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Great Punjab Restaurant & Bar

December 18, 2008 2 comments

Address: 266 Linking Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai

Tel: 26429846, 26408036

Full Review: I had a few expectations going inside, with the place being so decked up and high-endish and all. Well it was expensive but sadly the quality did not match up. The quantity too was less.
The one innovative thing I noticed was the diet menu for weight watchers. I must say that is a great way to keep patrons hooked on!
Anyways, back to our experience, well, as we entered, we felt like we had entered a hostile country. Wasn’t exactly a warn reception from the waiters. So after a brief moment of hostility we got down to deciding on the menu. We quickly decided on the Paneer Tikka Masala, Naan, Roti and Lassi.
The food was sadly not atall upto the mark. The Paneer was like a rubber, had to use 2 hands to break it and I wished I had shark teeth so I could chew the paneer easily!!! The lassi, expensive at Rs.70, was quite a disaster as well.
The only thing good was the Rs.40 Naan!
Frankly, I thought, this whole ploy was to not make us come to the place again and we will most definitely honour their wish!

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Mac Craig

December 18, 2008 2 comments

Address: Gaspar Enclave, Pali Naka, Bandra (W), Mumbai

Tel: 26411985

Full Review: Just went yesterday to Mac Craig with a couple of my office colleagues. We ordered for:

3 x Roast Chicken Meal – Rs.180
3 X Lime Water – Rs.60
1 X Water Donut – Rs.10

Total bill amount – Rs.250

The food was of good quality. The chicken was fresh and well cooked. The roast chicken meal comes with gravy and also includes a few pieces of fried potato chips and a garlic bread. The taste was much better than anything i have had at Candies so far. They also have many other meals such as Garlic Chicken, Chicken Tikka and others. The outlet also has a nice variety of desserts which looked and smelled like it was freshly made; maybe we went at the right time there. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Overall a good joint, albeit small (akin to the Candies joint off Carter Road), only has 3-4 tables, so i guess u either take it home or in your car or at Carter Road whilst enjoying the view, the breeze and offcourse the good food.
I’m gonna make it a regular hangout for myself and so should anyone who wants to eat something delicious without straining the pockets too much.

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The Banana Bar

December 18, 2008 Leave a comment

Address: Hotel New Castle, First Floor, Above Only Parathas, Khar (W), Mumbai

Tel: 26480483, 26480481

Full Review: Alright, So me and my friend were searching for a place to chillout. Have been to Toto’s too many times, went to Temptation to check out that place which was pretty empty at 8:30 pm (As expected). So we headed out to Banana Bar.

About the Place:

We paid 300 per head as cover charge. On Friday Banana Bar hosts Salsa nights from 9:30-11:30 pm. We were there at 9 pm.

The Music:
The Dj was playing some nice soft rock while I gulped down on some Vodka and my friend on some Beer.
Later at 9:30pm he started pumping out some nice Salsa tunes, believe me i don’t do Salsa but the beats surely got me dancing, albeit by myself only lol. After 11:30 he dished out some house/hip hop tunes which for some reason went exactly in the same order as it did in Hawaiian Shack on Wednesday when i was there!!! Nothing special really when it came to hip hop/house, the same old, the same old choons you’d hear everywhere else.

The Crowd:
Most of the people who had come there were regulars and most knew Salsa too. For the first time i saw a gathering of Salsa dancers, pretty nice sight i must say. People had gathered just for the 2 hours of salsa. Some of them (Well most of them) were like pro’s who must have been coming here every since this place opened!!
The crowd was pretty hip, some very pretty women and cool dudes. What startled me was how quickly the place was deserted when the music shifted genres. But ah well, i guess it was expected.

The ambiance:
A very chilled out place, had two big screens (the challenger trophy was being telecast). Very spacious, to allow for maximum number of people to dance their hearts out, a good thing i must say. The place is divided into two sections : one inside where the actual dancing happens, and another outside overlooking the Linking Road where you could sit and relax and catch up with your folks.
The place wasn’t very dark, a good thing, good lightning and good service too.

The Cost:
Well a Vodka cost me Rs.150.
A Beer cost my friend: Rs.120

Everything ‘food’ there was around 180 and above so we didnt bother eating anything there (Except for the chaklis that was served with the booze).

Other nights:

On thursday’s they got Karaoke nights and from Monday-Wednesday, they got retro nights (rock/hip hop) etc.

Overall, we got bored there cause none of us knew Salsa, and seeing other people enjoy so much made me jealous! It was only when the deejay started dishing out house was when it felt nice. But really, if your a Salsa lover, you gotta make this your regular Friday hang-out.

Definitely worth checking out atleast once.

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Mumbai Times Cafe

December 18, 2008 Leave a comment

Address: Crystal Shoppers Paradise, Fifth Floor, Off Linking Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai

Tel: 66711587

Full Review: I was there a couple of weeks ago, went in there to escape the heat. The review below aptly describes the ambiance and the fact that menu left much to be desired.
Anyways, my friend ordered a pint (as it was happy hours, there was a buy one get one free offer). I didn’t feel like drinking so ordered non-alcoholic beverage, so i ordered for a Jumbo chocolate shake ( i think that’s what its called). Well it surely was Jumbo. But here’s the sad part – it tasted exactly like bournvita ๐Ÿ˜ฆ .
Not worth the money.
There was also a selection of Hukkas in the veranda outside but we didn’t try that out that day. The have a nice array of magazines that you can read while your there, it includes business magazines, lifestyle magazines , women related magaziness etc etc. if your bored you can watch TV too. they got 2 screens and one projector to screen important sports events and the like.

Overall seemed like a nice place to chillout with your friends, but the menu badly needs some more additions. So like the dude below me, i’ll go and check out that place sometime later to see how its progressed so far.

Grill Cottage

December 18, 2008 Leave a comment

Address: Next to Amore, Carter Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai

Tel: 9819530472

Full Review:

About the place:
Its a small outlet with 9 tables (including one which can accommodate a family of 10-15 easily). All tables (Except for the first two on the right) have seating arrangements where u can lie down and eat your food (if u wish too) or just cross your legs, slide back and relax on the round pillows and stare at the stars above you!. its a semi-open place but that’s what you would want in the sweltering heat.
The place feels like your sitting in a village in Punjab in the veranda for a nice cosy dinner. I might add, its a nice place to take your gal (or guy) for a delightful dinner thats not very hard on the pockets either.

About the food:

We first ordered for starters – Pepper Chicken. That alone transported us to what foodies would call ‘heaven’. For a change we could taste the pepper and the chicken tasted like no other.

Then we ordered for 2 half glasses of lassi (glad we ordered half cause its one huge glass!!!) the lassi was thick (but not too think), just the way i like it!
Next we ordered for a Chicken Lahori and 6 tandoori rotis. The quantity was good (a little too much after the lassi and chicken pepper though lol). But what the heck, if the food tastes so good, there is no harm in indulging. Though i though the tandoori roti was a tad smaller than the one i have had @ Pratap the Dhabba.
The cost: Pepper Chicken – 90
6 Rotis – 6*10 – 60
Half glass lassi – 2*40 – 80
Lahori Chicken – 90

Total – Rs.320

Another place added to my ‘To be Frequented often’ places. ๐Ÿ˜€

Pratap’s: The Dhaba

December 18, 2008 2 comments

Address: Shop No 31 & 32, Link Plaza, MHADA Complex, Next to Punjab & Maharashtra Bank, Oshiwara, Andheri (W), Mumbai

Tel: 26322323, 26342323, 26362323

Full Review: I was here on Sunday hoping my friend would give a birthday treat but he didn’t.. sucker..
Anyways I’ll get straight to what we ordered.

Starters – Reshmi Kabab and some Paneer dish (Excellent both of them)
Lassi – err not as great as what I had in Grill Cottage.. and the quantity was almost half of the half glass lassi there!! A big disappointment ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
Main Course – Chawla’s special.( didn’t want to order a special but my friend insisted so we did) Now this was a big big big let down! The gravy sucked, and was too thin, almost watery!
The chicken pieces were nice and juicy though.. (must be the water that seeped into em lol).
We also ordered a Paneer dish which was way better!! We almost finished that dish first before even starting with the special and to say we we were all carnivores (Except for one)!!
We had rotis didn’t order any rice.

The food was good overall but it was pretty costly too, came to 1.2k for 4 of us!! There are a lot more places where u can get better food and its a lot cheaper too.

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Jeff Caterers

December 18, 2008 2 comments

Address; 143 A, End of Bazaar Road, Chapal Road Junction, Bandra (W), Mumbai

Tel: 26426518, 26421856, 9820402047

Full Review: I have been to jeff many times before. I love the biryani there and the white chicken breast… Most of the time one piece is enough to fill you up and for 40 bucks a piece its a steal!
A great place to pick up stuff from if your in a hurry and want it good and cheap. :D..