The Playlist Pizzeria, Bandra

I visited this small little pizzeria one afternoon for lunch and what a delightful experience it was. The ambiance here is warm and cosy, the staff pleasant and friendly. Good things do come in small packages.

The food here was quite good too, loved the way it is served on wooden semi circle boards. The pizzas i ordered were light, fresh and filled with flavor. I tried out the Summertime Madness and Reverb Pizza. The Summertime Madness consisted of Cherry Tomatoes and Olives with a drizzle of Pesto Sauce while the Reverb had toppings of Tandoori Paneer, Green Chili, Caramelized Onions and lots of Cheese.

The desserts too were quite good. Absolutely loved the Tiramisu. I also tried out their Strawberry Cheesecake which was a bit too sweet for my liking and lacked the sour cheesy flavor.

The only con to this place is finding it if you are visiting for the first time, but its worth all the searching. All in all a delightful little place. Strongly recommend their pizzas and tiramisu.

  • Location : Gloria Appartments, Baptist Road, Bandra Reclamation.

  • Cuisine : Italian, Pizzas

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.1200 (approx)

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Via Napoli, Sion

Named after Naples, the birthplace of Pizzas, Via Napoli is a small little outlet hidden away amidst the by-lanes near SIES College Sion. If you love rustic, wood fire cooked, natural and fresh ingredients without the unnecessary frills and sauces, this is a place that should be on your bucket list. However, Via Napoli is a “takeaway only” pizzeria.
Just like their outlet, the menu is short and sweet as well. I tried out most of their dishes and I was quite impressed. I began with a round of Focaccia, Olive and Sundried Tomatoes, both were mildly flavored and bread was soft and fluffy.

Next I tried some of their deep fried dishes, the Mushroom and Thyme Arancini, Corn and Cheddar Arancini and Babycorn Fritters. Even though I’m not a big fan of babycorn, the ones I had here were delicious. However their dips were what bought these dishes to life. My favorite was a Spicy Thai Chili Dip which was absolutely volcanic.

Finally their main attraction, Pizzas!! I tried the Quattro Formaggio or Four Cheese Pizza and a Half n Half, which is a combination of Napoli and Premavera. The Quattro Formaggio was my favorite dish of the day, simple and cheesy.

  • Location : Patil Building, Near SIES College, Sion.

  • Cuisine : Italian, Pizzas

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.600 (approx)

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Hungry Head, Powai

Even though I can’t cook much, I always love experimenting with Maggi Noodles. This place takes it to a whole new level. Hungry Head is a Dream Come True for any Maggi Lover (including me).

Located opposite Nirvana Park in Hiranadani, Powai, Hungry Head is a tiny outlet with outdoor seating. I visited a couple of nights ago and the October heat was getting to me. So to beat the heat we began with a round of Coolers, I ordered a Kiwi Ice Tea as I had never tasted that before. Sadly, my order was either mixed up with a regular Ice Tea or the Kiwi Ice Tea just didn’t have any hint of Kiwi in it. It was refreshing but a little disappointing. I also tasted their Jeera Twister and Green Apple Mojito. The Mojito was good and packed a punch, but the Jeera Twister was very mild.

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Next we had their Khow Suey Maggi, which is by far the best combination of Maggi Noodles and additional flavor I have ever had. Absolutely Delicious and Strongly recommended. We also had a plate of fries with various dips, some of the dips were quite average and difficult to distinguish between but the Chili Garlic Dip was to die for, it gave a good kick the moment you taste it. The fries were good too.

The Mexican roll was next, a decent dish, good flavor but nothing extraordinary. The next dish however was something I wanted to try out.. A Maggi Sizzler!! An interesting concept, to serve Maggi on a Sizzling Hot Plate, full marks for innovation, but not for the execution. The maggi on the bottom was charred, maybe another layer of lettuce would help. While I liked the Maggi and Fries, I didn’t like the sauce it was served with, too much salt in it. The Kofta Balls were my favorite part of the sizzler. Another suggestion is that you don’t serve plastic spoons and forks with a Sizzler.

Down to the final dish, and the most talked about..their Blooming Bread. We went for the Aglio e Olio topping. The dish is basically a large bun sliced and stuffed with Cheese and other toppings, it does look quite picture perfect when you pull out the pieces. Sad part is that we waited a good 20 minutes for it, speaking of which, the service was the biggest con at Hungry Head. Slow and inattentive, we had to get up several times and walk up to the counter for extra tissues and forks. However a decent experience overall.

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The Khow Suey Maggi was definitely the best Incarnation of Maggi I have ever come across and the dish that made my day. Worth a try!

  • Location : Hakone, Hiranandani, Powai.

  • Cuisine : Fast Food

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.500 (approx)

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Light House Cafe, Khar

My Experience at Light House Cafe is the  closest I have ever come to feeling like Adam Richman and the Man v/s Food Challenge. I visited this place a couple of days ago to try out their Oktoberfest Special XXXL menu. The size of the portions on this menu are not just big, they are enormous.

The Ambiance –
Light House Cafe does live up to its name, this beautiful and rustic place is covered with light bulbs of all shapes and sizes. It’s sure to make you feel like you have back in time. Speaking of which, the DJ played Classic English Hits from the 80’s and 90’s all through the night, an absolute treat, especially after a drink or two..or three..

The Service –
The staff too was very helpful and polite, they helped us select our dishes and  drinks and had some good recommendations. The service speed was quite good too.

The Food –
We began with an order of sliders, first a slab of twelve consisting of Capotana Between Breads, If PBM was English,  Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai, Texas Cowboy, Aatanki, Chicken Ham and Mushroom, I Love Pepperoni and later 4 sliders of You Know Who. Yes we pretty much tried out everything. The You Know Who was our favorite, the flavor of the beef was spot on, though it was a bit chewy. Overall we loved the non vegetarian ones much than the veg ones.


Next we went for their Pizza, A monstrous, 19 inch, XXXL Size pizza, as big as the table itself. We had it custom-made with each slice having different toppings. They were I Roasted A Chicken, There Had To Be Some Mexican, Classic Pepperoni and Please Add Some Seafood. The seafood one was our absolute favorite dish of the day, even the other ones were very good. We also ordered a small (but still quite big) veg pizza with toppings of I’m Dope and Paneer Bhurjiwala. They were good too but i proffered the non vegetarian ones much more.


The Drinks –
At light house cafe, not only the food but also drinks are huge. We had a Coffee and Violin which was a giant 1.5 litre blend of Chocolate, Coffee, Bailey’s Irish and A can of Murphy’s Irish Stout dunked upside down into it. Sounds almost too good to be true, it was one of the best cocktails I have ever had. Almost full from all the food we still decided to go for another round of drinks and the staff was kind enough to serve us smaller quantities as we didn’t want any to go waste. After all we were just two people who almost had the entire menu. We had a Long Island Ice Tea and a Sangria, I loved the Sangria but the LIIT had too much lemon and less coke, however it was still quite nice.


Coming to desserts, we had the Rolled Up for Tripping, which is a Chocolate and Hazelnut flavored Swiss roll. Mildly flavored, soft, tender and delicious.


An amazing night altogether, good food and even better cocktails, strongly recommended to try this place out.

  • Location : 3rd Road, Khar West.

  • Cuisine : Continental, Italian, Thai and Mexican

  • Cost for 2 : Rs 1600 (approx)

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King Chilli Oriental, Santacruz East

Not many restaurants serve food at 5 in the evening, I was lucky this place was still open at that time. Located along the busy bylanes of Kalina, King Chili is a small Asian restaurant with another outlet just a few meters away. The ambiance is quite average but it does have air coditioning which is a life saver in Mumbai.

Hungry as ever, we began with an order of Kung Pao Potatoes. The quantity of food was quite amazing. The potatoes could have been a little more crispy but the flavors were spot on. Absolutely love the sweet and spicy Kung Pao flavor.

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For mains we ordered Hunan Seafood Noodles and Chicken Thai Pot Rice. Again, the quantity of food was good, the amount of sea food served with the noodles too was much more than i expected. Both dishes had good flavor too. The blend of Soft and Crispy Noodles was the best part. We even had their Garlic Chutney which was delicious.

Service here was very polite and friendly, the ambiance however was a bit dull. But good experience overall. Their Pocket Friendly prices are sure to bring me back here for more.

Pros : Tasty Food, good quantity, pocket friendly.

Cons : Dull ambiance, seafood didn’t taste fresh.

P.s : I loved the fact their price does not increase exponentially when you upgrade your dish from veg to chicken or seafood. Worth visiting for a quick bite.

  • Location : Gwens Apartment, Kalina Kurla Road, Santacruz West.

  • Cuisine : Asian, Seafood

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.500 (approx)

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Delhi Highway, Sakinaka

I passed by this place a few months ago and ever since, Delhi Highway has always been on my “List of Restaurants to visit”. The ambiance here is beautiful and inviting. I finally visited last week with a few other friends and we all had a wonderful time. Just like the ambiance, the service here was good too.

Coming to the food, we began with a Litchi welcome drink that was nice and refreshing. Next began the flow of starters, Masala Papad was the first dish, the presentation was beautiful but the taste was quite average.

Next was a Tomato Basil Shorba Soup, it was quite spicy and something I would love to have on a cold winter night. Next was the Dahi Papdi Chaat, this was by far the best dish of the day, amazing blend of textures and flavors. Worth trying out.

Pani Puri/ Gol Gappa shots were next, while the presentation and concept looks amazing and eye-catching, it does have its flaws. The Spicy GolGappa Pani settles to the bottom of the glass almost instantly and we had to use the back side of a spoon to stir it. Another flaw is that if your puri has a hole, you are going to make a mess, as it was in my case. It does taste quite nice though.

 

Next we had the Naram Dil and Broccoli Pesto Kebabs, both were good. I however didn’t like the Tandoori stuffed Mushrooms, the texture was too chewy and jelly like. Lastly, we had a round of Dahi Sheek Kebabs which was quite interesting, tasted sweet and resembled a stuffed Panini.

I went for an Apple Mojito to cool down from all those spicy kebabs. It was very refreshing and much better than a regular Lemon-Mint Mojito. Do try it out.

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Pasta served with Garlic naan was the next dish followed by Quesadillas stuffed with Rajma beans, both dishes were very heavy and we were almost done, but the main course and star of the evening was still remaining…

The Thali..by the time it was served, we were too full to look at it. Even though I love thalis, after all the spicy starters, it tasted quite mild and average. I would have loved to have it as a separate meal rather than all together. It was too overwhelming.

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Finally time for desserts, my favorite part, and Delhi Highway didn’t disappoint me. We had Delhi special Lassi, served in an earthen glass and Hot Jalebis served with lots of mouth-watering Rabdi. I was so happy I didn’t stuff myself with the Thali. The desserts here are amazing. Save some space for it.

Overall this place is quite nice, it was full even on a weekday evening, the food has its ups and downs but a good dinner service in all.

P.S : Being a non-vegetarian lover I may have been a bit harsh with the review, but my friends who were vegetarian did seem to like it more.

  • Location : Time Square, Sakinaka, Andheri (East).

  • Cuisine : North Indian

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.1400 (approx)

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Cafe Trofima, Dadar

Cafe Trofima may be a difficult name to remember, but my dining experience here was unforgettable. This is by far one of the best restaurant or cafe that I have ever visited.

This place is difficult to miss with it bright and welcoming signboard and warm yellow lights outside. The ambiance is absolutely beautiful and has a modern look to it. The service too is polite and friendly, though it may be slow at times, it was worth the wait every single time.

We began with Fish (Basa) and Prawns for starters and it heavenly, both were cooked to perfection, tender, juicy and spiced beautifully. Next we ordered a Rosemary Lamb Bao, the Bao was soft and meat tender and packed with flavor. Absolutely worth a try. We then went for their Fish and Chips which was even better, the Fish was crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, even the french fries served with it were cooked perfectly.

Their Pepperoni and Goat Cheese Pizza looks amazing and tastes great too, it comes loaded with goat cheese, not a dish for those with small appetites. We also had the Blue Sea Lemony and Classic Mojito, both were good but a little less ice would havemade it perfect.

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For mains we ordered a Pan Seared Lemon Cilantro Rawas, which was quite spicy, and comes with a Sweet Buttered Olive Potato Mash, perfect combination.

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We also tried out their Ferrero Rocher Freak Shake which was sinfully delicious. We ended with a cup of Cappuccino and Darjeeling Tea. While the cappuccino was decent, the Darjeeling tea was amazing, very refreshing and worth a try.

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Even though we were full, the staff insisted we tried out their desserts and hence we had a Chocolate Ganache and Baked Yogurt. Both had a lovely texture and were packed with flavor.

This place is just 3 months old and yet full on a Tuesday evening, the food is that amazing. Strongly Recommended Place to visit. Keep up the good work.

  • Location : Raja Bade Chowk, Shivaji Park, Dadar

  • Cuisine : Continental and Cafe

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.800 (approx)

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