Category Archives: Cafes in Mumbai

Review: Grandmama’s Cafe

Nostalgia will transport you back to your childhood, to your frequent visits to your Grandmama’s house, for the food, for the vibe and for the comfort. Grandmama’s Cafe impresses, the moment you walk in, with their embroidered photo frames, white walls, white couches and floral bill boxes. Expect a waiting time of one hour atleast, as getting a table here, is as time consuming as getting money out of the ATM (current scenario). Although, the experience is worth the wait.

We dropped by to try out their specially crafted Diabetic Friendly menu for the Diabetic Food Trail. It comprised of items from their regular menu, some as they were, some with some minor tweaks. The Diabetic Food Trail® is a pioneering initiative which offers a wonderful culinary experience to Diabetics, Pre-Diabetics and Health conscious individuals at over 200 restaurants across Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore & Pune. The Diabetic Food Trail is presented by Britannia NutriChoice Essentials in association with Biocon. Read more about this initiative here:  The Diabetic Food Trail

A set menu, we started our meal with the salads. The Caesar Salad, the only change being, no croutons, was fresh and light. With or without croutons, we are definitely having this again. Although if you’re looking for something to pack a power punch, try the Nutrition Power House Salad – Quinoa, barley, pomegranate, goat cheese, rocket leaves tossed in a lemon dressing. So yum yet so healthy.

Moving on, the small plates from their all day menu, were extremely impressive. We tried the Mushroom A La Plancha – mushrooms tossed on a griddle with garlic, olive oil and sweet balsamic. Addictive, delicious and worth a try. The Gambas Al Ajillo – prawns with garlic, olive oil, chilli and basil, were tasty too, not the best we’ve had though. Not to miss the Kejriwal Grandmamas Style – bread topped with egg, mushroom and green chilli cheese sauce, we wish we woke up to this for breakfast every day!

The Pan Seared John Dory and the Home Style Grilled Chicken were next on our tasting platter. Both cooked to perfection and delicious. By the end of our meal, we were quite full, though we saved some space for dessert and thank god for that.

The Gobstopper
The Gobstopper

From their regular menu and not a part of the Diabetic Food Trail, we ordered for the Gobstopper – flourless chocolate layered with mousse and stuffed with marshmallows. Yes you read that right! We could easily conclude that this is one of the best, most decadent desserts in the city.

At the end of our meal all we said was, we can’t wait to try the rest of our menu, so we’re definitely going back there.

P.S.: If you’re starving and want to grab a quick bite, then maybe you should leave this place for another day. But if you are looking to indulge, Grandmama is calling out to you today.

Venue: Grandmama’s Cafe 

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Landmark: Opposite Juhu BeachHotel Royal Garden, Juhu

Phone: +91 22 6769 9966

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Grandmama’s Cafe at @grandmamascafeon Instagram

Chandni at @chandnitolani and Mumbai Candid at @mumbaicandid on Instagram

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

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Review: Poetry by Love & Cheesecake

Everytime there’s a new cafe in the city, we are the first ones to drop by and try it. It was no different with Poetry, a newly opened cafe by the guys behind dessert chain, Love & Cheesecake.

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We went there on a rainy weekday evening and we were delighted with the cute little space with an abstract feel to it, justifies the name, Poetry. One side of the cafe had an enticing line up of desserts while the other side had a few tables to accomodate the customers.

Nutellla Layered Cheesecake
Nutellla Layered Cheesecake

We started with trying the Hot Chocolate. Extremely fascinating, the Nutella Hot Chocolate was. A chocolate ball in an empty glass and milk is poured over, these little gimmicks, we love ’em! The Hot Chocolate was not very dense and a good portion for one! We also tried the Nutella Layered Cheesecake and it was no surprise that we love it!

The interested part was that they give you the bill inside a book, a poetry book! How thoughtful! This one we’re sure is here to stay and is an absolute delight to visit.

Venue: Poetry

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16th Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Opposite Mini Punjab

Phone: 9819935135

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Poetry at @loveandcheesecake on Instagram

Chandni at @chandnitolani on Instagram

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

Review: The Nutcracker

Some places just give you a good vibe even before you step in. This was a feeling we got while we waited for a table on a Wednesday evening outside The Nutcracker.

CSC_0017A hole in the wall eatery, this one is a hidden gem. Thoughtfully done up interiors and a romeo-juliet like mini faux balcony next to the brightly lit signboard, made us feel extremely happy to be here.
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Three Cheese Omelette
Asian Salad at The Nutcracker
Asian Salad
blackbean burger with french fries at the nutcracker
BlackBean Burger

Without much ado, we placed our order. One Three Cheese Omelette, One Asian Salad, Two Burgers – BlackBean and Soya Spinach Jalapeno, Buttermilk Pancakes and the Seven Layer Cookie. Within minutes our table was filled with exciting looking dishes. The Three Cheese Omelette, which you could choose rolled or fluffy, was quite good but not the best we’ve had. We’d like some more cheese please! The Asian Salad was mind blowing, tasty, tangy, fresh with crunchy veggies tossed in a spicy Asian dressing! The burgers, although a little under seasoned, had a big patty and were not too bready.

Buttermilk Pancakes with maple syrup at The Nutcracker
Buttermilk Pancakes
The Seven Layer Cookie with vanilla ice cream
Seven Layer Cookie

The Pancakes were served with Blueberry Compote, butter and Maple Syrup. A little eggy which we could totally overlook as they still tasted yummy. The star of our meal was the Seven Layer Cookie, layered with biscuit crumble, gooey chocolate, butterscotch, almonds and served with a scoop of Ice Cream.

Overall, kudos to the service at The Nutcracker. If they work a little more on their flavours, we are sure this one is going to be crackling!

Venue: The Nutcracker

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Modern House, Kala Ghoda, Fort

Landmark: Opposite One Forbes Building

Phone: 22842430

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Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

Review: 5 – The Restaurant

Our last trip to 5 was a decent experience (read here) and now they have relocated to Khar, and have an all new menu!

Located next to the famous watering holes like Quarter Pillar and 3 Wise Monkeys, we headed to 5 – The restaurant for lunch on a weekday finding it all to ourselves. 5 has reworked their ambience and this one is clearly a winner. The restaurant is bright and cozy with a very Goa- feel to it, which we really liked.

We started with a Peach Me Up, a refreshing mocktail with the right amount of zing from the lime and peachy flavour and an Apple Iced tea which was just about alright. The Kiwi Margarita, a frozen mocktail was so sour and syrup-y that we had no option but to not have a second sip!

Following this was their signature soup, the Tomato Potato Soup – tasty and comforting. We opted for the tasting portions for all the things that we tried at 5. On the recommendation of our server we tried the Beet Root Tangerine and Feta Salad which was the hero of our entire meal here. The Salad had the right amount of crunch with the lettuce, zing of the tangerine and texture of the feta. Then came the Oven Cooked Wasabi Prawns with Lemon Parsley Marinate – a huge let down. The prawns were not only served raw but also lacked the punch of wasabi, we couldn’t taste the lemon parsley at all. We also tried the Oven Baked Mushrooms – delicious with a hearty stuffing of Scarmoza and Cheddar cheese, this appetizer is definitely recommended if you are at 5. A special mention to the delicious peanut dip served alongwith the mushrooms, it was finger licking good!

Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Coming to the next course – the mains were a huge disappointment. We tried two of their main course dishes one being the Parmesan Crusted Chicken, wherein the chicken was tough and the Grilled Pork Chops were overcooked and downright insipid.

The saving grace at this place were the desserts. We tried all the desserts that they had to offer, The Chocolate Flan, the Crème Brûlée, the Baked Cheesecake and the Banana Torte  and none of them disappointed us.

The service, considering we were the only ones in the restaurant that time was slow. Every course took atleast 20-25 minutes to be served.

Overall, 5- The Restaurant is a good option if you are looking to indulge in some desserts or just sip on some coffee. They seriously need to work on their food and service. PS: The restaurant is not serving alcohol at the moment due to licensing issues but are hoping to start soon.

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Venue: 5 – The Restaurant

Red Palm Residency, Off SV Road, Khar West

Landmark: Opposite 3 Wise Monkeys

Phone: 66939919

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5 The Restaurant at @5TheRestaurant

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

Review: Tea Trails

If you too are of the thought that tea is an art, thou ought to try Tea Trails. With over 50 varieties of teas to choose from we were definitely spoilt for choice at this newest BKC tea lounge.  Kavita Mathur, the owner of Tea Trails got us on the fun trail to enjoy some of the best teas from around the world. Tea trails offers an array of international blends along with some teatime essential snacks and is not heavy on the pocket too. Our tea tasting expedite comprised of about  6 to 7 varieties of teas, most of which were quite impressive.

Blueberry Mist Tea at Tea Trails
Blueberry Mist Tea at Tea Trails
Turkish Apple Tea
Turkish Apple Tea

The hits: The Green Chamomile Tea (Rs 95) was a hit, it had to be brewed for about 1-2 minutes and was served in a tray with two cups, a delicious Palmier, an hourglass and a little card which mentioned the resting time of the tea. We then chose one from the flavoured black, the Blueberry Mist (Rs.95) with an ideal resting time of about 3-4 minutes but we love our black teas a bit strong so we allowed it to rest for another 2 minutes and it was perfect. This one had a beautiful aroma and a delicate aftertaste of blueberries. Next up was our favourite, the Turkish Apple Tea (Rs.95) from the Tisane tea choices. It had a strong aroma of apple and cinnamon and flavorful bits of apple . Did we forget to tell you that this was the best tea that we tasted at Tea Trails?  In the cold teas, The Taiwanese Mango Bubble Tea (Rs.110) with tapioca balls made us feel like kids with the bubbles bursting in our mouth on every big sip.

Lemon and Mint Ice Tea
Lemon and Mint Ice Tea
Tea Infused Cookies
Tea Infused Cookies

The tea was accompanied with some tea infused cookies which tasted ordinary and we’d give it a miss on our next visit. The Burmese Salad infused with green tea was tangy and crunchy topped with peanuts, a good accompaniment.

The Kullad Special (Rs.70) didn’t quite live up to our expectations and the Chocolate Chai (Rs.60) which could have been a tad chocolat-y. The Lemon and Mint Ice Tea (Rs.80) looked extremely appealing but lacked the mint flavor that would have made it perfect. When asked about this we were told that they ran out of mint leaves as they were almost nearing closing time. We would definitely try it once more to see if it actually has the mint punch. Although, we loved the cheese straws which was served with the Kullad Special and Chocolate Chai.

Burmese Tea Salad
Burmese Tea Salad

We feel Tea Trails has a satisfactory choice for the tea lovers. And they can certainly work on the food menu which could have some fun and interesting choices. Their service was a little slow, although we hope it was just a teething issue. Their prices vary across all three outlets, BKC, Thane and Malad. They also soon plan to sell packaged teas.

We will definitely come back here for the Turkish Apple and the Mango Bubble tea and probably to try out some more teas on their menu.

Venue: Tea Trails

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Capital Building, BKC, Bandra East

Landmark: Behind ICICI Bank

Phone: 40050115

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Purvi at @food_zealot and Mumbai Candid at @MumbaiCandid

Review: Eddie’s Bistro

We were lucky enough to get invited by food critic Rashmi Uday Singh to join her for a review at the new casual diner, Eddie’s Bistro. We began by chit chatting and discussing the Twitterverse, and ordered most of the items on the menu. Beautifully plated and lovely looking dishes arrived in no time. Here’s a low down on what we ate, what we liked and what we’re  going to skip on our next visit.

Fresh Strawberry Iced Tea
Fresh Strawberry Iced Tea

We started our meal with the drinks! Fresh Strawberry Iced Tea, which was a good change from the regular packaged or syrup based iced teas, the Sangria was good too, although not the best we’ve had and last but not the least the Rosemary Spritzers was absolutely delightful.

Miniature Lamb Burgers
Miniature Lamb Burgers
Cottage Cheese Block
Cottage Cheese Block

Coming to the food, some dishes you must try are: Miniature Lamb Burgers – juicy, succulent and delicious, House Spice Rub Chicken – Flavourful chicken cooked to perfection, Unbeetable Burger – A gorgeous burger with a beetroot and cottage cheese patty, Cottage Cheese Block – the best  looking dish served on a bed of Mushroom ragout.

The dishes you should skip: Mac n Cheese Bites and the Polenta Fries. Also the Grilled Prawns are inconvenient to eat because of their shell, so if you are a lazy eater, skip this one.

Hazelnut Torte
Hazelnut Torte

The desserts at Eddie’s are mind blowing. If we could, we would have had all of them, but we would definitely recommend the Panna Cotta, the Hazelnut Torte and the Baked Chocolate! Slurp.

Overall, Eddie’s Bistro is a great place for a casual meal especially for all those who love Burgers and desserts. Eddie’s gets full points for its presentation and service. We’re definitely coming back here.

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Venue: Eddie’s Bistro

Silver Croft Building, 16th Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Next to Khane Khaas Restaurant

Phone:  26002637

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Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

Rashmi Uday Singh at @RashmiUdaySingh

Read Rashmi Uday Singh’s review of Eddie’s Bistro featuring us here: Bombay Times

Review: Smoke House Deli

The oh-so-popular Smoke House Deli has opened a new outlet at BKC. We attended the preview dinner and here’s what we tried!The lovely looking signature cocktails- Fruit, Herb and Floral Infusions.

Californian Plum, Star Anise, Lily and Vodka
Kiwi, Melon, Jasmin and Vodka 
We started our meal with the Paprika Puffs. Crispy and delicious, with a strong kick of Wasabi. If your taste buds can’t handle too much spice, make sure you mention it to the chef while placing your order.
Paprika Puffs with Wasabi
The mains were delicious! The Pan Charred Vegetables and Cheddar Sandwich with Chipotle Mayo is a great option for the veggies. Crunchy vegetables with a flavourful hint of Chipotle. They say, cooking risotto rice perfectly well is the toughest. Smoke House Deli does a fairly good job with their Smoked Mushroom Risotto! Carnivores can add Chicken or Prawns to the same. Last but not the least, the Peri Peri Rubbed Smoked Chicken with Smoked Pimento Reduce was quite a winner. The Chicken was Tender and delectable, definitely our favourite.

 

Smoke House Deli is usually popular for their desserts, but guess, they were having a bad day. The Philly Cheesecake was grainy and not smooth although the flavour was perfect. The Flourless Fudge Cake on the other hand was warm but not warm enough.
Philly Cheesecake
Flourless Chocolate Fudge with Ice Cream
Smoke House Deli has been a favourite since it opened at Lower Parel. We hope it maintains the standard and quality through all its outlet and we will definitely keep visiting!
FIFC Building, Bandra Kurla Complex
Landmark: Behind Starbucks  
Phone: 02226530762 
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Smoke House Deli  at @SmokeHouseDeli
Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid