7 Best Bars From Around The Country

Because all work and no play makes Jack (and everyone else) a dull boy!

The weekend finally, beckons us. Yes! It’s time to drink it up and let the shenanigans begin. We’re not saying that these places are only for the weekend, but since we’re here and we l Here’s a list of bars from around the country for you.

The Bar Stock Exchange, Mumbai

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The Bar Stock Exchange, Mumbai

Back in the day when The Bar Stock Exchange was first opened in the city, we were intrigued. A borrowed concept and drinks at fluctuating, turns out is a great recipe for becoming one of Mumbai’s Best Bars & Pubs. While you’re here we’d suggest you keep a close eye on the screens showing the price and munch on some delicious Chicken Tikka Cigars or mouth watering Pizzas.

Hard Rock Café, Bangalore

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Hard Rock Cafe is an amalgam of great food beverages and quality service and ambiance. It’s Bangalore is something that puts three of these together seamlessly. Great food, good music and an ambiance that’s perfect for you to being your shenanigans, no wonder Hard Rock Café is voted the Best Bar & Pub in Bangalore by our voters. Head here for their next gig and while you’re at it, try their Tandoori chicken Satay or 6 oz Chicken Burger.

Radio Room, Chennai

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Radio Room, Chennai

When we asked our voters in Chennai for their favourite Bar & Pub, Radio Room emerged victorious. As you walk into this place, you’re hit with a grunge vibe and see Jimi Hendrix stare back at you. This place is a great place not only for the ambiance but for music too! Groove to the tunes of Mike Posner, Micheal Jackson and Jimi Hendrix to make your weekend count. To keep you going while you groove Spinach and Artichoke Tarts or Bacon and Cheese Fondue. Well, Chennai sure knows how to tune into the right frequency!

The High Spirits Café, Pune

The High Spirits Café, Pune
The High Spirits Café, Pune

What else can you say about a bar when the name says it all? The High Spirits Café is voted amongst the Best Bars in Pune. From the Adarsh Balak murals to unique cocktails such as Jack’s Love – a whisky based cocktail with passion fruit, lemon and berry juice; everything about this place makes it the ultimate destination to bring in the weekend or celebrate!

 Hauz Khas Social, Delhi
Ever since social offline has mushroomed in different cities, it has had something unique for every city. At Hauz Khas Social, which is spread over two floors sees the same. They probably believe that all work  and no play makes jack a dull boy so it seems to have two phases; it opens at 9 and hosts people who use it as a co working space, post  6 pm it’s flocked by youngsters and becomes more vibrant! We’d recommend: Fish and Chips, Cosmos, Fully Loaded Nachos and if you’re up for something fiery try their death wings.

Hoppipola, Hyderabad

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Hoppipola

For everyone living in a metro city, everyone has heard of Hoppipola if not visited them. From the reasonable priced food and beverages to board games and delicious food, they have something for everybody. What we love this place are the chalkboard tables that allow you scribble, play tic tac toe while you wait for your orders.

Chilli’s Grill & Bar, Kolkata

Chilli’s Grill & Bar, Kolkata
Chilli’s Grill & Bar, Kolkata

We asked our readers to vote for their favourite Bar in the city; turns out Chili’s Grill & Bar located in Ballygunge has stood testimony to Kolkata’s night life.  Usually known for their continental cuisine, we’d recommend Bacon and Cheddar Steak and some Wildberry Margarita to wash it down!

Razzberry Rhinoceros Is Finally Open And We Love The New Avatar

Last year whilst we were heartbroken that Blue Frog closed its doors, news of Razzberry Rhinoceros making a comeback did the rounds. This year finally, after a whole long decade the erstwhile ‘band launchpad’, has opened its doors to the city!

We walked through the promenade and started by taking a short but lovely tour of the place. Spread over patio, deck, bistro, bar and an exclusive member’s-only area this lovely restaurants seems to have something for everyone.

Spacious deck at Razzberry Rhinoceros
Spacious deck at Razzberry Rhinoceros

The deck has a wooden flooring, faux cane furniture and statuesque cabanas draped in white. The Razz Bar flaunts a new age decor done up in charcoal black and lights that we loved! In the loft just above Razz Bar, is an exclusive member’s only area that overlooks the Arabian Sea. Done up in colonial style and in shades of light teal, brown and black, it has a very British post-dinner-Brandy-and-Cigar-room vibe. While going back to the deck, Nitin Tiwari, Director Razzberry Rhinoceros showed some photos at the stairway and said, “This place retains its former structure, nothing has changed since 1959”. He also added, “While reinventing this place, we imagined what it would be like if it wasn’t shut down and made it exactly like that” says Nitin Tiwari.

Razzberry Rhinocores
Razzberry Rhinoceros

After the tour, we settled on the deck, because who can resist the stunning view and the salty sea breeze? We started our culinary sojourn here with Sweet Lime & Sage cocktail from the ‘Root to Fruit’. Any dish on this menu uses fresh ingredients from the roots to the fruits and hence the name. Beetroot Wasabi Hummus was a lovely start to our meal here. The supple hummus had the much needed (but less experimented) wasabi in it. We were also served Kasundi Prawns which was another delight. Split in the centre, crunchy prawns were mildly spiced and robust.

Chunky Tomato Soup and Green Peas Shorba were next.

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Chunky Tomato Soup

The ensemble of this soup was complete with the Lima beans and a slice of toasted bread. What we loved about the tomato soup was the dramatic contrast of the bright red and the shiny white bowl. Tangy, fiery and red the soup was served with toasted bread slathered with a robust aglio olio paste. The Green Pea Shorba was a comforting concoction, even on a sunny day.

As the sun perched over our heads and the mercury rose, we moved to the Bistro. Now, this part of Razz is designed to be a co-working space with Wi-Fi and a dedicated coffee and wine bar. The monochrome decor, goes in sync with the vibe and the paintings that add just the much needed spunk.

Lamb Seekh Kebab
Lamb Seekh Kebab

Our appetisers were Butter Fried Chicken, Lamb Seekh Kebab and Veg Galouti. The chicken was cooked just right in a creamy marinade. It came with a liberal garnishing of crunchy fried curry leaves. The Galouti kebabs melted in my mouth just as they were supposed to. We loved the presentation of the Lamb Seekh Kebabs that came in a pressing iron. It was lusciously tender minced meat in a beautiful spice with a smoky taste adding to the flavours.

We were also served Raaz Sour along with Rhino Daiquiri, their take on the standard cocktails. We loved how they had infused the spirit with fruity raspberry whilst retaining its distinct flavour. Over the cocktails we conversed with Nitin and Nirveen. “We’re also introducing a student menu. Very soon we’ll also have Zumba and Yoga sessions on the lawns” says Nitin, “it used to be a launch pad for bands but it’ll have something for everyone now”.

Pork Curry with Apple Couscous
Pork Curry with Apple Couscous

Next came Mixed Vegetable Tagine with couscous and Pork Curry with Apple Couscous. We loved the well cooked vegetables in a dense gravy. Pork curry, on the other hand was packed with intense flavours. Juicy chunks of pork shoulder are brined overnight in a secret spice mix. We loved the dense curry, but the pork was slightly chewy. It reminded us of the spicy Goan Pork Vindaloo. We also tried their Kucchi Yahkni Biryani, an ensemble of long grained aromatic basmati rice, delicately flavoured meat and condiments.

Kucchi Yahkni Biryani
Kucchi Yahkni Biryani

Our favourite cocktail on the menu was the Cold Brew Old Fashion. A lovely refreshing melange of flavours where the coffee, smoky whiskey and zesty orange together complemented the strong smooth flavours whilst retaining their individual intrinsic flavours.

Mango Expressions and Pink Peppercorn Mousse
Mango Expressions and Pink Peppercorn Mousse

Our dessert was Mango Expressions and Pink Peppercorn Mousse. Now, we expected Kulfi on a stick but when it was served, we were quite surprised. Cubes of raw mango kulfi with pieces of raw mango broke the monotony of supple consistency of the kulfi. This was served to us with juicy cubes of mango, mango puree and rolled up aam papad. As rightly put by the chef, we explored all the textures and flavour of the king of the fruits. The Pink Peppercorn Mousse was served with passion fruit curd and chocolate soil. It was another excellent dessert that played dramatically with textures, shapes and our palate.

We took a walk along the deck and the lawn, taking in the stunning view, the profound beauty of the beaches, the endless sea and the horizon that had just flaunted streaks of amber as the sun set. ‘We’re happy that Razz is back to the Mumbai scene. It’s come a long way from serving just daal khichdi and sandwiches to an exhaustive curated menu spanning over five seating areas. Razz’s history and iconic status is known to most of us, but we also, dig the new avatar. It really has something for everyone.

Picture Credits: Cryselle D’souza

6 Places in Mumbai To Celebrate Navroze With Great Food

Have your bhonu and eat it too!

This Parsi New Year, don’t hassle your Parsi friends for some delicious food. What else to do for your fix of food you’d ask? Here’s presenting to you a list of places serving mouth watering Parsi food.

The Bombay Havelli, Charni Road

Mr Batliwala’s Veg Dhansak
Mr Batliwala’s Veg Dhansak

What if we were to tell you that this haveli serves Parsi food too? Head to The Bombay Havelli for some mouthwatering Mr Batliwala’s Patra ni Machi and Mr Batliwala’s Veg Dhansak. Even though vegetarian, they’re just as wholesome and authentic.

Britannia & Co, Fort

Berry Pulao
Berry Pulao

Unless you’re new to the city, you’ve heard of Britannia & Co. Head to this iconic restaurant in town that has seen three generations of authentic Parsi and Irani food such as the famous Berry Pulao, Saas ni Macchi amongst others.

Billimoria’s Parsi Ghernu Bhonu, Oshiwara

Chicken Dhansak
Chicken Dhansak

This delivery kitchen  gets you some homemade, wholesome and hearty Parsi food like Sali Par eedu or Chiken Dhansak and finish the meal with a traditional Bread Pudding. Their menu changes daily and repeats weekly so make sure you order or pre order your favourite delicacies from here.

Bawi Bride, Dadar

Salli Boti
Salli Boti

Parsi cuisine perfectly braids together the best of Iranian, Gujarati, British and even Portuguese, Goan influences. Bawi Bride manages to get the essence of this unique cuisine just right. Binge onto some delicious Dhansak, Patra Ni Machi, Tareli Machi and Kolmi no Patio amongst others.

Dinshaw’s Xpress Café, Oshiwara

Kheema Pao
Kheema Pao

If you crave Parsi food but cringe to travel all the way to town? Worry not! Get your fix from Dinshaw’s Xpress Café at Oshiwara. Known for their burgers and freakshakes, they’re hosting a special menu which includes Chicken Farcha, Keema Pattice, Cutlet pao, et al.

Jimmy Boy, Fort

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Head to Jimmy Boy for some authentic Parsi Food revered by all. Sample some of the delicious Lagan nu Bhonu which comes replete with a couple of courses such as Patra ni Machi, Dhansak with Brown Rice, Dal Chawal with Kolmi no Patio, et al.

Images for representational purposes only.

Photo credits: Cryselle D’souza and Deep Chhabra

Burrp Certificates: Best Italian Restaurants Around The Country

Rustic, simple and flavourful, Italian cuisine seems to be capturing hearts across the country. We asked our readers to tell us which restaurant serves the best Italian food in their city and a few emerged victorious. So, read on to know more about the Best Italian Restaurants and where to find them.

Mia Cucina, Mumbai

Pizza Choriza
Pizza Choriza

The name literally means ‘my kitchen’ in Italian and when a restaurant is named that, can you be far from good food?  Mia Cucina, the winner for the Best Italian Restaurant in Mumbai is your ticket to the Trattoria of Italy and back. With a well-stocked bar and seating spread both indoors and outdoors, this restaurant is done in cosy hues of red. The menu is replete with Antipasti, Soups, Salads, Pasta and Risotto, Grills and much more. We’d recommend a Pizza Pollo e Pomodori Secchi, a lovely pizza with a subtle sauce that brings out the flavours of the cheese, tangy yet sweet sun-dried tomatoes and chicken. If you savour spice then the Pizza Choriza is for you!

La Piazza Hyatt Regency, Delhi

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Pizza Margherita

When you speak about Italian restaurants, your mind immediately jumps to classy interiors, a curated wine list and cellar and more importantly, authentic Italian fare. Now, that is exactly what La Piazza at the Hyatt Regency offers. From the Insalatas, Antipasti, Zouppes to Pastas their menu is endowed with true blue Italian eats. What we loved here is the simplicity of a Pizza Margherita; a crispy thin crust laced with basic ragu, mozzarella and basil.

Toscano, Bangalore

Spaghetti Aglio Olio Photo Credits: Vidya Lakshmi

This little restaurant is slightly quirky and dishes out some delicious food. It’s got authentic Italian food in Namma Bangalore combined with prompt service, no wonder our patrons from Bangalore voted it as the Best Italian Restaurant. This lovely restaurant has its seating spread over the comfortable indoor arena and lovely AL fresco dining area. We love the humble Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino; olive oil is delicately infused with herbs, garlic and chilli which is the beauty of this simple yet delectable dish.

Little Italy, Chennai

Spaghetti Bolognese
Spaghetti Bolognese

Located in Anna Nagar, this quaint restaurant, Little Italy dishes out some hearty, vegetarian-only Italian fare. It’s dimly lit, minimalistic decor and casual ambiance exudes an air of nonchalance. With a vegetarian menu that doesn’t compromise on flavors and textures, this restaurant is voted the Best Italian restaurant by our patrons. We loved the Spaghetti Bolognese and Cheese Fondue here.

Incognito, Pune

Classic Chicken Panini
Classic Chicken Panini

Incognito is voted the Best Italian Restaurant in Pune. They have eats from around the world but their mouth watering Italian dishes has a lot more to offer. From the Minestrone Soup to their Pizza Margherita, their menu is replete with delicious Italian eats. We love the Classic Chicken Panini in a fresh aromatic Ciabatta bread.

Veg Vs Non Veg: 5 Dishes That Are Just As Awesome

Because the struggle is real…

Don’t you just despise it when your non vegetarian friends get to eat all sorts of dishes while you’re nibbling on your paneer or tofu? Here’s presenting to you a list of vegetarian dishes that are just as good, if not better than the non-vegetarian counterparts.

Mr Batliwala’s Patra Ni Paneer@The Bombay Havelli, Charni Road

Mr Batliwala’s Patra Ni Paneer at The Bombay Havelli
Mr Batliwala’s Patra Ni Paneer at The Bombay Havelli

We’ve all had that Parsi friend who’s been subject to demands of your Parsi food cravings, sometimes even blackmail. Head to The Bombay Havelli at Charni Road for your fix of Patra Ni Paneer. Cottage cheese comes neatly wrapped in leaves enveloped in the green marinade and steamed just enough for it to be tender and slightly succulent. If this doesn’t count as a vegetarian (read: meatless or better) version of Patra Ni Machi, I don’t know what is!

Crispy Aromatic Mock Duck@Umame, Churchgate
Ever wondered what a duck tastes like? Umame at Churchgate is the place to try it out sans the guilt. Done just as beautifully as an actual duck, the Crispy Aromatic Mock Duck is served with Mandarin Pancakes and Hoisin Sauce.

Soya Keema Tikka Burger@Above & Beyond, Andheri

Soya Keema Tikka Burger at Above & Beyond
Soya Keema Tikka Burger at Above & Beyond

Who doesn’t love a good burger? Luscious patties sandwiched into a bun with some crunchy lettuce, it’s appetizing and appealing. Soya keema tikki burger mocks the spicy, flavourful mutton keema which is prepared using an authentic and traditional recipe. The mouth watering mock patty is just as good as any other non vegetarian version. This hearty burger is made using fresh ingredients and makes for a rather healthy choice!

Eggplant Schintzel@Imbiss, All Outlets
Who could’ve possibly thought of this? The ‘meating joint’ famous for it’s Chorizo Rice, Beef Burgers and Bratwursts serves a humble yet comforting Eggplant Schnitzel for the rather rare vegetarian patrons. Slices of eggplant (aubergine or brinjal) are crumbed and fried until crisp golden.

Mock Butter Chicken Ravioli@TAG, Lower Parel

Mock Butter Chicken Ravioli at TAG
Mock Butter Chicken Ravioli at TAG

Butter Chicken is probably that one dish every non vegetarian loves, but who knew that the one at TAG would be even better? This is one dish that sees an amalgam of cuisines. It also has lip smacking vegetarian Butter Chicken too! Confused? It’s just the good Soy chicken tikkas in a whole wheat pasta dough with kale saag, methi tempura and makhani sauce. This one is Chef Ranveer Brar’s take on mock meat ravioli served in an Indian twist.

5 ‘Purr’fect Pet Friendly Places You Must Visit

Next time you go out, don’t forget to take your pet along!

You’re leaving for dinner with friends and your little tyke has a forlorn look just as you are about to step out of the door. Can’t really blame them? But what if we told you about the pet friendly restaurants in the city that lets you spend time with your precious one while savoring on a delicious meal? Take your pets along to these places the next time you head out and have a great time!

Zoobar, Vile Parle

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Zoobar, Vile Parle

The name says it all, doesn’t it? The décor inside isjust as pet friendly as the name. Watch your pooches run around gleefully and play with some others that come in as you relish some delicious food, and guess what? They have a pet special menu comprising of dog beer, chicken woof woof, paneer steaks amongst others delights. You can now bond with some other pet lovers while their pets make some four legged friends over some delicious pet food.

If you’ve stayed in the city you’ve probably heard about the book café: Leaping Windows. What many of us don’t know is that it also allows you to get along your bundle of joy too! It’s a ‘purr’fect place to grab a piping hot Hazelnut Cappuccino as you read a book and snuggle up with your pet.

Doolally Taproom, Bandra Reclamation

Doolally Taproom, Bandra
Doolally Taproom, Bandra

Do you crave a good pint of beer while you catch up with your awesome pawsome four legged buddy? Head to Doolally Taproom. Ever since they have been in Mumbai, they’ve taken the city by storm one pint at a time. What we absolutely adore about them apart from the beers and House Fries, of course, is that on a languid Sunday afternoon this place will be brimming with the people and pooches.

Tea Trails, Vile Parle

Tea Trails, Vile Parle
Tea Trails, Vile Parle

There are perhaps only a couple of things that are synonymous to sheer joy like spending some time with your dog! Tea Trails, Vile Parle is a café where you can get your puppy too! Here you can grab a green tea, salad or bite to eat while your dog chills out. Places to tie leashes and water bowls are handy to make life easy. So pull up a seat outside and enjoy a cup of tea and home-style food with your fur baby for company.

With a name that loosely translates to your house and two adorable frisky Rottweiler puppies at the entrance; you know you’re in the right place with your pet! This newly opened Bandra restaurant is a place with ample space and even al fresco dining area making it great for a relaxed Sunday afternoon with your little four-legged love bug.

The House, Versova

The House, Versova

Looking for a home away from home? Located in the heart of Versova is a cozy restaurant & bar that stays true to its name, The House. This bungalow-turned-restaurant setting goes along with the casual, relaxed vibe, thus making it a perfect opportunity for you and your furry to rekindle the friendship. You’d want to be comfortable as soon as you set your foot inside. Relish some hearty salad and play with your pet at this lovely restaurant that accommodates humans and their best friends too!

We Tried Three New Restaurants In The City And Here’s What We Think About It

TRE: Laze Vapour. Bouyant

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New York Cheesecake at TRE

Imagine watching the sunset as you sip on a cocktail; doesn’t that sound like an evening well spent? We made our way to this lounge on a road that snaked up to it from the entrance of Raghuvanshi Mills. Although hard to locate, it is a worth the effort.

This lounge is split across two sections; the indoor, which is done lavishly and the open air, that also allows you to enjoy sheesha. We made our way to the rooftop and we have to say it was pretty with all the décor and the spacious seating with the cabanas being draped with white fabric. Their cocktail menu is rather intriguing; we later learnt that it was a fruit of labour which spanned over three months. We started our meal here with two cocktails. The manager, Richard, suggested Cinova and Mango Saffron. Cinova was a lovely mix of muddled pineapple with a dash of ginger that added to the spunk, setting it apart from the usual tropical cocktails. Mango Saffron was real mango pulp spiked with dark rum and saffron. Another great cocktail and a great start.

The Crispy Potato Skins that we had were rather good. The Crispy fried potato ‘skins’ (literally) were laced with spices and zesty lemon juice. We’re sure it’d go well with any drink! We tried their Pasta Aglio Olio with Spaghetti. It was great and the oily sauce was infused with just the right amount of herbs, pepper and garlic. What we missed though, were the Parmesan shavings.

We also happened to try their sheesha. We were told that they’ve had them imported to ensure the best of quality for the connoisseurs. They, apparently, even have mixologists for this section.

Just as the sun set, we savored some desserts; viz. New York Cheesecake and Chocolate Tart. The cheesecake was extremely creamy and supple, just the perfect end to our meal. The sumptuous tart was another dessert that ensured the perfect end to a perfect sundowner here.

A lounge that is a product of a trilogy; Sheesha, food and cocktails, it’s a great place to spend some quality time with your gang.

CraftBar

Solkadhi Shots with Prawn Golgappas at Craftbar
Solkadhi Shots with Prawn Golgappas at Craftbar

We’ve been in a pursuit for great food and we found some in Bandra, but this time it was in the east. Craftbar is a Gatsropub at Kalanagar, for when you need to have a languid lunch or a couple rounds of drinks post work. This establishment usually, satiates, both your need for food, the innovation that makes you happy. So we embarked in pursuit of culinary nirvana yet again, this time seeking Modern Indian treats.

We started our meal with the Seafood Catalan Stew, as the name says it, it has Hispanic origins. It came replete with seafood, but unlike the original recipe, it was slightly too sour, unlike the Pirate’s Pepper Pot. This was a dense soup which was creamy and wholesome with a hint of peppers just enough to make it delicious.

We tried a salad called Glassy Classy Salad, we thought the salad would come in a bowl with just an addition of glass noodles for the twist but the salad was placed in an over turned martini glass instead. Anyway, it was a nice citrusy start to our meal. Pav Bhaji BruschettaPaneer Tikka Tarts and Tandoori Momos were next. All these dishes piqued our interest yet stayed didn’t turn out as well as we wished they had. A supple mash of Bhaji on the pav was nothing different than the ones you get outside or probably even make at home. When you think paneer tikka, you usually think chunks of cottage cheese with that smokey taste married to the spices in a delicious gravy and these just like that sans the smokey flavour. Momos have been a comforting wholesome snack but the Tandoori Momos we have to say were rather good, without a doubt unlike the other appetizers we tried here. They were deliciously charred outside laced with the spice marinade and lusciously tender on the inside.

From a city we were catapulted to a house in Bihar when we saw the server walking to us with the Litti Chokha. Now, this dish dates back to Magadha Empire even sighted in Ibn Batuta’s time. Theses (traditionally) sun baked dough balls are tough and solid unlike the ones served to us here. While the Chokha was pungent, we wondered why they’d serve us the unpleasant squishy dough balls.

What we were served next did take us by surprise: Solkadhi Shots with Prawn Golgappas. We’d read about this one of a kind dish served here and were curious. As a Goan seafood aficionados, we loved the minimalistic yet flavourful sautéed shrimp in a crunchy gol gappa and the soothing coconut based Solkadhi. This dish was our favourite!

We headed to the end of our meal with St. Louis Style Pork Ribs and English Vinglish. The Pork ribs came smothered with the staple barbeque sauce but fell short of being tender. Their dessert English Vinglish was a Gajar Halwa sandwiched between two brownies. Now, we love this dessert just that the dense halwa coupled with brownies was a rather dense dessert with nothing to balance off the sweetness with, we think a vanilla ice cream would’ve been great!

A couple of hits and misses later, while on our way back, we thought to ourselves it may not be a place to have culinary expectations from but it sure suits for a relaxed lunch.

Haka

Cocktail Prawns, Dynamite Prawns and Veg Fried Wontons at Haka
Cocktail Prawns, Dynamite Prawns and Veg Fried Wontons at Haka

We embarked on our journey to Fort to try one of the newest budget Chinese restaurants in town: Haka. When we entered, the décor, we learnt, was quite good. Done up in white along with shades of blue and violet, it was appealing. Having said that, it did confuse us because when you say Chinese, you associate it with red. Shades of violet on the other hand are usually known and associated with Japan.

It looks like a great restaurant, we won’t deny. We opened doors to our culinary sojourn to China and settled down. Whilst going through the menu, we realized that there wasn’t a stark difference between their menu and the other budget restaurants’. The Z Soup, however intrigued us and we ordered it. We were told it was coriander soup. Turns out, it was clear soup with pieces of finely chopped coriander suspended in the liquid. We wouldn’t agree to it being appetising. Next, we sampled a few starters: Chicken Prawn Shumai Dumpling and Veg Fried Wonton. Comforting and crunchy, both the veg wontons and the dumplings served as great starters to the meal. Next round of starters was Dynamite Prawns and Cocktail Prawns. Now, the starters were lovely, but they were slightly confusing too because the cocktails prawns were served in shot glasses instead of martini glasses and the dynamite prawns weren’t as spicy as we expected them to be. Crunchy and delightful for sure, the Cocktail prawns were doused in Thousand Island dressing. The Dynamite Prawns were just batter fried and placed in a shot glass with a base layer of spicy dip.

For our mains we tried the Fish Sizzlers in Schezwan sauce. We think it failed to deliver because the sizzling sound was missing, the platter was warm and he vegetables used in the dish were slightly undone. Apart from this, we tried the Pan-fried Noodles because we were told it was one of the best offerings. It turned out to be what they call a ‘Chopsuey’.

Desserts were the not-such-a-happy end to our meal. We chose the Chocolate Mousse with Ice cream and Honey Noodle with Ice cream. When we think mousse, regardless of the content, we think of a pudding with a supple consistency, that slides through your palate with an elevating experience. Unfortunately, the one we had here, had a grainy consistency and the base, which was supposedly a chocolate base, was literally too hard to cut through. It was pretty resilient and the mouse coated the mouth with a layer of fat. For the next dessert, a scoop of ice cream sat perched atop the mountain (literally) of honey noodles sprinkled with sesame and drizzled with chocolate syrup. It was definitely mismatch with regards to the proportions.

Probably not for a gourmand but definitely a great meal if you want to grab a quick lunch from work.

Photo Credits: Cryselle D’souza

5 Places To Celebrate The Wonder Woman In You!

A woman with a voice, is by definition, a strong woman.

-Melinda Gates

We won’t say women are conquering the world, because we know they already have. We can never really thank women enough for playing the important roles they do. So let’s make it count for the fairer sex and let them know that they mean so much to us, even though we may not express it enough.

 Woodside Inn                 

Gateway Brewing Co at Woodside inn
Gateway Brewing Co at Woodside inn

Now, Woodside Inn has been around for a while and has also been revered for a place for burgers and beer. This Women’s Day they have something special planned.
At the Woodside Inn Colaba, there is  Happy Hours all day and at Lower Parel and Andheri a glass of wine and beer on the house respectively! So ladies, drink it up at any of their three outlets.

True Tramm Trunk Terrace

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Laila at True Tram trunk

How long has it been since you spent some quality time with your girlfriends? If you haven’t been to this lounge yet, here’s a reason:
Buy 1 get 1 free on all cocktails for the ladies! Known for their Wastes Wednesdays when DJ Cyrus and DJ Nanak play their tunes,we’d recommend their customized cocktails such as Laila and Gulabo amongst others. So, gather now and head to True Tramm Trunk and dance the night away!

Mumbai Vibe

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Cocktails at Mumbai Vibe

Maximum City has always celebrated the spirit of freedom and equality, just like that for a special day, the newest restaurant on the block: Mumbai Vibe is offering treats one can’t refuse. If you’re looking for tiny reunion with your girlfriends around Khar, this place is perfect!

Sip on some delicious cocktails from a menu curated for the occasion only at Rs. 8 (you’ve read it right!) and while you’re at it, dig in to some Bunny Chow.

Blanco

Sangria at Blanco
Sangria at Blanco

Indulge in some self love or with your bunch of girls at Blanco. Unwind as the Mediterranean vibes take over and you sip on some Sangria. While you’re at it, sample some mouthwatering dishes curated for the occasion such as Cilantro Chicken, Cheesy Overloaded Nachos and Homemade Chicken Nuggets.

Zoobar

Zoobar
Zoobar

Well, it’s not just another day, it’s one to celebrate the superwoman in you. At Zoobar, a pet-friendly restaurant gets you food, wine and music with your girlfriends. So, gather your girlfriends and head to Zoobar.
Every gang of girls get a complimentary bottle of wine! Hurray!

New In Bombay: 3 Places To Try This Weekend

The Bombay Havelli

Mr. Batliwala’s Veg Dhansak at The Bombay Havelli
Mr. Batliwala’s Veg Dhansak at The Bombay Havelli

Located bang opposite Charni Road Station, this restaurant will take you back to the palatial Havelis. When we received an invite, we thought it was just another Thali restaurant. We were wrong and thank god we were. Little did we know that on the other side of their mahogany doors there awaited delectable food. We sat at a low rise table on the mezzanine seating area. You know it’s not just another Gujarati restaurant when they use vibrant colours on the décor and tapestry.

Our culinary sojourn started with Rajwadi Dhokli. Crisp on the outside and lusciously tender on the inside, these sweet and sour cubes made for a lovely appetizer. We’re sure you’ve heard of Patra ni macchi. Probably even tried it. We found the vegetarian counter part here. Mr Batliwala’s Patra ni Paneer came steamed, wrapped in banana leaves. The cottage cheese stayed firm yet moist and embraced the spices very well. By the time we finished our round of appetizers, we faced a dilemma: What do we order for the main course? We debated over several dishes and we chose Mr. Batliwala’s Veg Dhansak. Although usually a non vegetarian delicacy, this dense lentil curry was just as comforting and wholesome. We really adored the presentation. It came in a wine bottle, cut vertically and placed on a wooden board. For dessert we munched on some Jalebi with Rabdi. These crisp golden arcs of decadence went well with the soothing milky sweetness of Rabdi which had almonds in it.

We’ve read the restaurant serves culinary traditions perfected over three generations and that’s pretty evident.

Gymkhana 91

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If you’ve passed the road outside Raghuvanshi Mills, you must’ve seen a giant analog clock perched over the sign; Gymkhana 91. Modeled on the concept of Gymkhanas in Bombay, this restaurant echoes colonial vibes with the aptly done interiors. Along with the ample sunlight cascading through the roof and windows, the ambience retains the old world charm that this place exudes.

Bharwan Dhingri, button mushrooms stuffed with cottage cheese and spiced cheddar were a lovely start to our meal here. Next up was the Kuber Kulcha and as we saw it on the menu, we wondered why the prefix ‘Kuber’. We learnt later that it was named after a child in Chembur Gymkhana who ordered it often. The Darjeeling Poached Pork Dumplings and Curried Fish Dumplings were next. Now, the city lacks these. So we thought, why not try them here?! Tender pork and fish encased in steamy, moist pockets pinched on the top were extremely comforting. We tried the Grilled Snapper for our mains, a delicately seasoned fish grilled to perfection, tender but not squishy. It came in a butter sauce that teased the palate with the occasional hints of sourness. The mash that accompanied it was a delight too.

We washed our meal down with Mekong, a delightful cocktail that was a mix of white wine, coconut liqueur and pineapple juice. It’s a glass full of tropical vacation. Admirals Move was another great cocktail which has a dash of spice from the jalapenos.

We ended our meal with a Chocolate Volcano with Orange Zest and a conversation with the owner, Aditya Hegde. The dessert was a rather evolved version of the usual choco lava cake. From ‘Kuber’ Kulcha to the interiors, Aditya Hegde condenses years of experience of catering to Gymkhanas  and weaves it in the restaurant.

Bombay Cocktail Bar

Sharabi Aam Panna at Bombay Cocktail Bar
Sharabi Aam Panna at Bombay Cocktail Bar

Located in the labyrinth of Veera Desai Industrial Estate, Bombay Cocktail bar is a chic new place to sip on some drinks and shake a leg. This place may be hard to navigate to, but it is easy to spot.

We walked through a circular setting to reach our table. They’ve created a luxe ambiance with the lighting, especially the semi circular booths and various levels of seating.

The menu seems to be replete with eats. We ordered the Sufiyan Mahi Tikka, which probably is one of the best starters on the menu. Fish marinated in a spice mix with subtle undertones of mustard, smoked over coal, was a delight and we polished it off in no time. We loved the Sharabi Aam Panna. How did a summer cooler sneak into the bar menu, you’d ask? This lovely drink is the usual Aam Panna, spiked with white rum, served with raw mango slices and garnished with star fruit. Next up was Sushi, which was rather dry to be wrapped around the nori and not as one would expect it to be. For those of you who adore the tropical climate, Coquito is the drink for you. It’s a mix of rum, mixed with chocolate cream and coconut liqueur and comes topped off with cream. It is a lovely creamy cocktail that comes in a champagne flute. Chimichanga, a deep fried burrito, is nowhere close to the original popular Tex Mex dish, but is adapted to the Indian palate.  We dived into their street food menu as we were told it’d be better than the street food we’ve tried before. We chose the usual suspect: Pav Bhaji. The dish was nothing different than the one that you get on the streets. Their Ghotala Bhurji, on the other hand, was better. We loved the subtle use of spices and the liberal use of butter. We would’ve gladly opted for Chocolate Rum Mousse but unfortunately, it wasn’t available just like some other desserts on the menu.

The happy ending to our meal came in the form of Berry Cheesecake, a supple and flavourful cheesecake that was sweet enough to satiate the need for dessert, unlike their Walnut Brownie with Vanilla Ice cream.

For a chic cocktail bar, they serve really delicious cocktails, for when you want to unwind but the food unfortunately, is far away from doing justice to the robust culinary landscape of the Maximum City.

Photo Credits: Cryselle D’souza

Here Comes The Big One For An Insatiable Appetite

Giant eats for a colossal appetite

Sometimes, just sometimes, when your appetite seems too big to be done justice to, try these dishes.

Paper Dosa@Dakshinayan, Mumbai

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Paper Dosa Picture Credit: Food-Adda

Everybody loves a good dosa. Light yet filling, the Paper Dosa reserves a special kind of admiration. This massive delight (3 feet to be precise) at Dakshinayan is prepared using a 4- foot long griddle. It’s available in sada and masala variants.

One Metre Pizza@Gustoso, Mumbai

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Meter long Pizza at Gustoso

Ever fancied a never ending pizza? Head to Gustoso with your gang either at Kemp’s Corner or Khar. This restaurant is well known for its delicious Neapolitan Pizza, where the Pizza’s culinary heritage lies. Choose four of your favourite large pizzas to make them into a one metre pizza. And guess what? The giant one metre pizza is ready in 10 minutes!

Animal Fries@145, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

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Animal Fries at 145, Kala ghoda

So you think you love fries? A platter of Animal Fries at 145, Kala Ghoda is worth all the love that there is! A huge community platter with fries that comes loaded with cheese, caramelized onions and a generous amount of Sriracha. Doesn’t that sound just satisfying?

Raan Biryani@Persian Darbar, Mumbai

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Raan biryani

The thought of having your loved ones huddled around a table and being served with delicious food sounds so delightful, doesn’t it? The Raan Biryani is a mélange of a slow cooked leg of baby lamb and rice. The flavourful meat sits spiced and tender with the aromatic rice. A community platter for sure, but one that is revered by many and relished at occasions.

The Godfather@Howra, Mumbai

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The Godfather burger at Howra

How many times have you come across a burger that makes your jaw drop? Once you see The God Father burger at Howra, you’ll definitely struggle to take a bite. Sitting tall at 23 cms, the buns sandwich three patties, caramalised onions and onion rings. The whole insides are then drenched in mustard and bbq sauce. Taking on this big guy surely isn’t for the faint hearted!