#NewMenuAlert: Hong Kong Club’s New Menu Promises A Burst Of Flavours With An Edgy Twist 


Highlights

  • Hong Kong Club by Andaz Delhi is a lounge specialising in Cantonese food
  • The Hong Kong Club has found a loyal fanbase among foodies
  • The ingredients for the new menu are sourced from local farms

When about a year back, Andaz Delhi came up with a lounge specialising in Cantonese food, the expectations were towering high. After all, Andaz’s first outing in AnnaMaya had already struck a chord with foodies who loved the delicious, clean and locally sourced food that was on offer. The Hong Kong Club at Andaz, Delhi has been equally successful at finding a loyal fanbase among authentic Cantonese food lovers. And if you have haven’t had the chance to visit this trending hotspot as yet, Hong Kong Club’s sumptuous new tasting menu may be the motivation you have been looking for all this while! 

Speaking about the new menu, executive chef Alexander Moser said, “working with Chef Fuhai, we have created a modern day story, inspired by traditional Cantonese cooking. Using carefully sourced ingredients from our local partners, with time-honoured techniques, we have curated a menu with punchy flavours and the occasional edgy twist. ” 

(Also Read: 5 Things You Should Never Do While Eating Chinese Food)

While Delhi has no dearth of options or accessibility to Chinese food, an authentic Cantonese fair is a rare deal. The extensive range of captivating cocktails and liquers, further elevate the dining experience at this exclusive restaurant.

Cantonese cuisine refers to the cuisine popular in China’s Guangdong Province, particularly the provincial capital, Guangzhou. The eclectic blend of sauces, balance of cold and dry ingredients and soothing consistency of soups and wok-fried dishes make Cantonese cuisine a gastronomic showstopper of sorts in the gourmet space.

The Hong Kong Club, promises to take you on an authentic and flavourful ride through the streets of Guangzhou and offer you some of the best dim sums like the crystal dumplings made with the goodness of cauliflower, red and chinese cabbage or the delicious prawns, asparagus and crispy garlic dumplings. Bao lovers can enjoy a toothsome spread of classic barbequed pork and chicken bao, or the mixed mushroom and oyster sauce bao. Then there’s a range of crispy fried, boiled and lotus leaf wrapped dumplings to leave you further spoiled for choices. 

The hot and cold appetizers made with the locally grown veggies makes for a scrumptious treat too! From asparagus, home cured cucumber, spinach, endives, pomello, scallions, shallots and a lot more fresh and crunchy delights are tossed in a variety of sauces is sure to leave your taste buds tingling long after you have left. 

(Also Read: 13 Best Vegetarian Chinese Recipes| Easy Chinese Recipes)

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Hong Kong Club’s new menu will leave you spoiled for choices

Those looking for authentic Cantonese soup are in for a treat too! Clear mushroom broth with Kashmiri morels wonton, seafood hot and sour soup with prawns and squid lobster and hand-pulled noodle soup, chicken broth with vegetable and crispy shallots are some of the soothing treats on offer. 

Barbeque Hong Kong duck, pork belly, wok fried bamboo red rice, Cantonese sweet and sour prawns, lobster, chicken and crispy noodle fungus with shitake mushrooms are some of the other exciting dishes of the new menu that looks oh-so-interesting to miss! 

Where: Hong Kong Club, Andaz Delhi, Asset 1, Aerocity, New Delhi

Cost For Two: INR 3500





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Google Set to ‘Redesign’ Sharing Menu on Android to Deliver Faster Experience


Google is considering fixing the sharing menu on Android as a “priority”, revealed Android Engineering VP Dave Burke. The executive also said that his team was working on a redesign to deliver a faster and nicer sharing experience to users. An improved sharing menu on Android has become the need of the hour as it started lagging following the arrival of new options to share. Also, even in Android Pie, the search giant hasn’t provided any major fix towards the sharing menu.

“It’s a priority, just a big job,” Burke said while responding to Artem Russakovskii of Android Police on whether the team is fixing the sharing menu on Android. “We’re working on a redesign with a different underlying data model (push vs pull) that will be much faster and nicer to use.”

As Burke specified in his response, the Android team is changing the underlying data model to pushing data to the menu instead of having the menu pull that data once someone tries to share on a device. This reduces the time being consumed by pulling the data.

Burke hasn’t mentioned that how the team will push the redesigned sharing menu to Android devices around the globe. It is, however, safe to presume that the new experience could be a part of the next Android Pie point release or one of the first beta builds of Android Q that could come sometime in the first quarter of next year.

At the Android Developer Summit last week, Google hinted at the arrival of Android Q for all developers earlier than expected by announcing the release of Generic System Image (GSI) for the general public. The new Android platform is also set to have a bunch of features dedicated to foldable smartphones, one of which will certainly come from a Samsung factory in the coming future. Furthermore, there will be a multi-resume feature to provide space for multiple apps to run simultaneously.





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Ranveer Singh Deepika Padukone Wedding: Here Are Some Decadent Details About The Menu!


Highlights

  • Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone will have 2 wedding ceremonies
  • The couple will have seperate menus for both wedding ceremonies
  • Swiss chefs and bakers will create the couple’s wedding cake

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will know that two Bollywood A-listers and the Indian film industry’s most talked-about couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are tying the knot this week. The couple, who have been together for six years now, have decided to get married in an intimate but luxurious affair in Lake Como in Italy. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have both flown out to Italy and the rumour mills are working overtime to get their fans all the new details and photographs leaking out from the venue and the wedding preparations. Till now, there have been reports that have suggested that the couple will have two separate wedding ceremonies- one South Indian style and other one will be Sindhi style to represent both the bride and the groom’s region and caste. The wedding will take place at a spacious villa in Italy where the wedding party has already set base and according to reports, the prep is on in full swing.

We also know that the celebrations are only going to involve very close family and friends, and a number of other Bollywood A-listers have been given a miss. There are a number of interesting tidbits that have trickled out about the food that is going to be served at the various functions as well. A report by Bollywoodlife.com has revealed that there will be separate menus at both the South Indian and the Sindhi wedding events. The cuisines and dishes will match the style of the wedding traditions. The report further said that the cuisine at Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s wedding will be a mix of Indian and continental foods. Italian foods will also feature on the menu, which promises to be decadent and elaborate.

The report also says that Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s wedding will have Swiss chefs and bakers, who will be flown to Italy for the gala affair, to serve toothsome desserts and a decadent wedding cake! Well, we just can’t wait for the celebrations to start, so that we can take a look at all the decadence that the guests at Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s wedding will be treated to. The much-awaited wedding sure promises to be one of the most-talked about affairs of the year. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh had publicly announced their engagement and impending wedding in identical posts on their respective social media pages, sending their fans into a frenzy and eliciting a barrage of congratulatory messages from their friends in the fraternity.



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Ever Wonder What’s on the Menu for Astronauts?


Neil Armstrong may have taken that first small step for man onto the moon, but it was John Glenn who took the first slurp of applesauce for humankind.

Until he ate while orbiting Earth in 1962, scientists at NASA weren’t sure humans could swallow and digest food while in space. Luckily, he chowed down in zero gravity with no trouble. Today’s astronauts sometimes spend months at a time living in the International Space Station (ISS), so they’d get pretty hungry without a few snacks!

Of course, while the human body is happy to take in a meal while hovering 250 miles above Earth, the process of cooking and eating food isn’t exactly the same as it is back home. That’s why NASA scientists are still working hard to perfect astronaut menus. A healthy diet is even more crucial for space farers than it is here on the surface, because spending time in space makes your body start to lose bone and muscle mass. NASA has to figure out how to send food up in a rocket, store it for as long as possible and make sure it delivers a perfect balance of nutrients – and it has to keep astronauts from getting bored, too!

“Imagine trying to eat the same food for every meal for six months. You may get tired of the food and eat less than you need to maintain weight, health and performance. That’s why we have to make sure there’s a large variety of healthy food available for the astronauts to make choices,” says F. Ryan Dowdy, ISS food system manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Astronauts have about 200 food items to pick from. According to Dowdy, a lot of the options are surprisingly similar to meals we eat on Earth.

“Whether it’s macaroni and cheese or chocolate pudding cake, it’s important for the astronauts when eating to be reminded of home,” he says. “Food can be an important psychological comfort in the stressful environment of space.”

It’s the preparation that’s unique: Food often has to sit in storage for six months before it even goes into space – and last for weeks or months at a time once it’s up there – so NASA designs everything with a shelf life of at least two years. Macaroni and cheese is freeze-dried (meaning that most of the moisture is removed, which makes it safe to store at room temperature), and astronauts add hot water to it on the space station. Chocolate pudding cake is preserved similarly to canned food, but NASA puts it in a flexible pouch so it takes up less space.

Some Earth foods are already perfectly fit for zero-gravity consumption. Tortillas, for example, are a great alternative to bread – they last a long time in storage, and they don’t form crumbs that float around and get caught in important parts of the ship. Astronauts can also request small quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables whenever NASA sends supplies up, but for the most part, they’re eating various combinations of super-durable stored foods.

As NASA looks to the future of spaceflight – with missions to Mars, and perhaps even farther – the agency has to design even more durable food. It takes about eight months to get to Mars, and astronauts will have to bring food for the journey home, too. Dowdy says NASA is working to extend the shelf life of its foods to around five years, but experiments in space farming are also part of the plan.

Astronauts on the ISS are able to farm plants such as lettuce in small quantities, but Dowdy says it will take some time before this is a sustainable source of calories. He thinks 3D printed treats may also be on the menu someday soon. One thing is for sure: It’s going to take a lot of scientific know-how to feed the space explorers of the future.

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#NewMenuAlert:The China Kitchen’s New Menu Brings Home Beijing’s Authentic Street Food


Highlights

  • The China Kitchen at Hyatt Regency Delhi recently completed 11 years
  • Their new menu inspired by Beijing’s authentic street style food
  • Their new menu is an exciting play of colours, texture and flavours

The China Kitchen at Hyatt Regency Delhi recently completed 11 years in the food industry. To celebrate the special occasion they introduced about ten to fifteen new dishes in their menu inspired by Beijing’s authentic street style food. The China Kitchen’s menu which currently boasts of more than 130 dishes continues to feature The China Kitchen’s most loved dishes like peking duck, gong bao chicken, cumin lamb and mapo tofu, along with an array of oriental delights from China’s streets as part of the new menu.  

One of the striking feature of the new menu is the play of colours and flavours across all the dishes. The spicy green dumpling made with the goodness of asparagus, lotus and peas is a stellar and vibrant vegetarian delight which won our hearts for both it’s visual and culinary appeal. Team them with sweet and sour chilly sauce and you would know what we mean. 

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Spicy green dumplings

For seeking inspiration for the new menu, we were told that some of the chefs actually flew to China, and stayed there for a couple of months to study their unique street food specialties. As a result, most of the dishes are not so mild and come loaded with spices that are sure to fare well with Indian palates. The peppery after-taste of the 4 seasons vegetable dumplings is a fine example. If that is not hot enough for you, try their wok-fried spicy mushrooms. Fried crisp, these shiitake mushrooms served with bullet chilies and spring onion, were full of texture and crunch. The Sichuan-style chicken wanton served in a chilly broth made with a mix of chilly flakes, coriander and veggies, makes for a filling and toothsome treat too. 

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4 Season dumplings

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spicy chicken wanton

Of course, it would be a crime to visit The China Kitchen and not try their traditional roasted peking duck. The China Kitchen chooses to retain the classic as is and we cannot be more glad! You can choose to have the sweet and tender meat served in roll-ups or team them with sauce of your choice.

From the new menu however, the major highlight was the Shanxi style belt noodle. The flat noodle was served with a delectable mix of fresh, green veggies, chilly flakes, Chinese vinegar and sesame oil. The chef revealed that the  noodle is passed through the machine twice to get the characteristic thickness and length.  

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Shanxi style belt noodle

Clay pot king fish tossed in spicy sauce, hunan-style spicy sliced chicken, wok-fried chilly prawns are some other notable new additions that impress on all accords; texture, presentation and essence. The way the dishes retain the crunch and freshness of vegetables is also worth commending. 

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Kingfish tossed in spicy sauce 

For desserts we were served chocolate fondue with an assortment of pastries, marshmallows, eclairs and fruits. The cream-filled choux pastry dipped in the silky and indulgent chocolate fondue is perhaps the best close you can ask for. 

Where: The China Kitchen, Hyatt Regency New Delhi 
Timings: 12noon – 2:30pm, 7pm – 11:30pm



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#NewMenuAlert: Guppy Celebrates Fifth Birthday With New 5-Course Menu And Exciting Offers


Highlights

  • Guppy in Delhi is celebrating its fifth birthday with new menu and offers
  • There are 2 new menus- one with Signature dishes and one with sushis
  • Additionally, Guppy is offering 100% discount on every fifth lunch

Delhi’s very own sojourn for Japanese food lovers, Guppy, is celebrating five years since its launch. To commemorate the occasion, the restaurant has added a delightful new menu to its regular one, and it will be available all September. The chefs at the restaurant have created a special five-course meal menu, with multiple signature dishes, which promise to delight your taste buds and give you warm fuzzies in the tummy. Additionally, Guppy has also come up with ‘5 return gifts’, which are basically five special offers, which are valid throughout the month of September 2018. So, let’s take a look at what exactly Guppy has on offer for you during its fifth birthday celebrations and whether or not, it’s worth your while.

The Superstars Menu At Guppy

This five-course menu contains the whole package for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, including amuse bouche, soups and salads, sushi, starters, mains, accompaniments, and desserts. In non-vegetarian salads, there’s the Chirashi Seafood Salad that has prawns, tuna, salmon, crab with seasonal greens; while the vegetarian Guppy House Salad has crunchy vegetables, hearts of palm and bamboo shoots in karashi mustard dressing. The non-vegetarian sushi is made from salmon and fish eggs; while the vegetarian sushi consists of cream cheese with cucumber, avocado and asparagus. For non-vegetarian starters, there’s Chicken Karage, which is a Japanese version of soy and sake marinated fried chicken; while the vegetarian starters consists of Mushroom Gyoza, which is basically gluten-free crispy-bottom steamed pot stickers.

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The non-vegetarian mains have three different options to choose from- Signature Pork Belly, Signature Black Cod and Tenderloin Cubed Steak, while their vegetarian counterparts have two stunning dishes- Mushroom Toban Yaki and Teriyaki Glazed Artichoke and Tofu. The accompaniments include garlic fried rice and Udon Noodles with exotic veggies, while the desserts include red velvet cake and matcha pudding. The menu is available all through September at just Rs. 1,555 (exclusive of taxes).

Also Read: #NewMenuAlert: Karma Kismet In GK 2 Serves Cocktails With A Twist

Unlimited Sushi Menu At Guppy

Can there be a Japanese food fiesta without sushi? We think not, and Guppy is making sure that the city’s sushi lovers have their fill with their unlimited sushi menu, which will also be available at the restaurant, but only on Mondays all through September. There are enough options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians to choose from. This menu includes different courses of sushi with options like Uramaki, Hosomaki, Gunkan, Nigiri and Temaki, along with courses of soup, salad, appetiser and the chef’s selection of petit fours (an assortment of bite-sized desserts).

Also Read: Sushi Trail: Top 9 Restaurants in New Delhi

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Signature pork belly at Guppy, Delhi

The restaurant is taking the celebrations to the next level with some irresistible offers including a 25% discount for everyone whose birth dates have the digit 5 in it and a 100% discount on every fifth lunch this month. So, if you’re a Japanese food lover, this is your chance to binge on your favourite dishes without leaving a dent on your pockets or without actually having to travel all the way to Japan!

Where: 28, Main Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi

Cost: Rs. 1,555 per person (for both Supertars Menu and Unlimited Sushi Menu)

Timings: Noon to 3.30 pm and 7 pm to midnight (only in September)



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Rakshabandhan 2018: This Healthy Rakhi Menu Featuring Our Best Guilt-Free Recipes Is A Culinary Delight


Highlights

  • Rakshabandhan is just around the corner
  • Rakhi celebrates the bond of love between a brother and a sister
  • Rakhi can be a healthy affair too if you want

Rakshabandhan or Rakhi is just around the corner. Beautiful rakhis and traditional sweetmeats have made their way to the markets already, and the festive vibe is too vivid to miss. Rakshabadhan or Rakhi celebrates the bond of love between a brother and a sister. Sisters apply tilak on the foreheads of their brothers and tie rakhis around their wrists and feed them delicious mithais. In return, brothers vow to protect their sisters against all adversities. They also shower their sisters with amazing gifts. Much like all festivals in the country, Rakhi too has a special association with food and all things decadent. Besides the mithais and chocolates on the Rakhi thali, a festive Rakhi spread is a common feature across many households. Relatives visit each other and after celebrating Rakhi, all of them gather to indulge in a delicious lunch/dinner. From traditional, to fusion and to continental, a Rakhi spread could be whatever you want it to be, so how about making it healthy this time? Yes, this is the time when the entire world around you is busy feasting. But that does not mean you need to stay back in your room with a bowl of oats. 

Here is a fully planned delicious and healthy menu for your Rakhi spread to avoid all fuss of putting together a great show! 

Drinks: 

Apple chia seeds smoothie is a great way to kick-start your Rakshabandhan spread on a healthy and nutritious note. All it takes is five minutes and three ingredients to whip up this cold and delicious smoothie. For those looking for something sweet, tangy and light at the same time, this pineapple panna by Chef Rajdeep Kapoor is sure to impress. 

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Apple chia seeds smoothie is a great way to kick-start your Rakshabandhan spread on a healthy and nutritious note

Starters: 

There is so much that you can do for snacks, if you are willing to explore and experiment. For instance, these multigrain sev puris, the recipe by Chef Sareen, are a healthy rendition of our all-time favourite Maharashtrian snack. Made with the goodness of guacamole, beans sprout and mint sauce, this lip-smacking treat is a must-try. The toothsome tandoori gobhi is our next recommendation in the menu. Tandoori and tikka preparations are much healthier than fried goods. Team this delicious tandoori gobhi with scintillating mint chutney and munch guiltlessly. Badam papite ke kebab with pineapple salsa is another interesting recipe you can try your hands at this festive season. The tender, melt-in-mouth kebabs are the perfect amalgamation of health and taste. 

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Multigrain sev puri

Mains

Sneak it in sandwiches, samosas, or just have it alone, soya bhurji is always a show stealer. This low-cal and delicious recipe of spicy soya bhurji is also a star in its own right. Team it up with healthy multigrain rotis and you are good to go. For the stew/gravy lovers, we have delicious black chana and coconut stew. Made with the goodness of black chanas and veggies like eggplants, bottle gourd and zucchini cooked in coconut milk, this stew is as light and hearty as it can get. Another sumptuous and filling treat you can try this Rakshabandhan is mushroom and herb-filled tomatoes. Tomatoes filled with onion, mushrooms, garlic and garden fresh herbs are sure to leave everyone slurping. Another Rakhi menu recommendation is this sweet potato and quinoa bowl. This easy-peasy meal is made with sweet potatoes, coconuts and quinoa. 

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Sneak it in sandwiches, samosas, or just have it alone, soya bhurji is always a show stealer

Desserts

For desserts, you can try making some bite-sized and guilt-free treats in the form of almond and amaranth laddoos. The recipe by Chef Kunal Kapur packs the goodness of almonds and nutrient-dense amaranth grains. The laddoos are made with the natural sweetness of jaggery, with no traces of refined sugar. Another healthy dessert you can treat yourself with is this coconut kheer. The sweet pudding made with rice, skimmed milk, coconut cream, almonds, cardamom and chunky pistachios is sweetened by honey. Malpuas and Rakshabandhan go back centuries in time. As a matter of fact, malpuas along with kheer are staple favourites across all festivals celebrated in the country. Give your fried and ghee-laden malpuas a healthy spin with this delectable recipe of ragi malpua by Chef Seema Chandra. This recipe uses ragi flour, atta and oats, to give you a wholesome and guilt-free experience. 

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Malpuas along with kheer are staple favourites across all festivals celebrated in the country

Here’s wishing you all a very Happy Rakshabandhan 2018!



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#NewMenuAlert: The Wine Companys New Menu Is Superbly Well-Crafted


Highlights

  • The Wine Company recently celebrated its 4th year anniversary
  • The founders decided to give the menu a whole new spin
  • These are the 5 must-try’s from Sarah Todd’s new menu at The Wine Company

When The Wine Company first opened at Gurgaon’s CyberHub four years ago, it was a big hit within a short while. Given its prime location and its wine cellar-like interiors, locals were quick to lap up the wide range of food and wine served here. The basic premise was to introduce the concept of wine tasting, dining and celebrating with wine at the restaurant. Founded by Ashish Dev Kapur, who also runs popular restaurants like Antares (Goa) and Whisky Samba (also in Gurgaon), The Wine Company recently celebrated its 4th year anniversary, and to mark the occasion, the founders decided to give the menu a whole new spin. Enter Sarah Todd, MasterChef Australia contestant and celebrity Chef, who has brought her signature touch to the new menu. There are a number of small and large plates to order from; however, what’s most interesting is how the flavours of every dish or course, have been carefully crafted with a wine in mind. Yes, it’s a wine bar, so having a large selection of wines on the menu is obviously no big deal, but Sarah Todd and Ashish Dev Kapur have done a great job of combining their wines with the food, pairing them in a way that at no point does one steal the thunder from the other, but in fact complement each other perfectly to elevate the overall dining experience.

These are the 5 must-try’s from Sarah Todd’s new menu at The Wine Company, CyberHub.

1. Cheese Platter

You cannot enjoy wine without a large platter of good quality cheese. The Wine Company promotes a number of local artisanal cheese makers through this platter, so if you want to get a taste of what fabulous job local cheese manufacturers are doing, you must start with this.

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 Cheese Platter- The Wine Company promotes a number of local artisanal cheese makers through this platter

2. Goat Cheese Churros

This one is another interesting take on the classic dish. Usually made with all-purpose flour and dusted with sugar, churros are a popular on-the-go snack. This one is a more sophisticated avatar, made with goat cheese and served with truffle cream and chilli dip.

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Goat Cheese Churros

3. Flambè Kashmiri Kalari with Pepper and Chives

Yes, it might seem like a bit of an overdose of cheese, but what better way of enjoying a range of wines than with a wide selection of cheese. Wine and cheese is, after all, a match made in heaven. Kalari is a local Kashmiri cheese; some even call it Kashmiri mozzarella. The Wine Company does an on-the-table flambé; to give this dense cheese a nice crusty exterior.

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Flambè Kashmiri Kalari with Pepper and Chives

4. Soft Shell Crab Pakoda

There are quite a few interesting street-food inspired dishes on the new menu. The soft shell crab pakoda was my favourite amongst these. This is served with a Thai dipping sauce and pomelo salad. Other dishes to try from this section include the Tom Yum golgappas and the sun-dried tomato kulchas.

5. Madras Curried Lamb Tortellini

Tortellini or other stuffed pastas are tough to do, especially when you are trying to introduce Indian flavours. The very subtle flavours of the lamb here shine through. The pasta itself was cooked really well and did not mask away the delicate flavours of the south Indian-style lamb stuffing.

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Madras Curried Lamb Tortellini

The little pink welcome drink served at the restaurant is quite appealing. That’s the Frosè, a slushy, trendy drink that’s an odd combination of rosè  wine, sugar, lemon juice and a little vodka. Oh, and also make sure you close your meal with a little piece of Lamington pie or the S’mores ice-cream sandwich, the top two desserts in the new menu.

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Frosè, a slushy, trendy drink that’s an odd combination of rosè  wine, sugar, lemon juice and a little vodka

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S’mores ice-cream sandwich

Tip: Make the effort to ask the servers for wine recommendations when you go here next. You will be surprised at how even moderately priced wines when paired right with food can make the overall dining experience so much more exciting.



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#NewMenuAlert: Royal Menu Back At Royal China


Highlights

  • Royal China became a favourite with Delhi’s swish set
  • The dimsum menu was both extensive and delicious
  • The menu continues to boast of a large variety of dimsums

I remember going to Royal China way back in 2010, when it first opened and being bowled over by the view from atop this 16th-floor restaurant in the heart of south Delhi. Delhi Metro was still a novelty and a restaurant that provided such panoramic views of the area was rare. There was no Epicuria back then, so you got a lovely 180 degree look at lush green Delhi. Within a few months of its launch, Royal China became a favourite with Delhi’s swish set. There were a few standalone restaurants that were serving good Chinese food like Royal China was. The dimsum menu was both extensive and delicious. They even introduced an all-you-can-eat dimsum set meal – which was a great value for money. In the following years, even when Royal China’s popularity waned a bit – thanks to many dining options in the vicinity – the food here maintained its quality and freshness. Recently, Royal China launched a new, more elaborated, menu. The place has a fresh look and feel; it’s actually smaller than what it used to be. The good news is that the menu continues to boast of a large variety of dimsums to order from. As far the rest of the menu is concerned, it retains a lot of the old favourites and with some tasty new additions too. Old hits like chicken in chilli oil, crispy aromatic duck (must try) and pork puffs are still there. I went back to Royal China recently to check out their new menu.

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Royal China

Here Are The 4 Dishes That Stood Out For Me This Time Around:

1. Pork With Dry Red Chilli

A must-try if you go here anytime soon. The pork was well done and not chewy at all. Roasted peanuts add a wonderful texture to the dish and this would go really well even as a starter just by itself.

2. Stir Fry Chicken In Chilli Oil With Spring Onions

This has been a popular dish at Royal China for years and it continues to dazzle. For chicken lovers out there, this is a flavourful main course to order, especially if you don’t like the ‘manchurian or chilly chicken’ type of dishes. This one has very fresh flavours and was served hot and sizzling. Chicken and spring onions is a match made in heaven and very rarely can this combination taste bad. In this case too, the flavours hit the right spot.

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This has been a popular dish at Royal China for years and it continues to dazzle

3. Peking Duck

A globally popular dish, Peking duck gets its name from China’s capital city (called Peking earlier) and has its roots in a place called Nanjing, hundreds of kilometres away. The art of cooking a good Peking duck rests heavily on how well the duck is roasted. There are typically two ways to do this – the traditional closed oven style and the hung oven method, which was developed much later.

Quanjude, arguably China’s most popular Peking duck restaurant, uses the hung oven style to roast their ducks – I remember eating here several years ago and the duck was moist and juicy with a crispy skin. The Peking duck at Royal China isn’t exactly like Quanjude’s, but having said that, it doesn’t disappoint either. The duck was roasted quite well, and the sweet brown sauce tasted fresh too. The pancakes could have been thinner, in my opinion.

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A globally popular dish, Peking duck gets its name from China’s capital city

4. Poached Chicken Dumplings With Soya And Chilli

You cannot enjoy a meal at Royal China without giving their dimsums a try. The menu is extensive and offers some regular and some not-so regular dimsum options. This one really stands out amidst a huge selection. The dimsums are poached and served in a bowl with a soya and chilli mix that keeps them moist further – very delicate and light flavours. Amongst the vegetarian options, you must definitely try the corn and chestnuts dimsums that have a nice crunch.

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You cannot enjoy a meal at Royal China without giving their dimsums a try

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Vegetarian Hakka Noodles

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Royal China

The refurbished Royal China has a fresh feel while maintaining all of its charm and warmth. It could well be on its way to becoming a legacy standalone restaurant that serves good food consistently and makes you want to keep going back.



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Netflix Redesigns TV App Interface With New Navigation Menu on the Left


In a new development, Netflix has announced that its TV app is getting a much needed redesign. The new changes are aimed to make navigation and discovery of content easier and the overall look much cleaner. Netflix on TV is set to get a whole new interface with a navigation menu on the left side of the display screen. The company notes that the new interface is based on “rigorous research and testing around how we can make it easier to find titles on TVs, where navigation can feel a bit tougher when you are restricted to just a few buttons on a remote control”.

Netflix has begun rolling out the update for all members worldwide, but this rollout may be in waves. Expect to wait a little before you can see the new side navigation panel for easier content discovery. This navigation panel was first placed above the main carousel hidden from plain sight, but now it has been shifted to the left side of the screen. Also, it didn’t have different sections for series and movies, like this new one.

In any case, Netflix notes that the new design makes it easier to search manually, and view new content. The navigation menu has different sections like Home, Series, Movies, My List and New. There’s also a Search option that lets you manually search, and series and movies sections letS you narrow down your search based on your preference at that time. The My List option takes you directly to your curated list, and the New section lets you see all the content that has recently been added to the platform. At the top of the navigation panel, is also your account info, and it also has the ability to let you switch profiles easily.

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“First, it is now easier to search and view new content added to the service. It is also far simpler to start browsing with either a series or movie; our research has shown us that while a member generally isn’t sure what exact title they want to watch, they have a pretty good sense of whether they are in the mood for a quick series episode or a longer movie experience. We’ve also made it easier to access titles you’ve saved for later viewing in My List. In our testing of this new interface, we saw that that this simpler design helped members find something great to watch,” the company explains on its blog.

Netflix also hints that more new features are coming in the next few months for all its members, but refrains from detailing them. Also, the company has given little clarity on rollout timeline or device priority. Are you seeing the new Netflix design on your TV? Let us know in the comments below.



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