Lord of the Drinks opens in Mumbai

Mumbai, India

Lord of the Drinks Mumbai

To every man there were 5 women, glasses of Sangria and cosmopolitans on the table reminded me of the Sex and the City episodes which got the latter famous and this marked my entry to the Lord of the Drinks. It was the Sorority night we understood later, the sprightly vibe coupled with the décor made a perfect start to the evening.

Lord of the Drinks MumbaiLords of the Drink is a new entrant to the vibrant F&B neighbourhood of Andheri. The décor has a flavour of luxury with the lighting and the sense of space yet a touch of rusticity with the back bar design and it stands out.  The food attempts to satisfy all palates with selection of cuisines, courses and choices of vegetables and meat. Chukandar Galouti, bamboo shoot and water chestnut kebab, broccoli tikka with cheddar drizzle were exquisite and my opinion of the place from a pub changed to a gastro-pub. From a grilled mushroom salad to a shorba to a Quattro fromaggi to the paneer tacos the place spans cuisines and from my experiences from just the appetizers, they sure are doing a wonderful job.  The drinks a smoked old-fashioned to the Mumbai Margarita with Aaam Panna were concocted well, however I still would have loved to see more savory or neutral options on the menu than most with syrups. The music is commercial but gets louder as the night descends, stay away post 930 if you like to converse over drinks.

Broccoli tikka

For me, Lord of drinks is a great place to go early evenings for some good food and drinks and for the nocturnality in the ghetto; it with its music can keep you going….

Lord of the Drinks Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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For the love of Panchkota sabzi!

Mumbai. India

Authentic Rajasthani Thali

The land of royalty, palaces, luxury, colours, architecture and of course cuisine, Rajasthan truly puts India on the global tourist scene.  Speaking of the cuisine, the dry and arid landscape of Rajasthan gave birth to it. Paucity of water, lack of vegetation and hence vegetables got them to adapt resulting in distinct recipes.  Use of milk and milk products like ghee instead of water, using dried or pickled veggies, use of flours to make fresh or dried dumplings to substitute veggies are some of the highlights of the cuisine.

Dal Baati Churma

Tuskers at the Sofitel, BKC the only pure vegetarian restaurant within a luxury hotel curated a Rajasthani food promotion over the last 10 days and it was helmed by two chefs, Vinod and Sanjay visiting from Fairmont, Jaipur another brand of the French hotel group, Accor. The classic Dal Bati churma, Gate ki sabzi, papad mangodi, kachori in kadhi, Missi Roti, Puri, Shrikhand, Moong Dal Halwa etc comprised the massive thali at lunch time and was priced at Rs 1299.The star of the menu was the Panchkota sabji a stir fry of indigenous veggies including the Kair, Sangri, Kumat (acacia Senegal), Goondha and dried mango.  Tuskers under Chef Janakidas Vaishnav has been serving authentic Rajasthani and Gujarati cuisine, sometimes with a modern touch of flavours and promotions like these only help us to enjoy more of what the region has to offer.

shrikhand Moong dal halwa

We look forward to Tuskers to keep making us vegetarians happy and wish they could promote other regional vegetarian food may be from Kashmir, Bihar, Haryana and more too ….

 

Food and Perfume at J W Marriott, Sahar

Mumbai,India

Romanos J W Marriott Sahar

Innovation and showmanship is a norm in the restaurant space these days, some namesake like the overdone smoke or the fancy crockery phenomena or the excess of molecular gastronomy and a few which evoke interest.  Innovation in food could be interplay of flavours, textures, visuals and most importantly engagement.  Roberto Zorzoli of Romanos at the J W Marriott, Sahar is currently experimenting with extracting incense from everyday kitchen ingredients and he has showcased his work in a promotion called the Aromas.

Romanos J W Marriott Sahar

I walked in to see 10 perfume bottles on the table alongside the ubiquitous balsamico and olio in an Italian restaurant. Sage, nutmeg, orange, saffron, thyme etc read the tag on their necks.  Still didn’t make a lot of sense to me until the burrata arrived, a rich yet relatively neutral dish to take on some flavours.  Burrata with two sprays of orange and a refreshing morsel followed by a spray of oregano and yet another morsel, the haze over the concept was clearing out, dining was getting more fun. I felt like a creator!  I tried many aromas with one dish to figure one or a combination that worked well. Sage with watermelon feta, saffron with gnocchi in mascarpone, coffee, vanilla and a hint of nutmeg on the deconstructed tiramisu were my choices. I got suggestions of aromas from fellow diners, I gave mine and the dinner was interactive, the topic of discussion being food.

Romanos Marriott Zorzoli (3)

Zorzoli enchanted with his chocolate inspired 4 course meal last time and this time with the aroma experiment. Spraying aromas in the bartending world is common and this being incorporated in food is smart. I’m sure this will trend soon in the city and will become a norm. We Indians love condiments, don’t we???

Romanos J W Marriott Sahar

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

A vegetarian in Jordan

Mumbai, India

‘Jordan? Really!’ went my pals on my holiday plans, they thought the vegetarian in me was being too ambitious to make another gourmet trip out of a vacation, the former is always the agenda to say the truth.  A quick web search yielded nothing much but for the now glocal Falafel ,Hummus and Shawarma and a host of  non-vegetarian items

vegetarian food Jordan

Baklava

including Mansaf their national dish, a rice and meat preparation in lines of our Yakhni Pulao.  I started with a clean slate and enjoyed my time in the cosmopolitan Amman, the historic Petra, the rugged sands of Wadi rum, and the pristine waters of Aqaba and the therapeutic aqua of the Dead Sea. With so much globalization and the likes of Uncle McDonald to the rescue vegetarians are at ease in Jordan but here are some local delicacies that would allow adding the gourmet angle to your trip

Ful Medames

A pretty looking pot containing mashed fava beans seasoned with cumin, olive oil, onion, garlic, lemon and seasoning finds place in most hotel breakfasts and alongside are kept toppings for people to enhance the dish as per their tastes. Sumac one indigenous crimson coloured spice that adds the tang stands apart in the condiments.

Ful Medames

Ful Medames

Moutabal

A dip you will find at the salad section, a mix of smoked aubergines pureed with Tahini (sesame paste) lemon juice and olive oil. Moutabal is also used as spread in Falafel wraps; do ensure that as your street side vendor smears some along with hummus for that smoky nuance! I loved it over multiple lunches.

Galayat

A breakfast time preparation of tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and chilli is often cooked with eggs or meat and had with bread.

Manakish:

Flatbread baked with Zatar a local spice mix accompanies Ful Medames or is had with a healthy spread of cream cheese.

Haloumi

A brined semi hard cheese often made of goat and sheep milk is an inherent part of the Jordanian diet. It can be grilled but is mostly eaten fresh with Khubz or Pita and always finds place in the mezze platter comprising dips, bread and fresh vegetable batons.

Kunafeh

All fingers point to Habibah a sweet shop in Amman for this delicacy. A layered dessert with a base or filling of stringy cheese similar to a mozzarella and the top layers a crisp semolina pastry or vermicelli all soaked in rose scented sugar syrup.

Warbat

It like the popular Baklava, phyllo pastry stuffed with a soft cheese or custard with a healthy soak of sugar syrup.

Hareeseh

Semolina based dessert flavoured with rose water and sometimes enhanced with coconut are spreadout on huge and cut in cakes. It is readily available in most sweet shops in Amman and other cities. You will find a more premium nut topped version too.

Halaweh

Perhaps has the same roots as our Halwa, this one is made from Tahini and is shaped into one inch cubes. Halaweh is hard but crumbly and is on similar lines of Gajak in taste albeit much smoother and version in terms of texture. A good winter time dessert!

Muhallabia

A blancmange like creamy pudding is popular in Middle Eastern cuisines. It is milk based and thickened with rice flour and flavoured with rose water or vanilla or orange etc and embellished with nuts. It is served cold and is light and refreshing.

Turkish coffee

Jordanian’s love their tea and coffee, Turkish coffee a muddy black coffee flavoured with cardamom is commonplace and they love their mint or sage tea flavoured with spices and sweetened with sugar.  You will love the hot cuppa in the winters especially after all the food.