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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The Newly Opened Hungry Head at Ghatkopar has some of the Best Maggi Creations.

My experiments with Maggi started by adding knobs of butter and slices of cheese to it, later it moved on to adding caramelized onions, fried paneer or chicken to it. However, this place takes their maggi preparations to a whole new level.

Located a stones throw away from my Alma Mater, Somaiya, this place is bound to attract several college going students alone with the locals of Ghatkopar. After multiple visits to their Powai outlet, I was curious to see what the second outlet of Hungry Head had in store.

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We began by trying out some of their basic Maggi Preparations and went for the Picadilla Maggi, Thai Curry Maggi, Aglio E Olio Maggi and my favorite fro their previous outlet –  Khow Suey Maggi. While the other three are still delicious, their Khow Suey Maggi still remains my favorite dish.

To beat the summer heat along with the heat from the spices, we decided to try out some of their drinks and ended up trying almost all of them. Starting off with their Thick Shakes – Chocolate, Mast Melon, Snickers, Shahi Mango and Berry Delight, then to a few Coolers, Mojitos and Iced Teas. While we loved all of them, their Thick Shakes were the best of the lot.

Next we moved on to more complex maggi preparations, their Maggi Sizzler and Oye Punjabi Magizza. Both of which seem nice but failed to impress, especially the sizzler, more show than flavor or taste.

We then moved on to their specialty fries and blooming bread, which is their version of a Pull-apart bread. Chili Cheese Garlic and Honey Chili were the toppings we went for, while the toppings were delicious, the quality of fries were very average, the dishes could have been much better. The Blooming Bread is another dish that I dislike as it is more gimmick and less taste, while the first few bites are good, the rest of the dish is plain dry bread. Not recommended by me even though many people may like it.

Finally for desserts we had their Sizzling Brownie and Chocolava Cake with Ice Cream, both of them were quite nice but the Chocolava was a hint better. We ended with a round of Paan, Coffee and Bubble Gum shots. The paan and coffee are quite nice but the bubble gum could be avoided.

Overall this place is worth a try for maggi lovers, after all it is an iconic product that you can’t avoid whether you love it, hate it or even ban it! Maggi is here to stay!

  • Location : M G Road, Opposite Kotak Mahindra Bank, Ghatkopar East,

  • Cuisine : Fast Food

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.600 (approx)

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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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