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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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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

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Landmark: Below 145, Bandra

Phone: +91 22 6250 6800

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Review: South High Kitchen & Bar, Kamala Mills

Gastro Darshini by day Café Bar by night, that’s how they describe this newest South Indian themed bar and kitchen that has opened doors in Kamala Mills.

We spotted this new entrant on our recent visit to Kamala Mills and it immediately caught our attention.  Got to know that it is run by the guys behind Mahesh Lunch Home and that being one of our favourites, our decision to dine was quite easy to make.

The interiors of South High Kitchen & Bar are contemporary with some traditional elements. Our favourite corner was the one with the patcha face graffiti.

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Coming to the food, we absolutely loved the Koli 65 Pakoda – Deep fried marinated chicken and onion which came with a chutney, the Dosa Tacos were also interesting, looked like a Taco, tasted like a dosa.  In the mains, the Chicken Ghee Roast and Chicken Gassi are a must try.

I also tried their Signature Cocktail, the South High Whiskey Sour, which was your regular Whiskey Sour with a punch of Kokum. If you like your whiskey sour the classic way, then don’t try this one. Although, we quite enjoyed the South Indian version.

Overall, South High is a great place for a delicious South Indian meal. It’s got a great vibe and some delicious options on the menu. Service can be a bit slow, but we can pass that off as a teething issue.

Venue: South High, Kamala Mills

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Landmark: Near Smaaash, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.

Phone: +91 80808 41111
              +9180808 91111

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Review: Thai Food Festival at Asian Kitchen, Four Points by Sheraton

The Thai Food Festival at Asian Kitchen, Four Points by Sheraton showcased an extensive buffet of Thai delicacies by award-winning Bangkok-based Chef Jarunun. When we arrived at the restaurant, the ambience was decorated in accordance with the theme of the festival. 

We started our meal with a welcome drink, which was a delicious blend of pineapple juice and coconut. For the appetizers, in the vegetarian section, we tried the Kao Phod Thod, a corn cake served with sweet chilli dipping sauce, which tasted more like your normal corn fritters. The second appetizer we had was the Thod Mun Phak, a vegetable cake served with plum sauce. While the plum sauce was really good, the vegetable cake did not do too well. In the non-vegetarian appetizers, we tried the Gai Nga – chicken marinated with sesame and garlic which had a sweet tinge to it alongwith a mild flavour of garlic.

For the main course we tried the Massaman Moo, which was pork with peanut, shallot in massamun curry. The pork pieces were incredibly well cooked and the curry had the perfect amount of spice. We paired the Massaman Moo with the Khao Pad Jea – veg fried rice with cherry tomato and spring onion, and couldn’t ask for a better combination. The seafood based Talay Prik Tai Dum – Seafood with bell peppers in black pepper sauce, was the one dish that tingled our tastebuds the most. 

The buffet had a live station that served Tow Hu Sate – Tofu on skewers with peanut sauce. The chef would prepare the tofu right as you need it, with a dollop of peanut sauce over it.

Moving onto the desserts, we tried the Maphraw Sangkaya, a coconut custard, a tad bit bland for our liking. The Coconut Pudding was the star among the desserts with a smooth and creamy texture and the sweetness being balanced out with the taste of the coconut. 

Overall, the food was delicious prepared with fresh ingredients and a great experience. For every Thai food lover, this one is a must try. 

Venue: Asian Kitchen

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Four Points By Sheraton, Vashi

Landmark: Near Inorbit Mall

Phone: 022 61587777

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Review: Haochi at Sun N Sand

We recently visited the much talked about Chinese restaurant at Sun N Sand, Mumbai – Haochi. Run by celebrity chef Gautam Mehrishi, this one exceeded our expectations! Everything we had here was amazing, no wonder the restaurant was pack at lunch hour on a weekday.Here’s a glimpse of our meal!

Bombay Fizz
Great Wall Martini
The drinks were impressive. Bombay Fizz was extremely stiff and one drink could be good enough to get you in high spirits. The Great Wall Martini is a fusion of gin, pineapple and passion fruit, tangy and delicious. They don’t disappoint the teetotalers either. Look at the fancy presentation of a non-alcoholic beverage!
Char Siu Bao
Crispy Peking Duck served with Hoi Sin sauce and Julienned Greens
Soba Noodles

The appetizers at Haochi are absolutely delicious. The Char Siu Bao or the pork buns melted in the mouth. The Crispy Peking Duck went well with the Hoi Sin sauce. Also, one of the must try dishes at Haochi is the Lotus Root, vegetarians, you will love this! The Soba noodles and Buttery rice pairs up excellently with most of the mains.

Chocolate Lava Cake
Mandarin Orange Infused Creme Brulee
Almond Yogurt

The exciting range of desserts were something that we left enough space for. The Chocolate Lava Cake, emmm, sinful, an overdose of chocolate. The crackling Creme Brulee with Mandarin orange infused was fruity and refreshing. The Almond Yogurt on the other hand was light and a perfect way to end the meal!

Overall, Haochi lives up to the meaning of its name – Simply Delicious! We totally recommend this one!

Venue: Haochi

Overall Rating

Sun n Sand Hotel, Juhu

Landmark: Next to Novotel Hotel

Phone: 26201811

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Review: Le Pain Quotidien

Just when you thought Bandra is cool enough, it got cooler. The 161st outlet world wide and 2nd in the city (1st in Colaba), Le Pain Quotidien, popularly known as LPQ, has set shop in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). With an airy outdoor seating and a cozy section indoors, LPQ quickly made place for itself on the list of our favourites.
The indoor section comprised of a display of desserts and breads, a bar area, a private dining area and the regular dining area. Without wasting any time, we called for the food and drinks. A chilled glass of Sangria along with a platter of cheese to take off. Next up, we called for the Tuscan Platter with Parmesan, Ham, Black Olive Spread, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Ricotta. The Ham was delicious, the bread however, was a little too hard. When we asked the server, we were informed that since the bread is baked inhouse and is completely organic without any preservatives, it tends to get a little harder than normal bread. Excused!

Moving to the mains, we called for the Organic Penne Pasta with Tomato sauce, basil and chicken and the Seared Basil Chicken with chili potatoes, spinach and lemon sauce. The pasta was well cooked and full of flavour, a little too spicy, so be sure of informing them if your taste buds are sensitive. The Seared Basil Chicken was tender and the sauce went really well with it. 
Finally, the most awaited part of the meal, desserts! Blueberry cheesecake, mmm, and the Soft Centered Chocolate Cake, mmm. The only word that could describe these desserts would be mmmmouthwatering! We made a trip to heaven and back! 
Are we coming back here? Hell yeah. And next time, we are going to start our meal backwards, last course first! 
Maker Maxity, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East
Landmarks: Next to California Pizza Kitchen (CPK)
Phone: 66431617

Review: The Wedding Cafe & Lounge

For every girl who dreams about her Prince Charming and the White Horse, The Wedding Café & Lounge will definitely take you into the world of your fantasies. With beautiful white interiors, to wedding attire stores, this restaurant cum wedding planning agency, is a whole new concept brought to the city. 
Our trip to the Wedding Café was more than just pleasant. As we entered, the charming white interiors and the flower arrangement took us by delight. We looked around to see tables for fours and sixes, a private dining area and a bar area. Since we couldn’t spot a table for two, we occupied the one next to the huge French window. The staff promptly attended to us and gave us the gigantic and rather uncomfortable menu. 

The menu comprised of international cuisines including French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Indian. We called for the Barbeque Chicken Wings for starters and the Chef’s Special Pasta (Red Sauce) for the mains. Alongwith this, we called for a Peach Iced Tea and the Kiwi Hazelnut Cocktail which was recommended by the bartender.


The Barbeque Chicken Wings were fried and served with the Barbeque Sauce, crisp and cooked to perfection! The Pasta was equally delicious, served with garlic bread and had chicken pieces, mushroom and capsicum in it. Coming to the drinks, the Peach Iced Tea was tangy and tasted almost like an Orange flavoured mocktail. The Kiwi Hazelnut Cocktail was good but could have been better if it was a little mild; the taste of vodka was overpowering the flavours of Kiwi and Hazelnut.

At the end of the meal, we asked the server for a dessert recommendation to which he got us the ‘Love Boat’ for us, Chocolate Mousse with a base of cake served with Vanilla Ice Cream and topped with chocolate sauce. Only one word can describe it, blissful. It’s rightly said, save the best for the last, and voila, we did!
Address: B /104-106, Kotia Nirmaan, Above Mercedes Showroom, New Link Road, Andheri (W)
Landmark: Next to Fun Republic
Phone: 61558999
Barbeque Chicken Wings: Rs 325
Chef’s Special Pasta: Rs 350
Mocktails: Rs 100 – Rs 200
Cocktails: Rs 300 – Rs 475
Love Boat: Rs 250