Apr 5 2016

The American Joint, BKC- Review


The American Joint 1I was invited to try ‘The American Joint’, an Indo-western restaurant that makes organic food. The moment I read ‘Organic’ I knew I had to visit it. They had a special menu for us bloggers and influencers as a part of their pre-opening trials and to get some honest feedback. Well, here is mine.

The American Joint, BKCFood and drinks-There were limited items on the Foodie menu but trust me we tried almost everthing so I’m briefly going to write what I liked or didn’t like about the stuff we had.

  • Lemonade Stand- So this is supposed to be your regular Nimbu pani using organic lemons but ends up being a real thirst quencher which refreshes instantly. It tasted like Mosambi juice with a lemon twist and it wasn’t even that sweet! I highly recommend this!
  • Southern sweet tea- This is basically your regular tea that’s cold sans milk. I didn’t like it much but if you’re a tea addict, this would be a great cooler in the summer.American Joint
  • Tex Mex Taters- These are basically jacket potatoes topped with beans, cheese, tomatoes, onions, olives and jalapenos. Taste-wise it was ok and would be way better if had with a nice sweet-spicy sauce.
  • Hummus To-You- This is hands down the best dish we had at The American Joint. It was perfect in every way. Right from the flavour of the hummus to the soft Pita bread, this is a definite must have at the restaurant and the best Hummus+pita I have ever had. I swear the first word that came from my mouth was ‘YUM’! Karan, my husband agrees.American Joint
  •  Southwestern COBB- This is one salad I would love to have everyday. Neatly portioned, you will find lettuce, beans, bell peppers, American corn and cheese. It is served with a creamy cilantro-lime dressing. It’s a great mix of sweetness, garlic, crunchiness and freshness.American Joint c
  • In Queso Emergency- Nacho chips with a delicious cheesy dip consisting of cheddar cheese, tomatoes, chillies and cilantro. I like that they served the dip separately instead of on top so you can have it un-soggy.
  • Mac & Tikka- A concept I’ve never tried before. The usual Mac n Cheese with a Tikka sauce on top. It was decent but I didn’t like that the macaroni was cold under the tikka sauce. Also, I’m not sure if people would like to mix their favourite Mac N cheese with an Indian topping. I for one may not want to have it again only because I like my Mac N cheese as is.American Joint b
  • San Fransisco Garlic fries- Super delicious fries that are too hard to resist. A must have.
  • Bombay Streets fries- These fries had Green chutney and Red chutney on top along with cheese. Both Karan and I didn’t like these fries at all. Somehow the green chutney was slightly bitter and didn’t go with the fries at all. A big no.
  • Say Cheeeese fries- This was a great combination and I’d love to have it again. Super cheesy, super yum.
  • Chilli Cheese Burger- The patty inside was nice and crisp, the bread was soft. The right amount of chilli and cheese.American Joint
  • Coffee & Donuts- The donuts I didn’t enjoy much. They were hard from inside and didn’t taste that great. The Choco-coffee dip on the other hand was delicious. I think instead of the donuts, if there was a mildly sweet sponge cake to dip inside the lip-smacking Nutella Espresso sauce, it would taste better.
  • Al Cappuccino- This was a nice, regular cappuccino with a lot of foam.

Ambience– The Capital building at BKC is pretty easy to find. Once you do, take the escalator up to the first floor and walk in to The American Joint, a small café-like restaurant with an open kitchen. You will find lots of green, brown and white, giving it a clean, earthy feel. The aromas of some of the dishes will pull you in and make your mouth water.

IMG_20160329_213520279 hService– We had gone there much before the restaurant even started so the staff was completely unaware about the items on the menu and didn’t quite place our orders properly. However, the owners of the restaurant were there and helped us quite a bit.

Prices– A thought that would come to anyone at first would be that organic food will be expensive. The people at The American Joint disagree. They source their organic supplies from a farm in Nashik and make sure the customer gets as promised. Their salads are about Rs.225-250, starters for Rs. 180-210, Mains for Rs.275-290, Fries for Rs. 110-120, Beverages for Rs.80-100 and desserts for Rs.75-110. They also have breakfast options priced reasonably. The portion size for all is good.

Verdict– This is one place I would like to go back to and have a hearty meal without feeling a pinch in my pocket. I’d consider it as a ‘Value for money’ place to dine. Go try!

Rating– 4/5

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Jul 4 2011

Mokshkari Dugdhapan, Chira Bazaar- Review


You’re probably wondering from the name itself why I would go to such a place but this is one of those awesome places I discovered when I had just started working at my school, which is in the same area. So here’s why I just had to write about it.

What to have? They have different kinds of milky drinks. If you love milkshakes and other milk products, this place is for you. You get Cold Coco, Masala Milk, Lassi, Kaju & Anjeer Milk, Badam shake, Masala thandai, Kesar Milk, Fruit Salad, Rabdi and Seasonal fresh fruit milkshake if you’re lucky. My personal favourite is Cold Coco but I also like the Rabdi and Badam shake. Thick and yum! They add chocolate chips to the Cold Coco and fresh almonds to the Badam shake making it extremely hard to resist after one sip. I also thought the Fruit Salad was good, however, I didn’t like the Kesar milk ‘cause they put elaichi in it.

Where? It’s a small stall at Chira Bazaar, opposite this restaurant called Aanandashram. It’s at the naka of the Gaaywadi lane. Unfortunately it’s not listed online anywhere so there’s no map or exact location I can help you with but I hope this much info helps. So if you’re a townie and familiar with the area, it shouldn’t be too hard to find.

How much? Extremely affordable, the cost of a regular glass is Rs. 20 and large glass is Rs. 30. The Masala Milk, Rabdi and seasonal milk are 5-10 bucks more but that’s hardly anything too.

Final Words? Go try it! You’ll thank me for introducing this place to you! Paisa vasool hai boss!

Rating– 4/5

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May 30 2011

The Terrace, Chowpatty- Review


I recently went to not -just -another “terrace” with a couple of friends to see what it was like and here’s what I thought of it.

Food– If you’re planning to eat hardcore, this is not the place for you. Just like WTF! The Terrace serves starters and drinks only. They have an entire menu containing alcohol choices and for food they didn’t have a menu yet ‘cause they had just opened;  but they have starters such as French Fries, Pizza, Bruschetta, Burgers, Sandwiches, Chilly Mini Potatoes, Spinach & Mozarella tikis, etc and no non-veg ‘cause the landlord of the building doesn’t allow non-veg.  Since there were only starters we decided to call for 4-5 different ones. The Grain pizza was the strangest of them all! It didn’t look like a pizza but tasted good anyway. It had a thick wheat base with Bell pepper, Cheese, a Basil leaf and an Artichoke. The cutlet in the Burgers tasted like Kanda bhajiya with corn but it was good nonetheless. Next we tried the Spinach Mozarella thing with sev around it. That was ok. The Mini potatoes were also just ok… the taste of the potatoes overpowered the sauce. So the food was ok. I thought the quantity was very little. We were not even half full! Basically, it’s a place for those more interested in drinking and have starters on the side so make sure you don’t go there just for food. But one thing that I must add is that they’ve made an attempt to introduce new dishes and make them look different so kudos to them!

Ambience– Lovely place. Open air with comfortable seating- chilled out chairs and bean bags to sit on with amazing breeze slapping your face. The best part is that you’ll see our very own Chowpatty beach on the opposite side. So yes, they’ve got the right location with very simple and yet classy décor and furniture which makes the place just awesome and fun to chill!

Service– The service is fine nothing spectacular about it!

Prices– I’d say the prices are fine but the quantity of food is not. So they should do something about that. A Kingfisher beer costs Rs. 180, the pizza cost us 300 bucks and it wasn’t worth the money at all! The mini burgers plate cost us Rs. 225, the spinach Mozarella thing cost us Rs. 275 and the Mini potatoes cost us Rs. 245. So 4 starters, 1 beer and 2 Fresh lime sodas, adding 10% service charge, the bill amount came to Rs. 1460 among the 4 of us. But mind you we weren’t full at all!

Verdict– The Terrace is a great place to hang out with your friends, have a couple of drinks and just enjoy the weather is good ol’ Mumbai. The food, service and pricing is ok. If they make a few changes in the quantity and introduce more things to eat, I’d definitely be coming here more often! It’s worth a shot for sure so go try it asap!

Rating– 3/5


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Jul 15 2010

Quench, Bandra -Review


I had read about Quench on Burrp and thought this is one of those places I must go to. Luckily, my friend Irfan decided to treat me to dinner, and so we went to Quench. What a great choice!

Food– The place serves Pasta, Salads, Sizzlers, Chinese, Continental and Indian food.  Now that’s a huge variety of cuisine to choose from! They also serve drinks. All kinds! For starters we had a plate of Nachos which was pretty different yet decent but you’d have to ask them to pour some more cheese sauce as they’re a bit kanjoos with it! For main course I called for my favourite pasta- Penne in Alfredo sauce with American corn and totally loved it; my friend called for a Fetuccini in Carbonara sauce. He liked his pasta too. Besides that I had a Frunch which is a yummy mocktail- concoction of Cranberry juice and vanilla ice cream. Since I’ve made it at home before, I knew it would be yummy. I also had a chocolate milkshake. Now even their chocolate milkshakes have different chocolates and you can choose between Ferrero Rocher, Snickers, Kit Kat and Mars. My Ferrero Rocher shake was delicious! My stupid friend just had his London Pilsners so no comments on that! We didn’t have our dessert there ‘cause I really wanted to try Pali village café, but unfortunately, after eating at Quench, I had no room for dessert and plus there was 1 hour waiting at PVC! Bloody hell!

Ambience– Located near the reclamation Candies, this place is a tiny little restaurant that looks very cute from the outside. I love the look and feel of the place! Very young, colourful and fun! You’ll find quotes about beer and wine, and fun furniture too! They play great music, mainly House, although at times you’ll also hear Justin Bieber… but that’s ok! But the best thing I love is how chilled out the place is!

Service– Good & quick service. Our food arrived on time so no complaints.

Prices– The prices are well worth the food. Good quantity and completely affordable. We had 1 starter, 1 mocktail, 1 milkshake, 2 beers, 2 pastas and our bill came up to 1064, which is brilliant! The good thing about this place is that its value for money! A veg pasta would cost you about 169 and a non-veg one would cost you 189. My chocolate milkshake with Ferrero Rocher was only 71 bucks and the beer was 119 bucks! So, it’s a place you can go to even if you just wanna have a couple of drinks. The best part was that from 8pm to 9pm they have this Happy Hour for women and offer free wine! I don’t drink, so the wine was a waste but for those who do, it’s a great offer, don’t you think?!

Verdict– Highly recommended! It’s a place for those who want to chill, with a couple of drinks, good food and music! Total Paisa Vasool I say! I’m really looking forward to many more dinners at Quench!

Rating– 4/5

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