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Holi Special: Haagen Dazs introduces Falooda Sorbets

Falooda with sorbets, what do you think? Hard to imagine?

Falooda Sorbets

Haagen Dazs has introduced Falooda Sorbets for the Holi week.

The international chain has tried to offer the Indian taste buds, a local flavour, but they have replaced the traditional kulfis with sorbet and rabdi with milkmaid.

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We tried a couple of options but our favourite was the tangy Orange Falooda Sorbet topped with dried nuts. The appearance, just like the setting sun, this one was an absolutely delight and extremely flavourful!

IMG_1501At Haagen Dazs, you can choose your sorbet from their range and the chef will make it for you with their inhouse prepared flavoured falooda.

PS: We did miss our traditional kulfi though! ūüôā
(at Haagen Dazs)

Venue: Haagen Dazs (all outlets)

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Haagen Dazs at @haagendazsindia

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

 

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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 Рa blend of mint curd, fresh beans, spring onions and cucumber, this one tasted more Mediterranean than any of the previous dishes.

cold mezzo - olive hummus, pesto hummus, hummus

The star of the meal was the Cold Mezzo, Pita Bread served with Hummus, Hummus Turki Рtraditional hummus topped with spicy olives and Hummus Harra Рtraditional hummus topped with pesto and garlic. The Hummus Turki and Harra were absolutely delightful and just one platter was not enough.

The Batata Hara Рgrilled 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.

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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

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

 

 

Review: The Nutcracker

Some places just give you a good vibe even before you step in. This was a feeling we got while we waited for a table on a Wednesday evening outside The Nutcracker.

CSC_0017A hole in the wall eatery, this one is a hidden gem. Thoughtfully done up interiors and a romeo-juliet like mini faux balcony next to the brightly lit signboard, made us feel extremely happy to be here.
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Three Cheese Omelette
Asian Salad at The Nutcracker
Asian Salad
blackbean burger with french fries at the nutcracker
BlackBean Burger

Without much ado, we placed our order. One Three Cheese Omelette, One Asian Salad, Two Burgers – BlackBean and Soya Spinach Jalapeno, Buttermilk Pancakes and the Seven Layer Cookie. Within minutes our table was filled with exciting looking dishes. The Three Cheese Omelette, which you could choose rolled or fluffy, was quite good but not the best we’ve had. We’d like some more cheese please! The Asian Salad was mind blowing, tasty, tangy, fresh with crunchy veggies tossed in a spicy Asian dressing! The burgers, although a little under seasoned, had a big patty and were not too bready.

Buttermilk Pancakes with maple syrup at The Nutcracker
Buttermilk Pancakes
The Seven Layer Cookie with vanilla ice cream
Seven Layer Cookie

The Pancakes were served with Blueberry Compote, butter and Maple Syrup. A little eggy which we could totally overlook as they still tasted yummy. The star of our meal was the Seven Layer Cookie, layered with biscuit crumble, gooey chocolate, butterscotch, almonds and served with a scoop of Ice Cream.

Overall, kudos to the service at The Nutcracker. If they work a little more on their flavours, we are sure this one is going to be crackling!

Venue: The Nutcracker

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Modern House, Kala Ghoda, Fort

Landmark: Opposite One Forbes Building

Phone: 22842430

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Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid