Cheese bases to match your mood – Ovenstory, Bhandup (W), Mumbai

Pizza has always been a comfort food as it is just a phone call away. Ovenstory, a delivery only kitchen, with 17 outlets across Mumbai and suburbs adds to this.

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Overstory has 4 different pizza ranges based on types of cheese used. Chipotle, Peri-Peri, 4 Pepper and El-Classico.

IMG_20170517_210533497~2I got an opportunity to try out Chipotle Veggie Dream from their Chipotle range along with Cheese Garlic Bread and Sicilian Red Velvet Cake.

The Cheese Garlic Bread lacked consistency in size and in cooking. The taste didn’t disappoint but not something they can boast about.

The Chipotle Veggie Dream pizza had a thin crust and Chipotle Cheese topping along with the regular Mozzarella cheese. The Chipotle Cheese is flavored with dried, smoked and crushed jalapenos. In the veggies, onions, olives, jalapenos and corn, complemented the overall taste.

The Sicilian Red Velvet cake too was satisfactory in taste. The ‘Red-ness’ may be attributed to beetroot but the good is, it didn’t dominate the taste.

As far as pizzas are concerned, I would love to try their other cheese base varieties and would prefer Ovenstory over the so-called ‘Pizza Delivery Expert’ and yes, they too are just a phone call away.

Ovenstory Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

P.S.: The delivery was on the house to try out their menu.


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Bottoms Up, Andheri (W), Mumbai

Bottom’s Up is the latest addition to one of Mumbai’s great neighborhood famous for great restaurants, pubs, micro-breweries and nightlife.

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Bottoms-up is a tiny place carved out if Punjab Grill. The industrial-themed interior is minimalistic and ambiance is dimly lit, a typical of a night-life-spot.

Their cocktail collection has Mumbai inspired names and flavors, like Nariman Point, Sandra From Bandra, Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, Beedu etc.

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Gateway of India
Gateway of India

I tried Gateway of India, a vodka based drink with mint and cucumber was good to cut down the heat. Marine Drive is typical LIIT with cola replaced by beer. Try if you feel a little adventurous.

Nariman Point
Nariman Point

Nariman Point brings the spiciness of jalapeno and Chaat Masala with the base of vodka and orange.

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The food menu is concentrated to appetizers and finger food. We got to try Kachhi Mirch Ka Paneer, Makhan Masala Garlic Corn, Smoky Achari Mushroom, Chana Jor Garam and assorted chaats that perfectly complemented the drinks.

To sum up, a worthy place for weekend evenings but space can be a limiting factor.

Bottom's Up Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

P.S. – I was invited by FBAI and Bottom’s Up on their launch party.


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SodaBottleOpenerwala, Powai, Mumbai

Finally, Powai too gets its own bit of Irani Cafe legacy, albeit in a new avatar, with SBOWs 3rd outlet opening up replacing Pizza Hut, the auto rickshaw navigation landmark to enter Hiranandani.

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The interior largely resembles the BKC outlet and carry the charm of old world Irani cafes, chaotic, lively and elegant. It was almost 11 PM on Thursday late evening when we reached and people were still pouring in.

My friend wanted to try a something called ‘Bava Ji Ka Thullu’ but we got informed that it is available at BKC outlet and not at Powai. So he settled with Mumma Nu Double Dose and got served The Bumsuckerwala without even asking us as the base for Mumma Nu Double Dose was not available.

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The Bumsuckerwala
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Bunmaska
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Cheese Chili Pav
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Mushroom Cheese Khari
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Bharuchi Paneer Akuri
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Navsari Hot Sauce

In food, we started with Bunmaska and Chilli Cheese Pav and Cheese Mushroom Khari. Try the Navsari Hot Sauce if you feel adventurous. Not as hot as Tabasco but the initial sweetness is deceiving. In mains, we tried Bharuchi Paneer Akuri, a Parsi style Paneer Bhurji. Smooth and melt in the mouth Paneer with the right mix of spices makes this a must try for vegetarians.

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Lagan Nu Custard
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Parsi Dairy Kulfi
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Mawa Cake

Lagan Nu Custard was a pre-decided as I had never tried that. This baked dish will not disappoint if you like custard. The same goes with Parsi Dairy Kulfi. The Mawa Cake always sneaks-in the desserts order. Can’t avoid it!

I would appreciate if they improve a little on the service. Food never disappoints.

My experience of SBOW, BKC: Irani Cafe v2.0 – SodaBottleOpenerWala, BKC, Mumbai

SodaBottleOpenerWala Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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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.

Breads
Freshly baked and hot bread are savory start to a meal
Bruschetta Bell Pepper
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.

Feta-E-Peperone

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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New Menu @ Farzi Cafe, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Farzi Cafe has already established itself as a go-to place for Indian food with a twist. I got an opportunity to be part of their new menu launch last month.

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The moment you enter the place, you feel like entering an ancient place primarily because of the intricately carved patterns and a little dimly lit interior. But the repetition of it gives the feeling of a confined place.

Farzi Apple Foamintini
Farzi Apple Foamintini

We got started with Farzi Apple Foamintini. A strong concoction in vodka, green apple, mint foam and elderflower syrup. I found it a little sweeter than what I like.

Farzi TIna
Farzi TIna

The Farzi Tina gets its name from the first guest by the same name who asked for a vodka based cocktail with a strong flavor of oranges and lime.

The Bunta was a collection of cocktails in goli-soda bottle. The Kolavari was a refreshing mix and the Aam Papad had an overpowering flavor of raw mango.

There were also Farzi Shoonya drinks. As per the name, they had shoonya / no alcohol so I gave them a miss for the sake of my non-alcoholic friends.

Upma and Curried Mozzarella Bites
Upma and Curried Mozzarella Bites

In veg. Tapas, we were served Upma and Curried Mozzarella Bites. Which was a quirky dish of piping hot Upma and Mozzarella fritters. Give it a try if you like Upma.

Besant Nagar Chilli
Besant Nagar Chilli

The Besant Nagar Chilli Fritters were fried Bhavnagari Chilli served with tamarind sauce banana wafers. It’s a popular dish known as Marcha na bhajiya from western parts of Gujarat.

Charred Artichoke and Cherry Tomato Bisi Belle Bhaat
Charred Artichoke and Cherry Tomato Bisi Belle Bhaat

In the main course, we had Charred Artichoke and Cherry Tomato Bisi Belle Bhat, a fusion of the humble South Indian Bisi Belle Bhat with western ingredients like artichoke and cherry tomatoes.

Wok Tossed Vegetables, Peanut Tamarind Salan, Dhania Kulcha
Wok Tossed Vegetables, Peanut Tamarind Salan, Dhania Kulcha

I liked the Wok Tossed Vegetables, Peanut Tamarind Salan and Dhania Kulcha the most. the peanut sauce on wok tossed vegetables gave the dish a good twist and the fluffy dhania kulcha paired very well with it.

Malai Ghevar Tart Saffron Aire
Malai Ghevar Tart Saffron Aire

In desserts, we tried Ghevar Malai Tart with Saffron Aire, again a nice fusion of Indian Malai Ghevar in Tart with saffron foam.

Candy Floss Paan was a perfect end to the meal.

Overall a good place to venture out from the usual Indian food.


Wok Express, R-City, Ghatkopar (W), Mumbai

Wok Express is primarily famous for “Create your own box” and is one of the few QSRs serving sushi.

Previously I have tried their Cheung Fun and Baos and I am not a fan of those. Here, in my couple of visits, I tried Edamame and Truffle Dumplings, Crispy Tempura Roll, Jalapeno Cream Cheese Roll and Create your won box.

The Edamame and Truffle Dumplings filling may have edamame but the taste was missing for sure. Considering the portion of the dumplings and price its a low value for money proposition, The Crispy Tempura Roll with a little sweet taste and topped with chili mayo was a delightful, though. Jalapeno Cream Cheese roll was equally good.

For ‘Create your own box’, I tried flat wheat noodles as base and Teriyaki sauce. I left the vegetables and condiments choice to the server and the final box turned out to be great. A large is sufficient for 2.

Prices are quite high from a QSR standpoint. Stick to sushi if you like or ‘Create your own box’ and the food will not disappoint.

Ambiance: N/A as this is a food court outlet.
Service: 3.5/5
Food: 4.5/5
VFM: 3.5/5 (Approx Rs. 700/- all inclusive, for two)

Overall: 4/5

Wok Express Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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Mysore & Coorg #1: Pre-Trip Musings

Mysore-Coorg trip during February ’17 was a result of my inaction to book Mumbai-Udaipur flight tickets on time in December ’16. The prices increased by half and my VFM conscious conscience did not allow me to go ahead.

This was supposed to be the first vacation with our soon-to-be-three year young son, barring a couple of weekend trips nearby Mumbai. The inaction I referred to earlier had less to do with ignorance than reluctance, induced by my son getting down with fever whenever we planned a trip around.

But the flight ticket prices overweighted the reluctance and one fine evening we found ourselves planning the itinerary.

Coorg is 4.5 to 5 hrs continuous drive from Bangalore and this being a tread-cautiously trip, we sneaked in Mysore in our itinerary. Another reason for Mysore was the Mysore Zoo.

Coorg is a district and has primarily two locations for tourists. Kushalnagar and Madikeri. Coming back to Bangalore from Coorg would again be tiring, so we let Mangalore too sneak-in the itinerary for an overnight stay.

The Itinerary:

Day 1: Mumbai – Bangalore – Mysore

Day 2: Mysore

Day 3: Mysore – Kushalnagar (Coorg)

Day 4: Kushalnagar – Madikeri (Coorg)

Day 5: Madikeri

Day 6: Madikeri – Mangalore

Day 7: Mangalore – Mumbai

Next was the selection of accommodation options. What can be better than Trip Advisor for the same.

Mysore: Ruchi The Prince

Kushalnagar: Coorg Jungle Camp

Madikeri: Serene Woods

Mangalore: Ginger

Bookings were done and the countdown started, so was the preparation!

Next: Day 1 – Mysore Sightseeing