Dinner at the classic Gaylord

Last Friday, I was one of the fortunate ones to get an invite through FBAI, for a classic gourmet dining experience at one of the iconic restaurant in Mumbai, Gaylord. Gaylord is probably one of the oldest restaurant here. It probably is also the very first to serve Indian, European and Continental dishes. Founded in 1956, Gaylord is thriving immensely with its delicious food, excellent hospitality and generations of customers.

This was my first time at Gaylord. As always I reached late but I was welcomed by a whopping 15 bloggers table. I knew it then this is going to be a fun evening. As the starters were served, Mr. Noel D’souza, the General Manager of Gaylord since the past 26 years, yes! 26 years, told us about the place and its earlier days. I soon realized, he isn’t the only one who is working here since ever! Most of the staff have been working there for years. Gaylord is more like a big family, serving great food.

So we will start with the food now but first here is the menu for the night –

Menu

Menu

As you can see from the long nice menu, we had loads of food awaiting us.

Chicken Kebabs

Chicken Kebabs

Chicken Kebabs came first. This small little cutlets of tender meat were packed with flavors and reminded me of a gourmet Ramzan meal.

Bharwan Aloo

Bharwan Aloo

Bharwan Aloo was one of my favorite dishes of the night. Perfectly cooked potatoes filled with yummy mashed paneer and herb filling. Definitely a must order.

Kesari Paneer

Kesari Paneer

Kesari Paneer was the more of a grilled paneer with a subtle flavor. Least of my favorite starters that night.

Fish was also served but as you know, I am not a fish fan.

Waldrof Salad

Waldrof Salad

Waldorf Salad is tossed with apples, walnuts and celery. Though the celery was missing and mayonnaise a bit too much. It was okay.

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Next soups were in order. Now I am not a soup person. I feel soup is only needed when you are ill or else on a diet. Soup is such a thing that fills you up unnecessarily for a very short time. Perfect when you don’t want to eat the food. And I wanted to hog on the main course. Which was seemingly impossible with my recent curbed appetite. So I avoided the soup. But I did take a nice snap.

Kheema Nalli Ghost

Kheema Nalli Ghost

Main course was served and I was so dumbstruck by the sheer amount of food and very engaging gossipy conservations on the table, that I absolutely forgot to click pictures. I know, I am sorry. But I did taste everything. The vegetarian dishes included Chana Pindi, Paneer Tikka Masala, Lasuni Palak and Dal Sukhi. I tried the Lasuni Palak, Paneer and Chana. I loved the Paneer tikka masala, the gravy was perfectly spiced and I am a big fan of tikka masala gravy and this one was super. Second the Palak was good and Chana was more like a starter than a main dish, as I felt it was too dry.

In the non-vegetarian section I had Kheema Nalli Ghost and Murg Makhani. I prefer the mutton I eat minced and not with bones. So I was a bit in a situation here, as the I loved the kheema in the dish but the Nalli was the part I couldn’t eat. But a dish definitely to try when you are there. For the Murg Makhani, I want to say is that if your are serving Indian/Mughlai cuisine and you can’t nail a Murg Makhani / Butter Chicken, you aren’t supposed to serve any food. But I will be a fool to say that that Gaylord doesn’t know its murg and makhan. It was spot on. Full of flavors and yummy buttered gravy which I loved with the fantastic Truffle Naans.

Here is the best dish that was served in the night, the winner for me were the yummy, fresh, hot truffle naan and Pudhina Paratha. I could eat this anytime of the day. And I could eat this just about with anything or even nothing to go along with it. I absolutely loved these naans. I am definitely going back for more.

So now we come to my favorite part desserts –

Crunchy Raspberry Chocolate Mousse

Crunchy Raspberry Chocolate Mousse

Caramel Custard

Caramel Custard

I loved the presentation of the Crunchy Raspberry Chocolate Mousse. Temptation was an understatement. Mousse had a base of perfect crunchy crust in the bottom, super soft melt in your mouth raspberry mousse in the middle, topped with chocolate ganache. Wow! is what you say when you take the first bite. Utterly delicious, this is a must have.

Second was the Caramel Custard, though soft and nice I wasn’t a fan of this, cause I felt it was a little less sweet and more on the bland side.

So hence came the super fun night to an end, but not before we were gifted with a huge baked goods basket from the bakery. And the bakery was like huge and filled with almost all the desserts out there. I would just love to go in the bakery kitchen and see how they bake and probably also bake with them, if I could.

My experience at Gaylord was fantastic. I loved everything there from the vintage furniture to the humble and passionate hospitality. This place rocks not just because of it’s history or it’s great food. It rocks because of the wonderful people who have been the spine of Gaylord for all these years.

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UK Diaries Part III – Lincoln

Lincoln is a small town in Lincolnshire, England. The Lincoln Cathedral being its central attraction is on a very steep hill called the Steep Hill. Steep hill though a pain to climb, it is a treat to your eyes. The road to Steep Hill is connected and starts with High Street, which is filled with shops which have the regular chains to local brands. As you progress towards the hill, you will notice small local shops and boutiques, which go all the way till the top. Shops range from clothes, accessories, vintage book stores, antiques and obviously food.

The food scene in Lincoln is pretty chilled and nice. As it is a University town, there are loads of food options with decent budget. Having all the regular food chains like Nandos, Wagamama, McDonalds, Dominos and more. I tried some new places and completed my “to-eat” list.

First on my to-eat list was the very famous British Pub food. So I went to William Foster. William Foster had wooden decor, small but many lights and loads of posters planted aesthetically around the place. It also had a jukebox, weird waiter asking my ID proof even when I told him my exact age, which he chose not to believe (I should be flattered, but I was annoyed at that time).

Fish n Chips

Fish n Chips

Chicken Curry Pie

Chicken Curry Pie

Finally we ordered the food and I ordered a Chicken Curry Pie with peas and chips which was served with their famous Curry Sauce. I can say that now while typing about it, I am craving for the pie again. Perfectly balanced spiced curry. Tender Chicken and obviously great crust. It made my day. I was so happy with the pie. Slice was huge, and chips and peas made it more filling.

Onion Rings

Onion Rings

We also ordered some Onion rings which were good enough. Fish n Chips were delicious. Again Cod Fish nicely fried and soft. But I would say nothing can beat the Golden Hind in London.

Waffle with Ice Cream and Cake and Custard Crumble

Waffle with Ice Cream and Cake and Custard Crumble

For desserts we ordered Waffle with Ice cream and Custard Crumble. Desserts weren’t that great as they were the supermarket bought cakes and waffle, which you realize from the first bite. But the pie just made up for everything.

Baked Potato with Cheese

Baked Potato with Cheese

For lunch one day we went to this tiny sandwich and salad shop called Top Nosh. As we waited with the long line and were trying to decide from a nice huge menu, what to eat. I realized the food was unbelievably cheap and also had a sticker posted  “prices haven’t changed since 2011.” I was impressed. Mostly take away for the regulars who more than half were the office going people who needed something quick and healthy. Loads of yummy options to choose from. We went there twice but I was too busy eating than to realize I have to click a snap of the sandwich, but I did click of the huge baked potato with cheese. The sheer size of the potato was amazing and something you don’t get to see in Mumbai. Filled with melting cheese, it was a perfect side order with our delicious sandwich.

On our visit to the Cathedral (where by the way Da Vinci’s Code Climax was shot, great fan of the book and movie I had to mention it). I spotted some cute confectionery shops.

Roly's Fudge Pantry

Roly’s Fudge Pantry

Fresh Fudge Making

Fresh Fudge Making

Roly’s Fudge Pantry is on the way to the hill. It is a super cute shop. With a very enthusiastic owner who also helps describe the fudge making process with such enthusiasm that you can see how much he loves it. He is just not good at explaining but making also. The fudge I bought were chocolate, apple pie, cherry and peanut butter. They were so delicious and I couldn’t just stop at one. You could taste the hard work and art of cooking a perfect fudge in it. Best part no sugar oozing out of it, when you would take the bite. Wonderful flavors and must try.

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Didn’t enter this shop as I already had my dose of confections from the Fudge Pantry. But I couldn’t help take a picture. It is so cute. If I ever opened Chic Confections shop it will be something like this, somewhere like here (color of the shop will obviously be different)

Chips Sauce and Cheese

Chips Sauce and Cheese

We usually used to bring dinner as a take away in the hotel room, because we just could not miss the FIFA World cup Matches. One day we decided on Turkish dinner. If I say the portion size was huge, it would be an understatement. I could not even finish half my Donner kebab roll. Humongous, bang for the buck and delicious is how I will describe this. As you see the size Chips, Cheese and Sauce which was a side order, so you can imagine what was the main course like.

Afternoon High Tea – Check !

Afternoon Tea at Stokes

Afternoon Tea at Stokes

Afternoon Tea at Stokes with Scones

Afternoon Tea at Stokes with Scones

Stokes is known for their famous tea and coffee in Lincoln. Serving since 1902, this place serves the best tea I had in UK. I was so glad that my Afternoon tea was checked here. They serve all kind of teas, but what your looking for is their gold medal winning signature blend. What a tea! I usually prefer my tea once in the morning, but if Stokes tea is available to me, I will be having it five times. Scones are a British delicacy which is served with tea. They are a hybrid of cake and bread, which taste perfect with the tea. I had mine with jam and butter which is the classic way, clotted cream is also served with it.

Cornish Chicken Pasty

Cornish Chicken Pasty

Cornish Pasty – Check !

Cornish Pasty is also one of the British delicacy. It is pastry stuffed with meat and potatoes. Cornish Pasty origins are from Cornwall, which is a county in UK. Cornwall even has Cornish Pasty as their national dish. Though it is one of the things everyone should taste when visiting the UK. I did not find it that amazing. I still prefer the Pie. I found it a bit bland. The ratio of potatoes and chicken was like 10:1. It was eating Potato Pasty. But I don’t know whether it was the place or in general pasty taste like this. If you want to eat pasty from Proper Pasty, you might just avoid it.

Last dinner at Lincoln was at Handmade Burger Co. Handmade Burger Co is a burger chain throughout UK which serves (obvious) handmade burgers, the meat by which the burgers are made is 100% prime Scotch beef. Everything is freshly cut in the restaurant. They have a wide variety of menu. This is what I ordered.

 

Strawberry Milkshake

Strawberry Milkshake

I absolutely love the size of this glass. It is the like the huge Lassi glasses we get in North. The strawberry Milkshake was so good. I feel this should be the apt size for milkshake all over the world. A perfect inclusion to the meal.

Peri Peri Fries

Peri Peri Fries

Again look at that size!  They nailed the seasoning. The chips were fresh and delicious.

Classic Beef Burger with Cheese

Classic Beef Burger with Cheese

Now comes the burger – Classic Beef Burger with cheese, topped with sweet and spicy relish and salad. Wow! Is all I can say. I thought nothing topped the Five Guys burger, but this comes at the same level. They both taste differently. Five guys is more diner tasting. This is one has its own taste. Melt in your mouth beef. Relish was a tad bid sweet but on the whole this one is an absolute delight. If you ever visit UK and see Handmade Burger Co, just enter and eat. Don’t even think twice.

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Nutella & Peanut Butter Milkshake

Nutella & Peanut Butter Milkshake

Eskimo is the cutest shop ever. I absolutely loved the decor. Blue and white all the way, with all the chocolates they put in the shake are stored in the small domes on the wall. The menu is huge and I mean 100 flavors huge and it will take you 15 minutes to decide on which one to drink. I ordered Nutella and Peanut Butter. It was so so good. It was purely amazing. Though sad, that I kept Eskimo for the last day, but it was a perfect ending to my fabulous trip in UK.

So after checking everything from “to-eat” list and eating more food than I can imagine. I can only thank God for the food filled trip I had. One of the best trips on terms of satisfaction of food and covering my to – do lists. All I can say is I can’t wait to go back.

UK Diaries Part I – https://toxicbaker.com/2014/07/16/uk-diairies-part-1/

UK Diairies Part II – https://toxicbaker.com/2014/08/08/uk-diaries-part-ii-london/

 

UK Diaries Part II – London

London !!! Finally. I was there. I use to dream about Hyde Park, Self ridges, Harrods and Oxford Street (yes mostly shopping destinations) and I was there. We reached in the afternoon and obviously we didn’t waste a minute. We reached our hotels, left our bags and left for Oxford Street straightway. The endless shops at Oxford Street is a shopper’s paradise. I went there or actually happen to be there for the next five days and I always used to see a section, I didn’t see before. Locals and travelers bustling along. Huge shops of all the brands possible and food – food is everywhere.

London is tad bit expensive regarding food than the other places in UK for obvious reason being its London and the eat-in tax makes it more pricey. But the best part you can enjoy amazing food on a budget also. So back to the first day. When we reached Oxford Street, we wanted to have a quick bite, basically fuel ourselves before the intensive shopping began. So we headed to McDonalds and the line at McDs was like they were selling stuff for free and the same was at Pret A Manger and Starbucks. So we headed ahead and came across Ben’s Cookies.

Now Ben’s Cookies was on my to – do list and hence it was obviously going to be covered. This shop was a take away shop and I had no time for clicking a picture. But Ben’s Cookies is a must try. The cookies are huge, delicious and flavors are fantastic. I, as recommended by the manger had the Milk Chocolate. I also took a White Chocolate with Cranberries. Two delicious and perfect cookies to get us ready for the shopping ahead.

After shopping, we were searching for some nice place to eat. And we found Wasabi. Wasabi is the best priced, amazing quantity, super delicious Japanese food joint. It was the best find in my trip. There is a vast section of almost every Sushi available. There are huge bowls of soup. The hot section has various types of gravy with fish and chicken. I will never stop praising this place, cause everything is just perfect. The huge rice/noodle bowl with Chicken/fish gravy is for 5. something pounds which is more than great. The sushi are priced from only 1 – 2 pounds for 2 pieces. That is just plain wow !

Wasabi’s Spicy Chicken And Rice

This is the Rice with Spicy Chicken. Full of amazing flavors. Delicious. Perfect. If you are headed to London please eat from Wasabi for me. I also had the Chicken with Sweet and Chilli Sauce again same – great flavors, taste and quantity perfect. Sushi is delicious.

Then the next day we headed towards Harrods for one specially important reason – Ladurée. Ladurée is the famous french luxury bakery. Founded in 1862, it is the creator of double decker Macarons that we all love so much. But on searching Ladurée at Harrods, I came across Harrods Food Hall. All I could say is luxury food at its best. The amount of food counters and food was almost endless. All the possible cuisines from all over the world is here. Huge separate section of meat, bakery, confectionery, fruits and prepared food.

Harrods Food Hall

Harrods Food Hall

Harrods Food Hall

Laduree

It is a treat to your to eyes and obviously a bit expensive but if you have the money, it is worth buying these luxury items. On roaming around I finally found it ! I entered and just the amount of Macaron there made me forget about everything. Perfect Macarons. But the Macarons weren’t the only thing selling there. There were array of desserts and even high tea and meals available.

Laduree’s Macarons

So I went with 6 flavors which were Rose, Lemon, Raspberry, Salted Caramel, Pistachio and Strawberry. They were the best thing on earth. If someone told me to eat only macarons throughout my life, I might just take up on that offer. It is heavenly. I was walking on the road and ooh and aah-ing over the deliciousness and some staring was on the way (never mind that).

Five Guys Beef Burger

Next stop – Five Guys. Five Guys is a fast food – casual restaurant which serves only burgers and fries. One of the best burgers eaten ever. I had ordered double beef cheese burger and by just the name you can imagine the deliciousness pouring out of it. I was so hungry that after eating half of it, I realized, ‘ Oh God! I need to click a picture!” So sorry for the half eaten burger but you can see from the inside. That it is not the regular processed cold patty types but fresh made real crumbly meat burgers. Excellent place, meals are usually priced from 10 pounds.

Now for the rest of the week there were some repetitions on the food front and eating at usual places which are there in India also. But for the last evening, I had something special planned. I am usually not a fish eater but when in UK and you don’t try the Fish n Chips, your trip is technically void. So we found some okay Fish n Chips joint near Tower Bridge. But decided against it, cause I wanted to eat Fish n Chips with some history. After mugging my Lonely Planet London before the trip and intensive online search regarding the best Fish n Chips in London. That which filled the budget, taste and history category was the Golden Hind.

Golden Hind is a diamond in a small corner in the Maryleborne area. It is a 90 year old shop selling the traditional British supper to many. First thing you will notice is the simplicity of the place. Its simple, clean and to the point. No fancy decors, just some old vintage snaps and wooden table and chairs. Me and my nephew decided for a small impossible type picnic, we decided to take the Fish n Chips and walk towards Hyde Park (which wasn’t nearby) and eat there and play some football. Challenge was accepted. We took brisk walking and commuting in London on the next level (at least for us). Finally we did the impossible (or rather not that impossible), but we did it!

Fish N Chips

Fish N Chips

Our Fish n Chips were still warm, amazingly delicious and huge in size. We took the Cod Fish. The taste was so good that it made me want to start eating fish again. Perfect texture, perfect crunch and super delicious. The chips you can see are huge in size, quantity and taste. You have to try this place, if you are in London. It is the place for Fish n Chips on the budget, as the meal price ranges to 6 – 10 pounds. So that was my perfect last evening in London. Great place for food. I had to yet visit Lincoln so couldn’t eat on some of the expensive places in London. But have to leave something for next time.

What should I say in the end, London is obviously one of the best city in the world. The best part what I liked about it was, you don’t feel like an outsider in London. You don’t feel like your not from here. It feels homely for some reason. You are at ease and enjoying yourself fully. It is like you adapt London and London adapts you. There is something for everyone here.

Next stop – Lincoln, Lincolnshire.

UK diaries Part I can be read here – https://toxicbaker.com/2014/07/16/uk-diairies-part-1/