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REVIEW: EARTH CAFE

A dairy free cafe in the heart of bandra, at first you might think, oh I’m not vegan so it’s not for me, but one visit and you’re sure to fall in love with the space!
Located at Waterfield Road, firstly I love the name, Earth Cafe, is located above Pernia’s Pop Up and might not be that easy to locate.

As you enter, the airy and bright place will bring a smile on your face, the pink walls, the big clock and the road facing view (with no traffic noise). I went here with a vegan friend and she took over the ordering. We had the vegan pizza (yes, with vegan cheese), Nachos and the Pretty P Cold Coffee which was prepared with Almond Milk, Espresso, Dark Chocolate and Cream.


My coffee was awesome and I really enjoyed the almond milk. The pizza, well, I’ve had vegan pizza before only to be disappointed but I’m happy to share that this one tasted nothing like it, this one was delicious! The Nachos were great too. We also had the cheesecake, which was not as dense as a regular cheesecake, but nevertheless, tasted yummy! If there were more vegan places, that created food like that, I would definitely consider turning vegan. Kudos to the service too, we got some great recommendations from the owner who was around, checking on us from time to time. Another cafe on my list of favourites and what a great job at making a non-vegan enjoy vegan food!

Venue: Earth Cafe

Overall rating

Waterfield Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Above Pernia’s Pop Up

Phone: +91 96190 33393

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Review: Kebab Korner, Intercontinental Marine Drive

Kebab Korner has been one of my favourite restaurants for Indian food and on my recent visit here, I was so delighted that it still maintains the standards even after all these years.
Dropped by on Saturday night after making prior reservations. We were in for a surprise, there were ghazal singers performing live and they had set the atmosphere for a perfect dinner.

With a gorgeous view of Marine Drive and soft melodious ghazals playing in the backdrop, we started to place our order. We ordered for – the Butter Garlic Tandoori Jhinga, perfectly cooked tiger prawns in lots of butter, really yummy, the Murgh Afghani: succulent pieces of chicken breast cooked in cream and yellow spices, this one is a must try, the Murgh Kakori Kebab – minced chicken served like seekh, every bite of this melts in the mouth, so so good! We also tried the Tandoor Lamb Chops – again, cooked to perfection with a smoked flavour. For mains, they recommended the biryanis since they currently have a biryani festival going on. We tried the Murgh Sufiyani Biryani which came accompanied with dal makhani, raita and saalan, a very big portion so get ready to enter foodcoma!

For desserts we tried the Gulkand Panacotta, something different, flavoured panacotta topped with a dollop of gulkand, a great option for Paan lovers. On our way out, we were offered paan as well, alongwith candies, which were stacked in huge sacks by the entrance. So much fun!

Our meal was an absolute meat feast and we are looking forward to going back here with friends and family soon. A special mention to the amazing service, well informed, polite, prompt and very helpful.

Venue: Kebab Korner

Overall rating

Intercontinental Marine Drive

Phone: +91 22 6639 9999

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Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and Intercontinental  at @interconmd

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REVIEW: THE BIG FLIP BAR

Another new bar in Bandra and this time it serves great food!
The Big Flip Bar has opened next to Bonobo on Linking Road and is a spacious bar with a few tables for diners. We went here on a weekday and it was pretty empty. They were playing great music and screening the match as well.

We tried a lot of food and most of it was great but here is the stuff I would definitely recommend. The Rosemary Spiced Stuffed Mushroom which was cheesy and yummy, the Ajwaini Spiced Potato Skins, were one of my favourites, came with Yellow Cheddar and Ranch Dressing, the Peshawari Pasliyaan – Tandoori Lamb Chops, so succulent and delicious, loved them and the Teriyaki Chicken Meal Bowl that came with rice was full of flavour and a must try.

Most of the desserts were not available the day we went so we just tried the Belgian Chocolate Verrine, which was alright. The Thandai Mousse and Rum Cake sounded like a better bet but were unavailable. In the drinks, we tried the Bull Frog, super potent, came with Gin, Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Triple Sec and Red Bull. Not for the faint hearted 🙂

The service was friendly and prompt, so no complaints there. Overall, the place looks and feels great. Looking forward to going back there on a weekend!

Venue: The Big Flip Bar

Overall rating

Linking Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Above KFC

Phone: +91 8879015221

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Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and The Big Flip Bar at @thebigflipbar

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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

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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

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter