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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.

Kangan presents flavours of North India

Food is a journey where every bite takes you closer to the final destination which is heavenly bliss. Recently I was at the Kangan,  a Indian fine dining restaurant at Westin- Goregaon – http://www.westinmumbaigardencity.com/
I experienced  a soul satisfying gourmet feast curated  by their chief Chef Angad Rai. Read on for more………

Kangan, The jewel at Westin

 

The Ambience
A chilled out place for fine dining, there was an instant feeling of comfort on entering the restaurant. Though it was dimly lit, I was relaxed knowing the dining experience will be an unforgettable one. And yes, Kangan lived upto my expectations. Though the music playing was indian the interior didn’t overdo the Indian look. Situated  on the 18th floor, just overlooking the western express highway Kangan offers probably one of the best views of the Mumbai, a city  that never sleeps and is always on the go.

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Meeting Chef Angad Rai
A  pleasant warm personality, Chef Angad Rai has taken over to revamp the menu at  Kangan restaurant. He greeted us with a warm Namaste, asking us our preference in food ensuring us to serve the most delectable indian dishes in which he specializes in.
All evening we noticed him personally cooking up in the open kitchen with his team and visiting tables to get feedback on dishes served. Chef Angad, Take a bow as you made Kangan the talk of the town, giving diners a fabulous Indian fine dinning experience.

The Food we savoured that day
The new menu looked interesting enough to taste all the dishes.

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Starters:
Serving us a delectable platter of assorted tikkas and kababs. Each one was unique in taste and had a flavourful story to tell. Listing them in Sweetannu’s order of preference.

  1. Khatti Jheenga- Kaffir lime leaves marinated tiger prawns cooked in tandoor
  2. Chaas Murgh tikka- Spiced Buttermilk infused chicken morsels cooked in tandoo
  3. Kakori Kabab- Melt in mouth seekh kebab mixed with Awadhi spices cooked in tandoor
  4. Habibiya tawa Ghosth- Melt in mouth seekh kebab mixed with Awadhi spices cooked in tandoor
  5. Nadru Shikampuri- Braised lotus stem patties, stuffed with spiced raw mango and pan seared

    Main Course:
    My experience says I should go easy on the main course as North Indian dishes are full of cream and are comparatively heavy. However wrong again, as I didn’t find much in gravies served. I was enveloped by the aroma and enjoyed each colourful dish on the table. Listing them again in my personal preference as per my taste and liking.

    1. Kukkad Tariwala- Home style chicken curry.
    2.Sasranga korma- hand pullled kasmiri lamb preparation.
    3. Murg Awadh Korma-  Chicken cooked with awadh spices.
    4. Purvanchal saag- Fresh leafy greens tempered with cumin and garlic chives.
    5. Khatti  Machhli- Pompret  cooked in red onions and tangy tomatoes.

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    And a special mention to the Daal Kangaan that is a must have for everyone. The magic is in the slow cooked lentils and tomatoes finished with white butter

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    The breads served up that night were very special too.
    1. Warqi Paratha- This flakey paratha complimented all the gravy main course dishes making then finger licking worthy.
    2. Zaffrani Taftan- This slightly sweetened flatbread being enriched with saffron and milk was something I have never savoured before, so soft it just melted away in the mouth.

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Ending off the main course with Murg Dumm Biryaani. The aromas engulfed my senses as the pot opened. Soft pieces of chicken served up with perfectly cooked and tempered rice. Kudos Chef Angad!! 🙂

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Dessert:
Who can end a meal without savouring some indian sweets? And when asked I couldn’t refuse the Ras malai. It was sweet yet light with that refreshing saffron taste, loaded with dry fruits.

In a nutshell:

Enjoy Kangan with all its deliciousness Chef Angad has to offer with a fabulous  view of Amchi Mumbai
Call 9004496577 for Reservations

( Sweetannu was invited to dine at Kangan. The views are unbiased and entirely her own.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magnificient Mediterra

Happy to be a Bandraite and experience new dining places in Bandra. Yes, Mediterra is the new entrant in the fine dining restaurant category. Situated  opposite Marks & Spencer on Hill Road in Hotel Metro Plaza. Its a rooftop restaurant having outdoor and indoor seating space, offering Mediterranean cuisine. Dishes from the mix of Mediterranean world, Greece, Italy, France, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Spain,Turkey its all on the menu.

 

Ambience:
The ambience is lovely with it’s white washed walls, turquoise interior and mood lighting. It has neat tables and cushion back chairs. Looked like a  romantic place for couples and a good place to entertain friends/family. Some slow catchy music was playing that evening. I was excited and all set to savour some Mediterranean cuisine.

Bread basket with sauces:
We started with the  complementary bread basket that came with Grissini, toasted pita, focaccia, soft roll and pita bread and some tasty dips, hummus, herbed butter, olives and sundried tomatoes. Pita bread and focaccia were soft and made the start of out meal very enjoyable.

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 Crumbled Fish:
THis dish had Basa fish which was coated with an assorted of herbs and parmesan. This was oven baked, the fish had a medium spicy flavour, crispy exterior and flaky soft centre.

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Middle eastern chicken kebabs:
This Chargrilled chicken marinated with yoghurt, paprika, cumin, cinnamon,crushed pepper and chilli flakes. The chicken had that smoky flavour but a bit unseasoned for my liking. I liked the crumbled fish flavours better.

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The Palermo chicken pizza:
Topped with tomato, grilled chicken, broccoli, sun dried tomato and mozzarella on a thin crust base. This pizza was a treat visually as well as for the taste buds.

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Lebanese roast chicken with ooze rice:
For mains we had the best dish of the evening. It was wood fired half skin chicken served on bed of lamb minced rice with buttered sauted veggies. It looked stunning and tasted different and delicious. I enjoyed the lamb rice, seasoned and spiced to perfection. Only wish the chicken was served boneless.

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Hot Lava Lava: They always say save the best for last and indeed the Hot Lava lava cannot be missed. Infact its something I will come back for. A hot lava cake drenched in smooth chocolate sauce and topped with vanilla ice cream. A perfect way to end a lovely meal.

 

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The service was with a smile. Overall a great dining experience. SweetAnnu’s food card for Mediterra:
Food-3.5/5
Presentation -3.5/5
Service -3/5
Ambience -4/5

Contact: 022-69455554

Address: 355,Hotel Metro Palace, Opp.Globus Mall, Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400050

Facebook: mediterra

Twitter: @mediterramumbai

Timings: Lunch 12:30pm – 3:30pm &  Dinner 7pm – 11:30pm

 

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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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

 

Going Bananas over Banana leaf

 

SweetAnnu was off  to have breakfast on Sunday, the most important meal of the day. This time round it was a taste of South Indian cuisine. Immediately coming to mind was sweet filter coffee, medu vadas  served with piping hot sambhars, neer dosas, hot hot upma and sheera.  I was so ready to feast like a king. This bloggers meet was arranged to  taste the breakfast Menu of Banana leaf. This restaurant exhibits the cultural richness of South India, right from their food and the serving of food on banana leaves.  Their food comprises the flavours from Andhra Pradesh, Kerela, Tamil Nadu & Karnataka. The richness in their cuisine and flavour is exceptional and truly one of a kind!

The first impression of Banana Leaf 

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You can never miss this restaurant on the main road after the Andheri West signal. It has a huge green interesting signage in front of the restaurant that catches your eye instantly. The restaurant is huge with both outdoor and indoor seating arrangements. They have a TV installed in the AC section where they keep displaying the different dishes on menu along with their names. Wow!! I was drooling at all those appetizing dishes. The place has a  fine-dine appeal and kind of lives up to it.

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The Banana Leaf Breakfast Menu
The breakfast menu is extensive ranging from health juices to hot beverages, idlis, vadas, dosas, upma, and sheera. Each item in the menu card tempting me to relish and not miss to taste it. The rates of the dishes are very reasonably priced and portion size quite adequate.
Filter coffee for just Rs 45/- and Semiya Upma priced at Rs 70/- .Read on for more exciting dishes on the Menu 🙂

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We started by trying the health juices. Total health booster( apple, pear and cherry) and Super health( pear, apple, ginger, sweet lime, cinnamon) It was served fresh. However a bit pulpy and with no added sugar and ice didn’t work for my palate. The health freaks can certainly try it but don’t expect some thing very tasty. With those cubes of ice now added in our drink it felt just right.

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The filter coffee is a must have here

Go for the filter coffee( Rs 45) or Bournvita ( Rs 50) instead. To get that nice freshly ground aroma of coffee and the kick of caffine. Bornvita and hot chocloate both lip smacking yummy.

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Crispy and so so delicious

Now for the yummy breakfast. Mini medu vadas ( Rs 60) crispy, full of flavour and not raw from the centre. This was really delicious.

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Rawa upma, Semiya Upma, were served piping hot, felt vert comforting and satisfying. Loved it with all the chutney accompaniments.

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The regular sheera was to die for. With the perfect sweetness and added nuts I just couldn’t stop devouring into this delicacy.

 

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Chickoo Sheera looked like a piece of art when it arrived at the table. The taste was good but I am not a fan of chickoo when it is cooked. I rather have a Chickoo milkshake or ice cream. Cooking chickoo changes the flavour.
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Neer dosa and rawa dosa can be enjoyed with all your fingers with an assortment of three different types of chutneys ,all three of which have a unique taste.

 

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The tomato Omelettes were flavoursome and well spiced but a little undercooked. However it had an interesting flavour and looked very appetizing.

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Don’t ever miss this Walnut Halwa

We didn’t want to miss anything from the main menu so ordered a Walnut Halwa. OMG !! Thank God we ordered it. It was the wow dish of the day.
On the whole Banana leaf should be visited by all with their families to savour good south Indian breakfast . Worth the visit on Sunday morning.

 

 SweetAnnu’s Final Report card

Ambience – 4/5 ( one mark cut for the repetitive instrumental music)
Taste – 4.5/5
Price- 4/5
Staff – 4/5
Service – 3.5/5
Filter Coffee- 5/5

Banana Leaf

Shubham CHS,
Opposite Vikram Petrol Pump,
Juhu Versova Link Road, 7 Bungalows,
Andheri West, Mumbai 400057.

Tel : 022 26239999, 022 26289090, 022 26709999, +91 9930488080
Email : info@bananaleafindia.com

( SweetAnnu was invited to review the Breakfast menu and dined there on invitation)

Happy 50th year Celebration- Pizza Express

We love being a part of celebrations, this one was super special as it was my favourite pizza and Italian Food chain Pizza Express that was celebrating its 50 years journey. Pizza Express  brings everyone the  great tastes of Italy and expertly crafted pizzas to over 500 restaurants world over.

THE INVITE-

Few of us would not only be spending an evening sampling some scrumptious pizzas, pastas, starters and drinks on the New Menu but also having the most awesome hands-on experience of making pizzas.
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CHEF’S TABLE

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It was a packed event with enthusiastic bloggers. Head Pizzaiolo Uday arrived on the scene to speak to us. A pizzaiolo is a pizza chef, the guys who wear the black and white striped t-shirts at the restaurant. To become a certified pizzaiolo at Pizza Express, one needs to go through 12 weeks of intense training. He then proceeded to give us some insight about Pizza Express world over.

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The dough in frozen state

 

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They get defrosted in trays of 15

THE MAKING OF A PIZZA

 

1.The Romano base Pizza with freshly smeared Passata all sourced from Italy.
2. Freshest of ingredients, vegetables and chicken. Pizza Express believes in never overloading their pizzas to get the best flavours.
3. Mozzarella Cheese follows drizzled with pesto sauce.
4. Smiley on the pizza was a creative twist by our team making the pizza.
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THE NEW DISHES ON THE MENU

DRINKS

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I was sipping on a Zenzero  Fresca Mocktail ( INR 150/) with the freshest of carrot, orange, ginger and lemon juice. A fun, summery, nutritious drink for a fitness conscious foodie like me. Oooh Wow !!I was loving the new menu already.

 

The Martini di Ananas( INR 325/-) was an absolutely delicious cocktail and got me happy, it had the zing of vodka, Bacardi, pineapple juice and grenadine sryup. A must try when you visit guys.
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STARTERS

The dish I was most looking forward to taste was the Antipasto Verde (INR 525/-) , assorted Veg platter and the Antipasto Polio e Gamberro(INR 825/-), assorted non-veg platter.

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Pesto marinated chicken, prawns on skewers along with rocket,peppadew, roasted tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella served with dough sticks.
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Yummy veg platter with antipasto, roasted tomatoes, rocket and peppadew, fresh buffalo mozzarella served along with fresh pesto, pesto rosso and dough sticks

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PIZZAS

It was now time  to dig  into the new range of Pizzas, and yes there was not 1,2,3 but 4 new variants of pizzas on the Menu.
1.II Padrino 65-Grilled chicken, chargrilled veggies, mozzarella on a Romano base,drizzled & baked with basil pesto and roast tomatoes. ( INR 695/-)

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2.Arrabiata– Classic spicy chicken  with fresh cherry cherry tomatoes, jalapenos seasoned with oregano, black pepper and chilli oil. ( INR 550/-)
3.Amore Nascosto– This was my favourite pizza of the night. Romano pizza with speck ham, spicy N’duja, harrisa marinated tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella & garnished with fresh spinach and creamy ricotta.( INR 795/-)

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4.D’Andrea-This one had my favourite Feta cheese on it. With grilled chicken and roasted peppers ( INR 595 /-)
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PASTAS

Pene Con Peppadew pasta ( INR 465/-) was a creamy dish dressed in tangy-sweet peppadew, chargrilled vegetables,onions&garlic, seasoned perfectly. It was slurped up so quickly the minute it reached my plate.

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Pollo Pesto Baked, as the name suggests, was a baked penne pasta in creamy basil pesto sauce, mushrooms, chicken, red onions and yummy gooey cheese. This rich dish was a treat for a cheese loving fan.

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Linguine Ai Gamgero a Pesto Rosso ( 595/-)  slurpy Linguine pasta tossed with garlic and chilli flakes, tangy pesto rosso, white wine and prawns. This dish had a surprisingly new flavour I had never tasted before. I quite liked the prawns and pasta combo.

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The meal we had was delicious, just like every time I visit Pizza Express.

DESSERT

And they saved the best for last. My main reason for visiting Pizza Express has always been the cheesecake. What if I told you that the new menu has a platter of cheesecake, chocolate fudge and Tiramisu at just ( INR 395/-) However the cheesecake will still be my favourite of them all. Definitely repeat ordering this next time around too.
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Such a fun, foodie event this was. Pizza Express remains one of my favorites in the city of Mumbai.

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The Pizzaiolos in the making

This New  menu is available henceforth across Pizza Express outlets in the city – Andheri East, Andheri West, Bandra Kurla Complex, Colaba, Powai and Thane.
Follow @PizzaExpressIn on Twitter and Instagram for more updates.

Until next time this is SweetAnnu signing off. Why fall in love when you can fall for a Pizza…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diving into Dimsums

What a grand way to welcome the month of August. Yes, It was an exclusive invite for 10 fellow bloggers and myself to attend a #dimsumatMarinePlaza event hosted by Rutavi Mehta along with management of Hotel Marine Plaza. It was organized to unveil the”Dimsum Experience” at Bay View overlooking ” lovely Monsoon time at Marine Drive”. This was to be followed by a scrumptious sit down meal at Oriental Blossom.
I was prompt to arrive at 12-15 PM and was graciously greeted by Ms Rutavi and Asst Manager( PR) Ms  Kaveeta Rai. Situated at the famous Marine Drive, Hotel Marine Plaza is a Premium Luxury Hotel that adheres to international standards of hospitality. The hotel ambiance was warm, classy and opulent.

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The quaint and cozy Hotel Lobby

 

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The Marine drive view from Bay View Restaurant

Chef Huang Tesing- The smiling Chef

This ” Dimsum Experience” was going to be headed by none other than Chef Huang Tesing and his Sous chef. Chef Huang Tesing  doesn’t need much introduction as he is one of Mumbai’s most celebrated Co operative Executive Chinese Chefs.  He is so well known for his knowledge and skill of the vastness of Chinese food. He has been the very  heart of the success of Oriental Blossom as a Landmark Chinese Restaurant.

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Chef Huang – Photo credit Tinkesh A

At first Chef Huang  introduced us to the world of dumplings and dimsums. Its a style of Cantonese cuisine prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food traditionally cooked and served in small steamer baskets. It sounded so easy when Chef Huang explained it with passion and so systematically. The inside was called the filling and outside was the packing. Chef patiently answered all our queries on ingredients of filling and styles of packing.

 

 

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Step by step animated demo by Chef

We were to make four types of dimsums that day. We patiently waited till the dimsums were steamed and ready to savour. Tasting is a bloggers birthright  and those hot delicacies were a treat.  They were so yummy and perfectly cooked.

 

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The veg and non-veg dimsums in their variety of packing styles.
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Steamed to perfection.

 

I had certainly gained alot of knowledge but the story doesn’t end there. Ms Rutavi Mehta announces three teams of bloggers who were going to make some dimsums to impress Chef Huang. He would choose the winning team. We got into action filling those dimsums and pinching and packing them into tight little bundles. It was fun with my fellow team members Riya and Mohit.

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The dimsums we made before they hit the steamer
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These beautiful dimsums are ready to be gobbled
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The Lunch at The Oriental Blossom

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The table is set.


Ambiance

The restaurant wears a royal expensive look, I was very impressed on just the first look. When I inspected further, it was fascinating to see  the touch of detail seating, round tables, private cubicles and small tables suiting every group of diners. It was divided with huge vases and chinese style dividers. I was so ready to dine here 🙂

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Menu

There was a special Menu with the best dishes curated for us bloggers. Some dishes being most liked and signature dishes of Oriental Blossom. It felt like Thanksgiving dinner on that round table with happy like minded positive friends from whom I learn t so much that day. Why should I scrutinize the food and find mistakes when each dish was prepared with so much love and served with pride. So sit back and go through a photo review of that fantastic meal I had.

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The jade rolls are their signature dish!
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Crispy Aubergine in corriander & Chilli sauce
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Eight Treasure vegetable nest
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Chicken wrapped prawns in Schezwan sauce.
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Pork spare ribs in Barbacue sauce

 

Main Course
The dishes kept arriving on the centre turn table one by one. The Vegetable Chimney soup was clear, light and refreshing for my palate. My favourite main course dish would be prawns in oyster sauce, I just love prawns in every style its cooked. I fancied the vegetarian dishes that day too, be it stir fried water chestnuts or Wok grilled stuffed aubergine in Cantonese sauces. In fact both the aubergine dishes were a super hit that day.

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Vegetable Chimney Soup
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Roast Cantonese Chicken
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The yummy layout
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Sauted Prawns in Chilli oyster sauce  

 

Dessert- 
The crispy date pan cake was more like a home made samosa with a date filling. It was served with vanilla ice cream. I quite like the crispy crust with vanilla ice cream but not the date filling.

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Crispy Date pan cake

I must say that day everyone so engrossed in conversation and good food that we actually forgot to click a Selfie, however our official photographer got an excellent group picture. Thank you Vignesh.

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Oriental Blossom has immense potential to leave a mark as exclusive fine dining restaurant in the city with moderately expensive food and drinks, lovely ambiance and good service to match. Adiós!
Contact – 29, Marine Drive, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020
Phone:022 2285 1212
Website- http://www.hotelmarineplaza.c

Enter the Dragon – Trident BKC

Hail the Dragon because  Chinese Master Chef Zong Shou Chen from The Oberoi – Gurgaon  brings his fiery Asian cuisine to Mumbai. I recently got the opportunity to dine at “The 022 Restaurant” at the tridenthotels.com/mumbai_bandra_… that is offering a Pan Asian  food festival namely “ENTER THE DRAGON” for 10 days, they’re serving up some delicious, spectacular spread. Authentic Chinese  food is a lot more than hakka noodles and triple Shezwan with a lot of garlic and Soya sauce.

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The pretty reception of 022

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Ambience

Named after Mumbai’s telephone code, 022  is so spacious, beautiful, has monochromatic interiors which are classy and modern. There is an instant upliftment of mood and a sense of having a wonderful dining experience the moment you enter 022. The warm greetings of  the hostess was just a start to the grand fine dining experience. They also they have an open show-kitchen near the buffet area that that so that you can see the food getting prepared by the chefs on stations.

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Executive Chef Ashish Bhasin of Trident, BKC  is a very experienced Senior chef who managed the entire menu and functioning of the 022. He pleasantly visited our table introducing the concept of the ‘ Enter the Dragon food fest.’ Working on more than just soya, garlic, chilly and pepper was his aim, he wanted to bring out the true authentic flavours of Chinese, Cantonese, and Asian cooking. Aji no moto is a banned item in his kitchen.

I surveyed the food counters with Chef Ashish Bhasin before I began the serious business of eating. Sipping on a specially recommended Kaffir Lime soda was very refreshing that evening.

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Refreshing with the distinct flavour of Kaffir leaves.

Food
There were counters set up and each station was supervised by a chef.
We started with the live station.

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Live station for Veg Dimsums
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These were served at our table

Sushi Station-
Sushi could not be missed because  Chef Cecep was on board to put up some spectacular looking and tasting Sushi.

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Salad Counter-
For the diet conscious foodie but definitely not me.  I did try the Asian lamb salad and quite liked the unique blend of flavours.

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Chinese tofu , citrus fruits and ginger seasame dressing Gado Gado saladAsian lamb salad with snowpeas and spouts, Nonya chicken with cucumber and pokchoy Sichuan Paste, Soy sauce, Chili vinegar

 

Starter-

Starters came piping hot to the table. A special mention to the prawns in hot pot sauce and the Chicken tikkas went so well with the mint sauce.

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Crispy potato with hot pot sauce and Paneer tikka
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Prawn in hot pot sauce and Chicken Tikka

Main Course- 

The spread across the main course was pretty extensive, There was a specially planned Pan Asain menu along with the regular buffet, so I’m only talking about the significant dishes I tried. All were spiced and perfect in taste. I especially enjoyed the Yangzao fried rice with prawn Thai curry. It was creamy and flavoursome with well cooked tender fresh prawns and vegetables.

 

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Chicken in hot garlic sauce
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Citrus chicken, konbu and dry red chili soup

 

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udon noodle and potatoes braised in mirin and kikkoman sauce

 

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Stir fry of cabbage, snow peas and carrots with chinkyang vinegar


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Thai green curry with prawns

 

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Fish kung pao


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Yangzao fried rice

 

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Stir fried noodles with vegetables

If you visiting  022 you must keep stomach space for the soft Cheese Paratha and Masala Kulcha, they go well with any main course dish but for me I had it plain. Wow!! So yummy, so soft, so tasty that it  melted away in the mouth.

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Loved the buttery and soft texture

Along with the #Enterthedragon festival dishes, there were an equal number of dishes of International and Indian cuisine, which may appeal to every palate.

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Cheeses, cold cuts and dips

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Desserts-

Desserts were different too. I loved the Jasmine tea Tiramisu which was light, not too sweet and had that soothing jasmine tea flavour. Happy I choose this amongst all that lovely array of dessert display. The Date and walnut crisp was prepared in front of me at a live station was then served up with almond honey ice cream. It was for a total treat for a sweet toothed person like me.

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Jasmine tea Tiramisu
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Date Crispy with Ice cream

Loads of other droolworthy desserts that cant be missed.

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Budget Bites-

The buffet is priced at Rs. 2400/- plus taxes, and fares decently well in the Value For Money department among five star establishments. The buffet is not something I’d splurge on an everyday basis, but is worth a visit for celebrations and occasions. So visit The Trident- BKC for their Enter then Dragon festival which is ongoing till 31st July.
Contact
Trident, Bandra Kurla, Mumbai
C-56, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex,
Mumbai 400 051, India

Reservation –022 66727777
( SweetAnnu was invited by Trident – BKC and dined their by invitation)

Experience the Shiro Collection.

Hi Friends,
Just open each steamed delicious cane basket and say Khul Jaa Dim Sum with me in this post.
Shiro’s  Mumbai hosted my daughter Zenia Irani aka branded bawi  and me to come and dine during their Dim Sum festival, they so proudly showcased as ” The Shiro Collection.” It was an extensive special menu with so many varieties of dim sums   for both Vegetarians and Non vegetation foodies .It was my first time visiting Shiro and my excitement was beyond bounds. Check https://www.zomato.com/mumbai/shiro-worli for the Menu.

The Ambience-

 

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The Giant Statue overlooking us while we dine
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The pretty lit Bar is a great place to hang out

On entering through that huge door I felt a total transformation from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai  to another land. Shiro is a huge Resto lounge, one needed to embrace  the Shiro spirit and let every experience becomes an everlasting memory.  I couldn’t help admiring the Giant figurine  fountain statue. There was a calm, sense of purity with the flowing water and an immediate upliftment of my spirit. Every thing was larger than life, large staircase, large mirrors and a very high ceiling. Was  my dining experience as large as the place, yes it certainly was, so read on…….
The dining experience

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My perfect dining partner- Zenia

Seated comfortably on our lounge sofa Zenia and I ordered our 6 Dim Sum baskets. We were also visited by Chef Sandeep who explained each Dim sum type and suggested some we should try too, to get a tasting experience of every kind on the special menu.

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Refreshing Rose in Bloom tea

We were served Rose in Bloom tea ( A herbal tea mixture that combines rose petals, liquorice, aniseed, fennel, white pepper, black pepper, nutmeg. Inspired by the rose gardens of Persia) till our baskets arrived. This fresh brew claims to cool your body down and is excellent for digestion.

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Khul Jaa Dimsum

Now sit back and say KHUL JAAA  DIM SUM ……

 

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The oyster chicken and sticky rice Dumpling – It was  Marinated chicken with Shitake mushrooms tossed in sticky rice. The dim sum was cooked to perfection tasting more than yummy with the chilly sauce.

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The Phoenix eye dumpling- This  was my favourite looking Dumpling of the day. The edamame beans shone like emeralds making these dim sums ever so delicate and pretty to look at. The prawn filling  evoked a strong fishy flavour the minute you bite into it. OOh so yummm!!

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Fish in Laska Sauce- This succulent  flaky Basa flavoured in laska sauce was a stunner too. Distinct black bean taste was the highlight, I enjoy all my sea food. My second best dish of the day.

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Pork ribs with sweet chilly & black bean sauce- And the test to see the pork was well cooked is to take one bite and see if the rest falls of the bone. Voila!!! It just fell off making me use my fingers to lick the saucy flavours.

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Chicken pearl dumpling – This was minced chicken flavoured with 5 spice powder & oyster sauce, rolled in sticky rice and steamed. It had a peculiar texture to it which I didn’t quite fancy but you just might!

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Prawn nest dumplingSteamed to perfection the prawn nest dumpling had a  robust prawn taste. I love the prawn in the middle imbibed the flavour of the sauce and the crispy coating. Match made in heaven. My personal best that evening. I always loved prawns and  always will! Really enjoyable!

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Just when we thought we were done, Surprise!! Surprise!! Chef sent us two baskets of dimsums to taste.
Crab Meat Dim sum – The beautiful taste of fresh crab meat inn that soft perfectly cooked paper thin coating. It was was pleasantly flavourful and steamed to perfection.

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With barely any stomach space left, we still made our way towards the final Dim sum of our meal
Chicken buns- They  were huge and filled with deliciously flavoured chicken, however the coating was a bit thick and the bun was huge.

Overall report-
A must visit  to Shiro  if your a fan of music! Relived Top of the Pops with Abba, Beatles, Rick Ashley and some more of my favourite  yesteryear artists. It was fun humming them and tapping my foot to my best melodies. I must admit that the food does play a good supporting role to it!  Would recommend it for romantic as well as family dinners also for a fun evening with buddies. The Shiro Collection menu seems exotic. Would like to try out the others on my next visit. So go and visit before the 28th of July.

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Price-

Now coming to the price, they are very fair at pricing them at Rs 240 onwards for a portion and it becomes a steal (more for the non-vegetarians which starts at Rs 300 a basket) when they charge Rs 900 for 4, Rs 1300 for 6 and Rs 1900 for 9 baskets. So people group up!

Contact

Address: Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400025
Phone:022 6651 1207
Hours:

 Open today · 12:30 – 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm – 1:00

Great Job Shiro Team!
Until Next time ….
Its SweetAnnu signing off with a belly full of delicious Dimsums

Lets Fine Dine at “The Punjab Grill”

Its summer time and Mumbai can get really hot and sultry, simply draining you out. You just want to live on juices and palti Chaas the whole day. It was at this time I got an invite from Punjab Grill and FBAI to check out their new Summer Menu and have a Connoisseur’s Experience at their newly opened outlet in Andheri West. I am not a big fan of Punjabi food except for butter Chicken and Garlic Naan which I can gobble if given every day. None the less, invitation accepted, all set for  the scrumptious summer surprise.

The E invite
The E invite
The Summer Special Menu
The Summer Special Menu

A little about Punjab Grill
Punjab Grill has branches in Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Pune, Singapore and Mumbai- This branch of Punjab Grill is newly opened, they are also planning to open branches in Bangkok and Dubai in the near future.

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The Punjab Grill Restaurant entrance
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A warm welcome to us bloggers

Entrance/Reception-
You can never miss the huge well lit, friendly signage of Punjab grill. The hostesses greeted me at the reception with a pretty floral gajra, she tied to my wrist and gracefully took pictures, guiding me to the  banquet room where my fellow foodie bloggers were seated.

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The View of the Bar- Photo credit Captain Rish

Ambience-
Lighting was so pretty, lamps hanging from the ceiling, classic interior and tasteful decor. The ambience is nice and welcoming, the staff were very courteous and helpful. Once seated I was very  comfortable. I especially loved the white crockery and all that good cutlery laid out on the table. It was gonna be a real pleasure to fine dine at the Punjab Grill.

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Flower Power to everyone
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Punjab Grill Coaster

Food-
We were all here to savour and flavour the ” Summer Special Menu”. So here goes the food review.
Quality quantity and taste are 3 things I look at when it comes to food. Punjab Grill has a high ranking in all three categories.

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Refreshing Jamun Iced Tea

1) Jamum Iced Tea-  We were served a Jamum Iced tea. It was so refreshing on the first sip that I forgot the Mumbai Heat. There was no added sweetener and the actual pulp and taste of jamun came gushing to my palate through the straw.

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Pickled Olive Bhel

2) Pickled Olive Bhel- Very cute and colourful to look at, it was served in a little tea glass with a wooden spoon.  The taste was different and quite enjoyable. A tad bit chewy for my liking.

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Tandoori Guchchi and mixed Lettuce salad

3) Tandoori Guchchi, mixed Lettuce Salad with Burani Raita Dressing- Now this dish made my eyes pop and excite me like a little child. It had such pleasing flavours and melted away in the mouth. The taste, crunch and whole dish in totality I enjoyed immensely .

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Norwegian Salmon Tikka

4) Norwegian Salmon Tikka-  Uff,  Maar daala! When cut open it blushed a deep pink conveying to me how perfectly cooked it would be. Oh Yes!!  It was. Kudos to the chef on this delectable dish. 🙂

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Tava Grilled Prawns

5) Tava Grilled Prawns- This superbly presented dish was cooked to perfection. The spices were embalmed into the Jhinga and yet another spectacular dish of the evening.

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Chaamp Taajdar

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6) Chaamp Taajdar- The name suggests Lamb chops, yes but may I add that this flavour of smokiness and the tenderness of the meat was par excellence. The chef added on how it had been slow cooking for 24 hours. Truly this dish can be ordered again on my next visit. The chef gets a 10 on 10 from this foodie Teacher.

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Malai Murg Tikka

7) Malai Murg Tikka – These tikkas were the most amazing tender tikkas I have had in a long long time.

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Stuffed Mushrooms
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Tava Asparagus

7) Vegetarian Starters- The tandoori Paneer, Stuffed mushrooms  and Tawa Asparagus were well enjoyed by my Vegetarian foodie Friend Aishwariya and vouched for the well balanced taste and smooth texture.  She was digging into her plate in spite of being stuffed after a heavy lunch. That speaks volumes about the dishes.

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Its Selfie time

By now We were all stuffed with appetizers and starters. Time for some gupshup, selfie and enjoying the foot tapping music that was playing. The servers kept changing the cutlery and refilling our glasses. The Raw Mango Sorbet was served up. It was tangy and that added crunchy Pomello just took it to another level. Too refreshing and perfect for summers. I sipped on this  perfect blend of raw mango, spices and fresh Pomello wishing this night went on forever.

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Raw Mango Sorbet

Main Course-
Punjabi food is incomplete without its gravy dishes and Parathas. I loved the creamy Paneer Malai Pede, packed with  flavour and the creamy heavenly tasting gravy was splendid. The paneer was softer cotton candy. Hee Hee!

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Paneer Malai Pede

Rarhya Meat – It was soft succulent meat cooked in garam masala. The chef that taken special efforts to cut down on oil and masala, as it was a summer special dish. It worked so well with the Garlic Naan.

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Yummy Rarhya Meat
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Hot Butter Naan

I had a small helping of Palak Makkai and scooped up some spoons of Dal  Panjratani. Both these dishes were pretty decent.

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Palak Makkai
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Dal Panjratani

So the cravings began when main was being served and I was waiting for  Butter chicken, a typical north Indian classical dish that cannot be missed on any Punjabi Menu. This one had the right consistency, the chicken pieces were quite big but tender and not chewy. It lacked that typical orange colour though and real spicy flavour that gets your nose to run. But then this was a Summer Special menu and the chef that taken care of not getting it to spiced up.

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Butter Chicken

I’ve eaten a lot of biryani and no biryani has ever tasted same to me. The Bahurangi Biryani was a vegetarian Biryani. I prefer a nice meaty piece of chicken biryani but this one was pleasantly nice. Light and easy, each rice grain was glazed and cooked to perfection.

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Bahurangi Biryani

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Dessert Time-
Like I always mention my weakness for sweets in every blogpost, this is no exception.  I was hoping that the Summer Dessert Platter would be the highlight of the evening. And yes, OH MY GOD it was. The chef came and explained to us about this breath taking  beautiful display of delicious desserts. They had kept the summer concept on top priority while compiling this platter. This was presented on a cool bed of crushed ice. There were sorbets, Rasmalai, fun fruity fruit cut and displayed in exotic ways but what stole the attention  was the Churros and Rabri combination. With a crunch of the churros and that cold custardy rabri the combination rocked.  Very Summery indeed. Thank God, I always keep stomach space for desserts.

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The unforgettable Summer Dessert Platter

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After all that Gourmet food, it was perfectly rounded off by the
Paan shot. Liquid Paan in a shot glass. My ffiend Afsha suggested I gulb the whole thing down instead of using a spoon. I took her advice and wow, I was glad I did. It was so fulfilling and wonderful. I guess now my meal was complete.

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The Paan Shots

Final Verdict-
A fine place to fine dine, entertain guests and have special quality time with family. You not be disappointing at all. I will not be able to furnish you with the details on pricing as I was invited to dine at The Punjab Grill.

We were all done with The Summer Special Menu at Punjab grill and departed with happy full stomachs  and lingering memories on our tastebuds. But not before clicking the group picture with the staff, chefs and team of Food bloggers.
Hip Hip Hurray !!!

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Number- + 91 -9769611484

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(The author was invited by FBAI and Punjab Grill to review  Summer Special food Menu  and dined there on invitation)