Jun 27 2013

Chez Moi, Oshiwara- Review

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Chez Moi, Oshiwara Roochster‘Chez Moi’ in French means ‘At my house’. When you walk into this charming restaurant at Oshiwara, you will feel like you are stepping into one of those vintage European homes, so beautifully designed and decorated. I’m so grateful to Chez Moi and El Sol for inviting me to try the place and do a review! Here’s what I thought.

Food– I was quite hungry and super excited to try the food ever since my friend Sneha had mentioned that the one in Bandra is very good. We were lucky to have met the chef of the Oshiwara restaurant- Roshanwho suggested some of the food we had. For starters in veg, we tried the Cheese & Leek cigars with Ponhzu sauce by the chef’s recommendation. A unique, tasty and ‘must have’ dish! My friend had a chicken wings starter which he happily wiped off clean! For drinks, I had a very well made Strawberry iced tea which was neither too sweet nor bitter. Just right. My friend seemed to enjoy his Dirty Martini which I thought was quite bitter. Being a pizza lover I just had to try a pizza to judge the place better and I must say that it did not disappoint. It was a 12” Margherita thin crust and was absolutely delicious! We were pretty full by now but still wanted to try something more so we called for a Pasta Creole (A mix of red and white sauce) with veggies in it. That was the least favourite dish from all that we tried. But the best part about our meal was still to come- the desserts. We decided to try the Baked cheesecake (with a few blueberries inside) and the Chocolate Torte which were both heavenly and scrumptious! I wished they would never get over! Oh and I also tried the cold coffee which came in a small glass. It was good but the iced tea was better. And yes, superb presentation of food!

Ambience– Chez Moi is a beautiful bistro and pub located near Oshiwara Police Station, in the same lane as Sreeji restaurant. The decor is tastefully done, following a European theme throughout. There’s an al fresco area as well as an indoor section much like a pretty looking house. When you enter, you will find a small bar, a fireplace, a sweet kitchen with bar stools and a tall table. Gorgeous interiors that make for a great place to come with someone special.

Chez Moi Oshiwara 2 RoochsterService– Most of our communication was with the chef and manager so I can probably judge the service better the next time I go there without being known as the “reviewer”.

Prices– The cheese and leek cigars starter was for Rs. 220, the Chicken wings starter was for Rs. 245, The Margherita Pizza was for Rs. 245, and the Pasta Creole was for Rs. 300. The Iced tea was for Rs. 90, the cold coffee for Rs. 95. The Dirty martini was for Rs. 350. The desserts were for Rs. 220 each. I think apart from the pasta and cold coffee, everything else was worth the price, keeping in mind this is a slightly high-end place. So with taxes and without alcohol one would end up spending about Rs. 750-800 per head. For such good food and a wonderful dining experience, the prices are worth it.

Verdict– I had a great dining experience at Chez Moi, Oshiwara and can’t wait to go try the Bandra one since its closer to home! I loved it and so will you!

Rating– 3.5/5

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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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