“Good food is all the sweeter when shared with good friends”
I remembered my college days, sitting in the dingy college canteen, with chaddi-buddies waiting for our meals to be served. With not much to choose from, the sometimes absurd ideas that added colour to the canteen menu were the exact choices that over the years have shaped my taste buds to become the way they are. Put it simply, the Chinese Samosa was a brilliant idea to complement the inherent spiciness of the punjabi samosa with a tangy far east replica of the schezuan sauce. I still remember my first taste of this absurd yet innovative combination and how it laid the foundation of my tryst with foodology! I guess fusion can be the key to innovation, as long as you have the courage to go for it!
The nostalgia that flew me in a jiffy to a decade earlier was the food I was eating while I sat in the comfort of my own home. I had ordered out from a food delivery kitchen called Pot De Fusion that operates in the western suburbs and promises delivery later than late night till 4 am ensuring that you don’t end up going to bed hungry after a late night at work or partying till the wee hours of the morning. Interestingly it caters to a wide palate serving right from Indian and Asian to Italian and French, making it continental in the true sense of the word. I loved the aroma of the food package that arrived at my door, which also led to a few calls from my curious-cat neighbors who were wondering what was cooking that smelled so good!
What I tried out:
1) Pulled Chicken Salad with Orange Glaze– This is the highlight of my order and I loved the flavours infused in the grilled & pulled chicken that was topped with a dressing of orange reduction giving it a tangy twist with honey.
2) Chicken burnt garlic noodles – I highly recommend this chinese dish as it was well made with noodles, crushed black pepper, salt, soy sauce, garlic, coloured capsicum strips and was really good. It had a pleasant crunchiness giving it a chirpy personality.
3) Murg Reshmi tikka butter masala gravy -Chicken Reshmi Masala or Murg Reshmi Masala is a very delicious dish made with chicken. Though taste wise it was OKAY, the chicken was succulent and melted in my mouth with it’s deep curd marination giving it a very creamy texture. Chicken Reshmi goes well with naan rice or roti . We had it with rumali rotis.
4) Murg makhani gravy – Tender chunks of chicken marinated leisurely and cooked in a deep, rich gravy of fresh cream, butter, tomato and spices. The ‘makhni’ is classically an explosion of sour tomatoes and fresh cream which makes it a hot favourite for almost everybody I know. Chicken Makhani can be referred to as a variant of Butter Chicken (sometimes with both nowhere near being the same!). I believe that the taste of this dish was ‘chalta hai’ but not as authentic as I would consider.
5) Chicken pasta in alfredo sauce– Pasta in white sauce prepared with a beautiful mix of flavor with tasty white alfredo sauce, juicy chicken, topped with sauteed vegetables and parmesan cheese. My kids absolutely loved this dish.
6) Tandoori butter roti – This roti is made in a tandoor and can be made with number of variations, including butter & garlic. So If you intend on getting a home delivery done like I did, avoid ordering this as it wont be as fresh as it gets when its just freshly prepared. Due to the delivery time (which can be variable in our overcrowded Mumbai city) this gets a bit rubbery and so I would recommend the rumali roti instead.7) Rumali roti– Rumali roti is a thin flatbread originating from the Indian subcontinent; popular in India and in Punjab, Pakistan. It is enjoyed with Tandoori dishes.The term “Rumali” means “Handkerchief” and the name comes from the fact that this Roti is rolled out as thin as possible – almost paper thin and while cooking folded like a handkerchief.
What I liked about Pot De Fusion:
1) The presentation of the packed food is decent and spill proof.
2) The food is not very oily or super spicy overall.
3) My order arrived on time and was pipping hot!
My Recommendations :
1) Chicken pasta in alfredo sauce
2) Pulled Chicken Salad with Orange Glaze
3) Chicken burnt garlic noodles
1. A great place to order in for fusion food.
2. Well packaged and prompt delivery
3. Prices are reasonable for the quantity served and I would say one definitely gets value for money.
Price: Rs 500 for two (approx.)