Authentic Indian Food on the go?

Ever craved for Indian food like Butter Chicken but didn’t have the time to sit down and enjoy it, no problem, Morselo has a solution! With their newly launched ‘Naan Sub’ you can  enjoy delicious Indian dishes while on the move.

Located in the ‘once upon a time popular’ Galleria in Powai, Mosrelo is a tiny eatery that aims to tackle the problem of authentic Indian food on the go. Hence they combined an open sub with popular Indian dishes like Butter Chicken, Paneer Korma, Chicken Kheema and many more. We tried out their Fort Kochi Chicken Pepper Fry, Hazratganjwala Dum Ka Murg and everyone’s favorite GT Road Da Butter Chicken. All of them are loaded with shredded Chicken, perfect ratio of bread to toppings. Our favorite was the Hazratganjwala Dum Ka Murg, worth trying out!

They also serve take away meals or as they like to call it, ‘Rice Packs,’ which is your choice of gravy like Chole, Shahi Paneer, Madras Chicken, etc. served with Pulav Rice and Dilli ki Ram Ladoo. We tried out the London Famous Madras Chicken Gravy which was quite nice and enough to fill you up. We also ordered a side dish Khatte Masaledar Chicken Fingers, which we loved, spicy, tangy and delicious!

If you have been reading closely, you may have noticed that each dish has a location associated with it, that’s because Morselo wants people to know where each of their dishes originated from, their Rice Packs come with a short story about each dish.

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We even tried out their drinks which were decent, I liked the water based drinks of Lemon Twist and Orange Chili Tamgo, however the Cold Coffee and Hazelnut Frappe could have been better. I did like their ChocoChip Milkshake that comes loaded with chocolate chips.

Usually I feel that the Chocolate Brownie is the most overused and abused dish in majority of restaurants, they serve dry, boring brownies, sometimes with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream which is equally bad. Hence I was quite hesitant when the owner recommended their Brownies for dessert but to my surprise, it was amazing. We tried out the Salted Caramel Brownie which was a perfect blend of taste and texture! Strongly recommended! Another dessert we tried out was their Pink Ladoo which was equally good.

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Overall, I feel Morselo is a good place to order food from or for takeaways, however when it comes to dining here, I find the ambiance quite average and I’m not a big fan of eating out of plastic containers with plastic cutlery when at a restaurant. However on the positive side, the food is hot, you get to speak to their cheerful owner and listen to his interesting stories about the dishes and last but not least, they do serve a cup of tea on the house each time they prepare a batch!

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  • Location : 164, First Floor, Galleria, Hiranandani – Powai.

  • Cuisine : Indian

  • 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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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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