8 Protein-Packed Foods That Are Bare Necessities To Build A Better Physique – MensXP

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Working out definitely plays a vital role in cutting off that extra flab but a good, nutrient-infused, protein-rich diet is just as important. Why proteins? Because they are the building blocks of your muscles. A complete protein source is the one that has all nine essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own – phenylalanine, threonine, histidine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine, valine, methionine and tryptophan. Without proteins, the human body cannot function normally. Proteins also take more time to digest than carbohydrates, and hence, make you feel fuller and binge a whole lot lesser. The following 8 protein-packed foods not only help in weight loss but also keep you active. Keeping in mind the requirements of your body, pick from our list below.

1) Milk

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Milk contains all the essential amino acids, which means it is a complete protein and can be used by the body for growth and repair. In reality, it includes two types of protein: casein and whey, both are known to be high-quality, muscle-building proteins. Casein accounts for 80 per cent of the total protein content, while whey makes up the remaining 20 per cent.

2) Cheese

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According to specialists, cheese is the chief dairy source of proteins. Made from pressed milk curds, there are over 300 different varieties available in the world. And guess what? Each cheese contains different amounts of proteins and nutrients. A cheese with low moisture content usually tends to contain more proteins than others. It also contains a host of nutrients like calcium, zinc, Vitamin A and B12. Research says Parmesan, low-fat mozzarella and cottage cheese have the highest protein content of all cheeses.

3) Chicken

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When it comes to high-quality protein, chicken is often recommended by nutritionists and counsellors. It is a complete source of protein and contains a relatively low amount of fat (compared to red meat). What’s better? If you’re good at kitchen experiments, you can actually make a scrumptious post-workout meal, a cosy dinner for the family or a date-night dish with chicken.

4)  Fish

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A kind of food with exceptional nutritional value, just like meat, fish is also a complete protein. Apart from that, it provides a variety of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A and D, phosphorus, magnesium and iron, and is a great source of calcium too. It is soft, easily digestible and low in fat.

5) Beans

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Part of the legume family, beans are great sources of fibre and proteins that provide minerals like iron, folic acid, potassium, magnesium and Vitamin B-6. They lower the risks of cholesterol, cardio vascular diseases and blood sugar. Though there are various kinds of beans available in the market, soybean offers the highest amount of proteins as it is the only bean that contains all the essential AAs required by the body.

6) Peas

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Packed with plant-based proteins, fibre and micronutrients, peas possess anti-inflammatory properties that prevent Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, arthritis and bronchitis. Small in size, they mix well with nearly anything and are important for the immune system.

7)  Eggs

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Another perfect example of a complete protein, eggs are the cheapest, easiest and most convenient source possessing all the amino acids needed by the body. Though most of the protein is found in the white, the yolk is rich in calcium and Vitamin B12, involved in processes like fat breakdown, muscle reduction and healthy digestion.

8) Almonds

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As an excellent source of proteins, fibre and heart-healthy fats, almonds should be a part of your regular diet. Unlike other complete proteins, almonds do not contain all essential amino acids and should be consumed with other high-protein foods in order to meet your protein needs.

FYI, a handful of 10-12 almonds a day is all you need.

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7 Foods That Are Absolutely Necessary For A Healthy Lifestyle – MensXP

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We have all been victim to the ‘Foods You Must Not Eat’ list, haven’t we? For several years, we’ve heard people tell us not to eat this and not to cook that – the list is endless. We decided to make life easier by compiling a list of 7 power-packed super foods that must be a part of your lifestyle.

1) Nuts

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A constant on the health list, nuts are a great source of heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Walnuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts – they are all great healthy snacking options that satisfy hunger pangs and are easy to pop even when on the go.

Tip: Eat about 8-10 nuts in a day or sprinkle some on top of salads, eggs, yogurt and smoothies.

2) Vegetable Juice

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Most of us find it difficult to eat green vegetables on a daily basis. Hence, having a glass of freshly made vegetable juice is the best way to cleanse your system. It helps in infusing vitamins, minerals and enzymes and is an instant energy booster. Furthermore, it also helps in weight loss.

Tip: Experiment with different variations by blending any three vegetables of your choice at a time. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and must be consumed immediately. For ex, Spinach, Pumpkin and Carrot.

3) Yogurt

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A bowl of yogurt a day keeps all health problems away. It is the best source of calcium and is also rich in potassium, zinc, vitamin B12 and protein. Light and refreshing, it acts like a cooling agent for the system.

Tip: Enjoy a bowl of plain yogurt or a glass of thirst-quenching masala chaas. Yogurt topped with berries, nuts, granola, flaxseeds, and honey makes for a delicious breakfast option as well.

4) Eggs

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Eggs are one of the nutrient-densest foods. Eggs help boost health and prevent diseases. From avoiding heart illnesses to being good sources of antioxidants that protect the eyes – eggs have innumerable health benefits. They are excellent sources of vitamins and are also rich in iodine and phosphorus – essential for healthy bones and teeth. Not just that, they’re also easy to prepare and extremely delicious!

Tip: One can safely eat about two eggs a day. Whether boiled, half fried or scrambled, they can be eaten in any way – varieties are endless.

5) Pulses

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If you are vegetarian, pulses are your best bet to consume proteins. They are the main building blocks of the body and are incredibly important in every diet. Ever wondered why athletes and bodybuilders consume extra proteins? It helps them bulk up! Muscle and organ builders, proteins contribute to weight loss by reducing appetite and thus reducing calorie intake.

Tip: The best sources of proteins are meats, fish, eggs, dairy products, legumes and nuts.

6) Flaxseeds

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Known to keep conditions ranging from acne to anemia at bay, a tablespoon of flaxseeds is best enjoyed when ground well. Most fitness enthusiasts are aware of the benefits of proteins and fibre – both are equally important in bodybuilding. Since flaxseeds provide both, it should be consumed daily. It also provides Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and micronutrients and reduces the risk of cancer.

Tip: Sprinkle them over eggs, bhel, pancakes and yogurt or simply make a masala mix and use them in your regular food.

7) Prunes

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Prunes or dried plums contain vitamins and minerals including iron and potassium that help relieve constipation and prevent obesity. They are regular components of a weight-loss diet and can be eaten at any time of the day.

Tip: Eat them as is or add sliced prunes to oats and salads.

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Scrumptious Treats From Mumbai Streets

Mumbai is a melting pot of different cultures and cuisines. Due to its diversity, one can easily find India’s most popular dishes here – be it a dosa you relished during a trip down South or a steaming hot momo you enjoyed in the North. Though the city is home to a host of fine dining and concept restaurants, it has always been popular for its delightful street food. With innumerable roadside stalls, there’s ample to pick from. Here’s a list of 10 scrumptious street treats that every Mumbaikar loves –

Vada Pav:
Mumbai’s most popular street food is the iconic Vada Pav. It has been feeding hungry city folks for years and is conveniently available in almost every street and corner. Potato patties, fried until golden brown are tucked into a pav (Indian styled bread bun) and served with spicy chutney on the side. Best enjoyed when eaten hot, this is a Mumbaikars favorite snack on the go.
My Recommendation – Try the Vada Pav at Ashok Vada Pav, Prabhadevi.

Vada Pav

Pani Puri, Sev Puri, Bhel, Ragda Pattice are familiar names known to everyone aware about the city’s street food culture. No trip to Mumbai is complete without a taste of its famous and irresistible chaat. The city is flooded with roadside counters and hawkers who can easily be spotted on the street, at a market, park or beach. If you want to get a real taste of Mumbai-style chaat, head over to a fast food joint or simply walk down the road – it’s effortlessly available almost everywhere.
My Recommendation – Try the Pani Puri at Karachi Sweets, Hill Road, Bhel & Sev Puri at Elco, Hill Road.


A famous South Indian staple; this pancake-like dish has made its mark all over the city. Gone are days when people would enjoy a humble Sada Dosa with some oil and butter or Masala Dosa with potatoes. With options like Schezwan, Paneer Chilly, Jinni and Pav Bhaji Dosa, roadside stalls offer a large variety to customers leaving them with innumerable options to pick from. Accompanied by extra spices and a blob of butter, one bite will surely lead to another and another.
My Recommendation – Try the Jinni Dosa at the roadside stall opposite Mithibai College, Vile Parle.

Pav Bhaji:
Pav Bhaji is a street speciality served at various food joints across the city. People from all over the country come to Mumbai to try this iconic dish. An assortment of vegetables are mashed together with spices and served with a dollop of butter and cheese along with buttered pav. It’s delicious, spicy and quite filling. Dig in with your fingers…your stomach will thank you later!
My Recommendation – Try the Cheese Pav Bhaji at Sardar Pav Bhaji, Tardeo.

Cheese Masala Pav

Inspired by the Lebanese pita bread, Frankie first originated in Mumbai. This lip-smacking snack is a roti coated with egg and stuffed with chicken or mutton, spices and cheese. The vegetarian option is served with potatoes, paneer or mushrooms and has been a favorite grab-on-the-go snack since years.

Wraps are basically chunks of chicken or minced mutton carefully slid off skewers and enveloped in a flour roti along with sliced onion rings and mint chutney. Whether had during the day, in the evening or at 3am, this is one snack you cannot go wrong with.
My Recommendation – Try the Chicken & Cheese Frankie at Tibbs Frankie, Shivaji Park or the Butter Chicken Roll at Mini Punjab, Bandra.


Dumplings stuffed with a variety of meat, vegetables or cheese, popularly known as momos, were unknown to Mumbai, until recently. With a handful of stalls across the city, this street snack has been satiating palates ever since. A regular portion consists of 7-8 pieces and is served with a spicy red sauce on the side. Now that these steamed dumplings have made their way into the city, one doesn’t need to travel all the way to the Himalayan region to relish them.
My Recommendation – Chicken Momos at the stall outside HDFC Bank, Worli.


Indianised Chinese:
Mumbai is known to experiment with various international cuisines. Be it Italian, Mexican or Chinese – add an Indian touch to it, and it’s sure to become a favorite. Various stalls in the city prepare an Indianised yet delectable version of the city’s famous manchurian, rice and noodles. Though this sort of Chinese is very different from the authentic one, it satisfies hundreds of taste buds, every single day.
My Recommendation – Try the Chinese Bhel or Manchurian and Schezwan Rice at Raju Chinese, Marine Lines.

Indianised Chinese

Egg Bhurji/Baida Roti:
This is a popular snack among the city’s party goers. Available until the wee hours of morning, Egg Bhurji or Baida Roti are soul-satisfying options that are even more enjoyable after a crazy night out. The latter is basically minced chicken or mutton placed carefully in a square-shaped dough, pan-fried and served with onions and chutney. Flavorful, spicy and finger licking delicious, this is surely a dish one must-try in Mumbai.
My Recommendation – Try the Chicken Baida Roti at Bade Miyan, Colaba.


Misal Pav:
A hot and spicy dish made with lentils, potatoes, tomatoes, chopped onions, chivda and other farsan, has been a local favorite for years. Served with pav and lemon, this dish has been categorized as soul food for thousands of people. The mashed vegetables and accompaniments compliment each other perfectly well to give you a true flavor of Mumbai.
My Recommendation – Try the Misal Pav at Aaswad, Shivaji Park.

Missal Pav

No matter where you go in the world, no sandwich tastes as good as the Mumbai sandwich. Buttered slices of bread with thin slices of vegetables, chutney and cheese make a heavenly combination – one that can be experienced only in the city. Available easily in almost every area, every sandwich has its own unique taste and flavor. Whether you opt for a toasted version or you enjoy it as it is, this is one snack that will make it to your list all the time.
My Recommendation – Try the Vegetable Cheese Toast at Jay Sandwich, Bandra.


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6 New Places You Must Visit in Mumbai – MumbaiNet

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Mumbai is a melting pot of various cultures and cuisines. With an increasing number of restaurants opening in the city, people are now open to experimenting with their palates. However, food is no longer about taste only. Most chefs and restaurateurs these days are looking to offer unique experiences to their customers. With innovative dishes, molecular gastronomy and spectacular presentations, culinary experts are going all out to provide guests with the best kind of food they have ever seen or eaten before.

Here’s an exciting list of the city’s newest hotspots that feature everything you’re looking for.

Pa Pa Ya:
When we heard Zorawar Kalra is opening a restaurant at Palladium, our excitement knew no bounds. And rightfully so! Dream of a dish and you’re sure to find it at one of his restaurants. Pa Pa Ya, his newest Pan-Asian restaurant offers a complete sensory experience. From sushi burgers to chicken tacos, flaming shots to exploding desserts, one can experience molecular gastronomy at its best here. Every dish will leave you mesmerized as it is plated to perfection just like a piece of art. Walk in hungry and you’ll be in for a gastronomical feast!

Beer battered Avacado Tacos, corn and scallion kimchee at Pa Pa Ya

Soda Bottle Openerwala:
A wave of nostalgia embraces you as soon as you step in to AD and Sabina Singh’s restaurant at Bandra Kurla Complex. The décor is quirky yet beautiful and captures the real essence of an age-old Irani joint in a modern day setting. With Parsi favorites like Baida Roti, Dhansak, Berry Pulao, Raspberry Soda and more, this place surely takes you back in time. Apart from lip-smacking Parsi dishes, you can also tuck into delicious Mumbaiya style food.

Keema Baida Roti at Soda Bottle Openerwala

Palladium Social:
Mumbai’s most popular, pocket-friendly gastro pub has taken the city by storm with its innovative cocktails and bar grub. After taking over Colaba and Todi Mills, Social recently opened its doors to the city’s glitzy shopping centre. Apart from its regular finger food, this outlet also has a special Beer & Burger Menu. Whether you’re in the mall splurging on brands or watching a movie, stop by for a drink, a quick bite or to simply get a feel of the place. We promise… you won’t regret it!

Mezze Platter at Palladium Social

If you love street food and the city’s scorching heat is stopping you from indulging, Nariman Point’s new restaurant offers street specials with a twist in a clean and comfortable environment. With names as corny as Do Dil Mil Rahe Hai and Chennai se China Tak, their menu is sure to grab your attention at a glance. Make sure you try all their unique dishes but leave some space for the desserts. Because their absolutely-finger-licking-delicious Jalebi sandwich called Jalebi Bai will leave you drooling long after you’re done.

Jalebi Bai at DesiKlub

Ever wondered what Pani Puri Sorbet would taste like? You can now try it at Papacream; South Mumbai’s latest ice cream parlor that serves superb liquid nitrogen based ice cream sans colors, flavors or preservatives. Treat yourself to a fantastic range of savory ice creams like Mexicano, Masala Chaas and Spicy Guava – all of which are worth trying. With unique flavors and so many options, you will surely be screaming for tubs of ice cream!

Pani Puri Sorbet at Papacream

The city’s favorite French creperie recently launched its third outpost in Powai, twice the size of the other two outlets. Unlike the Bandra & Nariman Point branches, this one has an in-house bakery where breads will be baked daily in two batches. Not just that, their menus have also been revamped so crepe crazy folks can now look forward to a variety of tempting savory options. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Next time you drive down to Powai, savor a crepe, smoothie or their delectable cookies, macaroons, croissants and desserts.

Suzette Powai

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10 Sunday Brunches In Mumbai That Have All The Makings Of A Long Leisurely Day – Polka Cafe

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Ideal Sundays comprise of a piping hot cup of coffee, a lavish brunch, and lots of sleep. For a Sunday brunch, don’t we all love the idea of an extravagant spread of delicious goodies, tall glasses of sangria, and soul-satisfying desserts? Someone once said, ‘A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.’ We couldn’t agree more!

Here’s our list of the best Sunday brunches in Mumbai.

The Table:

Indulge in Chef Alex Sanchez’s exciting menu with yummy treats like soft and chewy Original Liège Waffle, decadent Tiramisu Pancake, BBQ Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict, and a lot more. The Table’s Sunday brunch has something for everyone – from those looking for healthy cereals and farm-fresh salads to those wanting a more indulgent breakfast of eggs, steaks, and burgers. All this and more complemented by a hard-to-resist cocktail menu – beware…you’re in for a Sunday foodgasm!

Timing: 11 am to 4 pm

Address: The Table, Ground Floor, Kalapesi Trust Building, Behind Regal Cinema, Apollo Bunder Marg, Mumbai 400039

Contact: +91 22 22825000


The city’s highest roof-top destination, Asilo on the 38th floor of The St Regis, Mumbai, presents an array of brunch classics specially prepared by Chef Cyrus Irani. Pick from an extravagant spread of flat breads, cheeses, satays, cold cuts, salads, live stations, waffles, pancakes and scrumptious desserts. To add to it, Asilo’s signature cocktails are sure to make you unwind in style while you enjoy grooving to the beats of a live saxophonist and DJ. Fine food, breathtaking vistas, great drinks, and a superlative ambience – what’s not to love.

Timing: 12.30 pm onwards

Address: St Regis Mumbai, Level 38, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013

Contact: +91 22 61628031


 Be prepared to be spoilt for choice with Boveda’s massive spread of salads, cereals, milkshakes, eggs, charcuterie, sandwiches, pizzas, live counters, barbecue stations, and lots more. What’s better? The fact that their food is complemented with a bottomless supply of lip-smacking sangrias, cocktails, mocktails, beers, and other spirits that are sure to set you into the mood. Can anything ever be more enjoyable than sharing pleasantries with your dear ones over scrumptious food, delicious drinks ,and board games? We don’t think so.

Timing: 12 pm to 4 pm

Address: G04, Morya Landmark One, Plot B-25, Off New Link Road, Oshiwara Village, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri West, Mumbai

Contact: +91 22 67080859

Citrus, The Leela Mumbai:

Tuck into a hearty spread at The Leela Mumbai’s contemporary all-day dining restaurant, Citrus, that includes something for every palate. Here, you will find a perfect Sunday brunch – a celebration with light music humming in the background. This multi-cuisine brunch makes for a great afternoon with South Indian, North Indian, Thai, Continental, and Middle-Eastern offerings. Not just that – they also have a range of soups, salads, grills, a shawarma and wood-fired pizza counter that only add to the experience. Last but not the least, their tempting dessert counter is undoubtedly the perfect way to end a lavish Sunday extravaganza.

Timing: 12pm onwards

Address: The Leela, Andheri-Kurla Road, Sahar, Andheri East, Mumbai

Contact: +91 22 66911234

Oh:Cha Kitchen & Bar:

OhCha Kitchen & BarEnjoy a Sparkling Sunday brunch at Oh:Cha Kitchen & Bar – Todi Mill’s famous Asian eatery. Chef Rakesh Talwar whips up a storm with his speciality starters, salads, soups, main course classics, and desserts. Indulge in dishes like Stir-Fry Tofu With Sriracha, Lemongrass Chicken, Holy Basil Chicken Bruschetta, Papaya Salad, and Pad-Thai Noodles, among others. Adding to the experience is flowing Casablanca wine along with a live saxophonist who plays classics like Careless Whispers, Somebody That I Used To Know, and Sway. You will surely be tapping a foot or two by the end of your brunch. We bet food won’t be the only thing you’re going to love here.

Timing: 12.30pm to 4pm

Address: Unit No.1, The New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills Premises, Mathuradas Mills Compound, N.M. Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai – 400013

Contact: +91 22 66334455


Brunch Spread China 1If you are looking for a perfect place to spend your Sunday afternoon, China 1 hosts a luxurious Sunday brunch that boasts of delectable Oriental cuisine. Starting with their salad, soup, and starters, and then moving on to their indulgent main course and desserts, their brunch menu will satisfy your every gluttonous desire. With dishes like Cottage Cheese Soya Chilli, Flaming Red Chicken Chilli, Thai Green Curry, Prawn In Black Pepper Sauce, and much more – this will undoubtedly be a feast for the soul.

Timing: 12 pm onwards

Address: C-5, Ground Floor, The Capital, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai-400051

Contact: +91 22 67381111

Romano’s at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar:

Romano's at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar - Brazino cartocchioApart from the Sunday brunch at JW Café, one can also indulge in an Italian Sunday brunch buffet at Romano’s, the property’s authentic, home-styled Italian restaurant where every dish is perfectly crafted using fresh, organic ingredients and homemade products. The buffet spread includes an elaborate antipasti counter, a charcuterie station, classic soups, and famed Italian cheeses, along with a wide selection of homemade pasta, pizzas, grills, and roasts – all served at your convenience on your table. The dessert counter allows guests to pick from a variety of lip-smacking desserts that are on offer, along with a gelato counter. You’re surely going to walk out of this place with a food coma!

Timing: 12.30 pm onwards

Address: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, IA Project Rd, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400099

Contact: +91 22 2853865

Radio Bar:

Radio Bar, Bandra’s trendiest new hotspot recently launched sundowner Sundays. This happy station includes innovative cocktails, a salad station, and live grills that will surely leave you smiling. Chicken Cocktail Sausages, Corn On The Cob, Peri Peri BBQ Fish Strips, and Greek Vegetable Skewers are some of the items on their brunch menu. If you thought only Saturdays were happening at Radio Bar, try walking in on a Sunday afternoon.

Timing: 1pm onwards

Address: 355, New Castle Hotel, Linking Road, Khar West, Mumbai 400052

Contact: +91 9769755542


blueFROGWith a huge spread of over 50 dishes that include an assortment of salads, tapas, grills, eggs, desserts, and lots more, the blueFROG Sunday brunch is an apt option for an enjoyable brunch with the family. Great music, a spirited bar, and a variety of board games like Monopoly, Scrabble and Jenga are sure to keep you and your loved ones entertained until sunset.

Timing: 11.30 am to 5 pm

Address: D/2 Mathuradas Mills Compound, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai 400013

Contact: +91 22 61586158

Seasonal Tastes at The WestIn Mumbai Garden City:

Seasonal Tastes at The Westin Mumbai Garden City offers a mesmerizing Sunday brunch with a view that can be enjoyed with children. Tantalize your taste buds with live stations offering Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Continental, and local favorites, along with a special menu for children. Young ones can be entertained at the hotel’s play area while you relish your meal. This exotic brunch promises to be an enjoyable family affair.

Timing: 12:30 pm to 4 pm

Address: International Business Park, Oberoi Garden City, Mumbai

Contact: + 91 9004661088

So, which of these brunch spreads entices you the most? Tell us in the comments below.

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Check Out Our List Of Tried And Tested Food Delivery Services In Mumbai That We Rate High On Taste – Polka Cafe

Food Delivery Services

Mumbai is seeing a steady rise in the number of food lovers by the day. With newer restaurants and bars opening almost every week and with a variety of cuisines to choose from, people are becoming experimental and open to trying dishes that break the stereotype.

While some enjoy dining out, others prefer relishing delicious food in the comfort of their home. For the latter, there are several food delivery services that are taking the city by storm. Ordering food at home has never been easier – with loads of options to suit every taste bud, it is more convenient, faster and cheaper than dining out. From traditional home-cooked meals to scrumptious bites from your favorite  restaurant, there is something for everyone.

Here is a rundown of a few tried and tested food delivery services in Mumbai.

– Tiny Owl:


Tiny Owl is a user-friendly app that has made ordering for food easier than ever before. The app, once downloaded, detects your location and suggests restaurants in your area. Once you have placed an order, the app saves your user details so that you can avoid the entire procedure of entering all your details for your next orders. Payment can be made by card or by cash on delivery. The food gets delivered fresh and hot, within 30 minutes.

What I tried: Spinach and Cheese Pav from Pack-a-pav.

My experience: As soon as my order had been placed, the app displayed the estimated time of delivery – 20 minutes. Two Spinach and Cheese Pavs were packed in an airtight container along with several dips on the side; each one packed separately in mini containers.

The Wow factor: I was also excited to see a thank you note from the Chef at Pack-a-pav. Their packaging was impressive and the food was also fresh and warm.

– Hola Chef:

 Hola Chef boats of home-style food freshly prepared by some of the city’s finest home chefs, delivered to your doorstep within 45 minutes. The menu changes every day, and consists of options that range from traditional dal chawal to chicken shawarma and more. The menu also gives details of the chefs behind each preparation. The user has to enter a pin number and the app displays multiple options of food available in the area. Once the selection has been made, the user can make payment – online or cash on delivery. Currently available only in certain areas of Mumbai, this service is looking to expand to other areas as well.

What I tried: Mix Veg in Hunan Sauce with Malaysian Flat Noodles and Kungpao Potatoes by Chef Sahil Lulla

My Experience: Upon making my final selection, I was asked to sign in with my mobile number, name and email id, after which I could select my method for payment.

The Wow factor: My food was delivered piping hot to me within 45 minutes, well packaged in containers placed in a Hola chef carry bag.

– Kitchens by Priya Jham:

Chef Priya Jham, Founder & Owner – Kitchens by Priya Jham, has been an expert in the food industry for over twenty years. A true foodie at heart, she started her career with basic cooking workshops, and then, successfully made her passion her profession with the launch of Kitchens… Known for its delectable Indian and Sindhi food, among other cuisines, it provides catering services for private parties, corporate gatherings, in-house MNC staff meals, and much more. It is also famous for its soul-satisfying tiffins and designer chocolates. One can either opt for a vegetarian or non-vegetarian tiffin. The former is priced at INR 110 and includes a portion of dal, rice, two sabzis (one gravy and one dry), rotis, salad and papad, while the latter is priced at INR 150. Priya also demonstrates some of her signature recipes for popular cooking channels like FoodFood and Cook Book.

What I tried: Non-veg tiffin

To place an order: Log onto their Facebook page , email them on kitchens.priyajham@gmail.com.

My Experience: I placed an order for the non-vegetarian tiffin through their Facebook page. It included Salad, Papad, Rice, Dal, Butter Chicken, Veg Sabzi and Rotis.

The Wow Factor: They promptly confirmed my request and my tiffin was delivered to me within a few hours. The food was absolutely delicious and it comfortably served two.

– Red Ninja Express:

Red Ninja Express, founded in 2011, was the first in Mumbai to introduce New York-style takeout boxes with their famous ‘Ninja Box.’ Their chefs have previously worked with Michelin-starred restaurants, and promise a complete feast for Chinese lovers. They provide lip-smacking soups, appetizers, gravies, noodles, rice, and dim sums that are sure to leave you craving for more. Currently, they undertake catering orders for individuals and corporates all over the city, but their delivery services are only available in Bandra, Khar, and Santacruz.

What I tried: Chicken sui mai and the Super Ninja Box

To place an order: Call them on +91 22 26006007 or order online here.

My Experience: Once you log onto their website, make a selection from their various categories. The dishes selected by you are added to your cart and upon confirmation; you can fill in the delivery details and payment method.

The Wow Factor: The food is delivered to you within an hour and is absolutely delicious.

– InstaKhanna.com:

An online, easy-to-use food delivery service, InstaKhaana is a great option when you want fresh food delivered within 20 minutes of ordering. Their menu changes every day, with two vegetarian and two non-vegetarian options to pick from. Your selection is speedily delivered in quirky Tata Nano food vans. This service is currently available only in Lower Parel, Parel, Mahalaxmi, Worli, and BKC.

What I tried: Chicken meatballs with spaghetti, chicken makhani, roti, roasted vegetables with mashed potato, and garlic bread

To place an order: Click here to place an order.

My Experience: Upon selecting my location, various food options along with the deals of the day were shown to me. After making a selection, I filled in the delivery details.

The Wow Facotor:Within 20 minutes, the InstaKhaana wagon was at my building and freshly made food was delivered at my doorstep.

– Ola Cafe:

Ola cabs have recently diversified by launching Ola Café, a food delivery service where customers can place an order for lunch, dinner, or evening snacks from select restaurants within their vicinity by using the Ola mobile app. The food is delivered within 20 minutes, currently only in select areas across Mumbai. Payment can be made using the Ola Money Wallet or by cash on delivery.

What I tried: Chana Bhatura

To place an order: Download the Ola Cabs app on your smartphone

My Experience:I made my selection from the various options available between 12pm to 3pm. I could track my food with the help of the app, once my order had been placed.

The Wow Factor: Within 20 minutes, the delivery boy called up for the exact address, and my food was delivered to me.

– ChatpataChef.com:

Started by four passionate foodies, Chatpata Chef provides healthy, low-fat, economical meals in tiffins for lunch and dinner. They have various meal options from Monday to Saturday that are divided into five categories – Mini, Standard, Premium, 3S, and Healthy meals. Once you select your meal, Mumbai’s iconic dabbawallahs deliver the tiffin fresh and hot to your doorstep on the next working day. Their services are currently available from Khar to Colaba, and they are soon planning to open outlets across Mumbai.

What I tried: Brinjal and cabbage kofta curry, Mughlai dal, and phulka

To place an order: Call them on +91 98202 63313 or order online here.

My Experience: I opted for the Mini Meal that included a vegetable, dal and four phulkas. They have various payment options, but I opted to make an online payment.The next day, my food was delivered to me fresh and hot in airtight containers.

Have you tried any of these food delivery services? How was your experience?

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10 Exquisite Desserts In Mumbai That Use Food Science To Arrive At Delicious Results – Polka Cafe

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Ever wondered what flaming sherbets, rabri foam or rasmalai cheesecake would taste like? Thanks to molecular gastronomy, you can now try all these dishes and more at some of Mumbai’s finest restaurants.

Molecular gastronomy, an exciting culinary trend in haute cuisine, is a food science that uses unique scientific principles to develop well-presented food. It has taken the city by storm and has not only revolutionized traditional cooking but has also transformed dining into an extraordinary experience. Our city houses a bunch of talented chefs who make each dessert look Instagram worthy without compromising on taste and quality. It is basically the kind of stuff you fantasized about while watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and are now experiencing for real on your table.

Here’s a list of a few exciting desserts that you can treat yourself to at some of the city’s renowned restaurants.

1) Chai ice cream, Masala foam, Dalchini cookies at Masala Library
Zorawar Kalra, the man who introduced molecular gastronomy to Indian cuisine for the first time in India is the brainchild behind this unique dessert combination available at his restaurant. Made with homemade chai ice cream, topped with cutting chai foam and served with masala cinnamon cookies, who ever thought chai and ice cream would go well together?
Price – INR 475 ++
Address – Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, Ground Floor, First International Financial Centre, Bandra-Kurla Complex, (BKC) Bandra (East), Mumbai.
For reservation: +91 8452900900 | +91 8454900900 | +91 22 66424142

Chai Ice cream, Masala Foam, Dal Chini Cookies at Masala Library

2) Big Bang Theory at Joss & Umame
We’ve all studied the planetary system in school. But how many of us have actually seen or heard about an edible galaxy? Farrokh Khambata’s prominent Pan-Asian restaurants, Joss & Umame give you a chance to experience the planetary system live on your table. A specialized pastry chef lays out a silicon mat and prepares stars, planets, asteroids and a stardust…all of which are consumable! All this is cooled to a minus 200-degree temperature with liquid nitrogen and then served as the ingenious Big Bang Theory.
Price – INR 1750 ++
Address – Joss, Savoy Chambers, Linking Road Extension, Santacruz West, Mumbai 400 054. For reservation: +91 22 26617772

Address – Umame, Cambata Building, Eros Theatre Building, M Karve Road, Churchgate, Mumbai 400 020.
For reservation: +91 22 61110303

The Big Bang Theory at Joss & Umame

3) Baked Jalebi Cheesecake with Saffron Espuma at Gallops
When you hear that the Italian cheesecake has been mixed with the local Jalebi, you know you’re in for a treat. Philly cream cheese combined with jalebi is served with a saffron Espuma. An in-house saffron extract is then combined with Soy lecithin and liquid glucose to make the Espuma base that is then foamed with Nitrogen dioxide using an ISI whip cream whipper. With a burst of flavours, this is one hell of a palate pleaser.
Price – INR 325 ++
Address – Gallops, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mahalaxmi, Worli, Mumbai.
For reservation: +91 22 30151130

Baked Jalebi at Gallops

4) Paan Mousse at Spiceklub
Lower Parel’s famous vegetarian restaurant known for its pav bhaji fondue, test tube pani-puri, deconstructed wada pav and more offers a variety of molecular desserts on their menu. From a chocolate soap that is actually served on a soap tray to a bubbling kulfi, selecting a dessert here seems like life’s greatest problem. However, out of all their various offerings, the Paan Mousse, their signature dessert, has a delicious cheesecake filling inside a paan-flavoured crust that is sure to blow your mind. It’s time to challenge your roadside paanwala. He will never be able to replicate this.
Price – INR 355 ++
Address – 8, Senapati Bapat Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai 400 013.
For reservation: +91 22 24925544

Paan Mousse at Spice Klub

5) Chocolate Explosion at Quattro
Known for its innovative dishes and desserts, Quattro is a favourite among vegetarians. By introducing a separate molecular menu, they promise to offer guests a wide variety of delicious food and scrumptious desserts presented in a way one will find hard to forget. The Chocolate Explosion is a chocolate shell filled with chocolate mousse, served on frozen chocolate sand with orange and mango chocolate covered jello. Beware…we guarantee a chocolate rush!
Price – INR 475 ++
Address – 7, Janta India Estate, Senapati Bapat Marg, Opposite Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai 400 013.
For reservation: +91 22 67496444

Chocolate Saturn at Quattro

6) Antioxidant at La Folie
Chef Sanjana Patel of La Folie created this modern day dessert that consists of a light fragrant rose panna cotta on a bed of champagne caviar and compote jelly of red berries and beat root juice with a test tube of anti-oxidant red berry juice. The Antioxidant contains no sugar, no carbohydrates and is eggless and gluten free. It is also a seasonal dessert that is available only during the autumn/winter months. However, one can also indulge in it on an order basis. We promise, you won’t be able to stop yourself at a bite.
Price – INR 375 ++
Address – No. 16, Commerce House, Rope, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400 001. For reservation: +91 22 22672686

Antioxidant at La Folie

7) Destruction of Olympus at Kipos
Home made Vanilla ice cream, frozen chocolate mousse, choice of cake or panna cotta, apple chips, fresh orange, chocolate compote and mint caviar combined with liquid nitrogen is what this dessert is all about. Only if all destructions were as soul satisfying as this one!
Price – INR 1200 ++
Address – Kipos, 5th Floor, Crystal Shopping Paradise, Off Linking Road, Bandra West
For reservation: +91 22 26488567

Destruction of Olympus at Kipos

8) 24K Gold Marzipan Premium Kandie at Nordic Kandie
Nordic Kandie, a tiny little kandie bar at Peddar Road offers delicious marzipan kandies that are sure to leave you craving for more. Their 24K gold marzipan is a premium kandie that is made using top quality mamra almonds, organic sugar and belgium chocolate. While real gold prices are rising by the day, this one won’t leave a hole in your pocket. Satisfy yourself with this 100% vegetarian, gluten & trans-fat free gold marzipan kandie and experience quality at its best.
Price – INR 160 ++
Address – Nordic Kandie, Peddar Road, Shop #1, Vasant Villa, 3 Peddar Road, Kemps Corner, Mumbai 400 036.
For booking: +91 7666122211 | +91 9699641112

24K Gold Marzipan Premium Kandie at Nordic Kandie

9) Rocky Road at Ellipsis
If you’re the sort of person that likes experimenting with food, this is one dessert you cannot miss. Made with burnt marshmallows, vanilla bean ice cream, cookies, salted caramel, chocolate mousse and peanuts; Ellipsis’ Rocky Road is the kind of dessert that will make you drool even in your sleep.
Price – INR 750 ++
Address – B-1, Amarchand Mansion, 16, Madame Cama Road, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400 001.
For reservation: +91 22 66213333

Rocky Road at Ellipsis

10) Chocolate Raspberry Sphere at Hakkasan
An authentic Chinese restaurant that serves lip-smacking main course dishes and beautifully crafted desserts, Hakkasan is a must-try for every Chinese lover. The Chocolate Raspberry Sphere, a popular dessert on their menu is an absolute delight for a chocoholic. A chocolate raspberry sphere is placed on cake crumble and served with a scoop of ice cream. If you want to experience what heaven feels like, don’t forget to bite into this luscious dessert.
Price – INR 500 ++
Address – 2nd Floor, Krystal Building, Waterfield Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400 050.
For reservation: +91 22 26444444

Chocolate Raspberry Sphere at Hakkasan

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