China Gate for a quick bite

Mumbai,India

Went for a business lunch here and was glad to see a full house on a weekday afternoon. Rs 700 a head for a buffet with around 8 starters, 2 soups  and main buffet replete with salads, rice, noodles, gravies and dessert buffet with pastries, fruits and the classic darsaan and date pancakes. The food is not ‘gourmet’ but is comforting, think seasame toast, street style momos, cheese poppers, paneer chilly , crispy corn etc and the service is spot on. For the price it is a steal and one can choose to have a relaxed afternoon. Yes a glass of wine is included in the price… what more can you ask for?

China Gate Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Get started with Global Fusion

Mumbai, India

global fusion sushi dimsums

Thank god Mumbai has Global fusion! It is a great place to initiate yourself or your friends into sushi and dimsums or Asian food in general.  They have now added an Indian section for the hardcore desis.  The place is done up well and is very spacious.  At 800 something a head,the spread is humongous and does great justice.  It may not be a very good example of sushis and dimsums , but a very representative one to get you started…  Good place to go in groups for a happy afternoon!

Global Fusion Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Jamie’s disappoints!

Mumbai,India

Having met Jamie once and seeing him on tele, I had his Pizzeria on my mind for quite some time.  I had expected simple food with some great flavor combinations but I was let down.  The cover was laid and we sat down for a relaxed lunch.  As vegetarians the menu doesn’t have much to offer, commonplace combinations but for some pizzas. Paneer in Pesto, Jamie’s Green pizza and watermelon & feta were our choice.  The server got us two side plates and since they had cracks on them we asked them to be replaced only to be told that they didn’t have any which weren’t cracked. Really??? Nonetheless they got us main plates.

The Paneer Pesto came on a base of insipid tomatoes and pesto was merely a garnish, the paneer was tough too. One can’t go wrong with a watermelon, feta and mint but you just don’t throw them on the plate.  Lastly the pizza was ok, mild flavours but lacked the seasoning, and we had to ask for condiments.  A good bet but in a wrong country!  Lastly the coffee was very good and saved the day.  Finally; no complaints on service but the menu wasn’t inspiring given the franchise it’s named after.

Jamie's Pizzeria by Jamie Oliver Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cherry blossoms at the Leela, Mumbai

Mumbai, India

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A bento-box in one hand, camera around the neck and picnic mats in the other are a common sight as hordes of tourists akin to locals  throng the Ueno Park in Tokyo, just one the many venues but a very popular one during the Cherry blossom season.  In a practice called Hanami or appreciation of the Cherry Blossom flowers (Sakura) which represent new beginnings and also transient life; Japan is happy and high. Cherry blossom themed colas, lattes, crisps, cakes, restaurant promotions, mall decors etc turn the city pink. The Sakura blossoms in the south in January and slowly moves up north to Tokyo and Kyoto before turning Hokkaido pink in May.

The Leela Mumbai is currently hosting the Cheery Blossom fest at Citrus and I experienced the same dressed up in the colours. As a vegetarian the choice of ‘sushi’ perhaps is universal in the country and all that matter is the quality of ingredients.  The pricing for the same at Rs 599 offered the best value in the city as Chef Constantine happily rolled us a creamy avocado and a crisp tempura variant. We snacked on the steamed edamame in salted and chilli garlic styles during the entire course of our meal.  The silken tofu in teriyaki could be scooped into and the crispy rice cracker fried Asparagus called for a wine with bracing acidity to match.  Spring brings exciting times in a continental region; it fills the heart with cheer and joy and so did it our Soba bowl. It exudes the warmth and the simplicity the Japanese culture is known for.

Cherry Blossom leela

A Mango and Mascarpone from the mango specials menu brought a delightful end to an evening which was gastronomic and of course incited the travel bug in me.  To endless discoveries in Japan, someday!!!

P.S: Miso ramen, katsu curry, yakitori are some of the dishes that non-vegetarians could look up to.

 

Sunday morning at Momo Cafe

Mumbai, India

One motivation for me to wake up early on weekends is breakfast. It could be a decadent Medu wada chutney and filter kaapi or misal pav and chai and sometimes you crave for an extravagant breakfast. The other Sunday we craved for one and picked Momo cafe at the Courtyard by Marriott,Andheri. We chose it  for the spread from we understood online and for the price it came at. And thankfully it didn’t disappoint, it was delight in fact.

From the fresh juices to fresh fruit,  dosas to paratha, multi-grain croissants to freshly brewed coffee, cheeses to compote the buffet had it all. From 8 to a leisurely 1130 our Sunday morning was in energetic settings and the food had the calming effect. I love breakfasts and this did justice from all angles.Happy to endorse.

21st March, 2000 Chefs, 2000 Menus, Good France!

On Tuesday, 21 March 2017 the world will celebrate the third annual edition of the great global event “Goût de France or Good France”. 2000 chefs across 5 continents will dish up 2000 menus at the same time and showcase  gourmet French cuisine making this a massive culinary endeavour.

This initiative was launched by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development under the aegis of celebrated chef Alain Ducasse. It aims, over the space of a dinner, to salute the excellence of French cuisine, its innovative skills, and the values that it conveys: bringing people together over a shared meal, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature.

Once again this year, the event will be celebrated with particular relish in India, where more than 65 restaurants have been selected across the country by chef Alain Ducasse– so there’s no way you can miss it! Diners can pick their preferred ambience as they will be spoiled for choice: bistro, coffee bar, contemporary or haute cuisine restaurants.

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Mr Yves Perrin and the Mumbai Chef brigade

We were at a preview of Gout De France at the residence of the French Consul General Mr Yves Perrin in Mumbai where chefs from the participating restaurants showcased their culinary might. Chefs including Ashish Bhasin, Irfan Pabaney, Nitin Kulkarni, Amaresh Nandan, Satbir Bakshi, Amit Pamnani, Robin Batra were at their skillful best showcasing dishes like the Goat Cheese Creme brulee and figs, Asparagus, Hollandaise and Brioche, Fruit Savarin, Marquise Pompadour etc.

Join the party on the 21st. Good France!

Here is the list of Mumbai restaurants:

Aaheli,Kolkata serves at Jamavar, Leela!

Mumbai, India

Mumbai has seen the popularity of Bengali cuisine rising over the last one decade and enthusiastic non-bengali diners can now discern between the good and the not so. I have been upping the ante with Bong food given all the Kolkata travels and a host of eateries opening up in the city whilst still struggling to find some love for Potol. Recently when a Leela billboard on the airport road spoke about a Bong food promo, I was kicked and even more when I understood that Aaheli a 2 decade old Hilsa destination in Kolkata is running it.  I had to go!

Aaheli Jamavar

Welcomed by the hostess draped in the cult red and white Korial, my journey to didi’s land had begun. Jamavar looked as pristine and inviting and I was all set for a big meal.  Aam pora sharbat to begin and a quick chat with Chef Hafiz of Aaheli gave me the ‘itinerary’ for the evening.  Date and 2 mango chutneys with papad kept us company till the Piyaz Poshto Bora, Chenna patishapta and Mochar chop came in.  Dhokar Dalna, Aloo Poshto, Kasundi begun, Chanar ushtab with radhaballabhi and the fragrant Gobindbhog rice were brilliant.

Now coming to where Bengalis could come to fists, mishthi, the Rajbhog in nolen gur, Doi with nolen gur and nolen gur payesh brought in a sweet ending to our Saturday evening.  The food was brilliant and the ambiance luxurious.  Go Jamavar, eat Aaaheli !

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