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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Sep 16 2010

Brewer’s Café, Andheri (West)- Review

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It was a random plan, as usual. I wanted to try out a new place and it was a close friend’s birthday so we decided to go to Brewer’s Café in the afternoon to chill till dinner.

Food– Brewer’s Café serves your typical café food. Sandwiches, pizza, pasta, coffees, granitas, slushes, tea and the like. The reason I chose this place over the usual CCD, Barista, Candies and Costa Coffee was because this place had more food on the menu! We were 3 of us and ordered a Chopped Veg Cheese sandwich which was ok…the cheese wasn’t enough and overall, I wasn’t satisfied. Then I called for a Chocolate Granita which I wont recommend cause it was not chocolaty and tasted like Bournvita. My friends called for a Choco Frappe, Americano and Cheesy Fries. The coffees were good but the cheesy fries were again not cheesy enough and the cheese was quite dry. So overall, the food was very ok! I wanted to try out their pizza but unfortunately it wasn’t available!

Ambience– Located near Mega Mall and 5 Spice at Oshiwara, this sweet little café is a great place to hang out. We had gone in the afternoon and so sat inside, in the air conditioned section; but there’s an outside section too which is nice in the evenings! You can chill there for a long time and relax with your coffee. The entire atmosphere there is quite chilled out.

Service– The service is decent. The guys working there are pretty sweet and don’t take too long to get your food. They even allow you to charge your phone.

Prices– Normal café prices but not as expensive as Costa Coffee or Coffee Bean. I’d say its value for money only if the food is made better but otherwise, I think you can do with a regular coffee or something. My sandwich was for Rs.70 and the Chocolate Granita was again approximately at the same cost. The Americano was around Rs. 50 which is decent. So after having 2 Americanos, 1 Chocolate Granita, 1 Choco Frappe, 1 Sandwich, 1 Cheesy Fries and 2 bottles of Mineral water, our total bill summed up to Rs. 303 which is not bad at all!

Verdict– The place is chilled out, especially outside and maybe the food isn’t that great but it’s not bad either. I wouldn’t say it’s a place you have to try but if you stay at Andheri or close by, you could go and try out Brewer’s Café just to hang out with your buddies.

Rating– 3/5

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