Nov 6 2016

1 Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen, Matunga (E)- Review

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1-tablespoon-1 I’d been craving pizza for some time and wished to go have some over the weekend; when I got a mail to try 1 Tablespoon, a pizza place. Ha! My prayers were answered! So, Karan and I decided to go to their Matunga outlet and treat ourselves to some really good pizza! Now when I say good, I mean good alright! Read on.

Food– One Tablespoon serves Italian food, mainly pizza and pasta. They also have paninis and some side dishes such as Garlic rolls, Hummus and Pita and coolers. Being a vegetarian only place, this might be a bit disheartening for the non-vegetarians, but I promise you even the Veg pizzas are brilliant! Here’s all the stuff we had:

Spaghetti Aglio Olio– Slightly dry and spicey, but tastewise it was perfect! We thought we’d just try it but wiped it clean because of how yummy it was.

1-tablespoon-pastaCiao Chili (Tomato sauce, cheese, Ricotta, Red Chilli) – My favourite from all the pizzas we tried. This was the first pizza we tried and everything from the bread to the sauce to the toppings was perfect. Karan preferred the Rosa Mexicana pizza though.

Rosa Mexicana (Mexican sauce, cheese, tomatoes, sweet corn, jalapenos, onions) – This was a fully loaded pizza with a Mexican twist. If you like your pizza loaded with toppings, you must have this one.

Mushroom Lovers (Tomato sauce, cheese, mushrooms, minced garlic) – I’m not a mushroom lover but Karan said it was pretty nice.

Quattro Formaggi (Tomato sauce, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Parmesan, Scamorza, Green onions, garlic) – The onions and garlic made a big difference to the regular super cheesy pizza. Try it!

Raspberry Iced Tea, Lemon Iced Tea, Orange Cooler (Tang)-All were too sweet and we had to ask them to add water and ice.

1-tablespoon-pizzasAmbience & Service – Located in Matunga East under a residential building, One Tablespoon is a small place with 3 to 4 tables to sit. A brick wall with a little window stands opposite the tables, adding a nice rustic feel to the restaurant. They deliver to nearby places and also have another outlet at Lower Parel, where they serve pizza by the slice and non veg food.  We were served well and so glad to have ordered all the right stuff.

Prices– As we were invited, our dinner was completely complimentary however, if you plan to go on your own too, everything you eat there is worth every penny. The pizzas range from Rs. 285-405 for a 11” pizza good for one person, the Aglio Olio pasta is for Rs. 275, Paninis are for Rs.195- 225. The coolers are for Rs. 75 each.

1-tablespoon-2Verdict– We’re definitely going to One Tablespoon again, next time to Lower Parel so Karan can try the non-vegetarian pizzas too. Love! Love! Love! Go try! NOW!

Rating– 4.5/5

 

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Apr 16 2016

Mumbai Cocktail Week 2016

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I was invited to go for the Mumbai Cocktail Week Closing Party that took place at Mahalaxmi Racecourse on 9th April 2016. This event was the last day of the week-long celebration of cocktail craftsmanship in 100+ celebrated bars in Mumbai.

The closing event was in association with the Worli Festival. There were various stalls at the venue and a big stage where several artists performed. Unfortunately, there were barely 100 people at the venue among which were some of us bloggers.

The event was from 4pm to 10pm and it coincided with a horse race event so sound was also a problem during performances.

Overall, it was a disappointing event but we made the most of it with some drinks from the bar made by Mumbai Cocktail Week’s expert bartender.

Here are some pictures from the Mumbai Cocktail Week Closing Party.

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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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Mar 3 2016

Sushi Cafe, Bandra (W)- Review

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I went here with my husband on a very random evening when we were both hungry and he was craving Sushi.
He had tried this place before but it was my first time there and I was hoping I’d like it cause I’m a vegetarian and I’ve eaten Sushi just 2-3 times before. The owner was very sweet and welcoming and we ordered according to his recommendations and weren’t disappointed. Turned out that we kept ordering more sushi till we were both stuffed.

We loved it that much, especially my husband. Its a very small place but very sweet and nice for a date night. We ended up paying about 2000 bucks which is not bad at all considering how much we ate.
I have to say that after that I’ve tried Sushi at a couple of other places too but it just wasn’t rightly done. Sushi Cafe knows how to make good Sushi and I would totally recommend it.

I look forward to going there again soon. 🙂

Rating– 4.5/5

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Mar 2 2016

O:Cha, Lower Parel- Review

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Oh Cha aHello! I think it’s been a while since I’ve written a full length review. Well, that’s because of so much happening at my end- house getting done, weddings, travelling with family and friends, blocked nose and bad throat, events, etc. etc. Clearly, I’ve also gotten lazy to sit and write so much but I think it’s time to bounce back now.

I was invited to try Oh:Cha and finally went there last week. I left it to the restaurant manager Monisha to send us Veg and Non Veg items according to our preferences in smaller portions. That gave us the opportunity to try 20 items from the menu. Boy were we lucky!

Drinks– We were both rushing from one meeting to another so obviously we couldn’t consume any cocktails. However, we did try some mocktails. I had the Orange & Kaffir Lime Caipiroska which had a nice citrusy zing to it. Karan had the Apple & Cucumber Fizz which would have tasted better had there been real apple juice instead of it being canned. We also tried the Mango Chilli Rocker which was basically mango milkshake with a hint of chilli. The Fresh Lime Soda was nice but quite syrup-y.

Oh cha bFood– For starters in Veg, I tried the Vegetable Chive Dumpling which was light and tasty. Karan tried the Chicken roll and said although it was soft and tender, he did not like the prominent chicken smell that came from it. On the other hand, he absolutely loved the texture and flavours of the Prawns cake with Lemon Grass starter. The Fried Turnip cake in black pepper sauce was one of my favourites. Who knew Turnip tasted that good! It was on the spicier side though. Next, the Stir Fried Sriracha Tofu was super soft and super spicy too. The Gai Hor Bai Toey or Pandan wrapped Chicken with Sriracha lemon chilli garlic sauce was a perfect 5 on 5 according to Karan. He loved the smokey chicken taste. The Gado Gado salad (Assorted veggies in Indonesian style peanut dressing) was a nice flavourful salad and I almost finished the entire thing by myself. Karan loved the Som Tam (Thai spicy raw papaya salad) and ended up eating quite a bit of it. After having so many starters and salads, it was time for main course. The Veg Phad thai noodles were great, more so because of the tamarind sauce and sprouts. We also called for Burnt garlic fried rice as I prefer rice to noodles and I have to say it was perfectly cooked! To go along with the noodles and rice, we had Tofu and Stir fried veggies in Sweet & Sour sauce which I thought was absolutely delicious! Karan had Stir fried prawns in Oyster mushroom sauce which was a bit too salty and it overpowered the taste of the dish.

Oh cha cOh Cha dDesserts– By now, we were pretty full but not stuffed, mind you. There’s always room for desserts, isn’t there? Ha! So we chose to try 4 different desserts! Yes you read right! First we tried the Chilli Chocolate tart with cremed Coconut icecream & chocolate soil. Now, this was basically a chocolate tart with a hint of chilli, coconut icecream with real shredded coconut, topped with Bournvita which they called chocolate soil. So I’d eat this dessert again but totally be ok without the Coconut Icecream. Also, maybe cake/brownie crumbs would be better than the Bournvita. Next was the Lemongrass Crème Brulee which was nice but could have been less sweet, a bit cool and with a bit more lemongrass flavour. The Gooey Chocolate Cake was lipsmacking! Wish they melted it and got it though so it would be a bit more gooey. The final dessert was the Passionfuit pudding with cashew and dates which was the least favourite of them all. I wouldn’t recommend it.

Oh cha eAmbience– Located at the Mathuradas Mills compound, Lower Parel, O:h Cha is easy to find. From the time you enter, you will see a lot of grey, high ceiling, a big eagle, huge cane lamps, a big bar and a very fine dine sorta feel. The music they were playing that day was awesome! Amazing covers of hits by Michael Jackson by some lady singer. (I would like to know the artist.) The place is pretty big and can easily be used for parties and events.

Service– We were served by 3-4 different servers and when we asked any of them about any dish, they all knew what it was so that’s good. They were all very warm and welcoming.

Prices-Considering the quality of ingredients used in making the dishes, the restaurant has priced everything decently but slightly on the expensive side. The starters range from Rs. 350- Rs. 650. The soups and salads are priced at Rs.300-350. Main course dishes range from Rs. 450 for Veg, to Rs. 550 for Chicken based and Rs. 650 for sea food. The rice and noodles range from Rs. 400 to Rs. 750. Desserts are all for Rs. 300. So in all you would end up spending about Rs.1000-1300 per head without alcohol easily.

Verdict– If you love Chinese and Thai food, you must try O:h Cha but I suggest you skip the desserts here.

Rating– 3.5/5

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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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