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!
Rosemary and Mushroom Flatbread
Spaghetti Aglio Olio
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
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
Puebla Avocado- 2no
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
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!
Recipe2: Seb ka chenna payesh
Reduced milk- 237ml
Washington Red delicious apple (grated)-2no
Angoori Chenna- 10-12 pcs
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!
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!
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.
Nutrition Power House
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.
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
Landmark: Opposite Juhu BeachHotel Royal Garden, Juhu
Phone: +91 22 6769 9966
Grandmama’s Cafe at @grandmamascafeon Instagram
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We were invited to this year old restaurant to try out their new menu and we must say that we were mighty impressed! Sizzle Desi is a venture by Chef Parag Joglekar (ex Barking Deer) who runs this place with lot of enthusiasm.
We visited Sizzle Desi on a Sunday afternoon and it seems like a popular place for families in Thane to enjoy a meal. Chef Joglekar introduced us to the new menu which includes Kebab Sizzlers for the first time along with mocktails. They have also started serving Beers and Wine.
We started off with the Laksa Soup which was not like your regular coconut based soup but was a mildly flavoured clear soup with noodles and veggies, delicious and comforting for the rainy season. Up next, was the Summer Salad – quite average and passable.
Since our server suggested that we try their kebabs, we did and we are glad we did! We were served both the vegetarian and non vegetarian kebabs and the entire selection was great – succulent, perfectly marinated and flavourful- Thumbs up for their Kebabs.
Moving on to what the place is known for –The Sizzlers! Chef Joglekar suggested that we try the Seared Basa topped with fresh Mexican salsa, along with rice, mashed potato, veggies and creamy spinach. This sizzler had its hits and misses – the fish was delicious and so was spinach and the veggies but on the flip side the sizzler was way too sweet for our palate and the mash was grainy! But our next Sizzler totally made us fall in love. The Murg Malvani Sizzler was simply delicious! With this sizzler we went for noodles and French fries. Everything about this sizzler was good; we particularly loved the mildly spicy Murg Malvani gravy on the bed of noodles and the crisp fries. You should totally try this fusion Sizzler and you won’t be disappointed.
We also tried the newly introduced mocktails, The Virgin Mojito which was your regular Mojito and the Brownie shake which was totally sinful, we’re sure it’s going to be a hit amongst the kids.
Overall, Sizzle Desi had its fair share of hits and misses and a little work on the presentation can work wonders. Don’t miss their kebab sizzlers if you drop by.
Venue: Sizzle Desi
Landmark: Near Celebrations Banquet HallEastern Express Highway, Panch Pakhdi, Thane
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
Four Points By Sheraton, Vashi
Landmark: Near Inorbit Mall
Phone: 022 61587777
Four Points by Sheraton at @fourpointsindia on Twitter
Anoushka at @anoushka.nazareth on Instagram
Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter
Everytime there’s a new cafe in the city, we are the first ones to drop by and try it. It was no different with Poetry, a newly opened cafe by the guys behind dessert chain, Love & Cheesecake.
We went there on a rainy weekday evening and we were delighted with the cute little space with an abstract feel to it, justifies the name, Poetry. One side of the cafe had an enticing line up of desserts while the other side had a few tables to accomodate the customers.
We started with trying the Hot Chocolate. Extremely fascinating, the Nutella Hot Chocolate was. A chocolate ball in an empty glass and milk is poured over, these little gimmicks, we love ’em! The Hot Chocolate was not very dense and a good portion for one! We also tried the Nutella Layered Cheesecake and it was no surprise that we love it!
The interested part was that they give you the bill inside a book, a poetry book! How thoughtful! This one we’re sure is here to stay and is an absolute delight to visit.
Massive restaurants throws in another innovative bomb! Pa Pa Ya opens its doors at Palladium Mall, Mumbai.
After Masala library and Made In Punjab, one thing that you expect from the Kalras, is fancy presentations and an off beat menu. That’s exactly what Pa Pa Ya is all about. The makers call it a High Energy Dining – Modern Asian Bistro. On the launch night, that we were invited to, the energy was definitely high, the music was peppy and the ambiance was vibrant, just how we like it.
As you enter the space, you can’t help but notice the in-your-face, 3D mapping installations all over the place with lazer projectors creating a mini light show on them. A long bar on the left and a couple of tables in the rest of the space, give the place a rather casual vibe as opposed to the other properties under this umbrella which tilt more to the finer dining.
Coming to the food and drinks, we tried mostly the appetisers. The sushi tower called the Sushi Matrix looked breathtaking and the non vegetarian ones were delicious. The vegetarians didn’t look quite happy with their share though. The dehydrated crispy lotus stem is a must try here. Crispy, tangy and delicious!
They also have tacos on the menu. How are they Asian? Well, the filling has an Asian twist to it, which are again quite tasty. The Tuna Pizza is another great dish on their menu! Makes for a great munchy to go with your drink.
The cocktails are their highlight! Whether it’s the Lighthouse – served in a lightbulb (yes, you read that right), the Tokyo Summer -Wasabi infused cocktail with Vodka and Gari or the Wise Whiskey – a superb concoction topped with rosemary foam; everything was top notch!
Overall, Pa Pa Ya is a great option for all those pre gaming nights or for a fun time with your girlfriends. We are definitely making a second trip here to try out their desserts and mains! And some more cocktails of course.
Venue: Pa Pa Ya
Palladium Mall, Lower Parel
Landmark: Next to Punjab Grill
Phone: 4966 6666
Pa Pa Ya at @papaya_asian
Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid
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