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Holi Special: Haagen Dazs introduces Falooda Sorbets

Falooda with sorbets, what do you think? Hard to imagine?

Falooda Sorbets

Haagen Dazs has introduced Falooda Sorbets for the Holi week.

The international chain has tried to offer the Indian taste buds, a local flavour, but they have replaced the traditional kulfis with sorbet and rabdi with milkmaid.

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We tried a couple of options but our favourite was the tangy Orange Falooda Sorbet topped with dried nuts. The appearance, just like the setting sun, this one was an absolutely delight and extremely flavourful!

IMG_1501At Haagen Dazs, you can choose your sorbet from their range and the chef will make it for you with their inhouse prepared flavoured falooda.

PS: We did miss our traditional kulfi though! 🙂
(at Haagen Dazs)

Venue: Haagen Dazs (all outlets)

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Haagen Dazs at @haagendazsindia

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

 

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Review: #CoastToCoast Festival at O22, Trident

salad counter buffetSea food lovers, this one is for you! Trident, Bandra Kurla is hosting a Coastal Food Festival called Coast To Coast at their restaurant O22. An extensive buffet spread with an array of delicacies from various coastal regions across India.

We started our meal with the welcome drink, a refreshing blend of Ginger, Lemon and Honey served in a mini matka. The buffet had a live counter where you could choose your fish and the chef would prepare it for you right then. We tried an assortment of seared fish wrapped in a leaf and prawns. Perfectly cooked and delicately spiced, we were already impressed with the food!

Next we moved on to the buffet spread, there was a Farsan Counter, a Pickle and salad counter with some great variations like the Nilgiri Jhinga Salad, Chicken Pakora Salad, Chettinad Paneer Salad and more. The Amrood ki Chutney and the South Indian Pickle were also worth a try.

In the mains, we absolutely loved the Malabar Lamb Biryani – succulent lamb pieces in a flavourful biryani and the Crab Xacuti – crab cooked in a spicy gravy. There were plenty of choices for vegetarians as well like the Badi Choora – a staple Oriya meal with dried lentils mixed with garlic and chopped veggies.

Coming to the desserts, there was Payesh, Kala Jamun, Ras Malai, Macarons, Panna Cotta and some cakes. The Ras Malai and Macarons with a Truffle were on top of our list followed by the rest.

The Coast To Coast Festival is priced at 1975+Tax per person and the menu is rotational. The same menu gets repeated every 6 days.

Overall, this one is a must try for all the coastal food fans!

Venue: O22, Trident

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Bandra Kurla Complex

Landmark: Next to Sofitel Hotel

Phone: 6672 7777

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Trident at @TridentBKC

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

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

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The Westin Mumbai Garden City at @TheWestinMumbai

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

All Things Nice Wine Week Begins

The Wine Week is back and this time the preview dinner was held at Sofitel’s Jyran.

Hosted by Nikhil Agarwal, founder of All Things Nice, the preview dinner showcased a selection of wines paired with a five course meal. The wines that we tried included Grover Vineyards Art Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013, India, Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough, New Zealand, Charosa Vineyards Viognier 2013 Charosa, India,  Vina Edmara Chardonnay 2013 Central Valley, Chile, Vallonné Vineyards Rose 2013 Nasik, India, Myra Vineyards Reserve Shiraz 2013, India,  Ets Thunevin Bad Boy 2011, Bordeaux, France, Reveilo Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 2013 Nasik, India.

Our favourites from these were the Charosa Viognier 2013, Vallonné Rose 2013 and the Myra Reserve Shiraz 2013. It’s amazing how the quality and taste of Indian wines is taking over and getting better than some of the popular international wines. Go try them out at the Wine Week partner restaurants.

The Wine Week will go on from 25th August to 31st August.

Participating Restaurants include: Four Season-Café Prato, Four Season-San Qui, Sofitel Hotel-Jyran, Sofitel Hotel-pondicherry café, Trident BKC-Maya, Trident BKC-Botticino, Intercontinental Marine Drive- long & short, Intercontinental Marine Drive- kabab corner, Novotel – Olio, Serafina, Pizza Metro pizza, O-Cha, Le Mangii, Café Mangi, Viccinia, Di Napoli, Busaba Colaba, The Tasting Room, Bungalow 9, Nico Bombay, Two one Two, LPQ (BKC +Colaba), Olive Bandra,  Smoke house Delhi ( BKC+ Lower parel + Bandra), Salt Water Café (Bandra + Churchgate), Cheval, Taj President, Grand Hyatt and Taj Lands End and more.

Visitors can pick from over 1300 International and Indian wines at any of the partner restaurants at 30%* less than the regular list price. This discount can be availed per glass as well as on the whole bottle.

Once you have made your bookings for Wine Week, you will receive Credit of Rs 1000 in 2 codes of Rs. 500 each from Uber. You can redeem these credits during the Wine Week by availing the service from Uber.

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!

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@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
Ingredients
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

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Busago at @Busago and FBAI at @FoodBloggerAI

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT and @MumbaiCandid

 

Review: Hakkasan’s Anniversary Set Menu

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Hakkasan has been on our list of favourites since its launch for its delicious food and the quality of ingredients. But the hole-in-pocket pricing was always a big drawback. Hakkasan, on the occassion of its third anniversary, has tried to change the brand’s perception by launching a 4 course set lunch menu priced at just Rs.1200+tax, yes, that’s a steal!

When we dropped by to try it out, we were delighted with the options. You can pick 3 things from their small eats section, 2 from the mains, 2 from the rice/noodles and 1 from the desserts option.

We started off with the dumplings, the Chicken & Prawn Shumai,  the Hargau and the Pakchoi Dumpling were our favourites. Juicy, melt in the mouth dumplings, we couldn’t have just one.  Additionally, we ordered for our favourite Duck Fried Rolls from the à la carte menu, they can never go wrong with these.

From the mains, the Steamed Indian Salmon in Black Bean Sauce was tender and perfectly cooked and the Chicken Ho fun Noodles were well prepared, flat noodles with a generous quantity of chicken pieces and sprouts. Although we would’ve loved to try the beef version of it as traditionally ho fun noodles are supposed to be cooked with beef.

For desserts, we tried the Three Chocolate Bavarois with Coconut & Lemon Sorbet – the texture of the bavarois was fabulous and the Coconut and Lemon Sorbet perfectly complimented. The Blueberry and White Chocolate Parfait with a Blueberry Sorbet was a great dessert too. We really have to say, the Sorbets at Hakkasan completely overpower the rest of the dessert, but we’re not complaining.

Overall, at Rs.1200, the set menu is a steal. Go try it out before June 30th and we assure you, you’ll have a great time.

Venue: Hakkasan

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Krystal Building, Waterfield Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Above ICICI Bank

Phone: 2644 4444

Follow:

Hakkasan at @HakkasanIndia

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT and @MumbaiCandid