Sunday, February 21, 2016

Exclusive Launch Review of Hive - Kitchen & Bar Green Park, New Delhi

 : About Karan :

I always appreciate places and people where both vibe and sync in , with each other . More so , when in today's day and age you have new places mushrooming every nook and corner and at the same place shutting down.

Whenever I am visiting a place which I am 100% sure that I'll review , I love to do my reading / background check , if you call so as to better understand the 'brains' behind the venture and see how does the entire ecosystem works henceforth. 

: Did you know: 

The beehive's internal structure is a densely packed group of hexagonal cells made of beeswax, called a honeycomb.

: Hive :

The hexagonal beehive motif, used extensively in the decor of the restaurant, represents community bonding. 

Hive Kitchen & Bar seeks to actively promote such a way of life with food promotions, regular musical recitals and performances, giving its diners and visitors to the bar something more to come together for.

After all , like we say , dine-in ; in a group and you may become family !! I loved the concept and thought here.

: The Team at HIVE : 

A lawyer turned social media influencer; Abhinav Mathur - and his younger brother Abhishek Mathur are team at HIVE ; both having impressive credentials. 

They also have Ms.Wamika Sunda Mathur, a celebrity fashion stylist who has now transitioned towards the hospitality business is the person behind the innovation, campaign strategies as well as creative design at Hive. 

: Guess what :

The duo run Moonshine and HKV Theka at Hauz Khas Village; and Mind Cafe at Fortis Hospital.

: Inside Decor : 

I love water and anything to do with it . More so when you have a glass ceiling with a water installation from where the sun shines / moon lifts up the ambience right above you , you are dining in with the stars . Look forward to being seated below a mesmerizing glass ceiling with water trickling along its surface for mock-rain effect. Wow !

: USPs :

The cafe at Hive serves lively World fare with diverse global flavours. From Moroccan tagine cookery, heart Italian dishes to Spanish elements in outstanding fusion food - there’s something for everyone on the menu. Weight watchers and the health conscious have plenty options in the starters’ and mains’ section, as well as a delicious selection of smoothies to choose from. 

: Levels and Seating : 

The lower level houses a cheerful cafe style eatery with informal table settings; the upper level is the pub cum lounge area with a grungy New York attic aesthetic, mono-cycle bar stools and industrial chic furniture. Every Friday and Saturday diners can look forward to jazz performances, stand-up comedy nights and a live DJ and as they step up , expect more.

:Food: 

Their Head Chef Mr. Ramesh Man Shrestha. The menu though limited is focussed with a bang of tasty order or meals and you can pick up an interesting array of them .

Fettuccini with roasted Artichoke in a Horseradish sauce

We started with the small plates:

 o Bruschetta’s of Roasted Mushrooms (Oysters, Shiitake & Button) cooked in red wine & herbs over Goats Cheese Mousse spread and the Classic Tomato & Basil

o Arancini – Crumbed risotto balls stuffed with Mozzarella served with tomato & olive relish

o Naan Pizza topped with Mushrooms, Black Olives, Jalapeno & Mozzarella Cheese

o Chicken meat balls flavoured with Jalapeno and sundried tomato, topped with sundried tomato sauce

o Calamari & Chorizo served with Garlic-Paprika Aioli 

The Arancini is a delight and so are the mushrooms . For non vegetarians the Calamari and Meat balls are a big show –stopper. 

Chicken & Sundried Tomato meat balls topped with sundried tomato sauce

 For mains try : 

o Creamy Mushroom, Water Chestnut and Nutmeg Mash Pie

o Hearty Bean Burger served with French Fries

o Tarragon flavoured creamy chicken breast served on a bed of Fettuccini

o Braised Lamb Shank Braised for 4.5 hours, served with mashed potatoes & Red Wine

o Moroccan flavoured Lamb Stew & Couscous Bake

 Non vegetarians are in for a treat and Moroccan styled Lamb is delight to watch and eat . The bean burger is healthy and filling and so is the Nutmeg pie. 

Half Roast Chicken Served with Garden Style veggies & Fondant Potatoes


For Desserts we grabbed : 

1) Red Velvet Cake

2) Chocolate orange cake

3) Classic carrot cake  - the cutest of all ; 

 The presentations of all the dishes is amazing and the servers are super fast and courteous.   

:Drinks : 

I loved the clove and mint lemonade infusion and the cosmopolitan served in an interesting piece of art. They do have sheesha as well.

: Overall : 

Green Park as a market may have just got a 'big surprise ' in the form of HIVE and a good options when you don't wanna walk down / drive all the way to HKV . This is just above FabIndia , near Evergreen .

: Women Friendly : YES 

You can follow me on Zomato , Instagram , Twitter , FaceBook by searching for : karansayz and I’ll be all ears and eyes for your thoughts and ideas . 

Happy eating !! 

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Heart of Delhi : Connaught Place

The Khan Market and Lodhi Market may not like this ; but the key change that I have observed over the last couple of months is that I have started frequenting the good old Connaught Place or CP as we usually call , a lot.

There are a couple of reasons as to why this change has happened and the foremost is that though  I am not much a fan of the mall culture but overtime and with my travels have become more and more an appreciator ; of open spaces . 

After all what is life if you are just going round and round in levels without an open sky moving with you . CP over time has donned a new look and it makes it as a perfect hangout destination.  Not to forget the large number of eateries opening in every circle in and around CP .



You have the best of brands in attendance , a whole lot of bargain for your coveted mobile handsets from covers to screens , old legacy places like Keventers  , Wengers and United Coffee House to name a few and a lot of open seating wherever you wanna catch a breath.

What also is fun is CP is easily approachable and its a central meeting place for anyone and everyone . The state emporia buildings are also located in this area so are the head offices of major banks, airlines and other such things of importance to the tourist.

Did you know when CP came into being, the sprawling circular market was the largest of its kind in India. The British believed that the horseshoe-shaped market would prove lucky for the shoppers and the shopkeepers both.   Guess that's true now.

Not to forget the  national capital got its highest flagpole installed at the Central Park in CP . 

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