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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Dec 28 2011

On the Go, Bandra (w) – Review

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Bandra never fails to come up with new restaurants every now and then and even though On the Go has been around for some time now, I just very recently went to check it out. And here’s what I thought of it.

Food– On the Go serves Italian, Mexican, Continental, Oriental, sandwiches, burgers, salads, etc. So there’s plenty of stuff to choose from.  Since my friend wasn’t going to eat at all, and I was super hungry, I decided to call for a Cottage Cheese Roulade (Steaks of fresh cottage cheese marinated in herbs and rolled in spinach puree, served with creamy paprika sauce), Cheesy garlic bread and my friend had a Lime Iced Tea. I felt that the roulade was too bland. It sounded really yum on the menu but after trying it I wished I had called for something else. Also, the quantity was not enough. There were 4 cubes of raw paneer and a small rice lump on the side. Presentation-wise yes, it was very good but taste-wise, I wouldn’t recommend it. The cheesy garlic bread was good and cheesy as expected luckily. The lime iced tea was good.

Ambience– Located at Bandra west, near Mt. Mary Steps, On the Go is a small place at a turning point. It’s literally an ‘On the go’ place. The décor is simple, comfortable and nice- normal café type.

Service– They were quite prompt and quick in their service so no complaints there. They also asked us if we liked the dish which not many places do. So good going there!

Prices– The prices are fine and pretty reasonable but I just felt that the food was not worth the prices. The roulade was for Rs. 180, Cheesy Garlic bread for Rs. 65 and Lime Iced tea for Rs. 50. So that’s about 300 bucks for one person (‘cause my friend just had a few bites).

Verdict– On the Go is decent but taste-wise it can definitely get better. I’d go there again to try some more dishes.

Rating– 3/5

 

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