Jul 31 2016

Vedge, Andheri (W)- Review

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Vedge 6My recent visits to new restaurants proves one thing- all of them are trying to be ‘different’ and give customers something ‘new’ by experimenting with your basic dishes. With their new menu, Vedge too has gotten into that experimental space. I was invited along with some other bloggers from the Food Bloggers Association of India (FBAI) to try new items from their menu. Here’s what I thought of all that I tried.

Vedge 1Food– We had a set menu and could choose what we wanted from it. Let me tell you that it was a LOT of food as we ended up trying most of the dishes from the menu. I’m going to describe what I thought of all the stuff I tried in one- two lines each. All these dishes were well presented and looked delicious.

Vedge 2Pan Supari Martini (Masala, Betal leaf, apple juice)- A brilliant start to my evening, this drink is an absolute must have if you like paan!

Vedge 8Creamy Tomato, Basil & Parmesan soup- I am not a soup fan but this was a delicious soup! Thick, creamy and yum!

Wok Tossed potato, honey chilli sauce- This was the best starter we had! A winner for sure.

Sweet  corn & cheese ball bites with Fresh Herbed mayo- Unfortunately there was a small strand of hair as I cut through one of the crispy looking balls. A big turn off! However, I ignored that and tried another piece. Not bad at all!

Vedge Fully loaded Nachos- These were crispy, loaded with capsicum, cheese, sour cream, olives and tomato salsa. I wish the nacho chips were smaller though.

Chilli Bean Tacos- The filling was adequate but the taste was just ok.

Thai Corn fritters with sweet chilli sauce-This was my least favourite dish. There was too much corn and it was super spicey.

Vedge 4Jalapeno popper & Cream cheese pizza- This was probably the most pointless, bland pizza I’ve ever had! There was no sauce and it felt like I was eating bread and cheese.

Sabzi Galouti Kebab with Coriander & Mint chutney- This was better than I had expected. The kebabs were nice and soft and went well with the accompanying chutney.

Tandoori paneer tikka slider with cheddar cheese and Achari Mayo- The Achari mayo was the USP of this burger. A very interesting mix indeed! Try it.

Desi cheese korma with layered flaky Malabari paratha- Great texture of the paratha but it was so sweet! Since the Korma was also sweet, the combination just didn’t make sense. A spicy sabzi would probably taste better with it.

Vedge 3Thai Massaman curry, brown flavoured rice- The rice was great but the curry was too sweet for our liking.

Stir fry vegetables in hot chilli & basil sauce with Burnt garlic fried rice- I loved the fried rice even on its own! The stir fry veggies  gravy was nice and spicy and went very well with the rice.

Beet & Cheddar Risotto, Lemon, corn & Paprika Risotto- Both lacked the flavour, cheese and thick and sticky consistency one would expect to find in a Risotto.

Spicy Vanilla Chai shake- The combination is just bad! I had one sip and that was it.

Red Velvet cake with cream cheese frosting- I loved the outer layer but the inside was super sweet and just not that nice.

Vedge 5Magic Chocolate pot- Apart from the melting gimmick, the dessert has nothing to rave about. It only oozes sweetness, eventually overpowering the real taste of the ‘Magic pot’.

Chocolate Mud Pile- I liked that the cake, ice cream, chocolate sauce, powdered sugar, chocolate soil and drinking chocolate were arranged separately and the chef came and mixed it all up for us. I could do without the extra sugar and chocolate soil though.

Ambience– The restaurant has a contemporary + rustic vibe to it. A little bit of this and that. I loved the Moroccan tiles and the hanging filament lamps.

Vedge 7Service & Prices– I wouldn’t be able to comment on the service and prices as we were invited as a blogger and the meal was complimentary.  However, I would like to say that our server Rajesh was very polite and served us well and tolerated all our nakhras while we clicked photos and discussed how the dishes were. From what I gather after reading the menu, I can say that one would end up spending roughly about 750 per head.

Verdict– It was an average experience where food is concerned. I would recommend the chinese food and the Pan Supari martini.

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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Sep 15 2013

Saffron Bay, Chowpatty- Review

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Saffron Bay I remember going to Saffron Bay in the first week of its opening less than a year back. Unfortunately I didn’t think it necessary to carry cash and they didn’t accept cards so we had to walk out without eating and decided to go to Cream Centre instead. Less than a year later, they still have a problem with their credit card system. Ummm… well, getting to my review.

Food– If you look at their menu it comprises of mainly Mughlai food but they also have continental food for the ones who would like some variety in food. For starters we tried the Malai Corn Tikki, a very different kind. The outer layer is covered in fried almonds and inside you’ll find a mixture of corn, paneer and cheese, chocolate sauce as accompaniment. Interesting yet strange combo. The tikki looked great on the outside and even tasted decent without or without chocolate sauce but was very bland. For main course we tried the Paneer Butter Masala which was tasty but the overpowering ginger taste could have been avoided. With that we had the Garlic butter naan which was nice and crisp with the right amount of garlic but slightly bland and Roomali Roti which was just right. We called for a Fresh lime soda and asked them to split it one by two. They went a step ahead and gave us almost two full glasses instead and it tasted great. For dessert we had the ‘dessert of the day’ which happened to be the Swiss Chocolate pastry. Now taste-wise it wasn’t out of the world but the quantity was perfect for two people. Overall the food was very well presented and the quantity wasn’t disappointing at all.

Saffron Bay2 copyAmbience– Now here’s a venue that’s at a prime South Mumbai location- Chowpatty. Saffron Bay is bang opposite the Girgaon Chowpatty beach. Several restaurants and Banquet halls have come and gone to replace the very famous ‘Revival’ that was known a long time ago. The restaurant is beautifully designed, keeping it contemporary with an Indian touch. I love the ceiling lights and overall colours in the restaurant. I just wish they played better music. When we just came in, they had some early 2000s Hindi music playing. A while later they had English pop music from the end of 90s playing. Neither of the two goes with the theme of the place but I excuse them because there was no one at the restaurant apart from us and the poor souls put that music for themselves and probably didn’t think to change it. Anyway, it’s a great place for a nice quiet dinner as there are several booths that make your experience more personal.

Service– Since we were just two of us, we had all the attention. Our food arrived after about 15-20 minutes of placing the order which is normal. Good staff and good service overall.

Prices– When you look at the prices you would estimate a spending of atleast Rs. 750-800 but once you order the food you will realise that the prices aren’t just for the heck of a fine dining experience. The Malai Corn Tikki starter was for Rs. 250, Paneer Butter Masala was for Rs. 350, Garlic Butter Naan and Roomali Roti for Rs. 50 and Rs. 45 each, Fresh Lime Soda for Rs. 100, Dessert of the day for Rs. 180. With taxes our bill came to Rs. 1136. Not bad at all.

Verdict– A nice experience overall apart from a few things that need to be worked on.

Rating– 3/5

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Mar 5 2011

New Wave, Chowpatty- Review

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Another New Yorkers/Cream Centre in the same area? Well, you’re just about to find out!

Food– Mexican, Italian, Continental, Indian, Oriental and all of it mixed with a little bit of ‘Gujuness’ is what you’ll find at New Wave Multicuisine Restaurant (Veg). Not that it’s a bad thing but not everyone will like it. We were 6 of us and decided to go all out and call for anything that sounded interesting. And so we ended up calling for so many things! Ok here’s what I thought of all that we ordered (had to get the bill back to remember all that we had):

Bendi Kurkure– Nice for those who like fried bhindi.

Blue Sea– Blue Curacuo and soda- good

Cheese Balls– More like paneer corn balls but great nonetheless.

Jalapeno Chilly Cheese Toast– Yum but only 5 pieces.

Dal Bookhara– Very ok

Fresh Lime Soda– I’ve had better!

Home made Nachos– Good but too little quantity-wise.

Laccha Paratha– Good

Paneer Makhani– Yum! Excellent!

Pesto Cream Pasta– Very good!

Pudina Paratha & Roomali Roti– Nice

Tomato & Basil soup– Very good!

Strawberry Punch– Tasted like Virgin Pina Colada. Ok

Enchiladas– Not bad but could have been better.

Vietnamese Spring Roll– Sushi-like, not worth having, the plum sauce that came with it tasted like what we Gujus call ‘Chhunda’

Overall the food was ok. Very little quantity so you can’t help but call for more items. Not cool! The Indian was great though so I suggest you try that instead of the other stuff. For the other stuff, go to New Yorkers/ Cream Centre/ Relish, etc. I loved the ending to our dinner though- they gave us 3 complimentary Blueberry Yoghurts among the 6 of us and that was yum! Tasted like Blueberry Cheesecake. And yes, the food presentation was very good too!

Ambience– Located at Chowpatty, you can expect a lot of family crowd here. The restaurant is simple and looks decent. Nothing different about the interiors but simple is good.

Service– They served us well. No complaints there.

Prices– The food is moderately priced but the chindi quantity of the food does not make it worth it. We paid Rs.2651 (including 10% service tax) for all that we ordered but were not fully satisfied. I think they should work on their starters and new items on the menu to make it more appetizing and definitely increase the quantity!

Verdict– New Wave is ok because everything about the place is ok. But if they can work a little on the food aspect- quantity and quality, and emphasize on their Indian food which is their forte, they can do well. They have the potential.

Rating– 2.5/5

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