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Review: 10th Street Cafe, Khar

The latest entrant in the vegetarian food scene in Mumbai is 10th Street Cafe. We visited the Khar outlet on a Thursday evening and it was quite occupied for a weekday. We sat in the outdoor section as the weather was pleasant.

Cute little place with a bar and a brightly lit indoor section. We ordered for the Quinoa Bean salad which was tossed in a Balsamic Vinegar Dressing and topped with Sour Cream and Avocado. It was fresh, crunchy and delicious. In the appetizers, we tried the Arancini Balls which was served on a bed of Arrabiata sauce. The sauce was great but the rice balls could’ve been, maybe a little more cheese?

Coming to the mains, we had the Spinachy Goat Cheese Pizza, a must try, it was too good, loved the combination of herbed mushrooms, spinach and goat cheese! And we tried the Peri Peri Rice with Mushroom Stew, this was a complete meal for one! The stew was spicy and the rice was prepared with a lot of veggies.

Coming to the desserts, we would totally recommend the Almond Praline Cookie which is also their signature dessert. Layers of Biscuit Crumble, Chocolate and Praline and is served with a scoop of Vanilla ice cream. Only thing that I would like to point out is that the bartender forgot to add alcohol to my Basil Pomtini, which they apologized for later so it’s alright.

Overall, the food and the service was great, definitely a must visit for some great comfort food.

Venue:  10th Street Cafe

Overall rating

Khar West

Landmark: Near Domino’s

Phone: +9187790 92308

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Review: Madras Diaries

I’m a big fan of Cafe Madras and all the authentic South Indian joints in and around Matunga so when I first heard of Madras Diaries, I was quite excited to give it a try.

Located at Waterfield Road, the restaurant has a beautiful exterior. You enter through a huge wooden door which is painted colourfully on the other side. The restaurant is divided into two sections and the interiors were vibrant and colourful!

The menu, just like the ambience is colourful with pictures of everything South Indian, Dosas, Appams, Filter Coffee and non food related things like Bharat Natyam. How interesting! We ordered for Tahttu Idli, Chettinad Paneer and the Malabari Parottas. The Idli was not completely authentic like a Thaat Idli that you would get at Cafe Madras but nevertheless, it was yummy and came topped with the gunpowder chutney. The Malabari Parotta went well with the Chettinad Paneer which was spicy and creamy. A must try are the 4 chutneys that they give you alongwith your meal! All so good and different from the others!
Alongwith our meal we ordered for the Masala Buttermilk, it tasted fine but we were disappointed that it wasn’t freshly prepared.

The service here is extremely quick! Within minutes of us placing our order, we had the food on our table. In that sense, we got a proper udipi feel!

Overall, we had a good experience here, the food tasted good and the ambience is warm and homely, the pricing is competitive. The quantity of the dishes could definitely improve. Going to go back for sure!

Venue:  Madras Diaries

Overall rating

Waterfield Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Near ICICI Bank

Phone: +9122 6517 8888

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Review: The Looney The Lover & The Poet

When restaurateurs get creative with the names of their restaurants, it’s quite commendable. When we first heard of The Looney The Lover and The Poet, we had mixed reactions. What an interesting name, but sad that it had replaced Thallasa.

Anyway, we made a reservation and headed there on a Wednesday evening. The restaurant was relatively full on a weekday. The ambiance was lovely, the outdoor section had dim ferry lights and creepers alongwith soft music. The service was extremely good, the servers were well informed, polite and friendly. They helped us with our order and suggested some great dishes. The menu here is very interesting, they have a range of healthy options as well as gluten free choices.

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We loved the food and here are some things that you must try when you’re here. The Afghani Ashak with Minced Lamb was epic. Literally melted in my mouth and one of the finest mince I’ve had. The Wavocado Toast – borodinsky bread toast with avocado, feta, sun dried tomatoes, pepitas, too yummy! The Khachapuri which is like a flatbread topped with artichoke, sunsried tomatoes, pinenuts, goat cheese, mushroom and onions. Another must try is their Dosa which comes with a curry like filling and is quite unique and flavourful.


For desserts, we tried the Almond and Nutella Babka French Toast with orange caramel, dark chocolate & coffee and orange ice cream. Again, something different, the flavours of the ice creams were great although I’m not a fan of bread in desserts.

Overall, we were extremely impressed with the food and service of this restaurant and it definitely calls for a repeat visit to try the other items on the menu! Keep up the good work guys.

Venue:  The Looney The Lover & The Poet

Overall rating

21st Road, Off Carter Road, Khar West

Landmark: Inside Hotel Shubhangan

Phone: +9198200 29933

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Review: Jamjar Diner, Bandra

After a sucessful outpost in Andheri, Jamjar Diner has opened in Bandra replacing Moshe’s on Hill Road. It is quite missable if you are not sure of the location as the entrance is tiny and it’s located on the first floor.

Let us start with the positives first, the ambiance is really tastefully done. There is a jukebox right at the entrance and the interiors are bright and colourful. There are tiny things that caught our eye like the plants around, the little knick knacks that were placed in the walls and the bar area! Unfortunately our excitement was short lived. As we entered, we were made to wait for a good 15 minutes as the waiter said there was no table for 2 available. There were 4 tables empty and it was 7 PM but he refused to give us those as they were bigger tables (Tables for 4). We asked him to shift us onto a table for two once it gets empty but he still bluntly refused and asked us to wait. Not too soon, but we got the table after a brief argument with him (we waited for a table for 2).

Once we were seated, we went through the menu. Quite an extensive menu, we ordered for the following: the Chargrilled Chicken Skewers, Peri Peri Fries and the Burnt Garlic Alfredo Pasta. Our order took really long, again, the service was super slow.
The Chargrilled Chicken Skewers were overcooked and hence chewy. The Peri Peri Fries were fine and came with a dip. The Burnt Garlic Alfredo Pasta was great although the garlic flavour was hardly there, not too different from a regular Alfredo pasta.

The portion sizes were decent for two and the pricing was great but the overall quality of food didn’t seem impressive. They really need to work on their food consistency and train their staff to treat customers better!

Venue:  Jamjar Diner

Hill Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Near Mamagoto

Phone: +9122 2635 8880

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Review: Coffee Culture

In a place like Bandra, we can never have ‘just enough’ coffee shops. The more, the merrier, is what we believe.

Replacing Basilico, this newbie is not so new afterall. They have outlets in Surat, Lucknow, Jabalpur, Vapi, Kadodara, Bardoli and now Mumbai. It’s amazing to see how cafes are taking an effort to do up their interiors and gone are the days where all you got in a coffee shop was a display of cold food and a table to keep it on.

Coffee Culture, located on Hill Road, is chirpy and colourful. When we entered, on a weekday evening, we were quite surprised to see that there was no place to sit, inside or outside. After a wait of ten minutes, we were given a table. Since it was too loud inside (constant chattering and no music), we asked to be shifted outside, which definitely had a better vibe.

We ordered for the Chicken Pizza Wich and Culture Addiction Cold Coffee. The Pizza Wich – a grilled sandwich with cheese and chicken as the filling, was average. The filling could have been better and definitely more cheese! The Culture Addiction was listed under the Dessert Cold Coffee section and was rich, creamy with a hint of hazelnut and was topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. It was great, definitely coming back for this one. The menu is so vast that it’s going to take us many visits to try out more stuff on it and we are looking forward to it. The service lacked promptness, hopefully only a teething issue and since it was packed to the t, we can excuse them.

Overall, Coffee Culture is a wonderful addition to the coffee scene and it makes us happy that they have a range of food options. Going back there soon!

Overall Rating

Venue:  Coffee Culture

Hill Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Opposite Mamagoto

Phone: +9122 6134 4915

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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

Overall rating

Landmark: Below 145, Bandra

Phone: +91 22 6250 6800

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Review: 5 – The Restaurant

Our last trip to 5 was a decent experience (read here) and now they have relocated to Khar, and have an all new menu!

Located next to the famous watering holes like Quarter Pillar and 3 Wise Monkeys, we headed to 5 – The restaurant for lunch on a weekday finding it all to ourselves. 5 has reworked their ambience and this one is clearly a winner. The restaurant is bright and cozy with a very Goa- feel to it, which we really liked.

We started with a Peach Me Up, a refreshing mocktail with the right amount of zing from the lime and peachy flavour and an Apple Iced tea which was just about alright. The Kiwi Margarita, a frozen mocktail was so sour and syrup-y that we had no option but to not have a second sip!

Following this was their signature soup, the Tomato Potato Soup – tasty and comforting. We opted for the tasting portions for all the things that we tried at 5. On the recommendation of our server we tried the Beet Root Tangerine and Feta Salad which was the hero of our entire meal here. The Salad had the right amount of crunch with the lettuce, zing of the tangerine and texture of the feta. Then came the Oven Cooked Wasabi Prawns with Lemon Parsley Marinate – a huge let down. The prawns were not only served raw but also lacked the punch of wasabi, we couldn’t taste the lemon parsley at all. We also tried the Oven Baked Mushrooms – delicious with a hearty stuffing of Scarmoza and Cheddar cheese, this appetizer is definitely recommended if you are at 5. A special mention to the delicious peanut dip served alongwith the mushrooms, it was finger licking good!

Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Coming to the next course – the mains were a huge disappointment. We tried two of their main course dishes one being the Parmesan Crusted Chicken, wherein the chicken was tough and the Grilled Pork Chops were overcooked and downright insipid.

The saving grace at this place were the desserts. We tried all the desserts that they had to offer, The Chocolate Flan, the Crème Brûlée, the Baked Cheesecake and the Banana Torte  and none of them disappointed us.

The service, considering we were the only ones in the restaurant that time was slow. Every course took atleast 20-25 minutes to be served.

Overall, 5- The Restaurant is a good option if you are looking to indulge in some desserts or just sip on some coffee. They seriously need to work on their food and service. PS: The restaurant is not serving alcohol at the moment due to licensing issues but are hoping to start soon.

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Venue: 5 – The Restaurant

Red Palm Residency, Off SV Road, Khar West

Landmark: Opposite 3 Wise Monkeys

Phone: 66939919

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