Social Media Etiquette

Social media Etiquette … is there something like that, which exists or is it jungle out there? I have noticed over the past year how important it has become for all of us to follow etiquette on social media and more so on Facebook/ Whatsapp groups. Some of the points where I see a total disregard for another person’s time, space and pride are listed below. Let me know your pet peeve that you feel should also be followed by others in the comments below.

1) Tagging people … I know this is the most effective way of marketing your posts. But, without the permission of the person being tagged, how can someone tag them incessantly post after post. Even tagging someone in comments, just so that you can garner more likes.
Example, a restaurateur once told me, he doesn’t care about food group discussions. But, people still tag him in a negative post. He just doesn’t respond but people still don’t get it!

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2) Being polite … When writing something to someone especially when disagreeing, isn’t it better to be firm rather than rude. Being personal, name calling, abusive and just bulldozing destroys the whole essence of the discussion. People forget what the cause was and rather start taking sides for their own agenda.

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3) Responding to everything … Not all battles are meant to be fought and at times “Silence is Golden”

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4) Acknowledgement … Isn’t it better for you and the person whose post you share to acknowledge it or say a word of encouragement. Also acknowledge when someone suggests something on your post, by saying a simple Thanks or even liking that person’s comment.

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5) Adding people … I know the basic agenda of FB & Whatsapp groups is to add your friends and acquaintances. But, do take a few seconds to ask them if they really want to be part of the most exciting group you have come across. Also when you add someone and they leave the group, please don’t add them again. It Means They are Genuinely NOT INTERESTED.

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6) Commitment (Backing out without intimation) … A group or a community to takes great pains to organize something and when you commit to attend it but back of at last minute it is both a time and financial burden. More so, when you back out without even having the “decency” to inform the organizer.

7) Personal Messaging … A person on the same group as you doesn’t give you the license to solicit them over private messages for a sales pitch or a coffee date. Also if you are hell bent on messaging all members of the group, back off if you don’t get a response the first time. That is how normal people behave in real life.

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8) Participate … You haven’t come down straight from the heaven to grace the group with a one off post and then vanish back in the clouds. If you want to be loved, show the love to others by interacting with them on their posts too.

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9) Friends … Friends fight, disagree and then move on. Facebook is the same, if your online friendship cannot overcome a one off argument, then might as well rethink your friend list.

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10) Community … Lastly, it is your network and it is your community. What you sow, so shall you reap!

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The restaurants I enjoyed in 2016 … we live to eat!

For me 2016, had been a time of great explorations where as food is concerned. I wrote less and ate more …. hence, I proudly claim to have boldly gone to such varied eateries, where no man has gone before together. Since, my friends still turn to me for suggestions when deciding where to eat out, I thought might as well let you all know my picks for 2016, which are my take on the places I really enjoyed eating out at.

The Joint Cafe – Jan 2016

The year 2016 was off to a meaty start when we, as a group of food lovers, had a multiple course meal, consisting of meat. The Joint Cafe at DLF Galleria, is a quaint little 20 seater restaurant but I would highly recommend it if you are meat lover. From Pork to Turkeys, from Lamb to Quails, you name the meat and you’ll get it here.

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Meatlovers spoilt for choice!

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Me … carving out the pork shoulder!

The Dirty Apron – Feb 2016

Dirty Apron situated above the Piano man Jazz Bar and run by the same owners is located at the Safdarjung Enclave Market. The name itself is a testament to the food you would get and I can promise you that you would enjoy getting your “hands dirty” (pun intended). A limited well crafted menu, with quality ingredients, I loved the relaxed atmosphere, the “beer” cocktails and the food. With items like Chicken Laska Risotto with bacon, Keemaroni, Basa on Wasabi Potato Mash one gets food which has been thought and detailed to perfection.

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Clockwise from the bottom left: Keemaroni, Raviolli with Gorgonzola, Jerk Chicken, Basa on Wasabi Potato Mash, Michelada (Bloody Mary with Beer) & Chicken Laska Risotto with bacon!

 

Roots – Cafe in the Park – March 2016

Though I have been going to this outdoor cafe ever since it opened, I had to mention it in my list of most enjoyable places to eat even for 2016. The feel of a college canteen and even the prices of a college canteen, the place serves only vegetarian and egg dishes. Located in the Leisure Valley park in Sector – 29 Gurgaon, if you visit this cafe on a pleasant wintery afternoon, be warned you will have to wait a good 30-45 minutes before you get a table. Roots, literally takes you back to your roots, when we appreciated simple food, in a natural setting and preferred the simple pleasures of eating out, no frills attached.

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Love the Wai Wai Bhel (top left)

Pluck at The Pullman – April 2016

The much talked about Farm to Table concept and I got the first opportunity to try it out at Pluck the avant-garde restaurant at the Hotel Pullman, Aerocity, New Delhi. The hotel has an in-house organic farm where the Chef painstakingly chooses his veggies for their daily salads and dishes. From the Parmesan Soup to the Quinoa Broccoli Cakes, from Apple & Asparagus Gazpacho to Pan roasted lamb rack mustard praline, the surprises and the freshness is quite evident on the palate and the staff is always on their tip toes to guarantee a bespoke experience for you. Truly a fine dining experience and highly recommended if you enjoy being pampered by food.

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The farm to fork witnessed live!

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The Parmesan Soup … nothing like this ever tasted before!

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The vibrant and plush feel!

Circus – May 2016

The first Circus to hit the town was in Delhi’s South Extension area and it opened doors in April. As the name suggests, it is a completely fun place, with fun food and whacky drinks. And I was more than happy when the second one opened at CyberHub in November this year. The whole place is designed like a circus arena, with trapeze lights and Red’n’White 3-D wall art, and servers dressed in funky polka dotted shirts or interesting clown hats. The food is moderately priced and a meal for 2 will not be more than 1000 bucks per head including a drink or two. The Balti and the masala gang cocktails are a must try here along with the Sizzling tenderloin, burger sliders and Chicken 65. The menu is extensive and modelled on the street foods of the world.

Yum Yum Cha – June 2016

The most vibrant place in Cyber Hub, Gurgaon comes the second innings of Yum Yum Cha. Already established as a Asian restaurant to reckon with at the Select City Walk, you can spot it at the Cyber City from far away with large metal Origami Installations from far away. A personalized service which was quite visible on all tables and a vibrant, happy place, one feels like a VIP from the word Go! With an open kitchen probably larger than the dining area, innovation rules on the menu and when a Sushi hater like me can gobble down two plates, along with some amazing dimsums, they must be doing something right! The dishes I would recommend are Shake Shake Appetizers Prawn and Calamari, Dynamite Sushi, Alaska Sushi, Prawn Yello Curry Dimsum, Sizzling Sticky Rice, Mochi Icecream, Black Magic Cola with a special mention for their Pok Belly. Also one of the most kid friendly places in Cyberhub.

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You can’t miss this vibrant metallic origami installation!

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Sushi love!!!

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My favourite … sizzling sticky rice!

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The sauces are a great accompaniment.

Burma Burma – July 2016

The only completely vegetarian place that made a hardcore carnivore like me happy. This Asian restaurant in Cyberhub

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The decor is complete with a heavy dose of Burmese Artefacts!

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The Tea Leaf Salad!

decorated with Burmese artefacts, is completely vegetarian but do not let that stop you if are meat lover like me. The Oh No Tamarind drink and the tea leaf salad top my list to start a meal here. However, highly recommended are Steamed Buns, the Samosa soup and of course the Khao Suey. Also, don’t forget to check out the Tea Menu if you are a Tea aficionado.

Perch – August 2016

The first of its kind, a Wine and Coffee Bar, Perch is located in the most upmarket area of Delhi, Khan market. A well designed, feel good place with large picture windows and white walls, the wooden benches and tables give the whole place a quaint and romantic feel. Whether you are just waiting for a business meeting or having coffee with an old friend, this place with its choice of coffee, small plates and its wine list will not be a disappointment. My recommendation would be the Cold Brew, which is Iced Black coffee with Orange Syrup.

Depot 48 – September 2016

I am a regular at Depot and after they opened their second outlet Depot48 (located at N-Block market Gk-I), none could be happier than me since I have almost visited them every fortnight. Music forms the essence of the Depot chain (now I can call it a chain) and at 48, they have continued the streak of successful performances and made sure the acoustics and the materials used complement the sound during performances. Whether the Duck Tacos or the Ham quesadillas, the Crispy chicken wings in the secret Depot sauce or the Spanish artichoke. The Big Daddy shredded BBQ Pork Burger or the humble Jackfruit burger … from the quality of ingredients used to the quantities they serve are truly a delight. However, if you’ve not have had the waffles here, you are missing on the best in Delhi. A definite yes for an enjoyable meal.

CyberHub Social – October 2016

My Architecture professor used to say …. “Yeh Basti banana khel nahi, yeh to baaste baaste Basti hai!”  And, that was my first thought when I entered the Social Basti at Cyberhub. Designed like a Mumbai Chawl with private dining rooms and seating in Huge Hume Pipes (concrete pipes used for drainage), CyberHub Social finally enters Gurugram and I couldn’t have been happier for it to come closer home. From their Signature LLIIT (Longest Long Island Iced Tea) to the “eat at your own risk” Death wings, this is one place I frequent the most. The best part is whether you are going with friends, co-workers, or even the family, social accommodates all.

Tanddav – November 2016

Tanddav … the divine dance of food as the people who have visited like to call it, is at the same place Smokey’s GK-3 used to be. Tanddav as it is spelt is restaurateur Shivkaran‘s latest obsession and combined with his love for food and sense of style, the place embodies that. A very upmarket place with affordable rates … you would get a fusion of dishes from Fiery Chicken Udon Noodles to Chilli Caramel Tilapia for fish lovers. The place is chic and quaint at the same time and an excellent spot if you want to make an impression!

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The Wax Chandelier!

Chilli Caramel Tilapia ... would be an instant hit with fish lovers!

Chilli Caramel Tilapia … would be an instant hit with fish lovers!

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Mushroom Gyoza

Prankster – December 2016

Prankster is the most recent and opened with a lot of fanfare in the Brewery district of Gurgaon Sector 29. Modelled on the lines of a mini university, this massive 10000 sq.ft. brewery is not just a great place to party and drink but scores very high on food. The house brews to the food are all conceived with a prank! Prankster’s funky design, innovative food and the jovial staff keeps you occupied and happy throughout your outing. So don’t forget to try the in-house brews along with the most tender lamb chops, the very amazing lychee tikka for vegetarians, the nitro dahi bhallas or the keema kaleji kulcha. This place is sucking up all the business from the surrounding areas more so, because of the value for money one gets here. Look forward to more of them opening in 2017.

 

No Rankings or No expert critique here, these are places that scored highly for me on Food, Service and Ambiance!

Though, I have had some great meals outside my city, I have restricted myself to Delhi NCR and all these places have a unique identity as well as a cuisine of their own. Most importantly they have no VIPs, they treat everyone at par and like a king in their restaurant. Looking forward to this exploration streak continuing in 2017.

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Sultan … turn the fist of destiny!!!

“Manne pehlwani zaroor chodi hai par ladna nahi bhula” (I might have retired from wrestling, but haven’t forgotten to fight) … A real fighter fights in real life and overcomes all the hurdles life throws at him and wins. Sultan’s summary can be captured in this one line dialogue when he after years of sabbatical from wrestling goes back to train for Mixed Martial Arts and is met with a slap on his face when the trainer tells him, “I don’t train dead people.” One maybe down but one is never out, unless one looses in his head. This captures the essence of the plot and Salman Khan’s latest Eid release … SULTAN!

Sultan ... A story of grit, determination and about fighting what lies within!

Sultan … A story of grit, determination and about fighting what lies within!

Movies are supposed to be a reflection of reality or they can be inspiring stories (true or fictitious), Sultan definitely falls in the latter category. The plot is Simple – just like the village folk of Haryana, the character Straightforward – like the Jaat community, the treatment Rustic – like the villages! The tempo is set from the start where Salman Khan (Bhai for a lot of us) enters the ring with 10 wrestlers and the only sequence where he shows his signature Bhai style. His characterisation can be summarized in a scene when he stops his scooter at a railway crossing to let the train pass (very unlike the bhai cycling across the track in Kick). The transformation from a simple guy who falls in love with a woman of his dreams to the most successful wrestler of his country, to a failed father and husband and back on his feet to fight the biggest martial artists of the world, is very tightly wound and the director has made sure the audience don’t get up even for popcorn, lest they miss this fast paced sports thriller. His folding hands in respect to any fighter he defeats, definitely shows the soft hearted character Sultan is and how among the blood and sweat of wrestling, his love is what keeps him going. Salman has had a larger than life persona in his recent movies, but with Bajrangi Bhaijaan we have seen how other actors have bloomed next to him, be it Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Bajrangi or Randeep Hooda now in Sultan or Anant Sharma as Sultan’s best friend!

As for Sultan’s look, Salman has perfected the look of a pot bellied “Desi” wrestler and is miles away from the chiselled body he has displayed in the his previous outings. He looks like an average guy and has impressively curbed his own persona which used to overshadow all other actors and movie scripts. A commendable job and Bhai’s way of telling us that he knows what the audience want from him.

This 3 way chemistry between Randeep Hooda, Amit Sadh and Bhai, forms the basis of the 2nd half of the movie!

This 3 way chemistry between Randeep Hooda, Amit Sadh and Bhai, forms the basis of the 2nd half of the movie!

Sequences rule the film, and whether it is the first time Sultan trains to be a wrestler or after the interval when Randeep Hooda trains him, both sequences are inspiring as well as grounded. The action sequences with the Martial artists are definitely not to be missed, since most of Sultan’s opponents are real fighters. The fights in the rings are nail-biting and devoid of any histrionics or very the top action. The sequence when Sultan lifts a tractor as if it is part of his every day job, or when he looks himself in the mirror and sees an out of shape wrestler are what brings out the both the simplicity and the determination of the character. I could go on about the sequences but would not like to post spoilers, just saying that you would take them home with you, not because it is Salman Khan but because they have been detailed out well with a heavy dose of melodrama. The training sequences do remind you of other boxing movies, especially Rocky, but then good movies do have a lot in common.

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Haryane ka Sher, Haryane ki Shaan entered the screen among catcalls, applause & whistles!

The Haryanvi accent and the body language make this tale humorous in parts and the term “Jaat” has been used as a compliment more than once. A Jaat never gives up no matter what, and neither does Sultan. Anushkha Sharma as Aarfa has portrayed the character of a female Jaat wrestler to perfection. Sultan’s love interest, his inspiration, his wife and then his reason to fight has been depicted flawlessly by Anushkha. Few of Salman’s heroines stand up to his persona and she definitely is one of them who calls him a Shit Guy (read sitga), of course you can translate that in Hindi like Sultan and his friend does.

Anushkha ... the lady stands tall and parallel to Salman as the female Haryanvi wrestler!

Anushkha … the lady stands tall and parallel to Salman as the female Haryanvi wrestler!

Anant Sharma as Govind is the reason the plot does not get too melodramatic. The Haryanvi accent and mannerisms perfect he effectively delivers a punch (no pun intended) as Sultan’s best friend, confidante, BRO and even his ring side aide. Amit Sadh after Kai Po Che looks promising and mature and supports Salman well in the scene. Kumud Mishra (canteen owner from Rockstar) as the Akhaara (wrestling Gym) owner and Sultan’s dad-in-law has some great sequences and is ever dependable. He has portrayed emotions of both a father and a guru by remaining silent in a lot of sequences that you end up feeling for the guy. Randeep Hooda who is being constantly seen in Bhai’s movie is a class apart. An ex martial artist and owner of an underground gym in “sadi purani dilli” (Old Delhi) he has once again proved why he is a class apart when it comes to any role thrown at him.

The essence of Sultan's character is captured in the beginning on his scooter ride from home to work!

The essence of Sultan’s character is captured in the beginning on his scooter ride from home to work!

Sultan is a straightforward movie with no twists, high on emotions and a true masala potboiler with some real MMA fighters to add spice. It is a movie straight from the heart from Ali Abbas Zafar and some great music by Julius Packam. The background score of Sultan definitely is inspiring, much like the “eye of the tiger” from Rocky. You might be a Bhai fan, you might love him or you might love to hate him … but Sultan you cannot avoid. You will be going to see it and as Bhai says in the movie, “Jahan Pyaar zyada hota hai wahan ladayi bhi zyada hoti hai”…… Eid Mubarak!

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Azhar … when the God faltered!!!

In India, Cricket is a religion and Cricketers are Gods … Azhar is a story of a God who faltered and paid a price!

Azharuddin (lovingly called Azhar by fans and teammates) was one of the most successful captains of the Indian Cricket team. With a dream debut of 3 centuries in his career’s first three matches and safest hands on the team, he was loved by all!

The movie depicts his journey, his personal life with 2 marriages and his match fixing allegations which got him a life ban ultimately to be revoked by the Hyderabad High Court till very recently! The movie also tells you to make your own inferences about his allegations but at the same time leads you onto certain paths deliberately! 
Too much dramatisation and commercial viability seems to diluted what otherwise would have been a great story. Emran Hashmi tries to look the part and acts well, but still feels amiss at some places. Prachi Desai as his first wife is good, and Nargis Fakri as Sangeeta his second wife is a disaster! 

The detailing in the plot and even the court sequences is absent and one has to resign to the fact that the production team was not competent enough to make such a great biopic (the saas-bahu hangover in Ekta Kapoor productions is quite visible). The Indian team’s characterisation could have been done in a much more contextual manner and the only player that stands out is the guy playing Manoj Prabhakar. 

There was a time when I used to watch cricket and remember how darling Azhar used to be to us. I had friends aping his style of fielding or the flick of the wrist shot he was so famous for. His match fixing scandal was setback to all and most fans refused to believe it. What the real story is only Azhar and his Allah knows, but the sad part is that we lost a great player and simple human to the monster of match fixing! 

Go watch him play one last time if you are a fan too!

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Airlift … Ask what not the country can do for you, but what you can do for your countrymen!

1,70,000 Indians, 488 Flights, 59 days and 1 man, we’ve seen this promotional message for the movie Airlift all over. But when you sit down to imagine the scale of it, it leaves you baffled and you wonder is it even possible for one man to achieve this. A story of an Indian in a foreign land, living a life of luxury and comfort that he doesn’t even consider himself an Indian but a native of the foreign land. A land which turns into a war zone and the Indian community disowned by the local government and unsure about the stance of the Indian government are left to fend for themselves.

Desperate times calls for desperate measure and this is what Akshay Kumar’s character does in the movie. He forgets that he has a family of 3 but realizes he has a family of more than 1.5 lakh Indians living in a country they considered their own but that has abandoned them to the mercy of a ruthless invading army. Brilliant performances by Akshay Kumar as a business tycoon Ranjit Katiyal (loosely based on two Indian businessmen Vedi and Matthews) and Nimrat Kaur as his concerned, nagging and supportive wife. Supported well by the VJ turned actor Purab Kohli, Prakash Belawadi as the ever cynical Mr. George and Kumud Mishra (The Canteen owner in Rockstar) as the Joint Secretary of MEA who is the Babu who sees the safe passage of Indians.

Airlift ... does make you feel good coming out of the cinema ... true or false, reality or dramatized, the movie is very well made!

Airlift … does make you feel good coming out of the cinema … true or false, reality or dramatized, the movie is very well made!

Raja Menon’s direction is tightly bound and just 10 minutes into the movie, he takes off, controls the plot and never lets it go without being too overtly gory about details. The movie ends on a patriotic note as expected and though dramatization did take over some sequences, the transformation of the protagonist from a Ruthless, selfish, profit-hungry business man, to a messiah and a noble character has been effectively portrayed.

Though the story is based on real and true events, it is not entirely how it happened and in fact another website has gone to the extent of saying that the whole plot of the movie is a con-job by Akshay Kumar and the film crew. Great timing one would say as it is the Republic day weekend and great time to cash on the patriotic passion. But then, isn’t it too much in fashion to find flaws in something that makes the masses feel good. Or are we a generation that looks for more negativity than positivity. I believe a country is not made up of the government or politicians who stick to their kursis (chairs) for 5 years like parasites, nor do I think a Babu (crude term for a a bureaucrat) can work unless there is a catalyst. It’s people like you and me and the character portrayed by Akshay, which make a country. The compassion and feeling of ownership for ones’ fellow citizens is what a country is all about. The need to help a fellow countryman in need is what a country is all about. A man who tapped his network, his resources and his negotiating skills to get people to safety and who acted as a catalyst, while being cynical about the system, rose up for his fellow countrymen.

I say, enjoy the movie, clap your heart out, be proud you are an Indian, get inspired and be thankful that someone made a brilliant movie which helps breed more patriots, who the more intellectual breed calls jingoistic! I can only hope that Indians continue to rise to the occasion whenever the need arises and a movie like Airlift (no matter how true or false it is) can get us inspired from such acts of valour!

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Meat at the Joint … food crafted by hand & heart!!!

We Live to Eat … that has been our food group’s essence, but very few people understand that unconditional Love for food. Above that very few restaurateurs actually showcases their unconditional love for food in their creations. With all guns blazing (in this case forks and knives) the ‪#‎kibitzNINJAS landed up at The Joint Cafe for a night of some Meaty adventure. Vikrant Singh Mathur, the owner of the Joint, had promised the meat lovers a meal which they had never tasted before and we raided his restaurant to put his words to test.

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The Joint Cafe … crafted by hand and heart!

Tucked up comfortably on the upper floor of the DLF Galleria market, which has lately seen a surge in the eating joints, The Joint is a quaint little cafe with a comfortable seating for around 25 people, completely reconceived and redesigned by Vikrant when he took it over almost 3 years ago. Known for its Holy Cow (tenderloin) Burgers, the cafe is a hit with the Expat community of Gurgaon, along with the young ones who even stop by for a steamy hot cup of Hot Chocolate while enjoying the music. The passion and personal touch shows in the decor, especially the walls, which Vikrant has adorned with posters of Hollywood starts to great Rock bands from his collection.

The Quaint cafe with warm interiors and a cozy seating!

The Quaint cafe with warm interiors and a cozy seating!

The stars on the wall ... a personalized touch by the owner, Vikrant!

The stars on the wall … a personalized touch by the owner, Vikrant!

However, not just the decor but also the food has been curated with personalized touch and preferences at Joint. As the tagline goes … “crafted by hand and heart”.  For now, I will let the pictures do the talking!

The Joint read to host the #kibitzNINJAS

The Joint read to host the #kibitzNINJAS

Guys take a bow and for those who would like to know what all we gorged on, the dishes for the will blow you away and you might just ask, “Did you really eat all that?”

We started with the BBQ Chicken Wings and the wings vanished before the server even set the tray in on the table.

The winter mulled ... happy and high!

The winter mulled … happy and high!

Pork Ribs in Honey BBQ Sauce!

Pork Ribs in Honey BBQ Sauce!

The Chicken Wings!

The Chicken Wings!

Next in line and in sizes I have never witnessed were the Glazed BBQ Pork Ribs in smoked Honey BBQ Sauce. The Winter Mulled Wine arrived right alongside and as the Chef said, a necessary accompaniment to the meats that were starting to roll.

Weeping Roast Lamb!

Weeping Roast Lamb!

We Ribs were amazing and we were unabashedly stuffing our mouths with them, when the Weeping Lamb Roast was served to us. The Whole leg cooked in garlic and rosemary flavour was chewy enough for us to enjoy the texture, but cooked well enough (to use a cliché) to melt in the mouth.

The mighty Pork Shoulder ... completely floored by this piece of meat!

The mighty Pork Shoulder … completely floored by this piece of meat!

I did get to do the honours!

I did get to do the honours!

The star and what took my breath away was the Pork Shoulder Roast cooked in Bordeaux Wine and served with Herbed Potatoes and Bacon Jam (yup, you heard that BACON Jam). I did get the honour of carving up this massive piece of meat and test my skills with the Chef’s weapons. The Meat was so well cooked all through the inside that the Cuts were easy, though I did display some amount of finesse.

From the Boar to the Bird and we had three different varieties of Birds lined up. The whole Chicken Roast again marinated in Wine, was artistically laid out on a bed leafy greens served with cut veggies soaking in the Chicken’s sauce. The gloves were off and one of us just snapped a leg of Chicken and got down to work.

The Guinea Fowl stuffed with bacon!

The Guinea Fowl stuffed with bacon!

Some would say that was a lot of meat, but we were still getting warmed up and the Guinea Fowl Roast stuffed with Bacon just landed in front of us. This was definitely an eating Binge now, a no holds barred Meatathon and we were shifting to top gear!

The Grand Finale ... Christmas Turkey Roast stuffed with Pork Sausages!

The Grand Finale … Christmas Turkey Roast stuffed with Pork Sausages!

The Chef teaches us the nuances of carving a Turkey!

The Chef teaches us the nuances of carving a Turkey!

And the top gear it was with the grand finale of the Roast Christmas Turkey stuffed with Pork Sausages and prunes served with raspberry sauce. We left more stuffed than the turkey, but we are food Ninjas and we boy did we dive into it. The colour and the texture made us fall in love with this bird, and the chef gave us ample time to “bird-watch” before he started carving out the white meat with nimbleness.

The Apple Crumble ... we did leave some space for desserts!

The Apple Crumble … we did leave some space for desserts!

We were already done when Vikrant announced DESSERT. For some the word was a question, for some an exclamation and for some a relief. But when Apple Crumble Pie with Vanilla Ice-cream was served, it was excitement once again!

The smiles say it all!

The smiles say it all!

Flanked by the men who made it possible and awed us with their culinary skill and love for food ... Ankit and Vikrant!

Flanked by the men who made it possible and awed us with their culinary skill and love for food … Ankit and Vikrant!

We were floored by the man and his team that weekend when we witnessed, tasted and stuffed ourselves to the creations of the chefs at The Joint Cafe, DLF Galleria. Their team of talented chefs who gave us one of the best meals we’ve ever had … No holds barred. The food just kept coming and we just kept binging. There was no stopping them and there was no stopping our foodies. The unconditional love for food which we witnessed, I will try to tell through these pictures. But, I definitely recommend that you try this quaint restaurant in the DLF Galleria, Gurgaon.

 

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Happy 2016 … 2015 in review

As Maverick welcomes the new year a quick summary of the year gone by on AskMaverick …

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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