Category Archives: Andheri Mumbai

Review: Oktoberfest at Q-Bar, VITS Hotel

Oktoberfest is much awaited every year as beers from around the world are available at the bars in the city and celebrated with much anticipation.

This year, we were excited to try the special Oktoberfest menu at Q-Bar, VITS Hotel. A limited menu with about 6 dishes and 2 desserts was crafted for the festival alongwith domestic and international beers and beer cocktails.

The decor was nice and vibrant with beer quotes and a complete festive feel to it. The music was a bit too loud for our liking, but then again, it’s a matter of perspective.

Without wasting too much time, we ordered for the Chicken Roll – Flattened Chicken Breast stuffed with chicken mince and spinach. Unfortunately, we were extremely disappointed with the dish as the Chicken was undercooked and inedible. The next, we tried the Chicken Schnitzel which was served with garlic lemon caper sauce and potatoes. The potatoes were delicious and the sauce was flavourful but the Chicken, again, was bland and unimpressive. Disappointed with the food, we thought we should move on to the beers.

A special mention to the bartender who was well informed and attended to us happily. He offered us a spicy beer cocktail which was really good! We loved the flavour and the fruity aftertaste was the cherry on the cake. Next, we tried a British Bourbon Flavoured Craft Beer called Brody’s Beer. This was again our server-bartender’s recommendation. With a hint of honey, this one is a must try for all you craft beer lovers!Overall, Q-Bar, needs to definitely work on the food as it failed to impress us but the drinks were fab and we might just give it another chance for that!

Venue: Q-Bar

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VITS Hotel, Marol, Andheri East

Landmark: International Airport Zone

Phone: 022 6151 7555

Follow:

VITS at @vitsmumbai on Instagram

Chandni at @chandnitolani and Mumbai Candid at @mumbaicandid on Instagram

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

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REVIEW: 1441 Pizzeria

At 1441 Pizzeria, you can make your pizza and eat it too! And if you’re fussy about set toppings on your pizza, then this place is your heaven.

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We dropped by at the newly opened 1441 Pizzeria in Andheri recently and we had quite a fun time. The concept of this Pizzeria is very simple; choose your sauce, your toppings (unlimited), the crispness of the base, your cheese and voila! A perfect pizza with all your favourite toppings is here for you to enjoy.

We tried two variants on our visit, one from the Classic range and one from their Gourmet range.  From the classics, we chose the Mama sauce, which is a spicy sauce – pretty impressive we must say!

We went with our favourite vegetarian toppings,  olives, jalapenos and mushrooms on a crispy base with Mozzarella Cheese (Classic range is served with Mozzarella). The Chef there helped us put out Pizza in their wood fired oven and there we had our classic pizza with our favourite toppings ready. The Pizza tasted great with the perfectly crispy thin base and toppings of our choice!

Next up was a Gourmet Pizza where we opted for the non – vegetarian option with again an array of delicious gourmet toppings. We added almost all the non vegetarian toppings from the roast chicken, curried chicken, chicken pepperoni, mutton alongwith the regular pizza sauce and four cheeses. How can anything with so many toppings taste anything but delicious! Kudos to us and their Pizzas!

Moving to the desserts we called for the Blueberry Pannacotta and the Crème Brulee. The Pannacotta was a tad too sweet with no tanginess from the blueberries but the Crème Brulee was pretty good. We were almost done with our meal when the server insisted that we try their Nutella Pizza. How could we say no? And glad we didn’t as it was Heavenly! Nutella smothered on a thin and soft pizza base with fruit toppings, totally recommend it!

The staff here is pretty friendly too, they patiently taught us how to make our pizzas. Special mention to the hygiene they maintain at their Pizzeria, everything looked and tasted fresh too.

Overall we loved their pizzas and their desserts. They also have Dough Balls – two variants that we shall try on our next visit!

P.S. You can enjoy their Bottomless Aerated Beverage (Unlimited) at Rs. 55 AI with your pizzas too!

Venue: 1441 Pizzeria

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Samartha Vaibhav, Andheri West

Landmark: Below Skyz Gym

Phone: +9191678 91441

Follow:

1441 Pizzeria at @1441.pizzeria on Instagram

Purvi at @foodzealot and Mumbai Candid at @mumbaicandid on Instagram

Mumbai Candid at @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

Review: Kitchens of Kangan Fest at Kangan

Kangan, located on the 18th floor of The Westin Mumbai Garden City, is a specialty Indian cuisine or modern Indian cuisine restaurant. The restaurant is hosting a festival called the Kitchens of Kangans at its three properties in Mumbai from the 27 October to 9 November 2014, in Pune from 14 to 28 November 2014 and in Hyderabad from 16 January to 1 February 2015. Chef Shamsher Ahmed (Mumbai), Chef Rakesh Kumar (Hyderabad) and Chef Narayan Salunke (Pune) have put together a menu of their specialities for this festival.

main courseWe were invited by the The Westin team to dine at the restaurant. The magnificent view from the restaurant was indeed a good start to the meal. We started with ordering the kebab platter out of which the Sayadri Murg – succulent Chicken Tikkas, Tarkash Seekh Kebab – Vegetable Seekh Kebabs stuffed with Cheese and the melt-in-the-mouth Dora Kebab – rose petal-flavored lamb botis encased with lamb mince were delish!

Shahi Tukda and Rose Kheer
Shahi Tukda and Rose Kheer

Chef Shamsher Ahmed, from Kangan Mumbai and Chef Rakesh Kumar from Kangan Hyderabad, gave us a good insight to the menu that was being served. In the mains, we thoroughly enjoyed the Kali Daal and the Lamb Biryani. We ended our meal with the desserts. Although the Shahi Tukda was too sweet for our liking, the Gulab Patte Ki Kheer made up for its oversweetness.

A special mention to the service, that was prompt and extremely warm.

The Kitchens of Kangan Festival is on till the 9th of November in Mumbai. They have a set meal as well as a la carte. A meal for two would approximately cost about Rs.5,000.

Venue: Kangan, The Westin Mumbai Garden City

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Goregaon East

Landmark: Next to Oberoi Mall

Phone:  6147 0000

Follow:

The Westin Mumbai Garden City at @TheWestinMumbai

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

Review: JamJar Diner

  
You will wonder why the place is called JamJar Diner until you’re served your drinks in cute little jam jars. *no kidding*
Located at Versova, where there is a queue of eateries trying to impress the locals, JamJar Diner is one of the most recent contenders. 



The little blue door that leads you inside this restaurant can be quite deceiving. Once you enter, you realize that the place is spacious, divided into two floors and has a terrace seating. We chose the terrace seating and simply loved the breezy, comfortable ambience.

The menu looks interesting but limited. The bar menu has all the cocktails with a twist. We called for the Red Sangria and the White Sangria. Although these sangrias were full of flavour, we would rather opt for the classic sangrias, the twist was too twisted for our taste buds. The Caprioska that we ordered next was stiff and perfect.


Coming to the food, we first called for the Nachos, and soon a huge portion of crispy tortillas with generous toppings arrived at our table. Absolutely delicious, we would totally recommend this! Next, we tried the Shrimp Popcorn. This was also quite good, makes for a great snack with drinks. Lastly we had the Chicken burger. The burger was passable as the patty could have been bigger and we missed some extra cheese!


For desserts we tried the Rocky Road – good, with large chocolate pieces that made it rather comfortable to eat, Mango Cheesecake – disappointing, we definitely think they need to work on this and the Ice-Cream Cookie Sandwich – this was the best out of the lot. 

Overall, JamJar Diner, with its impressive interiors, is a great place for a couple of drinks and some finger food. Skip, if you are looking forward to have an elaborate meal. 

Venue: JamJar Diner
Versova, Andheri West
Landmark: Next to Dhuan

Phone: 02226358880

Aagey Se Right!



If you’ve stayed for over a month in Mumbai, you must’ve realized how hard it is to manage with or without the rickshaws! You can’t survive without them cause they are supposed to be one of the most convenient modes of transport and you can’t survive with them cause the most annoying lot of people have been given the responsibility of riding it.


I have come across some of the worst and hence I’m compelled to share this post with our readers. Here are some categories that I have divided them into; they could fall into one or more of these categories.

Richie Rich: Have you ever been a victim of ‘Madam chuttha nahi hai, sirf 500 ka note hai’ scenario? This one will never have change and will ask you for exact Rs 128.50! How do you get it is your headache, cause I’m not getting off my seat

Tees Maar Khan: If without seeing the Tariff Card, the rickshaw wala tells you, the meter reading interprets to Rs 67, something is fishy. Make sure you pay only after re-checking the card, cause in most cases the guy is trying to con you.

Mr.Google Maps: He will insist that he knows a shorter way to get to your destination, no matter how much you argue. What you should do is, be more persistent!

Racer Pacer: He will cut lanes, speed up on roadblocks, pace into one-ways and disobey all kinds of traffic rules. He would rather believe in the phrase ‘Time is money’ over ‘Better Late than Never’.

The Newspaper: He will make conversations, give you gossip and will know everything that’s happening in the world. From Bigg Boss to Kapil Sibal, he knows it all. Dear traveller, you’re in for some good entertainment.

Pichkaari: He slows down every few minutes to spit out his paan, supari, gutka and the likes. Sick and disgusting as he maybe, don’t forget to remind him of social responsibility before you get off!


Cow, Cow, Holy Cow: Especially when you’re late, you will get this one. You would probably reach faster if you rode on a cow. As soon as you realize that, 30kmph is the fastest he can go, run for your life. Stop wherever you are and shift into a faster vehicle or you will actually have to witness bicycles overtaking you.


The Lecher: He is the one with the multi-purpose rear-view mirror. He will occasionally adjust it, not to see the vehicles coming in from behind, but to get a better view of the passenger seat. Creeps, deserve a kick, where it hurts!

Refusal King: Last, and clearly the worst. The number of times he would say no for your destinations would probably be more than the number of times a bollywood actress would, when confronted about her relationships. From excuses like, ‘Gas nahi hai’ to ‘Rickshaw wapas dena hai’, he would do anything to get away.

To conclude with, here’s a message that I just received. To register a complaint about rickshawwalas:
Sms 98690 89898

Code:
1) Refusal – REF
2) Overcharge – EXC
3) No meter – NOM
4) Fast meter – FAST
5) Rudeness – RUD
Code(space) Vehicle no.(Space) Nearest station
E.g. – RUD MH02AB1234 BAND
Also, you can report your complaint on www.sitibajao.com


Review: Woodside All Day Bar & Eatery

After winning the hearts of thousands with its Colaba outlet, Woodside opens an all day dining outlet in the burbs! Andheri welcomes this beauty with open arms and pints of beers!


Known for its burgers and beers, we decided to drop in here for a full-fledged lunch. With a warm ambience adorned with wooden furniture and a well stocked bar, the inside section of Woodside is the perfect option on a sunny day. However, if you’re visiting this place post noon, opt for their alfresco dining area which is more relaxed, vibrant and full on energy.





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The menu of Woodside is quite similar to one in Colaba, with a couple of additions. There are burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, pastas and mains. Also, they have quite a tempting selection of desserts! Besides the luscious burgers, we would recommend the ‘Chicken Caesar Salad’, the ‘Fish Fingers with Tartar dip’, the ‘Pesto Grilled Chicken with Fresh Mozzarella Pizza’ and the ‘Grilled Rawas with Lemon Caper Sauce’.

The service at Woodside is pleasing and prompt; they don’t keep you waiting for too long for your meal and are willing to alter the dishes according to your preferences. Overall, Woodside is a charming option for a romantic meal, a casual lunch or a relaxed dinner with your friends. If you haven’t been here yet, you’re definitely missing out on something! 

New Link Plaza, Next to Oshiwara Police Station, Oshiwara Link Road, Andheri (W)
Landmark: Next to Yoko’s

Phone: 26328963, 26336549


Review: LSD – Love, Sugar, Dough


 
We were passing the little lane to get to Carter Road when we stumbled upon a tiny colourful eatery which was screaming out to us. LSD – Love, Sugar, Dough is a brand new dessert shop and bakery that sells irresistible desserts and scrumptious baked goods.
Extremely colourful and vibrant, these adjectives describe the interiors of the place and also the display of cupcakes which interestingly has small and large cupcakes with different shades of frosting. Run by Sheeba Hasan – a major in marketing and Tarannum Aziz – a baker since twelve years, this place looks like it has been designed with a lot of love. 
Their menu comprises of croissants, sandwiches, breads, toasties, biryanis, beverages, pastries, cheesecakes and cupcakes. Okay, stop drooling! They also customise cupcakes and are soon going to start with cakes. 
The highlights of their menu are the ‘Ferrero Rocher Croissant’ and the ‘Sip – a – brownie’ shake! Their cupcakes are also quite delicious and they are definitely giving some tough competition to their very popular neighbour. 
31 Bajaj Arcade, Union Park, Bandra (W)
Landmark: Next to Butterfly Cupcakes
Phone: 32229654, 26052028
Ferrero Rocher Croissant : Rs 60
Sip – A – Brownie : Rs 70