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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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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ChillPapi, Sakinaka

Finally a place to satisfy those late night hunger pangs! ChillPapi is a late night only delivery kitchen that delivers food at your doorstep from 11pm to 4am, in Sakinaka and its neighboring areas. Being someone who orders food at home quite often, ChillPapi is quite the savior as most restaurants in my area do not deliver after 11pm.

I tried out their food recently and it was quite delicious. The delivery was quick, the food neatly packed and it most importantly it arrived hot. Some of the dishes I tried out were,

Mac & Cheese Peperoncino – Creamy and delicious, loaded with cheese. The spicy masala sprinkled on top gave a nice kick to the dish.

 

The Eggslut Burger – This burger was huge, but sadly this was the only dish that disappointed me. The giant patty overpowered the mild flavors of the egg. Could definitely use some tweaking.

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Chili Spaghetti with Cottage Cheese Burrito – Quite unusual fillings for a Burrito, but it was delicious. My favorite dish of the lot. Spicy, flavorful and filling. Just what you need in the middle of the night.

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Nachos – Another nice dish and definitely something that I would love to have when those late night hunger pangs kick in. The spicy flavors of the nachos are well-balanced out with the sweet and savory cheese sauce served along with it.

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Oreo Crumble Frappe – While I loved the flavors of this drink, I feel it needs to be consumed quickly after its made or else starts to form a layer of cream on the top. Another drink that could use a quick fix.

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Overall, I loved the food they served and I would surely order again. Worth a try!

  • Location : Sakinaka, Andheri East.

  • Cuisine : Fast Food (Home Delivery)

  • Cost for 2 : Rs.500 (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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Masala Library, BKC

I have visited several amazing restaurants in Mumbai, and then I visited Masala Library which was by far the best out of them all, so much so that I may fall short on words to describe how extraordinary my experience here was. On my visit, I was filled with a lot of excitement and sky-high expectations as I had heard several positive reviews of this place, and it surely lived up to them all.

As you step in, the ambiance does feel very inviting and warm. The tables are set up beautifully with wine glasses and the staff is quite friendly too. I loved the way the they change the table setting after every course and the way they explain each and every dish down to the last detail. Quite a treat for any food lover.


We started of with a couple of House Specialty Cocktails, all of which had some or the other use of spices in them. Their Masala Library Margarita was not only my favorite of the lot but also the best Cocktail I have ever had. I consists of whole spices perfectly flambeed in Tequila that actually improves the flavor of the drink.
Just a sip of it, and I had my Ratatouille Moment.

We tried out the chefs tasting menu, which is a fixed menu of five different courses with several rounds of amuse bouche served in between these courses . The dishes we tried out were as follows,

– Amuse Bouche – Thandai Shot and Maska Pav

A nice way to ready your palate for the exciting courses to come.

– Course 1 – Soup

Steamed Patrani Macchi with Lemon Coriander Shorba, served along with salted Edamame beans – mildly spiced, the was fish perfectly tender and flavorful and the edamame beans complimented the flavor of the soup.

– Course 2 – Salad

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Prawns spiced with curry leaf and pepper, served along with banana chips and thayir sadam(curd rice) – Tender, juicy and packed with flavor, the most amazing prawn dish ever, the spiciness of the prawn is well balanced with the sweet and sour curd rice which you eat with the banana chips as spoon.

– Course 3 – Starters


Galawat Kebab – A really tiny dish, and again, the best piece of kebab I have ever had, spicy and tender. Served along with varqi paratha whose sweetness compliments the spicy kebab.

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Bacon Wrapped Tandoori Morel – After the best prawns and kebabs, it was time for the best slice of bacon, served along with a deep fried lotus stem. Absolutely delicious.

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Piri Piri Chicken Tikka – A large juicy chunk of perfectly spiced chicken served with raita and a slice of pink ginger that just made the dish come alive.

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Pan Seared Scallop – I have always wondered what scallops taste like, its soft and tastes similar to shell-fish. The peanut salad dressing gave it an Indian flavor.

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Braised Mutton Chaap – Glazed with Maple and Kokum syrup, this succulent mutton rib had a very unique taste and the knife cut through it like butter. Perfect!

– Amuse Bouche – Sorbet

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Mishti Doi Popsicles – Sweet and tangy, it did help to wash away the flavors from the starters and prepared the palate for the main course.

– Course 4 – Main Course

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Pan Seared Rawas – Served alongside sauteed Crab and Spinach. The spice sprinkled on the fish was just mind-blowing, lip smacking and spicy, it went well with the bitterness of the Spinach and the sweetness of the Basa. Another perfect combination of flavors and textures.

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Kashmiri Chili Duck – Tangy and Spicy, and the first time I tried out duck. Quite delicious.

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Dal Bhukara – Served as a side dish, this was the only dish from the entire menu that I found quite average and could have been better.

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Tadke Wali Dahi – After trying out the best preparations of meat, this was the best version of Boondi Raita that I have had. Spiced with Curry leaves and simply delicious.

Selection of Rotis – The rotis too were quite nice, however nothing compared the madness of flavors that I had just experienced. They even had kulchas stuffed with prawn Balchao, which was quite interesting.

– Course 5 – Desserts

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Ras Malai Tres Leches – A very photogenic dish that tasted even better, soft and tender Rasmalai, floating in a pool of delicious Saffron Milk. Quite a large portion.
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Jalebi Caviar served with Saffron Foam and Rabdi – Enough Said! A perfect ending to an amazing dinner.

– Amuse Bouche – Childhood Memories

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Paan flavored Cotton Candy, perfectly blended flavors and a nice mouth freshener to end the night with.

Masala Library may be expensive but it it’s definitely the finest of fine dining restaurants that will leave you satisfied and wanting for more. Strongly recommended!

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  • Location : Citibank Building, BKC.

  • Cuisine : North and South Indian

  • Cost : Rs.7000 for 2 (approx)