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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Oct 5 2015

Brewbot, Andheri (W)- Review

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Pizza and Lemon Cheesecake

Pizza and Lemon Cheesecake

Came here for the second time and it’s been an equally disappointing experience.

Food– The food is bland, the quantity is less and nothing great about the taste overall.
They brew their own beer and we had called for the Mojo Rising 2 ltrs tower which was nice and malty. I had a Cranberry Basil punch which was good.
The fries were so less…smaller than Mc Donald’s regular sized fries. The boys had the Chicken slider which is basically 3 mini burgers that they said were very bad. Karan said that the bread was more flavourful than the pattie. Shame! He would rate that dish -1 on 5. Uuhhh yeah that bad.
The Farmhouse pizza which had a pesto base, topped with bell peppers and pine nuts was so-so. Bland again. We avoided the mushrooms and pumpkin on it. Thank God!
The Onion rings were… wait for it… bland again. Less oily though, which is a good thing.
The Lemon cheesecake was thankfully our last order and luckily tasted good with the right texture and taste. I would have it again if I ever went there.

Ambience– Great place to hang out with a nice vibe, good music and comfortable seating. They have Jenga and Uno to entertain. It’s quite a large place actually with an inside and outside section along with a space on top as well.

Service–  Good service. We would have liked better recommendations for food though.

Prices– We paid Rs. 3549 in total for the 4 of us  including the Beer tower which is not bad but it pinched ‘cause the food was not good at all.

Verdict– Gave it a second chance and was disappointed again. I’m not sure if I’d go there again. Oh well.

Rating– 1.5/5

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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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Jun 13 2013

The Daily, Bandra (W) – Review

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The Daily2The best part about being a blogger is that you get invited to try new places every now and then. I was one of the privileged few foodies to turn up at The Daily for the ‘Top Zomato Foodies Meet up’ on a Monday rainy evening. Here’s my experience.

Food & Drinks– The Daily is a pub that also has a lot of food and a good collection of a variety of drinks. To begin with our lovely evening, we called for drinks sans alcohol. I tried a lemongrass, basil and lime based drink called ‘Lemon Beat’ which was refreshing! My friend tried the Pineapple & Coriander Mojito with pieces of pear, mint and lime and that was quite nice too.  We were also offered some interestingly prepared ‘molecular cocktails’ that are made at your table on only Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. We saw the making of Oriental Passion- a vodka drink concocted in style with passion & orange and dry smoked with kaffir lime and basil. This was definitely my favourite drink! The mix of all the flavours along with just the right amount of vodka made it special, not forgetting the way it was made! We also got to try Gypsy Queen- scotch, peach & lemon, smoked with cinnamon, apple wood and clove. This I didn’t like much because of the wooden flavour and smell but I do think men would enjoy it. Coconut Mountie was another different kind of cocktail which had chocolate syrup, coconut cream and dark rum. A fun drink that was weirdly nice. I think they take their food as seriously as their drinks because we were quick enough to eat it all up the moment it was on our table.

For starters we tried 3 portions of French fries-with cheese, with chicken mince and with a two bean spicy sauce. The one with cheese was the best but had very little cheese; the beans one was more like dal makhani on fries which I would not recommend. My friend liked the mince chicken though. Next we tried the Bruschetta- two types. One was the usual- tomatoes and cheese which was yum. The other one was with mushrooms and since I don’t like mushrooms, I didn’t try it. The Jalapeno Dippers were yum but weren’t very different from the ones you’ve had at many other places. The Pimento Hummus & Pita tasted awesome! A flavourful hummus which both tastes and looks different is a winner for sure!  Another interesting starter we tried was the Arancini- veggies mixed with risotto rice and cheese with arrabiata sauce on top and I have to say that it was well prepared and delicious! Since we stuffed ourselves so much, there wasn’t much scope to eat more but we still dabaod on a Margherita pizza which was scrumptious!

Ambience– The Daily is not hard to notice especially if you visit Bandra often. Located at SV Road, in the same building as Suburbia theatre, it is one of those chilled out places you’d love to hang out at. The Daily believes in sharing nothing but good news and you’ll feel that positivity when you’re there. They have an indoor as well as an outdoor section and the decor of both is very different. Lots of frames with the latest good news posts adorn the walls and ceiling of the inside section along with high chairs and tables. Even the washrooms have some really funny news articles to keep you entertained. The outdoor section on the other hand is quite the opposite. Lots of plants, chatai curtains, comfortable seating and a big screen. I’d also like to mention that they play great music! A good compilation of songs that are relatable, fun and happy. The waiters are dressed in black and white with suspenders and black rimmed old school spectacles minus the glass. Funky eh!?

The daily1Service– When they opened 2 months ago, alot of people had issues with the service. The management did take that seriously and decided to hire new staff and trained them well. Looks like they’ve been successful because there are no complaints whatsoever with regards to service. The staff is polite and are doing their job well.

Prices– The prices are like any other pub or restaurant you’d go to nowadays. There are some cocktails that are expensive like the Molecular Cocktails which cost Rs. 650 or the Tiki Cocktails that cost Rs. 500 which are anyway only available on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. A pint of beer would cost about Rs. 200 and mocktails Rs. 150. The starters are priced at Rs. 185 and upwards and the Margherita pizza is for Rs. 255. Of course, add taxes and service charge to all of the above. So I’d say that you’d end up spending about 600 per person without alcohol which is decent or normal in today’s times.

Verdict– The Daily is a happy place with good food and unique cocktails. Go try!

Rating– 3.5/5

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