Zubi and Sacred Grain, two top pods in the Food Order-In Sector
|Slow cooked pork belly being served by Zubi|
Picture this. Tom Harper’s The Aeronauts is playing on an LCD while you laze on the sofa in front of it. With a table in front showcasing a veritable selection of starters waiting to be tucked into. The choice is yours. Whether you will pick a juicy yet meaty Rajasthani Maas je Sule to accompany the riveting adventures of Amelia Wren and James Glaisher, or fresh asparagus delicately flavoured with miso butter and burnt garlic flakes. The spicy, pickled lamb kebab letting out a faint aroma of desi ghee or the crunch of the green. Couple that with a pint of Heineken. Ah! Utopia…
|Meen Moily available at Sacred Grain|
Even before we get to the next dish, let’s clarify that this setting is being concocted in your living room. The experience of a good film on Netflix, with great food, inside your cozy next is just a phone call away. And yes, we aren’t talking the conveyor belt quality dishes churned out by takeaway brands day in and day out. This is seriously good food, curated and prepared keeping in mind discerning taste buds of the food connoisseur who prefers to stay in than inhale the pollution outside, be stuck in a treacherous traffic snarl or blow up fat moolah but returning with a semi-sated tummy.
|The Indian section at the Base kitchen where food for Sacred Grain is prepared|
A few years ago, if someone said, “Let’s order in!” I’d have to settle for the ubiquitous Chinese or the staid biriyani and butter chicken combo. But, yesterday afternoon as I ate lunch with Monish Bali, the foodpreneur who launched the order in services Zubi and Sacred Grain last month, I realised exactly how the scenario has undergone a paradigm shift.
|Fresh Asparagus with miso butter and burnt garlic at Zubi|
Spread in front of me was an array of Pan Asian and Pan Indian dishes that could give any posh eatery a run for their money. Also, at a price that won’t leave you with an acerbic burp. Fresh ingredients procured from local vendors as well as suppliers who deal in imported materials, the base kitchen is rustling up meals that makes eating at home a delectable activity. Operating through Swiggy and Zomato, the new food brands Zubi (Pan-Asian) and Sacred Grain (Pan-Indian) delivers to all gourmands 8 kms within the radius of their base kitchen situated in the interiors of Friends Colony. Reason being that the chefs want clients to enjoy the food within an hour of being cooked. From what we ate yesterday it is evident that the kitchen is taking the food and service rather seriously. Those interested can log onto the Zubi as well as the Sacred Grain websites to order directly, too. For family lunches, quiet dinners, friendly snacks, cocktail soirees as well as party meals. The options are endless. Not just in terms of services, packaging (the sauces and condiments are not just thrown in, they are sent in a neat box) but the selection of dishes that are prepared with love, sans any cornflour or MSG.
|Lucknowi Chicken Biriyani at Sacred Grain|
However, all this tall talk would be baseless if what we wolfed down didn’t bear testimony to the claims. I’ll start with the Spicy Chicken Gyoza, a classic pan-fried chicken dumpling served with a burnt garlic sauce. Soft, light and perfectly bringing together the subtle spices topping the rice paper wrapped dimsums, this was too good to stop at two. If you thought that dimsums are incomplete without the accompaniments, eat these. That burnt garlic sauce is a perfect counterpart to the luscious meat parcels.
|Spicy Chicken Gyoza at Zubi|
A green winner that foodies are lapping up is the fresh asparagus dish we mentioned earlier. It’s got a crunch, the aspagarus has a bite and the sauce is aromatic.
While the pan-Asian menu at Zubi is extensive, I would highly recommend you order in the Slow cooked pork belly simply because of the quality of meat the brand is offering. This is no local produce. Imported from Belgium and Spain, the grilled fat renders a fabulous charred flavour to the chunky meat. Coated with a sauce that is salty yet slightly sweet, this is a dish that will stand out in the long run. Also, staying strong to their claim of no-cornflour, the sauces, once cold, don’t turn into the coagulated jelly that most Chinese gravy dishes are infamous for. That’s your proof.
Switching on to the pan-Indian for the main course, don’t miss the Rajasthani Maas ke Sule. I’ve never has a kebab this tingling. It’s a rare spicy pickle mix coated beaten lamb that has a chunky bite to it. With every bite, your palate will taste the rogan and the desi ghee. Orgasmic!
|Rajasthani Maas ke Sule at Sacred Grain|
The meen moily is nice and thick while the sole pieces are mouthful and meaty. Biriyani lovers will love the selection of biriyani and pulaos as once you open your bowl, the heady scent of the spices set the drool glands in motion.
Favourites from North India, Kashmir, South India, Kolhapur, Goa and West Bengal are being offered in the Indian menu. And not just that, the chefs have brought back forgotten dishes that once held court.
The great news is that soon both Sacred Grain and Zubi will have satellite kitchens in different parts of Delhi-NCR, from where food can reach to one and all. And going by the look of the fabulous and large base kitchen we walked through, that sounds like a really appetising proposition.
Well, eating in just got fancier. So, what shall you be ordering today?
Call 9999469491 or 9999780969 to place you orders.