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!