Virgin Courtyard – Chandigarh’s Chak de Italiano 

If you are a foodie then Chandigarh should be a must visit on your cards. One of the best time to visit the ‘City Beautiful’ is during the start of Winter season.

Evenings are very pleasant with the mercury hovering slightly below 10 degrees. If you are from that part of the country where you don’t get the chance to take out your winter clothes then you will be super happy. The jacket that you had bought and kept safely secured in your wardrobe will come to your help while you are in Chandigarh.

 The first thing that comes to your mind while thinking of the cuisine here will be Paranthas, Kulchas, Chole Batture, Sarson ka saag & makkai di roti, dahi bhale, etc. When I was planning to have my dinner I had all these dishes in my mind. I started searching for the best restaurants in Cgarh. There were some great Punjabi cuisine options which popped up when I hit the search button.  My eyes caught the attention of a restaurant named “Virgin Courtyard” 😉 . This was rated as one of the top 10 restaurants in Chandigarh. I clicked on the link to check the details. To my surprise it turned out to be a fine dine Italian restaurant.

I continued my search for other restaurants to find out a place serving authentic Punjabi food. But somehow I was impressed and I was tempted to visit the Italian restaurant. May be this is what you call love at first sight and that too when you see a Virgin courtyard :).

Virgin Courtyard is nestled in one corner of Sector 7 . The moment you reach the entrance of the restaurant you will get the vibe that this is a place where you can sit back, relax and enjoy your food at peace. Since I visited this place on Monday and that too at 10 pm there were not much of occupants.

The flooring of the entry point is designed in such a way that you get the feel of the European cobble streets  decorated with pebble stones underneath. This is enhanced with a small water body flowing beneath the entrance. You will be greeted with colourful wall art works predominantly in blue color on top of the white walls. The décor and ambience is top notch and we’ll maintained considering that this place is 5 years old. They have a covered area and an open area seating as well. I chose to occupy a table on the outside to enjoy the cold weather. Candle lights and mashals are the only lights that will guide you to be table. The whole place is very cosy and will make you wish that you were here with your partner to enjoy the awesome weather and ambience.  

Wine is quintessential to enjoy the Italian cuisine. This place offers you some good variety of wines. I placed my order to the soft spoken waiter. Breads, Italian cheese and pesto sauce were served complimentary. Mushroom soup was served hot and preparation was typical European style – light flavors with thin slices of mushroom. Menu gives you lot of options to choose from in all categories including mocktails, cocktails, beverages, appetizer, main course which includes pizza, pasta, ravioli, risotto, etc. They also have healthy preparation available like grilled food served with veggies and sauces. Portions were good enough for two people. Luckily, though I was hungry, I didn’t order lot of food and still struggled to finish the portions all alone. 

Ambience, decor – Awesome

Food and Beverages – Classic

Quantity – Generous

Service – Excellent

Price- Luxurious

I had a wonderful evening  at the Virgin Courtyard. I am sure this place will be crowded during occasions especially Valentine’s Day.

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India Bistro: Master Chef inspired dishes served in interesting cutleries

India Bistro is the newly opened restaurant in Thane, Maharashtra by Foodlink Restaurants.

Foodlink Restaurants, started by Sanjay Vazirani, have Glocal Junction, China Bistro, India Bistro and Bungalow 9 under their group.

India Bistro Thane outlet is the latest offering from this group. Located on Pokhran Road No.1, this Restaurant is slowly and steadily becoming the must visit restaurants in Thane.

Ambience: Well lit and the spacious seating makes you feel comfortable.

Service: Quick service and customer friendly staff. Staff is well versed with the detailing of all the dishes.

Food: Master Chef inspired dishes served on interesting cutleries

Paani puri : This was served as a complimentary starter. Syringes were filled with the khatta and meetha paani.

The presentation of other Starters were also equally interesting and inspiring. Panco Cruster Jodhpuri Chilli is a must try. Firangi Paneer was also tasty.

The main course was served in cutlery looking like train engine.

‘Chuski’ aka ‘Kaala khatta’ was served in a miniature pressure cooker. This again was a complimentary dish.

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Guava kulfi with chili foam tasted good. It reminds you of the same taste when you eat guava with a tinge of chilli powder.

Cheque / Bill is presented to the customer inside an ‘iron-box’

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Different varieties of Starters, Main courses and Desserts makes this place a must visit for Diners.

One more addition to the growing stand alone restaurants in Thane.

Eat to your heart’s content 🙂

PS: Happy Hours on all days from  7pm to 9:30 pm. 

Cost for two – approx. Rs. 2000/- (costly compared to Thane standards plus taxes are extra)

Parking – Valet parking is available (though they park your car across the road)

Madeira & Mime : Drink and Enjoy, Food does the talking here

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It is always great to see when people come out with Restaurants with a Social cause connect.

By now most of the people in Mumbai would have either dined at or heard about Mirchi & Mime. For those who have not heard about Mirchi & Mime : This is a restaurant in Powai which serves mainly Indian Cuisine. The speciality of the restaurant is that the employees here have the special ability to communicate with the help of sign language. The specially abled employees (who cannot hear or speak) take orders and make sure that they serve the right dishes each and every time.

Madeira & Mime is the second offering from this group. As the name mentions you get to quench your alcoholic thirst at this restaurant. The menu is also different. Menu comprises of Finger Food, Salads, Burgers, Sandwiches, Indo-Chinese, Japanese Ramen, Pasta, Pizza, Rice plates, Lankan Hoppers and of course Desserts. Here also the Specially abled employees communicate with customers through Sign language.

Madeira : Cocktails. The mixing of the drinks as well as the taste of the drinks were really good. I liked the real long glass in which the Long Island Tea was served.

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Food : The portion of Starters served were really worth mentioning. It easily serves two to three people. Preparation was good and palatable. Similar is the case with the main course as well.

Ambience : Dim lighting, different styles of seating and a long bar makes it an interesting place to visit. They also have DJ playing some awesome music which will keep you grooving.

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Madeira & Mime will let you enjoy your drink and music. The Restaurant staff will been seen talking but they make sure that Food does the talking here.

They even provide books and board games in case you need them as your companion.

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