La Sani Kebab Kitchen is in the same courtyard as Java Green and other eateries, both Veg and Non Veg. La Sani offers both but the quality isn’t much to talk about. We ordered for a Chicken Tikka Masala and Roti. The Tikka Masala was for Rs.99 but frankly, wasn’t worth more than Rs.50. They served us quickly and offered to let us use the table fan to keep the summer heat at bay. But the food did not live up to the mark. Though if it was cheaper, La Suni would be my first choice for Punjabi food since it wasn’t so bad but could have been better and cheaper!
Suhail’s China blue as the name suggest is a Chinese restaurant which also serves Hukka (a first of its kind maybe?) but lo and behold there is Mughlai and Indian fare on offer as wel! Well that is not a problem really cause’ we were here to smoke some hukka! As suggested by a hukka specialist that I happen to know (what are the chances!), we ordered for a Grape Mint, a mixture of grape and mint flavours!
In the meantime while the hukka was being ready, we changed our seats to a more comfortable lounge like sitting area where one can spend hours smoking and not realise!! The hukka we ordered was for INR 250. It began all well but the small pieces of coal kept running out which got on my nerves. However, one guy, Bablu, who is in charge of the top floor did manage to get us the big pieces of coal which lasted for like 30 minutes and was still going strong until some idiot changed the coal and again put smaller pieces in there! So here is a tip, if going to China Blue, please ask Bablu to change the coal for you. He seems to be far more experienced at making/serving hukka’s then the rest of the guys there!
Anyways, the hukka session was followed by a quick dinner which I couldn’t eat that time and had to get it parceled! Ordered for a Paneer Kadai and Roti. The food was really good but if only the pricing was a tad lower. We ended up spending INR 200 each (between two people) for the Hukka and the dinner. A bit on the expensive side though if in a big group (say 4 or more) then this is a must go to place for the food and the Hukka.
Comparison with Mezban Sheesha, Carter Road – Though Sheesha’s at Sheesha’s are costlier by INR 50, they are far far better as the flavour lasts a long time and the coal doesn’t need changing as often as at China Blue! Food is more expensive at Sheesha though its a bit bland. For a more spicy affair, China Blue is a better choice!
Address: Rays Chs Shop No 8/9 New Kantawadi, Towards Perry Rd, One-way from Sherly Rajan Rd, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400050
Rating: Ambiance – 4/5 (Excellent ambiance. Made to look like a Sheesha parlour with a lounge like area downstairs and more of a restaurant feel upstairs.)
Food – 4/5 (The food isn’t hot but spicy which I liketh. It isn’t like places where putting a few chillies means your food is now ‘spicy’!)
Price – 3/5 (The real downer here. Expensive for just 2 people!)
This is a small store on Chappel Road, Bandra which sells quite a lot of small take aways including burgers, rolls, rotis, fugias, chicken lolipops, puffs, sandwiches and more. Been to this place many many times. Generally have the puffs and the chicken burgers. My friend likes the rotis there. But of late, the quality of the rotis and the puffs have really gone down. Besides, the reduced chicken quantity, the roti is sometimes too spicy while the puff, even when warm doesn’t feel like it was cooked just moments ago!
The burgers though are nice and so are the spring rolls. Even the pan roll when its warmed up is good to eat. Overall this is not such a bad place, considering u can have a stomach full in less than INR 50 (USD 1). The quality of the food is not bad but its not the same it used to be before.
Address: A/10 Gagangiri Apts, Next To Crepe Station, Carter Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai
Tel: 26490999, 26490888, 65257474
Full Review: One of the few places that offers a multi-cuisine experience at Carter Road’s ‘Khau Galli’. A pretty exhaustive menu includes Continental, Tandoori, Indian and even Italian if I am not mistaken!
The ambiance is kick ass, sit inside and cosy with your date or chillout with your family and friends or sit outside and take in the cool carter breeze!
Well, if there is no breeze, worry not, the food will definitely provide a heavenly experience!
And oh the kitchen and the dining area are divided by a glass where the chefs are busy preparing mouth watering dishes!
Anyways me and my friend ordered for a continental starters, fried chicken pellets…if I am not mistaken, which was quite YUMMY!! low in quantity but high in quality!
Next we had a main course mughlai dish and were quite surprised with the quantity which was comparable to Grill Cottage next door and that too at just 30 percent more cost!
The gravy was finger licking good and the chicken nice and soft and tender! We had a combination of naans and rotis.
All this with a nice chilled Ice Tea (which was quite awesome) made the whole meal very enjoyable.
The total bill was 680 bucks but without the starters (just the main course) I think it can easily come to 150-200 per person.
Overall, a very nice meal in a very nice restaurant at a very nice location, just about perfect for any occasion.
Address: Opposite Sant Joseph Convent, 59 Hill Road, Hill Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400050
What’s worth trying: Cheese Cake, Chocolate pasteries, Chicken Croissants and Chicken Biryani
Full Review: Cheron is one of my favourite places (atleast these days it is). Being walking distance from office Cheron does see this pot belly quite a few times in a week.
Its a small little place, which can get quite overcrowded during the afternoons when little kids and older kids and the adults converge upon Cheron to satiate their palates.
What I do like about Cheron are the snacks especially the non-veg offerings and the delicious pastries!
Favourites are the Croissants (Chicken Tikka, Malai and Schezwan Chicken) which are for Rs.30 each. They also have a mini version of these croissants for Rs.20.
Other varieties include chocolate croissant, cheese croissant, paneer croissant among others. They also stock roties including Chicken Reshmi Tikka Roti and offcourse a Paneer Roti as well.
Another thing to try is the Chicken Footlong which is for Rs.60 and has a lot of cheese on it. Its kinda like a pizza but straight and a foot in length!
Coming to the desserts, well, I honestly cannot remember the names sadly but I do like most of them (Atleast the ones I have tried). Love their Blueberry Cheese Cake as well (Rs.60). Most of their chocolate pastry offerings are good.
And oh yes totally forgot, the Chicken Biryani. A bit pricey at Rs.75 but it is worth it especially after almost every other place has hiked up the cost of a Chicken Biryani to anywhere between Rs.70-140 bucks! Yes the quantity of rice is less but they are very generous with the Chicken, lots of it, very tender, well cooked and quite delicious.
The only reason I would give it a 4/5 is the veg stuff isn’t as good as the non-veg stuff which is a shame really for this place is totally worth 5-stars!