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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Feb 4 2012

Café by the Beach, Chowpatty- Review

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I’d been super tempted to try Café by The Beach at Chowpatty ever since it opened but since it was an expensive place; I just kept pushing it for later till I could take no more.  But today I gave in to the temptation and just went!

Food– Since it’s a café, you’ll find light snacks such as sandwiches, quiches, salads, wraps, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages. We were 3 of us and had decided to call for just 1 or 2 things as we had to go back home and eat dinner. To keep it light both for our stomachs and wallets, we called for Ravioli with sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts & ricotta and a cold coffee. The Ravioli was delicious and the cold coffee was perfect! I just felt that the quantity could have been more. If I ate the Ravioli on my own for a meal, I probably wouldn’t have been fully satisfied but the taste and quality of food compensate for the quantity.

Ambience– Located at Chowpatty, Café by the Beach is without a doubt the best place to have a restaurant/café. It’s beautiful, super duper romantic and just amazing! The décor is simple and yet classy with the right colours and lighting. The sea, the sand, the dim lights, amazing weather and the food just make it right and the perfect setting for those wanting to ‘pop the question’.  I absolutely love the place!

Service– We waited for approximately half n hour to have someone come and leave a menu at the table. Maybe they’re too chilled out and that’s obviously not a good sign. Otherwise, after taking the order, the food came in 15-20 minutes.

Prices– Café by the Beach is not just another café. You pay the price for the beautiful ambience and that’s fair but I do wish it wasn’t so expensive… I would go there very often then! The cold coffee was for Rs. 120 and the Ravioli was for Rs. 375 so our bill total was Rs. 545 (taxes included).

Verdict– Love at first sight! Café by the Beach is awesome! Its easily one of my most favourite places in town and I totally recommend you go there!

Rating– 4.5/5

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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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Jul 18 2011

Lollypop Deli, Khar (W)- Review

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So, ever since I read about Lollypop Deli and saw their menu, I’ve been wanting to try it and now I finally did. So here’s my Lollypop experience.

Food– Specializing in South East Asian cuisine, Lollypop Deli has a variety of food for your taste. From an all day breakfast to burgers to sandwiches & hotdogs, soups, salads, starters, full fledged meals and so much more! They also have a good collection of beverages and wines. My friend and I had quite a few dishes. Jalapeno Poppers-different and yet nice, Rice Balls- Ok in taste. I liked the dip (sweet chili jam) more than the rice balls to be honest, Fish n Chips- my non-veg friend loved the dish and said it deserved 5 on 5, Chicken Cordon Bleu (Cheese stuffed fried chicken) which was again superb and Chatuchak Fried Rice- Nice and flavourful, especially if you like veggies… the rice was steamed not fried! For drinks we had their Kiwi mix and Lemon Orange coolers which were both a little too sweet but refreshing nonetheless.  After having all this, we were super full considering the quantity they serve! The presentation of the food was remarkable too!  So the food at Lollypop Deli, especially, non-veg is great!

Ambience– I’d imagined it to be a very chilled out place with laidback seating, bright colours, fun music and young crowd and so my friend and I walked in dressed in casual clothes and chappals only to realize that it’s not that casual looking. Once we were seated though, the chilled out mood set in. Located at Khar west, very close to the railway station, Lollypop Deli is a lovely café which caters to everyone who loves food and wants to have a good time. It has a very sophisticated and proper look with a wine rack n all but do not judge it by its interiors. Just make yourself comfortable and call for what you want.

Service– The staff is very welcoming and prompt in their service. They make sure you’re satisfied.

Prices– Everything is reasonably priced and you’d end up spending not more than 250 bucks per head (without drinks) which is damn good considering the quantity and quality of food! The starters are priced at Rs. 89 and above, meals for one are available at Rs. 159 and above, the coolers we had were for Rs. 69 and so on.

Verdict– Easy on your pocket, Lollypop Deli is a great café which takes care of your appetite and taste in food. If you’re wondering where to go for a good meal, this is the place!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Apr 6 2011

Penne, Juhu- Review

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I decided to go try Penne to experience what it was like since I’d read so much about their pizzas and I’m a full on pizza fan. Was Penne good enough for me? You’re just about to find out!

Food– As the name suggests, Penne serves Italian & Mediterranean cuisine- Pizzas, pastas, risottos, etc. My friends and I decided to call for their famous 13” thin crust Margherita pizza which I just had to try and the veg Antipasti platter. Since it’s an expensive place, we decided to stick to just 2 dishes. The pizza was nice. It had cherry tomatoes and yum cheese. I just thought that the pizza sauce could have been much better… it was very tomatoey! I think if a person has that 13” pizza it wont fill them up cause it’s so thin and light! Then we got the Anti-pasti platter and our eyes started deciding which item to have first. There were baked mushrooms with cream cheese and spinach, jacket mini potatoes with cheese, Caesar salad, 4 different kinds of Bruschettas with mushrooms, Arrabiata, tomatoes & cheese and cold baked beans as toppings, babycorn with stuff in it that tasted good and a tartar dip. I only liked the Jacket mini potatoes, Caesar salad and the dip. Unfortunately we realized after eating that we had come to ‘Penne’ and hadn’t called for their pasta! 😛 Hota hai hota hai!

Ambience– Penne is located near Juhu Post Office, close to Rock Bottom. It’s a beautiful place where they have an outside as well as inside section. We decided to sit outside as it was just too lovely and it wasn’t too hot either. When you step inside, you’ll find gorgeous chandeliars, pretty candle stands and simple and yet chic furniture. Outside its just as good, only better. I fell in love with the place instantly!

Service– The service was decent; nothing to complain about.

Prices– Yes I know this is a high-end restaurant and I can’t possibly expect lower prices but I wish the food was as good as the price! The pizza which can’t fill a single person up costs Rs. 450 and the Antipasti veg platter cost us Rs. 550! Risottos are priced at Rs. 500 and upwards, the veg pastas are Rs. 450 and up and desserts start at Rs. 300. If you ask me, I don’t think the food is worth the price.

Verdict– Penne is beautiful and a great place to go to on a date or with a close group of friends and family. The food is ok and expensive for a casual lunch or dinner. Go if it’s something special or if you don’t mind spending.

Rating– 3/5

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Mar 5 2011

New Wave, Chowpatty- Review

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Another New Yorkers/Cream Centre in the same area? Well, you’re just about to find out!

Food– Mexican, Italian, Continental, Indian, Oriental and all of it mixed with a little bit of ‘Gujuness’ is what you’ll find at New Wave Multicuisine Restaurant (Veg). Not that it’s a bad thing but not everyone will like it. We were 6 of us and decided to go all out and call for anything that sounded interesting. And so we ended up calling for so many things! Ok here’s what I thought of all that we ordered (had to get the bill back to remember all that we had):

Bendi Kurkure– Nice for those who like fried bhindi.

Blue Sea– Blue Curacuo and soda- good

Cheese Balls– More like paneer corn balls but great nonetheless.

Jalapeno Chilly Cheese Toast– Yum but only 5 pieces.

Dal Bookhara– Very ok

Fresh Lime Soda– I’ve had better!

Home made Nachos– Good but too little quantity-wise.

Laccha Paratha– Good

Paneer Makhani– Yum! Excellent!

Pesto Cream Pasta– Very good!

Pudina Paratha & Roomali Roti– Nice

Tomato & Basil soup– Very good!

Strawberry Punch– Tasted like Virgin Pina Colada. Ok

Enchiladas– Not bad but could have been better.

Vietnamese Spring Roll– Sushi-like, not worth having, the plum sauce that came with it tasted like what we Gujus call ‘Chhunda’

Overall the food was ok. Very little quantity so you can’t help but call for more items. Not cool! The Indian was great though so I suggest you try that instead of the other stuff. For the other stuff, go to New Yorkers/ Cream Centre/ Relish, etc. I loved the ending to our dinner though- they gave us 3 complimentary Blueberry Yoghurts among the 6 of us and that was yum! Tasted like Blueberry Cheesecake. And yes, the food presentation was very good too!

Ambience– Located at Chowpatty, you can expect a lot of family crowd here. The restaurant is simple and looks decent. Nothing different about the interiors but simple is good.

Service– They served us well. No complaints there.

Prices– The food is moderately priced but the chindi quantity of the food does not make it worth it. We paid Rs.2651 (including 10% service tax) for all that we ordered but were not fully satisfied. I think they should work on their starters and new items on the menu to make it more appetizing and definitely increase the quantity!

Verdict– New Wave is ok because everything about the place is ok. But if they can work a little on the food aspect- quantity and quality, and emphasize on their Indian food which is their forte, they can do well. They have the potential.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Feb 28 2011

Candies, Pali Hill-Review

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This place, I love! What makes it so special? Let me tell you!

Food– Candies has everything snacky and more. Rolls, sandwiches, starters, salads, rice, mini meals, breakfast, desserts, shakes, juices and what not! It’s one of those café’s where you can try something new every time you go there. Taste-wise everything is ok. The salads and shakes are great though! Also, I love the Veg Quiche and the Chutney sandwiches. Oh and the Chocolate Lava is to die for! That’s something you just must have! Also, the cupcakes are the best I’ve had so far!

Ambience– It’s my favourite café! I wish they made something like this in town! Candies at Pali Hill is so beautiful and well made that you’ll fall in love with the place instantly! There’s this instant connection that comes. Simple, sweet and lovely and of course, with its many levels, it’s huge! It’s ideal for a couple on a romantic date or a group of friends to just hang out. Oh and maybe once in a while you’ll also spot a celebrity.

Service– It’s a self service place and let me be honest, it’s a pain to get someone to respond to you ‘cause there’s too little staff for the amount of people that come here. So I really wish that’d improve.

Prices– The prices are just perfect. Everything is reasonable and easy on the pocket. The sandwiches and rolls are priced at Rs. 50 approx, the salad buffet is 80 bucks and you can stuff your plate all you want at one go, the shakes and drinks are about 50 bucks each, desserts start at Rs.6! If you go there after 8 pm, you get 25% off on anything! Now isn’t that an awesome deal?!

Verdict– Candies is definitely one of the most awesome places to hang out at in Mumbai. It’s sweet and lovely and totally affordable! If you haven’t been to Candies yet, you have no idea what you’re missing! It’s hard not to fall in love with this place! Highly recommended!

Rating– 4.5/5

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Feb 15 2011

Cream & Cheese, Bandra- Review

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As tempting as the name sounds, the place is not half as good! Allow me to elaborate.

Food– Cream & Cheese is a pure veg restaurant that serves soups, salads, chaats, pizzas, pastas, sizzlers, “burgars”, sandwiches, Indian food, desserts and non-alcoholic drinks. Wanna-be New Yorker/Relish/Bombay Blue/ Cream Centre eh? Todalleh! Since I was craving Nachos, we decided to call for that, 2 sizzlers- Paneer Chilly and Italian, Masala Chai and Fresh Lime Soda. The Nachos were ok, the sizzlers were quite bad and bland, but the masala chai and fresh lime sodas were good. After eating the food I realized that maybe next time I’ll try Indian. Yeh sab unko bilkul jachta nahi hai!

Ambience– I really like the place. It’s at a great location- Hill Road in Bandra where people go crazy shopping so it’s not even hard to notice and what does one do after shopping? Eat of course! So yeah, its bang on when it comes to the location. The décor is simple and nice. You can sit at their outdoor section or indoor section but I’d suggest outdoor ‘cause it’s lovely! I love the back of the chairs. Do notice them when u go there and remember me!

Service– The service is good. The restaurant’s new so the waiters are very enthusiastic. Let’s see what happens once people are more aware of the place!

Prices– The prices are normal. Starters range from Rs.69 to Rs.160, pastas start at Rs. 140, Pizzas start at Rs. 105, and Sabjis range from Rs. 80 onwards. So the prices are decent but not worth the food!

Verdict– As of now, because of the sad food, Cream & Cheese is well below average. There’s nothing Creamy or Cheesy enough to like! Even the menu has tons of words with spelling mistakes! Shame shame! But I’d like to try out the Indian food…I hope that wont let me down!

Rating– 2/5

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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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Jul 25 2010

The Teapot Café, Fort -Review

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This sweet little café, located at Fountain, near Bombay House is definitely a hidden treasure! I’ve been wanting to go there since more than a year now and after finally discovering it, I feel super satisfied!

Food– The food on the menu is varied consisting of omlettes, crepes, waffles, pastas, quiches, pizzas, burgers, pastries, puffs, cheesecakes, tarts and what not! They also have coffees, iced teas, tea, milkshakes and many more refreshments. The first time I went there, I tried the Veg corn and cheese quiche which was quite bland and not that great. I also had the Bruschetta which I ordered for the second time that we went too. It was yummy! My friend had a Chicken & Egg burger with Mayonnaise and Cheese and he said it was very filling and also tasted good. The coffee was pretty decent too, not the CCD or Costa Coffee type, but pretty good nonetheless. You also have the option of adding hazelnut, chocolate, etc. if you want. The chocolate tart and Hazlenut cheesecake are ok. So I can say that it comes close to Candies where food is concerned; it’s ok… not that great; but there are so many options to choose from and I still have to try out a lot of stuff from there!

Ambience– The teapot café is a small little place with about 4-5 tables, Italian tiling and simple décor but the café has a charm of its own. The atmosphere is casual and fun and you’ll find games such as Uno, playing cards, etc. on every table. Since a lot of office people who know this place come here, there’s also Wi-Fi. The best part is that you get that warm, homely feeling when you go there and hence feel like going there again and again.

Service– The service is definitely above the mark. The owner herself comes to your table to take the order and makes sure you have a good time at the café. If you’re confused about what to order, ask her to suggest something you may like.

Prices– Total value for money! The items on the menu are completely affordable and well priced. A coffee would cost you 35 bucks; the chicken & egg burger 65 bucks, the bruschetta 55 bucks and so on. So no complaints where prices are concerned.

Verdict– I recommend this place and suggest you go there with your set of close buddies, play some games of Uno and eat some fun stuff. Great ambience, service and fun menu. Lots to try!

Rating– 3.5/5

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