Jul 31 2016

Vedge, Andheri (W)- Review

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Vedge 6My recent visits to new restaurants proves one thing- all of them are trying to be ‘different’ and give customers something ‘new’ by experimenting with your basic dishes. With their new menu, Vedge too has gotten into that experimental space. I was invited along with some other bloggers from the Food Bloggers Association of India (FBAI) to try new items from their menu. Here’s what I thought of all that I tried.

Vedge 1Food– We had a set menu and could choose what we wanted from it. Let me tell you that it was a LOT of food as we ended up trying most of the dishes from the menu. I’m going to describe what I thought of all the stuff I tried in one- two lines each. All these dishes were well presented and looked delicious.

Vedge 2Pan Supari Martini (Masala, Betal leaf, apple juice)- A brilliant start to my evening, this drink is an absolute must have if you like paan!

Vedge 8Creamy Tomato, Basil & Parmesan soup- I am not a soup fan but this was a delicious soup! Thick, creamy and yum!

Wok Tossed potato, honey chilli sauce- This was the best starter we had! A winner for sure.

Sweet  corn & cheese ball bites with Fresh Herbed mayo- Unfortunately there was a small strand of hair as I cut through one of the crispy looking balls. A big turn off! However, I ignored that and tried another piece. Not bad at all!

Vedge Fully loaded Nachos- These were crispy, loaded with capsicum, cheese, sour cream, olives and tomato salsa. I wish the nacho chips were smaller though.

Chilli Bean Tacos- The filling was adequate but the taste was just ok.

Thai Corn fritters with sweet chilli sauce-This was my least favourite dish. There was too much corn and it was super spicey.

Vedge 4Jalapeno popper & Cream cheese pizza- This was probably the most pointless, bland pizza I’ve ever had! There was no sauce and it felt like I was eating bread and cheese.

Sabzi Galouti Kebab with Coriander & Mint chutney- This was better than I had expected. The kebabs were nice and soft and went well with the accompanying chutney.

Tandoori paneer tikka slider with cheddar cheese and Achari Mayo- The Achari mayo was the USP of this burger. A very interesting mix indeed! Try it.

Desi cheese korma with layered flaky Malabari paratha- Great texture of the paratha but it was so sweet! Since the Korma was also sweet, the combination just didn’t make sense. A spicy sabzi would probably taste better with it.

Vedge 3Thai Massaman curry, brown flavoured rice- The rice was great but the curry was too sweet for our liking.

Stir fry vegetables in hot chilli & basil sauce with Burnt garlic fried rice- I loved the fried rice even on its own! The stir fry veggies  gravy was nice and spicy and went very well with the rice.

Beet & Cheddar Risotto, Lemon, corn & Paprika Risotto- Both lacked the flavour, cheese and thick and sticky consistency one would expect to find in a Risotto.

Spicy Vanilla Chai shake- The combination is just bad! I had one sip and that was it.

Red Velvet cake with cream cheese frosting- I loved the outer layer but the inside was super sweet and just not that nice.

Vedge 5Magic Chocolate pot- Apart from the melting gimmick, the dessert has nothing to rave about. It only oozes sweetness, eventually overpowering the real taste of the ‘Magic pot’.

Chocolate Mud Pile- I liked that the cake, ice cream, chocolate sauce, powdered sugar, chocolate soil and drinking chocolate were arranged separately and the chef came and mixed it all up for us. I could do without the extra sugar and chocolate soil though.

Ambience– The restaurant has a contemporary + rustic vibe to it. A little bit of this and that. I loved the Moroccan tiles and the hanging filament lamps.

Vedge 7Service & Prices– I wouldn’t be able to comment on the service and prices as we were invited as a blogger and the meal was complimentary.  However, I would like to say that our server Rajesh was very polite and served us well and tolerated all our nakhras while we clicked photos and discussed how the dishes were. From what I gather after reading the menu, I can say that one would end up spending roughly about 750 per head.

Verdict– It was an average experience where food is concerned. I would recommend the chinese food and the Pan Supari martini.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Oct 5 2015

Brewbot, Andheri (W)- Review

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Pizza and Lemon Cheesecake

Pizza and Lemon Cheesecake

Came here for the second time and it’s been an equally disappointing experience.

Food– The food is bland, the quantity is less and nothing great about the taste overall.
They brew their own beer and we had called for the Mojo Rising 2 ltrs tower which was nice and malty. I had a Cranberry Basil punch which was good.
The fries were so less…smaller than Mc Donald’s regular sized fries. The boys had the Chicken slider which is basically 3 mini burgers that they said were very bad. Karan said that the bread was more flavourful than the pattie. Shame! He would rate that dish -1 on 5. Uuhhh yeah that bad.
The Farmhouse pizza which had a pesto base, topped with bell peppers and pine nuts was so-so. Bland again. We avoided the mushrooms and pumpkin on it. Thank God!
The Onion rings were… wait for it… bland again. Less oily though, which is a good thing.
The Lemon cheesecake was thankfully our last order and luckily tasted good with the right texture and taste. I would have it again if I ever went there.

Ambience– Great place to hang out with a nice vibe, good music and comfortable seating. They have Jenga and Uno to entertain. It’s quite a large place actually with an inside and outside section along with a space on top as well.

Service–  Good service. We would have liked better recommendations for food though.

Prices– We paid Rs. 3549 in total for the 4 of us  including the Beer tower which is not bad but it pinched ‘cause the food was not good at all.

Verdict– Gave it a second chance and was disappointed again. I’m not sure if I’d go there again. Oh well.

Rating– 1.5/5

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Sep 18 2013

Debonairs Pizza, Andheri (W) – Review

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Debonairs pizza 1There are so many pizza joints all over that it’s only getting more and more confusing as to where to order from. Here’s one more to add to the confusion, atleast for the Andheri people. Debonairs Pizza is a South African chain of pizzas that’s finally come to India. I went to try the stuff very recently as a part of a Foodies’ Meet and here’s what I thought of it.

Food– After a long journey to Andheri all the way from South Mumbai I was hungry and couldn’t wait to dig into the food! My friend and I arrived at the right time as we got to try their ‘Pizza Pop-Itz’. They’re basically shaped like muffins and filled with cream cheese that can be had instead of the usual garlic bread which you get everywhere. We tried the Green Chutney-cheese one which was nice and the cream cheese with jalapeno and corn which I loved and highly recommend. Now we all got a chance to go into the Debonairs kitchen and make our own pizzas, groups of three at a time. The first pizza I tried was the Veg Express which had onions, capsicums and mushrooms. I thought it was really good. Next I tried the Pudina Paneer pizza which had paneer, capsicum, American corn and Peppadew (South African brand of peppers). This was my personal favourite because of how wholesome it was. The taste was bang on with the right flavours all fused into the pizza. Next we tried the most expensive- 3 cheese pizza (Mozzarrella, cheddar, feta), spring onions and Peppadew. I thought it was nice but not worth so much money. After hurriedly finish our slices, it was our turn to go make our very own pizza. We decided to make a Half-n-half. Paneer Makhani and Chicken Makhani. I discovered that Debonairs is not only generous with their toppings but also with cheese. We added a generous layer of cheese on top of the sauce and bread after which we added capsicum, onion, paneer, chicken, makhani sauce and then cheese again. Not bad huh?! The pizza was in the oven for less than 4 minutes and our there it was! Hot, fresh and delicious! I’d like to point out that the dough was absolutely fantastic and very well made (in house), unlike other pizza places where the crust is hard and chewy. Also, the toppings and cheese cover the entire pizza right upto the end.  They also have this Triple -Decker pizza which sounds really exciting and I’ll definitely try it the next time I go there.

Debonairs pizza 2Ambience & Service– Debonairs is mainly a pizza delivery joint but they also have outdoor seating arrangements for those who want to dine in. Located at Juhu-Versova Link road, this little pizza joint is not hard to notice. The place is chilled out and great to hang out at with your buddies. The staff is friendly and warm and the pizza doesn’t take too long to be ready too. Like Domino’s they have a deal that assures you get your pizza hot. A little sticker on the box turns red when it’s hot and black when it’s not. So if it’s not hot when you get it, consider your pizza (Only if more than Rs.500) free! Neat, huh?!

Prices– A simple 7” Margherita pizza costs Rs. 75. The Pizza Pop Itz which contain 4 pieces each cost Rs. 125, all the Veg pizzas apart from the Margherita and 3 Cheese cost Rs. 175 (smallest size). The 3 cheese pizza costs Rs. 325! All non-veg pizzas start from Rs. 195. Taxes additional. So the prices are quite competitive with other pizza joints but Debonairs gives you value by adding a lot of cheese and toppings, making your pizza worth every penny.

Verdict– If given a choice, I’d choose Debonairs Pizza over Pizza Express and Dominos!  I recommend the Pudina Paneer pizza and Cream cheese Pizza Pop-Itz!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Aug 29 2012

Daffodils, Andheri (W)- Review

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Another new dessert place has been tried. Man I love my life! 😛 Here’s my review of Daffodils, Andheri.

What I had– I had the opportunity of trying samples of their cupcakes, chocolates and the very interesting Brownie Pizza. Here’s what I thought.

Cupcakes (minis): Chocolate (Rs. 40)- Nice, soft and creamy. Strawberry (Rs.42) was my least favourite and didn’t have that awesome strawberry flavour I was looking for. Mint (Rs.42)- Was a little bitter but not bad. Hazelnut (Rs.47)- my favourite! I loved it and totally recommend it! Coffee Walnut (Rs.47)- I like coffee and was expecting more of the coffee flavour but it was good nonetheless. Their cupcakes are really soft and fresh.

Brownie pizza 5” (Rs.225)- A moist brownie pizza topped with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, nuts, and chopped Snickers, Milky Way, or Twix candy bar, with melted white chocolate for a finishing touch. It looked too good to eat but I ate it anyway because I just couldn’t resist. It was gooey and chocolatey.

Chocolates (Rs. 1300/kg)-Almond, hazel,  coffee, caramel, brittles- Can’t decide which one I liked the most! Loved them all! Yummy and mind blowingly awesome! Must have and perfect for gifting!

Where? Daffodils is located in Andheri West in Shastri Nagar, Lokhandwala. They have a small workshop from where they operate and take orders minimum one day prior. You can find them on Facebook- Daffodils.creations to check out some of their work and contact them to place your order.

Verdict– If you love chocolates, you MUST try theirs! Absolutely, chocoliciously, melt-in-the-mouth-ly awesome! Their products are a bit on the expensive side but they’re good and I definitely want to try one of their cakes!

Rating– 3/5

 

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Jan 10 2011

Joey’s Pizza, Andheri West- Review

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After going through a crazy day… starting with a stupid ‘Garage sale’, walking through Lokhandwala and eating at random places, we (Fash, Sneha and I) decided to do dinner at Joey’s Pizza (recommended by my friend Irfan) cause us going to Andheri to chill is quite rare (yeah, we’re townies!) so we made the most out of our one day visit.

Food– It’s a regular pizza place, mainly for home delivery but they also have seating arrangement in case you want to eat there. What makes it so special are the variety of toppings and the fact that if you’re a girl, a 7” pizza can fill you up unlike other pizza parlours! My friend and I shared a 12” pizza- Popeye Special which includes spinach, baby corn and paneer tikka. My non-vegetarian friend had a 10” half Joey’s Special (Chicken salami, Bbq chicken, Roast Chicken and onions) + half Popeye Special. She couldn’t finish it! So if you go through the menu, you’ll find a huge list of combination toppings for both Veg and Non veg so you wont be disappointed at all. Taste-wise also the pizzas are good…not as bland as Pizza Hut…In fact they remind me of Mama Mia where the pizzas are value for money with great toppings and pizzas that actually fill your stomach.

Ambience– It’s a sweet small place located at Andheri West, near Indian Oil Nagar with just about 4-5 tables for the ones who want to go there and eat but its mainly a home delivery place like most pizza parlours.

Service– The service is very good. They make sure you’re happy with your toppings and choice of pizza and even suggest what to have in case you’re confused. They got our pizzas on time so no complaints.

Prices– As I said earlier, this place is value for money. They give you pizzas that fill your stomach and you wont feel cheated as far as prices are concerned. The 12” Popeye special cost us 270. If you split that into two, its about 150 bucks per head (with tip) and you wont even need dessert! So totally worth it!

Verdict– Joey’s pizza is paisa vasool. The pizzas are good, but not as good as Pizzeria (‘cause that’s the best) but still very good and worth your money. Great toppings! They should open an outlet in town too!

Rating– 4/5

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Sep 19 2010

Fingers Cross, Andheri (West) – Review

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It was my friend Irfan’s birthday and we were supposed to go to a restaurant called “Jail” at Andheri to have their dinner buffet; but after hearing from 2-3 people about the shady crowd that goes there, our friend Sonam suggested we try Fingers Cross at Andheri. Good choice!

Food– Ok I have no idea why this place is called Fingers Cross… you certainly don’t need to cross your fingers before ordering your food. You get Sizzlers, Mexican and Italian food. They also serve alcohol. Since we were not too hungry we decided to share 1 starter and 1 main course among the 3 of us. Irfan had 3 beers, Renu had a rum and coke and I had a Strawberry mocktail for drinks. As a starter we called for the Veg Platter which consisted of Cheese roll, Paneer roll, Potato wedges and something with Mushrooms. The quantity was great and so we were wondering whether we needed to call for something else. But we did. As main course we called for a Grilled Cottage Cheese Steak with Herbed Rice. That was delicious! I wish we went there with empty stomachs so that we could eat wholeheartedly; but unfortunately I could hardly have a few bites! Overall, the food was brilliant! You’ll definitely be smiling after finishing your meal!

Ambience– Located at Andheri West near Cinemax, Fingers Cross is a very chilled out and yet charming place. It has an indoor as well as outdoor section. We sat outdoor cause Mr. Morbiwala wanted to smoke! It got a little hot but it was fun nonetheless! They could do with good music playing in the background though!

Service– The service was very good. We got our food on time.

Prices– The prices are perfect. The Veg platter was for Rs.180 and the Grilled Cottage cheese steak with herbed rice was Rs.220. A bottle of Fosters (large) was for Rs. 169. So not bad at all! The total bill came up to Rs. 1496 which is brilliant considering we had 3 beers, 1 large rum and coke, 1 starter and 1 main course which was super filling! So price-wise, this place is perfect!

Verdict– The food quantity, taste and quality is great, the ambience and service is good too and price-wise also it’s totally worth every rupee! Value for money. I’ll definitely go there again and I recommend this place to all you foodies out there!

Rating– 4/5

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Sep 16 2010

Brewer’s Café, Andheri (West)- Review

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It was a random plan, as usual. I wanted to try out a new place and it was a close friend’s birthday so we decided to go to Brewer’s Café in the afternoon to chill till dinner.

Food– Brewer’s Café serves your typical café food. Sandwiches, pizza, pasta, coffees, granitas, slushes, tea and the like. The reason I chose this place over the usual CCD, Barista, Candies and Costa Coffee was because this place had more food on the menu! We were 3 of us and ordered a Chopped Veg Cheese sandwich which was ok…the cheese wasn’t enough and overall, I wasn’t satisfied. Then I called for a Chocolate Granita which I wont recommend cause it was not chocolaty and tasted like Bournvita. My friends called for a Choco Frappe, Americano and Cheesy Fries. The coffees were good but the cheesy fries were again not cheesy enough and the cheese was quite dry. So overall, the food was very ok! I wanted to try out their pizza but unfortunately it wasn’t available!

Ambience– Located near Mega Mall and 5 Spice at Oshiwara, this sweet little café is a great place to hang out. We had gone in the afternoon and so sat inside, in the air conditioned section; but there’s an outside section too which is nice in the evenings! You can chill there for a long time and relax with your coffee. The entire atmosphere there is quite chilled out.

Service– The service is decent. The guys working there are pretty sweet and don’t take too long to get your food. They even allow you to charge your phone.

Prices– Normal café prices but not as expensive as Costa Coffee or Coffee Bean. I’d say its value for money only if the food is made better but otherwise, I think you can do with a regular coffee or something. My sandwich was for Rs.70 and the Chocolate Granita was again approximately at the same cost. The Americano was around Rs. 50 which is decent. So after having 2 Americanos, 1 Chocolate Granita, 1 Choco Frappe, 1 Sandwich, 1 Cheesy Fries and 2 bottles of Mineral water, our total bill summed up to Rs. 303 which is not bad at all!

Verdict– The place is chilled out, especially outside and maybe the food isn’t that great but it’s not bad either. I wouldn’t say it’s a place you have to try but if you stay at Andheri or close by, you could go and try out Brewer’s Café just to hang out with your buddies.

Rating– 3/5

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