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)

The Boston Butt Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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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)

Dishkiyaaon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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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)

Rainforest Resto-Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato