Sawadee Ka Nara Thai Mumbai

If you’re a lover of Thai cuisine, you don’t have to wait to visit Thailand anymore. The folks behind all-time-favorites Yauatcha and Hakkasan are all set to launch Nara Thai – one of the finest Thai eateries in Asia. So next time you’re craving Thai curry or tom yum soup, you know where to head to!

Spearheaded by Karyna Bajaj, Executive Director, KA Hospitality, Nara Thai meaning “Thai woman” in Sanskrit, was originally founded by a group of women in 2003 as a passion project which in no time achieved a cult following – now, a well established brand globally with outposts in Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. Here, one can taste the exquisiteness of age-old Thai cuisine in a modern, casual setting. Like most other restaurants these days, it’s neither dramatic in its presentation nor fusion in taste, it is what it is. If home-style Thai food is what you’re looking for, this place will surely win your heart as every dish strikes a chord with its flavours.

Dotted with Thai orchids, large windows, larger-than-life lamps and ceramic cutlery, the space is elegantly designed with a private dining room in addition to the main dining area and an al-fresco section which will be ready soon. Keeping the interiors in line with its name, designer Nitipattara Yensup ensured the decor is dainty, classy and yet so comforting. Hues of purple, gold and beige are unmissable throughout the space and in some of their signature dishes too.

Every dish served from their elaborate menu is simple yet packed with sharp flavors. Think sour, bitter, sweet, salty, spicy – yes, every flavor is beautifully enhanced with their aromatic soups and curries. If you’re vegetarian, about 50% of the menu is filled with options that you can pick from. So there’s something for everyone!

What I had & loved:
– Thai ice tea: Perfectly sweet and milky with sharp hints of cardamom and star anise.
– Tom Yum Hed – Tom yum soup: Loved the distinct hot and sour flavors of this aromatic mushroom and shrimp soup with fragrant spices and herbs.
– Yum Tua Plu – Spicy wing bean salad: An explosion of flavors with every bite.
– Yum Phak Boong – Crispy fried morning glory: Batterfried leaves served with a chilli lemon chutney, a perfect blend of crunchy, hot and spicy.
– Khao Phad Samunprai – Butterfly pea rice with Thai herbs: Vibrantly hued blue pea flower rice that changes color upon squeezing lime.
– Kan Kiew – Thai curry: Creamy, fragrant curry with jasmine rice.
– Gai Kraprao – Chicken with chilli and basil: A signature Thai dish you can’t go wrong with.
– Nara ice cream with condiments: Sweet with a dash of savoury

All in all, the food is comforting with relatable flavors and textures. I’m surely going back soon again to try their other signature dishes. What I loved most about the food is that it hasn’t really been tweaked around with. I guess that’s something the city has been longing for – a fuss free restaurant with authentic flavors!

Launching on 11th September, 2017 at Raheja Towers, Bandra Kurla Complex.

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From the farm to your cup – only at Blue Tokai

Blue Tokai, started by Matt Chitharanjan and his wife Namrata is a cozy little space with simple, cheerful interiors, known for its freshly brewed coffee from freshly roasted beans sourced from various farms across different regions in India.

For the longest time, India was predominantly a tea-drinking country. However, over the recent past, we have seen a rise in the number of coffee drinkers. Let’s admit it! Coffee is surely cooler, sexier and a great conversation starter than tea. You will always hear people say ‘let’s catch up over a cuppa coffee’ than ‘let’s catch up over a cuppa tea’. So if you’re a coffee lover or a caffeine junkie, there’s a roastery at the rear end of a mill compound in Mahalaxmi that’s waiting to welcome you.

Blue Tokai, started by Matt Chitharanjan and his wife Namrata is a cozy little space with simple, cheerful interiors, minimalistic furniture and large glass panes bifurcating the roastery and café space located in Laxmi Mills compound. After making waves in Delhi about four and a half years ago, this roastery-cum-café opened doors to aamchi Mumbai with their second outlet, last year. Think freshly brewed coffee from freshly roasted beans – Yep! That’s exactly what this tiny space is known for.

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Initially, Matt and his wife lived in Chennai where they came across coffee houses offering freshly ground coffee. But ever since they moved to Delhi, they were disappointed with the quality of coffee available – either it was stale or imported from various other places like Japan, Australia and UK that made it overly expensive due to import duty. Every place they visited up North, they found several national and international chains dominating the market by focusing on providing a nice café experience rather than serving good coffee. Being a coffee enthusiast himself, Matt travelled down south, interacted with various farmers and decided to take it upon himself to bring about a change in the country’s coffee culture. He decided to connect Indians to their farmers by making superior quality coffee himself. After several trips and convincing sessions, he successfully purchased green beans from local farmers and started roasting them at home with the help of a roaster. Soon, he started selling them online and received a great response for the same. In no time, they opened a café in Delhi and people knew where they could find real coffee.

We all love a good cup of coffee, once in a while, if not everyday. But most of the time, the coffee we start our day with, isn’t even fresh. Every coffee has a shelf life and should be consumed within that time period. Also, it’s not only about mixing the powder with milk and sugar or water, there’s a lot more to it than that. The quality and taste differs from place to place, depending upon how and where it is grown. So different terrains give you different varietals. For e.g. one farm can give you notes of cherry while another can give you notes of chocolate. At Blue Tokai, unlike commercial coffee where all estates get mixed together, they do single estate coffees, which means each of their coffees is sourced from a particular farm. After tasting a range of coffees from various farms across different regions in India, they source from Attikan, Baarbara, Bynemara Estates, Bibi Plantation, Biccode, Kalledeverapura, Karadykan, Nachammai, M.S and Yellikodige Estates. When you step in, you’ll see a board that states which coffee is available for the day.

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Once they receive the coffee, they roast the beans at their café (which btw can be seen by anyone who walks in) and develop different profiles for each one. Each profile has a different characteristic that brings out a unique flavor to the coffee. It is very important to stay focused while developing a profile as a minute more or a color darker can make a world of a difference to the flavor. It should be a perfect balance of flavors and acidity. This cozy café currently whips up several different brews with the help of continuous sample roasts. Once they find the desired profile, they keep roasting to that profile only in order to maintain consistency in quality. In order to provide the freshest possible coffee, they roast every Wednesday & Sunday and dispatch orders the following day.

In the recent past, we have seen so many entrepreneurial ventures in the coffee industry where companies are directly sourcing coffee beans from the farms, roasting them and selling them online or on the shelves of retail stores. Their aim is to make the customer buy a bag of coffee and switch from instant to a more brooding variety. India has predominantly been a tea-drinking country, with coffee restricted to filter coffee, atleast down south. So the idea of brewing a cup seems rather tedious and overwhelming. Most people are not even aware about the different brewing methods. Each method gives out different flavors. For e.g. French-press coffee has a medium body with intense aroma and flavor whereas a Moka Pot is bold, almost similar to an espresso. Pour-over coffee, on the other hand, has a lighter body as the paper filter removes all coffee particles and oils, thus giving it a cleaner flavor. And if you’re a filter coffee loyalist, then Aeropress is your best bet.

At Blue Tokai, a customer can watch the entire process of roasting, sample various coffees and then select something that suits their palate. The day I visited, the café was serving coffees from Nachammai Estate, Bibi Plantation and Attikan Estate. I opted for the lightly roasted Nachammai coffee that was freshly brewed using the pour-over method. I was also intrigued to try their Nitro coffee (iced coffee infused with Nitrogen) that is currently available on tap only at this café. Cold-brewed for 20 hours, it was fruity and chocolaty with a creamy mouth feel and an after taste that lasted long after it was over. Since they don’t have an in-house kitchen, they have a limited food menu consisting of croissants, pain au chocolats, sandwiches and custard cruffins from The Magazine Street Kitchen, from the folks behind The Table.

Apart from sampling different types of coffees, I got to learn so much from the experts at Blue Tokai. It indeed was an enriching experience as I got a different insight into the world of coffee. For me, a good cuppa coffee has always been the one that evokes all the five senses. And for Matt, a good coffee is the one that his customer likes!

Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bombay Brasserie – reopens after 15 years

If you were born and raised in Worli, you have surely heard of the iconic restaurant – Bombay Brasserie. It ruled the city with its authentic Indian fare for quite a few years until it shut down in 2002. Now, after 15 long years, it has comeback with a bang.

The first ever outlet was launched in 1989, after which they launched multiple branches in Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata. Located at Worli, Bombay Brasserie is an all-day diner that can house about 130-150 people at its four different dining zones. The decor is quirky and cheerful, with an indoor and al fresco section. White background with color blocked furniture, wooden chairs, swing seats and a cozy vintage vibe – what’s not to love? The staff is courteous and well-informed and the service is great too.

Think experimental and fusion Indian speciality dishes from different states in the country…Yup! That’s their USP. Whether you’re looking for Naga Ghost Pepper Wings, Andhra-style Chicken or Kashmiri Kebab, rest assured you’ll find it here. Their eclectic menu promises to bring out the best Indian flavors by literally serving you the country on a platter. Pair this and more with their super selection of mocktails, desi cocktails, beers or a variety of Indian teas and you’re sure to have a memorable night.

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Bombay Brasserie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Boston Butt – New in town

Had a fabulous experience at The Boston Butt, India’s first smokery, charcuterie and bar. Inspired by the pre-prohibition era, TBB offers lip-smacking South American fare with a large variety of options in both, vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Set in Kala Ghoda’s vintage building, the 2500 sq.ft space has a very New Orleans French quarter look and feel. White walls, on both levels, are adorned with specially designed mirrors, depicting some of Americas best known liquor brands. The place has a chilled out, warm and welcoming vibe. It’s bright and cheerful!

Coming to the menu, it lays equal emphasis on vegetarian and non-vegetarian and is divided into various groups to make life easy. Choose from soul food favourites, hearty and quick bites to smoky comfort foods – there’s something for every palate. Focused on using a low and slow cooking technique, TBB follows a process of roasting and smoking for over 12-13 hours, with a variety of different woods such as Apple wood and birch to add a smoky flavour and texture to each ingredient.

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We sampled quite a few dishes from their menu, out of which I loved the following ones the most:

– Bloom bread: cheesy and comforting

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– Nachos Mezze: different from the regular version

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– St. louis style slow cooked smoked peppery pork ribs: tender and flavourful

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– Smoked calamari chilli: deliciously different

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– Philly cheesesteak chicken roll: the best I’ve had so far

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– Seafood gumbo with butter parsley rice: interesting combination

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– Skillet chocolate chip cookie with house made ice creams: sinful and decadent. The salted caramel ice cream was lovely too.

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The Boston Butt Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A night at Luna Nudo Gusta, The ST. Regis Mumbai

The St. Regis Mumbai is one of my most favourite places in the city. So when I received an invitation to visit their all new modern European restaurant, I was excited beyond words.

Luna Nudo Gusta, a chic bar and restaurant located at the hotel’s 37th floor opened doors to city folks a couple of weeks ago. Luna Nudo, the charismatic bar is on the lower section while a stairway leads up to the glamorous restaurant, Luna Gusta. Since yesterday was the official launch of ‘Jazz Legends’ – Jazz nights at the bar, we were delighted to catch a glimpse of Ash Chandler and his band performing for a cheerful crowd. The place was lively and buzzing with the city’s creme de la creme.

Soon after, we headed to the restaurant. The decor left us speechless. Mosaic walls and golden chandeliers made us feel like we’ve just stepped into the land of royals. It’s luxurious and beyond gorgeous.

Australian Chef Martin Kindleysides has curated a contemporary European menu that features different kinds of meats and vegetarian options. They import their seafood from LA, chicken from a farm in Delhi and vegetables from ex-pilot Namit who grows chemical-free vegetables for them. So everything that is served is fresh and packed with flavour. Since we wanted to try small portions of multiple things, he was extremely kind to serve us tasting portions of some of his signature dishes.

What I ate & liked:
– Our meal started with an amuse-bouche that consisted of beetroot and goat’s cheese followed by some freshly baked bread with herbed butters – all of which were amazing.

– Soon after, we were served a portion of the yellow fin tuna tarter made with capers, hens eggs, red onion, cornichons, avocado & lemon dressing, served with a slice of freshly baked cheese foccassia. Usually, fish is chopped alongside the table as per the guests request and is then prepared live with parsley, capers and other ingredients but in our case, since we had mini portions, it came prepared to the table. Needless to say, it was delicious! All the ingredients complimented this cool, fresh fish and the dressing added the right amount of zing, making it a delightful start to our meal.

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– Black truffle infused charred corn polenta with baby corn was a creamy, buttery and indulgent cornmeal mash that tasted even better with the grilled zucchini.

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– Bouillabaisse, a hearty soup made with shrimp, fish and squid in a tomato broth was rich and packed with seafood flavours – highly recommended and should not be missed if you’re a seafood lover.

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– Coming to the risottos, the Spiny Lobster one was a classic made with chunks of lobster, spinach leaves and Parmesan – undoubtedly an irresistible combination. The Asparagus one, however, got my vote due to it’s perfectly balanced flavours.

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– Swiss chard and ricotta cheese tortellini, made in-house with sage, pine nut brown butter and truffle foam was a simple, heartwarming dish, sure to make you smile on a dull day.

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– The flaky Chilean sea bass, imported from Chile was perfectly cooked and topped with a buttery crab sauce that created a burst of textures and flavours. The beautiful creamy mash and broccolini, served alongside, only added on, making this dish the highlight of my meal.

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Post the mains, our server handed us a dessert menu which has limited options but is worth trying, no matter what. Even if you’re feeling stuffed, make sure to keep some room for dessert. We tried the Blackberry Pave and the Vegan Apple Tart, both were fantastic.

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Their cocktail menu is also quite extensive and if you’re confused about what to order, Joel – the mixologist, is extremely helpful and will gladly serve you some of their intoxicating infusions.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and will surely be back soon to sample the rest. Great food and drinks, live music and exceptional service – what more can you ask for? Special thank you to Ruchi, Allwyn, Abrar, Kushkant & Swadha for their warmth and hospitality. You guys make a great team. Keep up the good work!

Luna Gusta Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Foodie Reviews: 2 Brand New Places To Check Out This Weekend!

Mumbai, a paradise for food lovers offers something for every palate. But if you’re a foodie like me, selecting a restaurant is even more difficult than choosing a career….especially since there are so many new places opening up week after week. Sigh! So I decided to make life easier for you by sharing my experience at two lovely places, opening this weekend. While one is perfectly located at the bustling High Street Phoenix, the other is set right in the heart of Linking Road, Bandra. Both are great options to consider this weekend so if you land up going to either/both, let me know what you think 🙂

1) Jamie’s Pizzeria by Jamie Oliver:
We all know who Jamie Oliver is, don’t we? One of the world’s best-loved celebrity chefs who has not only made cooking fun for people like me but has also inspired thousands to understand and enjoy better food with his popular shows and YouTube channel. His belief in good food is what his restaurants, Jamie’s Pizzeria and Jamie’s Italian are built on. Since the former has finally come to Mumbai (after opening two branches in NCR), I’m pretty sure everyone is excited to know what’s in store.

Unlike Jamie’s Italian, the pizzeria has a more laid back atmosphere where anyone can come, grab a bite, have a drink, and just relax. Rustic, simple dishes are made from the best seasonal ingredients and are fresh and flavorful. Their dough is also prepared in the store every day and is complemented with the best toppings. The menu is a blend of traditional best‐selling Italian and contemporary dishes with a Jamie Oliver twist. However, don’t miss out on their ‘Today’s Special’ – a dish/dessert prepared with seasonal ingredients that changes everyday.

What I tried:
– Fritto Misto
– Chicken & mushroom lasagne
– Chilli Freak Pizza
– The Tuscan Pizza
– Homemade ginger beer
– Raspberry sorbet
– Proper Tiramisu with orange zest
– Affogato

What impressed me:
– As you enter, you can’t miss the panoramic cityscape featuring Mumbai’s iconic tourist spots like the Bandra-Worli sea-link, Gateway of India and The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Not just that, it also includes the city’s famous dabbawallas, cutting chai stalls, modes of transport (kaali – peeli, local train & rickshaw), among other things. The creative art work highlighting a day in the life of Mumbai surely gives the space a true essence of the city.
– It’s pocket-friendly…Surprisingly! Everything on the menu is below Rs. 600 which is really awesome, considering how crazy expensive dining out is these days.
– Coming to the food, the Fritto Misto consisting of melt-in-the-mouth fish, prawns and squid, served with a chunky Italian tartare sauce with pickled olives is battered and fried to perfection.
– The Chilli Freak Pizza made with their secret chilli sauce, jalapenos, vegetarian Parmesan, fresh chilli and mint is their signature pizza introduced specially for Indian outlets. Unbearably spicy with an equally hot after-taste; worth trying only if you’re a spice lover. Trust me when I say this, your mouth will be on fire for atleast 3-4 mins, if not more.
– The Tuscan is a nice, feel-good pizza with dry-cured pork ham, crushed tomatoes, mature Cheddar, mozzarella and rocket – amazing textures and flavors. How can anything with ham not taste good! Creamy mozzarella perfectly balances the sharp hints of matured cheddar along with the saltiness of the dry-cured ham leaving you with a burst of beautiful flavors in your mouth.
– Homemade ginger beer is cool, refreshing and light. #FYI – Ginger Beer is a naturally sweetened and carbonated non-alcoholic beverage produced by the natural fermentation of ginger spice, yeast and sugar.
– Desserts are simple yet flavorful. The sorbet is fresh and fruity while the tiramisu has an interesting tinge of orange which actually makes it quite different from the regular version. The Affogato – vanilla ice cream ‘drowned’ (as they describe it on the menu) in hot espresso ticks all the right notes. Hot espresso adds a beautiful punch while simultaneously complimenting the sweetness of the ice cream.

Overall, had an enjoyable experience. The only thing missing was Jamie Oliver himself 🙂

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Jamie's Pizzeria by Jamie Oliver Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

2) Poetry by Love & Cheesecake:

If you’re walking at the bustling by lanes of Bandra, don’t miss out on this cutesy, all-day cafe from the founders of popular dessert brand, Love & Cheesecake.

Nestled in the heart of the suburbs, Poetry by Love & Cheesecake offers an extensive breakfast, dining and dessert menu that can be enjoyed in the comfort of a cosy and relaxed ambiance. The interiors are simple yet elegant and the space is warm and welcoming. Whether you’re seated at the top section or down, they provide good service and their servers are extremely kind and helpful too. Chef Amit Sharma and his team promise to offer delicate yet wholesome food made with the freshest ingredients and packed with flavors.

What I tried:
– Dark Knight
– Chopped Black Kale
– Ceaser Salad with Grilled Chicken
– Poached Eggs & Avocado on a Croissant
– Warm Roasted Vegetables
– BBQ Smothered Chicken
– The Diplomat Mousse
– Devil’s Desire
Crème Brûlée

What impressed me:
– The Dark Knight smoothie made with cacao, walnut, oats, yogurt, honey and banana though heavy is a flavorful early-morning pick-me-up
– Chopped Black Kale made with kale, almond slivers, aged gouda cheese, grated Parmesan and anchovy dressing is a perfect mid-day salad. The distinctive flavor of aged gouda blends in beautifully with the crunchiness of the kale and the anchovy dressing subtly lifts up all the flavors.
– Silky-smooth, pillowy soft poached egg, zingy avocado salsa and flaky croissant…Need I say more? This one is a sure shot winner!
– Eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms and Mozarella delicately placed on warm Focaccia with a delicious pesto spread make this a hearty sandwich that can be enjoyed at any time.
– BBQ Smothered Chicken with home made creamy bbq sauce, grilled chicken and Cheddar makes this panini a wholesome meal by itself.
Crème brûlée is perfectly done: creamy, crunchy, not too sweet – all in one bite. From the other two desserts, I can’t decide if I like the smooth textured Diplomat Mousse (caramel mousse and toffee) more or the dark and dense Devil’s Desire (dark chocolate and brownie) served on a stick. All three desserts have different textures and flavors that make them stand out on their own.

Overall, had a great experience and will surely go back to sample the other items on their extensive menu.

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Address:
Jamie’s Pizzeria by Jamie Oliver:
High Street Phoenix, Opposite PVR, Lower Parel, Mumbai.

Poetry by Love & Cheesecake:
Shop No. 6, Pali Darshan, Junction of 16th & 33rd Road, Opposite Mini Punjab, Bandra, Mumbai.

Poetry by Love and Cheesecake Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mumbai Gets Farzified! Foodie Reviews: Farzi Cafe

Known to have transformed the face of Indian cuisine with their past gems, impossible is just another word in the dictionary for Jiggs & Zorawar Kalra. Dream of a dish and this father-son duo will serve it to you on a platter! And just when you think they have outdone themselves with MasalaBar – rumored to be the world’s first candle-lit bar… you have Farzi Café!

When the invite for their launch party came in, I assumed it was just a sheet of paper until I read ‘Disclaimer: This is an edible invite.’ Yes, you read that right! It was made with flattened sugar paste and could only be destroyed by eating. Now that’s next level awesome, isn’t it? I was eagerly waiting to see what set’s this apart from the other outposts under their renowned food company.

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Though the Urdu meaning of Farzi means ‘fake’ – this modern day diner is anything but that. Here, it means creating an ‘illusion through food.’ After creating a buzz in Delhi & Dubai, it is all set to rock Mumbai with its extravagant cooking techniques, mind-blowing presentations and ofcourse molecular gastronomy without compromising on taste and quality. Situated at Lower Parel’s bustling Kamala Mills Compound, Farzi Café aims to provide a unique Indian bistronomie dining experience where traditional Indian flavors marry global cuisine with oodles of action and drama.

Covering an area of approximately 4400 sq. ft. and accommodating nearly 250 guests at a time, the interiors are inspired by Rajasthani jali work. It offers patrons a view of lush greenery through the day and transforms into a high-energy space with projection lighting and a dynamic ambiance in the night. Comfy couches are placed on the right side while adjustable tables are placed in the centre that can be converted to high tables, post sunset. An in-house DJ plays soft tunes during sundown and gets you into the groove as the night sets in. One can also enjoy live performances that are scheduled to take place on Friday nights, as of now.

Coming to the food & drinks, the menu (don’t miss out on the doodles) is exhaustive with a mix of molecular and regular fares that sound bizarre on the onset but are as flavourful as you can imagine them to be. Bartender Arjun Chaudhary is like a magician at work. He has the power to hypnotize you with his flawless art of making cocktails. Make sure to keep your camera ready – his skills of playing with fire and nitrogen are par excellence and Instagram worthy too. The servers are well informed about every dish on the menu and are extremely kind, helpful and friendly.

What I tried:
– Mishti-doi
amuse bouche
– Mini Raj Kachori
Chicken Changezi Quesadilla
– Tempura Fried Prawns
Dal Chawal Arancini
– Delhi Belly Tikka
– Grainy Mustard Fish Tikka
– Tandoori
Margrita Kulcha
– Khandwi
Popsicle
– Spaghetti Aglio-olio e Cocco
– C.T.M Chicken Tikka Masala
Baileys Lollypop
– Parle-G Cheesecake
Paan Ghujiya

What impressed me:
All the three palate cleansers were outstanding. While the mishti-doi amuse-bouche (served at the beginning of the meal) was refreshing, the khandwi popsicle (served just before the mains) topped with caramel sauce, was cooling and flavorful. Dehydrated meetha paan enclosed in a ghujiya (served at the end of the meal) made with candy floss was a delightful end to the meal
– Mini Raj Kachori topped with chutney foam and served with crispy okra salad on the side was a great reminder of childhood chaat parties. The sweet curd mixed with the tamarind and mint chutney created a riot of flavors and colors in the mouth and on the plate as I dug into it
– Made with ghee-infused Malabari Paratha and a spicy tandoori chicken filling, the Chicken Changezi Quesadilla was an innovative take on the Mexican staple
– Tempura Fried Prawns came with lemon-chilly foam and were tossed with Sriracha and an in-house mayonnaise. The foam evaporated instantly leaving behind sharp hints of the spicy sauces – very similar to the Dynamite Shrimps served at P.F.Changs (an international chain known for its mayonnaise-coated shrimps served in cocktail glasses)
– A round deep-fried ball of dal khichdi and papad crumbs, garnished with green chutney, aachar and papad, known as Dal Chawal Arancini was unique and comforting
– The Delhi Belly Tikka served in a grill with roasted russet apples hit the spot for me. Succulent pork belly marinated in anardana chutney, glazed with murabba and slow cooked for about 2-3 hours was saucy, tangy and melted in the mouth
Tandoori Margrita Kulcha a.k.a ‘desi pizza’ was finger-licking delicious. Bite-sized kulchas served with a Bloody Mary ketchup dribbled mozzarella with every bite.
– The British import C.T.M – Chicken Tikka Masala presented in a replica of the red telephone booth seen all over London was served with Cornish cruncher naan. The subtle flavors of the cheese naan perfectly balanced the sharp flavors of the spicy chicken gravy
– Bite-sized Parle-G cheesecake made with Philadelphia cream cheese and decorated with nostalgia-inducing gems was carefully placed in home-style rabdi with flaky pistachio – perfectly sweet and touched upon all the right notes.

What didn’t impress me much:
Grainy Mustard Fish Tikka was slightly bland and could do with a stronger flavor
– Similar to the famous Burmese Khao-suey, the Spaghetti Aglio-olio was a tad bit salty for my liking
– Served on a tree-like structure, the highly recommended chocolate and baileys-infused lollypop, though interesting, lacked a punch of baileys.

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Mishti-doi amuse bouche

Mini Raj Kachori

Mini Raj Kachoris

Chicken Changezi Quesadilla

Chicken Changezi Quesadilla

Tempura Fried Prawns

Tempura Fried Prawns

Dal Chawal Arancini

Dal Chawal Arancini

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Grammy Mustard Fish Tikka

Kulcha Margherita

Kulcha Margherita

Khandwi Popsicle

Khandwi Popsicle

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala presented in London’s famous red telephone booth

Baileys Lollypop

Baileys Lollypop

Parle-G Cheesecake

Parle-G Cheesecake

Paan Ghujiya

Paan Ghujiya

Upon being asked about his newest baby, Zorawar Kalra, Founder & Managing Director, Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. said, “Farzi Café was born out of our sheer passion for Indian food. It is this faith, coupled with the demand, which has encouraged us to bring the concept to Mumbai and are confident that our guests would enjoy the freshness incorporated in the overall experience.”

Rating:
4/5

Address:
Kamala Mills,
Near Radio Mirchi Office,
Lower Parel,
Mumbai.

Timing:
5pm to 1am. Will soon be open for lunch as well.

*The meal was paid for by Farzi Cafe.

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