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New Delhi: In today’s age where the fine dining restro-lounges face tough competition to survive in a sea of plenty, we find one such lounge and bistro which stands out in the crowd. The Niche Lounge and Bistro scores full in terms of food, presentation and ambiance.

Here the cocktails are served in perfume bottles and the food is a breath of fresh air.

Located in the outer circle of Connaught Place, opposite the Statesman building, Niche is spread across two floors, including an al fresco dining area. The indoor-seating area has stylish interiors dominated with plush leather upholstery and panelling on walls. It also boasts of a stage for performance, a 20-seater Long Island-style bar and a cigar corner.

The menu is quite restricted, not offering an array of dishes like a lot of other places where customers get so confused that they end up ordering just a pasta or a pizza.

“Our aim is to make people taste everything that we have to offer. Our menu is limited, the portions are small and reasonably priced. We want to promote a culture of consuming three starters, four mains and a dessert between two people,” Assistant General Manager Matthew Radalj told reporters.

Niche is also big on its signature cocktails which are presented in things like a perfume bottle and the inside of a book, priced at Rs. 1,000 each.

“The pricing of our signature cocktails is a little high compared to the classic cocktails since we try and make as many ingredients in-house as possible since a lot of the things that go into producing a cocktail – like tobacco liqueur – are not available in India. So, we have taken a culinary approach to the drinks, producing the flavours ourselves,” said Radalj, who takes care of the bar.

Asked about its many competitors in the area, Radalj said: “We want the dining experience to be a memorable one and not having to leave unsatisfied after eating the same regular things.”

To begin with, we were served two of the signature cocktails; Daisy – a chamomile tequila based drink served in a Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume bottle. This drink does look very pretty especially to someone who loves perfumes but the taste is just the opposite. It is a very strong drink, a little towards the bitter side due to the addition of grapefruit bitters, not recommended for people who likes sweet, flirty drinks.

The second was The Cask of Amontillado, a Hennessy V S cognac-based drink with cardamom and grapefruit bitters. It was very warm and rich, excellent for a cold winter night, sitting by the fire, gorging on a piece of rare steak. The amount of alcohol was very generous in both cocktails.

The drinks were quickly followed by the star of this entire dining experience – pulled pork spring rolls served with sweet chilli glaze. Crunchy on the outside with a juicy and generous amount of pulled pork on the inside. A definite conversation starter along with drinks.

Three dishes really stood.

The first was the French onion soup rings – creamy, rich soup served with crisp onion rings and gruyere cheese. The soup was not heavy and the rings did not have any trace of oil, very light and full of flavour.

The second dish was Malabar prawns served with dates and olive tapenade and capers.This dish was one of the finest examples of fusion food and the prawns were of the melt-in-the-mouth type.

The third dish was the smoked salmon nicoise salad with gazpacho. When it was brought to the table, it seemed like the colours of spring had arrived on a plate: the pink of the salmon, the green of the olives, the red of the cherry tomatoes and the yellow of the gazpacho. The dish could very easily be dominated by either the salmon or the gazpacho, but on the contrary, the flavours were all well-balanced and could be individually tasted.

The dishes that did not really stand out were the chili aam papd pork ribs with strawberry chips and jus. The pork was dry, not well seasoned, the strawberry jus was delicious but did not do anything for the pork.

The second was the lamb shank served in a rogan josh gravy, ginger foam and sauteed vegetables. The meat was undoubtedly very tender, and of the fall-off-the-bone type but the gravy again was a little off in terms of seasoning.

The third was the chicken breast flavoured with mace and cardamom butter and chili korma. The chicken had a little char on the top but it was bland and dry.

The last dish was a complete mind-boggler. It was the dessert, a ganache served with chocolate mousse, white chocolate shavings, mango jelly cubes and chili ice-cream which gave it a ‘kick’.

Niche’s setting with the great cocktails, sumptuous food and a fabulous location, makes it a place where dining turns into an absolute delight. (Karishma Saurabh Kalita, IANS)

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Here’s a Healthy Diet for Your Liver

Detox Diet for Liver Cleansing

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It is important to follow a healthy diet to prevent liver damage. Pixabay

Your liver is the second largest organ in the human body with a complex structure and function. It plays a vital role in your digestive system. It processes all the food and liquid intake in the body, including medication. Therefore, it is impossible to survive without the functioning of the liver.

Being a multi-functionary organ, the liver is prone to viruses, toxic substances and contaminants present in food and water. Even when the liver is under siege, it is slow to complain as it is a tough, hardy part of our body. Dr. Namita Nadar, Head Nutritionist, Fortis Hospital Noida shares a diet which is beneficial for liver cleansing.

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Liver problems generally remain unknown to patients, as they will experience few or no symptoms. According to a report by WHO, liver diseases are the 10th most common cause of deaths in India. The most common causes of liver diseases are obesity, excessive alcohol consumption and hepatitis viruses. While there have been major advances in medical research, there is still no complete cure for liver diseases. Only way to cure a liver is through a liver transplant. Therefore, it is necessary to make healthy lifestyle choices to prevent liver damage.

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Walnuts are considered to be healthy for your liver. Pixabay

Detox Diet for Liver Cleansing

  • Eat food like garlic, grapefruit, carrot, green leafy vegetables, apple and walnuts
  • Walnuts are a source of glutathione, omega-3 fatty acids, and the amino acid arginine, supporting normal liver cleansing actions, especially when detoxifying ammonia.
  • Consume olive oil, lime juice, green tea and turmeric.

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  • Turmeric, which has been used as a medicine in Ayurveda for centuries, is rich in
  • Curcumin. The component helps the enzymes to flush out toxins, repairing liver cells. It also boosts bile production.
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Have a balanced diet with foods from all the food groups. Pixabay
  • Increase intake of alternative grains (Quinoa, Millet and Buckwheat) and cruciferous vegetables (Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale and Cauliflower). Such foods contain glutathione, which triggers the toxin cleansing enzymes of the liver.
  • Have a balanced diet with foods from all the food groups: grains, protein, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and fats
  • Eat foods that are rich in fibres such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, rice and cereals. Beets, a natural cleanser for digestive system, contain a healthy dose of fibre. It can break down toxic wastes to facilitate excretion. It also stimulates bile flow and boost enzymatic activity.

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  • Tea is beneficial for a healthy liver. This may be down to a compound named catechin.
  • The antioxidant helps improve liver enzyme level, reduces oxidative stress and fat deposits in the liver. Green tea is packed full of this plant antioxidant.
  • Citrus fruits synthesize toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water.
  • Grapefruit is particularly beneficial as it contains two primary antioxidants: naringin and naringenin. (IANS)