Have been to Costa Coffee a few times and have never had any complaints with the coffee here. The hot varieties or even the cold coffees are simply superb. A recent trip to Costa was no different either. However, what intrigued us was this big slab of dark chocolate kept aside. Their most expensive pastry, the Chocolate Melange is worth Rs.95. The pastry was garnished with thin sheets of Melange which gave the pastry a slightly bittersweet flavour, a perfect combo for any dark chocolate lover.
We had it is ice cream and it went quite well with the cold vanilla ice cream. The pastry itself was warmed up just a bit which, in my opinion, really bought out the flavours! Thumbs up to Costa Coffee for bringing out the Chocolate Melange – an excellent dark chocolate treat!
On a side note what is up with Costa Coffee and Pheonix Mills? There are three outlets in the same damn mall! Can never miss Costa Coffee if you are in Pheonix Mills!
Java Green is a cute little coffee place at Bandra Reclamation located in the same lane as Candies. The coffee place has a very formal ambiance but makes up for it with its location. One of the best places to hang out in the evenings, Java Green also excels in another department – pricing.
Once of the cheapest coffee shops in Bandra, Java Green can give the Barista’s, Cafe Coffee Days and even Candies a run for their money. Being cheap doesn’t mean the coffee is bad. Infact is as good as what you would expect from Barista which is a good 30-40 percent more expensive.
Java Green also has a range of snacks from pastries to puffs to rolls and burgers, all of which are light on the wallet. It is one of those places where one can stuff up on good coffee and great snacks for INR 100.
Java Espresso is cozy little coffee-house in the same building as Citi Centre, a fashion store. It’s just ahead of the Pali Market on the road that goes towards Carter Road. There a sign board directing patrons to the coffee shop, it cannot be missed.
Once there, it is easy to know why people have a difficulty finding this place. It is located inside a residential building complex and hence has a homely atmosphere. There is ample seating space and we chose the one closest to the gate. Even while we were so close to the gate the settings were cozy and once seated we completely lost track of the time and didn’t realise when 4 hours flew by!
Since we were here for coffee, first up we ordered for our coffees including a Classic Mocha (Dark chocolate based coffee), coffee caramel and some starters to go with it, a Java Basket.
To go with our coffees and conversations, we tried the Java Basket. The basket included perfectly fried French fries and potato wedges. We ordered for two baskets later on as well. The highlight for us was the smile faces which echoed the mood of the gang.
The basket though really good, wasn’t going to fill the hungry tummies of 6 people. So some of us went ahead and ordered some sandwiches and Croissants. I ordered the Chicken Sandwich and a Chicken Croissant. While the sandwich was not worth its salt, the croissant was really good. The sandwich had tomato sauce and small chicken pieces and wasn’t really what I had expected. The croissant on the other hand was stuffed with chicken though it wasn’t exactly like the ones you get at Cheron.
Though the food ranged from good to average, it was all worth it, for the prices at Java Espresso are quite reasonable. Between the six of us, we spent less than INR 100 per person, a figure unheard of at coffee jaunts across Mumbai. Great prices coupled with good ambiance makes Java Espresso my favourite coffee house for the month!
Prices: Classic Mocha – INR 46
Java Basket – INR 55
Chicken Tikka Sandwich – INR 33
Coffee caramelo – INR 36
Chicken Criossant – INR 30
They also have cheese cake which I plan to relish the next time I visit Java Espresso. Until next time, Bon Appetite!
Cadbury Bournville is Cadbury’s entry into the dark chocolate segment. A niche segment, Cadbury has advertised this brand extensively. However for a true dark chocolate lover the Bournville falls flat on its face. Dark it is, understandable from its bitter taste, but not as dark as the other dark chocolates I have had so far. The flavours are very much reminiscent of the usual sugary goodness Cadbury unleashes with all its chocolates. This is true even with the UK version I got hold of. Such a shame the bournville is only for cheap thrills when it could have been so much more better with just a bit more cocoa!
Its been sometime now since I got my hands on a pack of dark chocolate. Not even in my wildest dreams I’d ever think I could taste, let alone have the bar to myself, 85% dark chocolate! Yes you read it right, at 85% cocoa and organic vanilla and some organic cane sugar, this is by far the best dark chocolate I have had! It is bitter alright, but it is not as sharp as I thought it be. The taste is very well round which in my opinion is a good thing for not everyone will like a very sharp and bitter dark chocolate.
The ingredients: Organic Cocoa Mass, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Organic Raw Cane Sugar, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Whole Milk Powder, * Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin.
I think Dark 85% is easily my most cherished chocolate especially since it took nearly 10 days to finish a bar, savouring the flavour in small bites!
For more info check here: http://www.greenandblacks.com/uk/what-we-make/bars/dark-85.html#ingredientsInformation
Wow! The dark chocolate tryouts continue unabated! This time its a Malaysian chocolate by the name Vochelle Fruit and Nut. Bought this from a store in Bandra. The price was INR 65, pretty cheap for a dark chocolate, heck the cheapest one I have bought so far! Nevertheless I was happy to lay my hands on a dark chocolate to satiate my taste buds!
The chocolate is most definately rich in almonds and raisins. But where it fails is at the core itself – branded a dark chocolate, it isn’t much better than a Cadbury Fruit and Nut which is available for INR 30. The Vochelle is not necessarily a bad chocolate, yes the bitterness is there and yes it is a good chocolate overall but the fact that its priced at double the rate than that of the Cadbury is a real downer. Why would I buy a Vochelle if I can get nearly the same taste as the Cadbury? The Cadbury though is loaded with sugar and lacks the cocoa content of the Vochelle.
Overall, greatly disappoint with the Vochelle. I guess this extreme negative review maybe because I had the chance to taste two really awesome dark chocolates previously – Maya Gold and ecores d’oranges. Better luck next time is all I have to say for now!!
The last few weeks have been a dark chocolate try out season for me ! First it was the not so exciting Cadbury Bournville followed by the exotic Maya Gold and now the French Chocolate Ecorces d’oranges by Monoprix.
The French gave a very interesting description of the chocolate:
Your whole strength of a large cocoa-flavored orange to gladden the heart of inner gourmet in everyone. (Translated from French)
The Monoprix compares to the Maya Gold as both have the distint tangy orange flavour mixed into the bitterness that is Cocoa. But that is where the similarities end with the Monoprix relying heavily on its high cocoa content to win my heart as compared to the Maya Gold which also had a tinge of spices in it!. If you ask me, I wouldn’t mind either of the two as both have distinct tastes. The ecorces d’oranges is far more bitter and why not – it contains a minimum of 70 percent Cocoa, enough to satiate even the most hardcore dark chocolate lovers!!
Here are the ingredients of the chocolate:
Cocoa paste, sugar, fat-reduced cocoa powder, orange peel candied 5% (orange peel, sugar, wheat dextrose, acidity regulator: citric acid, preservative, sulfur dioxide), cocoa butter, emulsifier: soy lecithin, orange oil, vanilla flavoring. Traces of peanuts, grains containing gluten, nuts, milk and eggs. Cocoa: 70% minimum in chocolate.
Nutritional Value (per bar):
Energy value in Joules: 2293Kj
Energy value in kcal: 550KCal
Protein: 8.7 g
With 8.7g of protein per bar do you really need to eat anything else?? Not so difficult to overlook the fat content
I’d like to thank my friend Neville as I am in debt to him for his dislike of dark chocolate as I got to taste and cherish a very unique chocolate!
If you are a Dark Chocolate fan, then this is one bar of chocolate that is not to be missed! A higher concentrate of cocoa (55 percent) as compared to Bournville (35 percent), makes Maya Gold a must taste Dark Chocolate for any chocolate lover. The Green & Black’s bar is laced with orange flavour and spices – a first for me in chocolates. You can also taste traces of vanilla in the bar. Though the orange flavour is quite pungent it does not overwhelm the taste of the chocolate itself.
The bar though sweet is still very dark in every essence. It is not a sugary mix rather a carefully blended bar with the right amount of flavouring. If you are not a dark chocolate fan that Maya Gold is an excellent start! One of the best things about the chocolate is that it is made only from organic products and not genetically modified produce.
I would highly recommend anyone buying dark chocolate to try out Maya Gold – it is worth every penny!
Address: Agnelo Building, Khadeshwari Mandir Marg, Off St. John the Baptist Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai
Phone No: 26459151, 26404115
Review: Until the day I stepped inside Trafalgar, I never knew it was so close to my workplace! Vaguely described by some as a restaurant, a discotheque and even a lounge, it was time I took a final decision on what it really is.
So here I was on a weekday with nearly 10 guys and girls from my office at Trafalgar. For many of us, it was the first time.
Our intentions were to eat, drink, sing and enjoy! We got ourselves the small section adjacent to the kitchen which had a PS2 with ‘Singstar’ – the karaoke game where you sing along to your favourite (and many not so favourite) songs!.
That kept us occupied for most part of our evening while the booze kept flowing in. Unsurprisingly they have stopped their Rs.333 unlimited Beer offer!
The singing and drinking was accompanied by various starters including Murg Malai Tikka, Burschetta, Crispy Mushrooms and Pepper, Lemon Grass Chicken and Garlic Bread. Personally, I liked the murg malai tikka and though the rest could have been better especially the Burschetta.
The main course was primarily chicken biryani and for the veggies dal tadka and plain rice. Didn’t try the dal tadka but the Biryani was nice. Still, I’d prefer biryani at other places. Surprisingly for me, the drinks weren’t that expensive. At Rs.90 a pint of beer, you’d think you were sitting in Totos!
The desserts was the icing on the cake though and literally at that!
Almost everything came with vanilla ice cream, including the brownies, gulab jamun and the chocolate excess (dark chocolate). The Brownie was quite soft while the chocolate excess was a big hard block of pure chocolate. I think I would go to Trafalgar just for the chocolate excess! It was that good!
Overall, with all the singing (mostly yelling) and drinking, I was hardly in the state to think about the good and bad. But I would give it a 4 star for its good ambiance, above average food, affordable drinks and yes the karaoke session!!!