Dec 14 2013

Vicinia Cafe & Bar- Kemps Corner- Review

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When I heard that Subway had shut down at Kemps Corner I was a bit surprised only to find out that a sweet looking cafe called Vicinia had opened. I did want to try it immediately but never got the chance. Now that I finally did, here I am writing about my experience.

Vicinia Cafe2Food– The menu at Vicinia consists of European and American cuisine. My brother and I wanted to get a taste of everything and so we tried quite a few dishes. As an accompaniment with our food we called for mocktails. I had an Orange Blossom which was quite nice and my brother had a Sparkling Guava drink which was alright. As a starter the first thing that caught my eye was the Cranberry and Goat cheese Crostini. Interesting combination and taste. I totally recommend it! We also tried the Cottage cheese skewers which tasted very good but were too small so it was more like having a starter before a proper starter. I wanted to try the pizza so thought a Margherita would be the best to get an idea. The crust was hard and the pizza sauce was just ok so the pizza overall was a disappointment. The Herbed Rice with Mixed Veggies was superb! It had the right flavours to make it deliciously good! I just wish the portion size of all these dishes was larger. Superb presentation of food otherwise! After a heavy meal, surprisingly I still had space for desserts and so we tried the Gooey Chocolate cake which was yummy. The Berry Ricotta Crumble looked better than it tasted and I would have finished it if it was tastier. I also tried their Classic Cold Coffee which I will recommend because it really was awesome!

Ambience– Located at Kemps Corner, Vicinia is a sweet little cafe and bar that replaced the famous Subway. With a mezzanine floor, Vicinia is adorned with simple and yet comfy-classy furniture. Its actually much larger than it looks from down. Well lit, it gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling and would be a great place to go on a date or simply catch up with a close friend.

Vicinia Cafe1Service– The staff is warm and know their stuff. Our food didn’t take too long to come and there were some nice recommendations from them which helped us pick what we did.

Prices– I wouldn’t say that the items on the menu are well priced because for the quantity you are paying much more. The portion size is small and you would have to call for many items to go out with a full stomach. The Cottage cheese skewers were for Rs.225, Cranberry & Goat Cheese Crostini Rs. 425, the mocktails were for Rs. 150, Margherita pizza was for Rs. 295, Veg Paprika with Herbed Rice was for Rs. 450. The gooey chocolate cake was for Rs. 250 and the Berry Ricotta crumble was for Rs. 200. The Classic cold coffee was for Rs. 135.

Verdict– A great place to meet a friend for a light snack and cold coffee. I recommend their Classic Cold Coffee, Cranberry & Goat Cheese Crostini and Veg paprika with Herbed Rice.

Rating– 3/5

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May 17 2012

6th Street Yogurt, Kemps Corner- Review

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Yogurt has never been a part of my choice in desserts. I prefer ice creams or milkshakes to gelato or yogurt. 6th Street Yogurt was not on my ‘To try’ list but since I was in the area, I thought of trying it anyway.

Flavours & Toppings– We went on a day when they had just three flavours of yogurt- Original, Cranberry-Watermelon and Orange Cheesecake. I tasted all 3 and chose to have Cranberry- Watermelon and my friend Fash had the Original. Waise toh they have more flavours but that day some machine had gotten spoilt because of which we could only make a choice from 3 flavours. Both flavours tasted great and were thick and creamy. They have a good variety of toppings- chocolate-based to real fruits to marshmallows, etc. I chose the Ferrero Rocher sauce which was yummy yum yum with my Cranberry-Watermelon yogurt and Fash chose MnMs with her Original yogurt which was quite nice too. They don’t do kanjoosi with toppings which is a very good thing. They also have smoothies, waffles and parfaits which I would like to try some time for sure.

Ambience & Service– Located at Kemps Corner, near Gangar Opticians, 6th Street Yogurt is a small place where you can just buy your yogurt and get out. The staff is courteous and let you try the yogurt and even toppings before you make your choice.

Prices– They have various sizes of cups to choose from depending on how much you want to have. Rs. 40 for a small cup, Rs. 70 for a medium one, Rs.140 for a large one and Rs.180 for an extra large one. We both had the one for Rs. 40 and that much was perfect for a dessert after our meal. Toppings are Rs. 20 for Regular and Rs. 25 for Premium ones.  So, we paid Rs. 65 each for our respective yogurts with a topping each. Now, considering other yogurt places, this one’s not only good taste-wise but the most reasonable too.

Verdict– Value for money and Yummy in my Tummy! I recommend!

Rating– 4/5

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Oct 28 2010

The Orange Tree Studio, Breach Candy- Review

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I’d been wanting to go for a spa since more than 2 months now and was waiting till I thought I could afford to go for one soon. Luck is always by my side *touches wood* and this time, it came in the form of SnapDeal. In short, it’s a site that has some pretty awesome deals for kick ass prices! The deal I chose was to get a Deep Tissue Body Massage at The Orange Tree Studio at Breach Candy.

The Process– Ok first of all, this massage is only for women. You’re given a green tube dress to change into. Once on the bed, the masseuse applies powder all over your body and gives you a dry massage. Once that is done, you get a hot olive oil massage all over your body. The pressure applied was just perfect.  Steam is what comes next. Now I had a problem with that. They had a small steam machine instead of a steam room. If a person is to get steam after a massage, on the whole body, it is but obvious that a small machine which needs to be moved around wont do justice. Also, after the steam, they had hot wet towels to wipe off the oil from the body. I’d have liked a shower room but I guess it was ok.

The Experience–   The Orange Tree Studio is not a dimly lit place exclusively for spas. It is a studio with multiple services. You’ll find clean white walls with olive green salon chairs as you enter. They do everything from haircuts to styling to massages and what not. So it’s a bright happy place and there is a separate massage/ waxing room where I had to go. The room had 2 beds and a curtain in the middle. No dim lights again. For the massage though, they switched off the lights and kept just one white light on. (Thank god!) Also, there was no soothing background music or candles. The massage was great though! Good pressure. Nice and relaxing but too short. I think it was less than 45 mins. I just didn’t get why it was called the “deep tissue massage” because to me it was a regular body massage. So experience-wise it was alright.

Cost & Duration– The Deep Tissue Body Massage actually costs Rs. 1300 for 45 mins, but thanks to Snap Deal it cost me only Rs. 349.

Verdict– The Orange Tree Studio is a nice place and the massage is decent. With a few changes in the ambience for their spas/massages, it would be frequented more often for sure!

Website http://www.theorangetreestudio.in/

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