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Review: Nara Thai, BKC

After a long wait and a million recommendations, we finally decided to visit the newest kid on the block, Nara. Brought down to Mumbai all the way from Bangkok, this one comes from the same family as Yauatcha, KA Hospitality. The word “Nara” comes from the Sanskrit language meaning ‘Thai woman’. You can see a glimpse of that in the decor, feminine and classy!

The outdoor section is a dimly lit casual dining space while indoors is bright and more formal. The menu is not too vast but everything looked delightful. A special mention to the service, from the reservation over the phone to the table service, everything was smooth.

For the drinks, the bartender made us a whiskey sour, on request and we picked the Lakhon, a wine based cocktail with Martini Bianco, Green Apple Juice and Passion Fruit from their signature cocktail menu. Potent and fruity, we absolutely loved the Lakhon was truly ‘lakhon mein ek’!

From the food, we tried the Som Tum Salad – the classic Thai salad which was fresh and juicy, a little more spice would’ve been great though. Next up was the Gai Tord Samunprai – Crispy Fried Chicken with Thai Herbs, loved the flavour of the Thai herbs. In the mains, we had the Phad Thai with Chicken and Massaman Curry with Steam Rice. Both the dishes were full of flavour, especially the curry. Coming back for this.

For the desserts, we tried the Nara Coconut Ice Cream with Condiments. This one is a must try. The ice cream is creamy and tastes home made and the colourful condiments take you back to the streets of Thailand!

Overall, if you’re looking for a no frills meal, with no fancy stunts and just a great meal, Nara is a good option. They can definitely polish up their presentation skills, but all in all, for Thai food, this one is a winner!

Venue:  Nara

Bandra Kurla Complex

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Landmark: Below Yauatcha

Phone: +9122 6137 8080

Follow:

Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and Nara at @narathaiindia

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

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Review: Sunday Brunch at KODE, Kamala Mills

If you’ve read about our previous experience at KODE, you’ll be aware that we are already fans of this wonderful restaurant.

Recently, we stopped by to try their newly introduced Sunday Brunches. With a specially curated menu and as well as a buffet spread, the Sunday Brunch at KODE is priced at Rs.1750 + taxes.

The buffet spread included a range of cold cuts, cheese, sushi, salads, mezze and soups. We started off with the salads, and mezze moving on to the sushi and soup.

There was a menu that had hot food coming to our table straight from the kitchen. From the menu we ordered for the Turkish Flatbread with Meatballs – quite an interesting twist to the regular flatbread, came in the shape of a boat. The Shrimp Crostini, Shrimp tossed in a mustard sauce served on toasted bread, Potato Bravas – this was more like baby potatoes tossed in a tomato based sauce. The Buffalo Wings with a Blue Cheese Dip and the Herb Roast Chicken with Rosemary Potatoes and Jus, both were impressive. Well cooked and flavourful, a delight for non vegetarians. The star dish of the afternoon was the Lamb Shank with Red Wine Au Jus – melted in our mouths and was extremely succulent, a must try.

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For drinks, we ordered theForgotten petal sour – Campari soap, with champagne foam, rose petals dipped in nitrogen, drink garnished with beetroot powder – absolutely loved the presentation. The Bird Eye, a vodka based drink, was served in a fish bowl and placed on a bird’s nest also looked spectacular. The drama that accompanied the drinks made it all worth it!

The dessert spread included Cheesecake, Creme Brule, Tiramisu, Chocolate Mud Pie, Chocolate Eclair, Blue Berry Yogurt and Caramel Ice Cream. While desserts are always great, are favourites were the Tiramisu and the Mud pie with Caramel Ice Cream.

Overall, if you’re planning to spend the weekend indulging in some good food, KODE should definitely be your pick!

Venue: Kode, Kamala Mills

Overall rating

Landmark: Near Smaaash, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.

Phone: +91 7718882923
              +91 7718882924

Follow:

Kode at @just_kode on Instagram

Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

 

Review: Hoppipola

There’s one more new bar in the city and this one is absolutely delightful!

Hoppipola translates to Jumping in Puddles and there’s also a song made after this phrase. A hidden gem, located in the by lanes of Khar, the location is probably its only con. Because other than that we loved everything about this place.

A huge indoor seating and a adequately big alfresco seating, white and blue interiors, chalk board tables, board games, beer games and amazing cocktails. What is not to love about this place?

Hoppipola is sure to bring out the child in you as it did in us! Try their cocktails, the Watermelon and Basil Caprioshka being our favourite! The food however could get better, some hits and some misses. The Margarita Pizza and the Chicken Skewers were good, all the other bar nibbles had a bit too much salt.

Overall, we have already made three trips to this place in two weeks, so goes without saying that it has made it to our list of favourites!

Venue: Hoppipola

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Off SV Road, Khar West

Landmark: Behind Ramee Guestline Hotel

Phone: 26487365

Follow:

Hoppipolla at @atHoppipolla

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

 

International Beer Day: Happy Hours in the city!

2nd August is International Beer Day and guess what, it’s a Friday! So here’s where you can go, get drunk today!

Where: The Irish House, Lower Parel |Kala Ghoda | Kurla
When: 5.30 PM – 8.30 PM, All days
What’s the deal: 1+1 on domestic and imported liquor

Where: Drunken Munkey, Andheri
When: 11 AM to 12 AM Sun-Thurs and 11 AM to 9 PM Fri-Sat
What’s the deal: 1+1 on domestic and imported liquor

Where: Astrix, Chembur
When: 6 PM to 9 PM, Mon-Fri
What’s the deal: 1+1 on domestic liquor

Where: Amigos, Andheri
When: 6 PM to 9 PM, Everyday
What’s the deal: 1+1 on domestic liquor
  
Where: The Little Door, Andheri
When: 6 PM – 9 PM
What’s the deal: Unlimited Kingfisher Beer at Rs.397

Where: Loca Loca, Khar
When: Upto 9 PM, All days
What’s the deal: 1+1 on domestic liquor