Tall Grass down down!

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​From being regular to never going to Tall Grass back again, here’s why… Please read very carefully. What happens when you’re going to celebrate at your ‘once upon a time favorite place’? Your favorite place argues with you to vacate the place for holding the table longer even if you’re eating. Why? Because there are other guests waiting outside. So there are a bunch of people waiting outside to sit at a table of four. Quite debatable as it gets, there were some yes and nos and lot more to argue. Let me tell you the transparency of information was zero! So boys and girls, if you’re looking to ‘enjoy’ or ‘celebrate’,  Tall Grass is NOT your go-to place to have fun unless you’re okay with leaving in an hour regardless of completing your food or not. They have a 1hr policy for each table whether you have finished your hookah or are only eating your food. Basically, they don’t like their guests enjoying food more than an hour. Haha! Looks like they’ve made good bucks already to entertain more guests. Want to know what happened? Read below. 
So we ordered a hookah and some food. After an hour, we were told that the hookah time has crossed the 45min time limit and so they will have to take it away. THEY FORGOT TO TAKE THE HOOKAH AWAY. But if we wanted to extend or continue, we will have to call for another one. Fair enough! WE DIDN’T WANT TO CONTINUE, hence we asked them to take the hookah away. BUT THEY DIDN’T TAKE IT. Instead, a steward comes in and hands us the bill. We tell him we didn’t ask for it and that two more of our friends would be joining us. He took away the bill. Friends arrived and we ordered more food. Next thing we see, another steward comes and hands us the bill saying that we will have to vacate the table. We were eating yet they wanted us to vacate the table. And hello, vacate the table? Please note: THEY STILL HAD NOT TAKEN THE HOOKAH FROM THE TABLE even after we told them to take it away a couple of times. I don’t quiet understand if they hear themselves while talking. We really failed to understand one thing. We are not sitting idle only with your hookah. We are eating, ordering food. Now just because you have guests waiting outside, we vacate your table? Hell no! We’re paying for the time and food we called for. There were so many other tables that were occupied for hours. They didn’t ask the others to vacate. I really wonder why?! Also, we didnt want your damn hookah and asked you to take it away which YOU DIDN’T. We insisted we speak to their manager and clarify as to what the issue is calmly. But the manager/owners tell us that there is a certain time limit for people to use a table because of hookah. But hello, we had got done with it long ago and we asked you to take it away. WHY DIDN’T YOU TAKE IT AWAY? PLEASE EXPLAIN! At first, it was decent but later it turned into a heated argument and the people were rude too. But that’s not all! We were eating and you want us to just pay up, get up and leave without eating? Really? Must say, hospitality, Tall Grass, hospitality! *slow clap* They would just not leave the table till we cleared the table and the cheque. They argued over their ‘1 hour policy’ and one of the managers even said that ‘people come there mainly only for hookah. So the table occupancy cannot exceed 1hr.’ What??? Are you serious? That’s how you (mis)treat your guests? Wonderful management! *slow clap* Please put all that on a piece of paper and post it outside YOUR ONLY HOOKAH place. Well, because people come there only for hookah like you said. It used to be one of my favorite hookah places, IT USED TO but no more! Oh and by the way, IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! Tall Grass management, owners/partners/founders/whoever… you have highly disappointed me and my friends! You have failed to offer good hospitality and just lost a loyal customer. Good luck with hoping others don’t bail on you.

Prithvi Cafe -Escape Hunger Chaos


And I finally visited the most talked about place in the city. Talk about your emotions taking a toll on you and then you feel hungry as well. There’s no better feeling than being ‘hangry’ (pun intended) and getting the best food with a prompt service.

Prithvi Cafe has surely hit the spot! There’s not a single dish you wouldn’t want to try on their menu. Must have: Cafe Mocha, Kit Kat Shake, Cheese Garlic Bread, Chicken Baida Roti, BBQ Chicken Pizza, and Brownie with ice-cream. Loved everything except Nachos with cheese. The Nachos get really soggy quickly and the cheese sauce was a bit salty, not to my liking.

Nevertheless, this place is a great chill out zone, away from all the noise, and good enough to enjoy solitude. Had an amazing evening. Will visit more often.

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Chicken Baida Roti

Bennie’s by Flag’s


Great food and excellent service. Kudos to the management. Simply devoured the Tawa Fried Pomfret and Hot pot Nachos. Their mocktails need some improvement. However, the Flag’s special mocktail is an absolute hit. It had a perfect balance of melon, orange and lime.

I wasn’t too pleased with the veg kebab platter. The taste was rather too bland. Also the Lemon and Thyme Chicken failed to deliver the right taste. It was a little undercooked. Always go for their pastry of the day or ask the captain for a Pineapple one. We couldn’t get enough of the fruit flavored pastry. It was really yum. A nice place to take your family out and good for corporate gatherings too.

Will return to try out some more dishes.

Eat Around The Corner ~ Women’s Day special


Eat Around The Corner is a cute little restaurant, just around the corner at Pali Hill in Bandra.

This place has its own beauty. The outside section is more like a café, having beautiful, eye-catching wall caricatures with a dim lighting setup while the inside is a fancy restaurant with fascinating art

It feels great to have been part of a special Women’s Day celebration with best of women foodies and bloggers. A special menu launch with a unique game twist at the end was something that I found very interesting.

I sampled some of their new menu meals. To begin with, there were these really yummy and soft Quesadillas. There were portions of Veg and Non-veg both. Each of these Quesadillas were stuffed with minced chicken and veggies respectively. To add a zing to them, both were served with a side of sour cream and a tangy, spicy salsa dips.

Later came the Grilled Chicken with Wasabi Mash, which turned out to be my most favorite. It had the right amount of flavors to excite my taste buds. It was very delicious that I voted it to get straight on the special’s board.

For those with a sweet tooth, Mars Bar cheesecake is indefinitely the best dessert till date,  followed by their New York chocolate pastry. Mars Bar cheesecake is their signature dessert. It’s a sweet symphony of smooth, creamy Philadelphia cheese with a lovely sticky crunch. It’s quite a heavy pastry, but it works well if you have a big appetite. On the other hand, the New York chocolate pastry is a dark chocolate flavored pastry, which is lighter on the stomach and quite a favorite amongst many.

In all, if you’re looking for a fun time with your group of friends at a fancy place, this is it.

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Go Vedge!


An invite to an exclusive preview of the lunch buffet launch at Vedge.

Here’s my verdict:

Nothing brings people together like good food. ‘Vedge’ is an all veg restaurant with an edgy twist and ‘hatke’ flavors.

The decor carries a mix of stylish and earthy feel. There are 2-3 seating sections. The ambience is a mood up-lifter.

They have newly launched their lunch buffet priced at Rs. 299/- that you can enjoy every Mon-Fri. To make their buffet interesting, Vedge will dish out new specialties every day. Also, it’s a great time to attract more of Gujjus and Marvaris as Navratri has begun. Their lunch buffet is a great idea for quick corporate meetings.

Their buffet included a variety of Indian, Oriental and Italian food. I believe a great buffet meal should begin with a really good soup & light salad to accompany it. They had the Tomato & Coriander soup which was peppery and a little runny. It tasted more like sambhar. I like my soups smooth and creamy.

Their salad counter had 2-3 salad options, a tray of assorted breads and some chaat. I had a bowl of their pasta salad with black olives and bell peppers, tossed in a tangy mayo sauce. It was light, tasty and their assorted breads were fresh too.

To compliment the food, I requested for a refreshing fruity drink. One of the staff members suggested me to have the Tropical Delight which comes with a dollop of ice cream. However, I called mine without ice cream and it was a wise choice as later others complained of theirs to be very sweet. This one came in a really cute jar with a straw, a stirrer and a slice of orange. The very first sip is ambrosial. Coolers are available on a regular menu also.

Coming to appetizers, Money Bags is an interesting concept. These are crunchy, oriental flavored and taste a bit like spring roll. These look cute and are shaped like money bags. Each of them were stuffed with exotic veggies and tangy sauce. Dip it in schezwan sauce and every bite was lip smacking.

Their main course dishes had an extraordinary twist. They had 2 types of Paneer – the Cottage Cheese and the Peri Peri Paneer. Both were soft and were cooked well.

However, what I really enjoyed eating was their Burnt Chili Garlic Noodles. Unlike your regular hakka noodles, this one’s a gastronomical delight.

Then came the dessert, which had Angoori Gulab Jamun, Rabdi, Fresh fruits, Ice cream and chocolate sauce. This may sound a little off but if you try the diced pineapples with the syrup of Gulab Jamun, it tastes really yum.

After a hearty meal, the head chef had a brief discussion about the food and the restaurant.

On my way out, there was a small side table with a tray of liquid Paan Shots. The shots were made with the juice of fresh beetle leaves, supari, saunf and dry cherries. It was so good that I had two of them. I’ve suggested it as a better alternative for dessert. If you’ve had a heavy meal and if there’s no room for dessert, Paan Shots is your thing.

All in all, it’s a good place to go with your family or corporate meetings. People who find vegetarian food boring, varieties at Vedge will surprise you.

I really appreciate the staff for being so patient and cordial. I will surely return to try something different next time.

Thank you for a delightful time 🙂

Zapata’s – Chef’s Table

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A hearty meal, soothing music, a nice backdrop with dim lighting and an interesting conversation with like-minded people is something I look out for on a weekend.

I was making the most of my Saturday afternoon, relaxing at an Indo-Mexican eatery and having an intriguing tête-à-tête with the founder, the head chef and some really amazing foodies.

Mexican food carries a beautiful fragrance and if it happens to rain that very afternoon, the sweet smell of rain mixed with the rich aroma of herbs and spices leaves you with a heady experience.

What better way than to start it with a fresh rainy morning? Although February is not really the month of rains, it was a beautiful start for the day, just like the ones you witness after the first showers in June. The mystifying beauty of the grey clouds and the drizzle made for a perfect time to indulge in a lip smacking Mexican affair.

Being an ardent lover of the Mexican cuisine and a big foodie, I was recently invited to visit Zapata’s in Malad. The restaurant had a distinct theme, the Chef’s Table, particularly designed only for the food aficionados.

Zapata’s is a newly opened Mexican-inspired restaurant founded by Frederic. The name is very catchy and as if it just resounds in your head after saying it twice, try it. This new Mexican eatery dishes out freshest of ingredients prepared adeptly by the culinary team, and a variety of South American mocktails and cocktails, expertly crafted by their!

This Mexican eatery has a duo setting – the outside has a much more casual and lively Indo-Mexican scene than the calm and formal dining area inside. So you can either choose to be seated outside and enjoy the busy road and the falling rain (if at all), or sit inside and have a light conversation or just gorge away to scrumptious Mexican food. However, I got to experience both the sides and I can’t decide which one I liked more.

A smiling staff that looks after you well makes you feel nothing short of a celebrity. As I sat, I was welcomed with a glass of water and asked for my choice of poison. I tried their White wine Sangria, which surely hit the spot and did justice to the pleasant climate. Although, I should have called for their hot chocolate instead which was very well spoken of, I will definitely try it out the next time.

Coming to the food, we began with the Nachos de Zapata’s. This Mexican favourite was served in a large plate with refried beans, topped with Queso sauce, Pico de Gallo salsa, guacamole, sour cream, olives and sliced jalapenos. You can try it with your choice of chicken or veggies. I preferred the chicken one better than the vegetarian. The Nachos were crisp and the texture was right too but I found it a little bland. The fusion of chicken and the refried beans, for some reason didn’t have the right flavor or the spices weren’t muddled well to give my taste buds the right Mexican punch.

Next up was the Beer-battered Fish Taquitos. These lovely bite sized taquitos are a blend of delicious Mexican spices, served in soft and mini tortillas on a wooden board. I also tried their Cottage Cheese Taquitos, that were tender and delicious too but I prefer the fish one more as it had an appeasing aftertaste.

Then came the veg, chicken and lamb Tostadas. Not a lamb person, so I just stuck to trying out the veg and chicken ones. I completely devoured the Chicken Tostadas. Their Golden fried tortillas had a brilliant crunch and the toppings with that zesty tang were a party in the mouth. Add a little bit of chipotle or hot sauce to it, and it would be a killer Mexican dish to be relished. We also got a portion of Mexican Fries – a complete sensation! These assorted fries of sweet and savoury potato fingers with a nice crunch, sprinkled with tangy Mexican spices was the hero. Although, I wish they served it with a spicier dip to give it a contrasting kick.

Having eaten a lot of Mexican delicacies, we thought this must be the end of it as our tummies were full. But how could we forget the most lip smacking Burritos? If it is new to you, these Burritos are flour tortilla rolls filled with Mexican tomato rice, refried beans, and grated cheese with Pico de Gallo and sour cream. They served us two distinctive and flavorful Burritos. I thoroughly enjoyed the Chipotle grilled fish Burrito. They came with an assorted variety of dips, right from the Habanero, Chipotle, Guacamole, Queso, Pineapple Salsa, Rancheros, guacamole, to the sour cream. Out of all the dips I’ve tried so far, I have liked the Chipotle and Habanero sauce with my Burrito. The rest, apart from guacamole and sour cream, need to taste a little different from one another. I could get more of a tomato soup flavor in the Rancheros dip. It was my first time that I had this dip so I don’t know if the flavor was right or not but I didn’t quite like it so much.

Jumping on to the sweets, I am a dessert geek! I’m always ready to try new desserts and coffee. Moving away from their standards, they served us a dessert platter with an assortment of sweet and savoury treats and we surely had a chocolaty meltdown. The platter had the Tres leches (a light cake soaked in three kinds of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream), Churros dipped in hot chocolate sauce, Zapata’s Flan with special caramel sauce, Chocolate Empanadas.

My personal favourite was the Chocolate Empanadas, which is a fried turnover pastry dough stuffed with variety of caramelized nuts, dusted in cinnamon sugar and served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. I have never liked the Tres Leches, so I just had like one spoon of it, only to realize that no chef can change my mind for that dessert. The Churros were not up to the mark. It was dripping in oil and had a very strange taste. Coming to the flan, I was surprised I actually enjoyed the caramel tones festooned with a pretty and delicate sugar art décor situated atop of the dessert.

All in all, a delightful Saturday afternoon spent with a bunch of foodies and bloggers.

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Wok In The Box


Sometimes happiness comes in a box *drools*

It was almost nearing lunch time. My stomach was rumbling and craving for good food. I stood by the window, staring blankly at everything outside. The sky looked bright yellow as if the sun was fighting with my eyes. I closed the window blinds a little so that the sunlight doesn’t give me a headache.

I went to my kitchen to check for lunch but couldn’t find anything interesting. Now my stomach had started to roar with hunger. So I decided to eat from ‘Wok In The Box’ at Carter Road, Bandra. It’s a fast food joint that serves up healthy and filling noodles, rice and salads.

The climate had lost its cool as if the sun was having a bad day. Slowly the breezy air turned humid and it was not the best time to get out, I must say. But then I was hungry and I craved something savory and spicy. I just wanted to get there in no time and chomp away to glory.

And there I was finally! If you’re a noodle fan, ‘Wok In The Box’ is your comfort-food zone. As you enter, you see a king sized menu on the extreme top left wall with instructions that guide you to create your own stir-fry noodles. On the center wall, you see fancy and quirky one-liners keeping Wok in mind. Some of them really put a smile on your face.

ImageSo you’re ready for Mission: Noodles? Just kidding! It’s an easy task. First, they hand you a bowl and ask you to choose your own veggies and hand it over to the chef, who prepares it with your choice of sauces on a live stir-fry counter right before your eyes. You can pick from an array of sauces, like Wok fiery, Sweet chili, Schezwan, Hunan, and more. Lastly, you also have a choice to pick the noodle type, i.e. flat noodles, wheat noodles, or the plain ones or rice. But I chose the plain noodles with Wok fiery and Sweet chili sauces. While the chef’s at your masterpiece, you also get to taste your creation in case if it needs more sauce or salt. Mine tasted like a party in a box packed with succulent flavors. Right from the very first bite to the last, I kept slurping it.

What more can I say? ‘Wok In The Box’ made my day! Hunger pangs anyone? You know where to head to!

Woodside – All Day Bar & Eatery


WoodsideAlthough stuck in the midst of the hubbub, Woodside (All Day Eatery & Bar) shines out as the right place to unwind to and spend time with your loved ones on a weekend.

They have two sections; a decent bar with tall chairs and a fine dine restaurant on the inside, whereas the outside setting is rather more casual with dim lights and their walls have an adorable caricature of birds and trees. I was simply marveled!

You walk in to the restaurant and get escorted to the choice of your favorite seating? That’s something very rare at a place that is always busy and specially on the weekends. I must say, it was pure luck for me.

Once in a blue moon, we all crave that one great meal that puts on a big smile on our face after having the smallest of morsel and so did I.

I’m a wine enthusiast and so very selective too. So I called for a sparkling favorite. They serve you the most lip smacking munchies while you enjoy your drink and are very kind to repeat the bowl too. It’s one of the many reasons I keep going back to this place so much. 😉1653531_10153849127700144_2107081368_n

As for the food, we called for their ‘Grilled Harissa Chicken on skewers’. It’s a winning combination and my favorite dish till date. You can actually get the whiff of the robust flavors right till it arrives to your table. The chicken is delicately marinated in Harissa spices, flavored with aromatic herbs and is served with a side of butter toasted bruschettas. It’s an absolute turn on to enjoy awesome food along with good wine.

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Got a sweet tooth? Well you sure do but this is the part where it can get you whining for a good portion of their dessert. The quantity is peewee compared to your expectations. Also, the taste isn’t premium or simply put as ‘awesome’ as you want it. In short their desserts didn’t quite impress me. 😐

So like, did you ever have the feeling to just move away from the mundane routine? Maybe revive yourself with good food, light music, ambiance and a great time? I got that feeling once and I visited Woodside and it’s been a wonderful experience so far. See you soon 🙂

Freeze The Moment!

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Oreo cheese cake w. cookie sauceWhat’s keeping you cool this summer? For me, it is the de-li-cious frozen yogurts from Yogurtbay. No! Bay has nothing to do with it. Although, I’d like to think it’s an amalgamation of Yogurt + Bombay. Sounds good right, Mumbaikars? 😉

Do you crave for something sweet now and then? Well, you better ditch the sugary candies and switch to frozen yogurts this season. You will not regret it! It’s a yummy way to beat the scorching heat.

I’m madly in love with Yogurtbay! Whenever I’d pass by Bandra, I’d pick up 2 cups of those yummy delights. God was I thrilled to hear about their new branch at Versova! Thank you, thank you, and thank you! It’s fairly close to where I live. Last week, I went there and savored every bite of my favorite yogurt. 😀

What’s so good about a frozen yogurt? You get to choose your favorite flavor + a great variety of scrumptious toppings and syrups. Team them up all together and there your scoop of heaven is ready!

Cookie Sauce + Fruit popper are my all-time favorite toppings! You must try their all newly introduced flavors – Philadelphia Cheesecake, Oreo Cheesecake, Summer Watermelon, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Lemonade, Pomegranate, and Boysenberry. I really hope to visit them soon.

Do stop by for some heavenly good frozen yogurts at Yogurtbay. Freeze the moment today 🙂Yogurtbay - Copy

 

 

 

Mai Madness!

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Traders vic copyAloha!

I’m giving a really late review. But so what? Well, I went to ‘Trader Vic’s Mai Tai’ launch party earlier this December at Phoenix Mills in Lower Parel. You can find this awesome place right opposite the PVR Cinema Box office. Yes I know not a good location. But now it’s there so shhh!

If you’re looking for something to tickle your taste buds, an extraordinary fare awaits you. Mai Tai is a Tiki-culture inspired lounge offering an elaborate range of world famous delicacies, exotic concoctions and an exceptional modish décor. Palm trees, warm colors and awesome music will warm you up on the chilliest of evenings. It feels like you’re surrounded by a classy tropical setting. The staff is cordial, friendly and dedicated.  They make sure each guest is greeted and looked forward to in a special way.

Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge is unlike the other awesome hangouts in a busy Mumbai. The ambience is good for mini corporate lunches or a reunion gathering. What is really nice about the place is that they serve drinks in Trader Vic’s signature brand mugs and glassware.  They’re too cute to let go off when you’re done with sipping your drink. It’s a great place to hang out.

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As for the food & drinks, we started with Maui Waui Shrimps, served with an aromatic dipping sauce. The shrimps were marinated in a sweet and tangy sauce and were cooked to perfection. The Mai Tai Crispy Chicken was delicious crispy and goes well with any drink. Oh you must definitely try out their Trader Vic’s burgers /sliders, I’m unsure about the exact name. They are totally delectable and satisfying and make a great accompaniment with the Tiki Puka Puka.

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This is a must try if you’re at Mai Tai or any Tiki-culture lounge anywhere in the world. It’s a delicate fusion of three different types of rum, orange juice, grenadine & spices. The Mai Tai Mocktails are absolutely refreshing and served in a cute coconut-like mug. The other drink that I tried was Samoan Fog Gutter. It’s served in a tall vase, filled with rum, gin, brandy and sherry wine with orange juice orgeat. I quite liked the way the drinks are presented. It gives a very island-like feel. So set your mood for a rocking island party 🙂

After a heavy lunch, we were offered with Chocolate Nut Tikis as recommended by one of the stewards. Trust me, I delightfully loved the stickiness and really loved the fact that it was so light and yummy. It sure is a hit!

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After a really busy day at work, Mai Tai is a really good place to hang out. So, let in some madness this season! Head to Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge for an invigorating experience.