Indian Fusion – Fancy & Flavoursome!

Try the North Indian delicacies here and we bet you will be craving to come back for more!

I love the way the love of food knows no bounds and so here in Pennant hills, our dinner kick-started with Tropical Orgasm and Shiela ki Jawaani and ended also with a dessert that seduces. Hold on to your thoughts! We are talking about their signature cocktail drinks which we thought were just right for those Friday night kicks.

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It is not like many other Indian eateries that like to keep it basic and simple, Indian Fusion is more for fancy dining. With plush lighting and decor, what attracted us most was their Bollywoodish bar board which read the famous Bollywood item numbers and northie dialogues like ‘O tereeee’, ‘galaan hor’ and ‘kukad rocks’.

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Now coming to their finest starters, which for us as the best part of the meal. Soya Chap ($ 13) and Tandoori Murgh ($15) are their popular starters. We absolutely loved their soya chap.

That is a must try here. I am still craving for those crispy chaps while writing this now.

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Young and energetic owner Sumeet Sarna had a chat with us and mentioned that he has studied hospitality management and has been in the industry for more than a decade now. I must say, he presents his experience rightly in both -food and restaurant management. They offer a fully stocked bar and do banqueting for small private parties.

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Zesty and flavoursome, their Paneer Butter Tarka ($18) melts in the mouth. We tried it with soft and just right Garlic Butter Naan ($4) which reminded me of my Amritsari food experiences in India. To add more flavour to the mains was Bhindi chatpati ($18), crispy okra with dry tomato gravy. All the fusion flavour ended with soft, subtle and not so sweet dessert – Pista Kulfi with roasted almonds ($8). We liked Indian Fusion and give this one full thumbs up!

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Cost of average meal for two: Approx $45
Address: 114 Yarrara Road, Pennant Hills NSW 2120.
Contact: Indian Fusion – (02) 9484 4662 / www.indianfusion.com.au

Choice & Bawarchi to come together

Desi Australia & Travel Coffee Vogue gives full thumbs up to Choice for fast food.

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We are officially the first one to break the news to our foodie followers that popular fast food chain Choice, in Harris Park, will come together with Bawarchi (another popular Indian joint established by the same owner which was shut) under the same roof by mid April.

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The good news for us is that now Choice will serve rich Punjabi and Guajarati dishes as well.

We were at this casual tasty restaurant last week. Chit chatting with the owners Bhavesh Trambadia and Romil Wadhwana over a cup of their elaichi loaded tea (one of the best masala teas we have had in Sydney), we were told that it was them who did catering for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was in Sydney. Well, that is an honour and the modest fact is they haven’t done any promotion about it at the restaurant.

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We started with the Chindian platter of Paneer Chilly ($8), Shezwan Noodles ($9) and Chinese Idli ($7).We loved every bit of it. It reminded me the Chindian style of Ahmedabad where garlic and red chilli flavours explode in the mouth. For main course we tried Chole Bhature ($9) and Andhra Masala Dosa ($10). The bhature were just right, soft and crisp at the same time. Chole had a different spice twist with paneer crumbs in it.

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Best part of the meal was Andhra spicy dosa which was better than many other south Indian places. This is definitely a must try. We were told this is made with their special secret 45-spice mix. These 45 spices in a $10 dosa absolutely made our taste buds go WOW. On a sweet note, we ended with Rabdi Falooda ($7). Topped with cherries, it was one more reason to say “yummy!”

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A very good CHOICE! We liked their fast food and it all comes at a very pocket friendly price. Now we are waiting to try their rich gravies from Bawarchi.

Choice Indian Fast Food

53 A Marion Street, Harris Park NSW 2150 (right near Harris Park train station)

(02) 9633 1948

http://www.choicefastfood.com.au/

High on Thai!!!

I am getting addicted to Thai food in Australia. Thai is the most popular cuisine here. Every happening restaurant strip, street or mall food court has at least one Thai place. But Bang Rak Thai gave me a foodgasm and now I am finding it difficult to beat this one with any other Thai joint.
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Dive into the the busy Central Coast restaurant strip opposite the pelican feeding spot, Bang Rak Thai being one of the most crowded restaurants definitely cannot be missed. This eight-month-old stand alone Thai eatery is already making waves. It has a simple, serene decor and seating arrangement set up with many Buddha wall hangings, statues and traditional Thai hand fans.
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It envelops you in the flavours and perfumes of Thailand celebrating the sweet heat of the region’s cooking, preparing everything in the kitchen from scratch. And the best part about Bang Rak is that vegetarian food here is equally good and has more varieties beyond just the typical signature veg Thai fried rice.
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We love the way sweet and fiery notes, soft and crunchy textures snuggle together — be it the crunchy spring rolls, king prawn or Som Tum (Papaya Salad). We heard from many that their Goong Yang (BBQ king prawns) are superb. It is grilled king prawns in Thai spices served with vegetables in garlic-pepper sauce and tasty peanut sauce. Another must try is Nam Prik Pow Gai (chilli jam and cashew nuts).Famous dish from Thai cuisine, this is stir fried roasted cashewnuts, chilli jam and onion with fresh seasonal vegetables and chicken optional. And if you are vegetarian and like it spicy. Then this one is our favourite and chilly ride to go for Kow pad hor lapa (chilli basil fried rice).
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The trio- owner Paul, his wife Money and Chef Freddy are very enterprising and keep innovating. Don’t hesitate to ask them if you want any dish customised. They have their express lunch meal for just $9.90. so when you’re at The Entrance, treat your taste buds with this one.
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  • Food – 5/5 (We’re making a bold statement here, but we think this is the best Thai place in NSW)
  • Ambience – 4/5
  • Service – 5/5
  • OVERALL = 4.5/5
Cost of average meal for two – $30-$40
Address: 107 the Entrance Road, The Entrance, New South Wales 2261, Australia.
Contact: Bank Rak Thai – (02) 4333 7099

IT’S TIME TO GO MEXICANA!!

Last week Travel Coffee Vogue was invited by Sofitel Mumbai BKC to have a chat with Chef Tania Tovar who is a specialist in Mexican cuisine, a resident and culinary artist of Mexico to experience the Hola Mexicana food festival at Pondicherry Cafe-Sofitel, which is happening from Jan 27th to Feb 5th 2015  7pm onwards. FullSizeRender (5)
Mexican culture is perhaps one of the most fascinating cultures worldwide. We could totally relate to it and experience it right from the moment we stepped in. The restaurant comes alive with larger than life Mexican décor and foot tapping Latin music to suit the occasion. Be it the ambience or arrangements, the way the stalls were put up or the way the staff was dressed. We were warmly greeted by the hotel staff. All of them seemed really passionate about their work. DSC_2316 (1)FullSizeRender (7)

Commenting on Mexican food fiesta, Chef Tania Tovar said “It is wonderful for me to present the taste of Mexico to Mumbai, and i hope many will take advantage of that”. She also adds that Mexican and Indian cuisines have many similarities in terms of spices and flavours therefore, we offer our guests a medley of hot flavours associated with Mexican cuisine with Indian touch.FullSizeRender (10)

In conversation with Chef Tania Tovar, She shared her few recipes:

Jalapeno Margarita
Jalapeno Margarita

Jalapeno Margarita 

Ingredients:

45 ml Viva Mojo Tequila

15 ml Cointreau

20 ml lime juice

20 ml sugar syrup

5 slices Jalapeno

Method:

Step 1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle jalapeno slices, add Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and sugar syrup and lots of ice.

Step 2. Shake well and double strain in a salt rimmed Margarita glass.

Step 3. Garnish with a slice of jalapeno.

Lamb Broth
Lamb Broth

Lamb Broth

Ingredients:

½ Kg of lamb leg

1 tbs oregano

Salt

1 tomatoes

1.5 lts water

100 grs chickpeas

1 tbs vegetable oil

White rice

Method:

Cook the lamb in steam with oregano and 1 cup of water. In 1cup of water boil the tomato and then blend. In a pot boil the water the tomato sauce, the meat juice and the lamb. Cook the chickpeas and add them to broth as well as the rice.

Sweet Corn Cake
Sweet Corn Cake

Sweet Corn Cake

Ingredients:

750 grs sweet corn

1 cup of flour

5 eggs

600 grs condensed milk

178 ml evaporated milk

200 grs butter

1 tbs baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tbs vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

Method:

Blend all the ingredients. Pre heat the oven at 200°C and bake the cake for 1 hour.

Sofitel Jyran shares its Kohinoor Gosht Biryani recipe

In conversation with Sofitel Jyran Executive Chef Indrajit Saha.

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Recipe                     Kohinoor Gosht Biryani

                                    (No oil, no butter, no ghee)

INGREDIENTS

 

20 GMS                     Green Cardamom

100 GMS                  Aniseed Lucknow

10 GMS                     Black Cardamom

10 GMS                     Bay Leaf

20 GMS                     Black Cumin Seeds

2 KG                            Mutton

5 KG                            Milk

150 GMS                  Green Chilli

500 GMS                   Cream

1 KG                              Rice

100 GMS                    Ginger Paste

200 GMS                    Almond

200 GMS                    Brown Onion

                                         Salt to taste

 Method:

 

  1. Cook mutton, milk and ginger paste together in a stock pot with all the whole spices.
  2. Cook well, until mutton is cooked to soft.
  3. Add salt and remove mutton from the above milk and ginger paste mixture.
  4. Soak the rice for two hours.
  5. Cook the soaked rice in remaining cream and chilli mixture until half done. Now add the cooked mutton and top it up with the entire rice.
  6. Wrap the container with silver foil for 10 to 15 minutes..
  7. Remove the wrap and garnish with brown onion and almonds.

Oye Kake! The real taste of Punjab!

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Amritsar comes to Mumbai..!

With delicious exploding flavours of the Punjabi cuisine; Oye Kake, brings to you the ultimate Punjabi dining experience!

Located in the heart of downtown Mumbai at Fort and other outlet in central at Ghatkopar, Oye Kake offers an enormous variety of delectable vegetarian Punjabi dishes richly prepared in desi ghee and butter.

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The restaurant’s interiors are decorated with hand painted pictures, colourful pots and artefacts that will transport you instantly to Punjab! And the God father picture custom made into God Kake is very adorable.

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The rustic ambience of the restaurant combined with its tasty dhaba style food present a typical Punjabi feast.

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The food menu is vast and tempting; with popular Punjabi food items prepared in spicy gravies, stuffed parathas and lassis.

Some of the most famous traditional delicacies include; Cheese Kulchas with Chole (Rs119), Paneer Peshawari with Garlic Naan (Rs 254) and we really loved their newly added dish Nutree (Rs 169) which is a  soya and paneer mixed in rich masala gravy.

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For appetizers you can try their Cheese Paneer Papdi, Tandoori mushroom cheese melt and Khate meethe aloo chaat (Rs195 each).

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Even if you are full, walking out of here without the dessert will be a big mistake. Their Gulab jamun (Rs65) and Matka Malai Kulfi (Rs65) will make you go wow.

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They have many mini meals also for just Rs155. If you want to just snack up here then we recommend you their Masala Pav, this one is little different.

With the expertise of local chefs and with the use of an incredible mix of a variety of Indian spices, Oye Kake retains the authenticity of the Punjabi cuisine.

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Abhir Dhawan and Hardeep Singh, food enthusiasts and owners of the restaurant say:

“At Oye Kake we ensure that we provide our customers with the best Amritsari food. All meals are prepared with ingredients and spices from Amritsar alone and the stuffed Kulchas, a must-try at the restaurant are prepared with the water sourced from Amritsar! We wish to offer our guests the most delicious food, with the best service, and with a reason to return for a sumptuous meal yet again!”

Travel Coffee Vogue really loved this place and we say if you want to try true vegetarian taste of Amritsar, Oye Kake is the best place to go looking for it.

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Average meal for two people :Rs 600

Contact : 02230151552 (Ghatkopar) / 02222871882 (Fort)