Jun 25 2013

Paninaro, Worli- Review


Paninaro1I’ve been to the tiny Paninaro kiosk at Nariman Point several times and picked up a couple of paninis to eat at home.  The one at Atria Mall, Worli just opened a couple of months ago and I went there to try a lot more from their new menu. Here’s my review.

Food– If you’re a healthy eater or wish to have something light for lunch or a snack, Paninaro is the place! Besides paninis, it has plenty of other options- sandwiches, bagels, baguettes, salads, soups, juices, coffee, tea, light munchies with dips and desserts. Not bad huh? In the past I’ve tried the Grilled Exotics, cheese & burnt garlic panini which I love and recommend and the Tandoori Paneer & Minty Mayo panini which is decent but can be better. I’ve also tried and relished the Chocolate Truffle pastry which is to die for! For my recent visit to the outlet at Atria I took a friend along and we decided to share everything we ordered. We tried the Mexican bean & cottage cheese baguette which barely had any beans, a generous amount of cheese, onions, cottage cheese and lettuce. I loved it and would totally recommend it! Next we tried the Feta, Olives & Caramelized Onions bagel. I asked them to grill it so it would be a bit crispy which is how I like my bagel to be. I thought it was alright but my friend really liked it. It had a slightly sweetish taste because of the caramelized onions. I hadn’t tried their sandwiches earlier so did that too. We had the Basil rubbed cottage cheese sandwich which I thought was nice and healthy but a bit bland. A nice sauce inside would do wonders! I got to try the Mixed Berry smoothie which tasted good but I wish it was “smoother”. I took home their Babaganoush with Pita and Onion & Garlic dip with nachos. Both the dips were great but I wish there was more Pita bread and Nachos to go along with them (quantity). For dessert, The Fudgy chocolate was amazing and chocolicious and the Tiramisu was perfect!

Ambience– Paninaro is a brightly lit, contemporary cafe at Atria Mall, Worli where you’d like to go for that cup of coffee and a sandwich or bagel with your work mate. They have outlets at BKC, Lower Parel and Nariman Point too. With a bright red wall ornamented with beautifully shot photos, it is a happy place to be at. I wish they played some fun music though.

Paninaro2Service– The food doesn’t take too long to arrive since it just needs to be heated and served in thermocol plates. You wont find a reason to complain about slow service either. Efficient staff.

Prices– The Mexican Bean & Cottage cheese baguette was for Rs. 90, the Feta, olives & Caramelized onion bagel was for Rs. 90, the veg paninis are for Rs. 120 and non-veg for Rs. 130, the sides with dips are for Rs.70, the desserts range from Rs. 40 for a muffin to Rs. 90 for their pastry/ cheesecake. The mixed berry smoothie is for Rs. 100. Next time if you’re wondering where to have a quick bite that’s inexpensive, Paninaro is the place! Reasonable with good quality healthy food. A combination we all look out for wherever we eat.

Verdict– Total value for money, Paninaro is here to stay. Must try!

Rating– 4/5


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Jun 12 2011

Food for thought, Fountain- Review


So here’s another new café in town! Woohoo! Here’s why you must go try it!

Food– Their menu consists of Starters like Nachos, Jacket Potatoes, Jalepeno Poppers and the like, salads, sandwiches, bagels, pastas, desserts, coffees, teas and other cold beverages. They also have some stuff which is not on the menu so don’t forget to check the counter! My friend and I had decided to go just have some coffee but I got tempted to eat so I called for Alfredo pasta which sounded like a safe bet. My friend called for a black coffee which was pretty good. The good thing is that they ask you what veggies you want in your pasta before they make it. So I called for one with zucchini and capsicum. It was really good except for that it was a little dry. But I asked them to pour some white sauce in it after which it was perfect. We also decided to call for a dessert- Chocolate Ecstasy which comes with ice cream. It was ok, could have been more chocolatey. I’d love to try more food next time though!

Ambience– Located near the famous Flora Fountain, Food for thought is a little café in a bookstore called Kitab Khana. It reminds me of Cha Bar at Oxford Bookstore, Churchgate. Since it’s a part of a bookstore, you’ll find the place very quiet and peaceful. So if you’re with a bunch of friends and want to make noise, be ready to get stares from people! Go there if you’re with just one or a couple of friends. It’s a great place to have a work meeting too! The look of the café is chic and comfortable. I like! They’ve put up a few movie posters related to food on grey walls and that’s really cool! I also loved the mauve coloured stairs on the side.

Service– Our food was brought to our table within just a few minutes which was great! Also, when I asked them to add some white sauce in my pasta, they took it back and added some without any dirty looks. So I’d say the service is good.

Prices– The prices are perfect! The starters are priced at Rs. 80 each, the salads at Rs. 130, Sandwiches Rs. 150, Pasta Rs. 120, desserts at Rs. 120 and up, coffees and teas at Rs. 50 and up. After having 2 black coffees, 1 pasta and 1 Chocolate Ecstasy, the bill amount was Rs. 340 inclusive of taxes. Not bad at all huh?

Verdict– Food for thought is a great café and I’ll definitely go there more often! Great food, ambience, service and prices! Two thumbs up!

Rating– 4/5


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