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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

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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: 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

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Hoppipolla at @atHoppipolla

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

 

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.

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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

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

Global Desi launches the MiMaMo Collection

@ChandniT and @DitiShah in the MiMaMo colllection
@ChandniT and @DitiShah in the MiMaMo colllection

Anita Dongre’s brand Global Desi recently launched their new Autumn Winter Collection called the MiMaMo Collection. Mithila, Madhubani and Mosaic are the inspirations behind the collection. Boho style Short skirts, jackets, tunics, palazzos and maxis, this collection is for all those who love blending Indian with Western. Layering was an importing aspect of this collection keeping in mind the latest trend.

The crop tops and maxis were our favourites from this collection. Here is a sneak peek:

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Here’s what I picked! A Black empire waist maxi dress, elegant and pretty.

Love their stuff? Go get shopping before it’s too late! You could visit one of their stores or shop online here http://globaldesi.anitadongre.com/

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Global Desi at @myglobaldesi

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT and @MumbaiCandid

Event: Wine Bazaar at Out of the Blue

Out of the blue hosted a wine gala, which certainly sent the wine admirers into a wine heaven. Some refreshing and soulful live jazz music playing and an array of wines from across the globe made the evening truly enjoyable. The wine bazaar displayed a number of top wine brands and sellers like The Wine kart, Reveilo, Grover Zampa, Berkmann, Wine Park, York and more. The tasting was interesting with friendly interactions with the representatives of the brands.

Reveilo Wines at the Wine Bazaar
Reveilo Wines at the Wine Bazaar

We tasted a number of wines teamed with some olives and cheese. Starting with the York Chenin Blanc, which was quite a winner. Then, we went ahead to try a couple of varieties from The Wine Park, which included Rosso, NV and their MAN Family Wines, Pinotage, 2012, refreshing, fruity and flavourful notes, we are definitely ordering in from here. After a couple of rounds around the venue, we hopped to the Grover Zampa wines stall to try their Zampa Rosé. Served chilled with confusing notes, this one didn’t quite impress us so we gave the other Zampa wines a miss!

wine tasting at out of the blueFrom here, we headed straight to try the Mannara Merlot by Berkmann which had a beautiful purple tinge with aromas of vanilla and chocolate and a chocolate-y after taste. We were in some vino heaven only to drool over some Bibi Graetz Casamatta, a beautiful Tuscany wine by The Wine Kart.

We saved the best for the last, our last stop was the Revelio wine counter. Their Late Harvest Chenin Blanc was the only dessert wine at the tasting and was certainly the perfect end to out wine trail.

You can buy all these wines and many more from The Wine Kart, Lets Buy Drink and WineOnlineIndia.

 

Entry to Wine Bazaar costed Rs. 500, inclusive of taxes, per person.

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