Turban Tales, Powai

Turban Tales is a newly opened restaurant in Powai that serves North Indian food along with Desi Styled Cocktails and Patiala Sized Iced Teas and Lassi. If that didn’t capture your attention, all of their dishes are pocket friendly and a bill for two should fit well below 1000 rupees.

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The ambiance here is amazing and even though it’s an open rooftop restaurant, it was quite cool and comfortable for a hot summer night. The seating and decor are Dhaba styled, even the names of their dishes bear resemblance to a Dhaba from Northern India.

We started of the night with a round of Cocktails and an extra-large Patiala Sized Lassi. The lassi was amazing, it was perfectly sweetened and had a nice scoop of mawa. The Cocktails we tried out were Amritsar to Thailand, Thekke Da Bag, Cold Fried Caviar, Manhattan and Flaming Lamborghini Shots.

Amirtsar to Patiyala was Sugarcane Juice based Cocktail that was nice and refreshing, the Thekke Da Bag was a smooth Orange based drink and the best cocktail of the night, the Manhattan was as it should be, simple and delicious, the Col Fried Caviar was something quite interesting, watermelon flavored drink with green bubbles that resembled Caviar. However the Flaming Lamborghini Shots was the closest you can get to heaven, layers of Blue Curacao, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream topped off with Flaming Cointreau. A treat for all your senses. Smooth with an extremely powerful kick.

Turban Tales has a concept of smaller portions at cheaper rates, which made sense to us, as we like to try out a larger variety of dishes, for starters we tried out their Tikka Supreme which was Chicken Tikka Chunks stuffed with Cheese, Amritsari Lollipop which was Crispy with an Asian Twist of Spicy Schezwan Sauce, Prawns Koliwada, a dish that can never go wrong, Jhinga Pao which is similar to a tiny vada pav filled with Prawn Koliwada, I wish they start selling these on the streets of Mumbai, Fish Tikka, tender and spiced to perfection and Chicken Quesadillas, which could have been better. We  also tried out their Lamb Galouti Kebab and Chicken Malai Tikka which were just as amazing as the rest of the dishes.

For Mains we ordered the Classic Butte Chicken with Seekh Parathas along with Rice and Mummy Di Daal. While the Starters overpowered the flavors of the simpler Main Course, it was still quite good. The Butter Chicken was my favorite of the lot.

The desserts here are just as fancy as the rest of my experience here, and it was a perfect end to an amazing evening. We tried out the Nitrogen infused Paan Ice Cream with Apple Murabba and Jalebi with Rabdi & Nitrogen. Both the dishes were quite nice but the Rabdi was my favorite.

I will surely visit this place again, it has all the makings of a successful restaurant.

  • Location : JVLR, Powai

  • Cuisine : North Indian

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.1000 (approx)

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Uncafe, Sion

Uncafe is a newly opened vegetarian Cafe styled restaurant near Sion Circle, the ambiance is fresh and vibrant and the service too is quite nice. I visited this place about a week ago and had a good experience.

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We began with a round of Mojito’s and I had to try out the staff recommended Mango Flavored Mojito. While the drink was nice and refreshing, it had no resemblance to a Mojito, it was just Mango Syrup mixed with Soda. Why not call it a Mango Cooler instead?

The starters here were heavenly, and I would surely return for another round. We tried out a whole lot of them, Parmesan Fries, Gooey Jalapeno Poppers, Onion Rings, Mexican Loaded Nachos and the most amazing Missal Fondue. Jalapeno Poppers and the Missal Fondue were to die for, absolutely delicious and worth a try. The Fries were good too but the Nachos and Onion Rings were disappointing.

For Mains, we tried out their Sicilian Pizza, Penne Masala Mafia, Peri Peri Wrap and Veg Patty Cheese Sauce Sizzler. The Pizza was fresh with mildly flavored ingredients, the wrap was delicious too and the sauce it was served with even better. However the Sizzler was very disappointing but the Pasta made up for everything. It was the best dish of the day and surely the best veg Pasta I have had. Spicy, Delicious and worth a try!

The desserts here were the saddest part of the evening, we tried out their Mad Shakes and a couple of their pastries. The mad Shakes were based on the concept of a deconstructed Freak Shake. We tried out the Oreo and Red Velvet Shakes. They come served inside a light bulb shaped glass along with a scoop of Whipped Cream and a Cupcake. It was one worse than the other, the drink tasted quite average, I dunno why anyone would wanna have whipped cream as an individual element and the cupcakes were not fresh at all. The pastries we had were a small saving grace, they were quite nice as compared to those shakes.

Overall a good evening, hope the work on those desserts, because a meal is good only if it ends well. Worth a try for all you college going students looking for a nice veg place to hang out.

  • Location : Near Sion Circle Petrol Pump.

  • Cuisine : Vegetarian, Italian, Finger food

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.800 (approx)

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Haka, Fort

The newly opened Haka is the best thing that could happen for people who love Asian food but are tired of the usual Indo-Chinese fare. Haka has a wide variety of Asian food and is a dream come true for Non-vegetarians as they serve a wide variety of Seafood, Shrimp and Beef as well.

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My visit at Haka was quite nice and it came with its share of ups and downs. The Ambiance here is beautiful however the service was quite poor and kept deteriorating as the evening went by.  The food here was the best part.

We began with a round of mocktails, my favorite Pinacolada and a Cranberry Mojito. Both had a decent flavor but a bit sweet for my taste.

Like any good Asian restaurant, the served us a complementary round of Kimchi Salad and Chili Garlic Sauce/Chutney. A nice way to send those taste buds soaring.

Chicken and Prawns Shumai seemed like a nice way to start the evening and indeed it was, it had a nice mild flavor of Chicken and Prawns. Next we tried out Cocktail Shrimp and Chili Garlic Lamb. The shrimp was one of the best Shrimp dishes I have ever had, even the size and freshness of the shrimp was mind-blowing. Worth a try!

Impressed by their starters we went for another round and ordered Butter Garlic Fish, Golden Fried Prawns and Spicy Chicken Wings. The Fish was mild and delicious though the strong taste of garlic overpowered the fish but still a very nice dish. The Fried Prawns were again huge and fresh, with a nice light and crisp batter coating. The Spicy Chicken Wings lives up to its name, it was spicy and delicious.

We went for another round of drinks and ordered a Oreo Shake and a Fruit Punch, both of which were quite similar to the previous drinks. The Oreo was a bit better than the punch.

Finally before main course we decided to try our luck with a last round of starters and ordered Dynamite Prawns and Chili Lamb. Sadly luck was not on our side, the Shrimp looked amazing with its presentation in a wine glass but didn’t taste fresh at all, a total opposite of the previous shrimp dishes. However the sauce served along it wads nice. Even the beef was very tough and chewy, a complete disappointment.

The staff recommended Fish Sizzler with Pepper sauce was our choice for mains. It was quite interesting to see Asian food served on a sizzler. The fries were the best part of the dish and sadly everything else just failed to impress, the fish was average and the sauce/gravy was just overloaded with peppercorns. Though I like the flavor of pepper, I do not like a mouthful of peppercorns, another disappointment.

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The downhill experience continued with order of Peach Ice Tea and Fresh Lime Soda, the Lime Soda was very sweet and the Ice Tea had sugar crystals at the bottom of my glass. The flavor however was quite nice, just needed a little more effort in the preparation.

Finally the downhill experience climaxed with our order of Caramel Custard which neither looked good as it was crumbled and didn’t taste great either. However our last order of Honey Noodles with Ice Cream was a game changer, it was absolutely delicious and lifted up our fallen hopes. The noodles were crisp and flavorful and went well with the Ice Cream, even the presentation was lovely. Worth a try!

Overall, it was quite a nice experience at Haka, though everything seemed to get out of hand, we ended on a high note. The pocket friendly prices and amazing variety will surely make me come back for more. Worth a Visit!

  • Location : Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort

  • Cuisine : Asian, Chinese

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.1400 (approx)

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MasalaBar, Bandra

After being blown away my by Masala Library, my visit to MasalaBar was eminent. To sum up my review in a sentence, if you love fancy cocktails that not only look good but taste good as well, MasalaBar is a restaurant you cannot miss out on. The cocktails here look like something out of a science lab.

Located on the first floor at the corner of Carter Road, this place has the most amazing view of the sun setting over the Arabian Sea. And as luck would have it, I dropped by just as the sun was about to set. The sight is truly breathtaking.

After the sun sets, this place is lit up with candles, by far one of the most romantic settings I have come across that will make you fall in love with this restaurant.

Hearing many positive reviews about their cocktails, we had to start off with a round of their staff recommended house blended cocktails. Along with the presentation, the stories behind the drinks were quite interesting as well.

The Great Hornby’s Cloud – Who would have thought Whiskey, Spices and Chocolate would taste so well when mixed together. This drink has a nice sweet taste of Cinnamon and Chocolate with a good kick of whiskey. It comes in an enclosed capsule filled with flavored smoke. Strongly Recommended.

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Sunset @ Carter – Another amazingly presented drink that is made up of Almond and Absinthe Foam over a sweet and spicy base. Quite a strong drink and a treat for all your senses. And again strongly recommended.

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Bollywood Bhang – This drink too follows the path of stimulating all your senses. The waiter first burns up vodka infused with spices inside a flask and makes you breathe it in. Quite a kick! The drink which is made up of Thandai and Basil infused Vodka is then served in a skull shaped glass. Sweet and delicious, almost like a dessert cocktail.

Malabar Point – The last drink we tried out, made up of Apple and Chamomile Reduction and infused with Vodka. This drink too is quite sweet and nice.

Coming to the food, MasalaBar serves Tapas style food and we went for their Chefs’s tasting menu which included a mix of Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian Courses.

Course 1 – Soup (Potage)

– Tomato and Lemongrass Rassa – Similar to your regular tomato soup, garnished with Zucchini and Broccoli. However it tasted very sour, more like lemon than lemongrass. Not recommended.

– Pumpkin Chowder with Crunchy Chicken Floss – The best Chicken soup I have ever had, rich, creamy and amazingly flavorful strands of chicken. The best dish of the day and Strongly Recommended.

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Course 2 – Salads

– Carpaccio of Watermelon and Feta – Crispy Arugula, Basil, Sliced Watermelon and Chunks of Feta Cheese drizzled with Balsamic Vinegar. If only healthy food always tasted this heavenly!

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– Duck and Orange Salad –  Crispy Duck flavored with five spice, served along with segmented oranges and herbs. Another delicious healthy dish.

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Course 3 – Contemporary Tacos

– Tofu and Paneer Khurchan – Tiny pieces of minced Tofu and Paneer, drizzled with Smoked Sour Cream and Green Chutney, served over Khari Naan. Very light and delicious.

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– Hauled Lamb Barra Khurchan – This was the nonvegetarian version of the previous dish which used Spicy Lamb Barra instead of Paneer and Tofu.

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Course 4 – Hors D’oeuvre

– Avocado, Beet and Tempura Asparagus Maki Chequerboard – As the name suggests, sushi rolls made up of Avocado, Pickled Beetroot and Spicy Tempura Asparagus topped of with Spicy Cream Cheese Sauce

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– Salmon, Tuna and Tempura Prawn Maki Chequerboard – Again similar to the previous dish with seafood instead of veggies. However this was my least favorite dish, a complete mess of flavors, the cheese sauce totally overpowered the mild tasting raw salmon, even worse,  the prawn had its tail and shell on I ended up picking out pieces of shell after eating it. Even the Wasabi served along with it was too strong and inedible. Very Disappointed.

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– Baked Potatoes with Sweet and Spicy Beetroot and Apple – Served inside a potato skin and then baked, served alongside fennel flavored sweet yogurt. A nice, light and flavorful dish.

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– Kakrar Aam Kasundi Paturi – A mix of South Indian Neer Dosa and Crab Meatballs with Bengali Kasundi made up of Mangoes and Chilies. This dish is sweet, spicy, savory and amazing. Worth a try.

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Course 5 – Entrees

– Tofu Katsu Kari, Tagliatelle, Hajikame – A savory Japanese curry served with Italian Aglio Olio Pasta. Interesting but not mind-blowing.

– Yellow Curry Risotto, Banana Blossom Patty with Porcini Oil – A very heavy and spicy risotto. Nice burst of flavors, though it could have been better.

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Course 6 – Dessert

– Chocolate, Cappuccino and Peanut Butter Pie – Saving the best looking dish for last, this dish looks like a work of art. The taste was quite nice too.

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Overall, my visit to MasalaBar was an amazing experience, I loved the ambiance and the cocktails, while the food was good too. However, it would be nice if they simplified the unnecessarily complicated dishes. A perfect place to catch up with friends or for a nice romantic evening. Worth a visit and Strongly Recommended!

  • Location : Carter Road, Bandra West

  • Cuisine : Tapas, Asian and European

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.3000 (approx)

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