Italian Fine Dining at Cena Pranzo, Grand Hyatt, Gurgaon
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by pawansoni
2d ago
To celebrate the special occasion of my wife’s birthday, we chose to dine at Cena Pranzo located in the Grand Hyatt Gurgaon. The restaurant, which translates to “dinner” and “lunch” in Italian, offers fine dining Italian cuisine for both lunch and dinner. With a seating capacity of over 60 guests, the restaurant provides a sophisticated indoor and alfresco seating. We began our evening with cocktails, noting that at Rs1050, Cena Pranzo’s cocktails are competitively priced compared to the straight alcohol; perhaps they want to showcase their cocktails. Complimentary bread platters accompani ..read more
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Qavalli, Worldmark, Aerocity, New Delhi
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by pawansoni
2w ago
Gone are the days when restaurants were just eating out places. Today they serve as destinations to enjoy good food and drinks apart from entertainment. This could be in the form of games, sufi music, stand up comedy or even as a dancing venue. In our Facebook group, Gurgaon Food Freak, I have read many queries regarding people wanting to enjoy food along with ghazals and Qavalli but there weren’t any options that I could think of. Finally, there is a restaurant called Qavalli at Worldmark Aerocity. We went to Qavalli along with another couple on a Friday night. These qavalli nights happen eve ..read more
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Dhansoo Cafe, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon
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by pawansoni
2w ago
For Sunday dinner, as a family we went out to Dhansoo Cafe at Ambience Mall. With my daughters becoming much busier than me, this is pretty rare these days. This is my 3rd or 4th visit to Dhansoo Cafe and I must say that they serve some amazing food. Starting from the complimentary bun-maska (you just can’t but love them) to their cocktails, almost everything was amazing. I must also mention that their special cocktails at Rs395 are pretty pocket friendly as well. We started with bhutte ki kees. This Indori special dish was served in a pav bhaji style. Buttery, creamy and that sweet flavo ..read more
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Treasures of the Sea at Mina Fish Market, Abudhabi
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by pawansoni
1M ago
Fish market at Abudhabi is a place that sells amazingly fresh seafood. One also has an option to get it cooked at nearby restaurants and eat them there at AED 15/kg (approx Rs325). We picked up jumbo prawns, sea bass, lobster and local fish called hamour. Prawns and sea bass delighted. We asked for lobster to be cooked in butter garlic. But the people conversing with us were from Egypt they didn’t understand. What we got was lobster in very mild garlic sauce. It wasn’t bad but not what we were expecting. We were slightly overcharged on the cooking and my friends mentioned tha ..read more
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Ravi Restaurant, Dubai : Excellent Pakistani Food
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by pawansoni
1M ago
One thing that I watch most on YouTube and Facebook is videos about Pakistani food. I can’t travel to Pakistan given our diplomatic relations. However, I have eaten few Pakistani dishes, courtesy some chefs including Osama Jalali. And that is why Pakistani Kadai was on my mind when I visited UAE. Someone suggested Ravi restaurant in Dubai and we went there for lunch today. Pronounced as ‘Raavi’, it is a popular Pakistani restaurant located in the Old Dubai area called Karama. Serving almost 400-500 guests from a 50 seater restaurant speaks highly of their efficiency. On request I could even v ..read more
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SAL, Burj Al Arab, Dubai – Luxury Defined
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by pawansoni
1M ago
I have passed Burj Al Arab multiple times in the past but I never ventured in. Today we decided to check their chic beachside restaurant overlooking the glittering Arabian Gulf called SAL. With a minimum spend condition of 250 AED (INR 5750) per person, we tried to be careful with our order but with the last dish (sea bass) that we ordered, we exceeded the minimum-spend criteria. First things first, the place has the most amazing ambience. Not only the most fancy cars, one can literally see all the luxury brands even if it was a beachside. I loved the sleek and thin glass tumblers in w ..read more
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Kashkan by Chef Ranveer Brar, Dubai : Kashmir to Kanyakumari
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by pawansoni
1M ago
Last night at Dubai, we ventured out to try this new restaurant by Chef Ranveer Brar called Kashkan, portmanteau of Kashmir to Kanyakumari. A large 180 seater restaurant with few PDR’s (Personal Dining Room) and beautiful outside seating overlooking the water front with musical fountain and giving the view of grand Burj Khalifa, we couldn’t have asked for a better view. As we started to order, we met Jitendra, our server who had served me at Punjab Grill at Aerocity almost 3 years ago. What a lovely coincidence and he recommended us a couple of must order dishes from the menu. The first b ..read more
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Qla, Mehrauli, New Delhi: Finest European Restaurant?
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by pawansoni
2M ago
I hate it when people don’t respect each other’s time. Even as a child, I was amongst the first one to reach the school or to a movie hall. The same discipline also reflects in the events held by Gurgaon Food Freak or our sister groups. But it surely isn’t a case at most places still and hence I can understand a 30 minute delay. Yesterday I was invited for a tasting table at Qla near Qutub Minar. Something has always come between me and Qla since the time it started and I could never make it to that restaurant even when talented Chef Priyam Chatterjee was at the helm. Even yesterday, it was my ..read more
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Varanasi – City of Spirituality, Culture & Street Food
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by pawansoni
2M ago
It was still dark when we stepped out of our taxi outside NDLS. We were about to board a train which has become a matter of national pride to travel to a city which is as much at the centre of Hinduism and spirituality as it is in Indian politics.  You can read a detailed account of our train travel here : https://indianfoodfreak.com/2023/10/29/vande-bharat-train-my-experience/ As a first-time visitor to Varanasi, the experience is nothing short of visceral amalgamation of authenticity and spirituality. With each heartbeat, you’re fully absorbed in an intensely vivid rainbow of experience ..read more
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Vande Bharat Train : My Experience
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by pawansoni
4M ago
After years, I had the opportunity to travel on an Indian train, specifically the Vande Bharat, which is often hailed as a source of pride for the Indian Railways. My anticipation was elevated due to the numerous vlogs and blog posts that had raised my expectations. Here are my initial impressions. **Advantages:** – The train departed punctually, a promising start. – The newly implemented electronic control for coach gates facilitates traveling with luggage. – The smart uniforms of the catering staff were quite appealing. – The washrooms have been upgraded to eco-friendly standards, resemblin ..read more
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