If You’re in NZ, Do not Miss Out Tasting Pavlova

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A complete meal is seldom said to be complete till the finishing touch is provided by a fine dessert. The sweet aftertaste lingers on and reminds you of the wonderful meal you just had. When I visit a place, I make it a point to not only experience the place but also the cuisine. The cuisine after all is as much a part of the culture and heritage of the place as anything else. So missing out on the best of dishes will mean that you will end up missing out on a part of the place and not be able to experience the complete essence.

During my visit to Wellington in New Zealand I experienced one such dish, the taste of which I can still feel with my eyes closed. This lip smacking dessert is called Pavlova and is one of the delicacies of New Zealand. While the New Zealanders claim that it is ethnic to their land, a similar claim is also led out by the Australians. Wherever you go on these two island nations, people will claim that the Pavlova is their very own invention. While this debate cannot be settled one thing has no two opinions about it. The Pavlova is going to be one of the best dessert experiences you would have ever had and in both Australia and New Zealand it is extremely popular among the people.

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To make this unique dessert you need to take some egg whites in a bowl. Whisk it well and make it smooth. There after slowly add some sugar to the egg whites. To get the exact ratio of sugar and the egg whites, make sure to use one cup of sugar for every three egg whites. Make sure that while you are whisking the egg whites in the bowl you are adding the sugar simultaneously. Now pour this mixture in a pan on the oven. Once poured sprinkle some meringue properly over the mixture. Make sure that the meringue is at least a quarter inch thick. Now is the time to bake the entire thing. Bake for about an hour and then it will be ready. Add some whipped cream on top and you can even add some fruit cuttings for the garnish. Fruits like cherry or strawberry are ideal for the garnish. Your wonderful and exquisite dessert is now ready and you can enjoy the experience.

 

Table Nine Makes It Fine

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Isn’t it amazing, if you come across a passionate dance-duo who have successfully done 8 big reality shows in India since 2006 and then turning out to be a real ‘Baazigar’ by virtue of showing guts to open up Table Nine, a Shisha cum pure veg café-kitchen?

Yes, believe it, or not, that’s the story of Saurabh-Vivek.

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Saurabh Bangani and Vivek Jaiswal started their dancing career way back in 2004 with local school level competitions and made their way up to state, national and International level dance competitions. In 2011, what it all started as a small dance class, gradually grown in leaps and bounds and has now become a multi activity centre where they groom talents young and old. BORN2DANCE PERFORMING ARTS is an Activity Training Institute for imparting training of different courses and event management services with over 200+ performances in Reality Shows, Talent Hunt and Events across the Globe.

Table Nine is their latest stunt in the market. I slipped into it on a lazy Sunday afternoon when the rush was about to set in and I bumped into two super cool guys, Saurabh and Vivek. It started on 10th October, 2018 just opposite to Derozio College on the roadside at Rajarhat Road, New Town. And it is yet to pick up in spite of the lovely décor and lip-smacking veg cuisines. The major reason probably, to my mind, is its awkward location. Food lovers having their personal vehicle can only venture out to reach here. But those who are not lucky enough to possess a personal vehicle will find it difficult to reach out.

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Somewhat dark with a dramatic Lumiere had set the tone of the approaching Sunday evening. And with the rhythmic number in full blown, you would certainly expect a dancing floor in front. Alas!! There is no such arrangement. Do not get disheartened though, for not being able to shake your legs. Instead try out some fabulous mocktails and pure veg Chinese and Italian delicacies.

I am both a mocktail and cocktail lover. Since this is a NO ALCOHOL zone, I had to rely on mocktails only. And I had apprehensions whether I’ll get my mocktail well-prepared. And they really impressed me in no time. The freshness in the drink usually comes from the mint. And they strike a magic by incorporating a twist of cucumber. Presented beautifully, this is one of the virgin mojitos in town. So if you’re a mojito lover like me, go ahead and definitely try it.

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Black Forest Shake: This shake had 3 layers. The bottom layer contains berry jelly. Middle is filled up with a dollop of cream and the thick chocolate shake served on that. The shake is decorate with chocolate shaves, an Oreo and a cherry. It was a burst of the flavours of the famous black forest combination.

Crispy Potato Cheesy Roll: The dish was drizzled with cheese clustered with a tangy, tasty dip. The rolls are neither too crisp nor too soft. A great munch to have with hookahs or mocktails.

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Crispy Chilli Babycorn: It is pretty common dish, known to one and all. But I loved their style of preparation. Neither too much sauce coated, nor too less. Just the perfect balance. And a little spray of sesame seeds made the dish more interesting.

Special Pizza: Cheesy pizza with Generous toppings. Gooey cheese with crispy french fries. And it is big one!

Hara Bhara Kebab: The coatings are a bit crisp, which enhanced the taste of the kebabs. They garnished the dish with cashews and peas and served with a mint yoghurt dip.

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Hakka Noodles: Nothing exceptional. But I loved the mild flavours. The noodles are thin. Tossed beautifully, and wasn’t too oily.

Veg Manchurian: A perfect, inseparable match for the noodles. This consisted of soft vegetable balls tossed in a spicy sauce. I loved the flavours of this one.

Average Cost 

₹650 for two people (approx)

Exclusive of applicable taxes and charges, if any

Cash and Digital Payments accepted

Opening Hours

12 Noon – 12 Midnight

More Info

  • Home Delivery
  • Vegetarian Only
  • No Alcohol Available
  • Table Reservation Not Required
  • Indoor Seating

Address

Siddha Pines, 1st Floor, Commercial 102, Opposite Derozio College, AS/185 Rajarhat Road, New Town, Kolkata

Contact Numbers: 9883388818, 9883888816