Mövenpick Ice Creams at DLF India

Press Release: The iconic Swiss ice-cream brand Mövenpick has opened up a flagship store in Noida, the very first boutique store in Delhi NCR. This is Mövenpick‘s second outlet in the National Capital Region. Movenpick’s 800 sq ft dedicated ice cream boutique store located in the largest shopping mall in India, DLF Mall of India is an added delight for shoppers.

Movenpick Store at Mall of India.jpg

Founded in 1961, the Mövenpick brand has delighted Swiss consumers for more than 4 decades, and today it offers joy to ice cream lovers around the world including 300 boutiques throughout Europe, Asia and Australia, and is served in five-star restaurants and hotels in more than 40 countries around the world.

The gourmet dessert destination menu boasts of 22 ice cream flavours, including the all time favourite Swiss Chocolate, Espresso Croquant, Creme Brulee Espresso and Macadamia available in waffle cone/ basket. The global ice cream brand owes its inspiration to a revolutionary vision of culinary excellence that swept through Swiss restaurants in the 1960s. Mövenpickoffers a full service cafe for those who are looking to hangout with friends over desserts, tea and coffee. Movenpick spoils you for choice with their dessert offerings like Waffles with white chocolate and raspberry obsession, Pancakes with maple walnut indulgence, Macaroons, Sundaes, Soda floats and 99% fat free sparkling sorbets, when the heart desires, providing a larger than life experience of a fun café and ice-cream boutique rolled into one.

Pancake_image-min.jpg

On the menu is also a large selection of gourmet teas and coffee. With all the shopping bags in tow, a trip to the magical world of Mövenpick outlet this summer will surely be a winner.

Movenpick with its choicest selections of ice creams, shakes, pancakes, macaroons and beverages is the cool new hangout in town. The premium ice cream brand is brought in India by entrepreneur Tarun Sikka, Director, Nectar Hospitality who runs it with the same zeal and enthusiasm that goes into the making of each robust flavor in Switzerland. Mr Sikka is charting a steady expansion plan for Mövenpick in India while maintaining the brand’s premium nature and quality.

 

Waffle_image-min

With the Noida flagship store, the path is set for the opening of more cafes in Delhi-NCR. Speaking about the Noida store, Tarun says,”Mövenpick ice creams embody the Swiss ethos of perfection, creativity and attention to detail. Since its inception, the brand has been using natural ingredients for its range of products like Bourbon vanilla pods from the tropical forests of Madagascar, the finest cocoa beans from the Maracaibo region of Venezuela or Canadian maple syrup from Quebec. We believe in offering our customers an indulgent menu which is a mix of old classics and new favourites in a fun environment, where they can experience the world class hospitality that Mövenpick is famous for“.

Submitted by Mövenpick for Chai Cake and Kitsch. 

 

Advertisements

Restaurant Review: Botticino

Address: Trident, Bandra Kurla Complex
Reservations: Yes
Price: Rs. 8000, meal for 4 minus alcohol

The Italians have a saying that goes ‘Viva il cuoco che ci delizia con leccornie e allegria’. This means ‘bless the cook who serves love and laughter’. I’d like to begin my review by thanking Chef Sushil and Manager Ms. Alisha Rampal of the Italian restaurant Botticino (Trident Hotel, BKC) for serving my family and I one of the finest Italian meals we’ve had in a long time. I cannot seem to remember the last time that I ate such good food, leaving me craving for a whole lot more.

We kicked off my sister’s 21st birthday countdown with this dinner. Quite frankly we entered the restaurant with no expectations because Italian food has now become so redundant all over Mumbai, there’s nothing new left to try. Little did we know we would be proven wrong.

Dinner began with a bottle of Fratelli Sangiovese and freshly baked bread. My mother was supremely happy because the restaurant offers a completely different menu for vegetarians. Her night was made at that very moment :). For my Jain readers, a lot of the dishes on this special menu can also be made as Jain preparations. We chose the Mushroom, porcini and morel cream soup and the Roman style Minestrone.  For mains we had the Parmesan ravioli (celery cream, black truffle, butter and sage), Asparagus and bell pepper risotto (cherry tomato and scamorza cheese), Primaverole pizza and the baked lasagna (with aubergine caponata, mozzarella cheese and parmesan sauce).

Both soups were absolutely authentic. The minestrone is such a simple soup yet tingled every one of my taste buds. The mushroom soup was definitely worth the allergy that broke out by the end of the meal (for those of you who are allergic like I am, just pop in a pill! You don’t want to miss out on this soup). It’s served with a ricotta and truffle tortellini and dried porcini. The server then pours hot morel cream over it. It’s now ready for you to enjoy.

10918993_347757462080745_5496705952761252808_n 11024644_347757475414077_8864988962064344857_n

The pizza unfortunately was a bit of a let down after this. We found it a tad rubbery and it saddens me to say that it was served at room temperature.

The ravioli came next and found it’s way to my heart making me excuse the pizza debacle. After just two bites of the buttery-sage, celery cream, black truffle goodness that was the ravioli, I wasn’t entirely sure that I wanted to share the rest of the dish with my family, but I kind of had to! The next time I’m back at Botticino I will be sure to order one ONLY FOR ME.

10347493_347757525414072_6443459374728822515_n

The Arborio rice (risotto) was cooked to absolute perfection. The asparagus, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes blended perfectly with just the right amount of scamorza cheese.

11043257_347757535414071_7487341431471454278_n

11043013_347757552080736_3550816452646627244_n

For me, the hero of the evening was the ravioli (probably because I’m a sucker for truffles), but for the rest of my family it was the lasagna. The caponata was extremely tender with the right balance of cheese and parmesan sauce. Finger licking good!

After this point I didn’t think that I’d be able to go through dessert but, as the Italians say ‘C’è sempre posto per un ultimo boccone’, which means ‘there’s always room for a tasty treat!’ So we ordered a selection of the homemade ice cream – sea salt and burnt sugar, bitter chocolate and stracciatella (similar to your plain Jane chocolate chip ice cream, only much better!) and their signature dish, the Mocha Budino. Alisha explains that this is a coffee flavoured mousse, but the texture is such that it can remind you of a pudding. They serve it with cannelloni filled with ricotta and pistachio and has hints of candied orange, extracted from the orange peel (that is a part of the filling). What do I know, I was just too busy devouring it! We also cut a small  celebratory chocolate mousse cake that was nothing short of DIVINE, that was on the house, courtesy of Botticino being on the American Express fine dining list. Let me also add here that if you are a Cassata fan, Chef Sushil is happy to whip it up for you if you let him know in advance. 

10406631_347757618747396_7265727563986464184_n

10999724_347757582080733_7096619639487179199_n

11046426_347757602080731_8830589864846791380_n

 

There are two Italian sayings that I’d like to finish with because they do complete justice to my experience – ‘Cucinare è una forma d’amore‘ which means ‘cooking is love made visible‘ and ‘La buona cucina rende allegri’, ‘laughter is brightest where food is best’, roughly translated. Both these stand true because this was one of the loveliest dinners we’ve eaten together as a family. I for one cant wait to go back to see what Chef Sushil comes up with in the new menu (to be launched soon, or just to see how the ravioli is doing!).

Buon Appetito!

P.S I wish I had carried my camera along for better photographs 😦

Oreo Cookie Milkshake

Allow me to start off by stating the obvious – there is no one correct way to enjoy an Oreo cookie. There are SEVERAL. You can eat it by itself, do it the original way by dunking it in milk, making an Oreo cookie iced coffee, Oreo cookie ice cream, cakes.. you name it and it can be done! So I did just that. My sister is battling exam fever, and I decided to whip up an Oreo cookie milkshake to help her feel better. Not only does it taste heavenly, it’s super fun and easy to make. So whether you’ve got kids at home to entertain, friends with a sweet tooth, you’re nursing a wounded heart or you just simply love Oreos (who doesn’t, right?)  this my lovelies is for you! ❤

This recipe serves 1.

For the cookie ice cubes* you will need:

4 oreo cookies
A couple of tablespoons of milk
An ice tray

IMG_5476

For the milkshake you will need:

9 Oreo cookie ice cubes
1 scoop of ice cream
1/2 cup milk
2-3 tsp sugar (depending on how sweet you would like it to be)
Chocolate syrup
Chocolate shavings/vermicelli/chips

Method:

1. Break the cookies into thick crumbs and place them at the bottom of the ice tray. Pour milk over this and freeze for a couple of hours or overnight.
2. In a blender, add the cookie ice cubes, sugar and milk. Blend well.
3. Take a tall glass and pour some chocolate syrup (I use the original Hershey’s syrup) onto the sides. Pour out the blended Oreo cookie milkshake into the glass. Top it with some chocolate chips, chocolate vermicelli, chocolate shavings, whatever makes you happy.
4. Voila ! Serve super chilled with preferably a fun straw 😀

IMG_5486

Do try this and let me know what you think!

*I pulled this idea off the Internet, I do not claim any rights over it. The images however, belong to me.