Category Archives: Fine Dining

Review: Taste of Punjab, Bandra

Bandra is always starving for new restaurants even though we have so many options. But North Indian cuisine is always a hit here as whereever we go, we enjoy our butter chicken and naan!

When we heard of Taste of Punjab, we couldn’t wait to try it. The concept seemed interesting, a buffet, with Punjab inspired interiors. We went here on a Saturday night, not knowing if we’ll get a table. Luckily, we did even though the place was packed.

The ambience was loud! The music was loud! The colours were loud! But we are not complaining, we loved it! There was a bhangra troupe performing in the dining area, there were huge glass mirrored walls, jhumka chandeliers and glass pillars. There were live counters for chaat, parathas and a buffet spread for the maincourse and desserts.

The starters were served to our table alongwith our drinks. The chicken tikka and the fish tikka were delicious, succulent and well cooked. Chaas was served in a huge steel glass, just like it would be on the streets of Amritsar. The veg hara bhara kebab was good too. From the live paratha counter, the gobi paratha and aloo paratha were served hot with a huge chunk of butter on it. The chaat counter had paani puri and dahi chaat, which were great too! In the maincourse, the biryani was delicious as was the bhuna ghosht. In the desserts, there was kulfi, gulab jamun and rabdi. Not too bad, but we would’ve liked some more options there.
Overall, the food was great, no complaints and the music was great, the best of punjabi songs were being played making it hard for people to not dance.

The only place where they were lacking was the service. We had to call someone multiple times to serve us the starters or even just for water. I’m sure if they work on this, they have a bright future as I am definitely going back here!
Balle Balle!

Venue:  Taste of Punjab

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Linking Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Next to Croma

Phone: +9177388 92805

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Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and Taste of Punjab at @topbandra

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Review: Nara Thai, BKC

After a long wait and a million recommendations, we finally decided to visit the newest kid on the block, Nara. Brought down to Mumbai all the way from Bangkok, this one comes from the same family as Yauatcha, KA Hospitality. The word “Nara” comes from the Sanskrit language meaning ‘Thai woman’. You can see a glimpse of that in the decor, feminine and classy!

The outdoor section is a dimly lit casual dining space while indoors is bright and more formal. The menu is not too vast but everything looked delightful. A special mention to the service, from the reservation over the phone to the table service, everything was smooth.

For the drinks, the bartender made us a whiskey sour, on request and we picked the Lakhon, a wine based cocktail with Martini Bianco, Green Apple Juice and Passion Fruit from their signature cocktail menu. Potent and fruity, we absolutely loved the Lakhon was truly ‘lakhon mein ek’!

From the food, we tried the Som Tum Salad – the classic Thai salad which was fresh and juicy, a little more spice would’ve been great though. Next up was the Gai Tord Samunprai – Crispy Fried Chicken with Thai Herbs, loved the flavour of the Thai herbs. In the mains, we had the Phad Thai with Chicken and Massaman Curry with Steam Rice. Both the dishes were full of flavour, especially the curry. Coming back for this.

For the desserts, we tried the Nara Coconut Ice Cream with Condiments. This one is a must try. The ice cream is creamy and tastes home made and the colourful condiments take you back to the streets of Thailand!

Overall, if you’re looking for a no frills meal, with no fancy stunts and just a great meal, Nara is a good option. They can definitely polish up their presentation skills, but all in all, for Thai food, this one is a winner!

Venue:  Nara

Bandra Kurla Complex

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Landmark: Below Yauatcha

Phone: +9122 6137 8080

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Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and Nara at @narathaiindia

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Review: The Bandra Project by Pizza Express

Our undying and unconditional love for Pizza Express compelled us to try out the newest Bandra entrant, The Bandra Project. Went here for lunch and we were surprised to see it completely packed on a weekday afternoon!

After a wait for 15 minutes at the bar, and a pint of Bira down, we were finally escorted to a table. The ambiance is bright and happy and it’s quite a spacious place. The menu is very interesting and extensive as compared to Pizza Express. Since two out of three of us were  vegetarian, we decided to try the vegetarian fare and I must add that I didn’t miss the non vegetarian too much!

We started our meal with the Rosemary Bread and Mushroom Dip. This was a flatbread accompanied with the most comforting Mushroom and Cheese dip, pickled olives and a small bowl of salad. Next we tried the Spaghetti Aglio Olio, not the best I’ve had but nothing to complaint about either. It was just fine. Coming to a sprig of Pizza Express and not trying the pizzas, not possible. So we called for the classic, Margherita Pizza. It was just as we expected it to be, delicious!

For desserts, we had the cheesecake. It was swiped off the table within a few seconds, needless to say it was sinful. We are waiting to go back there and try their non vegetarian fare.

The service was polite and helpful, since they were completely packed, it wasn’t as prompt, but we can excuse that this time.
Overall, this one is the feather in the cap of Bandra’s ever evolving food scene and you must try it out.

Venue:  The Bandra Project by Pizza Express, Bandra

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Landmark: Below 145, Bandra

Phone: +91 22 6250 6800

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Review : KODE, Kamala Mills

Welcoming the newly opened KODE – Freestyle Bar and Kitchen, by restaurateur Zorawal Kalra, another one added to the list of awesome restaurants in Lower Parel. KODE offers a variety of cocktails and drinks presented in the most innovative and exquisite way. Not only that, it has the largest selections of whiskey in India. The food menu includes sushi, grills, pizzas and other European dishes. As we entered, we couldn’t stop admiring the bar and how spacious and well decorated the restaurant was. It looked perfect for a formal dinner or for a good meal with your friends.

To begin with, the Togarshi & Garlic Olives Chives Crème Fraiche is a dish perfect for the ones with a liking for bitter palate. The crème fraiche balances the bitterness of the olives making it pleasant to the taste buds.

We then tried The Old Fashioned Cocktail which is saturated with  Angostura bitters, a Sugar cube mixed with whiskey, garnished with an orange slice along with a Maraschino cherry.  The cocktail was served in a fancy metal like container giving a feel of its origination back to the 19th Century. The B vs B cocktail is a perfect blend of Benedictine liqueur and Brandy. Served elegantly this one won us over!

The Old Fashioned Cocktail

Our next dish was Herb Crusted Scotch Eggsbaby Greens which was my personal favorite dish. Not only did the dish look so beautiful, it lived up to its taste expectations. One cannot visit KODE & not try out these scotch eggs. The  Avocado Carpaccio definitely worth a try for all you Avocado lovers out there. We then moved on to the Garlic & Pepper lamb Chops potato Wasabi Cream. The chops were well cooked and the combination of the lamb and wasabi cream was heavenly. Who doesn’t love a classic Mexican dish? Charred Chicken & Jalapeno Quesadillas Jerk sauce was a one of its kind. Seasonal Greens & Fungs Ramen Coconut Broth is a portion of noodles with fresh green vegetables adding sweetness using coconut broth. 18 hours cooked Lamb Shanks Blue Cheese Truffles was literally the best lamb we’ve ever eaten. Tender and juicy, the blue cheese truly was relishing.  Potato Gnocchi Roasted Pumpkin Crispy Sage & Parme was the best vegetarian dish. Soft and delicious, this was awesome.

Tiramisu

After such a hearty round of dishes, the desserts topped it all. Tiramisu was beautifully plated, soft, with the right amount of cocoa.

Overall, KODE lives up to the expectations of good food and a lovely atmosphere. Enjoy your meals in the best way, Dine-in today!

Venue: Kode, Kamala Mills

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Landmark: Near Smaaash, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.

Phone: +91 7718882923
              +91 7718882924

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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.

 

Review: New Menu at Quattro

Quattro is best known as a vegetarian foodie’s heaven! And when we learnt that they have launched a new menu, we couldn’t wait to dig our forks into it!

So we dropped by at Quattro, Lower Parel on a Wednesday evening and to our surprise, most of the tables were reserved.

The new menu consisted of a limited number of Italian and Mexican delicacies alongwith the classics that were their in their previous menu. We started our meal with the salads, the Insalate Castano which comprised of water chestnuts, beans, cherry tomatoes and shallots tossed in a Mexican sauce and served warm, unique and delicious! We also tried the Liquid Salad which was nothing but a juice of greens like kale, topped with Parmesan cheese.

In the appetizers, we tried the Olive and Mushroom Crostini, Taquitos and the Jalapeno Queso. Our favourite was the Taquitos – Fried gluten-free tortilla cones filled with beans, jalapeno, salsa and topped with avocado ice-cream! Yes, avocado ice-cream!

Oliviera Pizza at Quattro
Oliviera Pizza at Quattro

In the mains, we called for the Oliviera Pizza, which was nothing but a Margherita pizza topped with molecular olives. Quattro is known for their delicious thin-crush wood fired pizzas and this one didn’t let us down!

Spicy Watermelon
Spicy Watermelon

In the drinks, we tried the Spicy Watermelon mocktail and the Michelada – a Mexican beer cocktail. While the Watermelon mocktail was worth a try, the Michelada was too strong for our taste buds.

Coming to our favourite part, the desserts! When they say, don’t forget to save space for desserts, they really mean it for Quattro! Try the Chocolate Saturn and the Tiramisu and just see the pictures to tempt you! A treat for the eyes and the soul. Also, if you are here to celebrate some happy occasion, try the Chocolate Candle, you blow it, you cut it and you eat it!

Venue: Quattro

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Janta India Estate, Lower Parel

Landmark: Opposite High Street Phoenix

Phone: 022 6749 6444

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Quattro at @quattroristorante on Instagram

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Review: Thai Food Festival at Asian Kitchen, Four Points by Sheraton

The Thai Food Festival at Asian Kitchen, Four Points by Sheraton showcased an extensive buffet of Thai delicacies by award-winning Bangkok-based Chef Jarunun. When we arrived at the restaurant, the ambience was decorated in accordance with the theme of the festival. 

We started our meal with a welcome drink, which was a delicious blend of pineapple juice and coconut. For the appetizers, in the vegetarian section, we tried the Kao Phod Thod, a corn cake served with sweet chilli dipping sauce, which tasted more like your normal corn fritters. The second appetizer we had was the Thod Mun Phak, a vegetable cake served with plum sauce. While the plum sauce was really good, the vegetable cake did not do too well. In the non-vegetarian appetizers, we tried the Gai Nga – chicken marinated with sesame and garlic which had a sweet tinge to it alongwith a mild flavour of garlic.

For the main course we tried the Massaman Moo, which was pork with peanut, shallot in massamun curry. The pork pieces were incredibly well cooked and the curry had the perfect amount of spice. We paired the Massaman Moo with the Khao Pad Jea – veg fried rice with cherry tomato and spring onion, and couldn’t ask for a better combination. The seafood based Talay Prik Tai Dum – Seafood with bell peppers in black pepper sauce, was the one dish that tingled our tastebuds the most. 

The buffet had a live station that served Tow Hu Sate – Tofu on skewers with peanut sauce. The chef would prepare the tofu right as you need it, with a dollop of peanut sauce over it.

Moving onto the desserts, we tried the Maphraw Sangkaya, a coconut custard, a tad bit bland for our liking. The Coconut Pudding was the star among the desserts with a smooth and creamy texture and the sweetness being balanced out with the taste of the coconut. 

Overall, the food was delicious prepared with fresh ingredients and a great experience. For every Thai food lover, this one is a must try. 

Venue: Asian Kitchen

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Four Points By Sheraton, Vashi

Landmark: Near Inorbit Mall

Phone: 022 61587777

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Four Points by Sheraton at @fourpointsindia on Twitter

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