The Bhookha Beirdo, Bandra (W), Mumbai

Tucked in a bylane of Pali Hill, TBB is easy to find. The facade is not as appealing as the name is but that’s an ignorable shortcoming. The restaurant is tiny yet cozy. The interior is minimalistic and the walls are adorned by travel theme knick-knacks.

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The owner, Anurag, welcomed me and narrated the story behind TBB. Anurag himself is an avid traveler and he misses great food he tried from around the world. TBB is conceptualized by the need to have some great dishes from different corners of the world at one place.

The is small but covers some famous world cuisine. They also have a special menu which changes almost daily.

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We got started with Mushroom tea, a thick mushroom soup made with button mushrooms. Recommended if you like mushroom soup.

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Thukpa is a Tibetan dish/soup of mix vegetables and noodles. You can choose to go with a traditional variant which is little bland to Indian palate or try with a little mix-up of Indian spices. We opted the latter and liked it very much.

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The smooth textured Leek Potato soup too was great with a prominent taste of roasted potatoes.

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We were then offered Beetroot Tikki Chaat, a chaat dish. The crispy tikkis of beetroot were served with mint chutney. Recommended if you like chaat dishes.

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Next was Bunny Chow (Veg), a South African dish with curry served inside a carved bread and served with French Fries and salad. This is surely a not to be missed dish.

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The veg. variant of Swiss Steak Mozzarella comes with herbed Paneer and tangy dressing which is served with grilled vegetables and parsley potatoes.

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Originally a Spanish rice dish, Veg Paella here is tweaked to have soya granules instead of rice to make it a protein-rich dish rather than carb-rich. Try only if you are ok with Soya granules taste.

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The fusion dish Kasundi glazed Cottage Cheese was mustard marinated Paneer with Mexican rice. If you like Mexican rice and Paneer, this is the dish to go for.

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The misty and warm aroma of apple and mint of a freshly baked Apple Tart, the dessert of the day, was a pure sensory pleasure and so was the cashew and raisin rich Apple Tart itself.

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Dark Chocolate Crumble was a perfect end of the meal. Crumbled cookies, caramel crunches, topped with dark chocolate with a little tanginess is a must try dessert for chocolate lovers.

Portion wise, almost every dish is a meal in itself. In the taste, almost every dish was my new favorite. As far as authenticity is concerned, I can’t vouch for it as I was trying all the dishes for the first time except Thukpa.

Food: 4/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
VFM: N/A

P.S. – I was invited by TBB to taste their menu.

The Bhookha Beirdo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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The Masala Story @ Chaubara 601, Thane

Conceptualizing is often an easy part. Making it happen is what takes up maximum efforts. It took the Chaubara owners a 15 days road trip in Punjab and Delhi to experience the unexplored culinary delights and bring it to Mumbai/Thane.

Chaubara means a room with 4 doors on each wall. 601 signifies the PIN code of the place.

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The moment you enter the place, you are instantly transported to a different place. The details if interior and ambiance is impressive. It may look a bit overdone but still doesn’t lose the aesthetic appeal.

Apart from usual table and chair sitting, they have shamianas, park bench and Pujnabi dhaba style charpai arrangements too. To promote recycle/reuse they have sourced old park benches, hospital beds, a door turned into a table top with a base of sewing machine. This creativity makes almost every nook and corner photograph worthy.

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Red Guava Pomegranate

We were welcomed by Dhniya Jeera Pani, Bukka Pyaz and Suran Chips. To accompany this, we tried Red Guava Pomegranate, a sweet guava drink, topped with pomegranate and with a lemony twist.

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Veg Platter

We started with Shakahari Platter, consisting tandoor cooked items Bharwan Kumb, Guncha-e-bahar, Aloo Najakat and Paneer Tikka.

Bharwan Kumb was mushroom stuffed with cheese, Guncha-e-bahar was spiced cauliflower, Aloo Najakat was paneer stuffed potatoes and Paneer Tikka was paneer marinated in yellow spices.

In main course we tried Sabj Mela Bahar, Daal Bukhara and Paneer Chaubara.

Sabj Mela Bahar as name suggests an assortment of vegetables. Paneer Chaubara cottage cheese cubes in mild khoya gravy and topped with roasted nuts.

A special mention to Daal Bukhara which is not to be missed. It is cooked for 16-18 hours to bring out the flavors of the daal and spices.

All these we tried with Roti ki tokri which consisted lal mirchi ka kulcha, laccha paratha, lachcha di naan, onoin kulcha etc.

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Another worth a try is Amritsari Papad which are sourced from Punjab along with spices(masalas) used for various dishes.

In desserts, we tried Sheer Biranj, Sunehre Papite ka Halwa and Rabdi Parantha which was stuffed with rabri.

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All these we washed down with a glass of heavy Lassi.

Staff was friendly and enthusiastic. A lack of proficiency was evident in the dishes and their ingredients but that is easy to overcome with a little practice and training.

Food: 4/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
VFM: N/A

P.S.: We were invited by Chaubara 601 to try their menu.

Chaubara 601 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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Iconic Milkshakes – Keventers

I was taken by surprise when I read the tag-line ‘The Original Milkshake’. A little search on internet revealed that it may or may not be the original, but they indeed have a rich history to back them.

After reading the history, I am glad that the company is trying to revive the brand and with new outlet popping like mushrooms, it appears to be going great.

The milkshakes are served in iconic bottles. Sometimes bottles carry additional image outline to signify some place or event making them a collectible.

I have tried the following milkshakes in my several visits.

Vanilla: The all-time favorite. You can never go wrong with this.

Mint Oreo Crumble: Delight for Oreo lovers. Would be better if blended properly to eliminate Oreo cream lumps.

Choco-Chip: Tasted like usual chocolate milkshake.

Kit-Kat: Personal favorite so far. Needs no explanation.

Chocolate Hazelnut: Better than choco-chip but lacks a distinct hazelnut taste. You are less likely to realize the hazelnut presence without knowing the name.

Verdict: Are the milkshakes good? No, they are great. But to say they are the best, is to clearly disregard some of the best milkshakes available in the city.


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Breakfast @ Aromas Cafe, Powai, Mumbai

Even though I have visited Aromas Cafe several times as it is near to my office, it still remains the most under explored place for me.

From last two times Theobroma’s loss turned to be Aromas Cafe’s gain. It was Saturday morning and the indoor section was fully occupied.

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I tried Akuri on Toast, which is spicy egg bhurji(scrambled eggs) with toast. The toast was ordinary brown bread but the Akuri was good.
The Hash Brown turned out to be really nice. Crispy from outside and tender from inside without being greasy.
The Nutella Hazelnut Coffee was was a delight to multiple senses i.e sight, smell and taaste.
French Truffle slice was a gooey pastry with 55% dark chocolate.
Looking at the occupancy, I expected a little less attentiveness but food very well made up for that.
Around Rs. 700-800/- for the sumptuous breakfast deters it from being a regular affair.

Food: 4.5/5

Service: 4/5

Ambiance: 4/5

VFM: 4/5

 

Aromas Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


 

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