Khyber at Kala Ghoda is place you should visit at least once!

Over half a decade old and after catering to Royalty and Celebrities from all over the world, Khyber is truly one of the most iconic restaurants in the city.

The moment you stem inside you realize how huge this place actually is. The ambiance takes you back in time instantly, beautiful rustic walls with artwork hand drawn by the famous M.D Husain in 1988, this place will leave you in awe even before you reach your table!

The night I visited, I was surrounded by guests from all over the world. On my left was a table of Japanese businessmen, on another were an elderly Israeli couple and to my right a group of American tourists, such lovely diversity.

They serve some of the best Mughlai food at Khyber. We began with their Seafood Platter which consisted of Reshmi Prawns, Coconut Coriander Prawns, Kali Mirch Rawas, Pomfret and Squid coated in Tawa Masala. The fish was fresh and the Masala was perfect, it was also the first time I tried out Squid with Indian Spices. Worth trying out!

The other starters we had were, Kali Mirch Mutton and Brain Fried Green Masala. The Mutton was tender and beautifully spiced, loved it completely. The brain however was not so impressive, I guess brain loses its soft texture and charm when fried.

For mains we had the Mutton Rara and Chicken Makhanwala, both dishes were delicious, the meat was tender and the spices spot on! We tried out their Reshmi Malai Paratha and Garlic Naan along with our mains which were quite nice too.

We tried out the Milky Way and Firni for desserts, the Milky was mix of Saffron Laddu swimming in a Sea of Condensed Milk and tasted as good as it sounds, worth trying out. The Firni on the other hand was more like Rabdi with its rich creamy texture and sweet taste, but still very delicious.

The Cocktails we tried out here were nice and subtle and something different from the usual gimmicky cocktails many restaurants serve today. We tried out the Rusty Nail, Whiskey sour and a couple of others.

Overall, the food here is good though it could be better in certain areas. The service was good too, though it was a little overwhelming for me to enjoy the meal with 4-5 waiters almost surrounding the table. This even made the place seem cluttered and a little claustrophobic. Almost Perfect is how I would like to describe this iconic restaurant and surely a place you have to visit!

  • Location : 145, Kala Ghoda, Fort.

  • Cuisine : North Indian/Mughlai

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.5000 (approx)

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This place in Kala Ghoda is truly a Meat Lovers’ Paradise

The Boston Butt is one of the nicest places I have been to in a long time and surely a place that you cannot miss out on, if you are a meat lover. They serve exceptional American-diner style food inspired by diners from Texas, Louisiana and other Southern American states. It is also the city’s first and only Smokery and ‬Charcuterie, specializing in mouth watering and aromatic smoked meat creations.

On my visit to this restaurant, I was already in a good mood as it was the first time I was trying out my new camera and visiting Kala Ghoda always gets me into good spirits. The ambiance is rustic and beautiful, wooden floors, staircases, artwork on the walls, dim yellow lights, and the aroma of smoked meat in the air, just perfect! The service too was friendly, polite and quick. The staff was always attentive and offered some amazing suggestions with our food and cocktails.

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We began with a round of their staff recommended specialty cocktails, a ‘Beerita’ and ‘War and Peach.’ As the name suggests, the Beerita is a gigantic glass or Strawberry Margarita with a bottle of Kingfisher Beer floating over it, I am usually not a fan of beer but this drink was delicious. The War and Peach was a Whiskey based drink with Peach Liquor, both drinks are worth trying out.

However the best part of this restaurant was still to come, the food! The dishes we tried out here were nothing short of perfect.

Ghost Pepper Spiked Mad Hot Chicken Wings – If you feel the name is a bit too much, it is not! These wings are by far the spiciest wings I have tried if not the best ever. Even though they are spiced with the Worlds Hottest Chili – Bhut Jholokia or Ghost Pepper, it was still very flavorful and delicious, unlike my previous experiences with this chili which were like a nuclear explosion. Not to forget, the Batter Fried Onion Rings and Gorgonzola dip served along with it were delicious too. Must try and Strongly Recommended.

The Bourgeois P.I.G – Sinfully sweet and savory, Smoked Bacon-Chili Jam served in Mini Brioche with Mascarpone. If only all Jam Sandwiches were so delicious!

Burbon Butter Grilled Baby Lobster – Now how could I resist from ordering a dish with such a name! By far the best lobster dish I have had bursting with flavor. The Citrus-Chili-Garlic Nut Praline took this dish to another level. Worth trying out.

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Smoked Pork Nuggets – Heart Attack on a Plate! If you think pork is unhealthy, imagine chunks of pork meat and fat coated in batter which is then deep fried in oil. Delicious but not for the faint-hearted. The Louisiana style Remoulade Sauce served with it complimented the dish well.

Smoked Calamari – The only dish that was not at par with the rest of evening, the calamari was a bit too chewy for me. However the Confit Garlic served with it was delicious. Not a bad dish, but the other dishes were exceptional.

7 Days House-Cured & Smoked Buffalo Pastrami Sandwich – After watching numerous hours or TLC and Eat Street, there was no way that I would miss out on trying a Pastrami Sandwich. All I have to say is that it was worth the wait, the sandwich was simple, rustic and delicious. If only i could have this for breakfast everyday!

Pork Ribs (From the Smokery) – I have always found it difficult to slice through pork ribs but this time, the knife cut through it effortlessly. Tender and packed with flavor, this is the main reason you should visit the Boston Butt, their smoked meats. Makes you wish you lived in those Southern States of U.S. However, it’s not just the meat, the accompaniments with it were equally amazing. They serve a portion of BBQ Beans, Coleslaw, Gherkins and the most delicious and perfectly crisp slice of toast. I could eat it everyday! They even serve four sauces along with it – BBQ Kentucky Black, Hot Red, Carolina Mustard and my favorite one of them, Alabama White.

Smoked Buffalo Brisket (From the Smokery) – Quite full from the dishes we had so far, we had to try out one last dish, their brisket. I loved how simple this dish tastes without the unnecessary use of spices to overpower the mild flavors of the meat. Delightful!

The other cocktails which we tried out here were, The Tall Chef – an insane concoction of 5 different Whiskeys, White House  – Fresh Cream with a shot of Espresso and Patron Tequila, Texas Bullseye – Jack Daniels with Apricot Brandy, Pomelo and Orange Juice and LA-DI-DA – Patron Tequila with Pear and Pineapple Juice.

Finally it was time for dessert and just like the rest of the evening, it was exceptionally good. We had their staff recommended and now I would surely recommend it as well – Freshly Baked Skillet-Chocolate Chip Cookie with House made Ice Creams – A perfect end to a perfect night, Rich, Warm, Chewy, Crunchy and Melt-in-your-mouth Gigantic Cookie served with Vanilla, Salted Caramel and Chocolate Ice Cream scoops which were equally premium in taste. Words can’t describe how sinfully delicious it was, we ended up scraping the pan even though we were so full. Strongly Recommended and Worth Trying out just like this restaurant! If only I had a Visa and Money to catch the next flight to America!

P.S : Happy First Anniversary, keep up the good work!

  • Location : Behind Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, Fort.

  • Cuisine : American

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.2500 (approx)

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Taste Bhi, Health Bhi?

Well just like in the case of Maggi Noodles, I’m not sure if the food at Garde Manger is actually healthy but it’s surely tasty! Speaking of which, Garde Manger is beautiful little cafe in Vile Parle, warm and cosy, the ambiance is just perfect! The service too was quick and friendly.

At first sight, barring the desserts, the dishes here were quite unattractive and made want to run for my life as I am a hardcore Non-vegetarian, who doesn’t really care about calories. However I decided to give their food a try instead of heading straight for dessert. Starting off with something safe, their coffee, a Hazelnut Latte and a Cold Coffee. Both were quite nice, the latte was filled with Chocolate sauce, no complaints but not sure if that’s healthy either.

Convinced by their coffee, we went for the Mumbai Local and Mezze Platter. Mumbai Local is like a healthy and premium version of a roadside bhel with fresh ingredients topped off with liquid nitrogen. Now when was the last time your bhelwala used liquid nitrogen? And not only was the smoky presentation a treat for your eyes, the dish tastes good as well, light, delicious and yes… frosty cold! A must try dish! The Mezze Platter was nice as usual, delicious Humus, Couscous, and Tahini Yogurt served with Pita Bread and bread sticks.

Next we went for some Nachos and Pasta, the Nachos did seem quite healthy even the dips served with it were light and delicious! The Spaghetti Pesto Pasta was quite nice too. We ordered their Cold Press Juice and Lemon Ice Tea to go along with these dishes.

By now I realized one way in which their food is healthy… it fills you up quickly and makes you avoid overeating. Almost full, it was finally time for desserts! We ordered a Greek Yogurt and Apple Crumble and a Belgium Chocolate Waffle. The waffle was one of the best I have ever had and it vanished almost instantly. Perfect taste and texture, must try! The Apple Crumble on the other hand was very heavy but equally delicious, it’s sweet and tangy flavor with a hint of Cinnamon has a similar taste to Christmas sweets and made me feel Nostalgic. We ended with an Orange Popsicle which actually had pieces of fruit in it.

Overall the food here is fantastic and absolutely worth visiting. I only wish this place was nearer to home. Strongly Recommended – Health Conscious or Not!

  • Location : Parmar CHS, Vile Parle East.

  • Cuisine : Cafe, Healthy food, Italian

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.800 (approx)

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This Place in Powai serves Delicious Alcohol Infused Ice Creams, but…

…But they ran out of it on the day I visited their Ice Cream Parlour! What a disappointment! The reason being that they had sold out for the day, not just one but all their alcohol flavored Ice-Creams. Now I would have not been as disappointed had I dropped by this place late in the night when they were closing for the day, but if you tell your customer who has traveled on a rainy day, through all that annoying Mumbai traffic that you have sold out in just 5 minutes after opening, you are definitely doing something wrong. Your decision of “pre-selling” to a customer before you open and then leaving all the customers that visit your shop that day disappointed will surely hit you in the long run.

However, disappointments aside, they still have some interesting Non-alcoholic creations. The quality of ice cream is good but the flavors didn’t taste extraordinary. They were decent but definitely not worth the price at which its sold. But the turning point comes when they add their amazing toppings to it that makes all the difference in the world. It not only adds to the flavor but also makes it look beautiful and gives it that “Premium” feel.

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S’more – Ice Cream infused with Hershey’s Milk Chocolate and topped off with delicious Marshmallow Fluff that is then toasted in front of you. What a Treat! Not saving the best for last, their S’more Ice cream is the best non alcoholic flavor. The soft and sticky marshmallow fluff elevates the mild flavor of the actual ice cream to a whole new level.

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Brownie Fudge – Vanilla flavored and Brownie infused ice cream, topped off with soft and chewy homemade brownie pieces. The texture of the brownie topping is what makes this ice cream better than all the brownie “flavored” ice creams that I have tried… because their creation contains an actual brownie!

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Cookies ‘n’ Cream – Oreo and Cream infused Ice cream, topped off with more oreos and cream. Not my favorite of the lot, being a Oreo fan, I would expect anything that says “oreo flavored” to taste like oreos like McDonald’s Oreo McFlurry . Their ice cream sadly didn’t. However its still a good tasting creation.

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Berry Blast – Ice cream infused with a mix of berries and topped off with Berry Mousse and Strawberry Corn flakes, Genius! That sprinkle of corn flakes gives it a nice crunch.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake – Cream Cheese flavored Ice Cream with Red Velvet Crumble and a generous amount of Cream Cheese Frosting. Initially I was a bit let down when I tastes only the ice cream, but with the addition of the toppings this was one of the best I had that day! Worth a try!

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Cheese Platter – Camembert and Brie infused Ice cream topped with Parmesan Crackers and Grape Gel. This was one of the few ice creams from their list which I liked as it is. The ice cream has a nice flavor of cheese that is quite unique.

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Nutty Nutella – 100% pure Nutella Ice cream topped off with more Nutella and Gold Coated Hazelnuts, well at-least that’s what the menu card read! Just like the Oreo Ice cream, I expect Nutella flavored Ice creams to at-least resemble the popular Nutella Flavor… which it didn’t. Still a decent chocolate flavored ice cream.

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Dark Chocolate Galore – Ice cream infused with Whitaker’s 75% Pure Dark Chocolate topped off with Chantilly Chocolate Mouse and Homemade Dark Chocolate. Another ice cream that tasted good by itself, I loved the strong flavor of the dark chocolate. Even the home-made dark chocolate on the top was delicious, sadly I don’t know who ate my Chantilly Chocolate Mousse Topping?

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Peanut Butter – Peanut Butter Ice cream topped off with Gold Dusted Liquid Chocolate. The ice cream had a nice and distinguishable flavor of peanut butter, even the “liquid” chocolate topping had a rich taste. But unlike the other creations, here I didn’t enjoy the topping much, mainly because the so-called liquid chocolate was very much solid and it was difficult to break through it with a plastic ice cream spoon without making a mess. Still great flavor and worth a try if u like peanut butter.

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Salted Caramel – Caramel and Sea Salt infused Ice cream topped with Popcorn and Caramel Sauce. I am a big fan of Salted Caramel and I was excited to try out Ice cream with pop corn in it. It is definitely an innovative idea and it does add to the flavor. However I wish the ice cream had a stronger flavor.

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Cappuccino – Cappuccino infused Ice cream topped with Chantilly Creme, Biscuit Crumble and Silvered Pistachio Nuts. That generous sprinkle of Pistachio nuts does make this ice cream look very “premium.” The flavor was decent, mild and comforting like a cup of cappuccino, though I would have preferred an “Espresso” ice cream over a cappuccino… if you know what I mean!

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Overall I had a nice time and an insane amount of ice cream for one day! I was disappointed in the start, but Ice cream whether it contains alcohol or not it good enough to cheer you up. To make things better, in the end I got to taste a small spoon of their Alcohol flavors and they were a class apart from the ones I tried. Their Old Monk Ice cream was clearly the best of the lot. This place is worth a try and I would love to visit again to have a whole scoop if not a Tub of their Old Monk Ice cream… as long as its not sold out. Remember you may have the best Ice Cream in the world but that is worth nothing if its not available!

  • Location : Shop 10, Eden II CHS, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai.

  • Cost for 2 : Rs 500 (approx)

  • Cuisine : Ice Cream

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Dishkiyaaon!!!

Dishkiyaaon! yes that’s the name of this quirky restaurant located on the ground floor of the beautiful Capital Building at BKC. The ambiance lives up to its name with its unique decor, hilarious coasters and so does the food with its Bollywood inspired filmy names.

I visited this place for lunch on a rainy day and it was quite a pleasant experience. We began with a round of soup that was served with lightly toasted bread. We tried out the Yanna Rascalla which was a combination of Minestrone and Rasam, not sure about the minestrone but this soup did taste like Rasam with tiny chunks of Chicken in it, definitely not my favorite dish! However the second soup, Shorba Di Fungi, a Creamy Mushroom soup with Chicken was simply delicious. Thick, creamy and packed with that delicious mushroom flavor, it went well with the garlic toasted bread. Must try if you like Mushroom soups.

Chicken Tikka and Khari maybe two things you never thought of having together but this restaurant seems to like crazy combinations and they definitely got this one right. Their Chicken Tikka Khari was the best dish of the day, tender juicy chicken and soft melt in your mouth Khari, strongly recommended!

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The other appetizers we tried out were Kerela Fish and Chips and Prawns Tandoori Pesto, while the fish was nice and crisp on the outside, it could have been more juicy or moist on the inside, however I did like the spices used on the crust. The prawns were just poor in taste and quality, not recommended!

For mains we ordered Potli Fish and Bhuna Green Goulash and some roti to go along with it. Both dishes were so delicious, nothing was left behind. The Potli Fish comes wrapped in Parchment Paper and served with mildly spiced Masala Rice. The flavors of lemon butter and thyme were mildly evident but if there was a drizzle of lemon butter sauce over the rice, it would have brought this dish to life. The Lamb Goulash Gravy on the other hand was packed with flavor and quite spicy. Perfect! Went well with the Multi-grain Roti served along with it.

Finally for desserts we had an overload of chocolate as we tried out their Chocolate Volcano and Old Monk Chocolate Mouse. Both were equally delicious and chocolaty!

The drinks we tried out were Coffee Sangria – a non alcoholic mix of coffee and orange flavors – not my favorite drink. Paan Banaras wala – Whiskey with Paan and Coconut syrup – unique taste, what I liked most was the flakes of beetle-nut floating on top and cooling your lips each time they touched. Banaras to Bombay – Another delicious blend of Thandai and Dark rum, sadly only 1/3 of the glass was filled. Chai Biscuit Cocktail – Rum and Chai, tastes as bad as it sounds. Last but not lease – A Classic Old Fashioned, the best drink of the lot and a clear example that Classic Cocktails should not be messed with!

Overall we had a lovely time at this restaurant, a great place to unwind and dine with friends!

  • Location : Ground Floor, Capital Building, BKC.

  • Cuisine : Indian and Continental

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.1500 (approx)

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Traditional Home Style Malwani food at your Workplace ?

Well that’s true if your office is at Peninsula Business Park in Lower Parel. The newly launched Soul Curry Joint offers delicious home style Malvani food right from small bites like Chicken Sukkha, Garlic Prawns, etc to a complete Malvani Thali consisting of Rice, Bhakris, Chicken,  Mutton, Fish, Prawns and the best of all, Sol Kadi!

I dropped by this place a while ago and tried out some of their delicious Malvani Fare and I was quite impressed. Chicken Sukkha and Prawns Garlic were the starters that I went for, both of them were fantastic. The authentic flavors and freshness of ingredients makes you forget that you are inside the food court of a business park.

Next I tried out their chef recommended Bombay Duck and Pomfret Fry, by far the best Fried Fish I have ever had! Tender and fresh on the inside and Crispy on the outside, Delicious and worth a try!

For mains I tried out their Chicken Malvani with Rice Bhakris. Though I am not a fan of bhakris, it went well with the flavor of the chicken gravy.

Finally I tried out their special Sol Kadi, from which the name of the restaurant is derived, a perfect ending, rich and bursting with flavor! Just like the rest of the dishes.

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Soul Curry takes cafeteria and food court food to a whole new level, the quality of food is at par with some the best restaurants that I have visited. Strongly Recommended! They even have a wide variety of healthy food and all at very pocket friendly rates.

  • Location : Tower A, Peninsula Business Park, Lower Parel

  • Cuisine : Malvani, Healthy food

  • Cost for two : Rs.500 (approx)

18 Years on, Indigo at Colaba still is one of the Most Elegant restaurants in Mumbai

As you walk by along the inner lanes of Colaba, you might pass by Indigo thinking it is an old colonial era bungalow, because that is exactly what Indigo is! A beautiful colonial bungalow converted into a restaurant way back in 1999.IMG_2645.JPG

A stone’s throw away from my college, a visit to Indigo was always on my wish-list and it was truly worth the wait. Stepping into this restaurant feels like stepping back in time, you are overwhelmed with nostalgia and hospitality whilst still having that feeling of home. The interiors are simple and elegant, wooden doors and furniture along with a wooden bar. They even have beautiful aquatic themed artwork hanging on the walls.

The service too was elegant and professional while still being warm and friendly, even the chef was kind enough to come to our table and explain his amazing creations. Speaking of which, Indigo offers a three course, Continental/European style meal which consists of a soup, an appetizer followed by the main course and dessert.

We began our evening with a round of Cocktails and an Amuse Bouche, a selection of Fresh Breads and Herb infused Butter. I never knew bread could taste so good by itself!

The course starts of with soups, we tried out the Chicken and Truffle Veloute and the Indigo Lobster Bisque. The Chicken soup is served with a Crispy Stuffed Chicken Wing and Roasted Baby Vegetables, the Veloute was rich, creamy and with a sprinkle of freshly crushed pepper this dish takes you straight to heaven. However the Lobster Bisque made me forget all about the previous dish, it was by far the best soup I have ever had, if not the best dish. I fall short on words to describe it.

Just as we thought, things can’t get any better, our appetizers arrived at the table. We went for the Beef Carpaccio and a Local Seafood Platter. The Beef Carpaccio comes served with a Fruit Tartare and capers that help elevate the mild flavor of the beef. The beef on the other hand was as tender as butter and looks as good as it tastes. If this dish didn’t fill my eyes with happy tears, the next dish surely did! Being a seafood lover, it doesn’t get any better than this. The dish itself looks like artwork, almost like the bottom of the ocean with octopus tentacles climbing out of it. It is served with two Broths, Tomato Fennel and an absolutely delicious Potato cream and butter sauce. While not many might like this dish, I loved it!

Coming to mains, we tried out their Shiraz Braised Jodhpuri Goat Shanks and a dish that I have longed to try out ever since I started watching videos of Masterchef and Gordon Ramsay – The Indigo Beef Wellington. The Chef informed us that the Goat Shanks are actually bought from Johdpur, thousands of kilometers away, it  comes served with Dill Pilaf, Caramelized Figs and a Pomegranate Gastrique, Delicious! The Beef Wellington tasted just as I dreamed to be, what I didn’t expect was the crackling sound the knife made as it cut through the Puff Pastry. It is served alongside Truffled Mash, Onion and Shallot Confit and Buttered Asparagus. While the dish looks small and harmless, it was extremely filling!

Finally for desserts we tried out the Chocolate Forrest and Match Panna Cotta, both were quite nice but the previous dishes overpowered the desserts!

The Cocktails we tried out were Indigo Passion, Indigo Whiskey Sour, Old Fashioned, Americano, White Russian and a Scotch Sour. Again quite nice but the food overpowers it all!

In today’s world where restaurants try to show off their fancy interiors and complicated dishes with unnecessary ingredients, Indigo stands out as a clear example of how simplicity is still the best! A must visit place for any seafood or european lover or any food lover in general! With so many “bests” this restaurant is definitely one of the best I have visited.

  • Location : 4, Mandalik Road (Behind Taj Palace), Colaba.

  • Cuisine : European and Continental

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.6000 (approx)

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