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Review: London Taxi, Lower Parel

With all the new places in Kamala Mills, London Taxi comes across as a pleasant surprise. We were here for lunch and must say, the food and presentation is quite impressive.

The interiors are colourful with a long bar on one end, high tables in the centre and comfortable seating on the other end. From the drinks, we called for the Dirty Truffle Martini and the Mimosa. The martini was extremely potent and not for the weak hearted and the Mimosa was a perfect lunch drink!
From the Soups, we absolutely loved the Truffle Scented Dark Chocolate and Cauliflower Soup. It was unusual but at the same time quite easy on the palate. The Watermelon and Feta Salad was next on our table and it came with olives, crotons, feta and drizzled with olive oil and balsamic reduction, refreshing and delicious.
From the mains, we’d totally recommend the Chicken Ramen – a tangy chicken broth with noodles, chicken and a whole lot of veggies and the Spicy Chicken Flatbread – Olives, Peppers and Chicken topped on a cheesy flat bread.
The highlight of our meal was the desserts!
Salted Dark Chocolate and Whiskey Mousse, the Mascarporne and Raspberry Sorbet, the Banana and Toffee Parfait, all were spectacular, in taste and presentation! Definitely going back here for the desserts.
Overall, if you’re looking to grab a great meal alongwith some potent drinks at Lower Parel, London Taxi is a great option.

Venue:  London Taxi

Kamala Mills, Lower Parel

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Landmark: Near Farzi Cafe

Phone: +9177100 82222

Follow:

Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and London Taxi at @atlondontaxi

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

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Post Event: US Apples Inspired Dinner at Theory with FBAI

US Apple Export Council and the Food Bloggers Association of India (FBAI) recently invited us to a four course sit-down US Apples inspired dinner.  We had a great time interacting with the blogger community as we enjoyed a delicious meal at Theory at Lower Parel.

Here’s what we had at the dinner.

1] Drinks: Apple Sangria

2] Soup:  Curried Carrot & Apple Soup

3] Salad: Poached Apple with Goat Cheese

4] Mains: Apple Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Sage Butter

5] Chicken Roulade with Apple Jus

6] Dessert: Apple Cheese Cake with Burnt Butter Ice Cream

About US Apples:

USApple is a nonprofit, member-based association comprised of and supported by individuals, companies, and state/regional associations within the apple industry. They are the national voice and resource center serving the interests of American apple growers, packer/shippers, processors, marketers, and other interested parties within the apple industry.

 

Post Event: Washington Apples Meet & Greet courtesy FBAI

Last week, we attended the Washington Apples Meet & Greet organized by FBAI (food blogger association of India) at St. Regis Hotel, Mumbai.

The event comprised of a wonderful workshop conducted by Chef Himanshu Taneja, Director of culinary, St. Regis hotel, Mumbai & his team where they demonstrated a few recipes created with the Washington Red Delicious apples & Granny smith apples. Followed by an interactive session with Washington Apple Commission representative Keith Sunderlal & International marketing director of Washington Apple Commission Rebecca lyons and from USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Adam Branson.

Here are the recipes that Chef Himanshu demonstrated with Washington Apples:

Recipe 1: Puebla Avocado Tartare with Apple Chutney

Ingredients:-

Puebla Avocado- 2no

Onion (chopped)-30gm

Tomato (chopped)-30gm

Green chili (chopped)-8gm

Coriander leaves (chopped)- pinch

Lettuce Lollo Rosso- 4 leaf randomly torn

Fresh lemon juice-15ml

Sliced & toasted French baguette- 4 nos sliced

For Apple chutney:-

Washington red delicious apple-4nos

Sugar-100gm

Water-150ml

Paprika powder-5gm

Zanthan-1gm

Tartare Recipe:

Cut the Avocado into half,  scoop out the fruit & chop it into fine brunoises

Mix all the ingredients, except the lettuce & the baguette, into a thick paste.

Keep it aside.

Apple chutney recipe

In a pan, heat water, sugar, apples & paprika.

Cook till it turns into a jam like consistency.

Keep it aside to cool.

Plating: Get the baguette out and top it up with the lettuce followed by Puebla Avocado Tartare and finally the Apple chutney. Your tartare is ready to serve!

Recipe 2Seb ka chenna payesh

Ingredients:

Reduced milk- 237ml

Washington Red delicious apple (grated)-2no

Angoori Chenna- 10-12 pcs

Almond slivers-15gm

Pistachio slivers-15gm

Recipe:-

In a martini glass, add sweetened reduced milk.

Grate the apple & add the chenna to it. Stir it well and add it in the glass.

Top it up with almond slivers & pistachio slivers. Serve it and watch your guests relish it!


Post the event, was a high tea session, where we were treated with a delicious spread celebrating apples!

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Apple & Raisin Scones, Apple & Mustard Quiche, Apple & Smoked Chicken Quiche, Appy Fizz Paani Puri, Apple Jam Bakewell Tart, Apple Jalebi and many more dishes were on the spread. Well, if apples can be so delicious, they are definitely going to keep the doctors away!

 

 

Review: Grandmama’s Cafe

Nostalgia will transport you back to your childhood, to your frequent visits to your Grandmama’s house, for the food, for the vibe and for the comfort. Grandmama’s Cafe impresses, the moment you walk in, with their embroidered photo frames, white walls, white couches and floral bill boxes. Expect a waiting time of one hour atleast, as getting a table here, is as time consuming as getting money out of the ATM (current scenario). Although, the experience is worth the wait.

We dropped by to try out their specially crafted Diabetic Friendly menu for the Diabetic Food Trail. It comprised of items from their regular menu, some as they were, some with some minor tweaks. The Diabetic Food Trail® is a pioneering initiative which offers a wonderful culinary experience to Diabetics, Pre-Diabetics and Health conscious individuals at over 200 restaurants across Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore & Pune. The Diabetic Food Trail is presented by Britannia NutriChoice Essentials in association with Biocon. Read more about this initiative here:  The Diabetic Food Trail

A set menu, we started our meal with the salads. The Caesar Salad, the only change being, no croutons, was fresh and light. With or without croutons, we are definitely having this again. Although if you’re looking for something to pack a power punch, try the Nutrition Power House Salad – Quinoa, barley, pomegranate, goat cheese, rocket leaves tossed in a lemon dressing. So yum yet so healthy.

Moving on, the small plates from their all day menu, were extremely impressive. We tried the Mushroom A La Plancha – mushrooms tossed on a griddle with garlic, olive oil and sweet balsamic. Addictive, delicious and worth a try. The Gambas Al Ajillo – prawns with garlic, olive oil, chilli and basil, were tasty too, not the best we’ve had though. Not to miss the Kejriwal Grandmamas Style – bread topped with egg, mushroom and green chilli cheese sauce, we wish we woke up to this for breakfast every day!

The Pan Seared John Dory and the Home Style Grilled Chicken were next on our tasting platter. Both cooked to perfection and delicious. By the end of our meal, we were quite full, though we saved some space for dessert and thank god for that.

The Gobstopper
The Gobstopper

From their regular menu and not a part of the Diabetic Food Trail, we ordered for the Gobstopper – flourless chocolate layered with mousse and stuffed with marshmallows. Yes you read that right! We could easily conclude that this is one of the best, most decadent desserts in the city.

At the end of our meal all we said was, we can’t wait to try the rest of our menu, so we’re definitely going back there.

P.S.: If you’re starving and want to grab a quick bite, then maybe you should leave this place for another day. But if you are looking to indulge, Grandmama is calling out to you today.

Venue: Grandmama’s Cafe 

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Landmark: Opposite Juhu BeachHotel Royal Garden, Juhu

Phone: +91 22 6769 9966

Follow:

Grandmama’s Cafe at @grandmamascafeon Instagram

Chandni at @chandnitolani and Mumbai Candid at @mumbaicandid on Instagram

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

Review: Ithaka

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With Masterchef India’s new season being all Vegetarian and so many new places in the city taking the no-meat route, we are really wondering if being Vegetarian is the new trend that Mumbai is going to switch to.

While we love our meats and sea food, once in a while, a good vegetarian meal is something we wouldn’t say no to.

Ithaka, Mumbai’s new Lebanese restaurant, is opening soon in Lower Parel. We were invited by FBAI for a preview tasting and here’s what we thought about the place.

Located right above Riso, Ithaka has the most adorable look from the outside. A little colorful house from the outside, brightly lit on the inside, the restaurant claims to be the India’s first Lebanese restaurant with an authentic all-vegetarian fare.

To begin with, we were served the soups, the Mushroom Cappuccino Soup and the Lemongrass Soup. Both soups were delicious, although a little less salt would be preferred. Next up were the salads, the Water Chestnut and Raw Mango Salad, not too sure how it falls under Lebanese, we thought it was more Asian, tasty nonetheless. The Mediterranean Mint Salad – a blend of mint curd, fresh beans, spring onions and cucumber, this one tasted more Mediterranean than any of the previous dishes.

cold mezzo - olive hummus, pesto hummus, hummus

The star of the meal was the Cold Mezzo, Pita Bread served with Hummus, Hummus Turki – traditional hummus topped with spicy olives and Hummus Harra – traditional hummus topped with pesto and garlic. The Hummus Turki and Harra were absolutely delightful and just one platter was not enough.

The Batata Hara – grilled potatoes tossed in garlic and herbs was another dish we enjoyed. But then again, how can anyone go wrong with potatoes. An interesting option you must try is the Sesame Zucchini  -Zucchini coated with sesame and topped with veggies.

corn in toasted cups at ithaka

Dishes we thought you should give a miss were the mediocre peas in toast cups and the Hummus Harissa.

We didn’t really try the dessert, but a second trip is going to happen soon once the place opens on the 17th February 2015.

Overall, we don’t think they should use the word authentic to describe their fare, as most of what we tried was definitely not authentic. Some hits and some misses but definitely worth a visit.

Venue: Ithaka

Overall Rating
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Janta Industrial Estate, Above Riso, Lower Parel

Landmark: Opposite High Street Phoenix

Phone: 24921001 / 24922001

Follow:

Ithaka at @IthakaMumbai

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid