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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Zoonskaya , Sivasagar Assam review











I heard the buzz and rave reviews of Zoonskaya from my family and friends in Sivasagar When we visited Sivasagar in our recent Assam trip I wanted to visit Zoonskaya. Sadly the night was already occupied as they are supposed to have a wedding party and I had no choice but to visit for lunch. A few miles from the hustle of the city, Zonnskaya is nested in a most gorgeous natural setting encompass with pond, trees, fields and emerged into modern esthetics.



        I thank my stars for coming for lunch as I was awed by the beautiful vistas in the daylight. Stunning chandelier open airy space with fireplace feels like one gorgeous restaurant, but if you step outside which eventually you will the wonder awaits for you, a beautiful pond with green mountains on the horizon, a Carribean resort-like experience in Assamese esthetics.  I was amused by the morals on the walls and cherry on top the tress of mango to jackfruit fertile with fruits.
Here you go the food, as it was a humid summer day we started our day with a virgin mojito. Apart from Indian, Zoonskaya's menu has extensive continental, Italian to Chinese but we stuck with Indian menu.   

For the appetizer, we had Zoonskaya assorted kabab and fish fingers for the kids. Love the Crspiness of the Jhinga or Shrimp kabab, it was crispy on the out and moist and soft inside. Tandoori chicken was succulent and love the taste of the marination how it gelled with meat full of flavor. Wish I could say something about the hariyali or green kabab, I felt it needed to cook a bit more as the rawness of the meat was still present. Kids enjoyed the fish fingers as it disappeared like magic in a few minutes.

Here we come to the mains, we had Assamese chicken curry it was light curry with fewer spices goes great with plain rice. Great for one who avoids spices opt for a simple curry. Here I wish a bit of culinary innovation presenting Assamese everyday curry in the restaurant.


     Then we have mix vegetable pulao, even though I forget to take the pic, it was grainy lightly sauteed buttered rice with fresh veggies. And we had chicken tikka masala, the iconic India entry with thick tomato base sauce and oven-baked chicken. The whipped gravy can be coupled with any rice or bread. And we had Khalsa (stuffed layer roti) that was certainly a perfect combination with chicken tikka.

       We ended the day with a very sweet note, a caramel custard a glassy custard drenched in chocolate, even though I always claim I avoid sugar, this time after one bite I could not resist the enriching taste. A must-have if you visit.
Overall, it was a wonderful experience with eating in the harmony of nature. I do expect a bit more when it comes to food, more innovation, and more culinary craftsmanship. A little pricy but clean space with wonderful service makes it one must-visit place to eat and enjoy nature at the same time.

Address: NH37, AT Rd, Bhatiapar, Assam 785667, India


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Hello Mumbai in 24 hours and top 4 things to do


      When we planned our Mumbai trip it was initially a two days trip but because of a technical issue on our fight made everything not what we expected. We had only  24 hours to explore. Mumbai is huge and 24 hours is too short to explore thanks to my cousin and his wife who helped us get a good glimpse of the city even for such a short time. Look forward to visiting Mumbai and know more with more time.


      The city of charm, the city of dreams where dreams rise every day with the rising skyscrapers. Magnificent, one of a kind India's financial capital and home to the world's 2nd largest movie industry, city of starts yet city of slums and alluring history and heritage.
      The Bustling city offers the most breathtaking vistas to monuments to, eminent architecture and varied and exotic food to world-class shopping. No wonder why Mumbai is India's one dream destination.





1. Marine drive - You want to get the vibe of Mumbai then you shouldn't miss visiting Marine drive. Picturesque, and great place for people to watch and go for a jog or lazy strolling.  Exuberant Mumbai's ethereal charm known as queen necklace is the night's glory and glitters of Mumbai. In spite of the crowd flocking all the time, you feel surprised by the sense of serenity and peace this place manifests.



2. Eat-in Mumbai's oldest landmark restaurant - Experience eating Persian food in Mumbai's oldest opened in 1923, Britania and company the colonial interior with the charm of an era gone by and the glimpse of Persian influence in Mumbai and have the taste of best berry pulao you ever tasted. Only open for lunch.



3. Shop in Colaba causeway - Busy and vivid Callaba causeway is a street style arrey of open shops. Homedecor, clothes to jewelry and souvenirs to name a few, what you don't get in Collaba causeway. Get lost and loot in some ethenic and one of a kind pieces.  Here you will need some good bargaining skill. Fun and frolic.




4. Stroll around the Iconic Gateway of India - Take some selfies with One of the Iconic monuments of India and you just can't miss grandeur Taj Hotel next to it. The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the 1911 royal visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai and was inaugurated on  4th December 1924.


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Alfresco Grand Cruise Guwahati review




      The Great river the Brahmaputra has huge essence in Assam and for the people from Assam. It's not just a river but lifeline of Assamese people, inspiration, love and most importantly the main water resource.



      If you want to see and know a city you must visit the river, whether the Seine in French or the Hudson in Newyork. This time when I visited Guwahati my brother suggested taking the Alfresco Grand Cruise in Guwahati, I instantly agreed and turned out to be the most amazing river cruise.





      As I mentioned earlier, the Brahmaputra has a huge significance in an Assamese life and so does in my life. I have seen the Brahmaputra since my birth, sometimes as flooded and the most destructive and sometimes as serene and placid. I have taken a few ferry rides as well but never a cruise.


      We book the cruise a few hours back and got the earliest cruise. Few minutes before the sun was about to set, our cruise started. We chose the middle deck as we had children with us. The live performance started with some popular Bollywood numbers.  We saw at a little distance some statue and when the ferry started to sail we got a good glimpse of the statue. Lights were lit and glittering Guwahati in the distance. The server came to take the order and here you have ordered the extra food which is not expensive for the cruise like this pretty affordable snacks. We had paneer pakora and chili paneer. I surely suggest paneer pakora as it was decadent and good for the kids, if they don't have to allergy. Other options available are veg pakora and chicken pakora. The bar had a beer and a few options of juices.




      We are lucky enough to have pleasant weather and came out to the deck and gazed the sweeping views of the enchanting Guwahati- homes, hills, temples, ferries crossing by and lush greenery in the distance.  Here I needed at least a bit of description of history and culture whether as a template or as audio. If someone is new to the city, have to make guesses that the actual things we are seeing.
I love the distance view of Kamakhya and other temples and a vast view of mighty Brahmaputra. A must take if you are visiting Guwahati. A surely romantic way of seeing the city is a clean and beautiful deck, Love the sitting arrangement as well. Get the glimpse of the city souk the serene beauty of breathtaking Brahmaputra. Don't miss the sunset how sun melts in the mighty Brahmaputra. Surreal.
         Alfresco Grand offers corporate parties, any other parties most importantly dinner cruise with Bihu performance. Next trip would be a dinner cruise for me in Bespoke Brahmaputra.
           
 


Monday, July 1, 2019

Tea County Dibrugarh Assam


      Tea county Dibrugarh, the taste and take of its own Tea County Dibrugarh tidy chic with multi cuisine restaurant offers Indian, Italian, Chinese, Thai and Continental. 
      A lovely and warm greeting adds so much and we got the exact same feeling when we entered tea County Dibrugarh.
An extensive and elaborate menu of tea County Dibrugarh is not an easy task to choose from for the 1st timer. 


      We started our day with the assorted vegetable platter. Literally, I did not expect that vegetable platter comes with such a vivid and varied array. Succulent green vegetable grill to perfection green kabab crispy on the outside and soft inside with hearty spinach, cheese stuffed grilled paneer delectable and delightful. 






      Then we had our main. As we are in Assam my kids missed their pasta. My little one had pasta with white cheesy sauce. Whipped and thick cheesy pasta can be an instant favorite for one who loves rich Italian food. Then my elder one got Indo-Chinese Hakka noodles and chilly chicken. My expected a bit more effort and innovation as the Appetizer raised the bar. 


      Then us adults had Malai Kofta, yet again it met our expectations sulky Luxurious gravy with generous amounts of heavy cream added the extra dose of deliciousness. We couple the malai kofta with veg pulao, the word perfect comes your way when you try these combinations. 



      My husband had Bengali fish curry, freshwater fish rightly marinated and perfectly fried, drenched in a spicy tomato based gravy yup you are in the kingdom of deliciousness. Couple of us got butter nan and vouched that it was delectable.

      We did not end our day with dessert but with the memory of good food and some utterly delicious good time. I will love to come back again soon. 

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