Well it was my first time here but surely those who have frequented Starbucks, the international coffee chain, will find an uncanny resemblance to the logo of Deja Vu!
The cafe is located on Veer Savarkar Road and is walking distance from Dadar Beach and Shivaji Park. Deja Vu is divided into two parts with the upper area being the most preferred one by its patrons. It is a popular hang out for those who live nearby and is usually a precursor to a stroll on the beach.
Unsure what the pictures of people on the wall signifies. Trying to be a fashion house for chefs??
We ordered for a Espresso with dark chocolate ice cream and a Crushed Ice cold coffee drink.The hot coffee was an excellent refresher. The combination of dark chocolate and espresso was a first for me and it was heavenly!
The crushed ice drink though choked up our throats for it was so cold! The drink was like having crushed ice with just a hint of coffee rather than the other way round. Was disappointed with the ice drink as we ended up with a sore throat!
Overall the prices are moderate and the ambiance chic. However, what took us back was the bill which came on a torn sheet of paper. The cashier didn’t seem to have a machine or even a telephone for that matter! Such a shame for the place can be really happening if they take care of the small things.
Just Biryani is a small restaurant in Oshiwara, Mumbai. The place portrays itself to be a biryani-lovers haunt but it offers a lot more than just biryani. But since it was just biryani we were after, didn’t bother with the starters. Being small, the tables are bit too close to each other but there is enough distance between each table to maintain a certain level of privacy. We went on a weekday so didn’t have to worry about booking a table or waiting in line.
Less crowds and relaxed waiters led to better service and eventually happy customers. We were served with their regular appetizers, a rolled up papad and chutney and onions.
In the meantime we ordered for Prawns Biryani. The good thing about the biryani here is that it is prepared when ordered so the taste is fresh. There are places which Biryani on an assembly line where the taste isn’t exotic anymore and feels like one is eating a regular chicken and rice combination. Thankfully, Just Biryani didn’t put us through that ordeal.
The biryani tasted really good but the quantity of prawns was disappointing. Wished they’d put double the quantity of prawns in the biryani because for Rs.176, it seems way to expensive! The Biryani was accompanied by Aloo Pudina Raita which tasted a bit like the green chutney was more sharp and helped digest the extra spicy biryani.
Anyways, besides the biryani we also ordered for a glass of thick Lassi and Fresh Lime soda. The drinks were standard fare.We finished off with a Misti dohi which was more like Shrikhand with a sharp taste!
We only had biryani and a couple of drinks but paid nearly Rs.400 for the meal, which I think, is expensive. I have been here earlier and it is safe to say that Chicken Biryani is a better, cheaper bet as not many can pull off a satisfactory Prawns Biryani.
Ever since I found Joey’s Pizza at DN Nagar in Andheri, I have stopped going to any other pizza places. But this time, I decided to go to Pizza Hut at Oberoi Mall, Goregaon as I had a 1 on 1 free Pizza voucher.
The offer was either buy a family sized pan pizza and get another family sizes pan pizza free or buy a medium-sized pizza and get another medium size for free.
So we ordered for a Chicken Supreme Medium and an Ultimate Temptation Medium. The thing with Pizza Hut is the cheese they use is really yummy. It is probably a combination of Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. The hot pizzas were accompanied by drink including an Apple Cinnamon Ice Tea, Tangy Orange and a Grape Sangria Cooler. The Ice Tea was excellent with just about the right quantity of Cinnamon while the Tangy Orange was well, Tangy! The Grape Sangria was almost like wine without the alcohol in it. I’d recommend the Ice Tea and the Grape Sangria cooler as ‘must have’ drinks while waiting for the pizza to arrive.
We also had the Barbecue chicken wings and Garlic Bread which pretty much standard fare here. The Barbecue chicken was cooked in Barbecue sauce but we were disappointed with the small size of the chicken pieces. The good thing was that the processed chicken tasted good.
However, coming back to the title of the post, there was waiting of nearly 45 minutes before we got a table, this after we were told it will take only 20-30 minutes, sigh. The service was excellent, (we were served by Rupa who is adept at multi-tasking and seemed to be serving multiple tables without much problem, kudos to her!). So no complaints in the service but once we were done eating the wait for the bill was an endless one. It seemed as if people had forgotten about us completely as we waited for the bill for another 20-odd minutes. What was amazing was that we had called for the bill at least 4 times but no one obliged and finally when the manager was in sight, we requested for the bill which was promptly delivered to us.
Oh and we didn’t leave any tip. Food was good, service excellent but really who charges 10 percent service charge and 12.5 percent VAT?? That total amounted to the price of a small pizza! Hence, no tips!
Candies is probably the best restaurant in Bandra where food is light on the tummy and the prices even more so on the wallet. The wide variety of food items here is complemented by a variety of desserts. On this documented trip, one of the many countless trips, we ordered for a Chicken Tikka Biryani and a plate of mixed salad. Salads here extremely healthy and are generally replenished quickly as most salad items are in demand here!
We took a mixture of corn, potato and chicken macaroni salad. Sadly, the macaroni salad was a bit sour and that kinda spoilt the taste of the entire salad. The biryani was just about alright as well. From the taste it was clear the pack of rice and chicken has been lying on the counter for a few hours. Stale bland biryani, was the way my friend aptly described it.
However, the only good experience on this trip was the Baked lemon cheese cake which was awesome! The Baked Cheese Cake was such a refreshing dessert. It wasn’t as heavy as the normal candies cheese cakes are usually. The texture smooth and the base was deliciously yummy unlike the soggy bases on some cheese cakes.
Overall disappointed though the baked cheese cake was a saving grace!
Jai Hind is bang opposite my office but yet it took me a good 2 months to finally order something from here. Have eaten here before so was assured that I wouldn’t be disappointed with the quality. The afternoon rush hour meant parcels could take anywhere between 60-120 minutes to travel a distance which is like than 100 metres! So, the wily young fox that I am, I collected the parcel from there.
Ordered for a Chicken Biryani. The Biryani is very much like Hyderabadi Biryani with loads of spicy in it. The gravy is a bit dry which is not such a bad thing. The chicken was cooked in the same gravy and I liked the way the way the taste of gravy and the chicken was assimilated into the gravy. The quantity is excellent as well and for Rs.150 it was worth the 20 minutes wait in the hot sun outside Jai Hind!
Khasiyat is a well known veg restaurant located on the station Road in Vile Parle West . The khasiyat of Khasiyat is that, it is amongst the best veg eateries. It has maintained its popularity by keeping the prices down to an affordable level.Khasiyat is an amalgamation of chaat items, north Indian snack items and South Indian snack items without delving too much into the main course for either region.
We ordered for Chole Bhature and Falooda, which is what I remembering ordering the last time as well! Both items were prices at Rs. 75 each, making it Rs. 150 per person. The Bhature is king size here but the chole quantity is a bit too less for my liking. Seems like the standard fare served in most malls or similar outlets though the pricing is far lower at Khasiyat.
The Falooda was excellent. It included fresh cream, ice cream and freshly cut mixed fruits which were most welcomed in this searing heat!
Overall, dinner was light on the wallet a bit too heavy on the intestine with all the cream of the Falooda and the oil from the big Bhatura. Meal cost per person was Rs.150 and was quite fulfilling especially since I hadn’t had a chole bhature in a very long time!
It is a favourite hang out of the Gujaratis and things don’t get any better especially since Khasiyat is located in a Gujarati-dominated locality alongwith four colleges at walking distance from the restaurant. So it is quite popular with the college crowd as well and can get crowded during the afternoons and evenings.
Address: 21, Dashrathlal Joshi Road, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai
Phone: 26178170, 26134292
Well the title is a bit misleading as I have applied the law of averages here where some flavours are excellent while others are hardly worth the money. We had ordered for Espresso Croquant and a Pistachio ice cream. The Pistachio was disappointing as the flavour was too sharp, which probably happens if the ice cream has been in the bowl for far too long! It had a bitter after taste which is generally the case if the Pistachios are too old. Probably not many like the Pistachio here.
The Espresso on the other hand was the opposite. Excellent flavours complemented the freshness of the ice cream. The fact that the Espresso Croquant has its own fan club on Facebook suggests that either people are crazy about this ice cream or Movenpick is! Eitherways, this ensures that patrons get the best of the flavours! Now if only they could avoid discrimination with other flavours, Movenpick would be my pick for a ‘preferred ice cream’ parlour tag! As the name suggest, the distinct flavour is that of coffee but there is vanilla ice cream as well along with crushed caramelised Hazelnut! There was probably Italian Coffee Sauce in it too but I was unable to differentiate this flavour (only got to know of the sauce when I looked up on the internet!).
On a side note, Movenpick is located at The Palladium at High Street Pheonix. The ice cream is expensive at Rs.120 each but if the flavour is good (like the espresso was), the money doesn’t matter!
PS: Picture downloaded from the Movenpick FB Page.
Bread Talk is a quaint little bakery in Inorbit Mall, Malad West. They also have a branch in Hiranandani Powai. The bakery has a range of bread-based snack items along with pastries and cakes. They have a light cheese cake which is one of the lightest cheese cake I have had. Quarter kg is for Rs.250, which is expensive but worth it!
Another good offering they have is the Chocolate Chip Cake. Soft and yummy with chocolate chips lacing the entire cake was treat for this dessert-starved soul!
I also got whole wheat bread from there. It was soft and yummy and healthy as well. Made toast and it was tasty, as much as the plain soft bread was. Though I would still prefer bread from Venus Bakery, if Bread Talk was nearer, would go ahead and buy a packet of Whole Wheat Bread every week!
Nandos is a global chain of restaurants that started in South Africa in 1987. They launched their India’s chain sometime ago in Inorbit, Malad. To preserve continuity, Nandos has maintained the same format it follows in its international restaurants.
So the settings are cozy and comfortable. The tables and chairs covered with brown colour leather kinda reminds one of the roots of Nandos. Each table has three big bottles of Sauces with each one spicier than the other.
While there, we ordered for a Chicken Steak along with Ice Tea and Portuguese Lemonade. The best part is that both drinks are unlimited servings. So the glutton that I am, and the fact that I love Ice Tea, I drank 3 glasses of Ice Tea for just INR 70! The Portuguese Lemonade was different. It was Lemonade all right but a bit tangy which made it different.
The Chicken Steak though was disappointing. The chicken was a bit too dry and chewy for my liking. However, the sauces, worked their magic to make this a delectable dish. The sauces were really nice, especially the Wild Herb. The Hot Peri Peri was the hottest of the lot while the Garlic one tasted like, well Garlic! There is an option for either French Fries or Potato Wedges and we went for the Wedges. Not disappointing at all!
Overall, the meal was a bit expensive as the Chicken Steak only serves one person but two of us had it, thanks to the cheap snack at Desi Cafe, hours before we landed up at Nandos. The steak was priced at Rs.275.
A lot of people ordered for the steak and it seems to be the thing to order here. Some also ordered the Paneer Cubes, which are pretty huge. However, the couple sitting next to us wasn’t too happy about the paneer, terming it too chewy and rubber-like, unlike the usual softness that is associated with the Paneer. We put down the experience to late night dining as it was close to closing time but then again, if the quality isn’t up to the mark then it spoils the experience.
Overall, Nandos is an excellent place with unlimited Ice Tea (I just had to include Ice Tea here!). Pricing is on the higher side but the experience is a good one. Meal for two should ideal cost Rs.700.
China House, as the name suggests is a Chinese Restaurant (no points for guess that on a Food and Travel blog!). Located inside, Galleria in Hiranandani, Powai, China House shares space with a couple of Kebab joints and the Bengali street food place, Hangla’s.
China House is a pretty small restaurant, it ends a few paces from where it starts and seems a bit cramped up with the tables and chairs placed close to each other. But it has unusually high ceilings dotted with Chinese artifacts. The entire setting of the restaurant makes one really feel like one is at a Restaurant in China except for the Indian waiters and the fact that there are tables and chairs!
Anyways, whilst admiring the place, we ordered for Dumplings which is pretty much like Wanton. The Chicken Dumplings were yummy and made for a perfect light starter (even though the covering was made of Maida) for our main course which was the Mustard Chilly Prawns Sizzler. Emboldened by the delicious starter, decided to try the Sizzler. My friend suggested the Mustard Chilly as she likes Mustard. Hump! me not so much but went for it hoping the mustard wouldn’t overpower the taste buds. Thankfully, I was right or should I say the chef got it right. The quantity wasn’t much but the summers have seriously sapped away our appetites, so we didn’t have a complain on the quantity front. The quality was good too. The Prawns were big and yummy and so was the rice and noodle combination with the big french fries!
China House is indeed a good place to have dinner. If you are in Powai and in the mood for some Chinese, do give China House a thought. It is definitely cheaper than Yoko Sizzlers which is also located in Galleria.
Price: 3.5/5 (Rs.300 for the Sizzler and Rs.135 for the Dumplings)
Desi Cafe, as the name suggests, is a cafe-ishtyle-street-food-in-an-air-conditioned-settings place! Phew! It is located in Hypercity, a place where hyper mommies and kiddies come to shop (ok ok PJ I know). Anyways, the place has a coffee-place like settings and serves a few Indian delicacies which one would find on the roadside. These include Samosa, Chaat items, sandwich and the good old cutting chai! Oh and they have coffee too, nescafe coffee to complete the ‘cafe’.
It is a self-service place so you go here, place the order then wait. Once the order arrives, the name of dish will be called out loudly, so loud that if you, by mistake, go for a stroll inside Hypercity after placing an order, you could still here that your food has arrived!
I ordered for Samosa Chaat while my friends ordered for Dahi Puri. The Samosa Chaat was spicy as expected and didn’t really go well with really hot Nescafe coffee! Wish my friends had shared some of the dahi with me. Sigh!
My dish wasn’t as interesting as the Dahi Puri which came in an Ice Cream bowl. Yes you read that right. Ice Cream Bowl ke andar Dahi Puri! Ekdum Jhakaas innovation this is. And honestly, it was a lot easier to eat it as well as opposed to the usual serving on a flat plate.
The pricing is moderate as well. The Samosa Chaat only cost INR 40 and filled up my pot belly enough to avoid dinner!
Besides Desi Cafe, there is another coffee joint at the entrance of Hypercity. Next to Desi Cafe is a fast-food prawns joints. Yes! They serve Prawns here for takeaway which is a kick ass innovation in my opinion.
PS: Apologies for the lack of pictures!