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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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Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and 10th Street Cafe at @10thstreetcafe

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Product Review: Sugar Liquid Lipstick – Brazen Raisin

I’m a sucker for liquid matte lipsticks and so I decided to buy a couple of shades of the Sugar Cosmetics Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick.

The Shade Brazen Raisin is a dark burgundy shade which compliments the Indian skin tone beautifully. It has an undertone of brown so don’t apply more than one coat.  Apply a single layer since it’s very well pigmented and dries up rather quickly. On drying up, it’s completely matte and not glossy at all. One thing to keep in mind is that Sugar Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipsticks are extremely dry so moisturize and scrub your lips well before you wear the lipstick on.  It comes in a travel friendly box packaging. The lipstick comes in a clear bottle with an applicator attached to the cap. The lasting power is great, infact I found it a little hard to take it off. So eat, drink and be least bothered about a touch up! With a great pricing, we would definitely recommend this one.

Product: Sugar Cosmetics Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick

Shade: Brazen Raisin

Quantity: 4.5ml

Buy here: Nykaa

Review: MYXX

With the few Asian restaurant options that we have, we are always looking for new places to try out. We came across Myxx and even though it was a Tapas Bar, we decided to try it out for dinner.

Located in the by lanes of Juhu, opposite Harry’s, Myxx has two sections – outdoor and indoor. In the inside section they have high tables as well as regular tables, a bar that extends on one side of the restaurant and brick textured walls. There was music but thankfully it wasn’t too loud and we could have a decent conversation.

Their menu is quite extensive and has everything from Soups, Salads, Sushis, Baos, Dimsums, Small Plates, Tapas, Woks, Mains and Desserts. We ordered for the following: Burrata Cheese Salad which came with a lot of greens topped with a generous dollop of cheese. The Sundried Lotus Root was a delicious portion of Lotus Root tossed in a tangy cocktail sauce served on a bed of mashed potatoes, yummy! The Coriander Chicken and Pokchoy Dimsums were wrapped in steamed pokchoy and were extremely flavourful. The Bacon Wrapped Prawns, probably the only dish we didn’t enjoy as the Bacon was not cooked well, the prawns were fine though. We ended up peeling the bacon off and just eating the prawns. My favourite dish was the Steamed Baos. The baos were red in colour (beetroot infused) and the spicy shredded chicken filling was too good. Going to go back for this.

In the drinks, we ordered for a Mango Jalapeno Mojito – extremely potent but no flavour of mango, the Hot Todi – classic and perfect and a beer.

Overall, the food at Myxx tastes good, looks even better. The service is well informed and prompt and the interiors are decent. We’re definitely going back there to try out some more dishes!

Venue:  MYXX

Overall rating

A.B. Nair Road, Juhu

Landmark: Near Juhu Post Office

Phone: +9122 6695 5500

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Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and MYXX at @myxx

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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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Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and Madras Diaries at @madras.diaries

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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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Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and The Looney The Lover & The Poet at @thelooneyloverandpoet

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

Unboxing the Saffola Active Soups Dabba

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I always tend to snack on the most unhealthy things in the evening! If evening hunger pangs bother you too here’s something that will help you make the delicious switch from junk food and caffeine!
The wonderful Mumbai dabbawalas got me the Saffola Active Soups @saffolafitfoodiewhich have 5x more fibre. Low on calories, delicious and a #TastyWayToStayFit is what #Saffola promises you with their new range of soups that keep you full the entire evening. Here’s how it reached us:

The three varieties of soups that reached us are the Red Tomato Soup, Chatpata SweetCorn Soup and the Spicy Manchow Soup. The Tomato Soup was rich and creamy whereas the Sweet Corn Soup was just like an authentic corn soup, hot and comforting. For those who love a little spice in their lives, the Spicy Manchow Soup is a great choice. Overall, this is a great option to avoid unhealthy snacking or as we call it ‘boredom’ snacking.

Saffola Active Soups are easily available at your nearby supermarkets or general stores.

 

Review: The Cuckoo Cafe, Bandra

We have a new favourite cafe in Bandra! The Cuckoo Cafe is the perfect example of a hidden gem.

It’s located right next to the oh-so-famous Candies and Pali Naka and is extremely difficult to spot (in a way glad). It’s a creative little cafe cum co-working space with a little performance area on the ground level. The cafe and coworking space is on the first floor.
The cafe is open air and the menu is limited. The have a great range of smoothies and sandwiches and sort of an old world charm! We tried the Grilled Chicken Sandwich which came in multigrain bread with grilled herb chicken, caramalized onions and cheddar cheese. So delicious! We also tried the house special The Cuckoo Club Sandwich which was a giant sized club sandwich with roast chicken, mayonnaise, bacon, fried egg and cheese.
From the drinks, we had the Berry, Banana, Muesli smoothie which is a perfect drink for the health conscious, super filling and tasted great too. And a fresh orange juice, yes, they have fresh juices too.
Overall, if you’re looking to read, work or just grab a quick bite over coffee or a smoothie, this one is a great option. This is definitely becoming my go-to place.

Venue:  The Cuckoo Cafe

Overall rating

Pali Naka, Bandra West

Landmark: Next to Candies

Phone: +9196199 62969

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Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and The Cuckoo Cafe at @toocuckoo

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