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Chase away your blues with Bohemian Brew

I am always on the look out for new eateries in and around my vicinity. Not wanting to repeat any of the places we had visited before, made me readily accept the invitation to review the newly opened Bohemian Brew at Khar.

A little about Bohemian Brew

Bohemian Brew is an all new Tea cum Sheesha destination in Khar, which promises to serve the best variety of tea with sheesha along with a menu that has Mediterranean and Continental dishes to savour. The place looks fresh and inviting with artistic, pretty decor that will definitely get you to smile. The Co owner/Chef Rahul Desai passionately showed us around the restaurant which covered the dining area, sheesha, tea lounge and an exclusive cosy corner. I was very impressed with his tea collection and his colour coded test tubes of teas across the Tea bar. The cosy corner was more private for diners who wish to read, play board games or want to work over a cuppa tea. But the best part was outdoors, the music, the lighting and the overall vibe has to be experienced.

The Menu

We were all set to savour some of the best dishes on the menu.

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1. Watermelon & Feta Salad – The might of freshness was proven again, with the watermelon and feta salad standing out as the clear winner. Loved the zing of Thai chilli and infused vodka in the dish took it to another level.

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2. Tea Leaf Salad – This salad was a colourful treat with a bunch fermented edible tea leaves, topped with roasted peanuts, fried garlic and tomatoes, a true mark of a good salad.

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3. Zahtar Spiced Chicken – Beautifully marinated and grilled chunks of chicken served with a delectable lemon corriander dip. Tempting enough to be wiped off completely.

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4. Falafel with Hummus – So smooth and refreshing, this hummus is one of the best I have had till date. Take a bow, Chef Rahul Desai.

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5. Chicken Meatballs in Gouda Cheese Sauce – Tender moist Chicken meatballs were engulfed with a sauce made with buttery Gouda cheese along with fresh baked baguette.

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6. Wild Mushroom Risotto with Truffle Oil – Perfectly creamy Risotto was topped with mushrooms, garnished with chive sticks and truffle oil. Not my favourite dish of the day nonetheless very enjoyable.

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7. Tagine Chicken – Got the taste of Morocco on a pretty, ethnic designed plate while digging into Tagine Chicken. It was a magical dish with apricots and topped with preserved lemon. This dish had complexity of flavours, sweet and spicy with the sourness from the lemon.

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8. Herbal Hibuscus Infusion  – The grand finale to our dining experience at the Bohemian Brew was the outstanding, stunning Herbal Hibuscus Infusion. The taste of  rich red cup of aromatic flavours left us refreshed and invigorated.

Final Verdict

Will I visit Bohemian Brew again?? Oh yes!! Definitely with my friends. Its worth a visit to chase away your blues. 🙂

Open daily, from 9am to 1am.
Bohemian Brew,
Shop No.1,
Mahesh Apartment,
5th Road, off S. V. Road,
Next to Noble Chemist,
Khar. Tel: 96999 58582.

Delicious Danone Yogurt Nutri Pots

Who says healthy food cannot be tasty food? Lets give yogurt a chance this time. Yoghurt is full for calcium and loaded with protein. It is also beneficial for Gut health and is good for lactose intolerant people. This new Greek Yogurt launched by DanoneIndia has 87% more protein than regular yogurts, introduced in mango and blueberry variants. At the  product launch Chef Varun Imandar churned up three healthy recipes that were delicious, the instant Parfait left me aghast and motivated to try something  of my own.   

It was now time to churn up a new recipe that fills you with great taste while being high in nutrient value.
Danone Nutri Pots ( A yogurt based sprouts and strawberry filled puri)


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The basic Ingredients

This recipe will serve up two plates of Yogurt Nutri pots of 6 puris each


Ingredients

1 cup of sprouts (boiled with salt, add pinch of pepper)
1 cup chopped strawberry
1 tub Blueberry Greek Yogurt (80 grams)
20  Puffed puris (Pani puri available in market)
1 tsp Honey
A dash or lime.

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Method 

1. Mix the sprouts, chopped strawberries, honey and lime in a bowl.
2. Add the yogurt and give it a good mix.
3. Crack the top of the puri and full in the yogurt mixture.
4. Garnish with cut strawberries.

Tip- Serve it chilled and immediately. Soggy puris wont be all that enjoyable. With the mango season round the corner, I am going to try the Mango Greek Yogurt with mango pieces. I think this is gonna be a runaway hit for sure.

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Its a pretty dish to serve up hungry kids who love snacking in between meals. If you liked this recipe you will definitely like my  Eggless Tiramisu

Desi meals done best with Box 8

A food chain with presence at over 60 different locations & delivery across Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore that needs no introduction, Yes!! Its Box8 , its concept being to  bring good Indian food to the masses.

In a recent interview founder Anshul Gupta in his interview highlighted the strong points of Box8.

  1. The focus lies in preparing food which is delicious, easy on the stomach and made from quality ingredients, allowing the consumers to order food frequently.
  2. ‘Box8’ offers fusion of different Indian delicacies- It is multi layered meal that is a blend of a curry, protein (chicken, paneer, etc), salad, chutney, yogurt. It is a perfect combination of taste and fusion.

  3. Added help of Technology will build platform between customers, delivery units, kitchen and vendors at Box 8.

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    Come on now its time to review Box 8

    The Order

    I played the order online  from the website with online payment option, you can also order through Zomato, Foodpanda or even download the Box8 application. You get an SMS confirmation immediately and a status of the delivery. Order was bang on…

    The Menu

    Their USP is that they have a menu that ranges from  wholesome meals, salads, wraps, sandwiches, biryani’s, beverages, desserts, Ice creams, Fusion boxes, pizzas and ala carte  options.

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    The Packaging

    The delivery was prompt within half an hour of mentioned time. The boxes were stacked up well in the bag. No spill or leak, food still hot on removal. Love the bright red BOX 8 logo, cute outer packaging with interesting one liners. Each box was well labelled with content of the box.

    With no further ado lets review the food

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1.  Saag Chicken Meal Rice –  This meal was complete is every way. It contained Jeera rice, a decent potion of boneless chicken saag, salad, chutney,  rajma and a piece of brownie. The taste of each item was enjoyable, priced at Rs 198/- it was value for money.

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2. Char-grilled Chicken Salad – Chicken  tikka pieces mixed with assorted crunchy veggies and a desi dressing, delicious and addictive.

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3. Paneer Masala Box – A similar compact meal in a box for a vegetarian option. Paneer was soft yet lacked flavour.  A tad bit bland for my liking.

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 4. Chicken Xtreme Box –  This is a compact meal with chicken tikka  over rice served with salad on the side. Gravy at the bottom to avoid spillage was enjoyable. Chutney and curd dressing went well with the meal.

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5. Fusion Chicken Sandwich –  A good substantial chicken filling with veggies and delicious sauces in a multigrain bread, very enjoyable in every bite.  Must try!!

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Moong daal Halwa
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Chocolate Lava cake

6. Desserts –  We tried the Moong dal Halwa and Chocolate lava cake- The halwa was simple, perfect sweetness with the ghee flavour. It was okayish nothing extra ordinary. Same with the Lava cake, it had  a typical cocoa taste and no oozing chocolate lava that I was expecting.

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7. Masala Lemonade –  Box 8 gives you the option to add Dessert + drink to your meal for Rs 68. You must add it for the lemonade. I love the bottle it comes in. The lemonade is refreshing mix of lemon and jal jeera.  A real good accompaniment to the meal.

  • Website for delivery order : BOX 8
  • Download the Box 8 App  from Play Store  

Five New restaurants in Bandra you must try.

Before I start this post a small warning that some food pictures may make you drool profusely. Being a passionate foodie I  love discovering new food places in Bandra. In the past I stumbled upon some cool , swanky and interesting places. And that’s not all, they offer you a food experience more than just food on a platter….
Will take you through a food tour of each place, an  easier ways to get acquainted with these Bandra eateries . 


1.The English Department 

Have you ever dined in a place that made you feel like you have traveled out of the country? I felt like I had traveled to good old England to see the Queen when I visited The English department.

Location:
The place is located just off linking Road, Level 2, Kenilworth Shopping Arcade. Perfect for a meal break after some heavy duty shopping.

Ambience:
The interiors are done up in the same colour; hues of red and brown  and dim lighting. Comfortable cushioned circular sofas to dine over conversations. A model replica of the London bridge could be easily spotted over the bar counter that stands tall at the end of the restaurant. You will hear a mix of Hindi/English music that can be  enjoyed while digging into some delectable bar food.

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Off the England to see the Queen

Menu:
A blend of different cuisines on the food menu, some of dishes are typical English.

Recommendation:
Veg/Non veg Pizzas, Thai curry rice,  Shepherd’s pie, Jacket baked potatoes, Welsh rarebit, fish n chips.

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Loaded with capsicum, chicken and cheese, the pizza is delicious here

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Crispy and cheesy Bruschetta

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Loved the taste of these Jacket Baked potatoes

2.Bombay Biryani

I’ve eaten a lot of Biryani. And I can safely say that no two Biryanis that you’ll eat from different homes or different restaurants will be the same. Each Biryani comes with its own set of ingredients and spices, that have been mastered over a course of time, after careful trial and error in the kitchen.
Bandra  just got blessed with Bombay  Biryani paradise in simple word.

Location:
Being a bandraite and a regular shopper at Bazaar road, I was thrilled to see the new signage of BOMBAY BIRYANI , situated in the Balaji lane that leads to bazaar road. 12-A, Bazaar Road, Hill Road, Bandra West

Ambience:
Looks small from the outside but it has comfortable seating, good vibe, music and lighting for food photography. No fancy dining here but value for money.

Menu:
The menu is a treat for non vegetarians however it is  loaded with  options for vegetarians.

Recomendation:
Everything on the menu can be enjoyed with a Pallonji Rasberry Soda. 🙂

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Juicy and succulent butter chicken kababs

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Amazingly cheesy Shezwan Cheese Burst Naan

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Finger licking Hyderabadi biryani

 

3.Taj Mahal Tea House

A colonial bungalow that is now converted into a tea house. I guarantee you’ll feel like you have been transported into another era.

Ambience:
The interiors are homely and comforting yet vintage and artistically done. The twinkling lights and Zakir Hussains Tabla display cannot be missed.  I couldn’t get enough of this place, I have to visit again real soon.

Location:
Located near the Mount Mary Steps bang opposite Good old Bungalow 9.
36-A, Ground Floor, Sanatan Pereira Bungalow, St. John Baptist Road, Reclamation.

Menu:
From Chocolatey teas to Lemon grass teas each and every kind is a superhit.

Recomendation:
I strongly recommend the Matcha Rose tea and Kulfi dessert Chai.

 

 

 

 

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4. Craftbar

The total package for a office lunch, cozy date or fun Friday night. Craftbar caters to all. Check out some more details below.

Location:
Just a hop, skip and jump from the main Bandra scene, prominent location in BKC .  Hallmark Business Plaza, Sant Dyaneshwar Marg, Near Chetna College, Kalanagar, Bandra East.

Ambience:
The ambience is cheerful, cool and fresh.  It has very simple and elegant decor with very good seating space available both outside and inside.

Menu:
The highlight of this place is the bar and food menu, its so interesting  and well presented. With some innovative dishes and quirky drinks to choose from.

Recommendation: 
Food: Glassy Classy Salad, tandoori Momos, Lord of the wings, The English Vinglish dessert.
Drinks: Clean Bold, Dum Maro Dum and a whole lot of interesting names on the menu.

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Yummy Lord of the wings

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A fusion dessert – Gajjar ka Halwa in brownie

 

5. Kettle and Keg

  This new place Kettle and Keg is owned by Mr. Dev Gill and his wife. It  is a great place to hangout with  family and friends. I was so happy to have stumbled on a gem like Kettle and Keg in my vicinity.

Location:
Kettle and keg is a minute walk from Dominoes, Khar at Shop 1, Celeste Building, Plot 470, Kinchin CHS, 14th Road, a minute walk from Dominoes, Khar.

Ambience:
A dainty looking café, loved the yellow lighting. Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating. The bar is very well decorated,  warm, vibrant, and inviting with colourful bottles, pop art, and quirky light fixtures.

Menu:
The fusion food and some of their signature dishes have to be tried at any cost.  A great variety of teas for the tea lovers( straight from the kettle)

Recommendation:
Food: The Misal Pau with a twist, cheese Lamb Burger, Chapli kababs and Peanut butter pie.

Drinks: Dont miss their Cinnamon Chai Latte, Green apple float and the whopping Freaky Ferraro Shake


 

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Let the picture do the talking

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I freaked out on this Sundae

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Eggless & Gluten free Peanut Butter pie

 

So add this to your restaurants to visit bucket list for 2017. Feast with all your senses and don’t count calories. 

Bon Appitite everyone!!

 

Presenting Presto Lunches

Oh Yes, I love to fine dine at five star restaurants. Who doesn’t ?  Last Saturday I went to The Trident- BKC for Lunch. I was there to try out #prestolunches, a three course Italian meal at Botticino, their Sleek contemporary dining room serving  traditional Italian cuisine .

 

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The Beautiful reception

A warm and inviting reception,  a huge spacious interior, elegant and clean ambience, neat and tidy tables,  charming and courteous staff made the Botticino the perfect place to fine dine for me that afternoon.

Presto Lunches


The Presto Lunches menu at Botticino  is a three course elaborate spread with a number of options to pick from for Rs. 990/- plus tax. You can call and book a table from Monday-Saturday for lunch.

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Freshly baked breads

Items on the Menu.

Coming to the food we started with the appetizers. I tried the highly recommended Beetroot Tartare with orange spheres and beetroot macaroons. A visual treat served up with sweet flavours, refreshing and enjoyable to my palate.

 

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Fresh and sweet appetizer.

My companion for the afternoon Shimareet Bhasin, Communications Manager at the Trident seemed to be enjoying her Black pepper chicken served up with mash and grape reduction.

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For Mains I wanted to try the Red Snapper. This Poached Red Snapper was such a healthy option for main course. It was cooked in a glass jar with exotic vegetables, orange juice, and prawn stock. Served on a bed of potato mash mixed with olives and basil. This simple dish had no spices yet full of flavours.

 

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Shimareet had the Angel Hair shrimp pasta with olive oil, garlic and parsley. I enjoyed seeing her slurping it up with delight.

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The meal ended on a sweet note with us both indulging in chocolate.

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The Chocolate Feuillant- Spectacular to look, smooth and rich to taste

 

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I had the Costa hazelnut- Dark Chocolate mousse & hazelnut cremeaux

However right from the time we entered to the end I would only say one thing that Presto Lunches  over exceeded my expectation.

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Food – 4.5/5

Menu – 4/5

Service – 4.5/5

Ambiance – 4.5/5

VFM – 4/5

Will SweetAnnu visit again? …YES!! For sure. Its Total paisa vasool. Come on!! Gang of Girls lets fine dine and enjoy Presto Lunches at The Trident 🙂

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The ‘A to Z’ of Bandra Eateries.

The ‘Queen of the Suburbs’, that’s how Bandra is described, and rightly so! Bandra is thriving with life, cheer and the happy vibe! Everyone around loves this suburb just like me. It is the symbol of Mumbai’s cosmopolitan lifestyle. Home to amazing shopping, fabulous ancestral bungalows and good food- Bandra is beautiful. From the energetic pubs, the street food and gourmet fine dining restaurants, Bandra has lots to offer to food lovers.
So sit back as I Take  you through an ‘A to Z’ of Bandra’s best eateries in SweetAnnu ‘Istyle’.  🙂

 

 

Amrut Sagar  Situated on the busy shoppers paradise Hill Road, Amrut Sagar cannot be missed. Tired after shopping? Get inside and savour some delicious juices and Pav bhaji.  Yummy vegetarian Chinese and South Indian dishes are top on the list for me. This crispy delicious Paper Dosa covers the whole table, a must every time we visit.

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Bhaijaanz  Located diagonally opposite the Rizvi College,  Bhaijaanz is a Salman Khan themed restaurant. Pleasing, interesting interiors and a creatively crafted ambience around the theme. The menu has dishes named after Salman khan’s movies. Try chicken Barra roast for starters and soft rotis along with masaladar gravies. Drooling already?

 

Candies  I associate Candies with my school days, the mince roll was just for Rs 12/- back then. With three branches in Bandra, you must visit for the delicious chicken sandwiches that melt in your mouth. The fun young vibe and 20% discount after 8PM is the USP of this place. They celebrate their anniversary day by offering a 50% discount on that day. GOOD OLD CANDIES!!

 

Dunkin Donuts This is a good place to go chill over a coffee or a donut! Located on Linking Road at Khar, it’s a nice welcoming cafe for your sweet tooth indulgence. Visit for the Naughty Lucy and Original Tough Guy Chicken burgers. I go for the donuts coz Donut + Stirr’accino = Happy Me!

 

Elco Pani Puri  One of the best places to eat Chaat in Mumbai, without any fear. Generally very hygienic and can be enjoyed guilt free. It is a tad bit expensive but the crunchy puris and delicious chilled pani is totally worth it.

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Fat Man’s Cafe  A small cafe situated at Reclamation. The ambiance is clean and comfortable yet small. The cafe cooks up some delicious home style dishes. I recommend going for a breakfast. Choose a  fluffy  masala omelette, crispy hash browns, toast with butter with a cuppa tea. … Followed by sugar dusted waffles with maple syrup and Nutella if you still have stomach space and the urge to indulge.
Gondola Want to relish the scrumptious variety of steaks and sizzlers, then Gondola is the destination to head towards. Chicken Pepper Steak, Shashlik Sizzler along with Chinese cuisine can be tasted at the family styled restaurant. I am all set to dig in!

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Hearsch Bakery  A Bandraite needs no introduction to Hearsch Bakery, situated near Holy Family hospital on Hill road. Burgers, wraps, rolls, rum balls, chicken lollipops are the top selling items. It is a place that is crowded with youngsters at any given time. It is sure to give you your money’s worth during each visit. Total taste aur paisa vasool.

 

Irish House The Irish House for drinks, cocktails, and appetizers. I love The Irish House for opening its new branch in Bandra. Yaaay! Now weekend Party scenes just got more happening. It’s such a fun place to chill with friends. Just chill chill, just chill!

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Janata Lunch home  A small yet interesting place to visit is Janata lunch home. Drinks are cheap, and the aroma of fish will engulf you from other tables. However, you have to accommodate with people – sharing you table with others. Fabulous tava prawns, fish curry. I slurp it all up with hot steamed rice. Slurp Slurp!!

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Khar Social  The most happening place in Khar. Swings at tables, funky interiors, quirky cutlery and lots more here. A sprawling place with natural sunlight filtering in during the day. The drinks and food both are excellent and innovative. Abhi tog party shuru hui hai.

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Lucky Restaurant  People come to Lucky Restaurant only for the greasy masala-filled biryani. Though the décor is old fashioned, the dining experience will be a memorable one. Caramel Custard after food is a strong recommendation. Don’t miss this one even if you are bursting at your seams.

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Mamagoto  Quirky pop art and Oriental anime adorns the restaurant, and adds such colour and life to the industrial, bare walls. The best part of Mamagoto is the pan Asian cuisine and drinks. Delicious dimsums with thin outer coating served up with dips are a must while ordering here.

 

Noodle Play  A home delivery service, Noodle play serves some spicy and delicious chinese cuisine suited for the Indian palate. Chili Basil Stir Fry, Punjabi Tadka Noodles,Hunan Gravy are some of my all time fav.Food is packed in red cardboard box accompanied with chopsticks and plastic cutleries. 29 minutes to deliver or its free.

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Out of the blue  A rustic pleasurable wine & dine experience you can get. Most popular is the Wednesday Ladies Brunch. The menu consists of salads, soups, starters, main course, pastas, pizzas and desserts. But that’s not all women get surprise prizes and lovely pampering. Hmmm. I love it.

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Papa Pancho A small place but serves up some Dhabha style punjabi cuisine. Go all out and use your fingers to eat and don’t forget to drink up that tall glass of lassi. Balls balle!!

 

Quench  Another watering hole at Reclamation. Beer, wine and great sizzlers. The place plays some fabulous music and  overall is chirpy and full of happy people. The quirky innovative interior is what caught my eye. Don’t you love it too?

Photo Credits- Owner, Manav Chadha.

 

Rude Lounge A cozy outlet to be served in, this Rude Lounge in Bandra is built with FUN  in mind!  With the loudest, brattiest atmosphere, its gonna have you freaking out in no time! I had visited once with my friends and had the most crazy time of my life.

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Soul Fry  This restaurant is near Pali Market,also has good sea food and live band on Monday nights. You get that feeling of being in Goa. Fantastic fried pomfrets, prawns, bombils. And service with a smile.

 

Theobroma  Although this place is known for its delectable dessert and lip smacking  brownies, they serve some amazing breakfast, healthy sandwiches and juices. Proud it has a Parsi owner.

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Photo Credit- Zenia Irani

 

Udipi Bhuvan  One of the very old restaurants in the Bandra east vicinity, Udipi Bhuvan is a  simple south Indian restaurant. The flavourful sambhar will have you finsih it in one go. Try the Thali here too.

Vila Vandre Villa Vandre is the quintessential home-style restaurant in Kantwadi. A small and cosy place, it fits in barely 6 tables, they serve up fresh food with a personal touch. Some great Parsi dishes can be savoured here too. They open for breakfast too.

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Wok Express The new Bandra branch is worth a visit. Apart from their famous wok’s they also have accompaniments such as Dim Sum’s, Sushi, Bao’s and Bubble Tea’s. Food enthusiasts can watch their woks be stir-fried in front of their eyes with animation and flair, or opt for a speedy home delivery with the help of their  trained ninja.

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Yoga House  Situated in the by lane of Sherly Rajan Road, Yoga House is very close to my place. Go there not only for the Yoga classes that they organize, but for the pure, organic, vegan food they serve. And the crowd that comes there, mainly expats. It a wonderful relaxed, chilled vibe you get there. Om Shanti!!

 

Zaffran  Dont let the dim ambience put you off. Check out the succelent kababs and finger licking North Indian dishes on the menu. Cocktails and Hukka can be enjoyed here. So let down your hair and go ‘ Dum Maro Dum’ and forget your sorrows because Bandra eating joints all rock.

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Photo Credits- Buzzintown.com

 

I believe that Bandra is the cultural hub of the city offering you the best of eating and drinking  choices from the cuisines world over. I hope this post encourages you to create your own A-Z list.

Till then, its Au Revoir, from SweetAnnu.

Zomato zomato

 

Parsi Style ‘Akuri’

The Bawa- Eedu Love Affair.

When in doubt, break an eedu (egg) on it, is the Parsi motto of cooking. Anything and everything can be made with an egg. Popular among Parsis is the Parsi Pora (omlette) Salli per Eedu (potato crisps topped with egg & spices) and of course  Akuri (the masala scrambled egg dish).  Lets try the Akuri today which is my favourite dish to cook up for a Sunday breakfast at home.

ingredients

I always make  a large portion, hence sharing a recipe with six eggs. However you can alter the ingredients accordingly.

Ingredients

  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp Milk/ Malai (optional)
  • 2 chillies
  • 2 meduim size onions
  • 2  tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder/haldi
  • 1 tsp red chilly powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil, ghee or butter
  • 2 cubes of cheese
  • Coriander leaves
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Method of making Egg Akuri

  1. Finely chop the onions, chillies, tomatoes and coriander leaves.
  2. Break the Eggs in a bowl  and beat well with a fork.
  3. In a shallow frying pan, heat oil, butter or ghee. Add the onions. Cook till translucent, add the green chilly and tomatoes.
  4. Add the spice powders now.Stir fry till the tomatoes get soft and mushy. Add the ketchup in.
  5. Now add the beaten eggs, salt and pepper. Stir the mixture on slow fire. The eggs will start to cook. Keep on stirring. Otherwise the eggs will start sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  6. If the egg is sticking to the pan then add 1-2 tsp of oil or butter.
  7. Cook the eggs till almost firm, remove from the pan. Garnish with coriander leaves and grated cheese.
  8. Akuri is best enjoyed with buttered toast, bun maska, ketchup and Masala chai.
  9.  You can try a variation of Akuri with fresh green garlic for added flavour.

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I personally enjoy creating this dish and see my dear ones relish it. Do try making Akuri and leave your comments and feedback in the section below.
Happy cooking 🙂
Happy eating 🙂

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Punjabi Rivaayat@Maya, The Trident-BKC

 

I’ve always had a memorable experience during each Food Festival at The Trident, BKC. This time around it was at Maya, the Indian Restaurant. There is an on going Punjabi Food Festival from 12th to the 21st of January under the banner ‘Punjabi Rivaayat’. The mood was set at the Maya with the entrance adorned with flowers and dhols; a warm hostess dressed in traditional Punjabi attire greeted and took us to our table.

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Chef Sweety Singh seemed to be in good spirits chatting with diners on every table, we had a chance to talk to him. He claims to have no professional degree in culinary skills yet takes pride in his Punjabi food preparations he learned from his father. He says his food is cooked with love and basic spices which he got with him for the festival. His preparations have the  home cooked meal feel. “Jaise Maa ke pyaar se bana ghar ka khaana” says Chef Sweety Singh is his inspiration of .

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Check out the awesome Punjabi rustic menu

 

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Kharode ka Shorba, I loved it. A lamb trotter soup was not just peppery but well flavoured too. A runaway hit  with the trotters.

 

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For appetisers we had the Ajwaini Jheenga. It was such a pleasure to dig into those juicy succulent well cooked masaledaar prawns.

 

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Tandoori Kukkad-Yet another genius dish by Chef Sweety Singh. I had to use my fingers to dig into the inner hidden masala enveloping the chicken leg. Wow, what a mouthful!

 

PhotoGrid_1452860062902The main course was an equally exciting affair. We had Keema Meat (Minced lamb cooked with aromatic spices), Dahi wala kukkad, Sarson Ka Saag, Machi tari wali, Dahi bhalla and Maa ki daal along with Makki di roti & Missi roti. Each dish had a unique flavour with natural colours. What a tempting spread which gets an outright 10/10.

 

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Piping hot Khajoor Halwa
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Mouth watering Gulab kheer

Meetha Sheetha, Hayo Rabba!
We were bursting at the seams now, yet the craving for desserts was high. No Punjabi meal is  complete without halwa or kheer or lassi. And yes, we had a delectable hot Khajoor halwa,  a cool soft textured Gulab Kheer and a rich yet smooth Kesari lassi. The trio being contrasting  desserts but are masterpieces in the #Rivaayat Menu. 

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Punjabi Rivaayat @Maya is on till the 21st of January. Don’t  miss this opportunity  to revive  the tradional Punjabi cuisine experience.

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Hey Friends!!
Say Balle Balle,
And go Shava Shava with SweetAnnu 🙂 😛

 

Winter Goodness – Recipe for Bajra ka Laddoo

Ring!! Ring!!
Thats the school bell.
Its 10.30 Am, time for a mid-morning snack for everyone. I am quite hungry by now and quickly take out my tiffin box just like the kids of my class.  I had carried a brown bread chutney sandwich that day as I try to eat healthy. My co teacher Ms Shabana showed me something very interesting she had brought in her box that day. Her aunty had prepared this special winter dish that  looked like a laddu but not a sweet one. It was a lasan and bajra atta laddoo. I had a small bite to taste and I must say that my tastebuds popped with pleasure. Hence SweetAnnu decided to research this recipe and do a blogpost after making it the very next day. 🙂

Lasan(Garlic) & Bajra( Millet)  Laddoo

This is a very old recipe from Gujarat. It is a very rustic and simple dish that is generally made during winter – when it is cold, because all ingredients are ‘hot’ for the body. The main two ingredients are green garlic which is fresh tasting, much milder than mature garlic.  Bajra is also had in winters. This combination was simply superb. These laddoos are generally eaten with curd and baingan bharta (eggplant)

 

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Ingredients
1. 3-4 chappatis  – made from 3 cups of millet flour and water.
2.1 cup finely chopped green garlic.
3. 2- 3 tablespoons ghee. I used GITS Pure Ghee.
( the diet conscious can use olive oil)
4. Salt to taste.

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Method
1. Break the chappatis  and grind into fine crumbs in a mixer.
2. Heat the ghee in a large pan, fry the garlic for a few seconds only,
do not overcook it.
3. Add the ground mixture and mix with the ghee and lasan.
4. Add half cup water and cook till its looks like dough.
5. Remove from heat, let it cool , and shape into meduim size balls.
6. Serve hot with curd, raita or aubergine bhurta.

I think this can be easily stored in an airtight container for few days. Need to heat on eating. An easy recipe for winters, 100% you will love making and relishing this dish.  Thank you Shabana for sharing the recipe with me. 🙂 🙂

 

 

A Mangii Morning is a Good Morning

Hey, So whats your breakfast Story? Well, If you ask me I have a long one to tell so sit back and savour some delicious breakfast fare with SweetAnnu.

 The Place

Cafe Mangii has been a  landmark location in Bandra for a long time now. A quiet dinner, entertaining guests or dining during special Xmas offers, this restaurant never fails to give its diners a feisty and unforgettable experience. We were in to try the New Breakfast Menu the restaurant has launched from 7th January and will be available from 8 AM to 12 PM every day.

The Menu 

It’s not often that you see a menu where you want to try all the dishes.  There’s everything from Eggs Benedict, that traditional English muffin topped with a delicious piece of ham and poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce to the Mangii Egg Decker, creamy spinach & truffle infused scrambled egg stacked over crisp Rosti potato. Breakfast favourites  like french toast and assortment of omelettes  are also included in the menu.
The Vegetarian fare from Baked beans with Chilli cheese toast to Mushroom Florentine give an equal competition in taste and presentation to the non vegetarian dishes on the menu. 

 

The Dishes we savoured
So I am ranking my favourite dishes in the order of my preference

1.Egg Benedict

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Eggs poached to perfection, this dish was a winner.

2.Mangii Egg Decker

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The creamy spinach was to die for.

3.Mushroom Florentine

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The cheesy well cooked mushrooms was the highlight of this dish.

4.Baked Beans & Chilli toast

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A perfect blend of baked beans with cheese toast was well enjoyed.

5.Nutella Sub

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Chocolate Hazelnut and cream cheese came really well together with Blueberry compote.

6.Buttermilk Pancakes.

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Well cooked and full of flavour. Yummy with that white butter.

7.Sweet Corn Potato Rosti

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A okay dish in terms of taste but presentation rocked.

8.Peppery Smoked Pimentos

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Smoked peppers did justice to the omelette. The sides with deep fried potatoes tasted alot like Allo Tuks.

9. Chili Cheese Molten

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Cheesy cheesy all the way with that kick of chilly.

10. Cappuchino

Frothy and perfect cuppa cappuccino.

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Photo credits- FBAI

11. The Juice Bar

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Fresh juices with no added sugar

Not so favourites on the Menu

1.Fondant Leeks & Asparagus

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The gram flour pancake was a wee bit undercooked.

2. Belguim Waffles

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A tad bit dense and had an eggy flavour.

 

The Cafe Mangi’s  breakfast menu, is a gourmet affair and is available through the week.  Be prepared to entice your tastebuds and have the perfect start to your day.
Cafe Mangii
Khar- 
022 2649810, 022 26498000
Powai-
022 25705139, 022 25705138