Aug 7 2012

Poco Loco, Bandra (w)- Review

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I went to try this swanky new Spanish restaurant at Pali Naka, Bandra. To be honest I was a little skeptical besides being excited because Spanish food would mean mostly non-vegetarian which I’m not, also this was my first shot at spanish cuisine. Here’s my review.

Food– Tapas, Paella (Saffron Rice), Patatas (Potatoes), Wines, Sangrias, etc. are Spanish specialities. There were 3 menus from which only 1 was for food which means their wine & sangrias are more popular here. My friend and I decided to call for 2 mocktails- I tried the Poco Loco Especial and my friend had the Maracuya Fizz (Passionfruit Fizz). Both tasted and looked the same; not to say that they were bad but I expected something more special from the ‘Poco Loco Especial’.

Tapas are like starters and unfortunately for veggies, there are barely any options at this fine dining restaurant besides Potato, mushroom and aubergine. I don’t like the latter two so we decided to call for Patatas Ali-Oli (baby potatoes in garlic mayo sauce with and crushed peanuts). Both of us really liked the dish and I think the nuts just made it better. We also tried the Patatas Bravas (Spicy potatoes in special tomato sauce) which was yummy, quite similar to the Kung pao sauce and I loved it! My friend thought the sauce tasted like tomato ketchup though and she refused to have more than 1-2 pieces. For main course, I decided to call for the Paella Vegetariana as that sounded the most exciting from the very few veg options. Paella is saffron rice cooked in olive oil with bell peppers, asparagus and other vegetables. At first I didn’t like it at all because the arborio rice was super sticky and oily but the taste and flavours set in soon after a few bites and you can’t help but love it. That coming from me, a person who’s not too fond of vegetables means it’s a must have! My friend Fash had Pollo a la Brasa, a wholsesome dish which consisted of half roasted chicken with spanish style mashed potatoes and vegetables. She felt that the chicken gravy was infused with thyme, the mashed potatoes were flavoursome if a bit salty, the beans were long enough to be like substitute spaghetti and the broccoli was ‘meh’.

For dessert we had a New York Cheesecake which was brilliant, soft and delicious and a Molten chocolate cake with caramel filling which was alright. The overall presentation of the food was very good but I wish the portion size of atleast the tapas was larger!

 Ambience– Just 10 steps away from Toto’s Garage at Pali Naka, Bandra (w), Poco Loco is a bar more than a restaurant and the décor is lovely. All the walls are different and you’ll find that they’ve made the most out of the space they have, including an open kitchen and bar. They have a mezzanine floor that is a bit cramped so I’d suggest you seat yourself downstairs instead. In a lot of ways it’s a warm, friendly place that automatically makes it perfect to go to on a date.

Service– The staff is courteous and decently informed about the dishes.

Prices– Its not a place where you can go regularly for sure unless you have that kind of money. For a drink maybe; but if you’re planning to eat a meal, be prepared to spend atleast 1200 per head without alcohol. The tapas start at Rs. 120 with small quantities. The Paella Vegetariana was for Rs. 395, our mocktails were for Rs. 175 each, Pollo a la Brasa was for Rs. 550. The wines and sangrias are priced at Rs. 250 onwards.

Verdict– Tasty Spanish food with an Indian twist and a glass of sangria. If that’s your style and if your pocket allows it, try Poco Loco. I wish they’d introduce more options for vegetarians though.

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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Jan 3 2012

Bungalow 9, Bandra (w) – Review

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To me fine dining is not just about the ambience, service, presentation and prices. If the food (quantity & quality) is not good, it beats the purpose of eating out entirely. I was invited to try Bungalow 9 with a friend and here’s what I thought of it.

Food– Bungalow 9 is known for their Italian, Continental and Asian food and after seeing the mixed reviews on Zomato and Burrp, I decided that the best way to find out is by calling for my favourite dish- pizza! We called for a classic cheese pizza with sundried tomatoes, goat cheese and American corn as the toppings. It was perfectly cooked in the wood fire oven and tasted amazing! I did want to have ketchup (out of habit) with it even though not needed but resisted the urge to do so. Then we tried the Grilled vegetable Lasagna which my friend didn’t like at all but I thought it was ok. The cheesy part on top was good but too many vegetables made it a little boring. We called for 2 fresh lime sodas which were good. For dessert, I was dying to try their Grand Marnier Chocolate volcano (Freshly baked cake crust with gooey chocolate inside and a scoop of ice cream on the side) which was just superb! Eating that is an experience in itself and something you just can’t miss! So, in terms of food, the presentation is perfect, the quality and quantity is excellent! We were super full by the end of it.

Ambience– Located at Bandra west, near Lilavati hospital, Bungalow 9 is actually a bungalow in the middle of several others. The moment you enter, you’ll find yourself ‘wow’ing a lot. While making the reservation itself, I had chosen to sit in the outside section and I was glad I did so! With dim lights, a rustic yet classy look, comfortable seating, lovely plants and chic furniture, Bungalow 9 looks beautiful! I’d totally recommend it for a romantic date or a classy dinner with someone special. I wouldn’t say the same about the inside section though. It reminds me of a club where families can sit together and eat.

Service– Efficient and prompt would describe the service in two words at Bungalow 9. They took good care of us.

Prices– Bungalow 9 is all about the experience and for that, there is a price to pay. Yes it is expensive and not a place you can go to for a regular dinner unless your credit cards give you that liberty. The pizzas start at Rs. 525, the Lasagna is for Rs. 575, Chocolate Volcano is for Rs. 575 excluding taxes. So you’d end up spending a minimum of Rs. 1000 per head without alcohol.

Verdict– If you’re thinking of where to go with someone special for a cosy and romantic dinner, Bunaglow 9 is the place for you! Try it atleast once for the experience even if it means having just a pizza or one dish from the menu.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Dec 28 2011

On the Go, Bandra (w) – Review

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Bandra never fails to come up with new restaurants every now and then and even though On the Go has been around for some time now, I just very recently went to check it out. And here’s what I thought of it.

Food– On the Go serves Italian, Mexican, Continental, Oriental, sandwiches, burgers, salads, etc. So there’s plenty of stuff to choose from.  Since my friend wasn’t going to eat at all, and I was super hungry, I decided to call for a Cottage Cheese Roulade (Steaks of fresh cottage cheese marinated in herbs and rolled in spinach puree, served with creamy paprika sauce), Cheesy garlic bread and my friend had a Lime Iced Tea. I felt that the roulade was too bland. It sounded really yum on the menu but after trying it I wished I had called for something else. Also, the quantity was not enough. There were 4 cubes of raw paneer and a small rice lump on the side. Presentation-wise yes, it was very good but taste-wise, I wouldn’t recommend it. The cheesy garlic bread was good and cheesy as expected luckily. The lime iced tea was good.

Ambience– Located at Bandra west, near Mt. Mary Steps, On the Go is a small place at a turning point. It’s literally an ‘On the go’ place. The décor is simple, comfortable and nice- normal café type.

Service– They were quite prompt and quick in their service so no complaints there. They also asked us if we liked the dish which not many places do. So good going there!

Prices– The prices are fine and pretty reasonable but I just felt that the food was not worth the prices. The roulade was for Rs. 180, Cheesy Garlic bread for Rs. 65 and Lime Iced tea for Rs. 50. So that’s about 300 bucks for one person (‘cause my friend just had a few bites).

Verdict– On the Go is decent but taste-wise it can definitely get better. I’d go there again to try some more dishes.

Rating– 3/5

 

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