Oct 29 2013

Chocoholic, Colaba- Review

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Chocoholic1I’ve known Rishika Bhatia (the owner) of Chocoholic since many years now and even knew of Chocoholic’s existence. But I hadn’t tried her stuff yet. Brownie yes, but that was about it. So here I am finally after having tried her stuff, giving you my review of Chocoholic- Chocolates and more.

DessertsYou will find most desserts here- brownies, chocolates, muffins, mousse, cookies, tarts and trifles. She specializes in Kid-specific shaped chocolates with fun wrappings and party hampers. She also makes cakes according to order. Now here’s what I had.

Cupcakes (Rs. 50 onwards) Chocolate– Superb!  Bubble gum– Slightly grainy but not bad. Espresso Walnut– If you love coffee, you will love this cupcake! An absolute must have!

Brownies (Rs. 45)Walnut– Dark, rich and delicious!  Oreo– Nice.

Cookies (Rs. 300/250gms) – I loved the cookies! They were slightly salty but tasted awesome even then. The consistency of the dough batter made all the difference. Choco-chip-Hazelnut, Peanut Butter bars, Cinnamon are the ones I loved. Chocolate chip, Lemon and Almond were ok.

Chocolates (Rs. 850/kg) – I tasted many chocolates and out of them, I thought the Raisins one and Almonds one was the best. The Kacha Keri Atom Bombs were superb! A must have!

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Where? Chocoholic is located at Colaba and delivers at an extra cost. To place an order you can call them on 098 19 146826. The minimum order for cupcakes and brownies  is 6 piecesof the same flavour and for chocolates the minimum is 250 gms.

Verdict– The packaging is very good so Chocoholic would be the right choice to gift a box of Kacha Keri atom bombs, the Espresso walnut cupcake and Peanut butter cookies!

Rating– 3/5

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Jan 31 2013

Pizza Express, Colaba- Review

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Pizza Express, ColabaI’m crazy about pizza and you probably already know that. For me Pizzeria a.k.a Pizza by the Bay sets the bar for good pizza. Is the latest UK based Pizza Express better or worse? You’re just about to find out.

Food– Considering the place is called ‘Pizza Express’ it’s not a surprise that you’ll find pizzas on the menu along with pasta, salads, sides, etc. We were super hungry and so decided to call for 2 portions of Garlic Bread first. It was a small round loaf which we had to ask them to cut into 3 slices each. Really good bread but where was the garlic? Next there were Baked Mushrooms… about 5 small ones served with dough balls to fill the plate. I don’t like mushrooms so didn’t have it but from what I saw, it looked pretty decent with some cheese as a filling. Thinking that the prices are steep, we decided to call for 1 veg and 1 non-veg 14” pizza. The Veg Giardiniera had mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, artichokes, olives and cheese. I didn’t like it at all but the general review of it was just ok. The non-vegetarians had Pollo Ad Astra pizza which they thought was ok and adding a proper amount of toppings would help. Now we thought two 14” pizzas would suffice but we were wrong. We had to call for 2 more 14” pizzas- a Margherita which was boring and a Veg Calabrese (jalapenos, bell peppers, cheese) which was eaten mainly to fill our stomachs. But no, we did have to call for pasta to make sure. It was a simple red and white sauce penne pasta but they had the talent to make it an Indianised version or as our friend Sandeep very rightly called it ‘Penne Makhani’. In short, the pizzas have barely any toppings, the pizza sauce is not that great, the crust is super thin and not filling at all. The pasta is avoidable. Oh and I had to call for ketchup to make the pizza taste better but instead I got the same sauce they put on the pizza and pasta so the pizza didn’t taste any better.

Ambience– Pizza Express is located in Colaba, close to Gateway of India and opposite Indigo Deli. The decor is chic, fun and casual at the same time. I love the little booths and all the sayings all around the restaurant. The place is quite huge and has an upstairs section as well. The black and white flooring adds more character to the interiors. They have some pretty cool ceiling lamps too!

Service– Let’s just say we went on the wrong day. There was an event happening upstairs because of which the place was super noisy and crowded. Also, the staff seemed to be pretty disoriented and confused. They came to our table so many times with food that belonged to another table that we did get a bit impatient to get our food. Also, they are probably too confident that their pizzas are very good and so they just don’t have tomato ketchup. They shouldn’t forget that in India, most people like their pizza with ketchup.

Prices– I’m just going to list the prices first. Garlic bread- Rs. 150, Pollo Ad Astra (Chicken) 14” pizza- Rs. 595, Baked Mushrooms- Rs.280, Veg Calabrese 14”- Rs.725, Margherita 14”- Rs. 450 and Penne pasta- Rs. 495. Total- Rs. 3425 + taxes = Rs. 4125. I’m ok with paying Rs.700 per head as long as the quality and quantity of the food is good. Unfortunately, Pizza Express lacked both.

Verdict– Pizza Express doesn’t even come close to Pizza by the Bay in terms of taste, quality and awesomeness. I’m not sure if I want to go there again.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Sep 4 2012

Faaso’s, Colaba- Review

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I had been wanting to try Faaso’s for a long time. It’s just opened near my place and my brother tried it before me and said it was good so I just had to try it! Here’s my review.

Food– Faaso’s is all about wraps. They have a good variety of wraps- veg and non-veg. I tried the Cheese Melt Paneer wrap which was quite nice but I wish there was a little more cheese. I also tried the Mixed Veg wrap which was very ok. Slightly on the spicy side if that’s your thing. I wouldn’t recommend that. My brother had tried the Paneer Tikka wrap which he thought was good but liked the Cheese melt paneer better. He had also tried their ‘Meetha Fantasy’ sweet dish which he absolutely loved and didn’t stop talking about it. I’ll probably try it soon some time. Their roti/paratha is soft and much better when compared to a lot of other wraps and rolls places and the size of the roll is not. Also, their packaging is very good!

Service– They travel on cycles so their deliveries are super fast. I’d like to mention though that they messed up with my order. I had called for a potato cheese wrap and a Reshmi Paneer wrap. What I got were 2 totally different wraps. Luckily they weren’t non-veg. Thinking it was the correct order, we paid up, took bites and realised there was some gadbad. I checked the bill and saw their mistake. I called them and told them about it and they were sweet enough to accept their mistake so they sent me another Cheese melt paneer wrap for free and within 15 minutes.  Now that’s what I call superb service! They’re located at Colaba, near 3rd pasta lane, on the main road.

Prices– Their basic veg wraps are priced at Rs. 35 only. The Cheese melt paneer wrap was for Rs. 90, the paneer tikka wrap is for Rs. 70. The non-veg wraps start at Rs. 80 and go up to Rs. 110 depending on the one you order. They have a great deal for those who want a complete meal. For Rs. 110 onwards you get 1 wrap+ 1 chutney+ wafers + 1 drink (500ml). Not bad at all! If you want to add a dessert to the meal, pay Rs. 45 more for a Meetha Fantasy or brownie.

Verdict– Reasonably priced yummy wraps and super fast service! Go try!

Rating– 4/5

 

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Jun 21 2012

Mantralaya Fire, June ’12

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A wild fire engulfed Mumbai’s very own Mantralaya on 21st June 2012 from 2:45 pm, after employees in the building probably must’ve just finished lunch. Some say it was a ‘saazish’ to destroy all the ‘Adarsh scam’ files and some say it was a short circuit that struck the 4th floor and then went upto the 7th floor.

I’ve never witnessed  such a huge fire and since I stay close by, I left my place and reached there by 4 30 pm and decided to do a photo story. The Mantralaya, for those who don’t know houses offices of the chief minister, key ministers and top officials. So this was a very important event and I went to capture it. Roads were blocked and there was a huge traffic jam starting from Badhwar Park in Cuffe Parade. When I had reached at 4 30 pm, one side of the fire was almost under control whereas the other side was still growing. I could hear so many blasts from where I was standing- computers, acs, etc.  bursting, window glasses breaking and falling down and what not. Tons of fire engines, ambulances and police personnel, NGOs and NSS students from KC college were there.  I didn’t see the point in so many fire engines being there though because barely 4 to 5 of them had hose pipes that could reach so far and extinguish the fire. The others were just standing there and occupying space, going back and forth and making the cops shift us more and more behind. Luckily I had carried my DSLR which is why noone stopped me and I could continue shooting as a part of the press.

It was crazy ‘cause when the front side’s fire was almost doused, the right side was up in flames. Now, there’s a petrol pump just next door and I was only hoping that the fire wouldn’t spread and touch the petrol pump. Luckily it didn’t. Mad fire went on for more than 5 hours! All in all, it was something that shouldn’t have happened.

After standing for more than 3 hours, my feet were aching and I thought its best to go back home with the photos I got.

While going home, I stopped by next to Bandstand garden, had sugarcane juice, Maaza, bought Perk and Fatatat and went home. So yeah, quite an adventure it was! (Note: This line has been purposely added to highlight how lightly the incident was taken by the fire department of Mumbai and the government of India that it felt like an adventure being there and witnessing it. No offense.)

 

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Nov 21 2011

Nawabs, Colaba- Review

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I was waiting eagerly to try this new restaurant that’s opened very close to my place and we finally tried the food last night.

Food– Nawabs, The Taste of Awadh is meant for non-vegetarians because there are barely 5-6 dishes for vegetarians out of which one is Biryani! Here’s what we called for: Mix veg (a mix of onions and a few other vegetables without any gravy, very ok), Zafrani Paneer (creamish gravy with so much coconut I felt like throwing up after the first bite!), Veg Biryani (spicy and decent tasting), Roomali Rotis (roomal-less, only plain chapati which wasn’t even soft), Ulta tawa ka parathas (the man on the phone said ‘it’s our speciality’, but it was hard and had nothing to boast about!) I had also tried their Firni before and that too, was disappointing. So yeah, almost everything we had from Nawabs sucked!

Service– We decided to call for the food at home rather than go to the restaurant as it’s a small place and it was a Sunday and guess what? There too, we were extremely disappointed. Considering we stay barely 10 steps away from the place, we should have got the food in half n hour max? OK theek hai, Sunday, lots of deliveries, etc. so throw in 15 minutes more… But no, they took one and a half hours to get the food! Absolutely ridiculous isn’t it?! Agar time lagne wala hai toh pehle se bolo na? Obviously then, I’d give the place a zero for their service!

Prices– The prices are fine. Rs. 100 for the biryani, Rs. 120 for the Zafrani Paneer, Rs. 70 for the mix veg, Rs. 30 for a Roomali Roti (Chapati), Rs. 60 for a crappy ulta tawa ka paratha. Non-veg would be a little more obviously but I think you’d spend a maximum of Rs. 200 per person if you ate non-veg. Our bill total was only Rs. 400.

Verdict– Sorry but this place will shut down very soon. There aren’t too many positive things to say about this new restaurant and when the main thing- the food is so bad, there’s not much to keep the place alive. So, save yourself the trouble!

Rating– 1/5

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Sep 19 2011

Wich Latte, Colaba- Review

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Staying in Colaba I still hadn’t checked out this place! Hawww! Good thing I finally did; and here’s what I thought of it.

Food– Sandwiches and coffees. That’s what this place is all about and hence the name ‘Wich latte’. They also serve soups, salads, desserts, etc.  My brother and I decided to go and check it out today and this is what we had: Paneer Tikka sandwich (Paneer tikka with onions, capsicum, lettuce and mint chilli coriander mayo in grilled multigrain bread). We also had the Michigan Spread sandwich (Mozzarella cheese, capsicum, tomatoes and veg parsley garlic dressing in grilled multi-grain bread). Both of us thought that the Paneer Tikka sandwich was way better but the Michigan Spread wasn’t bad either. I had wanted to try their Mexican bagel but unfortunately they had run out of bagel breads. Anyway, since both he and I had eaten a bit before coming, we decided to have a Blueberry Cheesecake as dessert. It was so-so. Could have been better (it was more like Blueberry mousse). But the sandwiches were very good nonetheless and would be great with a cup of coffee.

Ambience– Tucked away in Colaba Causeway, opposite Cusrow Baug, it’s a small eatery which is barely noticeable among the tons of shopping stalls lined up in a row. Once you step in, you’ll be filled with the aroma of fresh bread and bright, young looking interiors with green, purple and white being the café’s colours. I think it’s a fun place to be at for a nice evening snack with a close friend or even for a meeting.

Service– The service is decent but I just thought they should keep tissues at the table and get drinking water without you having to remind them to get it.

Prices– The prices are pretty reasonable. The paneer tikka sandwich was for Rs. 100, the Michigan Spread was for Rs. 140 and the Blueberry Cheesecake was for Rs. 55. The non-veg sandwiches are priced at Rs. 95 and upwards. The coffees are for Rs. 35 and up. Not bad at all. They accept Sodexo Meal Passes and that was a good thing cause that is what I used there to pay.

Verdict– I’m glad I went to Wich Latte. In case you’re thinking where to stop by for a quick bite, this is a great place to go to. I recommend!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jun 26 2010

Head (dead) massage at Hong Kong Beauty Parlour, Colaba

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I can’t decide if it was a head massage or if the female was making halwa on my head! I entered the place thinking I’ll get a cheap head massage ‘cause the name itself sounds like the cost won’t be too much. But the lady said its 300 bucks for my length of hair (shoulder length) for an hour’s massage. I thought it was too much for the place but agreed anyway.

The female giving me the head massage must’ve put like 10 drops of oil and was hardly even pressing it. I had to ask her to put some pressure and oil and only then she started putting in some effort. Luckily I was handed a magazine to read otherwise I would’ve lost it! For the first time, I didn’t close my eyes and enjoy it… I was wide awake and reading! That’s not how massages are supposed to be! Anyway, so she tried pressing my head for about 45 minutes and thankfully the pressing was over. The next thing was steam for the hair. Ok. So I imagined a normal steam machine to put on my head for about 10 minutes. What I see instead is a hot towel! Now that’s the last thing I expected from a beauty parlour, that too in Colaba! How can they not have a steam machine!  So after steaming my head 5 times with the hot towel, it was finally over!

The funny part in the end was that the lady who owns the place comes to me and asks me if my hair falls a lot. So I tell her no no not much… so she tells me I should not condition my hair! Can you believe it? This is the first time I heard something so ridiculous from a lady who owns a beauty parlour!

Anyway, I guess she wanted me to come back to her beauty parlour again because she gave me a 50 rupees discount. So I ended up paying 250 which is still 50 bucks more than the other places I go to for a head massage!

Verdict– Ha! I’m so not going there again!

Cost & Duration – Rs. 300 for 1 hour.

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