Starbucks, R City

Starbucks is definitely my favorite coffee chain in the city. Just like its other outlets, full marks for ambiance and service. Right from the dim lighting, seating arrangement and friendly staff, this place makes sure you have a memorable experience and you feel like coming back for more. However the only thing which stops you from coming back often is the cost which is on the higher side.

The coffee here is absolutely bang on, just the way it should be served. Their large sizes are actually large and I love it. Writing the names of the customers on the take away Coffee glasses too makes the visit more personal and memorable, though they never get my name right. Their specials menu, like the Christmas menu however failed to impress me. Cafe Americano and Mocha Frappachino are my favorites here.

Pros : Great ambiance and service and good coffee.

Cons : Heavy on your wallet.

  • Location : R City, Ghatkopar West

  • Cuisine : Cafe

  • Cost for 2 : Rs. 800 (approx)

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Mama Kane, Dadar

Over a hundred years old, this place is a must visit if you love Maharashtrian food. I visited this place a few days ago on a friend’s recommendation. It’s quite a nice place located amidst the bustling crowd right outside Dadar Station. The ambiance here is good and spacious compared to other Maharashtrian restaurants that I have visited.
We tried out their Aluvadi and Kothimbir Vadi, both of which were tasty, tender and served piping hot. To cool it down we ordered a Kokam and Lemon juice drink. Again refreshing and Delicious.The hygiene here was up to the mark and the service too was decent.

P.s : Their vada pav may be more expensive as compared to other restaurants but worth a try.

  • Location : Senapati Bapat Marg, Dadar West.

  • Cuisine : Maharashtrian

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.200 (approx)

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Baraesti, Tardeo

A rooftop bar and restaurant with a fusion theme located near the iconic Sardar pav bhaji in Tardeo, Baraesti is a place you have to visit. This restaurant was recently revamped, they now have a smaller menu with only their best dishes and the staff was kind enough to take us through the changes they have made.

We started off the night with a round of Moktails, a Pinacolada, Virgin Cosmo, Baraesti Fruit punch and their  House Specialty – Virgin Back Waters, which is a blend of Red Bull, Lime, Basil and Cardamom.

For starters we tried out their staff recommended Smoked Chili Fish and Golden Fried Mushroom with Honey Chili Sauce. Both of them were perfectly crisp and well spiced. We also tried out their Grilled Hot Pepper Chicken Chunks, which was Chicken Wings Tossed in a BBQ like sauce, sadly it was a bit overcooked.


My favorite however was the Kebab e Joojeh, Chicken kebabs which were tender and yet crisp and served with an amazing Moyo-Mustard Sauce. Strongly Recommend to try this dish.

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For the main course we ordered their Fish sautéed in Peri Peri Sauce served with smoked rice and Pita Bread. A nice light dish but wished there were more chunks of fish in the gravy.

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Wish some space still remaining, we ordered a Pav Bhaji Fondue and Steamed Chicken Momos, both were quite nice.


Finally for desserts we went with the Chefs Special Kesar Phirni which was loaded with flavorful strands of Saffron and the Phirni too was tender and delicious. A perfect end to an amazing dinner.


The service was quick and friendly and the ambiance too was lovely, perhaps it would be more amazing once the rains stopped and the roof covers are taken off.

Apart from food, drinks and sheeshas this place also lets their diners play board games while they wait for their meal to arrive and they even have a pool table.

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P.s : The name Baraesti may be difficult to remember, but my experience here will surely be remembered for long. Worth visiting this place even if you don’t drink or smoke.

  • Location : 505, Kornak Shram, Near Sardar Pavbhaji, Tardeo

  • Cuisine : Fusion of Indian, Finger food and Middle Eastern dishes

  • Cost for 2 : Rs. 1200 (approx)

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Gurukripa, Powai

Up until now, Gurukripa was synonymous with Chole Samosa and SIES College in Sion. But this beautiful restaurant located on the crowded Saki-Vihar road, is a haven for hungry travelers. It is beautiful not only from the inside but also from the outside with its welcoming neon signs. I stopped by this place a few nights ago for a nice long dinner.

For appetizers we tried the Crispy Masala Papad with Cheese, Chicken Kalimiri ka Shorba and Peru Pyala which was their staff recommended Mocktail. The Masala Papad was bursting with savory and flavors and the overload of cheese just brings the dish to life.

For starters we had Paneer in Oyster sauce and Chicken Ghee Roast. The Paneer was tender, fresh and spiced to perfection but the Chicken Ghee Roast was my favorite dish of the day with its mild flavor, crispy coating from the caramelized Ghee and almost melt in your mouth texture of the chicken. Strongly recommended dish.

Almost full from the appetizers and starters, we decided to go light on the main course and ordered a Prawns Fried Rice. It was perfectly cooked with aromatic rice, flavorful pieces of diced prawn and garnished with spring onion.

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And finally for desserts we had to try their Gadbad, of which I had read a lot of positive reviews.  It was an overload of Ice Cream, Dry Fruits and Fresh Fruits topped off with Wafer Biscuits and a Cherry. However it was a bit to sweet for my liking so we decided to douse sweetness with a scoop of mildly sweet Ice Cream.


The best part of the evening was the service which was quick and servers were always attentive and polite.

Pros : Good Food and Ambiance, Spot on Service.

Cons : The large menu can be confusing.

  • Location : Thunga Village, Saki Vihar Road, Powai.

  • Cuisine : North Indian and Chinese.

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.1200 (approx)

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Peninsula, Sion

When you have three restaurants in the same locality and only a few meter apart, you have to try it out. I took my pick and decided to visit the oldest one, the other two being the newer Peninsula Next and Central Peninsula. All three of which are located around Sion Circle.

 

The ambiance here was beautiful with soft music playing in the background and the service too was warm and friendly. We started our dinner with a round of mocktails – A Mojito – which is soda flavored mint and lemon and topped off with crushed ice, a fruit punch – which had a distinct mango flavor and a Barman’s Special which was a sweeter version of the fruit punch.

Later on the staff’s recommendation we tried out the Chicken Spicy Chili Rivering Soup which tasted as exotic as it sounds. A spicy blend of diced chicken, mushroom and loads of flavorful spices. Strongly recommended and worth a try.

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Chicken Spicy Chili Rivering Soup

We hence decided to stick to the staff’s recommendation for the rest of the evening and based on it we ordered their Malaysian Herb Chicken and Fish Tikka Platter as Starters. The Chicken dish was crispy and loaded with spices while the Fish Platter which consisted of Basa, Roghni and Kasoor was tender and mildly spiced.

For the main we tried something different, so we ordered the Chicken Pescador Cassia Rice, which was a Thai styled rice blended with Green Thai Curry and topped off with loads of Cheese and Chicken. However the strong flavor of the cheese made the dish a little overwhelming and heavy for our taste.

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Finally it was time for the best part of any dinner service – Desserts! We ordered a Kulfi with Rabdi and Sizzling Brownie – which is a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream sitting on top of a large slice of Chocolate Brownie served on a hot plate. The best part is when the waiter doused this match made in heaven with chocolate sauce which begins to burn instantly when poured on the hotplate. The aroma of burnt chocolate is simply intoxicating.

Pros : Good Food, Ambiance and Service.

Cons : A large confusing menu with various cuisines ranging from Indian to Chinese, Thai, Mexican and Italian.

P.s : If the menu confuses you, simply go with the staff’s recommended dishes.

  • Location : Opposite PVR, Sion Circle.

  • Cuisine : North Indian , Chinese, Thai and Mexican.

  • Cost for 2 : Rs. 1500 (approx)

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