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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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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

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Review: Out Of The Blue, Bandra gets a makeover

When we heard that the decade old, Out of the blue, Bandra is changing management, we were both nervous and excited.

The interiors of the place are changed completely, so has the menu. From a cozy, romantic diner, Out of the blue is now a casual, brightly lit restaurant. A wine cellar on one side and tables spread throughout the outside section, dare we say that the canopy style seating was highly missed.

The menu had sizzlers but they were not available and we hear that they will no longer be available at Out Of The Blue (noooo!). We decided to try out some of the new starters, the Bravia Potatoes topped with smoked sofrito and garlic saffron aioli and the Asian Spring Veggies Bao with sesame seeds, crushed peanuts and lettuce. The Bravia Potatoes were good, we loved the saffron aioli that they were topped with. The Bao however, was bland and no dipping sauce was served with it.

For mains, since sizzlers were not available, we settled for the pizzas and pastas. We tried the Bianco and the Harissa Roasted Pulled Chicken Pizza. No choice of crusts were offered, again, a disappointment. Taste wise, both the pizzas were quite average.The pastas on the contrary were spectacular. The Gnocchi, the Aglio Olio and the Arrabiata Spaghetti.

Coming to the desserts, we tried the Baked Philly Cheesecake and the Kahlua and Baileys Mousse. Again, the desserts were great, cheesecake was smooth, consistent and not grainy. The mousse had a strong flavour of Baileys and that’s why we loved it.

Overall, this new face of Out Of The Blue had some hits and some misses. With a little bit of polishing, we think they might be able to shine as bright as the old one.

P.S. Please bring back the sizzlers or we will be heartbroken!

Venue: Out Of The Blue

Overall Rating
Overall Rating

Union Park, Kharr

Landmark: Near Olive Bar & Bistro

Phone: +91 9324839393

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Out Of The Blue at @out_of_the_blue_restaurant on Instagram

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Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

 

 

Review: 5 – The Restaurant

Our last trip to 5 was a decent experience (read here) and now they have relocated to Khar, and have an all new menu!

Located next to the famous watering holes like Quarter Pillar and 3 Wise Monkeys, we headed to 5 – The restaurant for lunch on a weekday finding it all to ourselves. 5 has reworked their ambience and this one is clearly a winner. The restaurant is bright and cozy with a very Goa- feel to it, which we really liked.

We started with a Peach Me Up, a refreshing mocktail with the right amount of zing from the lime and peachy flavour and an Apple Iced tea which was just about alright. The Kiwi Margarita, a frozen mocktail was so sour and syrup-y that we had no option but to not have a second sip!

Following this was their signature soup, the Tomato Potato Soup – tasty and comforting. We opted for the tasting portions for all the things that we tried at 5. On the recommendation of our server we tried the Beet Root Tangerine and Feta Salad which was the hero of our entire meal here. The Salad had the right amount of crunch with the lettuce, zing of the tangerine and texture of the feta. Then came the Oven Cooked Wasabi Prawns with Lemon Parsley Marinate – a huge let down. The prawns were not only served raw but also lacked the punch of wasabi, we couldn’t taste the lemon parsley at all. We also tried the Oven Baked Mushrooms – delicious with a hearty stuffing of Scarmoza and Cheddar cheese, this appetizer is definitely recommended if you are at 5. A special mention to the delicious peanut dip served alongwith the mushrooms, it was finger licking good!

Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Coming to the next course – the mains were a huge disappointment. We tried two of their main course dishes one being the Parmesan Crusted Chicken, wherein the chicken was tough and the Grilled Pork Chops were overcooked and downright insipid.

The saving grace at this place were the desserts. We tried all the desserts that they had to offer, The Chocolate Flan, the Crème Brûlée, the Baked Cheesecake and the Banana Torte  and none of them disappointed us.

The service, considering we were the only ones in the restaurant that time was slow. Every course took atleast 20-25 minutes to be served.

Overall, 5- The Restaurant is a good option if you are looking to indulge in some desserts or just sip on some coffee. They seriously need to work on their food and service. PS: The restaurant is not serving alcohol at the moment due to licensing issues but are hoping to start soon.

Overall Rating
Overall Rating

Venue: 5 – The Restaurant

Red Palm Residency, Off SV Road, Khar West

Landmark: Opposite 3 Wise Monkeys

Phone: 66939919

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5 The Restaurant at @5TheRestaurant

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Review: Amritsari Tadka

When we heard of Amritsari Tadka’s launch in the neighbourhood, we expected a hard core North Indian Dhaba like experience. Did the place meet our expectations? Read on to know…When we entered Amritsari Tadka, which has been started by the same group as Only Parathas, we were a little upset about the ambience. An average looking restaurant with little or no sign of Amritsar.

Tikka Platter

The service was impressive though: Servers were prompt and well trained, the restaurant was clean and pretty crowded on a Friday afternoon.

We ordered what the server recommended, a platter of tikkas, a ‘Chinese’ prawn starter (yes, they serve Chinese as well) and a Lemongrass mocktail to begin with. Amongst the starters, our favourite was the Ajwaini Fish Tikka – perfectly cooked and full of flavour.

Amritsari Naan and Prawns with Raita

In the mains, we had the Prawn gravy alongwith the signature Amritsari Naan. The mains didn’t impress us much. A little more spices could have helped!

Sizzling Brownie

For the desserts, we had the jalebi with rabdi and the sizzling brownie. The jalebi was not hot enough although it was juicy and crispy! The sizzling brownie was… umm… we have definitely had better.

Overall, Amritsari Tadka is a great option for the kitty party ladies or for a family dinner. Skip it if you’re planning a date or looking to have a traditional Punjabi meal!

2 and a half
Overall rating

Venue: Amritsari Tadka
Linking Road, Khar West

Landmark: Level below Only Parathas

Phone: 022 66694199

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Review: Singkong

When we heard that one of our favourite restaurants The Tasty Tangles had been replaced by a brand new Pan Asian eatery, we were both, disappointed and inquisitive.
Singkong, the latest addition to Bandra’s food scene, in one word is ‘delightful’! A live sushi counter, a bar and dim lighting are the key features of the ambience. The look and feel of the place is much similar to The Tasty Tangles, which in a way is a good thing.

Browsing through the menu, we realized that the place is priced not as steep as The Tasty Tangles or Sanchos and comprises of Thai, Japanese and Chinese dishes. They also have an extensive bar menu with some unique blends.



We ordered our drinks after scanning through the bar menu, the Tropical Sangria and the Singkong Martini caught our attention. While the Sangria was quite a disappointment, the signature martini was delicious and got better with every sip. The coffee flavour along with the punch of vodka and cinnamon blended perfectly and left us craving for more.




 

Coming to the food, we were served tasting portions of a lot of dishes out of which our favourites were the following. Roasted Black Pepper Chicken, succulent and flavourful; Oriental Shrimp Nest, served in a shot glass and was definitely a winner, Spicy Aromatic Chicken Dumpling, a signature dish and comprised of a riot of flavours. A special mention to the sushi, even though we are not fans of sushi in general, we thoroughly enjoyed and savoured the ones served here. The chef has done an incredible job of tweaking the flavours for the Indian taste buds.



 

For desserts we tried the Sesame Honey Mini Cones which transported us back to being kids and the Chocolate Mocha Fudge Cake, dense and sinful.
Overall, Singkong is an ideal destination for lunch and dinner meetings or family get togethers. lovely flavours and spacious seating, give it a miss if you are planning a quiet date!


Venue: Singkong
15th Road, Off Linking Road, Bandra
Landmark: Above Sanchos

Phone: 6709 4444