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Review: Madras Diaries

I’m a big fan of Cafe Madras and all the authentic South Indian joints in and around Matunga so when I first heard of Madras Diaries, I was quite excited to give it a try.

Located at Waterfield Road, the restaurant has a beautiful exterior. You enter through a huge wooden door which is painted colourfully on the other side. The restaurant is divided into two sections and the interiors were vibrant and colourful!

The menu, just like the ambience is colourful with pictures of everything South Indian, Dosas, Appams, Filter Coffee and non food related things like Bharat Natyam. How interesting! We ordered for Tahttu Idli, Chettinad Paneer and the Malabari Parottas. The Idli was not completely authentic like a Thaat Idli that you would get at Cafe Madras but nevertheless, it was yummy and came topped with the gunpowder chutney. The Malabari Parotta went well with the Chettinad Paneer which was spicy and creamy. A must try are the 4 chutneys that they give you alongwith your meal! All so good and different from the others!
Alongwith our meal we ordered for the Masala Buttermilk, it tasted fine but we were disappointed that it wasn’t freshly prepared.

The service here is extremely quick! Within minutes of us placing our order, we had the food on our table. In that sense, we got a proper udipi feel!

Overall, we had a good experience here, the food tasted good and the ambience is warm and homely, the pricing is competitive. The quantity of the dishes could definitely improve. Going to go back for sure!

Venue:  Madras Diaries

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Waterfield Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Near ICICI Bank

Phone: +9122 6517 8888

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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

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21st Road, Off Carter Road, Khar West

Landmark: Inside Hotel Shubhangan

Phone: +9198200 29933

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Review: Coffee Culture

In a place like Bandra, we can never have ‘just enough’ coffee shops. The more, the merrier, is what we believe.

Replacing Basilico, this newbie is not so new afterall. They have outlets in Surat, Lucknow, Jabalpur, Vapi, Kadodara, Bardoli and now Mumbai. It’s amazing to see how cafes are taking an effort to do up their interiors and gone are the days where all you got in a coffee shop was a display of cold food and a table to keep it on.

Coffee Culture, located on Hill Road, is chirpy and colourful. When we entered, on a weekday evening, we were quite surprised to see that there was no place to sit, inside or outside. After a wait of ten minutes, we were given a table. Since it was too loud inside (constant chattering and no music), we asked to be shifted outside, which definitely had a better vibe.

We ordered for the Chicken Pizza Wich and Culture Addiction Cold Coffee. The Pizza Wich – a grilled sandwich with cheese and chicken as the filling, was average. The filling could have been better and definitely more cheese! The Culture Addiction was listed under the Dessert Cold Coffee section and was rich, creamy with a hint of hazelnut and was topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. It was great, definitely coming back for this one. The menu is so vast that it’s going to take us many visits to try out more stuff on it and we are looking forward to it. The service lacked promptness, hopefully only a teething issue and since it was packed to the t, we can excuse them.

Overall, Coffee Culture is a wonderful addition to the coffee scene and it makes us happy that they have a range of food options. Going back there soon!

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Venue:  Coffee Culture

Hill Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Opposite Mamagoto

Phone: +9122 6134 4915

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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 : KODE, Kamala Mills

Welcoming the newly opened KODE – Freestyle Bar and Kitchen, by restaurateur Zorawal Kalra, another one added to the list of awesome restaurants in Lower Parel. KODE offers a variety of cocktails and drinks presented in the most innovative and exquisite way. Not only that, it has the largest selections of whiskey in India. The food menu includes sushi, grills, pizzas and other European dishes. As we entered, we couldn’t stop admiring the bar and how spacious and well decorated the restaurant was. It looked perfect for a formal dinner or for a good meal with your friends.

To begin with, the Togarshi & Garlic Olives Chives Crème Fraiche is a dish perfect for the ones with a liking for bitter palate. The crème fraiche balances the bitterness of the olives making it pleasant to the taste buds.

We then tried The Old Fashioned Cocktail which is saturated with  Angostura bitters, a Sugar cube mixed with whiskey, garnished with an orange slice along with a Maraschino cherry.  The cocktail was served in a fancy metal like container giving a feel of its origination back to the 19th Century. The B vs B cocktail is a perfect blend of Benedictine liqueur and Brandy. Served elegantly this one won us over!

The Old Fashioned Cocktail

Our next dish was Herb Crusted Scotch Eggsbaby Greens which was my personal favorite dish. Not only did the dish look so beautiful, it lived up to its taste expectations. One cannot visit KODE & not try out these scotch eggs. The  Avocado Carpaccio definitely worth a try for all you Avocado lovers out there. We then moved on to the Garlic & Pepper lamb Chops potato Wasabi Cream. The chops were well cooked and the combination of the lamb and wasabi cream was heavenly. Who doesn’t love a classic Mexican dish? Charred Chicken & Jalapeno Quesadillas Jerk sauce was a one of its kind. Seasonal Greens & Fungs Ramen Coconut Broth is a portion of noodles with fresh green vegetables adding sweetness using coconut broth. 18 hours cooked Lamb Shanks Blue Cheese Truffles was literally the best lamb we’ve ever eaten. Tender and juicy, the blue cheese truly was relishing.  Potato Gnocchi Roasted Pumpkin Crispy Sage & Parme was the best vegetarian dish. Soft and delicious, this was awesome.

Tiramisu

After such a hearty round of dishes, the desserts topped it all. Tiramisu was beautifully plated, soft, with the right amount of cocoa.

Overall, KODE lives up to the expectations of good food and a lovely atmosphere. Enjoy your meals in the best way, Dine-in today!

Venue: Kode, Kamala Mills

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Landmark: Near Smaaash, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.

Phone: +91 7718882923
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Review: Sizzle Desi

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.

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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.

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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

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Landmark: Near Celebrations Banquet HallEastern Express Highway, Panch Pakhdi, Thane

Phone: 022 2533 9751

 

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Purvi at @foodzealot on Instagram and @food_zealot on Twitter

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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.

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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

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Janta Industrial Estate, Above Riso, Lower Parel

Landmark: Opposite High Street Phoenix

Phone: 24921001 / 24922001

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Ithaka at @IthakaMumbai

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