Nov 18 2017

Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden, Bandra (W)- Review

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Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden has been around for a while but I got to trying it only very recently. We went for dinner and drinks on a random weekday see what it was like.

Food and Drinks: Since we were invited to try the place, we ordered for small portions of multiple dishes. Here’s all the stuff we had.

Red Lotus cocktail- Vodka, cranberry, litchi and lemon grass (Rs. 450)-This was totally my kind of cocktail- less alcohol and sweet. If that is your thing, you will love it! I definitely did! I usually have just vodka+ cranberry but lemongrass added a whole new flavour to it which was perfect and definitely something I can try at home some day.

Black Currant Basil Belgian shake- Light beer, blackcurrant, basil, icecream (Rs. 450) – Karan called for this very weird ‘Beer shake’. It was just super sweet black currant milkshake with no trace of beer or basil. Totally avoidable!

Shaoxing BBQ Cottage Cheese in Tartlets- Wok tossed shaoxing wine flavoured cottage cheese garnished scallions (Rs. 350) – This tasted a lot like Kung Pao paneer served with fried kadak puris which went well together. Tastewise not bad at all. Wish the paneer was softer.

Shaoxing BBQ Chicken with Shitake & Scallions in Tartlets (Rs.450) – This was the non-vegetarian version of what I had and Karan thought it was not bad either. He just didn’t like the tartlets much cause they were very oily.

Herb Crusted Buttermilk Chicken Fingers with a Dynamite dip (Rs.375) – Karan felt that this dish was just okay. The chicken was a bit chewy.

German style nachos- Grilled onion, Crème Fraiche, Roasted pepper PipperadeMexico meets Germany (Rs. 299) – Let’s just say I’ve had better. The Nachos were fresh out from a Doritos/Cornitos packet which beats the whole purpose of eating Nachos at a restaurant. The onions were oily, there was barely any flavour from the cheese sauce and cream. Tomato salsa or beans could have saved the dish but that didn’t come with the dish.

Margherita pizza (Rs. 399) – The pizza could have been excellent if the crust wasn’t burnt and if there was some more pizza sauce on the pizza. But it was good overall and went well with our drinks.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Beetroot Veloute (Rs. 449) – This was by far the best dish we had! The creamy beetroot sauce was delicious and full of flavour. The sweet potato Gnocchi was not as soft as I had wished it to be but the taste was just right and that’s what made it a really good dish.

Ambience– Located at Hill road, above Mc Donald’s, Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden is a chilled out place to hang out with friends over a few drinks and some food. You will find lit up trees between tables which add some warmth to the otherwise grey and rustic look of the place.

Service & Prices– The staff was warm and friendly and helped us with our orders. I’d probably go on a random day to judge the service better since they knew I was there to review. The pricing is proper for the overall experience of the place.

Verdict– Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden is a nice place to hang out but can be better with minor improvements in the food. Looking forward to my next Red Lotus there! J

 Rating- 3/5 

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Mar 3 2016

Sushi Cafe, Bandra (W)- Review

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I went here with my husband on a very random evening when we were both hungry and he was craving Sushi.
He had tried this place before but it was my first time there and I was hoping I’d like it cause I’m a vegetarian and I’ve eaten Sushi just 2-3 times before. The owner was very sweet and welcoming and we ordered according to his recommendations and weren’t disappointed. Turned out that we kept ordering more sushi till we were both stuffed.

We loved it that much, especially my husband. Its a very small place but very sweet and nice for a date night. We ended up paying about 2000 bucks which is not bad at all considering how much we ate.
I have to say that after that I’ve tried Sushi at a couple of other places too but it just wasn’t rightly done. Sushi Cafe knows how to make good Sushi and I would totally recommend it.

I look forward to going there again soon. 🙂

Rating– 4.5/5

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Oct 29 2015

Ming Yang, Bandra (W)- Review

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Ming Yang 1copyThose of you who know me, are pretty much aware of how I never ate Chinese before… somehow I never understood how people liked Chinese. Five Spice sort of changed that for me. Thankfully, otherwise I would have never gotten down to trying Ming Yang which has some very interesting Chinese food and has been around for almost fifteen years! I can’t wait to tell you about my experience there!

Food & Drinks– Our night started with this interesting and sweetish Wine cocktail made by Ming Yang’s very own award winning bartender- Navneet.  It’s called ‘Beijing Bellini’ and is a mix of Lychee syrup, lemongrass bitters and sparkling wine (prosecco).  We were introduced to Chef David who is the master of all the delicious dishes you get to eat at Ming Yang, Bandra. He and his team made our stomachs very happy that night. The sweet roasted cashews dipped in Chilli flakes that are complimentary and are placed at every table just made my day! I knew my experience at Ming Yang was going to be nothing less than ace.

Ming Yang 2 copy I had the Veg Hot & Sour soup which was absolutely perfect and had a good mix of veggies inside. Karan had the Lung Fung soup (Chicken and Lobster) which he said smelled earthy in a way and tasted good too.  Next we tried the ‘Da Ziran’ which was different- a unique combination of vodka, champagne, lettuce and lime juice. It was slightly bitter but if you love veggies, even in your cocktail, do try this one. The starter that I felt stood out among all was the Crispy fried lotus stem tossed in Osmanthus honey. Who knew a lotus could taste so good! It was exquisite and absolutely delectable. I want to go have it right now! The most guzzle-worthy cocktail followed this. They call it the ‘Asian Sling’ (Raw papaya marination with pepper syrup mixed with Gin). As bad as it may sound, it actually was aaahhmazing! Both Karan and I loved it. We then tried Dim Sums both Veg and Non veg. The Sui Mai dim sums (Celery, Carrot & Zucchini dumplings) were slightly bland but went well with the Sichuan Pepper sauce.   Karan tried the Hakka Siu Mai (Chicken + Prawn enhanced with sesame oil seasoning) which he said tasted pretty good. Even before my favourite cocktail from Ming Yang was gulped, another one was at our table. The ‘Panda Tiny’ was at our table, making its presence felt in a small glass decorated with a fragrant Star Anise floating above the frothy tequila, vodka, galangal, five spice and pineapple juice drink. Another starter which tasted and looked a lot like French beans- Kenya beans with Cha Choy and Dry Red Chilli made me feel like I should forget about all the cheese and chocolates and concentrate on eating healthy Chinese food! For Main course we had Burnt Garlic Fried Rice which went very well along with the accompanying gravy based dish which was basically mixed veggies such as Broccoli, Babycorn, Water Chestnuts and beans cooked in Soy sauce. Karan had a Fish dish and a Chicken dish which he liked too.

Ming Yang 3 copyAfter all of this, we were pretty stuffed and before we could have any more, we needed to slow down with some tea, just like the Chinese so we tried two new types of tea. One was called Silver Needles (White Tea) served in a Champagne glass. This tea was light. The other one was an Oolong tea called Wuyi. This one was much better and it was a good decision to drink it right before dessert.

Now after a short break, it was time for desserts and boy was I excited to try them! We tried their Chocolate Mousse with Caramelized Popcorn and Date pancakes with Vanilla Icecream. I have to say after such a scrumptious meal, I was slightly disappointed with the desserts. I am a big dessert fan, especially of the pastries I’ve been eating from Taj since childhood. Somehow, this just didn’t do justice to the heavenly taste I’ve been indulging in all these years.

Ming Yang 4 copyThe entire meal ended with the most interesting cocktail called ‘Since 1806’. This was primarily Bourbon Whiskey flavoured with Orange peel, Demerara sugar, bitters, a little Old Monk and smoked with an original Cuban Cigar! This is for all those who’d like to sit down with a drink in one hand and a smoke in the other. I found it too bitter for my taste but Karan thought it wasn’t too bad.

 Ambience– It was a preview dinner so we had a staff member showing us around; all the work that’s gone into changing the entire look of the restaurant. Ming Yang used to look like a traditional Chinese restaurant earlier and now it’s transformed into this contemporary, spacious and is more youth-appealing restaurant with a gorgeous view. There are several sections in the restaurant depending on your visit. In case you’ve come with a large group of over fifteen people, there is a nice corner with a long table just for your group. There’s also a section that’s ideal for business meetings and romantic meals together.

Service– One thing you would know if you’ve been to any Taj property whether it is a restaurant or a cake shop or a receptionist at the hotel- the service is top notch. I would like to especially like to thank Navneet- the bartender, Ernest, Mohan, Pritam for serving us, Ritesh- the restaurant manager and Erica for enlightening us on the different teas that were there. We had the most amazing service and that alone could be a reason to keep visiting Ming Yang.

Prices– Being a five star hotel, the prices too are quite high but you get the quality you would expect and it’s worth the money you’re paying for. All the cocktails we had were for Rs. 700 each. The Veg and Chicken starters cost Rs. 750 each, Dim Sums Rs. 500-550, Sea food starters range from Rs. 1250 and go up to Rs. 1800. The vegetarian soups are for Rs. 500 while the non-veg ones are for Rs. 525-575. The vegetarian main course is between Rs. 800-900, chicken for Rs. 1100 and sea food ranges from Rs. 1725 and goes up to Rs. 3500. The teas are all priced at Rs. 350 plus taxes per pot. The desserts which I didn’t like at all are for Rs. 500 and Rs. 700. Add taxes to all of this and calculate about Rs. 2000 per head with alcohol for a full meal.

Verdict– Ming Yang is a great place to go indulge in Chinese food for those of you who love the cuisine. Do not forget to have the Asian Sling (cocktail) and the Crispy friend Lotus stem! Oh my God! Now I’m craving that God damn Lotus stem! *mouth watering*

Rating– 4/5

 

 

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Jan 13 2015

Biryani360, Bandra (w)- Review

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Biryani360 RoochsterSo I’ve tried biryani at many places in Mumbai and inadvertently it’s only been ordered ‘cause there’s still some space in the stomach after eating some naan and sabzi. Other than that I’d have some biryani at weddings. Yeah, so I am a vegetarian and I don’t find biryani fascinating the way a non-vegetarian would find it that too because of the mutton, mostly.  Lucky, Harpal, Copper Chimney, Samrat, Santoor, Shiv Sagar are a few places I have eaten biryani at. I also tried some in Hyderabad when I went there since ‘Hyderabad Biryani’ is so famous (Nothing to brag about, really!) Oh but let me not forget the most ridiculously  ridiculous ‘Birizza’ (Pizza Biryani) from Pizza Hut. So that’smy little summary of how important biryani is in my life. And then came Biryani360. *drum roll*

The Build up– So on a random day I received an email from the very good looking Shayan Italia who is the man behind Biryani360. I was on my honeymoon then and promised I would get in touch in January once back. After many email exchanges, we froze on Friday night to try some Veg Biryani. Karan (mi amor) and I went to his place along with blogger Uday and his friend. Now Karan being a complete non vegetarian and not-interested-in-biryani-because-of-all-the-oil-and-garam-masala kinda guy, he was a bit apprehensive and not excited at all to go try the biryani with me. But well, things did change the moment we entered Shayan’s place. The aroma of saffron mixed with flavourful herbs and rice filled our nostrils. The next half an hour or so Shayan spoke about how Biryani360 as a concept came along sprinkling some PR dust onto us and while all that was going on, all I could think about was the biryani!

The Experience– As we sat on the dining table, Shayan filled some Biryani360 onto our plates and left us there to photograph, analyze, savour, compare and feast on the mouth watering Biryani and raita. After taking our first bites all of us gave him our nod of approval and gobbled up every morsel. Once we told him how we felt about it, he gaveus a small serving of some Lucky Biryani. Now let’s compare.

  • Oil: Biryani360– Very little oil and the vegetables are cooked to perfection. Lucky– Rice and veggies soaked in oil.
  • Spices and flavours: Biryani360– Just the right amount of spicy, using natural herbs and spices. Lucky– Oil overpowering the spices and flavours.
  • Freshness: Biryani360– No artificial colours or preservatives. The biryani stays fresh only for upto 6 hours. Lucky– Has colours, preservatives and can be consumed even after 12 hours.
  • Price point: Biryani360– Light on the stomach but heavy on pocket. Lucky– Heavy on stomach and pocket friendly.
  • Portion: Biryani360– Portion only for one person. Lucky– Portion sufficient for two people.

So after some comparisons, I have gathered that Biryani 360 is the sure shot healthy option. However, there are pros and cons which I shall mention too.

Pros of Biryani360:

  • A good meal option for office goers.
  • The biryani is rich in herbs, spices and uses very little oil so it is good for those struggling to maintain weight.
  • It is undoubtedly yummyinmytummy, thoughtfully made with the finest, premium
  • The raita that comes along with the biryani is lip smackingly delicious! It goes very well with the biryani.
  • The Veg biryani is given equal importance (if not more) as compared to the Un- Veg biryani so a non-vegetarian will also love the veg biryani without the pieces of chicken or meat.

Cons of Biryani360:

  • 360 for a Veg Biryani is a bit much for a regular meal. So for a family of 4, spending Rs. 1440 on just Biryanithat too to be eaten at home would be quite expensive.
  • They only accept online payments.
  • No dining in as of now. Once they begin operations, the delivery will be limited to Bandra and Khar.
  • No variety. Vegetarians can eat only one type of Biryani. Non-vegetarians can have Un-Veg or Veg biryani which is still a limited choice.
  • If the ingredients are premium and fresh, having potatoes and paneer variations in Biryani would be another reason for one to call for the biryani more often.

Verdict– My mouth is watering as I say this… Biryani360’s biryani is the best Veg Biryani I have ever had and highly recommend you to try it atleast once. The raita is super amazing too! It is a bit heavy on the pocket but I promise you it will be worth every penny! Must try!

Rating– 4/5

 

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Jun 13 2013

The Daily, Bandra (W) – Review

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The Daily2The best part about being a blogger is that you get invited to try new places every now and then. I was one of the privileged few foodies to turn up at The Daily for the ‘Top Zomato Foodies Meet up’ on a Monday rainy evening. Here’s my experience.

Food & Drinks– The Daily is a pub that also has a lot of food and a good collection of a variety of drinks. To begin with our lovely evening, we called for drinks sans alcohol. I tried a lemongrass, basil and lime based drink called ‘Lemon Beat’ which was refreshing! My friend tried the Pineapple & Coriander Mojito with pieces of pear, mint and lime and that was quite nice too.  We were also offered some interestingly prepared ‘molecular cocktails’ that are made at your table on only Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. We saw the making of Oriental Passion- a vodka drink concocted in style with passion & orange and dry smoked with kaffir lime and basil. This was definitely my favourite drink! The mix of all the flavours along with just the right amount of vodka made it special, not forgetting the way it was made! We also got to try Gypsy Queen- scotch, peach & lemon, smoked with cinnamon, apple wood and clove. This I didn’t like much because of the wooden flavour and smell but I do think men would enjoy it. Coconut Mountie was another different kind of cocktail which had chocolate syrup, coconut cream and dark rum. A fun drink that was weirdly nice. I think they take their food as seriously as their drinks because we were quick enough to eat it all up the moment it was on our table.

For starters we tried 3 portions of French fries-with cheese, with chicken mince and with a two bean spicy sauce. The one with cheese was the best but had very little cheese; the beans one was more like dal makhani on fries which I would not recommend. My friend liked the mince chicken though. Next we tried the Bruschetta- two types. One was the usual- tomatoes and cheese which was yum. The other one was with mushrooms and since I don’t like mushrooms, I didn’t try it. The Jalapeno Dippers were yum but weren’t very different from the ones you’ve had at many other places. The Pimento Hummus & Pita tasted awesome! A flavourful hummus which both tastes and looks different is a winner for sure!  Another interesting starter we tried was the Arancini- veggies mixed with risotto rice and cheese with arrabiata sauce on top and I have to say that it was well prepared and delicious! Since we stuffed ourselves so much, there wasn’t much scope to eat more but we still dabaod on a Margherita pizza which was scrumptious!

Ambience– The Daily is not hard to notice especially if you visit Bandra often. Located at SV Road, in the same building as Suburbia theatre, it is one of those chilled out places you’d love to hang out at. The Daily believes in sharing nothing but good news and you’ll feel that positivity when you’re there. They have an indoor as well as an outdoor section and the decor of both is very different. Lots of frames with the latest good news posts adorn the walls and ceiling of the inside section along with high chairs and tables. Even the washrooms have some really funny news articles to keep you entertained. The outdoor section on the other hand is quite the opposite. Lots of plants, chatai curtains, comfortable seating and a big screen. I’d also like to mention that they play great music! A good compilation of songs that are relatable, fun and happy. The waiters are dressed in black and white with suspenders and black rimmed old school spectacles minus the glass. Funky eh!?

The daily1Service– When they opened 2 months ago, alot of people had issues with the service. The management did take that seriously and decided to hire new staff and trained them well. Looks like they’ve been successful because there are no complaints whatsoever with regards to service. The staff is polite and are doing their job well.

Prices– The prices are like any other pub or restaurant you’d go to nowadays. There are some cocktails that are expensive like the Molecular Cocktails which cost Rs. 650 or the Tiki Cocktails that cost Rs. 500 which are anyway only available on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. A pint of beer would cost about Rs. 200 and mocktails Rs. 150. The starters are priced at Rs. 185 and upwards and the Margherita pizza is for Rs. 255. Of course, add taxes and service charge to all of the above. So I’d say that you’d end up spending about 600 per person without alcohol which is decent or normal in today’s times.

Verdict– The Daily is a happy place with good food and unique cocktails. Go try!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Feb 28 2013

Sawadee- Thai Body Spa, Bandra- Review

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Sawadee spa, bandraI went for a spa after so long! Oh my god! That too ‘cause I’m less kadka now! I must thank Timesdeal.com because of which I could go to Sawadee- Thai Body Spa for a very reasonable foot spa! Here’s my review!

The deal– 60 minutes of Thai Traditional Foot therapy which includes back, shoulders, arms, head and neck massage and a cup of Herbal Tea at the end. The actual cost is Rs.1200 but I got it at Rs. 450 (Inclusive of taxes).

The Ambience– Sawadee Thai Body Spa is located in Bandra and Juhu. I went to the Bandra outlet at Linking road, 3rd left in the KFC lane. The first thing you notice when you walk into Sawadee is the smell. It smells of aromatic oils and lemongrass and I was looking forward to seeing the interiors. The place is dark, like any other spa with dim lighting. They have two recliners for foot massages and a few small rooms for the full body massages divided by curtains. The music they play is nice and calming, perfect to make you feel relaxed. But it didn’t exactly go as I’d wished because the reception area and the first booth (foot therapy room) had just a curtain in the middle so I could hear the receptionist talk to people on the phone and customers there.

The Experience– My feet were first cleaned with a warm wet cloth and I was made to relax on the recliner. The masseur then started with the traditional Thai foot therapy which went on for about half an hour. The next half an hour was a dry back, shoulders, arms, head and neck massage including stretches and that was awesome! I think I enjoyed the second half of my massage more than the first half. At the end of the session, they serve herbal tea with sugared ginger on the side. My masseur’s name was Sang and he did a great job!

Verdict– I’m so glad I got to try Sawadee, thanks to Timesdeal’s superb offer. I paid Rs.450 for an hour of heaven! My experience as a whole was great and I’m definitely going back there soon!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Aug 30 2012

Lagerbay, Bandra (W)- Review

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Lager… chunari mein daag…  (Not many will get this one) Anyway!

Thanks to Burrp, I won myself a lunch pack voucher for one at Lagerbay, Bandra which consists of 1 soup/salad, 1 main course, 1 dessert and 1 beer/iced tea. Now, since I obviously wouldn’t go alone and eat, I asked my friend Fash to join me and we decided to split the lunch pack between the two of us.

Food– We called for a Veg Caesar salad- lettuce, bell peppers, broccoli, mayonnaise, croutons and parmesan cheese (very unlike me to have salad but its better than boring soup atleast!). It actually was quite nice with the right amount of everything. Now, since I don’t drink alcohol, we called for a Black Currant iced tea but it had no trace of Black Currant, we were pretty sure. It tasted like normal lemon iced tea to both of us, not bad but not our order! For main course we had their Paprika Cream Penne pasta which was very good but also bland. I had to add salt and seasoning to make it right. For dessert we decided to try the Blueberry cheesecake which was just ok. It was nice and soft, yes, but it didn’t have the right base- it was super thin and barely made any difference to the cheesecake which it ideally should. I think their gooey chocolate cake would’ve been a better option. The options for the lunch pack are many which is a very good thing and the quantity is perfect! You wont feel the need to eat more if you’re pigging out on this offer alone.

Ambience– Lagerbay is at Waterfield road Bandra west, Subway ke saamne. They’ve got a huge space and have made it look fun and yet classy. The red couch is sexy and they haven’t overdone anything on the walls. I also love the music they play. We went for lunch and most of their lights were switched off, letting as much natural light in as possible. Also, the music was not loud and thumping like a pub’s. The music was good and completely appropriate for the time we went.

Service– The guy who took our order was sweet but looked a little nervous when we asked him about the contents of the various salads. So the staff could be better informed. Also, our food arrived pretty quickly but they got the salad and main course at the same time which is not a good thing.

Prices– Since I won the voucher, I didn’t have to pay anything but otherwise 600 bucks for a 3 course meal with a drink is not bad. But Fash made me think again. This offer is valid only from Monday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm. Not many people would spend Rs.600 for lunch on a working day just like that. The contents of the lunch pack are perfect and super filling for one person though.  Food for thought.

Verdict– The lunch pack is not a steal deal for sure but I like the place and would recommend it to those who wanna grab a drink after work or over the weekend and go to a fun place with good music.

Rating– 3/5

 

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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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May 28 2012

Di Bella Coffee, Bandra (W) – Review

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Di Bella Coffee is an Australian brand with a chain of cafes in Australia, China and now India. I finally got a chance to try it and I’m glad I did!

Food & Drinks– Di Bella has a variety of coffees and drinks that sets it apart from other cafes. For example, Peanut Butter Iced Choccie, Whipped Chocolate Frappe, Danish Toffee Chocolate Frappe, Crispy Chocolate Pearls, Coconut Chocolate, American Marshmallow Chocolate, etc. For food they have sandwiches, salads, snacks, muffins, pastries, croissants, etc. I decided to have a normal Iced Coffee (a mix of their signature coffee, scoop of vanilla ice-cream with milk over ice, finished with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.) It was yum but I wish there was more coffee to drink and less ice. My friend Irfan had a Cappuccino which was nice and strong. I wanted to have a dessert but a couple sitting at a table near the counter suggested I try the Chocolate Croissant so I did just that. Now, it had chocolate sauce filled inside it and on top but it just wasn’t chocolatey enough. I wouldn’t recommend it. I had one problem though. I was thirsty and wanted to have water but I was told that I need to buy a bottle or drink tap water. I was ok with tap water because I didn’t want to break my Rs. 500 ka note but otherwise, imagine if you were to have a Green tea or something that needs water… They’d use tap water? It just made me think. On another occasion, I tried their Peanut Butter Choccie which was quite nice… those who love peanut butter will love it!

Ambience– We went to the one in Bandra (west) at Turner road, close to Tawa restaurant. The café actually comes under the roof of Title Waves, a bookstore. They have an inside as well as outside section. I would obviously not recommend the outdoor in this garmi but otherwise it would’ve been quite nice and it will be so in the rains for sure! The décor is simple and nice. What’s awesome is that they have the menu on Samsung galaxy tablets!

Service– The service is good and they’ll come to the rescue if you’re stuck with the Samsung tab.

Prices– Normal high end café prices; not CCD type but Costa type. My Iced coffee was for Rs. 100, the cappuccino was for Rs. 90 and the Chocolate Croissant was for Rs. 65. The bill came up to Rs, 287 with taxes. The peanut butter choccie with taxes came up to Rs.169 which I think is a little steep but then it would be expected.

Verdict– Di Bella Coffee is good but I wish they’d increase the quantity of the coffee a bit to actually get to enjoy it more and they should serve regular drinking water.

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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Mar 21 2012

Love & Latte, Bandra (w) – Review

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I was randomly passing through Waterfield road when ‘Love & Latte’ caught my eye. It looked like a cafe I had to try!

Food– It’s just another café with the same stuff- coffees, teas, smoothies, coolers, milkshakes, sandwiches, rolls, paninis, waffles, desserts, etc. I decided to have a choco latte (pretty good) and a chilly cheese garlic bread (yum) while my friend had  a passion fruit lemon iced tea (Interesting and nice) and a choco chip cookie (bad- must have got like 10 choco chips in it!). The quantity and presentation of what we had was good.

Ambience– Located in Bandra west at Waterfield road, Love & Latte has replaced ‘Amore’ the gelato place. The décor is pretty with a great choice in colours and wallpapers. We sat in the inside which was a little clustered as compared to the outside section that looked pretty chilled out. But somehow, the café as a whole is not cosy looking or the kind where you could hang out for long.

Service– The service is good. The cookie they got us was the wrong one and on pointing that out, even though half eaten, they replaced it with the right one immediately.

Prices– The prices are alright. The passion fruit lemon iced tea was for Rs. 85, the Chilly cheese garlic toast for Rs. 75, Choco chip cookie for Rs. 35 and the Choco Latte for Rs. 95. With taxes it came up to Rs. 326 which is decent.

Verdict– Somehow, I just didn’t feel the ‘love’ at Love & Latte. Hard to explain but a café must have that warmth to make you come back again and again and I just didn’t get that feeling there.  Otherwise, it’s just your regular café in a different avatar.

Rating– 3/5

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