Mar 3 2016

Sushi Cafe, Bandra (W)- Review

Roochster

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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Nov 16 2015

Loco Chino, Fort- Review

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Loco Chino 1Being a frequenter at the Carter Road Food lane, Bandra, I had seen Loco Chino several times but never really thought of trying the food there for some reason. Thankfully, I was invited to try Loco Chino at Fort and I’m so glad I did!

Food– I took my Foodie brother along for this review as he’s going to the RannUtsav in Kutch for 4 months and I’m going to miss him! He was more excited than me though to try the food! Being a pre-set menu for just the two of us, we were served smaller portions of loads of dishes. The Veg Fiesta Nachos was the first thing we tried and I have to admit, we were disappointed that there was less cheese. Also, the nacho chips could have been better tasting.  Next we tried the Kung Pao potatoes and trust me when I say that they are an absolute must have! After 5 Spice, only Loco Chino serves the crispiest, tastiest and most flavourful Kung Pao potatoes. We also tried the Chili Basil Paneer which was not something I had tried before. I loved the basil flavour on paneer! For drinks we had the Sassy Senorita, a signature drink which is a tasty concoction of orange juice, passion fruit, grapefruit and a prominent peachy zing mixed with soda. Sassy indeed! We then tried the Assorted Sautéed Veg Quesadilla which was a perfect assortment of veggies and cheese and tasted really good. Next we tried the dimsums. We were lucky enough to get to try 3 different types of Dim Sums at Loco Chino. The Spinach and Parmesan was the best one with amazing texture and taste. The Thai Sambal Cottage cheese was like having paneer makhani sabzi in a dumpling. Different and yummy.  The Edamame Truffle dimsum was my least favourite. It was a little bland so in order to get some flavour, I had to dip it in the sauces on the table. We were half full and had some space for main course so tried a wok where we could choose rice or noodles, the sauce, veggies, proteins and toppings. I chose Steamed rice as the base, Brocoli, Bell peppers and Corn as the veggies, Cottage Cheese as the protein (Very few chinese places offer paneer), Sweet and sour sauce and for toppings there were spring onions, Fried Onion and roasted peanuts. I felt the sweet and sour sauce was a little sweeter than I thought. I would have liked it to be slightly spicy too. After all of this, there was no way we could eat more after this for sure except for some dessert, of course.

We had two desserts and both were fantastic! The Tres Leches Cake (Vanilla sponge cake dipped in liquid milkmaid. When I saw it at first, I thought what the hell am I going to be eating but one bite changed it all. It was amazingggg! The Sumatra Chocolate was basically chocolate mousse with coconut. Now, I am not a coconut fan but this mousse was too good! There was a perfect amount of coconut, not overpowering the taste of chocolate and the consistency of the mousse. Absolutely loved it.

Loco Chino 2Ambience– Located at Fort, near ‘Ayub’s’ and ‘Forbe’s One’, Loco Chino is this colourful little restaurant that has a young, fun vibe. The furniture and décor is inspired from Mexico and Spain is what I see; nothing Chino in it. The tables with Moroccan tiles look beautiful but I’m not quite sure they go with the coloured plastic chairs. I loved the Mexican Hat lamps though. Very cool. One thing I would like them to pay urgent attention to is the washroom. It was quite dirty, wet and not well maintained.

Service– Being a complimentary lunch, I can’t really say much about the service but from what I observed, it was pretty good and the customers seemed to be eating their lunch happily.

Loco Chino 3Prices– I think with the quality and quantity you get here, Loco Chino is very reasonably priced. The Veg starters range from Rs. 169-189 and non-veg is between Rs.199-269. The Dim Sums all range from Rs. 199-239. The Veg Wok is for Rs. 199, non veg for Rs. 209 and seafood for Rs. 249. Desserts are all for Rs. 149. The Sassy Senorita was for Rs. 89. So it would cost approximately Rs. 350-400 each after eating very comfortably. That is amazing considering how expensive it is to eat out at other places.

Verdict-Loco Chino has good food and is reasonably priced. If you’re there, please have the Kung Pao potatoes, the Spinach & Parmesan Dim sum, Thai Sambal Dim Sum and Sumatra Chocolate!

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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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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