Category Archives: Restaurant Review

Review: Busago

When you’ve visited all the Thai places in your vicinity and all you get is butter chicken like Thai Curry and watery Khao Suey, you keep your expectations low at a new Thai restaurant.

Much to our surprise, Busago, a tiny little eatery, shines brightly between Thai Ban and Mia Cucina. Divided into an outdoor and indoor seating, this place is always full considering they have hardly 5-6 tables. But waiting is worth it! 

 
Without wasting much time, as soon as we got a table, we got straight to ordering. The menu is very limited, with curries, khao suey, momos and smoothies & juices.We called for the chicken momos, the red thai curry and the khao suey. We were first served six tiny but delicious pieces of momos. They were too tiny and before we could enjoy them, they were over!

Next up were the Curry and the Khao Suey. Two big bowls of curries arrived followed by two big bowls of rice and noodles. That was not it, we were also served a variety of spices alongside to add on to our curries as per our taste. Very impressive and the food was delicious as well! All we missed was a glass of wine, hope they serve us some on our next visit! 

Venue: Busago, Bandra
Address: Gasper Enclave, Pali Naka
Landmark: Opposite Gold’s Gym

Phone: 6127 8897

 

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Mini Review: Guilt Trip

For those who don’t know, Guilt Trip has been started by one of the ex partners of LSD – Love Sugar Dough, hence our expectations were high. Located right next to Baskin Robbins at Carter Road, Guilt Trip is primarily a cupcake shop but also stocks brownies, macaroons and few other desserts.

We tried the Chocolate Truffle Cupcake and it was quite a disappointment. Sugary, dry and not gooey at all. Priced at Rs.70 we expected much more from it. Let’s hope we have a good enough reason to go back there!  


Venue: Guilt Trip
Address: Off Carter Road, Bandra West
Landmark: Next to Baskin Robbins

Phone: 69996096

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

Review: Polpo Cafe & Bar at Shatranj Napoli

There’s a reason why we love Bandra so much! There’s never a dearth of new places to visit. Polpo Cafe & Bar is an extension of the classic upscale family restaurant Shatranj Napoli. It is aimed at the younger crowds with a gorgeous al fresco cafe and an indoor bar. 

The all day dining place has multiple menus, cafe menu, bar menu and the shatranj food menu. We visited with a group of bloggers and tried a range of dishes. Let’s talk about the ones we’d recommend! 

To start with, their Sangrias are one of the best that we’ve had. The blonde sangria, sparkling sangria and the red sangria, all of them were fruity and flavourful. A fellow blogger, Prachi absolutely loved the Limoncello! Read her review here
 

Next, we called for the starters. Some of the dishes we loved were the Asparagi al Prosciutto – asparagus wrapped with Parma ham, absolutely delicious, Pollo della Che – mustard marinated grilled chicken with garlic mayo, loved the flavour of the garlic mayo, Zucchine Fritte – batter touch sliced zucchini, served with tartar sauce, crispy and yummy!

In the mains, we called for the Gnocchi alla Ciociara  – gnocchi cooked with chili flakes, bacon, italian sausage, porcini & tomato-cream and the Gnocchi al Gorgonzola – gnocchi tossed in a creamy gorgonzola, both were well prepared and lived up to our expectations. The Toscana pizza was next on our list of mains –  basil pesto, mozzarella, chicken, onions & bell peppers on a thin crust base – perfect! The Penne alla Romana pasta prepared in cream sauce with chicken and mushrooms was also worth the try. The other ordered a couple of other mains, but these were our favourites!


And when we thought this was all, our round of desserts was served. The Bailey’s Surprise – a sinful and delectable merge of succulent chocolate mousse and baileys, Tiramisu – a delightful combination of soaked sponge in coffee and rum and layered with mascarpone cheese and sabayon. and the Pizookie – freshly baked, hot out of the oven cookie topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and nuts. When you are not too hungry, we would suggest, start with the desserts, they cannot be missed!


A special meal had to be ended with something special. Italian Stallion – a peppermint and sambuca shot was our last course! Gulped in one go, we were happy and high! 🙂

Venue: Polpo Cafe and Bar
Shatranj Napoli, Union Park, Off Carter Road, Bandra West
Landmark: Below the Big Nasty

Phone: 26499844
 
 (Photos Courtesy: Kumar Jherumalani) 

Review: G Cafe at Vinegar

  
When we heard of the new boutique cafe that has opened at Vinegar – the store that has been making the rounds in the news in recent times, we were looking forward to give it a try. So we put on our tasting hats and drove off to check out this cozy little coffee shop called G Cafe, snuggled inside the fashion store.

The menu is limited but looks very interesting and innovative. Options include salads, sandwiches, tarts, smoothies and other beverages. Before we started our meal we were told that the portions that that will be served are only tasting portions and will be soon converted into generous servings once the cafe is fully functional. 
To begin with, we ordered the Hazelnut, Almond & Chocolate Smoothie which was quite decent, but then again, you can’t really go wrong with chocolate, can you? And the Berry Smoothie (Raspberry + Blueberry + Strawberry) which lacked flavour and could have been a tad bit sweeter. That’s where our disappointment ended.

Coming to the food, we first ordered the Mixed Greens, Roasted Almonds & Cranberry Salad. It was nutty, delightful and as amazing as the ingredients made it sound. Since we couldn’t decide which open sandwich amongst the two choices sounded better, we called for both. The Caramalized Pears & Candid Walnut sandwich and the Roasted & Marinated Pumpkin with Mozzarella sandwich, both were full of flavour and comprised of interesting combinations of fruit and cheese.
When we thought our amazement ends there, we were served the desserts! The Banoffee Pie was below average but the Tiramisu made up for it. Served in a flower pot with cookie crumbles on top and a strong punch of rum, this one was surely a winner!

Overall, G – Cafe is for all you Masterchef fans, they have blended some great ingredients and put together a wonderful menu. We are definitely going back here, especially for that Tiramisu!


Inside Vinegar Store, 13th Road, Off Linking Road Khar
Landmark: Next to Khatwari Darbar
Phone: 26483826 
 
 

Review: Haagen Dazs



When we hear that there’s a new dessert shop that has opened in the city, we leave everything that we’re doing to go try it out. Haagen Dazs opened its second outlet in High Street Phoenix, following the one at Oberoi Mall, Goregaon.

Priced at the higher end, Haagen Dazs is definitely expensive for a scoop of ice cream on a regular day. But when it’s celebration time or if someone else is paying, it’s the best bet. This outlet is located right next to PVR and has an indoor as well as outdoor seating. We opted for the fondue instead of the regular ice-creams and we don’t regret our choice.

The fondue was served along with a platter of chocolate brownies, sponge cake, chocolate biscuit, a platter of fruits which included apples, oranges and bananas and sixteen mini scoops of ice cream, yes sixteen! As expected, the fondue was delicious and the dish was swiped clean in a matter of minutes. 

Will we come back here? Yes, definitely. Especially on our promotion days! 

Venue: Haagen Dazs
High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
Landmarks: Next to PVR, Above Dolce Vita

Phone: 43474449


Review: Le Pain Quotidien

Just when you thought Bandra is cool enough, it got cooler. The 161st outlet world wide and 2nd in the city (1st in Colaba), Le Pain Quotidien, popularly known as LPQ, has set shop in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). With an airy outdoor seating and a cozy section indoors, LPQ quickly made place for itself on the list of our favourites.
The indoor section comprised of a display of desserts and breads, a bar area, a private dining area and the regular dining area. Without wasting any time, we called for the food and drinks. A chilled glass of Sangria along with a platter of cheese to take off. Next up, we called for the Tuscan Platter with Parmesan, Ham, Black Olive Spread, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Ricotta. The Ham was delicious, the bread however, was a little too hard. When we asked the server, we were informed that since the bread is baked inhouse and is completely organic without any preservatives, it tends to get a little harder than normal bread. Excused!

Moving to the mains, we called for the Organic Penne Pasta with Tomato sauce, basil and chicken and the Seared Basil Chicken with chili potatoes, spinach and lemon sauce. The pasta was well cooked and full of flavour, a little too spicy, so be sure of informing them if your taste buds are sensitive. The Seared Basil Chicken was tender and the sauce went really well with it. 
Finally, the most awaited part of the meal, desserts! Blueberry cheesecake, mmm, and the Soft Centered Chocolate Cake, mmm. The only word that could describe these desserts would be mmmmouthwatering! We made a trip to heaven and back! 
Are we coming back here? Hell yeah. And next time, we are going to start our meal backwards, last course first! 
Maker Maxity, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East
Landmarks: Next to California Pizza Kitchen (CPK)
Phone: 66431617