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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Candlelight Dinner under the Trees @ Rainforest, R City

Did you ever dream of dining amidst the trees but at the same time you like gourmet food and exotic cocktails? Then Rainforest is your dream come true as it blends the best of both worlds. Located on the top floor of the every bustling R City Mall in Ghatkopar, stepping into this restaurant makes you forget all the chaos and a while later you even start to forget that you in the suburbs of Mumbai, let alone the top floor of a crowded Mall.

They serve a wide variety of dishes from Indian, Italian, Asian and they even have special menus for Kids and Seafood lovers. Being a seafood lover, we started off by trying out their Seafood Specials – Wasabi Shrimp with Mango Chutney and Grilled Fish with Crispy Spinach. Both dishes were delicious, however the mango chutney did overpower the wasabi and shrimp flavors, while the soft grilled fish was perfectly matched with the crisp spinach. The best dish of the day.

Impressed by the fish, we gave it another try, we ordered Basa in Teriyaki Sauce along with Lamb Chilly. Again the dishes were quite nice but the mild basa flavor gets overpowered by the strong teriyaki sauce as well as the soft texture ruined by the cornflour coating. The Lamb however was spot on with amazing flavor and most importantly the meat was still tender and soft. Worth a try! We also tried out their Jalapeno and Cheese Poppers which were nice and served with mouth-watering sauce.

For mains we decided to go for a chicken dish, we ordered a Chicken in Lemon Coriander Sauce and some Veg Fortune Rice to go along with it. Both dishes had mild and unique flavors that complimented each other well. The chicken too was nice and tender.

And finally for deserts, we tried out their Bailey’s Special which was made up of 3 scoops of Ice cream – Chocolate, Vanilla and Orange, topped of with loads of Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur that transformed this simple dessert into something heavenly and yes..very tipsy. However I do wish they replaced the orange flavored ice cream with something milder, maybe butterscotch.

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Speaking of tipsy, the cocktails we tried out were the Long Island Ice Tea, Secret Forrest, Shanghai Sunset and Pinacolada, which was favorite that night.

Overall, we had an amazing experience and this is definitely a place that you should try out.

 

  • Location : R City, Ghatkopar

  • Cuisine : Indian, Asian & Italian

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.2400 (approx)

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Live by Night, Andheri West.

 

Lokhandwala’s newest hangout place, Live By Night or LBN as they call it is an amazing place to unwind and relax. The ambiance is warm and cosy and the service too is quite nice. My experience here was good and I would surely recommend to anyone looking for a place to hang out and that serves good food as well.

Speaking of food, this place serves up amazing finger food to accompany those cocktails and lots of main courses for those looking for a proper dinner. We started with a round of Peking Chicken Dim-sums and Stir Fried Prawn Baos. The Dim-sums were heavenly and dipping sauce served along with it was to die for, sadly they ran out of dim-sums when we decided to go for another round. The Baos were quite impressive as well. Soft and Tender buns and a Sweet and Spicy Prawn Filling. Delicious!

The other appetizers we had were Buffalo Wings, Chicken Cheese Balls, Black Pepper Garlic Prawns and Spicy Grilled King Prawns. I loved them all but in rare case, the chicken dishes here tasted better than the prawns.

Lastly before mains, we tried out some of their Asian food, we went for Malaysian Chicken Satay, Japanese Tuna Teriyaki and Salmon Maki Rolls. While the Teriyaki was delicious, the sushi was quite disappointing and the only bad dish of the day. The Chicken Satay was the best of the three and definitely worth a try.

For mains we ordered my all time favorite Burmese Khow Suey and it was amazing. Rich, thick and aromatic gravy served with tender noodles and juicy chunks of chicken. They also serve additional spices and condiments with the dish to make the flavor as per your liking. Strongly Recommended again.

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The drinks here were at par with the food, we tried out a couple of Classic Cocktails as well as their Live by Night Special Cocktails. Some of them were Classic Martini, Chocolate Orange Martini, Black Current Mojito, Choco Channel Kitkat, Rush Me Up, Carribean Beach Cooler, Clasic Whiskey Sour and Live by night Whiskey Sour.

Since this place didn’t have any desserts, we went for a round of Black and White Russians which were exceptionally good and the best cocktails of the day. Perfect ending to a wonderful evening!

 

 

  • Location : Crystal Plaza, Lokhandwala, Andheri West

  • Cuisine : Indian, Asian, Italian

  • Cost for 2 : Rs 1800 (approx)

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Try out Mumbai’s Best Sushi at Pa Pa Ya, Colaba.

As they say, the apple does not fall far from the tree, Zorawar Kalra’s Pa Pa Ya is just as fascinating as Jiggs Kalra’s Masala Library. Being a Sushi lover, a visit to Pa Pa Ya has been on my wish list ever since I heard about this place. While I haven’t visited their first outlet in Lower Parel, I recently visited their new outlet in Colaba. Sushi is already quite an exquisite dish but Pa Pa Ya takes it to a whole new level.

Located right next to Colaba Social and behind the iconic Taj Palace, this place is a must visit. The ambiance beautiful with its red and yellow theme, probably derived from its name which means High Energy.

We began our evening with a round of Amuse Bouche to prepare our palate for the sensory feast that was to follow, it consisted of Basil infused Watermelon, served in a shell with Lemongrass Foam.IMG_3794

Spicy Shiitake Roll and Crispy Roll : The first round of Sushi was vegetarian, and they tasted far better than any of the Non vegetarian Seafood Sushi I have tried over the years. The Crispy roll had an amazing combination of textures with the Softness of Rice and the Crispness of deep-fried Spinach. Worth a try!

Sushi Tree : If only Sushi grew on tress, I would have a whole plantation of Sushi Trees. It had varieties of Salmon, Tuna, Crab and Eel. It was the first time I tried eel and it was very flavorful and the best Sushi I had that night. Do try it out!

Also worth mentioning that the Ginger and Wasabi served along with it were out of this world, very strong and absolutely delicious.

Pork Buns : Though I can’t remember the exact name of this dish, the memory of taking a bite into this dish will be long cherished. Soft, sticky, chewy, bursting with flavor and piping hot in the middle. Almost burnt my mouth trying to eat it at one go but it was worth it!

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Carbon Sushi : The dish synonymous with Pa Pa Ya, finally I get to try it out. It was totally worth the wait, however the rest of the dishes were equally good, I wonder why this dish stands out among them.

Hargao Green and Sushi Arancini : The Hargao looks delicate, feels delicate and tastes the same way too, worth showcasing in a museum. While the Arancini had a blend of strong flavors and crispness or bread crumbs.

Pla Samrot : This was my favorite dish of the day, a perfect blend of sweet and spicy with a dash of sour in the middle. The Deep Fried Shrimp is glazed with a sweet sauce, the Dehydrated Pineapple has a sweet taste which turns sour in the middle while you end with a mild heat from the Green Chili Sauce at the bottom, Delightful!

 

Soft Shell Crab Bun : Just as I felt that I have tastes the best that Pa Pa Ya has to offer, the next dish was a dream come true. I wanted to try out Soft Shell Crab since a while and finally here it was, totally worth the wait. The Slider Buns are blackened with Squid Ink, making this dish even more exquisite, while the crabs are served Deep Fried – Tempura Style. To sum it up this was the best burger/slider I have ever had, mild flavors and a mix of soft and crisp textures. I wanted to have another round, but then we would have to skip mains.

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Amuse Bouche : After so many rounds of explosive flavors, the mild tasting Coconut based amuse bouche was a nice way of cleansing the palate for the main course.

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Main Course – Kao Pad Karpao Rice, Singapore Chili Crab, Wok Fried Chicken and Mantao Buns : Just as I was sulking about the Soft Shell Crabs, voila, there it was for Mains as well, served with a Spicy and Tangy Singapore Chili Gravy. It was the best dish from the lot, while the others were nice too. The Chicken had a strong taste of lemongrass and the Rice was flavorful too. The buns were soft and Chewy, went well with the Chili Crab Curry.

Chocolate Ball on fire : Finally time for desserts, I was eager to know if it would be just as fascinating as the rest of my meal. The name said it all, a treat for all your senses. The aroma of Flaming Sambuca, the sight of a Chocolate Ball melting, revealing its inner goodness and the mad mix of flavors, what a way to end a perfect evening!

The Drinks we tried of there were Fuku Sour, Kasoi Tail, Whiskey Sour and my favorite of the lot, U-Isuki-Sho. The Fuku Sour is a Melon and Raw Mango flavored drink, the Kasoi Tail comes with an aromatic incense stick, the Whiskey sour was just perfect with its layer of cream from the egg white and the U-Isuki-Sho tastes as good as it sounds, a watermelon based drink topped off with Vanilla Ice Cream and infused with Bourbon.

Overall, this was one of the best places I have ever visited, and totally worth the cost especially if you are a Sushi Lover. Can’t wait to visit this place again. A special shout out to the staff, the best service I have ever received, a perfect combination of politeness and professionalism, with good knowledge about all the dishes, the manager and his suggestions surely made our evening extra special. A bench-mark for other restaurants to follow.

  • Location : Hotel Diplomat, Colaba, Mumbai.

  • Cuisine : Asian, Sushi

  • Cost for 2 : Rs 5000 (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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Mockingbird Cafe, Churchgate

Mockingbird Cafe it located in probably one of the best spots in the city, on the road that connects Churchgate Station to Marine Drive. At night, this stretch of road is no less than heaven. Even the interiors is nice and cosy, the staff here is friendly and  even the owner was very keen on describing his dishes. A sign of a good restaurant.

I had visited this restaurant during the Hummus Festival, last November but didn’t get a chance to write about it. We started off with their Thai Hummus with Focaccia which was light and flavorful. A good start to our meal.

Next we ordered a couple of starters, Chili Garlic Calamari & Prawns, Pork Ribs, Mix Seafood Baguettes and Chicken Chimichurri Baos. The Calamari & Prawns were perfectly fried and served alongside a spicy mayonnaise dip. The Pork ribs were slightly small but delicious. The Seafood Baguettes were loaded with toppings and definitely worth a try for any seafood lover. Chicken Baos were tender and delicious, though the flavor could have been a little stronger.

Quite impressed by their seafood, we decided to stick with it for our main course as well and ordered a Classic Fish & Chips and a Lemon Coriander Rawas. The Fish and Chips were light and delicious, served with a mayonnaise dip. However the Rawas was heavenly, the Lemon Sauce was to die for. Strongly Recommended dish!

We also tried out a couple of their Coolers and Ice Teas, the Summery Melon, Ginger Minger and Peach Ice Tea, all off which did their job of cleansing our palate perfectly! Nice, light and refreshing.

Finally for desserts we tried out their Vanilla Pana Cotta and Chocolate Fudge. Both of which were nothing less than perfect. A fitting end to a great evening.

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  • Location : Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate.

  • Cuisine : Cafe & Italian

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.2000 (approx)

Summer House Cafe, Lower Parel

Summer House Cafe, just as the name suggests is like a rustic home away from home, where you can unwind and relax with friends. The ambiance inside is huge and beautifully designed. To make things better, they even had a live band performance on the night of my visit. Even the service was polite and friendly, the manger too was keen on explaining his dishes to us. Just Perfect!

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To beat the summer heat, we began with a round of coolers and tried out the Watermelon Mint Smash and a Yuzu Pineapple Smash. While the watermelon was a bit too mild for my taste, the yuzu with its bitter-sweet and sour taste was spot on refreshing

For starters we tried out the Seafood Basket, Seafood Platter, Golden Fried Bacon Crisps, Char Grilled Tandoori Chicken and their staff recommended Bacon Wrapped Sausages. The Seafood Basket had Deep Fried Calamari Strips, Zesty Fish Fingers and Popcorn Shrimp, the shrimp being the best of the lot. The Seafood Platter had similar preparations but the shrimp was replaced with Cumin and Mint Fish Tikka.

Golden Fried Bacon Strips were deep fried strips of bacon that just crumble in your mouth, Sinfully Delicious! The Grilled Tandoori was quite nice too, huge chunks of Charred Spicy Chicken that goes well with a dash of Lime. The Bacon Wrapped Sausages was by far the best dish of the day, soft and tender with a delicious glaze of BBQ Sauce.

Almost stuffed with starters we went for a round of Smoked Ribs and Pan Seared Sole for our main course. The Ribs were heavenly, soft, tender and delicious. The Pan Seared Sole was even better, cooked in a delicious Butter Garlic Sauce and served alongside creamy Potato Mash and Sauteed Veggies. Strongly Recommended!

Dessert was nothing less than perfect either, we went for the Ultimate Banoffee Pie and their Tiramisu. While the Pie was quite heavy because of the rich toffee sauce, the Tiramisu was very light with a kick of Old Monk. A perfect end to a perfect night!

The Drinks we tried out here were Summer House LIIT, Made in the City, Pineapple Express and Rich Dog, all of them were quite nice but they could have been a little stronger as the flavors were diluted by the amount of ice in them.

Overall, Summer House Cafe is a treat for all your senses and a must visit place to just kick back and relax!

  • Location : Todi Mill, Lower Parel.

  • Cuisine : American & Italian.

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.2500 (approx)

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