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Review: Tea Trails

If you too are of the thought that tea is an art, thou ought to try Tea Trails. With over 50 varieties of teas to choose from we were definitely spoilt for choice at this newest BKC tea lounge.  Kavita Mathur, the owner of Tea Trails got us on the fun trail to enjoy some of the best teas from around the world. Tea trails offers an array of international blends along with some teatime essential snacks and is not heavy on the pocket too. Our tea tasting expedite comprised of about  6 to 7 varieties of teas, most of which were quite impressive.

Blueberry Mist Tea at Tea Trails
Blueberry Mist Tea at Tea Trails
Turkish Apple Tea
Turkish Apple Tea

The hits: The Green Chamomile Tea (Rs 95) was a hit, it had to be brewed for about 1-2 minutes and was served in a tray with two cups, a delicious Palmier, an hourglass and a little card which mentioned the resting time of the tea. We then chose one from the flavoured black, the Blueberry Mist (Rs.95) with an ideal resting time of about 3-4 minutes but we love our black teas a bit strong so we allowed it to rest for another 2 minutes and it was perfect. This one had a beautiful aroma and a delicate aftertaste of blueberries. Next up was our favourite, the Turkish Apple Tea (Rs.95) from the Tisane tea choices. It had a strong aroma of apple and cinnamon and flavorful bits of apple . Did we forget to tell you that this was the best tea that we tasted at Tea Trails?  In the cold teas, The Taiwanese Mango Bubble Tea (Rs.110) with tapioca balls made us feel like kids with the bubbles bursting in our mouth on every big sip.

Lemon and Mint Ice Tea
Lemon and Mint Ice Tea
Tea Infused Cookies
Tea Infused Cookies

The tea was accompanied with some tea infused cookies which tasted ordinary and we’d give it a miss on our next visit. The Burmese Salad infused with green tea was tangy and crunchy topped with peanuts, a good accompaniment.

The Kullad Special (Rs.70) didn’t quite live up to our expectations and the Chocolate Chai (Rs.60) which could have been a tad chocolat-y. The Lemon and Mint Ice Tea (Rs.80) looked extremely appealing but lacked the mint flavor that would have made it perfect. When asked about this we were told that they ran out of mint leaves as they were almost nearing closing time. We would definitely try it once more to see if it actually has the mint punch. Although, we loved the cheese straws which was served with the Kullad Special and Chocolate Chai.

Burmese Tea Salad
Burmese Tea Salad

We feel Tea Trails has a satisfactory choice for the tea lovers. And they can certainly work on the food menu which could have some fun and interesting choices. Their service was a little slow, although we hope it was just a teething issue. Their prices vary across all three outlets, BKC, Thane and Malad. They also soon plan to sell packaged teas.

We will definitely come back here for the Turkish Apple and the Mango Bubble tea and probably to try out some more teas on their menu.

Venue: Tea Trails

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Capital Building, BKC, Bandra East

Landmark: Behind ICICI Bank

Phone: 40050115

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Purvi at @food_zealot and Mumbai Candid at @MumbaiCandid

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Review: Vietnamese Food Festival at Pondichery Cafe, Sofitel

Buffet Spread
Buffet Spread

Not many people are aware of this but Vietnamese cuisine is known for its balance of five elements. Most Vietnamese dishes include five fundamental taste senses: spicy (metal), sour (wood), bitter (fire), salty (water) and sweet (earth). We stopped by at Sofitel’s Vietnamese Food Festival wondering if we would get to taste a piece of Vietnam or not.

Chef Dao Van Son, the Executive Sous Chef at the Sofitel Plaza Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam had specially come down from Vietnam to conduct this food festival at their BKC property. Vietnamese cuisine concentrates on herbs over spices and that’s something we were really looking forward to enjoying.

On entering, we saw the huge buffet spread but to our utter disappointment, the spread was divided into Indian, Continental and Vietnamese. The Vietnamese spread had merely 3-4 main course dishes, a couple of salads and a live Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup) counter.

Raw Mango Salad
Raw Mango Salad

We started with the salads, that completely stood out for their fresh and tangy flavour. Our favourite was the Raw Mango Salad which was pleasantly sour with fresh herbs and light on the palate.  The Crab Soup was a quite yummy and definitely worth a second serving. The Pho was beautifully prepared, you could choose between Chicken or Beef and they would make it for you with plenty of green onions, rice noodles, ginger and coriander. This one was definitely the star of the meal.

The mains were not as impressive. Fried rice and fried noodles were plain average. The fish was good, tender and cooked to perfection, however the seasoning was missing.

For desserts, there was coffee and mango flavoured jelly alongwith poached fruits. Simple, frill free and light, we quite enjoyed these.

1401648071399 Virgin Pineapple Martini2_Vietnam Voyage_SMBKCThe rest of the spread was quite interesting. A mushroom counter that displayed all types of mushrooms that could be tossed in Thai Curry, Risotto or an Indian gravy, a chaat counter, a fish counter where you could choose your fish and get it cooked the way you want it. There was a good spread of cheeses and salads on one end and a huge spread of bite sized desserts.

We thoroughly enjoyed are experience here and we’re definitely looking forward to the next food festival!

Venue: Pondichery Cafe, Sofitel

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Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East

Landmark: Near Trident

Phone: 6117 5000

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Sofitel at @SofitelMumbai

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

Ice Cream Mixing Workshop at Hokey Pokey

Hokey Pokey Ice Creams BandraThe only thing that can beat this torturous Mumbai heat is ice cream! And imagine a place that let’s you mix and match your favorite flavors and top them up with some delicious toppings. Hokey Pokey, that’s been around for a while now, is definitely on the list of our favorite ice cream parlours.

On our recent visit, they hosted a fun competition where you get to make a blend of your choice and the best one gets added to their menu. Cool, right? We got a brief tutorial on how they blend their ice creams as well. Here’s how:

Our Team
Our Team

Well, a fun event that ended with us gorging on too much ice cream, but we’re not complaining.

Venue: Hokey Pokey

Carter Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Next to Cafe Coffee Day

Phone: 26056740

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Hokey Pokey at @hopo_in

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

Review: Jiwa Cafe

Bandra is a hub for health and organic cafes as one more enters the market.

Jiwa Roti Concept CafeBrainchild of Mr Raghav Gupta,  Jiwa Cafe offers customised healthy wraps with different Rotis to choose from as your base – Multi-grain, Slimming, Diabetic, Women special, Youth Plus Atta and some more. Choose a main from their limited options as your filling Butter Beans & Feta, Exotic veggies in Balsamic, Tandoori Bhindi Aloo, Paneer Shazlik, Char grilled Fruits and Tofu Parika and top it up with some sauces – Mexican salsa, Greek yogurt, Hummus, Asian Wasabi, Desi Chutney, Nutty Peanut or Pesto.

roti at Jiwa CafeThey also serve healthy dessert options, yes you heard it right ‘healthy’, like the Dark Chocolate, Oat and Muesli Popsicle and a Berry with Oats dessert.

The cafe has no options for the junk food freaks. Also, they serve only vegetarian fare. The seating is uncomfortable and they don’t deliver so opt for a take away. They also sell packaged atta which is their USP.

Would we go back here? Maybe not. If we do we’d only have a couple of Popsicles.

Overall, Jiwa Cafe didn’t seem to impress us with their fare, although the effort of starting up something different is commendable. If they work on their flavours and prove it to the market that healthy food can be tasty (like their neighbours, Gostana), there have a chance.

IMG_20140503_170652On the flipside, we’d give it to them for the Attas, getting  a packet of whole wheat or multi grain atta delivered to your doorstep is not such a bad bet!

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Venue: Jiwa Cafe

Prabhat Kunj, Bandra West

Landmark: Next to The Elbo Room

Phone: 9820031950

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Jiwa Cafe at @JiwaHealthy

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

Review: Sliders

Sliders A very yummy little stopover was had at Sliders – Ketan Kadam’s new all day snacking joint bang on at Linking Rd, Bandra. Almost 3 sliders make up One burger, which makes forever hungry people like us try as many menu options as we please huhuha !

It’s placed bang on in the edge where Linking & Waterfield road meet at the bustling flea shopping area and also shares floor space with Maroosh which according to us is a very intelligent arrangement. Airy & spacious, it makes for a good place to recharge yourself after a heavy shopping spree and then get back into the stores full power once you’re done. Ting!

The very crisp 2 pager menu with brilliant price points starting at Rs 45 made us try almost all the options they had in the burgers, sliders, fries , beverages & dessert courses.

The Chicken Satay sliderLoved the very succulent Chicken Satay slider – Layered with caramelised onions, jalapenos, their secret sauces & a very tender & juicy spiced chicken satay patty. The Thai style fries were smashing & we could not help but think how well they would go with a pint of beer (wishful thinking!)

The Thai style fries
Must try sliders – Chicken Satay, The Double Decker (Loaded with sausage bits & salami), Paneer Chilly, Jalapeno Popper & the star of the show – The Bade Miyan slider – Mutton seekh strips cuddled with decadent sauces, crisp caramelised onions and nestled between the soft and fresh buns that Sliders has, this one is a MUST try here!
Some very well made Nutella coffee & Strawberry shakes add on to the spread, although a little more nutella in the shake wont hurt anybody. We also loved the hot chicken wings – Juicy!!

Hot Chicken Wings Every bite here is guaranteed luscious, add to it the great pricing & location. The place is perfect for the forever on-the-go Mumbaikars that we all are. Service could be a little quicker though, but hey all’s well that ends with a good hearty juicy filling meal!

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Venue:  Sliders

New Karnal Building, Waterfield Road, Bandra West
Landmark: Near Bandra Book Centre

Phone: 66710844

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Review: Mexiloko

Mexiloko's Slushy
Mexiloko’s Slushy

Mexican food, ah, most places don’t get it right. And the number of places that serve Mexican cuisine in our city can be literally counted on our fingers.

Mexiloko, a QSR, that recently opened at Colaba Causeway caught our attention and we hopped in to try out the food.

Bright colorful decor with a couple of tables, Mexiloko is primarily a take away place. The menu is extensive with Nachos, Tacos, Empanadas, Burritos, Mex’d Up Bowls and more.

Fish Taco
Fish Taco

We started our meal with the Golden Delight Nachos. Crispy and cheesy, they were good, although not the best that we have had. Next up was the Lime and Coriander Fish Taco. Juicy Basa in a crispy taco topped with cheese and lettuce, the best dish of the evening!

Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla
Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla

The Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla was flavorful and delicious too but not better than the Fish Taco. We also tried the Zesty Soya Mex’d Up Bowl. Mince Soya served with tomato Mexican rice, beans, salsa, lettuce and pico. Although the taste was good, we found the entire dish a bit too dry for our palate.

Churros
Churros

We saved the best for the last, Churros with Chocolate Sauce. For 60 bucks only, this one is a steal. Cinnamon and Chocolate are a match made in heaven.

Overall, Mexiloko is a great option for a quick snack and beats all others at their price point. They serve 5 different types of salsas that vary in flavour and hotness. Oh my Jalapeno was our favourite from the 5 and for the spice lovers, the Firecracker salsa will definitely crack you up!

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Venue: Mexiloko

Bela Court, Colaba Causeway, Colaba

Landmark: Ahead of Camy Wafers

Phone:

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Mexiloko at @MexilokoIndia

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid