A fortnight full of fun
The last fortnight and the one to come seem extremely filled with all the ingredients of what we can call fun. I started by running an experiment to figure out exactly what gets lost in home food delivery. I ordered ramen, a relatively less portable dish. Yet the day before I had tried the same dish at Mensho Tokyo (great place, by the way) and I must say that the home delivery was not the same 9/10 as on the way out but it was still a 7/ easy 10 and that’s quite commendable.
So overall, home delivery, even with complicated dishes, can be an acceptable compromise and Mensho Tokyo has amazing ramen. I’m told there’s another deadly good service by the name of @ramen_donn (they even collaborated with Mensho Tokyo); so this gentleman is also really worth naming.
While still in delivery, PopThai was a decent Thai service. Now, it’s not quite authentic, but it’s conscious enough to sit comfortably on the fence and it was delicious for local palates. So that too deserves congratulations. And then in a universe of delivery drowned in pizzas, a brand that passes the milestone of craftsmanship and yet delicious is Baking Bad – good basics,
quality toppings and enough choice to keep it fresh.
And finally, when I went out for a meal, it was to try the exquisite magic of Chef Avinash Martins of Cavatina Goa (his restaurant is one of the top three reasons to visit South Goa, the other two being Bar Tesouro and the airport). The Lodhi, as a hotel, is unique enough to try things that most hotels would avoid. That’s why I always make it a point to attend their collaborative events. Last time was Bangalore’s Grasshopper, another culinary super-hit. This time they knocked it out of the park with absolutely amazing food and drink, the kind that Delhi rarely sees, even with visiting foreign chefs. It’s over now, but put The Lodhi’s list on your calendar for future events.
Zooey is another cool sunset spot, done in what I can only describe as deliciously decadent. Good drinks while the food is an assortment of a few well done cuisines. With all the curtains and dim lighting, it feels like going to bed even at 1pm, which is great to start soaking up the “early evening”.
Then we held a small event for the European Union showcasing the best of their spirits and beers. For a region that can be considered the birthplace of (almost) all modern drink, you’re not just sipping something, it’s a taste of history. This is precisely what we were emphasizing while recalling the strict safety and hygiene standards that accompany this effort to preserve traditions and liquid culture. Consider that the next time you sip something from one of their 27 member states.
Next, I conducted a small tasting with the fine wines of Berton Vineyards in New South Wales, bringing to light the fact that there is nothing quite like “Australian wine”. Each sub-region of this one-island continent has its own unique wines. Berton Vineyards, with their metal tag variants, are a good representative of the state of NSW and the approved FTA will soon make them even more accessible.
Meanwhile, American winery Daou is set to launch in India and breaking away from the California image of expensive cult wines, these are superbly crafted wines that show stylistic distinctiveness at prices that don’t make water. to the eyes. We had featured them at an event organized by the USDA and it is good to see them hitting Indian shelves now.
For coffee lovers, Woke (cold brew) coffee comes in cans with just that nitro sprite to give you that velvety waterfall. It’s really good coffee even though the waterfall isn’t Guinness thick. Definitely worth stocking up for those rushed mornings.
As a farewell note, August 5th is International Beer Day and it was Erdinger and Simba who reminded me of that by supplying me with adequate supplies. These are beautiful beers (Dunkel from Erdinger and Wit from Simba); so we’re not complaining at all. And then BrewDog is finally opening its doors in Gurgaon and the NCR will have its first real microbrewery and I just hope the people of the ‘burb won’t be too confused by the taste of real micro-brewed ales.
As Karan Jain, CEO of BrewDog India summarizes, “BrewDog has a beer for everyone. Working with local producers and ingredients, our junk food farmhouse style of cooking is a big hit. Of particular interest is Wild Card Wheat, “specially developed for the Indian market”, and by virtue of its cool name, Elvis Juice. My biggest deal, though, they allow pets. So on the 5th coming up, you know in case you don’t open one at home, you know where to head.
The writer is a sommelier