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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.

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!!

 

New menu at Prego

 

Ciao a tutti!
Hi everyone 🙂
Italian greetings from Sweetannu!

When we talk about Italian food the first thing that comes to mind is pizza or pasta, right? However that’s not true, there is more to it. Italian food is all about ingredients and it’s not fussy and it’s not fancy.

Fun Vibe at Prego

Recently got the opportunity to review the new Italian menu at Prego. Prego has a fun, colourful indoor space which is very spacious, so you’re not bumping elbows or over hearing conversations with the next table. I love the concept of an open kitchen, so you’re not bored while you eat. Seeing your food getting prepared is really enjoyable.

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Chef Antonello and his new menu.

We were lucky enough to get to meet  Executive Chef Antonello, who had taken over the scene, revamping the menu at Prego. He has increased the number of dishes from 60 to 90 to give the diner loads of options to choose from. I was surprised to learn that nearly half the dishes on the new menu were vegetarian.  He explained to us that Prego’s new dishes were simple in flavour yet using the best ingredients, they enhance authentic Italian cuisine. He even wishes to cater to the local Jain population of Goregoan and regulars that frequent the restaurant. At this moment I felt so hungry, couldnt wait to try and taste all those new dishes on the menu.

The dishes we savoured that day.

OUR FIRST COURSE WAS>>>>>

Burrata Trio – It consisted semi soft mozzarella, served with rocket salad, pesto and the classic gnocchi fritto. The seasoning was only olive oil, salt and pepper. The simplicity of this dish was the highlight, making me a big fan of it.

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Proscuitta – It consisted of parma ham, melon balls, mint and thin sliced cheese. This beautiful dish was a stunner, I am sure you can tell by the picture. Enjoyed the salty ham and sweet melon combination, light yet so delectable.

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Aragosto – Nothing could be simpler, healthier and  more delicious than this Aragosto ( lobster soup) served to us. With the perfect acidity and accompaniment of the lobster on toast, Aragosto was a divine treat. A special mention to the smokey sweet fresh lobster.
“Main tera Hai re, tera, hai re, Jabra fan ho gayya”.

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UP NEXT>>>>>
For main course we were served a beautiful  platter. It consists of
Lasagne Portofino – A pesto and green bean layered lasagna, I was having for the first time. Unlike its regular tomato saucy counterpart, this tasted refreshingly beautiful.

Lamb chop Scottadito – In Italian the word scottadito means burned fingers. This dish is named scottadito because the lamb chops are so delicious that you can’t resist eating them sizzling hot, straight from the grill and burning your fingers.The lamb chop was tender and juicy till the bone.

Sea Bass – Salt crusted sea bass, steamed new potatoes in a fennel lemon butter sauce. Yummy is all I can say with a mouthful of it.

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SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST>>>>>

The dessert platter consists of Tiramisu, cannoli, and cassatta.

Tiramisu – This was the best I have ever had till  date. Chef Antonello adds Kahlúa to the concoction while making a big bowl of tiramisu. Then he scoops out the pieces directly onto the plate. It was so light and fluffy, taking you to another level of food coma.
Cannoli – Cannoli is a dessert consisting of pastry shells stuffed with a sweetened filling of whipped ricotta.  I consider my self lucky to have savoured this typical Italian sweet dish in total authenticity.
Cassata – This cake and ice cream layered dessert served with tangy mixed berry compote was a riot of flavours. Sweet and acidic in every bite only adding to my gastronomical delight. The rhymes do come flowing out when Sweetannu is extremely happy.

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 Surprise, Surprise……

Chef Antonello surprised us with his expertise on the guitar but thats not all. He sang a hindi song “Chura liya” with depth and emotion, I couldn’t help myself sing along.

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My final thoughts

 

The food is authentic without any compromise on taste. Experiment and explore the menu and go for something unheard of!  Prego’s new menu has a lot of variety for everyone. Good scrumptious healthy food. Prego is Italian for ‘you’re welcome’, and we left feeling welcome, indeed, with such good, hearty food and hospitality.
Grazie!

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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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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

 

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…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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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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)