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Review: London Taxi, Lower Parel

With all the new places in Kamala Mills, London Taxi comes across as a pleasant surprise. We were here for lunch and must say, the food and presentation is quite impressive.

The interiors are colourful with a long bar on one end, high tables in the centre and comfortable seating on the other end. From the drinks, we called for the Dirty Truffle Martini and the Mimosa. The martini was extremely potent and not for the weak hearted and the Mimosa was a perfect lunch drink!
From the Soups, we absolutely loved the Truffle Scented Dark Chocolate and Cauliflower Soup. It was unusual but at the same time quite easy on the palate. The Watermelon and Feta Salad was next on our table and it came with olives, crotons, feta and drizzled with olive oil and balsamic reduction, refreshing and delicious.
From the mains, we’d totally recommend the Chicken Ramen – a tangy chicken broth with noodles, chicken and a whole lot of veggies and the Spicy Chicken Flatbread – Olives, Peppers and Chicken topped on a cheesy flat bread.
The highlight of our meal was the desserts!
Salted Dark Chocolate and Whiskey Mousse, the Mascarporne and Raspberry Sorbet, the Banana and Toffee Parfait, all were spectacular, in taste and presentation! Definitely going back here for the desserts.
Overall, if you’re looking to grab a great meal alongwith some potent drinks at Lower Parel, London Taxi is a great option.

Venue:  London Taxi

Kamala Mills, Lower Parel

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Landmark: Near Farzi Cafe

Phone: +9177100 82222

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Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and London Taxi at @atlondontaxi

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

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Post Event: US Apples Inspired Dinner at Theory with FBAI

US Apple Export Council and the Food Bloggers Association of India (FBAI) recently invited us to a four course sit-down US Apples inspired dinner.  We had a great time interacting with the blogger community as we enjoyed a delicious meal at Theory at Lower Parel.

Here’s what we had at the dinner.

1] Drinks: Apple Sangria

2] Soup:  Curried Carrot & Apple Soup

3] Salad: Poached Apple with Goat Cheese

4] Mains: Apple Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Sage Butter

5] Chicken Roulade with Apple Jus

6] Dessert: Apple Cheese Cake with Burnt Butter Ice Cream

About US Apples:

USApple is a nonprofit, member-based association comprised of and supported by individuals, companies, and state/regional associations within the apple industry. They are the national voice and resource center serving the interests of American apple growers, packer/shippers, processors, marketers, and other interested parties within the apple industry.

 

Ming Yang is back!

 

IMG_6169IMG_6159 IMG_6196Happy news for all the Ming Yang fans! Your favourite chinese restaurant is back in the city! This time, it’s bigger and better.

Black and grey stone walls, bronze armour tiles, cloud chandeliers and a huge silver dragon that sits right in the center of the restaurant, every element here has a story to tell.

We were invited for a preview and as we were seated, the first thing that arrived on our table was a cup of tea called the Secret Seven, made of seven secret ingredients! What’s inside, no one knows.

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The food, without a doubt, was top notch. Be it the dismiss, appetisers or the main course, everything was delicious. Our favourites on the menu were the Prawn Cheung Fun, Ming Yang Chicken, the Steamed Chilean Sea Bass with pickled chilli and the Celery and lotus stem in white wine sauce. In the desserts, we loved the Rice Pudding and the Origin Chocolate Mousse with Five Spiced Caramelised Popcorn.

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Another thing that caught our fancy were these infused ice cubes which we are definitely going to try at home!

Ming Yang, thank you for being back! You have been missed 🙂

Venue: Ming Yang

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Taj Lands End, Bandra West

Landmark: Near Bandra Fort

Phone: 4966 6666

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Taj Lands End at @tajlandsend

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

Review: Ithaka

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With Masterchef India’s new season being all Vegetarian and so many new places in the city taking the no-meat route, we are really wondering if being Vegetarian is the new trend that Mumbai is going to switch to.

While we love our meats and sea food, once in a while, a good vegetarian meal is something we wouldn’t say no to.

Ithaka, Mumbai’s new Lebanese restaurant, is opening soon in Lower Parel. We were invited by FBAI for a preview tasting and here’s what we thought about the place.

Located right above Riso, Ithaka has the most adorable look from the outside. A little colorful house from the outside, brightly lit on the inside, the restaurant claims to be the India’s first Lebanese restaurant with an authentic all-vegetarian fare.

To begin with, we were served the soups, the Mushroom Cappuccino Soup and the Lemongrass Soup. Both soups were delicious, although a little less salt would be preferred. Next up were the salads, the Water Chestnut and Raw Mango Salad, not too sure how it falls under Lebanese, we thought it was more Asian, tasty nonetheless. The Mediterranean Mint Salad – a blend of mint curd, fresh beans, spring onions and cucumber, this one tasted more Mediterranean than any of the previous dishes.

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The star of the meal was the Cold Mezzo, Pita Bread served with Hummus, Hummus Turki – traditional hummus topped with spicy olives and Hummus Harra – traditional hummus topped with pesto and garlic. The Hummus Turki and Harra were absolutely delightful and just one platter was not enough.

The Batata Hara – grilled potatoes tossed in garlic and herbs was another dish we enjoyed. But then again, how can anyone go wrong with potatoes. An interesting option you must try is the Sesame Zucchini  -Zucchini coated with sesame and topped with veggies.

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Dishes we thought you should give a miss were the mediocre peas in toast cups and the Hummus Harissa.

We didn’t really try the dessert, but a second trip is going to happen soon once the place opens on the 17th February 2015.

Overall, we don’t think they should use the word authentic to describe their fare, as most of what we tried was definitely not authentic. Some hits and some misses but definitely worth a visit.

Venue: Ithaka

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Janta Industrial Estate, Above Riso, Lower Parel

Landmark: Opposite High Street Phoenix

Phone: 24921001 / 24922001

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Ithaka at @IthakaMumbai

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

 

 

Global Desi launches the MiMaMo Collection

@ChandniT and @DitiShah in the MiMaMo colllection
@ChandniT and @DitiShah in the MiMaMo colllection

Anita Dongre’s brand Global Desi recently launched their new Autumn Winter Collection called the MiMaMo Collection. Mithila, Madhubani and Mosaic are the inspirations behind the collection. Boho style Short skirts, jackets, tunics, palazzos and maxis, this collection is for all those who love blending Indian with Western. Layering was an importing aspect of this collection keeping in mind the latest trend.

The crop tops and maxis were our favourites from this collection. Here is a sneak peek:

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Here’s what I picked! A Black empire waist maxi dress, elegant and pretty.

Love their stuff? Go get shopping before it’s too late! You could visit one of their stores or shop online here http://globaldesi.anitadongre.com/

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Global Desi at @myglobaldesi

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT and @MumbaiCandid

Parsi Treat at BawiBride’s #PatetiPopUp

The festivities have begun. August is here. We have all the reasons to celebrate. From Janmashtmi and Parsi New Year to Ganesh Chaturthi, every festival calls for some distinct food and sweets!

On the occasion of Parsi New Year, Perzen, popularly known as BawiBride (Twitter), invited a bunch of us over, to her crib for a traditional Parsi meal. Pateti, the last day on the Parsi Calender, is celebrated as wonderfully as Navroze (First Day/ New Year Day). And there we were, celebrating Pateti over an elaborate meal and long conversations!

The menu was set, a tempting three course meal. Parsi nosh – Cheese Eeda Cutlets, Saas ni Prawns, Shehenshahi Pulao and dense Chocolate Mousse.

Cheese Eeda Cutlets
Cheese Eeda Cutlets

We started with the Cheese Eeda Cutlets, sinful, stuffed with Cheese, Egg and more Cheese, we couldn’t get enough of these. We had to stop ourselves from eating too much of the Cutlets so that we saved some space for the rest of the meal.

Saas Ni Prawns
Saas Ni Prawns

This was followed by the Saas ni Prawns, a Parsi version of the Prawn Curry which we enjoyed with Rotis. We also got to know a lot about Parsi food, the preparation style and how this dish was one of the easiest to prepare but yet so delicious!

Shahenshahi Kheema Pulao
Shahenshahi Kheema Pulao

Then came the Shehenshahi Kheema Pulao. Layered with Kheema, Rice, Eggs and Dry Fruits, this one was a star. Every layer was perfectly cooked and blended extremely well. The raisins and fried onions added that extra oomph to the dish.

Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Mousse

Then came the dessert. BawiBride’s most famous Chocolate Mousse. Even though we were stuffed and had absolutely no room left, we couldn’t just stop eating this. Eggless Chocolate Mousse topped with chocolate Chips, yum!

If you want to learn how to make these dishes, simply get on to Perzen’s blog where she has most of the recipes up! Or if you’re to lazy to do that, give her a call and place an order. Yes, she takes orders!

Follow:

@BawiBride (The host of the dinner)

@RoshniBajaj, @SaranshGolia, @ZeniaIrani, @ShaaqT, @riotofflavours @DitiShah @Suprio24 and @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

Sushi Making Workshop at Busago

At a recent event organized by FBAI – Food Bloggers Association of India, Nikhil Chib of Busago conducted a brief workshop on how to make Sushi. We keenly listened and post that attempted to roll our own versions of Sushi. For all those who want to try it at home, we got it recorded. Here’s how you make sushi.

All of us were given a couple of ingredients alongwith the rolling mat and sticky rice. We had to create our versions of the Sushi which would ultimately be tasted and rated by Nikhil and Natasha Chib.

Ingredients
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Our version of the Sushi
Our version of the Sushi

We never thought making sushi would be that easy. Definitely going to try it at home and so should you!

Event Venue: Busago

Mathuradas Mills, Lower Parel

Landmark: Opposite Blue Frog

Phone: 33487842

Follow:

Busago at @Busago and FBAI at @FoodBloggerAI

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT and @MumbaiCandid