Dao - Satisfying Thai Food Cravings

A casual dining restaurant that offers Thai food prepared authentically. Located in GK 1 N Block Market which has its share of pubs and lounges, Dao is located on the 1st floor in the building where Aniq is.

Ambiance --

Dim Lighting with classy and traditional decor. I was here for a Review with my diner buddies. As soon as we entered we were guided to a corner table which was close to the kitchen. The wooden shelves and lamps make the environment comforting. The first floor holds a capacity for 52 pax whereas the second floor is more of a lounge & bar with loud music for 50 people.

 Food --

The manager Mr Manoj introduced us to the Master Chef Mr Kanchit Vong Vichai who has been in the industry for 15 years now and server Harish and Vijay who then took care of us. We started with

  • Yam Phak Ruam Mit also known as Crispy Vegetables - Its a stir fried vegetables dish. Yam in Thai I believe is the flavor because these crispy vegetables were superb. Crispy, spicy and sweet. Rating 5/5
  • Spinach & Prawn Roll - Served with black bean sauce. A taste explosion and an eye catcher. Rating 4.5/5
  • Chilly Garlic Dumpling - Soft and loaded with garlic. Rating 3.5/5
  • Dragon Mushroom - They were cooked well and tasted excellent. Rating 4/5
  • Kai Karb Krapow also known as Chicken in Basil sauce. The chicken could have done with a little more flavor and the basil sauce was delicious. Rating 3.5/5
  • Jasmine Rice - A Thai specialty and the aroma it brings is the best alternative to plain rice. Its very popular in Asian cooking as well. Rating 3/5
  • Panang Curry Chicken - This spicy Thai dish is cooked with rich coconut milk, kaffir leaves  and gives a nutty flavor. Rating 4/5
  • Kae Tord Sauce Makam - Crispy lamb in Tamarind sauce. Rating 3.5/5
Drinks --
  • Orange & Mint Virgin Mojito - Muddled with orange and mint leaves takes any regular mojito to the next level. The juices of orange and mint is released in every sip. Rating 4/5
  • Moscow Mule -  A vodka based and ginger based cocktail. It turned out to be too sweet. Rating 3/5
Dessert --
  • Water Chestnut in Coconut Milk - One of the most unusual dessert I have ever had. Crunchy water chestnuts when combined with the sweet sugar syrup and coconut milk make it refreshing. Rating 4/5
  • Khao Niaow Ma Muang also known as mango with sticky rice. A Thai food classic and So very scrumptious.

Overall, a splendid evening spent at Dao. Thank you Chef for asking for our feedback. We enjoyed our experience and loved the food. Though found it a bit sweet, however, we know where to land for our Thai cravings. The service was quick and servers helped in providing Thai names as well and kept us informed of the dishes. Thank you for the warm hospitality by Mr Manoj (Manager).

Dao has recently started Home Delivery to nearby places as well. 

Where? N 17 , 1st Floor, Greater Kailash 1 , New Delhi 
Call to make a Reservation - 011 33106294

Cost for two people - Rs 1700 approximately

    Lanterns Kitchen & Bar - Rajinder Place

    Lanterns Kitchen & Bar is a welcoming paradise where you can go with your friends, sit for hours and get sloshed. And why do I say get sloshed? Read on..

    Located so close to the metro station, its commutable via metro and makes it easy for office goers, college students etc.who wish to avoid traffic.

    Ambiance --

    The interiors are simple with dim lights and posters on the walls that catch the eye. The menu consists of a drink section which is unlimited and very economical. Yes! You read it right. I loved the music they play here as its soothing.
    We were here for a review around lunch hours and while we were seated the place was almost full.

    Food Talk --

    As soon as we were seated there was a round of Mocktail and Cocktails. Followed with the drinks, our starters arrived. Following is the List of items from the menu with few details and Rating.
    • Keema & Bacon Fries - Ideal to have while sipping your drinks and they were good. Rating 3/5
    • Bakchoy & Mushroom Dumplings - Finely chopped bak choy and mushoom made the dumplings a bit dry for me. Rating 2.5/5
    • Cottage Cheese Steak - Grilled cottage cheese steak were wholesome on their own. They were soft. Rating 3/5
    • Vegetarian Quesadilla - Served with fresh salsa sauce. They were delicious. Rating 3.5/5
    • Home - made Cheese Nachos - Nachos layered with molten goodness of cheese. The cheese they use is cheddar and topped with spicy jalapenos. A must try. Rating 4/5
    • Sun dried Tomato, Artichoke & Spinach Pizza - This pizza is a must must have. Its loaded with Mediterranean flavors. Rating 4.5/5
    • Cucumber Cooler Mocktail - Cucumber juice with tangy pineapple juice and a hint of mint. Very refreshing. Rating 4/5
    • Pan Fried Cutlets - Minced Chicken cutlets filled with cheese. I found the cutlets extra cheesy. Rating 3/5
    • Grilled Fish with lemon Butter / Caper Sauce -  Its the lemon that adds magic to the grilled fish. For the aromatic magic add the lemon and caper sauce to your fish. Rating 4.5/5
    • Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Breast - Cheese wrapped chicken with cream cheese and the chicken breast is rolled on breadcrumbs. Delicious. Rating 4/5


    Dessert --

    We each had Churros dipped in Chocolate sauce and Brownie with Ice Cream. Churro is round fried dough pastry sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. They are very popular in Mexico, Spain and France. Rating 3.5/5
    On the other hand Brownie stick served with Vanilla Ice cream was a bit hard. Rating 2/5

    Overall, I found Lanterns Kitchen & Bar to be decent. The owners come around every table to build up confidence in people by asking suggestions and also recommends to try new dishes. Service is apt and they have a service machine on each table. One does not need to raise their hand to call for service. All one needs to do is press a button and the server attends. 

    Affordable Cocktails & Food. 
     Staff is friendly and courteous. 

    There is a Beer Festival happening till 15th June 2015, and you do not want to miss it. Hurry!

    Must Have - Sun dried Tomato, Artichoke and Spinach Pizza, Home - made Nachos, Grilled Fish with Lemon and Caper / Butter Sauce.  

    Where? 163/ 164 Rajendra Bhawan, Near Rachna Picture Hall, Rajendra Place, New Delhi

    Call for Reservation - 011 33106181

    Cost for two - Rs 1100 approximately

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    Molecular Gastronomy - Lights Camera Action

    Molecular Gastronomy combines Physics and Chemistry to change the taste as well as the texture of food. Its usually describes a cuisine in which chefs explore the culinary possibilities. In short it is the scientific method for cooking. 

    Newly opened 'Lights Camera Action' situated in the heart of West Delhi, brings Molecular Gastronomy as a fusion to the menu.

    When I spoke to the owner Mr Varun Puri, he said "Its a new concept for the people residing in and around Rajouri Garden. We are setting a trend".

    Ambiance -- 

    Situated on two floors, indoor and well as outdoor known as Air Bar, LCA ie Lights Camera Action has a Bollywood and Hollywood styled theme with Bhoj-puri dialogue posters hung on the brick walls, Tripod tables, Cinema like lights on the ceiling, a Selfie wall, Dancing glasses and the staff wears t-shirts with funky filmy dialogues. The indoor space holds a capacity for 80 people whereas the Air Bar has a capacity for 150 people.

    The menu is innovative and has a vast range for starters. The names of the dishes are Bollywood dialogues from the movies and are fun to say aloud. Do not miss this! The staff is well versed and they know what they are serving. 

    Food Talk --

    We started with their Complimentary Banarasi Lassi Sphere and the Jal-jeera Popcorn. Banarasi Lassi is a molecular sphere served as a shot. Banaras sweet styled Lassi served with Rabdi, Malai and Pista crumbs. It was a perfect melt-in-the-mouth. Amazingly presented. Rating 5/5

    We then had the following :-
    • Rajnikant's Early Morning Tea - A south Indian Rasam laid out like the vintage Tea Style. Tea represented as 'fried curry leaves' and milk represented as 'coconut powder'. All this when combined brings out a tangy flavored Rasam that you might have never had before. Its a must, must try! Rating 5/5
    • Chammak Chalo - Lettuce salad with an orange twist. Rating 3/5
    • Hollywood Papdi Dhokla Chaat -  Chef Aman Puri demonstrates this nitrogen based Papdi Chaat right in front of your eyes. Believe me its magical. Papdi, Dhokla and crispy Spinach Leaves combined with all chutneys and frozen yogurt. Do not miss this action, Live. Rating - 5/5
    • Bhiku Mhatre Vada Pav - Mumbai ka king as they say. The flavors of the masala used in this will linger in your mouth for long.Rating 4.5/5
    • Jhakaas Maska Bhaji Paav - Bhaji (gravy) fondue with buttered Pav (bread). The bhaji is delicious. Rating 4/5
    • During our meal we were served few mocktails as well. Mojito - served in a tall lab kind glass. Rating 2.5/5 ; Cosmopolitican -Zesty. Rating 3/5 and Coco Colado - Pineapple and coconut combined made it way too sweet. Rating 2.5/5.
    • Pyaar Tune Quesadillas - Mexican fusion of quesadillas served with mexican dips. Rating 3/5
    • Dil Chahta hai Naanza Pizza – The Naan is the crust with butter chicken as a topping. Rating 3/5 
    Dessert --
    • Rabri Oreo Cake - You will not know there's Oreo in the cake until you dig into your dessert. Its Yum! Rating 5/5

    Overall, a splendid afternoon spent at Lights Camera Action. Warm hospitality and friendly staff specially Ram Bhadhani, who kept informing us about dishes being served. Thank You!

    Must have at LCA - Hollywood Nitrogen Papdi Chaat, Rajnikant's Early Morning Tea, Bhiku Mhatre Vada Pav. 

    Where? J 2/6B, 3rd Floor, B.K Dutt Market, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi
    Cost for two costs Rs 1800 approximately.

    AMPM Cafe & Bar

    Outdoor Rooftop Seating
    Indoor Rooftop Seating

    AMPM Cafe & Bar is walking distance from Metro Terminal - Rajouri Garden. The Cafe & Bar is situated on the third and fourth floor, just above 'TCB.' Top floor is a rooftop with outdoor as well as an indoor seating, whereas the floor below is used for huge party gatherings.

    Due to the scorching heat in New Delhi, my diner buddy and I decided to sit indoors at the rooftop. We were here to review Cafe & Bar. Being a Saturday and afternoon, the Cafe was already full.

    College students bunking their classes or after attending boring lectures come to AMPM Cafe & Bar and spend their time here. Its actually the central point that caters young college goers keeping in mind their pocket money. 

    Ambiance --

    Hollywood theme with pictures of stars, lampshades, perfect lighting and trance music. For the evenings there is an in house DJ as well. Stools around the bar area, leather upholstery and high tables make it even more comfortable.

    Food --

    We started with Cucumber Spritzer and Virgin Mojito to refresh ourselves from the 40 degree heat. After being so refreshed, we ordered 'Bira Beer' which has very low bitterness.

    Chef Mr. J.P greeted, introduced himself and asked for our food preference. We asked him to bring Vegetarian and as well Non Vegetarian dishes.
    • Mix Veg & Chive Dimsum - Individual portions served in steamer baskets. Rating 4/5
    • Spanakopita Cheese - Served in triangles with feta and ricotta cheese. Amazing. Rating 4/5
    • Veg Spring Roll - Very crisp but the filling of vegetables inside was kept minimum. Rating 3/5
    • Golden Fried Prawns - They look and taste yum. One of my favorites. Rating 5/5
    • Prawn Spring Roll - Simple rolls made with prawn filling. Rating 3/5
    • Chicken Tai Chi - Chicken sauteed in vegetables in spicy garlic sauce. Rating 5/5
    • Breaded Fish Finger - Bread crusted fish fingers. If you like fish fingers, you will certainly like this. Rating 5/5
    • Chicken Nugget Canape - Chiken nuggets always pleases everyone. Rating 4/5
    • Chicken & Tomato Bruschetta - Fresh tomatoes with basil and black olives. Rating 4/5 and the chicken ones were good too. Rating 4/5
    • Crab & Avocado Sushi - Sushi rolls packed with crab and creamy avocados. Rating 5/5
    • Peri Peri Chicken Pizza - They served us a two-in-one pizza. Half vegetarian and half non vegetarian. And we enjoyed both, peri peri being a favorite was enjoyed most! ;) Rating 4.5/5
    • Crunchy Corn - Crunchy corn kernels was more of a starter dish. Its colorful and light in taste. Rating 3.5/5
    • Crispy Shiitake Mushroom - Loaded with lip smacking flavors. Rating 5/5
    • Tropical Veggie Burger - A vegetarian burger infused with amazing tropical and sweet flavor. A perky burger and a must have. Rating 5/5

    Desserts --
    • Chocolate Nutella Tart - It has so many textures. Loaded with chocolate and Nutella. Blissful. Rating 5/5
    • White Chocolate Parfait - Made with white chocolate, cream and ice cream. Rating 4/5
    • Classic Tiramisu - Smooth, a-melt-in-the-mouth. I could have eaten the whole of it alone. Rating 4.5/5

    Overall, we had an amazing afternoon. Chef J.P and the server Mr Bhatt looked after us well. The server was polite, friendly and gave timely knowledge about the dishes. Service was apt. I will definitely return to this Cafe & Bar often. 

    Must have at AMPM Cafe & Bar - Peri Peri Chicken, Tropical Veggie Burger, Fish Finger, Crispy Shiitake Mushroom and Chicken Tai Chi. 

    Do not forget to try their famous Brain Freeze Sheesha.

    What to look forward to
    • Music bands every Saturday 8:00pm onwards.
    • Flash your College ID and get a 20% discount on your final bill.
    • Happy Hours 120m to 7pm.
    • Retro Fridays 8:00 pm onwards.
     Where? J 2/5, 3rd & 4th Floor, B.K Dutt Market Rajouri Garden New Delhi 

    Cost for two people - Rs 1500 approximately.