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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A Royal Indian Experience at JW Marriott Pune’s Shakahari

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I love to travel…even if it means going to Lonavla for a nice Sunday brunch and back. So when I received an invite from JW Marriott Pune for lunch on Saturday, I instantly said yes! Because for me, an ideal weekend is one where I can getaway from the chaos of the city. Since I knew I had something fun to do over the weekend, I couldn’t wait for the week to quickly pass by. Luckily it did. Before I knew it, it was D-day.

I woke up at 8am as our scheduled time of departure from Mumbai was 9am. Since my pick-up point was Worli, I quickly got ready and left. Nikhil, our kind and polite driver had reached Worli Seaface in his white Innova way before time and was patiently waiting for us to come. We (that includes three of us), started for Pune at about 9.15am and were all set to see what the rest of the day had in store for us. Our car had been stocked with cold bottles of aam panna, lassi and several juices for the journey. Thankfully, due to a slight drizzle in the city, it wasn’t very hot or sunny and as we got onto the expressway, it began to rain and started getting a wee bit breezy. Needless to say, our comfortable drive became even more enjoyable.

We reached Pune at about 12pm and were at the property 40 minutes later (thanks to Pune traffic). As we entered, we were warmly greeted by General Manager Vineet Mishra and his kind and loving team. There was something about the place – it felt like home in an instant. I guess that’s why its so popular and buzzing at all times. We looked around for a while and visited its various outlets, starting with the ones on ground level – Pune Baking Co. (the renowned bakery and patisserie), Lobby lounge (which had a special wine promotion for the weekend), Spice Kitchen (their all-day multi cuisine restaurant that was prepping for the on-going Goan festival) and the JW Marriott Food Truck (which unfortunately wasn’t operational that day). Soon after, we proceeded to the next level to see Alto Vino (the Italian restaurant, serving lip-smacking wood-fired pizzas among other things and a variety of wines), Bar 101 (the elite whiskey and cigar bar that houses over 100 different types of whiskey) and Shakahari (their vegetarian restaurant serving authentic Indian specials). Next, we proceeded to Mi-a-mi (the hotel’s rocking night club that was getting ready for Bollywood night) and Paasha (their fine-dining restaurant and bar with an indoor and al-fresco section from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city). After the property tour, we headed to Shakahari as we had been invited to sample its lip-smacking menu based on authentic Indian cuisines inspired by some of India’s royal, princely states.

A warm welcome with flowers and rose water, an extravagant table set-up and a tikka clad Maharaj Jai Kishen greeted each one of us with his pleasing smile and folded hands. Looking at the hospitality, we knew we were in for a grand feast. The menu, featuring a variety of traditional Rajasthani and North Indian preparations, had been crafted to provide a #RoyalIndianExperience to each one of us.

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‘We want to revive the culture of food in its most authentic Indian form. That is the philosophy at Shakahari – a royal dining experience. Keeping this focus, Maharaj Jai Kishen seamlessly blends tradition and flavor for each dish that is specially curated by him,’ said Mr. Vineet Mishra, the friendly and ever-smiling general manager of the hotel.

Bright and shiny silver Thalis with napkins perfectly folded and knotted gave us a true royal feel. As we took our seats, a server came to each one for a handwash. (In India, a traditional Thali is best enjoyed when eaten with the hands, without any cutlery).

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We were all set for our grand feast which began with some Fratelli wine, a variety of starters served with a bowl full of papad, various chutneys and pickles like plum, peanut, mint and mango as accompaniments. The starters consisted of:

– Dahi Wada
– Palak Patta Chaat
– Rajma Lasooni Salad
– Palak Chawli Tikki
– Beetroot Tikki
– Amritsari Paneer
– Besan Chilla

Out of all the above, the rajma lasooni salad with fragments of burnt garlic and beetroot tikki were my most favorite.

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After a break of about 15 minutes, we were then served our Rajasthani mains. I’m sure you already know that a traditional meal in Rajasthan is incomplete without its speciality dishes like

– Dal Batti Churma: lentil preparation made with wheat flour dough, served with dal, grounded flour dessert and dollops of ghee
– Ker Sanger ke Kofte: ker, bamnera bean dumping cooked in fresh tomato gravy
– Jodhpuri Gatta Curry: steamed gram flour dumpling, cooked in spicy, tangy, hung curd gravy
– Gatta ka Pulao: spiced gram flour dumpling, dum cooked with basmati rice
– Subz Panchmel: a melange of five vegetables, tossed in dry spices and flavored with asafoetida
– Phulka, Palak Poori & Ajwaini Poori

To be honest, I find Rajasthani food too heavy so I avoid eating too much. But here, it was served with so much love that I just couldn’t say no. I thoroughly enjoyed most of it, especially the gatta curry and ker sanger koftas but I wanted to leave space for the rest.

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Right after the Rajasthani meal, we were served some speciality North Indian preparations like

– Dum Paneer Kasoori: homemade cottage cheese, simmered in rich tomato gravy, flavored with fenugreek seeds
– Subz Makhmali Kofta: vegetable koftas filled with dried plums and almonds, simmered in a cardamom cashew gravy
– Pindi Choley: chickpeas, slow cooked and flavored with whole Indian spices, tempered with dried pomegranate seeds and smoked with desi ghee
– Dal Shakahari: black lentils, soaked overnight and rajma, tempered with cumin, fresh garlic and white butter
– Gucchi Pulao: long grain rice flavored with whole spices
– Stuffed kulcha, Roti, Naan, Laccha Paratha

The dum paneer kasoori and dal shakahari were amazing. So flavorful and delicious. The pindi choley reminded me of my recent trip to Amritsar. I wanted to go for a second helping but I had to leave some room for dessert. Considering the lavish variety our meal had to offer, I was eagerly waiting to see what the desserts would have in store.

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Once everyone was done with their meal, the friendly and hospitable staff of Shakahari, escorted us to the ‘Mishtan Bhandar’ – a room filled with sweet treats. Yes, you read that right. A ROOM full of sweet treats! Everything was so tempting that for a minute I almost forgot I had to take pictures and started helping myself. We could choose from a selection of freshly cut fruits like guava, apple, pineapple, dragon fruit among others or desserts like

– Mango Rabadi
– Malai Kulfi
– Vanilla Ice Cream
– Kesar Pista Kulfi
– Moong Dal Halwa
– Gulab Jamun
– Lychee Gulla
– Kaju Pista Roll
– Moti Chor Ladoos
– Kadambari
– Badambhog
– Ghewar

I literally wanted to try everything but unfortunately was already pretty full. So I tried a small piece of the ghewar and some mango rabadi – both, absolutely awesome. And finally finished off with some paan.

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While chatting with Mr. Mishra, I was intrigued to know how long it took to formulate such a royal meal. ‘About 4 months and 60 tastings later we finalized on the menu,’ he said. Unlike most Thali places where you’re served in a rush, the meal at Shakahari is timed (approximately 60 minutes per sitting) so every guest can absorb the food and enjoy every bit of the experience. The menu keeps changing every now and then so there’s always something new to look forward to.

An hour-long chatting session and a few cups of green tea later, it was time to bid adieu. So we thanked the wonderful team for their impeccable service and hospitality and proceeded towards the car, which once again had been stacked with still, sparkling water and other beverages. Our drive back was just as enjoyable as before as we didn’t get any traffic and were home in less than 3 hours.

All-in-all, it was truly a fun getaway from the city – even though it was just for a few hours. Will most certainly be going back soon again…this time for more than just a meal!

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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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.

*Meals were paid for by Jamie’s Pizzeria by Jamie Oliver & Poetry by Love & Cheesecake

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

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Tempura Fried Prawns

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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

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Parle-G Cheesecake

Paan Ghujiya

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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.

Farzi Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Also on Polka Cafe – http://www.polkacafe.com/farzi-cafe-mumbai-food-review-2790.html

Good Breakfast = Happy Morning!

I’ve always been a fan of breakfasts – be it a lavish buffet at a hotel or a simple one at home. Since it is the most important meal of the day, I truly believe that one should make the most of it. This week, I had the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, not once but thrice at three different places and I cannot even begin to explain how awesome they were. From the ambiance to the food, everything was so relaxing and enjoyable that I truly wish I could visit these places everyday!

  1. Fable:
    Juhu’s brand new all-day diner is straight out of a fairytale. Stacks of books, a wishing well, white walls, vintage furniture and printed floors warmly welcome you to this 75-seater cafe. An ideal place for readers, they have books that cater to all age groups, including children. Antique frames, lamps, wooden chairs and quotes at various corners only add to the rustic setting. They have an extensive all-day menu, designed like a novel and a breakfast menu that is available till 7pm. Pick from a variety of eggs, bagel sandwiches, pancakes, waffles and more for breakfast along with refreshing coolers.To start with, I ordered for their signature Egg Decker. Truffled scrambled egg was served on a bed of creamed spinach and rösti potato and topped with sharp cheddar – it tasted as good as it looked! Next, I opted for their comforting Mac & Cheese – how can one ever go wrong with this classic breakfast special? The Rice Noodle Upma was a unique, light and delicious twist to the regular version and the Grilled Chicken Bagel Sandwich with red wine onions, lettuce and cream cheese was good too. My breakfast ended with a huge portion of their soft and fluffy Banana Pancakes served with nutella, maple syrup, candied nuts and fresh fruits – surely something I would love to wake up to every day. If good food with a relaxing ambiance is your thing, don’t miss out on this place.

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  2. The Yoga House:
    Located in the by-lanes of Carter Road, this quaint yoga haven is known for its simple, healthy and delicious all-day food menu. You can visit The Yoga House to practice yoga, purchase organic ingredients and other collectibles from their store or to simply relish a heart-warming meal at their cutesy studio-turned-cafe situated at the topmost level. As I entered, I was asked to leave my shoes outside. The soothing blue and white space made a perfect setting for a comforting, feel-good meal. Their menu offers a mix of flavors from salads to tartines and burgers, all vegetarian and mostly grease-free too.Being a fan of quinoa, I ordered for the Quinoa Upma with yellow and green peppers, carrots, almonds, spring onions, garlic and lemon – fuss-free and gratifying. From the regular menu, I opted for their signature Quinoa Burger also known as ‘I Am Detoxifying.’ Its hard to believe how something so healthy could actually be so tasty. When they say they offer organic food, they truly live up to it. Each ingredient is fresh and bursting with flavors. The place is undoubtedly a  treat for those looking to indulge in a healthy meal.

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  3. The Nutcracker:
    They say, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ I say, ‘Don’t judge a restaurant by its space.’ This small (and I mean small) breakfast cafe in Kala Ghoda, a stone’s throw away from Ayubs has been a favorite ever since its inception. With grungy interiors, limited seating and a no reservation policy, this buzzing place offers some of the yummiest variations to home-style eggs.My meal started with the Salli Eggs served with butter pao – hands down my favorite dish. Next in line was the Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich, oozing with cheese and irresistible – couldn’t have asked for a better start to the day. The Pesto Panini, wrapped with succulent pieces of mushrooms, roasted red peppers, zucchini and feta was a hit too. Apart from their indulgent breakfast menu, their regular menu features a variety of salads, sandwiches, burgers, pastas and desserts – most of which are worth trying. I would surely recommend this place for a delightful homestyle meal.

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Carnival by Tresind…Coming soon to Dubai!

Whether you stay in Dubai or not, I’m sure you have heard about Tresind, a progressive Indian fine-dining restaurant that has taken the city by a storm. When it launched in Dubai, it took fine-dining to a whole new level with its molecular presentation. For people who were unaware about the concept of molecular gastronomy, Tresind wowed them by making them experience it first hand. Everyone who dined at the restaurant only had praises for Chef Himanshu Saini’s delectable Indian fare.

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Following the success of this molecular Indian restaurant, the young chef is all set to unveil his second adventure – ‘Carnival by TresInd.’ Launching in February 2016, Chef Saini and his team will introduce the world to post modern Indian cuisine – something that has never been seen before.

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Carnival by Tresind will be located in DIFC, Dubai’s bustling corporate hub where diners can experience a contemporary interpretation of authentic Indian delicacies. The decor will be chic and minimilistic with colorful hues and brown stone floors. A selection of mocktails and cocktails will be served at the open bar where people can enjoy their drinks under a custom made bottled glass ceiling. Since food is the highlight of this place, Executive Chef Himanshu Saini and Chef Paritosh Sharma from Tresind along with Chef Vinu Raveendran from Mugaritz, Spain have skillfully crafted a culinary experience that engages all the senses.

Witness artistic sorcery at the table and lots more at this whimsical wonderland as they are all set to create a gastronomical gala par excellence. As Bhupender Nath, Founder & CEO of Passion F&B, the management behind Tresind Dubai says, “With Tresind, we reinvented Indian cuisine by giving traditional dishes a modern twist, and with Carnival, we hope to take that legacy a notch above. I am certain that this concept has the potential to become one of the leading F&B destinations in the Emirates. We intend to open many further restaurants in the fine dining and lounge space in a careful strategy that will result in an outstanding portfolio.”

While Tresind has set really high standards, we can only wait and see what Carnival by Tresind has in store. After all February isn’t too far away!

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The all new La Folie Lab!

When Chef Sanjana Patel introduced Mumbai to her scrumptious desserts, it was pretty evident that she was all set to revolutionize the city’s culinary scene. After two successful stores in Kala Ghoda and Lower Parel, her latest outlet – La Folie Lab, offers a complete sensorial experience. A new and different concept, it promises to give its customers the best dessert experience ever.

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What to expect:
– A swanky new place that is modern and organic.

– Step in and you can spend hours chatting, indulging or simply watching chefs plate desserts and other items to perfection.

– The decor is very chic and different from regular studios. Bright yellow bar stools, a modern éclair bar, unique crockery, finger imprinted cutlery and a glass facade with vanilla pods and candied oranges makes the space vibrant and beautiful.

– Walk in during the day and watch chefs swing in action as they roll traditional French baguettes, temper dark chocolate and glaze éclairs to perfection.

– As the sun goes down, the studio transforms into a chic dessert bar with a variety of sweet treats that include the existing take away dessert menu, éclairs, a la minute desserts and their ‘dessert art’ weekend specials.

– Desserts aren’t the only thing to look out for at La Folie Lab. An extensive savory menu has also been introduced that features all-time breakfast favorites like Croque Monsieur and Eggs Benedict and innovative dishes like a Savoury Mille-Fuille among others.

– Each dish is prepared using fresh produce that are harvested from the ‘living wall’ (a vertical garden that features an assortment of live herbs and micro-greens).

– A dedicated eclair bar offers unique flavors like Berry Cheesecake, Salted Caramel Popcorn and Black Sesame.

– Though the service is a tad bit slow, everything that comes to your table is fresh and flavorful.

Address:
#1 Libra Towers,
70 Hill Road (Opposite St. Peter’s Church),
Bandra, Mumbai – 400050.

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Quiche made with field mushrooms, baby spinach, grana padano and radish micro greens

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Savoury Mille- Fuille made with spiced roasted pumpkin, goat’s cheese, pumpkin seeds, pistachio dukkah, arugula salad, pomegranate, lemon maple dressing, paprika mille feuille base

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Mandarin made with orange marmalade jelly, baked japanese cheesecake and philadelphia orange cream

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La Folie’s 100% Chocolate Cookie served straight from the oven with chocolate truffle drizzle and freshly churned bourbon vanilla ice cream

*The meal was paid for by La Folie Lab