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Review: Out Of The Blue, Bandra gets a makeover

When we heard that the decade old, Out of the blue, Bandra is changing management, we were both nervous and excited.

The interiors of the place are changed completely, so has the menu. From a cozy, romantic diner, Out of the blue is now a casual, brightly lit restaurant. A wine cellar on one side and tables spread throughout the outside section, dare we say that the canopy style seating was highly missed.

The menu had sizzlers but they were not available and we hear that they will no longer be available at Out Of The Blue (noooo!). We decided to try out some of the new starters, the Bravia Potatoes topped with smoked sofrito and garlic saffron aioli and the Asian Spring Veggies Bao with sesame seeds, crushed peanuts and lettuce. The Bravia Potatoes were good, we loved the saffron aioli that they were topped with. The Bao however, was bland and no dipping sauce was served with it.

For mains, since sizzlers were not available, we settled for the pizzas and pastas. We tried the Bianco and the Harissa Roasted Pulled Chicken Pizza. No choice of crusts were offered, again, a disappointment. Taste wise, both the pizzas were quite average.The pastas on the contrary were spectacular. The Gnocchi, the Aglio Olio and the Arrabiata Spaghetti.

Coming to the desserts, we tried the Baked Philly Cheesecake and the Kahlua and Baileys Mousse. Again, the desserts were great, cheesecake was smooth, consistent and not grainy. The mousse had a strong flavour of Baileys and that’s why we loved it.

Overall, this new face of Out Of The Blue had some hits and some misses. With a little bit of polishing, we think they might be able to shine as bright as the old one.

P.S. Please bring back the sizzlers or we will be heartbroken!

Venue: Out Of The Blue

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Union Park, Kharr

Landmark: Near Olive Bar & Bistro

Phone: +91 9324839393

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Review: New Menu at Quattro

Quattro is best known as a vegetarian foodie’s heaven! And when we learnt that they have launched a new menu, we couldn’t wait to dig our forks into it!

So we dropped by at Quattro, Lower Parel on a Wednesday evening and to our surprise, most of the tables were reserved.

The new menu consisted of a limited number of Italian and Mexican delicacies alongwith the classics that were their in their previous menu. We started our meal with the salads, the Insalate Castano which comprised of water chestnuts, beans, cherry tomatoes and shallots tossed in a Mexican sauce and served warm, unique and delicious! We also tried the Liquid Salad which was nothing but a juice of greens like kale, topped with Parmesan cheese.

In the appetizers, we tried the Olive and Mushroom Crostini, Taquitos and the Jalapeno Queso. Our favourite was the Taquitos – Fried gluten-free tortilla cones filled with beans, jalapeno, salsa and topped with avocado ice-cream! Yes, avocado ice-cream!

Oliviera Pizza at Quattro
Oliviera Pizza at Quattro

In the mains, we called for the Oliviera Pizza, which was nothing but a Margherita pizza topped with molecular olives. Quattro is known for their delicious thin-crush wood fired pizzas and this one didn’t let us down!

Spicy Watermelon
Spicy Watermelon

In the drinks, we tried the Spicy Watermelon mocktail and the Michelada – a Mexican beer cocktail. While the Watermelon mocktail was worth a try, the Michelada was too strong for our taste buds.

Coming to our favourite part, the desserts! When they say, don’t forget to save space for desserts, they really mean it for Quattro! Try the Chocolate Saturn and the Tiramisu and just see the pictures to tempt you! A treat for the eyes and the soul. Also, if you are here to celebrate some happy occasion, try the Chocolate Candle, you blow it, you cut it and you eat it!

Venue: Quattro

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Janta India Estate, Lower Parel

Landmark: Opposite High Street Phoenix

Phone: 022 6749 6444

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Review: Sizzle Desi

We were invited to this year old restaurant to try out their new menu and we must say that we were mighty impressed! Sizzle Desi is a venture by Chef Parag Joglekar (ex Barking Deer) who runs this place with lot of enthusiasm.

We visited Sizzle Desi on a Sunday afternoon and it seems like a popular place for families in Thane to enjoy a meal. Chef Joglekar introduced us to the new menu which includes Kebab Sizzlers for the first time along with mocktails. They have also started serving Beers and Wine.

We started off with the Laksa Soup which was not like your regular coconut based soup but was a mildly flavoured clear soup with noodles and veggies, delicious and comforting for the rainy season. Up next, was the Summer Salad – quite average and passable.

Since our server suggested that we try their kebabs, we did and we are glad we did! We were served both the vegetarian and non vegetarian kebabs and the entire selection was great – succulent, perfectly marinated and flavourful- Thumbs up for their Kebabs.

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Moving on to what the place is known for –The Sizzlers! Chef Joglekar suggested that we try the Seared Basa topped with fresh Mexican salsa, along with rice, mashed potato, veggies and creamy spinach. This sizzler had its hits and misses – the fish was delicious and so was spinach and the veggies but on the flip side the sizzler was way too sweet for our palate and the mash was grainy! But our next Sizzler totally made us fall in love. The Murg Malvani Sizzler was simply delicious! With this sizzler we went for noodles and French fries. Everything about this sizzler was good; we particularly loved the mildly spicy Murg Malvani gravy on the bed of noodles and the crisp fries. You should totally try this fusion Sizzler and you won’t be disappointed.

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We also tried the newly introduced mocktails, The Virgin Mojito which was your regular Mojito and the Brownie shake which was totally sinful, we’re sure it’s going to be a hit amongst the kids.

Overall, Sizzle Desi had its fair share of hits and misses and a little work on the presentation can work wonders. Don’t miss their kebab sizzlers if you drop by.

Venue: Sizzle Desi

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Landmark: Near Celebrations Banquet HallEastern Express Highway, Panch Pakhdi, Thane

Phone: 022 2533 9751

 

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Review: Thai Food Festival at Asian Kitchen, Four Points by Sheraton

The Thai Food Festival at Asian Kitchen, Four Points by Sheraton showcased an extensive buffet of Thai delicacies by award-winning Bangkok-based Chef Jarunun. When we arrived at the restaurant, the ambience was decorated in accordance with the theme of the festival. 

We started our meal with a welcome drink, which was a delicious blend of pineapple juice and coconut. For the appetizers, in the vegetarian section, we tried the Kao Phod Thod, a corn cake served with sweet chilli dipping sauce, which tasted more like your normal corn fritters. The second appetizer we had was the Thod Mun Phak, a vegetable cake served with plum sauce. While the plum sauce was really good, the vegetable cake did not do too well. In the non-vegetarian appetizers, we tried the Gai Nga – chicken marinated with sesame and garlic which had a sweet tinge to it alongwith a mild flavour of garlic.

For the main course we tried the Massaman Moo, which was pork with peanut, shallot in massamun curry. The pork pieces were incredibly well cooked and the curry had the perfect amount of spice. We paired the Massaman Moo with the Khao Pad Jea – veg fried rice with cherry tomato and spring onion, and couldn’t ask for a better combination. The seafood based Talay Prik Tai Dum – Seafood with bell peppers in black pepper sauce, was the one dish that tingled our tastebuds the most. 

The buffet had a live station that served Tow Hu Sate – Tofu on skewers with peanut sauce. The chef would prepare the tofu right as you need it, with a dollop of peanut sauce over it.

Moving onto the desserts, we tried the Maphraw Sangkaya, a coconut custard, a tad bit bland for our liking. The Coconut Pudding was the star among the desserts with a smooth and creamy texture and the sweetness being balanced out with the taste of the coconut. 

Overall, the food was delicious prepared with fresh ingredients and a great experience. For every Thai food lover, this one is a must try. 

Venue: Asian Kitchen

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Four Points By Sheraton, Vashi

Landmark: Near Inorbit Mall

Phone: 022 61587777

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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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Review: Kitchens of Kangan Fest at Kangan

Kangan, located on the 18th floor of The Westin Mumbai Garden City, is a specialty Indian cuisine or modern Indian cuisine restaurant. The restaurant is hosting a festival called the Kitchens of Kangans at its three properties in Mumbai from the 27 October to 9 November 2014, in Pune from 14 to 28 November 2014 and in Hyderabad from 16 January to 1 February 2015. Chef Shamsher Ahmed (Mumbai), Chef Rakesh Kumar (Hyderabad) and Chef Narayan Salunke (Pune) have put together a menu of their specialities for this festival.

main courseWe were invited by the The Westin team to dine at the restaurant. The magnificent view from the restaurant was indeed a good start to the meal. We started with ordering the kebab platter out of which the Sayadri Murg – succulent Chicken Tikkas, Tarkash Seekh Kebab – Vegetable Seekh Kebabs stuffed with Cheese and the melt-in-the-mouth Dora Kebab – rose petal-flavored lamb botis encased with lamb mince were delish!

Shahi Tukda and Rose Kheer
Shahi Tukda and Rose Kheer

Chef Shamsher Ahmed, from Kangan Mumbai and Chef Rakesh Kumar from Kangan Hyderabad, gave us a good insight to the menu that was being served. In the mains, we thoroughly enjoyed the Kali Daal and the Lamb Biryani. We ended our meal with the desserts. Although the Shahi Tukda was too sweet for our liking, the Gulab Patte Ki Kheer made up for its oversweetness.

A special mention to the service, that was prompt and extremely warm.

The Kitchens of Kangan Festival is on till the 9th of November in Mumbai. They have a set meal as well as a la carte. A meal for two would approximately cost about Rs.5,000.

Venue: Kangan, The Westin Mumbai Garden City

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Goregaon East

Landmark: Next to Oberoi Mall

Phone:  6147 0000

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Parsi Treat at BawiBride’s #PatetiPopUp

The festivities have begun. August is here. We have all the reasons to celebrate. From Janmashtmi and Parsi New Year to Ganesh Chaturthi, every festival calls for some distinct food and sweets!

On the occasion of Parsi New Year, Perzen, popularly known as BawiBride (Twitter), invited a bunch of us over, to her crib for a traditional Parsi meal. Pateti, the last day on the Parsi Calender, is celebrated as wonderfully as Navroze (First Day/ New Year Day). And there we were, celebrating Pateti over an elaborate meal and long conversations!

The menu was set, a tempting three course meal. Parsi nosh – Cheese Eeda Cutlets, Saas ni Prawns, Shehenshahi Pulao and dense Chocolate Mousse.

Cheese Eeda Cutlets
Cheese Eeda Cutlets

We started with the Cheese Eeda Cutlets, sinful, stuffed with Cheese, Egg and more Cheese, we couldn’t get enough of these. We had to stop ourselves from eating too much of the Cutlets so that we saved some space for the rest of the meal.

Saas Ni Prawns
Saas Ni Prawns

This was followed by the Saas ni Prawns, a Parsi version of the Prawn Curry which we enjoyed with Rotis. We also got to know a lot about Parsi food, the preparation style and how this dish was one of the easiest to prepare but yet so delicious!

Shahenshahi Kheema Pulao
Shahenshahi Kheema Pulao

Then came the Shehenshahi Kheema Pulao. Layered with Kheema, Rice, Eggs and Dry Fruits, this one was a star. Every layer was perfectly cooked and blended extremely well. The raisins and fried onions added that extra oomph to the dish.

Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Mousse

Then came the dessert. BawiBride’s most famous Chocolate Mousse. Even though we were stuffed and had absolutely no room left, we couldn’t just stop eating this. Eggless Chocolate Mousse topped with chocolate Chips, yum!

If you want to learn how to make these dishes, simply get on to Perzen’s blog where she has most of the recipes up! Or if you’re to lazy to do that, give her a call and place an order. Yes, she takes orders!

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