely popular among the youth of Britain. Teddy boy (or Ted) was the name given to any young man of this subculture that was characterised by their Edwardian dressing sense (normally drape jackets, drainpipe trousers, a brocade waistcoat, and a narrow tie, with their hair neatly done up, usually in the form of a quiff) and a liking for rock-and-roll music.
The interiors, the menu, and the theme of the restaurant are all dedicated to the Teddy boy subculture. Proof of this are the big British flag on the right hand side wall as you enter and vintage pictures of Teddy boys on the menu. The interiors of the Pub have been done up quite stylishly, the plain brick walls creating a laidback atmosphere and big couches providing comfort for seating. Even the lighting, which uses dim tungsten bulbs adds to this relaxed feeling. We also noticed a large wall clock and wall mountings of antlers (not sure if they were real). The exceptionally high ceiling also lends a royal, rich feel.
Cafe Hawkers in Connaught Place is situated in a cosy, comfortable set up, a very colourful, funky & lively one indeed. Since hawkers are a worldwide famous concept and gather foodies on road with their specialties, Cafe Hawkers is easily accessible and is a very cutely designed paradise formatted into a small and cosy cafe.
The restaurant is very simple & cute actually the cutest I have come across. It is full of fun elements with colourful furniture, wooden carts, tables & cushions and made livelier with funky walls which had drawings of burger van, cotton candy cart and French fries on wheels. It’s a lovely, happy & merry place owned by Kanchan & Shruti Kapoor, coming from the legendary group of Gola Sizzlers.
Whatever be the occasion – a romantic dinner, a celebration, Kid’s Birthday Party, or a corporate event, what people remember for sure is FOOD! While everyone in the family has different preferences and choices, where most of us get stuck is how do we manage getting multiple dishes from multiple places! Recently, Team ChicLifeByte got to know about FoodCloud, an online portal that connects foodies with home chefs and caterers across Delhi-NCR. What we loved was that we had the option of choosing between 120+ chefs, 3000+ dishes and 10,000+ meals…wow! Isn’t that amazing??? It is the best place for all of us to find and order delicious home-cooked food made with love! On the platform, you can choose from a variety of cuisines and menus and have many mouthwatering treats delivered to your doorstep!
Guppy by ai, the contemporary Japanese bar and kitchen is located at the Lodhi Market, New Delhi. The ambiance of the restaurant is quirky, vibrant and eye catching. Every element has been carefully designed with original custom fabrication by artists and vendors from around India. It has a live sushi counter and a bar overlooking a delightful courtyard. The area also boasts of two specially sculpted metal lion fish lights and Japanese Kokeshi dolls, metal stacked tiffin boxes, vintage cameras and more such Japanese stuff picked from antique shops.
For us Indians, chai is a ritual followed not only in the morning but evening as well. Though we have hundreds of street vendors across the city for chai but it is quite difficult to find a perfect cuppa in the premium spaces. So when Team ChicLifeByte got to know about Mister Chai at Shangri La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi, we were quite excited. The Café is perfectly located and the branding was visible on one of the pillars as we entered the hotel. Lively, well lit, open café with grey and light green couches made for comfortable and pleasant seating.
Conceptualized by the renowned Dubai based interior design company Stickman Designs, Mister Chai is an intimate and relaxed space with a seating capacity of up to 50 guests and enclosed by a beautifully detailed brass balustrade, with each bookend creating a unique design detail. Placed to the left is the full height, gold-leaf-etched timber Tibetan prayer wheels and to the right is an intricate screen of planter boxes in colour contrast of black, red, green and brown interestingly called “Wall of Chai”. This quaint and exquisite element ensures that guests enjoy privacy from the main lobby.
Bevelled antique mirror walls add depth and open up this subtle space. Brass shelving is suspended delicately from the ceiling, displaying the unique varieties on offer. We were impressed by the fact that each feature adds its own distinctive character to create the perfect ambience for guests to relax and savour the delicacies on offer.
The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel has recreated the magic of Punjabi food and culture as Dilli 32, the Indian Cuisine restaurant takes you on a delightful culinary journey with ‘Amritsar on a platter’ through the Grand Trunk Road.
As I made my way to the hotel, to my surprise, the outdoor area was done in an array of bright phulkari colours, the colours of the true love & Punjab with Chef Rohit Tokhi and the main surprise planner Chef Ashwani Kumar Singh present overlooking & setting everything at the fest right & perfect.
Being a travel enthusiast, Airport is one of my favourite spot 🙂 And airport isn’t only about aircrafts or flights but a lot of other interesting things….like shopping and food!! Team ChicLifeByte did give you a review of Delhi Duty Free a few days back and this time it’s about food. So while I was taking a flight from Terminal 3, I stopped by at Plaza Premium Lounge of the Indira Gandhi International Airport situated on Level 1 of the airport (the same level where you have the food courts) post collecting my boarding pass and clearing security check.
Being a food blogger, it gives me immense pleasure to bring you updates about world cuisines. Team ChicLifeByte was recently invited to Peruvian Gastronomic Festival by Chef Bruno Andreas Santa Cruz at Hyatt Regency, Delhi. Peruvian Food Festival was done in association with the Embassy of Republic of Peru. Our research on Peru showcased a vivid and lively picture of the place based out of South America which made me quite enthusiastic on trying out the food and meeting Chef Bruno in person. Contrary to India, Peru food is quite simple. Main course is a piece of protein (chicken/meat), potatoes and rice. The food actually has an influence from Spain, Chinese, Japanese and Italy.