Nov 18 2017

Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden, Bandra (W)- Review

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Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden has been around for a while but I got to trying it only very recently. We went for dinner and drinks on a random weekday see what it was like.

Food and Drinks: Since we were invited to try the place, we ordered for small portions of multiple dishes. Here’s all the stuff we had.

Red Lotus cocktail- Vodka, cranberry, litchi and lemon grass (Rs. 450)-This was totally my kind of cocktail- less alcohol and sweet. If that is your thing, you will love it! I definitely did! I usually have just vodka+ cranberry but lemongrass added a whole new flavour to it which was perfect and definitely something I can try at home some day.

Black Currant Basil Belgian shake- Light beer, blackcurrant, basil, icecream (Rs. 450) – Karan called for this very weird ‘Beer shake’. It was just super sweet black currant milkshake with no trace of beer or basil. Totally avoidable!

Shaoxing BBQ Cottage Cheese in Tartlets- Wok tossed shaoxing wine flavoured cottage cheese garnished scallions (Rs. 350) – This tasted a lot like Kung Pao paneer served with fried kadak puris which went well together. Tastewise not bad at all. Wish the paneer was softer.

Shaoxing BBQ Chicken with Shitake & Scallions in Tartlets (Rs.450) – This was the non-vegetarian version of what I had and Karan thought it was not bad either. He just didn’t like the tartlets much cause they were very oily.

Herb Crusted Buttermilk Chicken Fingers with a Dynamite dip (Rs.375) – Karan felt that this dish was just okay. The chicken was a bit chewy.

German style nachos- Grilled onion, Crème Fraiche, Roasted pepper PipperadeMexico meets Germany (Rs. 299) – Let’s just say I’ve had better. The Nachos were fresh out from a Doritos/Cornitos packet which beats the whole purpose of eating Nachos at a restaurant. The onions were oily, there was barely any flavour from the cheese sauce and cream. Tomato salsa or beans could have saved the dish but that didn’t come with the dish.

Margherita pizza (Rs. 399) – The pizza could have been excellent if the crust wasn’t burnt and if there was some more pizza sauce on the pizza. But it was good overall and went well with our drinks.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Beetroot Veloute (Rs. 449) – This was by far the best dish we had! The creamy beetroot sauce was delicious and full of flavour. The sweet potato Gnocchi was not as soft as I had wished it to be but the taste was just right and that’s what made it a really good dish.

Ambience– Located at Hill road, above Mc Donald’s, Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden is a chilled out place to hang out with friends over a few drinks and some food. You will find lit up trees between tables which add some warmth to the otherwise grey and rustic look of the place.

Service & Prices– The staff was warm and friendly and helped us with our orders. I’d probably go on a random day to judge the service better since they knew I was there to review. The pricing is proper for the overall experience of the place.

Verdict– Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden is a nice place to hang out but can be better with minor improvements in the food. Looking forward to my next Red Lotus there! J

 Rating- 3/5 

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Apr 5 2016

The American Joint, BKC- Review

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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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Nov 12 2015

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo- Movie Review

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prdp-posterI had been seeing every single ‘Dubsmash’ of the much awaited Salman-Sonam starrer ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo’ since about a month and it only made me more and more curious to know how it would be as a film. Salman Khan of course was my biggest reasons but Sonam Kapoor definitely made her presence felt with all the social media posts everyday with regards to her outfits and all the promotions that the duo were doing.

Plot in short-Vijay Singh (Salman Khan) belongs to a Royal family with an evil brother and the CEO (Armaan Kohli) who want to kill him and two step sisters who are not in talking terms with him because they think he wants to rule with all the wealth from his ancestors. His manager (Anupam Kher) somehow saves him and has doctors attending to him 24/7 so he can attend his coronation ceremony with his Bride-to-be Princess Maithili (Sonam Kapoor) in four days. In Ayodhya, Prem Dilwale, who looks exactly like Prince Vijay Singh (Salman Khan) is a small time actor who does Ram Leela shows for a living. Not knowing if Prince Vijay would be able well enough to attend his coronation ceremony, he requests Prem Dilwale to pretend to be Prince Vijay for those four days until Princess Maithili is with them. Turns out that Prem and Maithilee fall in love and the family comes together as one. What happens to the Vijay then? D’oh! The film’s title is only ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ so that would be an easy guess.

The Good– Salman Khan is the biggest reason to watch this film and I would totally watch it again. It’s so nice to see him in movies like Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sooraj Barjatya films like these where he plays the kind of person you want to marry. I wont deny that Sooraj Barjatya went a little overboard with trying too hard to instill good values and old school romance but we’ll come to that a bit later. What I really like about the film is that human emotions are shown in the most simple, pure form, not sliding towards ‘just- an- adult- audience’ to get eyeballs. The sets and styling add to the grandeur of the film. I also thought Sonam Kapoor was not that bad compared to her previous really bad performances. Anupam Kher, Armaan Mallik, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Swara Bhaskara are all a great support to the film.

The Not-so-good– Sooraj Barjatya has great intentions but he has forgotten that an audience in the 21st century is watching his film. The story is kacha and the characters are not sketched out properly, leaving a very incomplete-ish, half-hearted story that could have been written better. The screenplay is all over the place, especially in the first half where you’re like what the hell am I watching and from which generation! It’s a little too corny and most people, who are not Salman Khan or Sooraj Barjatya fans, will wait to run out of the theatre! The visual effects are quite amateurish; especially the ‘Sheesh Mahal’ parts. The music by Himesh Reshammiya is not appealing at all. I’m surprised I was actually waiting for the title song to play till the end because all the other songs were so stupid and unnecessary. Not that I love the title track but it’s an example to tell you how bad the other songs were. So yes, quite a few flaws in a film that also has a very funny title.

Verdict– Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is not the kind of film most people would like but if you’re a Salman Khan fan and also a Sooraj Barjatya fan, you wont mind sitting through the entire film and even get teary eyed. I did, multiple times.

Rating– 3/5

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Aug 26 2015

Apsara IceCreams, Powai- Review

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Apsara Icecreams PowaiApsara Ice creams has been around at Walkeshwar since longer than I can remember. The Roasted Almond ice cream was undeniably one of the richest and creamiest I had had. Apsara has been known for its sancha ice cream (Handmade, without preservatives or added flavours). So when I was invited to try the ice creams at the Powai branch, I just couldn’t say no.

Flavours– They have a whole range of flavours from sorbet to chocolate-based to fruit based, even sugar free and apart from that have Kulfi and thick milkshakes. Karan and I were super excited to dig into all the flavours so we actually tried each and every one. The Guava sorbet has to be my favourite. It was light and filled with fruity goodness. It was served with masala on top! So cool! Killer Kiwi and Watermelon Wonder were alright. The Mosambi flavour was slightly bitter. Paan Pasand would be a better and in fact an amazing replacement for real Paan.

Now coming to the flavours we had. I had Funky Ferrerro- a lethal combination of the sinful Ferrerro Rocher chocolate, Vanilla and a hint of chocolate. I thought it was good but could have been more chocolatey. Karan had Mint Marvel which is Apsara’s version of the famous ‘After Dark’. With a not-so-over-powering taste of mint and just a hint of chocolate, this one too was so-so. Apart from ice creams they also have milkshakes and I couldn’t resist trying those either, considering what a big sweet tooth-greedy bugger I am. I loved the Orange Blossom milkshake; bits of orange mixed with milk and barely any sugar. It also had the thickness one would expect from a milkshake. Their cold coco is out of the world! An absolute must have! I must thank the staff there for being so patient and letting us try so many flavours. Apart from Powai and Walkeshwar, they also have an outlet at Vile Parle, Matunga and Thane and have a free delivery service to homes close by.

Pricing– I like that Apsara doesn’t differentiate between their flavours in terms of pricing. All flavours are priced at Rs. 55 for a cup and Rs. 65 for a cone. The milkshakes are priced at Rs. 70 for a glass. Their family packs are for Rs. 250.

Verdict– Apsara is here to stay and after this I am sure I will go back to indulge in some Cold Coco and Roasted Almond Ice cream. Slurp!

Rating– 4.5/5

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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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Nov 17 2010

Being Human

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As most of you already know, I am crazy about Salman Khan and I love him too much. I hope he knows that a fan called Ruchi Mehta atleast exists who loves him unconditionally since so many years!

Anyway, I’ve been following him on Twitter and one of his updates said that Being Human (Salman Khan Foundation) Tshirts were available at Cotton World so I just had to get myself one!

Salman, I love you!

P.S- Being Human tshirts are available at all the Cotton World stores. I got mine for only Rs. 480. Go grab yours! (No, I am not working for Being Human. I just love Salman Khan and I believe what he’s doing is awesome!)

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Sep 28 2010

Hum Aapke Hain Koun?

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This might be really random but I just watched a random episode of Koffee with Karan from the previous season last night on TV and Maduri Dixit Nene was Karan’s guest. To be honest, as much as I want to say that there are a lot of talented actresses now, I can’t! To me, she is the best there will ever be!

I admit Kajol is another great actress in Bollywood but Madhuri Dixit is just beauty personified. She acts well, dances well, looks beautiful and has even managed to have a movie named after her! What sucks is that she doesn’t come in movies anymore! I remember as a kid, I had seen a lot of her movies- Ram Lakhan, Beta, Tezaab, Khalnayak, Dil, 100 days, Saajan, Dil tera aashiq, Dil to pagal hai, my favourite Hum Aapke Hain Koun and of course many many more! I really really miss her and hope she starts acting again!

Salman Khan… this man has totally blown me away, in so many ways! Movies like  Maine Pyaar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Saajan, Love, Judwaa, Karan Arjun, Khamoshi, Jab pyaar kisise hota hai, Chandra Mukhi, Andaaz Apna Apna, Dil tera aashiq, Pyar kiya to darna kya, Hum dil de chuke sanam, Mujhse shaadi karogi, Wanted, the most popular now Dabangg and so many more have made him what he is-a Heartthrob for millions of women across the world! I can’t explain my love for him when people ask me. It’s not just the way he looks…there’s something about him…he’s my dream man! I know a lot of people will laugh and say things I don’t want to hear but I think its something only people who love him will understand.  Dil zor se dhadakta hai everytime I see him say a romantic dialogue in his movies or when I see him smile that killer smile or dance oh-so-cutely! I understand he’s been through a lot of shit in the past with the black buck case and the accident and his girlfriend list but to me he is “THE SALMAN KHAN” and I love him unconditionally.

And the reason I’m writing this blog is that both Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan, my favourites have acted in my favourite movie of all time- Hum Aapke Hain Koun. The entire movie was so beautiful that I can watch it how many ever times! It was so simple and yet so beautifully filled with all the emotions possible that I’m sure very few people might’ve not liked the movie. The songs are great and I loved how Pehla Pehla pyaar hai is shot…The way Salman looks at Madhuri in that song in the kitchen, when she opens the fridge and he shuts it and she blushes and then how he opens her hair and she wants to run away but he pulls her close…and she’s blushing all the while. Man! So romantic! It gives me goosebumps everytime I see that video!  So yeah, as a movie Hum Aapke Hain Koun has all the right ingredients and both Madhuri and Salman are excellent in it!

I remember clearly the first time I saw Salman Khan at the International Airport when I went to drop my cousins. 8th April 1998. I was wearing dangris and a tshirt inside and went mad that night! He was with Somy Ali then. I ran just to get an autograph from him and then when I got back, the next day I went and Xeroxed like 20 copies and distributed them to people in my class! Well, that was more than 10 years ago! J Back then, I also collected posters, post cards, newspaper cut-outs etc. of him. That was mad love! And trust you me, my love for him hasn’t reduced one bit (only I don’t do stupid things anymore) although I may not yell it out to the world, I know deep in my heart that I love him like crazy!

I may be a random fan, ok crazy random fan if I may say so, but I truly vouch for every word I say! I love both these actors and they’ll always be my favourites! Hum Aapke Hain Koun will always be my favourite film too! I do hope they get to read this somehow and just know that they have a fan called Ruchi Mehta who loves them for who they are and what they have achieved in life.

And in case you’re reading this Salman Khan, I love you. Truly, madly, deeply.

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Jul 3 2010

I Hate Luv Storys- Movie review

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Another love story and as predictable as it can get! Yes yes, I Hate Luv Storys is no different from any other love story you’ve seen before… but what’d u expect?!

After Jab we met, directors started believing that a simple love story can still be great to watch… and I think that’s so true! I can never get sick if love stories! If you agree, then read on.

[Story in short] The story is as simple as this. Boy meets girl & flirts with her. Girl is in a serious relationship with her supposed “Mr. Right” but the “spark” is missing. Girl starts getting to know the new boy and realizes he has that spark, even though he doesn’t believe in “love”. Girl thinks boy likes her but boy doesn’t like her…yet so she runs away to forget the boy. Song happens and in that the boy realizes he’s in love with her. He confesses his love but she says no because now she’s back with Mr. Right. Boy makes girl jealous with a random girl. Girl realizes she can’t kid herself so she goes looking for boy. Boy at the airport, running away to mother realizes that he has to give it one last shot and tell her how he feels. Boy tells girl “I love you”. Girl tells boy “I love you too”. Luv Story complete.

What I luv about the movie– Great look and feel in terms of costumes, sets, etc. Lots of colours used just like any Karan Johar/ Yash Chopra movie. Good acting by everyone, especially the fat guy- Kavin Dave and Samir Soni. For the first time I actually liked Imran Khan and I think Sonam Kapoor’s definitely on her way to becoming a star! Great cinematography! Songs have been picturized sensibly and not just thrown in. Lots of metaphors used, especially in the second half.

What I don’t luv about the movie– The script. The story was simple and super predictable but the screenplay is really messy in several parts. Sonam Kapoor’s make-up person needs to realize that her bleached face looks bad! Sameer Dattani & Sonam Kapoor’s matching outfits got to me… like really got to me!

So if you’re wondering if this movie is worth a watch I’d say hell, why not! It’s a simple chick flick which is super predictable. Now if you’re a serious movie critic who does not like movies which have some amount of stupidity in them, please do yourself a favour and avoid watching this movie! It’s strictly for those who love love stories!

Rating- 3/5



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