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Shalimar Bandra, Excellent North Indian Cuisine

April 25, 2010 5 comments

Shalimar is located opposite Shoppers Stop Bandra, The Great Punjab and Persian Darbar. In the company of such stalwarts, Shalimar holds its own and has done so for many years. The place is popular amongst those craving for North Indian cuisines.

We ordered for a Special Chef Chicken and Chicken Peshawari along with Garlic Naan without bothering to order starters. Earlier in the day we spent time at Sheeshas so didn’t feel the need to order for starters.

We thought the quantity was a bit less but the taste made up for it. The chef special was a delightful mix of chicken and masala gravy without being too pungent. The Peshawari was the usual chicken cooked in fine ginger garlic paste and some black pepper too.

There was only a faint but linger taste of ginger which was good as not many like a lot of ginger in their food.

The garlic Naan was nice as well and it seemed like an overdose of garlic from the naan and from the Peshawari Chicken. The meal uptil now was filling but when 4 hoggers meet, nothing is enough. So to stuff ourselves further, we ordered for a chicken biryani.

The Biryani was pungent but it tasted good. Chicken was succulent and the Biryani quantity was good enough for four especially after the roti-sabzi!

The food was good but we weren’t finished yet! So ordered for desserts including Mango Bowl and Shahi Tukda. I think mom makes excellent Shahi Tukda but the one at Shalimar was good too. Laced with cream, it was delectable though I can only imagine how many calories one must have gained! The mango bowl was freshly cut mango pieces in cream – an excellent combination, which I have tried at home as well already!

The food was excellent but the prices were a bit steep for our liking. The Biryani and the chef special were priced at Rs.170 each while the Peshawari was Rs.145. The shahi Tukda was worth Rs.135, which is expensive as the same can be made at home for far cheaper!

The service here is good too with waiters being attentive (Even with the IPL action going on!) and quick to respond. The ambiance of the place isn’t much really as it is more of a no-frills eating place, an excellent one at that, mind you!

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Deja Vu Cafe, feels like I have been here before!

April 24, 2010 13 comments

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.

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Just Biryani, Just Biryani is good enough here!

April 23, 2010 1 comment

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!

Overall, though content with the taste there were a few things we would like them to improve upon. The same was made clear to the management as well through their feedback form.

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.

Food: 3/5

Ambiance: 3.5/5

Service: 4/5

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Pizza Hut, They make you wait and test your patience!

April 22, 2010 1 comment

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!

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Candies, Bland Chicken Biryani, sour salads!

April 21, 2010 3 comments

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!

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Jaihind, Jaihind to the Chicken Biryani

April 20, 2010 6 comments

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!

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Sheesha’s @ Shopper’s Stop, Sheesh at the Hukka!

April 15, 2010 7 comments

Sheesha’s at Shoppers Stop, Bandra is a must visit place to escape the searing heat. No No, there is no AC section here (for that, please stay in your respective homes and office :P) but it is an open air restaurant that has its own charm.

There is something about rooftop places, the view, the ambiance, the wind, the comfort, the feeling of being on top of the world and a satisfied feeling too if the food is good. We were all of this as strong gusts of wind kept the sweat away from our brows, quite literally. Since Sheesha serves Hukkas (and we were there for hukkas), we ordered for a Blue Berry Hukka. Though, I think, he served us a Pan Masala Hukka. We didn’t mind but later realised an error we committed while ordering the Hukka. We ordered for a normal Hukka and not the one with ice. We realised that the flavour ran out soon as the water warmed up and with temperatures already soaring high, we ended up paying dearly for this error – more like paying but not enjoying for long!

Accompanying the Hukka were a couple of starters. One was a Reshmi Tikka and another was a Mutton Sheekh Kebab. Both were excellent. The Reshmi Tikka was succulent. The Sheekh Kebab was made of finely minced meat and the flavours were well-balanced without any one flavour overpowering the others. The kebabs did break apart a bit suggesting that the dough probably needed to be kept aside longer. The kebabs tasted pretty good nonetheless.

Overall, it was a meal that was a bit pricey at Rs.250 per person especially since we didn’t have main course here. The hukka ran out too early and kinda spoiled the mood for us. Next time, shall remember to order the Iced Hukka!

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