Sprout Gourmet @ Powai, Mumbai

The name may be misleading to make one think it’s an outlet serving just salad and healthy options but they have a host of Indian and international cuisines on the menu.

I tried Falafel Wrap, Burmese Khow Suey, Creamy Pesto and Northern Veg.

Falafel Wrap was refined wheat flour based falafel accompanied with potato chips. While it was good in taste, I would have loved if it had an option of whole wheat wrap instead of the ‘maida’ wrap.

4. Burmese Khow Suey

Burmese Khow Suey bough mixed feelings. Perfectly cooked noodles were getting over-shadowed by vegetables. Also, the curry that came along had smaller portion than what Khow Suey should have. It tasted more like Thai curry as both has the same coconut base. Most surprising was presence of chill flakes. If I had to rate the dish without knowing it as Burmese Khow Suey, I would probably rate it good based on the taste but for Burmese Khow Suey, it was falling short in most fronts.

5. Creamy Pesto and Garlic Bread

Creamy Pesto were pasta in green pesto made with basil, spinach and broccoli. Again, good in taste but the garlic bread became a little soggy. I have observed most food deliveries falling short here, so that was expected.

6. Northern Veg

Northern Veg. is one of their signature dish. This Indian dish had rice, cottage cheese, masala bhindi and very tasteful daal-makhani. The masala bhindi had unusual amount of red-chilli so It was almost inedible for us. Instruct them to prepare with lesser chili and it should be good.

3. Packing

All dishes had their own pluses and minuses but overall they were satisfactory in taste and in portion which was meal like but the non plastic food containers impressed me the most.

Sprout Gourmet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

P.S. The dishes were provided on the house for tasting and feedback.


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Oozo Bar & Diner, Andheri (E), Mumbai

Inspired from Ouzo, a Greek, anise-flavored alcoholic drink, Oozo Bar and Diner is the newest hangout place in Andheri (E) near Sakinaka. The place has dedicated sections for casual dining, lounge & bar and a rooftop lounge for sheesha.

 

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This place is being set-up by none other than K. M. Saif. A renowned chef and consultant who has successfully set-up some of the great places in Mumbai and Pune like Fusion Kitchen, The Little Door, Flip Bar and Kitchen, Asanjo etc. to name a few.

Some of the best international dishes and finger food ranging from Indian, Mexican, Italian, Greek & Mediterranean, Korean etc. find their place in the menu. We tried some of them.

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Yin Yang Martini: This non-alcoholic milk based, whipped cream and vanilla based drink is topped with shaved chocolate and M&Ms to resemble Yin Yang symbol. Prefer if you like milk and cream based drinks.

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Watermelon Caipiroska: One can never go wrong with watermelon to beat the heat. A mix of muddled watermelon, lime, mint, topped with crushed ice and fresh watermelon juice.

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Crazy Current: This seemingly simple black current crush and grape juice mix taste good when sipped with the white pepper rimmed on the cocktail glass.

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Jalapeno Margarita: This is a twisted flavored spicy drink. Jalapeno, lime, and finely crushed ice.

 

Royal Saffron Nachos are saffron flavored nacho chips, topped with lip-smacking saffron cheese sauce & black olives. This is one of the signature dishes.

Korean Cheese Nachos are spinach flavored nachos topped with Gochujang(Korean hot pepper paste) spiced cheese sauce and loaded with chopped bell peppers, black olives, mozzarella, cheddar & parmesan cheese. Both the nachos are house made, thin and crisp and the accompanying sauces are something extraordinary.

 

Chipotle Chili and Chickpea Mini Cake are mini fried patties stuffed with chickpea and parmesan cheese. The accompanying chipotle mayo gives it the much needed spicy twist.

Chipotle Cheese Balls with fiery mayo is gooey cheese balls filled with mozzarella & cheddar cheese and is served with spicy mayo. The outer shell is crisp and inside there is a burst of flavors.

 

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Romesco Potato Bites

 

Romesco Potato Bites are bite-sized scooped baby potato with skin. The perfectly baked potato bites are stuffed with mixed veggies tossed in spicy romesco sauce and are topped with garlic mayo and chopped jalapeno.

 

The main course dishes we tried are a meal in itself. Locro de Zapallo is a Peruvian dish made from red pumpkin stew cooked with onion, garlic, potato, green peas, veg stock, yellow pepper paste, oregano, cream cheese served with parsley rice and oven roasted baby potatoes.

The vegetarian Bulgogi, as its name suggests, is a vegetarian variant of Korean dish, Bulgogi, which is primarily made from meat. Instead of meat, cottage cheese cubes, mushroom are cooked in soy sauce, sesame oil and gochujang(Korean hot pepper paste) and is served with coriander rice.

 

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Paneer Shashlik Sizzler

 

Paneer Shashlik Sizzler requires no introduction. Grilled Paneer with rice, fries, veggies in sweet and tangy shashlik sauce.

 

Our meal ended with their signature shakes. Chocochip Cookie Shake is again a classic milkshake made with vanilla ice-cream, choco-chips, whipped cream and topped with ice-cream sandwich.

The calorie loaded Tiramisu Milkshake is a great blend of milk, white chocolate, strawberry crush, sponge cake, vanilla ice-cream and mascarpone cheese topped with vanilla ice cream, mascarpone cheese & sponge cake.

Forget about the workout you did for the week and gorge on these shakes. Have one of this and you will have to skip your meal for sure.

Vicinity to offices of Andheri and Powai combined with good ambiance and great food, this place is for people who work hard and party harder.

Ambiance: 3.5/5
Service: N/A. This was an invite.
Food: 4.5/5
VFM: N/A. This was an invite.

Overall: 4/5

P.S. – We were invited by Chef and Consultant K. M. Saif to try their menu.


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Lord of the Drinks, Andheri (W), Mumbai

Exclamations like ‘big’, ‘spacious’ are often missing while describing restaurants in Mumbai where cramped spaces are a way of life.

Spread across 8000 sq. feet and divided into 3 sections, al-fresco, a ground and a first floor, Lord of the Drinks would be synonymous to those hardy found exclamations.

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The moment you enter the place, you get the similar vibe as Tamasha, Lower Parel, primarily because of the interior. Not to mention that it is owned by the same restaurateur, Priyank Sukhija.

See my review of Tamasha here.

I got an opportunity to visit LOTD within a month of opening. Here is what we got to try…

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Asian Cooler

The concoction of rum, cucumber juice and lime helped cool off the heat!

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Apple Foamintni

This animated drink made with vodka, green apple syrup, mint foam topped with blue curacao syrup too was a great cooler.

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Bubbling LIIT

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Mumbai Tea

Another highly potent cocktail was Mumbai Tea. A mix of cinnamon tea and Kahlua, orange liqueur, vodka and apple juice.

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Lychee Desire
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Melon Twist
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Mint Papaya Rita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the variety of fruit flavored cocktails, we tried Lychee Desire, Meon Twist, and mint Papaya Rita. A mild infusion of spices like cloves, smoked cardamom stick and chili pepper makes these different from run-of-the-mill fruit flavor cocktails.

 

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Smoked Sangria

Smoked Sangria brought a smoky twist to a regular sangria. Try it only if you like sangria.

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Sweet Potato Chilli Fries

I realized only after the server told us that the fries are made from sweet potato.

The Tender Coconut and Galangal Soup and the Black Daal Soup turned out to be my personal favorites. Tender Coconut and Galangal Soup is a must try if you like Thai curry as both has the same base, tender coconut broth. Usually, soups made from lentils are bland but this one had a unique taste.

Chukandar Galauti and Bamboo Shoot and Chestnut Kabab were served with bite-sized Malabar parotha and dips. Tzatziki and fresh fruit chutney respectively. Both were a little bland in taste when tried alone but gave a different taste when tried with the accompanying dip.

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Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Other different dishes we tried were Tandoori Platter veg, Trio of Bruschettas, Yellow Chilli and Roasted Garlic Dimsum, Trio Mushroom Dimsums and Roasted Veg. Pizza. none of them disappoint us but the star main course was Lasooni Shingada Palak and Makai Roti.

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Lasooni Shingada Palak and Makai Roti

With unusual presentation and equally unusual taste, the water chestnuts in garlic and palak gravy was a burst of flavors.

And if this was not enough, the desserts served raised a level in combining unusual flavors.

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Paan Ice-Cream Martini

The Paan Ice-Cream Martini gave a good twist for a dessert and was served with thandai shot. A great combination for paan and ice-cream lovers.

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Malpua Lasagna with French Toast

Another quirky dessert was cinnamon malpua topped with cream cheese rabri and Kiwi fruit accompanied by French baguette. Not to be missed if you like malpua or have a sweet tooth.

Considering the great and potent drinks and equally great food options the more apt name would be ‘Lord of the Drinks and Food!’

Ambiance: 5/5
Service: N/A. This was an invite.
Food: 4/5
VFM: N/A. This was an invite.

Overall: 4.5/5

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

P.S. – We were invited by Lord of the Drinks to try their menu.


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Indian Curry @ Tansha Comfort Regency, Vadodara

 A family gathering of around 15 people and an obvious and annoying question, where to go for dinner so that everyone gets some or other thing of their liking?

Long discussion and Indian Curry @ Hotel Tansha Comfort Regency came out as a choice. It was Sunday evening and we called to book a table only to discover that they don’t take bookings. Reaching early helped secure one as the restaurant got fully occupied by 8 PM.

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Our order consisted Hot and Sour and Almond Broccoli soups, Bruschetta, Jalapeno Cheese Nuggets, French Fries, Roasted Papad and Palak Makai Lahori Seekh Kabab to start with. In the main course, we stuck to north Indian and tried Paneer Do Pyaza and Veg Deewani Handi.

Almost everything in food was up to the mark and didn’t disappoint us.

With average service, decent interiors and good food, this surely secures a backup option berth.


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Be on a gastronomical world tour @ Asanjo, Aundh, Pune

Here comes yet another global cuisine restaurant set-up by Chef and Consultant K. M. Saif.

The place is quite small compared to usual restaurants and has 2 floors for dining. The interior is minimalistic but vibrant and the well-lit ambiance makes this place elegant.

We started with mocktails and tried Dusky Damsel, Sweet, sour and spicy punch, Cucumber margarita, Kiwi margarita, Blushing caipiroska and Ethiopian spiced tea.

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Dusky Damsel was a concoction of black current crush, grape juice and black salt. Salty and a little sour.

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Sweet, sour and spicy punch was liked by all of us. This mix of pineapple, green chili and jalapeno gave a great spicy punch.

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Cucumber margarita was muddled cucumber drink. Try only if you like cucumber and feeling adventurous.

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Kiwi Margarita was made with kiwi crush blended with ice and was garnished with fresh kiwi. This was perfectly sweet and refreshing.

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Blushing caipiroska is ice crushed mint and cranberry juice mixed drink will freeze you over. You can never go wrong with this.

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The Ethiopian spiced tea was a hot concoction of spices like clove, cinnamon, honey boiled in tea. A perfect drink to clear to the throat or to induce internal heat on a winter morning.

The food menu brings great dishes from around the world. You get the best of uncommon varieties of different cuisines like Indian, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, South American, Greek, Balkan and Spanish cuisines etc.

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Sambal Baby Potatoes:

Baby potatoes tossed in olive oil with onion, garlic, bell peppers in spicy sambal sauce.

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Papas ala Saif:

This is never to be missed. Named after the chef himself, this was a dish with fried potato discs, topped with yellow pepper cheese sauce and black olives. The eggetarian variant has boiled eggs on top of the fried potato discs.

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Greek veg souvlaki:
This kabab dish had soft cottage cheese and assorted vegetables accompanied by greek salad. The feta cheese and olive complemented the grilled paneer very well.

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Nachos with cheese balls:

These spinach-flavored tortillas, fully loaded with cheese sauce, beans, pico de gallo, bell peppers, mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Will be a delight for cheese lovers.

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Gallo Pinto:

From the main course, we tried a Costa Rican dish having beans and rice served with grilled cottage cheese steak, red pepper sauce, pineapple salsa and dill yogurt. This is a meal in itself.

To end the meal, we were presented a deadly duo, of highly decorated and calorie laden Chocochip cookie shake and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Milkshake.

Chocochip cookie shake was chocolate milkshake served with ice-cream sandwiched between donuts in a glass rimmed with peanut butter and chocochip cookies.

The Peanut Butter Pretzel Milkshake shake was a blend of vanilla ice-cream, peanut butter, chocolate sauce, topped with whipped cream and garnished with a piece of a Pretzel which gave a crunchy and salty twist to the shake.

Service: N/A as this was an invite.

VFM: N/A as this was an invite.

While we visited just one place, we surely had a gastronomical world tour.


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Mia Cucina, Powai, Mumbai

Most of our visits to Mia Cucina were impromptu except one which was the worst one. It was 30th December and we were informed that all the tables were occupied when we inquired about a table for 2. Their body language was enough to indicate that “you are just two and today we don’t care!” Even in general, I would appreciate the staff to be a little grateful.

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That was probably the worst part. Now, coming to the good part, the food. In my several visits, pizzas and desserts have never disappointed.

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Freshly baked and hot bread are savory start to a meal
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Cicchetti – Bruschetta Bell Pepper

During my recent visit, we tried, Cicchetti, a range of bite-sized snacks/appetizers famous in Venice, Italy. The Bruschetta Bell Peppers had bell peppers, tomatoes with chili mayo and balsamic vinegar which gave it a distinct taste.

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Feta-E-Peperone

Vegetarians have only a few options in pizza and having tried most of them, one thing is for sure, pizzas won’t disappoint. Pair it with a good wine like Grover Zampa La Reserve and it will leave you craving for more.

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Very few places get Tiramisu right and this is undoubtedly one of them. No further explanation needed!

Decadence Cake was a real surprise. A heap of whipped cream on top of a chocolate cake. The textured look completely contrasts the luscious smoothness of the dark chocolate.

A deadly duo for sinful indulgence!

This relatively small and rustic place may not deliver a complete package but food and ambiance make me keep going to the place.


Mia Cucina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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A great weekend starter – Timbuctoo, Vikhroli (W), Mumbai

When it comes to having drinks and dinner with a group of friends, that doesn’t cost a bomb, Timbuctoo and Pop Tate’s require no introduction. Be it food, drinks, ambiance and prices, almost everything is comparable. The only major difference, I felt was the loudness of music, which is too high in Timbuctoo. Prefer Pop Tate’s, downstairs, over Timbuctoo if you are catching up with old friends as the loud music will be a great disturbance. If you are there to start a weekend with usual friends, both serves the purpose.

What can be a better start than a jug full of LIIT. 5 whites and a dash of cola chilled over a heap of ice just gave a great start to the evening while my friends settled with Caipiroska, Manhattan, Old Monk and Kingfisher.

Melwyn Fries, Bruschetta and Chilli Cheese Wedges were the perfect companions to the potent drinks.

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Farmer’s Wish

Loaded with corn, black olives, jalapenos, onion, green pepper and cheese, Farmer’s Wish is a delightful veg. pizza.

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Thai Curry (Red)

Red Thai Curry made from coconut and steam rice marked a good finish dinner.

With great ambiance, good food and cheap alcohol, Timbuctoo, just like Pop Tate’s is one of the most preferred weekend starters.