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Review: South High Kitchen & Bar, Kamala Mills

Gastro Darshini by day Café Bar by night, that’s how they describe this newest South Indian themed bar and kitchen that has opened doors in Kamala Mills.

We spotted this new entrant on our recent visit to Kamala Mills and it immediately caught our attention.  Got to know that it is run by the guys behind Mahesh Lunch Home and that being one of our favourites, our decision to dine was quite easy to make.

The interiors of South High Kitchen & Bar are contemporary with some traditional elements. Our favourite corner was the one with the patcha face graffiti.

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Coming to the food, we absolutely loved the Koli 65 Pakoda – Deep fried marinated chicken and onion which came with a chutney, the Dosa Tacos were also interesting, looked like a Taco, tasted like a dosa.  In the mains, the Chicken Ghee Roast and Chicken Gassi are a must try.

I also tried their Signature Cocktail, the South High Whiskey Sour, which was your regular Whiskey Sour with a punch of Kokum. If you like your whiskey sour the classic way, then don’t try this one. Although, we quite enjoyed the South Indian version.

Overall, South High is a great place for a delicious South Indian meal. It’s got a great vibe and some delicious options on the menu. Service can be a bit slow, but we can pass that off as a teething issue.

Venue: South High, Kamala Mills

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Landmark: Near Smaaash, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.

Phone: +91 80808 41111
              +9180808 91111

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South High Kitchen & Bar at @southhigh.official on Instagram

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Review : KODE, Kamala Mills

Welcoming the newly opened KODE – Freestyle Bar and Kitchen, by restaurateur Zorawal Kalra, another one added to the list of awesome restaurants in Lower Parel. KODE offers a variety of cocktails and drinks presented in the most innovative and exquisite way. Not only that, it has the largest selections of whiskey in India. The food menu includes sushi, grills, pizzas and other European dishes. As we entered, we couldn’t stop admiring the bar and how spacious and well decorated the restaurant was. It looked perfect for a formal dinner or for a good meal with your friends.

To begin with, the Togarshi & Garlic Olives Chives Crème Fraiche is a dish perfect for the ones with a liking for bitter palate. The crème fraiche balances the bitterness of the olives making it pleasant to the taste buds.

We then tried The Old Fashioned Cocktail which is saturated with  Angostura bitters, a Sugar cube mixed with whiskey, garnished with an orange slice along with a Maraschino cherry.  The cocktail was served in a fancy metal like container giving a feel of its origination back to the 19th Century. The B vs B cocktail is a perfect blend of Benedictine liqueur and Brandy. Served elegantly this one won us over!

The Old Fashioned Cocktail

Our next dish was Herb Crusted Scotch Eggsbaby Greens which was my personal favorite dish. Not only did the dish look so beautiful, it lived up to its taste expectations. One cannot visit KODE & not try out these scotch eggs. The  Avocado Carpaccio definitely worth a try for all you Avocado lovers out there. We then moved on to the Garlic & Pepper lamb Chops potato Wasabi Cream. The chops were well cooked and the combination of the lamb and wasabi cream was heavenly. Who doesn’t love a classic Mexican dish? Charred Chicken & Jalapeno Quesadillas Jerk sauce was a one of its kind. Seasonal Greens & Fungs Ramen Coconut Broth is a portion of noodles with fresh green vegetables adding sweetness using coconut broth. 18 hours cooked Lamb Shanks Blue Cheese Truffles was literally the best lamb we’ve ever eaten. Tender and juicy, the blue cheese truly was relishing.  Potato Gnocchi Roasted Pumpkin Crispy Sage & Parme was the best vegetarian dish. Soft and delicious, this was awesome.

Tiramisu

After such a hearty round of dishes, the desserts topped it all. Tiramisu was beautifully plated, soft, with the right amount of cocoa.

Overall, KODE lives up to the expectations of good food and a lovely atmosphere. Enjoy your meals in the best way, Dine-in today!

Venue: Kode, Kamala Mills

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Landmark: Near Smaaash, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.

Phone: +91 7718882923
              +91 7718882924

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Kode at @just_kode on Instagram

Mumbai Candid at @mumbaicandid on Instagram

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

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

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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Out Of The Blue at @out_of_the_blue_restaurant on Instagram

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

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

 

 

Review: Oktoberfest at Q-Bar, VITS Hotel

Oktoberfest is much awaited every year as beers from around the world are available at the bars in the city and celebrated with much anticipation.

This year, we were excited to try the special Oktoberfest menu at Q-Bar, VITS Hotel. A limited menu with about 6 dishes and 2 desserts was crafted for the festival alongwith domestic and international beers and beer cocktails.

The decor was nice and vibrant with beer quotes and a complete festive feel to it. The music was a bit too loud for our liking, but then again, it’s a matter of perspective.

Without wasting too much time, we ordered for the Chicken Roll – Flattened Chicken Breast stuffed with chicken mince and spinach. Unfortunately, we were extremely disappointed with the dish as the Chicken was undercooked and inedible. The next, we tried the Chicken Schnitzel which was served with garlic lemon caper sauce and potatoes. The potatoes were delicious and the sauce was flavourful but the Chicken, again, was bland and unimpressive. Disappointed with the food, we thought we should move on to the beers.

A special mention to the bartender who was well informed and attended to us happily. He offered us a spicy beer cocktail which was really good! We loved the flavour and the fruity aftertaste was the cherry on the cake. Next, we tried a British Bourbon Flavoured Craft Beer called Brody’s Beer. This was again our server-bartender’s recommendation. With a hint of honey, this one is a must try for all you craft beer lovers!Overall, Q-Bar, needs to definitely work on the food as it failed to impress us but the drinks were fab and we might just give it another chance for that!

Venue: Q-Bar

Overall Rating
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VITS Hotel, Marol, Andheri East

Landmark: International Airport Zone

Phone: 022 6151 7555

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VITS at @vitsmumbai on Instagram

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

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

REVIEW: 1441 Pizzeria

At 1441 Pizzeria, you can make your pizza and eat it too! And if you’re fussy about set toppings on your pizza, then this place is your heaven.

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We dropped by at the newly opened 1441 Pizzeria in Andheri recently and we had quite a fun time. The concept of this Pizzeria is very simple; choose your sauce, your toppings (unlimited), the crispness of the base, your cheese and voila! A perfect pizza with all your favourite toppings is here for you to enjoy.

We tried two variants on our visit, one from the Classic range and one from their Gourmet range.  From the classics, we chose the Mama sauce, which is a spicy sauce – pretty impressive we must say!

We went with our favourite vegetarian toppings,  olives, jalapenos and mushrooms on a crispy base with Mozzarella Cheese (Classic range is served with Mozzarella). The Chef there helped us put out Pizza in their wood fired oven and there we had our classic pizza with our favourite toppings ready. The Pizza tasted great with the perfectly crispy thin base and toppings of our choice!

Next up was a Gourmet Pizza where we opted for the non – vegetarian option with again an array of delicious gourmet toppings. We added almost all the non vegetarian toppings from the roast chicken, curried chicken, chicken pepperoni, mutton alongwith the regular pizza sauce and four cheeses. How can anything with so many toppings taste anything but delicious! Kudos to us and their Pizzas!

Moving to the desserts we called for the Blueberry Pannacotta and the Crème Brulee. The Pannacotta was a tad too sweet with no tanginess from the blueberries but the Crème Brulee was pretty good. We were almost done with our meal when the server insisted that we try their Nutella Pizza. How could we say no? And glad we didn’t as it was Heavenly! Nutella smothered on a thin and soft pizza base with fruit toppings, totally recommend it!

The staff here is pretty friendly too, they patiently taught us how to make our pizzas. Special mention to the hygiene they maintain at their Pizzeria, everything looked and tasted fresh too.

Overall we loved their pizzas and their desserts. They also have Dough Balls – two variants that we shall try on our next visit!

P.S. You can enjoy their Bottomless Aerated Beverage (Unlimited) at Rs. 55 AI with your pizzas too!

Venue: 1441 Pizzeria

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Samartha Vaibhav, Andheri West

Landmark: Below Skyz Gym

Phone: +9191678 91441

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1441 Pizzeria at @1441.pizzeria on Instagram

Purvi at @foodzealot and Mumbai Candid at @mumbaicandid on Instagram

Mumbai Candid at @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

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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Quattro at @quattroristorante on Instagram

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

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter