Aug 25 2015

Box 8, Kandivali (W)- Review

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Box 8Being a delivery only service and having read a lot of unhappy tweets about the slow delivery, I was a bit concerned if my order from Box 8 would arrive on time because I was hungry AND PMSing! Surprisingly, the food came in less than half an hour. I was in Kandivali at the editor’s for editing my wedding video and we were pretty hungry so thought a meal would be the best to order in. I had to review Box 8 since a long time and hadn’t yet done it so naturally this was my first choice.

Food & Prices– I chose the Dal Makhani meal (Rs.88) and Honey, the editor chose the Chicken Maharaja meal (Rs. 238). The quantity is perfect for a single person and it comes in a microwavable plastic box with a fork.

The Dal Makhani is at the bottom, topped with rice, chutney and then salad.  Tastewise the Dal Makhani was rich, well cooked and cooked perfectly well. However, the quantity of Dal was a little less compared to the helping of rice because of which when I mixed it together, it was a bit dry. Making separate compartments for the salad and chutney would help.

Honey’s Chicken Maharaja meal was superb. He was very happy with the four types of chicken in Makhani gravy and with rice and salad. He said all the types of chicken tasted really good and that he would definitely order from there again.

As a surprise, they threw in a Coke and their version of Lemonade with added masala (Rs. 48) which was yummyinmytummy! For dessert we indulged in some mouthwatering mini Gulab Jamuns (Rs. 68) and  Moong Dal Halwa (Rs.68) which could have been less gheewala but tasted good nonetheless.

Their meals range from Rs. 88 to Rs. 208 in Veg and Rs. 118 to Rs.238 in non- veg and if you’d like a drink and dessert to go along with it, they also have Combo meals. If you wish, you can also order your choice of dishes separately from the menu. Apart from heavy meals, they also have sandwiches, wraps and salads all at very affordable rates. I would definitely like to try their wraps and sandwiches the next time around.

Verdict– Meals that are value for money and perfect to order in at your work place or at home for a snack. They just need to increase the quantity of the Dal/Gravy and work on timely deliveries at some of their outlets.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Aug 3 2015

Noodle Play, Powai- Review

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Noodle PlaycopyWhen I heard about the concept of food according to star signs, I was intrigued more than anything. How does the star sign of a person define their likes/dislikes of a particular dish? That one question was enough to get me excited to try Noodle Play.

Food– I am an Arien and Karan is a Virgo so the gravy and rice was selected by them accordingly. I got Thai Chili Basil Rice to go with a Mixed veggies in Hunan gravy. While the Thai Chili Basil Rice was perfect, every grain separated by a burst of exactly the flavours promised.  Karan got Egg Fried Rice with Chicken in Sopa gravy. He liked the gravy but felt the chicken could have been juicier. As a starter we got Paneer in Black Pepper which was superb! It wasn’t too spicy neither too sweet. Even though we had it cold, it tasted great so I can imagine how delicious it would be when it’s nice and hot. Great concept and so far they were pretty accurate about the food according to starsigns. However, I would love to try their Kung Pao gravy to get a better idea the next time around.

Prices- The prices are competitive with a lot of other Chinese and Thai places that have opened serving custom made noodles or rice in a paper container that surprisingly stays well inside. The starters are priced at Rs. 200, my Veg Thai Chili Basil rice was for Rs. 130, Egg Fried Rice was for Rs. 140, Gravies are for Rs. 150 for Veg, Rs. 200 for gravy with Paneer and Rs. 220 for gravies with chicken. They also have lemonade and Iced Tea priced at Rs. 60 if you’d like some. So a vegetarian would end up spending about Rs.250 if shared between two. Not bad at all!

Verdict– Apart from the star sign concept, which I think is just a gimmick, the food here is really good and I would definitely like to call from there again.

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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Jul 6 2015

Wok Express, Bandra (W)- Review

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Wok Express 2It’s been a while since I’ve written a review of any restaurant. Well, I guess being married keeps you busy in some way or another whether it’s paying social visits to relatives or figuring out news ways to having a good work life. Since my husband is as much or perhaps an even bigger foodie than I am, he has been accompanying me to most of my Foodie meets where he tells me how the non-veg food is and I continue to enjoy my Veg food. Anyhow, here’s a place I went to recently at Pali Hill. This one’s another Wok place that’s now competing with several others such as Wok Hei, Wok in the box, Wok this way, Wok & Roll, All Stir Fry, etc. How good was Wok Express? Read on.

Wok Express 3Food– We started our evening with Bubble Teas by Boba. Now, we tried their Strawberry, Guava, Coffee Vanilla, Thai and Peach flavours out of which I liked Guava and Strawberry flavours the best but I would not recommend the bubbles (tapioca balls) ‘cause they’re chewy and taste weird, leaving an aftertaste I did not like. Karan liked the Thai Bubble tea the best. The coffee vanilla was more like watery cold coffee with the bubbles. Euh! Along with our iced teas we tried some Dim sums/Dumplings. The Crystal Dumpling (filled with carrot, mushroom and water chestnuts) tasted alright but the outlayer was super sticky. The other Veg Dumpling- Edammame & Truffle Dumpling was hands down the best dumpling I’ve ever had. Filled with Edamame flavouring, mashed potato, topped with carrot, we all agreed that it was melt in your mouth types and well made, an absolute MUST HAVE at Wok Express. Next we tried the Veg Bun. The sweetness and thickness of the rice bun mixed with the gingery, mushroomy flavours inside it didn’t go too well with my palette and I put it down after two attempts. It was now Wok time and like other Wok places, you choose your veggies, sauce, rice or noodles and garnishing. I chose the Udon noodles with veggies in Kung Pao sauce garnished with burnt garlic, peanuts and fried onion. I thought the Udon noodles were well cooked but the Kung Pao sauce lacked the sweetness and spiciness that I would expect. It was somewhere in between. It was a lot to finish though even though I had a medium size, the quantity is perfect especially if you plan to have just a Wok. Karan went for the Sambal sauce with chicken and left it at two bites because of how bland it tasted. For dessert we tried the Wok Kachang dessert which was more like a Roohafza flavoured Milkmaid Gola served in a plastic glass garnished with peanuts, or was it the Tab Tim Grob? Uhh…they tasted the same except that one had water chestnuts at the bottom and the other had peanuts on top. Avoidable.

Ambience– Wok in the box is located at Pali Hill, Bandra in place of Pinkberry Yoghurt and close to 5 Spice. They serve dim sums, bubble teas and of course customizable woks. The furniture is well spread out, giving each group their space. So even when it’s full, people can still walk up to make their Wok at the counter. They don’t have a washroom though so do all the deeds before getting there otherwise, like me you would have to go to the 5 Spice loo. Also, unfortunately on the day we went, their exhausts weren’t working and because of that, our eyes were burning and watering due to the spices and herbs used in cooking.

Wok Express 1Service– It’s all self service so there’s not much I can say in that department.

Prices– Given the fact that going to a restaurant now cannot happen too often because of the amount of taxes and cost of making food ends up becoming a burden on our head, Wok Express plays it safe between the reasonable eateries and the more expensive ones. Out here, if you have a medium sized wok and a drink, you pay about Rs.300 for a meal that will fill you up to the brim. The Veg Woks, medium size are for Rs.190 Chicken/Fish for Rs.210 and Prawns for Rs. 240. Large sized woks- Veg- Rs. 250, Chicken/ Fish- Rs.280 and Prawns for Rs. 310.a If you plan to share a starter plus wok plus drinks/ dessert it would make sense too. The Dumplings cost about Rs. 250. The Bubble teas are priced at Rs. 70 each. The dessert is priced at Rs. 100. Have it if you must.

Verdict– In a nutshell, Wok Express will have to up their game and make more flavourful food to want customers visiting again. Apart from the Edammame & Truffle dumpling, I don’t have any other reason to go back there.

Rating– 2/5

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Feb 21 2015

Me so happi, Khar (west) – Review

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Me so happi, kharAfter an amazing Arijit Singh concert, the husband and I were returning to our nest but before that we needed to feed our empty stomachs. I suggested Me So Happi since it was so close to home and sounded like such a fun place! I quickly Zomato’d the place, checked what cuisine we get there and we were there. Such a happi name! The place must be twice as happi… or so I thought. Sigh!

Food– Karan wanted to drink so he ordered some Gin and Tonic for himself while I went through the menu thrice to look for some interesting Veg starters to call for. After not finding many options, I froze on a Bruschetta (Cherry tomatoes, olives & Mozzarella cheese on garlic bread). It was exactly that. Cut cherry tomatoes, olives and small blobs of Mozzarella cheese on garlic bread with very few basil leaves sprinkled here and there. Bland, effortless and a complete let down. Karan being the non-vegetarian foodie that he is, called for a Bombillo (Bombay duck fried and tossed chilli style). He thought it was ok. Nothing spectacular. For main course I tried their Broadway sandwich (Cottage cheese, aubergine and tomato with pesto between breads). Now, I expected there to be small pieces of aubergine. This sandwich had huge slices of aubergine, some tomatoes and a big piece of cottage cheese which spoilt it for me. There was also barely any pesto. It lacked flavour, salt and character. Karan was craving a burger so he called for a Mighty Melt (Chicken patty, chicken bacon, chimi churi sauce and egg). The patty was huge and the burger looked pretty big but tastewise as Karan put it, it was pretentious and badly westernised, just like all the other food we had. By that he meant that it all looked really fancy and nice but tastewise it all lacked the flavours and special ingredients that would make us want to come back and have any of the dishes again. After the not-so-tasty dinner it was dessert time. I went to the counter, checked it all out and decided to call for the Double Chocolate pudding. That too was a tad disappointing. It looked better than it tasted. The saving grace was the last (but not the least) dish- The Crème Brulee. It was almost perfect. Just needed a little cooling.

Ambience– Nice, quirky, youth-appealing interiors. The tall chairs and tables add to the fun aura, perfect for a bar/pub feel but I would have liked to sit on a normal chair to eat my dinner.  The music is happi and they have a few games too, to keep you entertained. I love the lamps and the paintings on the wall.

Service– So even though the food is bland and honestly not that great, the service is excellent! The staff deserve the service charge amount and a good tip for the wonderful service. Our food was also brought to our table quicker than we expected.

Prices– Not worth the food we had. At all. The Might Melt (burger) was for Rs. 400, Bruschetta for Rs. 200, Bombillo (Fish starter) for Rs. 300, Broadway (Sandwich) for Rs. 270, Pudding and Crème Brulee for Rs. 150 each, Gin for Rs. 150, Tonic water Rs. 125. Now add service charge, Vat, Service tax to all of this. So we paid around Rs. 1700 for just the food (which we did not like at all) and the remaining for the 3 Gins and 2 Tonic water.  Our total was Rs. 2691! Pricey, much?

Verdict–  Unfortunately it was a not so happi experience for both of us and we’re not so sure if we would like to go back there again unless it’s just for drinks. More  effort to make better tasting food may change that though.

Rating– 2.5/5

 

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Jan 13 2015

Biryani360, Bandra (w)- Review

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Biryani360 RoochsterSo I’ve tried biryani at many places in Mumbai and inadvertently it’s only been ordered ‘cause there’s still some space in the stomach after eating some naan and sabzi. Other than that I’d have some biryani at weddings. Yeah, so I am a vegetarian and I don’t find biryani fascinating the way a non-vegetarian would find it that too because of the mutton, mostly.  Lucky, Harpal, Copper Chimney, Samrat, Santoor, Shiv Sagar are a few places I have eaten biryani at. I also tried some in Hyderabad when I went there since ‘Hyderabad Biryani’ is so famous (Nothing to brag about, really!) Oh but let me not forget the most ridiculously  ridiculous ‘Birizza’ (Pizza Biryani) from Pizza Hut. So that’smy little summary of how important biryani is in my life. And then came Biryani360. *drum roll*

The Build up– So on a random day I received an email from the very good looking Shayan Italia who is the man behind Biryani360. I was on my honeymoon then and promised I would get in touch in January once back. After many email exchanges, we froze on Friday night to try some Veg Biryani. Karan (mi amor) and I went to his place along with blogger Uday and his friend. Now Karan being a complete non vegetarian and not-interested-in-biryani-because-of-all-the-oil-and-garam-masala kinda guy, he was a bit apprehensive and not excited at all to go try the biryani with me. But well, things did change the moment we entered Shayan’s place. The aroma of saffron mixed with flavourful herbs and rice filled our nostrils. The next half an hour or so Shayan spoke about how Biryani360 as a concept came along sprinkling some PR dust onto us and while all that was going on, all I could think about was the biryani!

The Experience– As we sat on the dining table, Shayan filled some Biryani360 onto our plates and left us there to photograph, analyze, savour, compare and feast on the mouth watering Biryani and raita. After taking our first bites all of us gave him our nod of approval and gobbled up every morsel. Once we told him how we felt about it, he gaveus a small serving of some Lucky Biryani. Now let’s compare.

  • Oil: Biryani360– Very little oil and the vegetables are cooked to perfection. Lucky– Rice and veggies soaked in oil.
  • Spices and flavours: Biryani360– Just the right amount of spicy, using natural herbs and spices. Lucky– Oil overpowering the spices and flavours.
  • Freshness: Biryani360– No artificial colours or preservatives. The biryani stays fresh only for upto 6 hours. Lucky– Has colours, preservatives and can be consumed even after 12 hours.
  • Price point: Biryani360– Light on the stomach but heavy on pocket. Lucky– Heavy on stomach and pocket friendly.
  • Portion: Biryani360– Portion only for one person. Lucky– Portion sufficient for two people.

So after some comparisons, I have gathered that Biryani 360 is the sure shot healthy option. However, there are pros and cons which I shall mention too.

Pros of Biryani360:

  • A good meal option for office goers.
  • The biryani is rich in herbs, spices and uses very little oil so it is good for those struggling to maintain weight.
  • It is undoubtedly yummyinmytummy, thoughtfully made with the finest, premium
  • The raita that comes along with the biryani is lip smackingly delicious! It goes very well with the biryani.
  • The Veg biryani is given equal importance (if not more) as compared to the Un- Veg biryani so a non-vegetarian will also love the veg biryani without the pieces of chicken or meat.

Cons of Biryani360:

  • 360 for a Veg Biryani is a bit much for a regular meal. So for a family of 4, spending Rs. 1440 on just Biryanithat too to be eaten at home would be quite expensive.
  • They only accept online payments.
  • No dining in as of now. Once they begin operations, the delivery will be limited to Bandra and Khar.
  • No variety. Vegetarians can eat only one type of Biryani. Non-vegetarians can have Un-Veg or Veg biryani which is still a limited choice.
  • If the ingredients are premium and fresh, having potatoes and paneer variations in Biryani would be another reason for one to call for the biryani more often.

Verdict– My mouth is watering as I say this… Biryani360’s biryani is the best Veg Biryani I have ever had and highly recommend you to try it atleast once. The raita is super amazing too! It is a bit heavy on the pocket but I promise you it will be worth every penny! Must try!

Rating– 4/5

 

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Jul 16 2014

Jamjar Diner, Versova- Review

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Oh I can’t tell you how badly I wanted to try Jamjar Diner since the time it opened. Unfortunately, the distance (South Mumbai to Versova) was just too much. Luckily, I had to go shopping that side and so Fash and I just decided that we’d just go! Bahut ho gaya!

Jamjar diner  foodFood– Jam Jar serves Italian, American and Mexican food apart from various drinking options. We had gone for lunch and were super hungry so we decided to quickly call for a starter that they recommended – JJ’s Chili Cheese toast. Ok so it was nice but not the best I’ve had. With ketchup, oregano and chilli flakes, it tasted better. For main course I decided to call for the Basil Pesto+ Feta+ Roasted Veggies sandwich. Now it smelled really good and was stuffed with veggies but tastewise, it was quite bland and there was barely any feta. After having half the sandwich I decided that some more feta was needed to improve the taste and thankfully, it got a lot better. Fash had the Chimichurri Grilled chicken and she loved it. For drinks, I had a good old Chocolate milkshake. Trust me; it was just too good to be true! One glass just ain’t enough! Fash decided to go healthy and had the Carrot+Apple+Ginger juice which was nice and refreshing. She also called for the Smoked Paprika Fries which were just perfect. After eating so much we were quite full but couldn’t go without trying a dessert. We wanted to try the Flower Pot Surprise (Brownies, marshmallows & ice cream) but ended up having the Dark Chocolate & Salted Caramel Mousse which was absolutely delicious, especially the salted caramel at the bottom! So, the food overall was tasty, well presented but slightly bland.

Ambience– Located at Versova, Andheri West, Jamjar Diner place gets full marks for its ambience. Skillfully decorated, you will find something new to look at everytime you go there, especially because there is so much to see! Lots of vintage and classic looking furniture and accessories with lovely colours everywhere. The vibe is positive and fun and that translates into an experience that is such. You’ll find randome things like a Jukebox, Mango Bites, a gramophone, old Tv set, ancient looking barni, pots, pans, plates, tools, a goldfish in a glass bowl and so much more. All of it adds character and makes Jamjar Diner an interesting place to kill time, especially if your friend’s late.

Jamjar diner, VersovaService– I was quite happy with the service. These guys know their stuff and will help you choose something nice, especially if you’re there for the first time. Our waiter was nice. We were stuffed and still wanted to have the Flower Pot dessert. He told us that it would get too heavy for us so go for something lighter; which is exactly what we did.

Prices– The prices are slightly on the higher side. You would end up spending about 800 bucks per head without alcohol. Jamjar’s Chilli Cheese toast was for Rs. 225 which I felt was a bit overpriced. The Veg sandwich that I had was for Rs. 295. The Chimichurri Grilled Chicken was for Rs. 312. The Smoked Paprika fries were for Rs. 156. The awesome Chocolate milkshake was for Rs. 156 and the Carrot, apple and ginger juice was for Rs. 174. The dark chocolate & salted caramel mousse was for Rs. 174. So our bill came up to Rs. 1720 including taxes and service charge.

Verdict– Jamjar Diner is sweet and has such a positive vibe that you’d want to visit again and again even though the food is slightly bland and the prices a little high. You must have their chocolate milkshake!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jun 28 2014

Kirith’s Patisserie, Byculla- Review

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I’m a total junk food and dessert person so it was no surprise that I was super excited to try Kirith’s Patisserie at Byculla.

What I had:

Kirith's pastries1 Chocolate heaven (Rs. 70) – Rich chocolate pastry that’s hard to share! Truly heavenly! Must have!

Death by Chocolate (Rs. 65) – Not as deathly as I wished it was. The cake was not very soft and it didn’t taste that great.

Black & White Forest (Rs. 60) – Soft, creamy and nice. Lots of cherries!

Walnut Brownie (Rs. 60) – Not the best brownie I’ve had but this one’s loaded with walnuts and is quite tasty. Not bad for the price.

Chocolate tart (Rs. 50) – Yum! Worth having for sure!

Kirith's tarts1Veg puff (Rs. 40) – Superb! Loved the crispiness of the puff and the taste of corn, spinach and cheese inside. Really good!

Veg pizza slice (Rs. 50) – The bread was a little chewy but not bad overall.

Green Goddess Burger (Rs. 50) – Avoidable. I’d go eat the burger from Mc Donald’s instead.

Kirith's savouriesWhere? I had called for all the items at home but was not too happy with that service so it would be better to just go to their outlet. They’re located at Byculla, near St. Mary’s school, opposite Mazgaon court. You can call them on 022 67303649.

Verdict– Kirith’s Patisserie is a bit of this and that. If you happen to be around Byculla, do go there and have their Chocolate heaven pastry or Veg Puff.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Feb 10 2014

Ankur, Fort- Review

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A vegetarian reviewing a Mangalorian restaurant that specializes in sea food? Well, we vegetarians eat too, you know? Anyway, here’s my review along with excerpts from my two non-vegetarian friends who accompanied me to Ankur at Fort.

Ankur 2Food– I hadn’t eaten Mangalorian food before and this was a first for me so we asked the owner Mr. Devdas to recommend things to eat. So, some of their dishes are named after places and they use masalas made in house. Even the paneer they use is made in house. He suggested we try the Kerala Paneer (Paneer mixed in an herbs & pepper paste). Even though a little spicy because of the pepper, the herbs used made the dish flavourful and delicious! I had that on my second visit as well because it was that good! My mouth still waters everytime I think of it! We tried the Kerala potatoes in the same paste but that was nothing compared to the paneer.  Another starter with potatoes was the Kundapur Potatoes. That was spicier and the blend of masalas gave off a nice aroma. Along with our starters we tried the Sol Kadi (which is not on the menu). It tasted like pink coloured (beetroot) spicy buttermilk with a strong taste of garlic and I loved it. You must try it when you go there.

 For main course we tried the Ankur Special (vegetables in red gravy). Now this I loved and repeated for my second visit too. I liked that it had a sweetish taste and it was indeed very special. The Paneer Chaman dish I had was by far the most different paneer dish and I like it for that. There was methi in it, tasted sweetish and not like the typical Paneer Makhani or Paneer Tikka Masala. One dish I didn’t like much was the Veg Gassi (Mixed vegetables in coconut-based masaledar gravy). Now this is a typical Mangalorian dish that’s coconut based. I’m not a fan of coconut-based dishes and so, I didn’t like it much. Now, those who know me already know that Malai Kofta (Cashew-based sweet gravy) is my favourite dish whenever I go out to a place that serves Indian food and by default I must have it. At Ankur it was good but not the best I’ve had. For breads, we tried the Neer Tella (Dosa) which was really soft and nice and tasted great with the ‘Ankur Special’ but I preferred the Butter Kulcha with my sabjis. We were pretty stuffed after eating so much food but that didn’t stop us from trying a dessert. We decided to call for a Caramel Custard thinking it would be light. How wrong of us to assume! Haha! It was rich dense and full of caramel, hence super sweet.

Excerpts from my Non-vegetarian friends:

Fash– Great: The Kerala Prawns, cooked in a spicy, roughly chopped pepper and curry leaf base, the Fish Thekady – in our case, surmai – was very fresh with a distinct flavor due to it being cooked with a mixture of spices custom made at Ankur and unique to the restaurant. The Squid Kundapur and Ravas Kaalimiri were tasty as well; mop up the former with some neer tellas/dosas.

Karan– At any sea food restaurant you want to be sure that the fish used is freshly caught and not frozen. At Ankur they just do that. They use daily catch in their meals along with freshly ground spices and all done by hand.

Fish Thekdey made with Surmai- The Surmai fish was marinated in hand ground spices and cooked to perfection. Most of the time whenever I have called for a tawa fried fish, I get a fish soaked in Oil and it’s overcooked, but at Ankur the fish was perfect, the marination to the final cooking, perfect. The surmai was just delectable.

Squid Kundapur- this is Mangalore food at its best.  What makes a difference is freshly caught squid; it was a joy to eat fresh squid with the signature Kundapur (Mangalorean) gravy.

Rawas Kalimiri-  Kalimiri is fresh peppercorns ground into a paste to make the base of the dish, the peppercorns were ground to a rough paste giving the fish an added texture on the outside, it was a little spicy for my taste buds but the fresh fish made up for everything spicy. It was a joy to eat this dish.

Sol Kadi – The Ankur Sol Kadi was a little different than the normal Konkan sol kadi. They use beetroot add more pink, I personally did not like it that much as it had more shades of garlic and ginger. I definitely prefer the traditional sol kadi any day, but would recommend to try it for sure.

Kerela Prawns- Sweet and tender prawns with the kerela type gravy was just amazing and wholesome. Definitely try it if you are a fan of coconut based gravies.

To sum it up it was the best food I have had so far with a warm and cozy atmosphere to eat in.

Thank you so much for the really awesome lunch 🙂 it was one of the best places I have had sea food at yet, Awesome company, best food, PERFECT!

Ambience– For those familiar with the Fort area, this place might be easy to find but otherwise it can be a little tricky to get there. So if you’re at Fountain, find Kandeel restaurant. Take that lane, go straight, turn left and take the right into M.P. Shetty Marg. You’ll see Ankur there welcoming you with lots of plants on the outside. When you walk in, you’ll find a dimly lit place. A little too dim for my liking if you plan to go for lunch but it gives you that warm, familiar, family restaurant type feel which I like. With comfortable seating arrangements, Ankur is a great place to go to with friends or family.

Ankur1Service– Been to Ankur twice and both my experiences have been great! The service is prompt and you will be well taken care of. They will do their best to guide you and suggest dishes according to what you like.

Prices– The dishes at Ankur are priced very well. The Veg starters are all less than Rs. 250. The Kerala Prawns were for Rs. 320. Fish Thekady (Surmai) – Rs. 320, Ravas Kaalimiri was for Rs. 350. The Veg sabjis were all between Rs. 190 and 240 and so on. So basically you’re paying for your money’s worth. The quality and taste of the food will leave you completely satisfied with your dining experience at Ankur.

Verdict– It might be known for its non-veg food, sea food especially, but the vegetarian food too is top class.  This is one of those places you would want to go to again and again for the love of food. Highly recommended!

Rating– 4/5

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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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Sep 26 2013

Cocheta Chocolates, Khar- Review

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Cocheta Chocolates

I’ve tried atleast 5 new places in the last 3 weeks, 2 being dessert places. Cocheta Chocolates is one of those dessert places that makes the best Tiramisu I’ve ever had! Read on.

What I had– COCHETA CHOCOLATES specializes in custom chocolate gift boxes, baskets and high quality business and promotional gifts for almost any event. I had the opportunity to sample some of Cocheta’s desserts and I’m quite excited to tell you how my experience was.

Cocheta chocolates KharChocolate Cake Bite (Rs. 20) – Being the first dessert I tried, I thought it was just ok and was hoping everything else was only better.

Peanut Butter Cake Bite (Rs. 25) – If you’re a peanut butter fan, you must try this. It was superb! Must have!

Date Walnut Muffin (Rs. 70) – Rich with walnuts! It would be a great tea accompaniment.

Moist orange carrot cupcake with cream cheese (Rs. 70) – This one is very well made. The cream does not overpower the muffin and even on its own, the muffin tastes great.

Choco Walnut Fudge Bites (Rs. 370 per 500 gms) – This one took me back to Lonavla! The fudge bites tasted just like the Lonavla fudge and trust me it was absolutely delicious! A must have!

Truffle Torte Dessert shot (Rs. 60) -This looked really nice but tastewise it was alright. Could have been more chocolaty.

Tiramisu Dessert Cup (Rs. 100) – This was out of the world! The best I’ve ever had! Highly recommended!

Chocolates- Oreo (Rs. 750/kg)Nice, Roasted Almonds (Rs. 950/kg) – Not the best roasted almond chocolates I’ve had but not bad either, Hazelnut (Rs. 1100/kg) – Alright, Coffee Fudge (Rs. 950/kg) – Amazing! Melt in your mouth types.

Where?  Cocheta chocolates has their workshops in Khar and Wadala but delivers anywhere in Mumbai. You can call them on 09322244043 to place your order.

Verdict– The packaging of the products varies according to your order but I wish they’d design boxes with proper branding. Apart from that, some of the desserts that I loved and recommend are the peanut butter cake bites, the moist orange cupcake with cream cheese , the Tiramisu and the choco walnut fudge bites! Good stuff Cocheta!

Rating– 3.5/5

 

 

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