At the Hub

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Cyber Hub in Gurgaon has become an instant favorite for not only for those working in Cyber City but also for people living in and around Gurgaon. This ‘hub’ has numerous restaurants, cafes, pubs/bars to choose from and is the ideal place to hang out for a long laid back evening or even a quick meal. Since, it’s an open air complex and most restaurants have outdoor and indoor seating, it’s absolutely perfect during Delhi Winter. Some of the places that I cannot help but repeating in are Dhaba by Claridges (Love their innovative cocktails or tharras), Wine Company (more for the wines than the food) Soi7 (they have GREAT beer!)  and Sodabottleopenerwala (A Mumbai & Parsi food restaurant). I have talked about it here –

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Since I live pretty close by, I decided to try out the Olive Bistro which opened up on the 26th January and hence is only 5 days old. Keeping up to it’s name, Olive Bistro (OB) is gorgeous with it’s vintage yet casual decor. The food menu is definitely is limited sticking to a section of eggs, appetizers, mains, desserts and non alcohol drinks. In terms of it’s pricing, it’s much cheaper as compared to it’s counterparts in Mehrauli and Chanakya Puri. A meal for two will cost no more than Rs.1500.

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Revolving around the garden theme, there are tons and tons of flowers at every nook and corner of this bistro giving a very pleasant and romantic vibe.
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I absolutely loved the quirky accents in the indoor sitting area that made your use pastel colours sticking to white, blues or florals. Whether it may the chandelier of plates, the little hot air balloon decor pieces or the vintage bath tub with a shower watering plants, this little cafe is extremely charming at it’s first site.

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Coming to the food ; we ordered the classic Chicken Caesar’s Salad, crispy fried prawns (appetizers) and the OB special Pepperoni Pizza. I had no complaints from any of their dishes other than the fact that serving size could have been a bit bigger. The food was served at the perfect temperature and was yummy too. All the dishes were just right but not spectacular. The service was good as well! Sadly, we wanted to have the chocolate fondant for dessert but they weren’t serving it then.

Two things to keep in mind : 1. Olive Bistro doesn’t have a liquor license yet and should be getting it in about 2-3 months. 2. They day I visited the Bistro (28th Jan’14), they were facing issues with their credit card terminal and hence were accepting Cash only. 3. They don’t take any reservations.

Overall Verdict : You must try it out! Olive Bistro is not disappointing for the price you’re paying for the meal. It definitely not as great as the Olive Bar and Kitchen at the Style Mile but it’s ambience gives it very high points!

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Two more places the same evening were Soi7 and the Wine Company. Soi 7 is typically a bar which catches your eye for it’s beautiful wooden rustic ambience and dim lighting. During the day it’s perfect for a few beers before you head out for a meal at CPK or Sodabottleopenerwala. Soi7 is known for it’s self-brewed beer, lovely cocktails, good music and occasional boxing matches which are really fun to watch! This bar is a favorite amongst the Cyber Hub frequent visitors and hence most likely you’re going to find it full! They do take reservations so it’s best to book your self a table especially during peak hours (Wednesday/Friday/Saturday evenings). The service depends on how full it is and hence that may be a downside to the experience. I am not particularly a fan of the food there, but their Slow cooked chicken is definitely their best dish! It’s decently priced  costing about Rs.1500 for two (for alcohol and appetizers). They also have corporate discounts during the day where their Lunch Buffet is Rs.550+ taxes.IMG_3533

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The last place we visited was The Wine Company which is known for it’s good collection of wines and  inviting ambience.  I didn’t get try out the food here that night but we did  have a glass of Sangria each. Both, the red and white wine sangrias were lovely and  were priced at Rs.280/glass. A regular White/Red wine glass would cost you around Rs.180 which is not bad either. Ordering Wine by the bottle (Indian/Imported) would be a smart thing to do here as it’s pretty cheap compared to a lot of places in Delhi. I did want to try out the ‘pizza by the slice’, however it was unavailable. Unlike Soi7 they open up at 7 pm which may be a disadvantage for those working in and around the area and may want to go directly after office.

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They also have an Unlimited Sunday Brunch which offers Unlimited Prosecco or Martinis for 1500/head.
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Sorry for the poor quality photographs at The Wine Company. My camera didn’t cooperate much and hence the photographs were taken using my phone.
Hope you enjoyed the post!
If you want me to review any cafes/bars/restaurants be sure to drop in a comment 🙂
Till we meet again,
Sara

A winter weekend in Dilli

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My blog www.sarasuri.wordpress.com has shifted to www.melangeofmusings.com . As the name of the blog suggests, Mélange of Musings is my personal space for me to talk about pretty much anything and everything! I do have varied interests which range from photography to fashion to sociology. I wanted this space to be a medium for me to express my self whether it may be my gastronomic adventures, travel tales or random thoughts. I hope you enjoy the blog hereafter!

IMG_0098Right before my second semester of my Masters programme started, I decided to explore my favorite Delhi markets! Even though Hauz Khas village, Khan Market and Meherchand Market have been visted and revisited repeatedly there’s something so charming about them that makes me happy, especially in winter. Delhi’s been extremely cold since the past few days and there was definitely nothing more inviting than bacon and sausages at Khan Market or fried oreos in Hauz Khas! It was at that thought that this fabulous weekend began!

Day 1 : I started off by visiting the ‘village’ as it’s popularly known. I couldn’t stop my self from entering this little vintage shop – House of Blondie. I absolutely adore the stuff here as much I love the decor of the store itself which makes me feel like i’ve  entered a fashion time machine. My favorite items at the store are definitely the accessories, especially the necklaces, hands down! Some of their jewelry is also available at www.koovs.com.

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IMG_9996The perfect round sunglasses. EVERYONE, and I repeat, everyone needs to have a pair of these. Theyre extremely versatile and be paired but in numerous ways to pep up any outfit! These ones are available at the House of Blondie itself.

IMG_0007A little insight as to what I wore : I tried to keep the outfit chic while being extremely comfortable and warm at the same time. I ended up sticking to the staple all-black outfit while breaking the monochrome with the cream cozy snood and oxblood nail paint. Outfit details : Black sweater : H&M , Black Jacket : Forever21 , Black leather skirt : Forever 21 ,Black tights : Marks & Spencers

After the visit to House of Blondie, it was time for some coffee! I chose to go L’opera even though I haven’t ever tried their coffee as I’m usually too pre-occupied feeding my self macarons or croissants. I ordered the Americano and it was actually pretty decent! I would still like to stick to their french desserts but the coffee was a decent accompaniment.

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As soon as we got done with the coffee, my friend , Madhavi and I decided to head to New York Slice ,which is AMAZING! It’s  conceptualized around New York as the name suggests. The pizzas are named around areas in New York such Grand Central, Madison Square, Fifth Avenue and so on! This little diner lets you build your own pizza, buy a slice (which is what we did and it was really filling) or buy the whole pizza itself. We ordered a slice of the Grand Central – a classic pepperoni pizza and it was really yummy. It was no where close to being an authentic italian thin crust pizza but then truthfully it never claimed to be! It specializes typically in the American pan fried pizzas, which was (truthfully) what I craved for to beat the Delhi Winter. Along with pizza slice we ordered a portion of the Oreo Delight (Fried Oreos) which was simply out of the world! I havn’t ever seen fried oreos been ofered on any menu anywhere in Delhi and this was a pleasant surprise! They were served really hot , coated with sugar and when bitten into oozed of hot oreo chocolate and cream.

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Day 2 : The next day I went for brunch with to Khan Market at  The Blue Door Cafe. Here, my friend Shirin and I ordered two dishes and decided to split them between us. I ordered ‘The Works’ which was a breakfast special and oh boy, it really did work! They served scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, grilled tomatoes, hash browns , and bread! On the other hand, Shirin ordered the The Blue Door Cafe Hamburger which was a gastronomic delight! It comprised of a pork patty, bacon, bbq sauce, grilled pineapple and melter cheddar.I’d highly recommend going to this cafe and ordering something from their breakfast menu, the italian parma ham and cheese sandwich, the blue door house style crepe and the Blue door cafe hamburger. The cafe opens up as early as 7:30 am which is surely a plus point!IMG_0102

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From Khan Market , we drove down to Mehar Chand Market which is just a few minutes away. We chose to have a cup of traditional turkish coffee at Kunafa which was perfect after our lovely meaty brunch. Kunafa, a confectionary run by Nasser Barakat offers innumerable Arabic delights such as 15-16 kinds of Baklava, 30 differents kinds of Kunefa, dates, figs and honey. Even though its towards the pricier side, its a must visit for anyone who wants to try out some traditional and rich pastry from the Middle East.IMG_0100

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The final pitstop was Chez Nini , a french restaurant where we stopped for the last course : Dessert! We ordered Red Velvet Cupcakes which were rich and creamy yet extremely light.They were the icing to the cake ; an end to the perfect weekend 🙂IMG_0084Details : The red chairs and fairy lights at Chez Nini

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Outfit Details – Dress, Oversized Cardigan , Snood : Forever 21 . On my lips : Colourbar – Take me as I am , Orchid Pink 012 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Thanks a MILLION Madhavi and Shirin for coming along with me and clicking the outfit pictures on day 1 and day 2 respectively. Couldn’t have done with without you both!

Till we meet again, love you all

Sara

The Style Mile

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I wanted to try something different from my previous post on Dubai and this time thought it would be fun to an outfit of the day! I decided to visit “The Style Mile” and couldn’t resist writing about it! Under the shadow of the Qutub Minar , Style Mile , as the name suggests is one of the most fashionable and leisure- oriented streets in New Delhi. Inspired by European street culture, the style mile brings to you old heritage fused with high street style giving a new dimension to this quaint area in Mehrauli. It has an old world charm along with a non- omissible vibe of luxury. Starting from One Style Mile houses Olive, Kimaya and Crème Salon stretches to Steven Style Mile- also known as the Kila, this road is the perfect way to spend a wintery Sunday.

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 The first course at Style Mile is definitely the fabulous shopping extravaganza and pure indulgence experience. Offering Indian ethnic apparel , footwear and accessories, you will be truly satiated with the collection at Kimaya (One Style Mile) or Evoluzione (The Kila- Seven Style Mile ) have to offer you. You name the designers and they’re all there under one roof providing you with one of the best Indian luxury shopping experiences in the city. Some of the designer collections that you will definitely spot are by Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani, Rimple & Harpreet Narula , Rocky S, Shantanu and Nikhil just to name a few. This destination is ideal for finding the perfect Bridal, Festive, Resort or in fact even semi-casual wear. You will also find extremely delicate and intricately designed clutches by Kalaraksha, which are a definite must buy for any wardrobe. Both, Kimaya and Evoluzione are very similar with respect to their collections, however, Evoluzione gives more space to client to explore outfits using colour palettes or browse through designers far more easily than Kimaya. On the other hamd, in Kimaya, the client can easily create an outfit from head to toe without moving an inch. Other than these two stores, Style Mile also houses Sabyasachi @ Carma. Carma Mehrauli, being a heritage property perfectly complements Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s traditional designs as the vintage interiors of the store also designed by him reflect and truly bring out his rich collection. This ASI site, has adopted a completely a traditional persona with rugged walls, chandeliers, old wall hangings, numerous antique clocks.

 

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 As I continued my journey I came across  numerous restaurants, all having one definite thing in common, and that is:  the perfect fine dining experience.  Trishna , the restaurant for Bombay has a spectacular view of the Qutub Minar along with serving it’s signature sea food dishes under the shamianas accounting for a perfect romantic evening with your partner.  The prices do pinch the pocket as a meal will cost nothing less than Rs. 5000 for two excluding taxes and alcohol. If you do happen to try out the Trishna in Delhi, don’t miss their Butter Prawns as they’re an absolute delight to the taste buds. Thai High located in Ambawatta complex also offers a  open air seating (along with an indoor seating) with a direct sceneric view of the Qutub Minar. An authentic Thai restaurant in its essence, the ambience is breathtaking with its Buddha sculptures along with its terrace garden like ambience. Thai High has a private party area too where inviting a few friends for a pleasant and charming evening is a great idea. The most recommended dishes here are the steamed fish with lemon grass and the Thai red curry. Even though the Ambawatta complex does have valet parking, make sure you do have the patience to deal with the chaos of Mehrauli terminal just a few meters away .Finally, Cherie One Qutub, which is a comparatively new European fine dining restaurant, is located right after the Kila, down the road on style mile. The ambience is breathtaking with it’s canopies, hanging wine bottles being used as lamps at the entrance, large windows and plethora of plants giving it a rustic European feel.

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 Olive Bar and Kitchen, the highlight of the course , is located in One Style Mile is highly recommended if you want to have a nice elongated Winter Sunday Brunch or even a romantic dinner date. The restaurant is absolutely picturesque where the white building almost pushes one into a meditative state. If you are a fan of pizzas, then the wood fired and milano paper pizzas are definitely worth trying. The Brunch leaves you in awe with its never ending fare of fresh grills of prawns and tenderloin, a live pasta station , board of cold cuts, wine refills and mouth watering desserts counter all for 2200 + taxes/person. If you’re not in the mood for lunch, and just want to enjoy a couple of drinks, Dirty Martini is a 1920 speakeasy themed bar that you can access from the back door of the Kitchen. Unlike Olive, the lights are dim and cocktails are served in vintage tea cups giving you multiple experiences within same building itself.

The Style Mile is the perfect spot for a day of indulgence and pampering. Not only is it stunning but also has an extremely romantic and cozy vibe to it!

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Thanks a ton Madhavi Singh for taking all the photographs! You’re truly amazing 🙂

Also, Thanks a lot Neha for coming along with me an exploring this beautiful niche int the city!

Location Courstesy: Thai Hai Restaurant, Ambavatta Complex

What I’m wearing – Jumper : H&M , Leggings : Zara , Shoes : Forever21 , Bag : Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac , Rings : Forever21 , Hat : Forever21 , Sunglasses : Ray Bans . On my lips –  Amplified by Mac & Lasting Finish Matt (103) by Kate Moss- Rimmel London