Our undying and unconditional love for Pizza Express compelled us to try out the newest Bandra entrant, The Bandra Project. Went here for lunch and we were surprised to see it completely packed on a weekday afternoon!
After a wait for 15 minutes at the bar, and a pint of Bira down, we were finally escorted to a table. The ambiance is bright and happy and it’s quite a spacious place. The menu is very interesting and extensive as compared to Pizza Express. Since two out of three of us were vegetarian, we decided to try the vegetarian fare and I must add that I didn’t miss the non vegetarian too much!
Rosemary and Mushroom Flatbread
Spaghetti Aglio Olio
We started our meal with the Rosemary Bread and Mushroom Dip. This was a flatbread accompanied with the most comforting Mushroom and Cheese dip, pickled olives and a small bowl of salad. Next we tried the Spaghetti Aglio Olio, not the best I’ve had but nothing to complaint about either. It was just fine. Coming to a sprig of Pizza Express and not trying the pizzas, not possible. So we called for the classic, Margherita Pizza. It was just as we expected it to be, delicious!
For desserts, we had the cheesecake. It was swiped off the table within a few seconds, needless to say it was sinful. We are waiting to go back there and try their non vegetarian fare.
The service was polite and helpful, since they were completely packed, it wasn’t as prompt, but we can excuse that this time.
Overall, this one is the feather in the cap of Bandra’s ever evolving food scene and you must try it out.
Venue: The Bandra Project by Pizza Express, Bandra
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!
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.
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
Landmark: Near Smaaash, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.
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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.
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.
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
Landmark: Near Celebrations Banquet HallEastern Express Highway, Panch Pakhdi, Thane
With Masterchef India’s new season being all Vegetarian and so many new places in the city taking the no-meat route, we are really wondering if being Vegetarian is the new trend that Mumbai is going to switch to.
While we love our meats and sea food, once in a while, a good vegetarian meal is something we wouldn’t say no to.
Ithaka, Mumbai’s new Lebanese restaurant, is opening soon in Lower Parel. We were invited by FBAI for a preview tasting and here’s what we thought about the place.
Located right above Riso, Ithaka has the most adorable look from the outside. A little colorful house from the outside, brightly lit on the inside, the restaurant claims to be the India’s first Lebanese restaurant with an authentic all-vegetarian fare.
To begin with, we were served the soups, the Mushroom Cappuccino Soup and the Lemongrass Soup. Both soups were delicious, although a little less salt would be preferred. Next up were the salads, the Water Chestnut and Raw Mango Salad, not too sure how it falls under Lebanese, we thought it was more Asian, tasty nonetheless. The Mediterranean Mint Salad – a blend of mint curd, fresh beans, spring onions and cucumber, this one tasted more Mediterranean than any of the previous dishes.
The star of the meal was the Cold Mezzo, Pita Bread served with Hummus, Hummus Turki – traditional hummus topped with spicy olives and Hummus Harra – traditional hummus topped with pesto and garlic. The Hummus Turki and Harra were absolutely delightful and just one platter was not enough.
The Batata Hara – grilled potatoes tossed in garlic and herbs was another dish we enjoyed. But then again, how can anyone go wrong with potatoes. An interesting option you must try is the Sesame Zucchini -Zucchini coated with sesame and topped with veggies.
Dishes we thought you should give a miss were the mediocre peas in toast cups and the Hummus Harissa.
We didn’t really try the dessert, but a second trip is going to happen soon once the place opens on the 17th February 2015.
Overall, we don’t think they should use the word authentic to describe their fare, as most of what we tried was definitely not authentic. Some hits and some misses but definitely worth a visit.
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.
We 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!
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
Landmark: Next to Oberoi Mall
Phone: 6147 0000
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