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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Feb 21 2015

Me so happi, Khar (west) – Review

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Me so happi, kharAfter an amazing Arijit Singh concert, the husband and I were returning to our nest but before that we needed to feed our empty stomachs. I suggested Me So Happi since it was so close to home and sounded like such a fun place! I quickly Zomato’d the place, checked what cuisine we get there and we were there. Such a happi name! The place must be twice as happi… or so I thought. Sigh!

Food– Karan wanted to drink so he ordered some Gin and Tonic for himself while I went through the menu thrice to look for some interesting Veg starters to call for. After not finding many options, I froze on a Bruschetta (Cherry tomatoes, olives & Mozzarella cheese on garlic bread). It was exactly that. Cut cherry tomatoes, olives and small blobs of Mozzarella cheese on garlic bread with very few basil leaves sprinkled here and there. Bland, effortless and a complete let down. Karan being the non-vegetarian foodie that he is, called for a Bombillo (Bombay duck fried and tossed chilli style). He thought it was ok. Nothing spectacular. For main course I tried their Broadway sandwich (Cottage cheese, aubergine and tomato with pesto between breads). Now, I expected there to be small pieces of aubergine. This sandwich had huge slices of aubergine, some tomatoes and a big piece of cottage cheese which spoilt it for me. There was also barely any pesto. It lacked flavour, salt and character. Karan was craving a burger so he called for a Mighty Melt (Chicken patty, chicken bacon, chimi churi sauce and egg). The patty was huge and the burger looked pretty big but tastewise as Karan put it, it was pretentious and badly westernised, just like all the other food we had. By that he meant that it all looked really fancy and nice but tastewise it all lacked the flavours and special ingredients that would make us want to come back and have any of the dishes again. After the not-so-tasty dinner it was dessert time. I went to the counter, checked it all out and decided to call for the Double Chocolate pudding. That too was a tad disappointing. It looked better than it tasted. The saving grace was the last (but not the least) dish- The Crème Brulee. It was almost perfect. Just needed a little cooling.

Ambience– Nice, quirky, youth-appealing interiors. The tall chairs and tables add to the fun aura, perfect for a bar/pub feel but I would have liked to sit on a normal chair to eat my dinner.  The music is happi and they have a few games too, to keep you entertained. I love the lamps and the paintings on the wall.

Service– So even though the food is bland and honestly not that great, the service is excellent! The staff deserve the service charge amount and a good tip for the wonderful service. Our food was also brought to our table quicker than we expected.

Prices– Not worth the food we had. At all. The Might Melt (burger) was for Rs. 400, Bruschetta for Rs. 200, Bombillo (Fish starter) for Rs. 300, Broadway (Sandwich) for Rs. 270, Pudding and Crème Brulee for Rs. 150 each, Gin for Rs. 150, Tonic water Rs. 125. Now add service charge, Vat, Service tax to all of this. So we paid around Rs. 1700 for just the food (which we did not like at all) and the remaining for the 3 Gins and 2 Tonic water.  Our total was Rs. 2691! Pricey, much?

Verdict–  Unfortunately it was a not so happi experience for both of us and we’re not so sure if we would like to go back there again unless it’s just for drinks. More  effort to make better tasting food may change that though.

Rating– 2.5/5

 

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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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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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