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Kobe Sizzlers, Why Have I not been here before?

May 21, 2010 1 comment



Kobe Sizzlers has been sitting pretty next to Spice Tree on Hill Road, Bandra for as long as I can remember. Have preferred to have my fill of sizzlers at Sahibaan on Turner Road but after a bad stomach (that my friend endured, I don’t endure such things as I have a bottomless pit!) we have avoided Sahibaan for the time being.

So when craving for sizzlers, we thought of crashing the party at Kobe’s to try a new restaurant!

Before ordering the sizzler we went through the usual ritual of getting ourselves a few drinks. This included an Ice Tea and Fresh Lime Soda. This was the first time an Ice Tea actually tasted like an Ice Tea. I could taste tea in there, for a change. It was an excellent coolant and could have done with another one too!

The fresh lime soda was the usual fresh lime soda!

Next up was the sizzler! (blame the ice tea for the long wait!). We ordered for a Chicken Sizzler with boiled vegetables. The sizzler was cooked well without burning the underside. The chicken steak was tender and veggies were boiled well. The french fries included were humongous! Thankfully there was no rice included or else we would have fallen asleep at the restaurant itself. The sizzler was excellent in my opinion.

Kobe has strangely gotten bad reviews at Burrp.com but I for one only have good things to talk about the place. The ambiance is no frills but the food is excellent! The Ice Tea was super and so was the sizzler. Pricey though it is, the food makes up for it.

Overall Ratings are:

Price: 3/5

Food: 4/5

Drinks: 4/5

Ambiance: 2/5 -(it isn’t the most well maintained place and one can notice seepage in certain parts of the wall)

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Esfahaan – disappointing dinning

Esfahaan is a newly opened restaurant located in Bandra near KFC. The restaurant stands where Sahibaan stood earlier.

An extremely small eatery, it is ironic that the restaurant is frequented by groups of 5 or more. We too were such a group and occupied 1/4th of the restaurant.

Busy chatting and laughing, we had the entire restaurant to ourselves for quite sometime before the crowds started pouring in.

While chatting, we ordered for a couple of drinks including an Ice Tea and Fresh Lime Soda. I think the drinks are expensive for the quality on offer. Though its good, for Rs.90 a glass, other places offer better Ice Tea. The Ice Tea at Sahibaan used to be excellent in my opinion.

Moving on to the starters, we ordered a few of those!

First up for the Almond Smoked Chicken, Cheese Frittas, Fish Fingers, Manchow Soup, Nachos, Murg Malai Tikka and Crispy Baby Corn.
The starters here are extremely good. One should try the Cheese Frittas and the Nachos here. They are excellent especially the Frittas where the cheese is in liberal dosage. The Nachos were accompanied by spicy gravy. However, the tomato cheese sauce was the icing on the cake and ordered for a couple more to be had with other starters!
The Fish Fingers are a bit pungent and sharp in taste which could have been avoided, me thinks! Again, the starter was accompanied by spicy gravy!

The Manchau Soup was a bit different. It wasn’t watery but wasn’t the thick white soup that one generally accepts!

The almost smoked chicken was a delight though. Rich aromas filled the entire room when it was bought and even the veggies thought twice before denying themselves an opportunity to taste this exotic cuisine.

The Murg Malai Tikka was the usual Malai Tikka fare that one gets in most restaurants.

The Veg crispy/Crispy baby corn was good fare too. The baby corn especially seemed fresh.

The main course was a bit of a disappointment. The two gravies we ordered were thin and not exactly what we expected. The meal wasn’t spicy nor tangent and it felt like someone had forgotten to put in enough salt and masalas.

Murg Eshfani Malai was a bigger disappointment than the Murg Shabnami which had a far thicker gravy. However, the good thing was the chicken was soft, tender and well cooked.

The veggies ordered for a Paneer Shashlik Sizzler which was a bit bland for our taste buds. The paneer was soft and the gravy that came with the sizzler was a rich mix of veggies.

Not yet content with the food, me the gluttonous biryani lover ordered for a Chicken Biryani and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed. The biryani wasn’t oily and was good enough for two people. But priced at INR 180, it was far more expensive than Biryani elsewhere which is where the disappointment stems from. Places like Just Biryani offer far better course and are cheaper as well.

Esfahaan is a multi-cuisine restaurant and we felt that it lost the essence of good food by trying to be more than what it had bargained for. A tiny kitchen can only give certain number of items and as for the rest, one has to do with subtle or sometimes major changes. Our biggest disappointment was their failed efforts to add spice to nearly every food item served which ensured that food didn’t taste the way it was meant to! Main Course was disappointment as well, as the gravies weren’t filling nor were they tasty.

Besides not to so good food were the not so good prices. Most starters were in the range of Rs.120-160, main course in the range of Rs.180-250 and the biryani for Rs.180. Clearly, the prices are on the higher side and I fail to understand what they plan to achieve with such high prices. Thankfully, we had Mydala.com coupons so the final bill wasn’t heavy on the wallet.

However, it seemed that the Tandoor items were in great demand here and probably that is something we should have tried out but couldn’t at that time.

My overall rating of this place are as follows:

Ambiance: 2/5 – There isn’t much of an ambiance to speak of here.

Food: 2/5 – I generally don’t give such low ratings but having tried a wide range of dishes on a single day, I have no other choice!

Price: 1/5 – Very very expensive is what I would term it as.

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Mia Cucina, finally food that tastes Italian

Mia Cucina is a small restaurant Italian restaurant in Pali Naka Bandra. The place has an upmarket ambiance and a price to go with!

The ambiance is soothing and relaxing which is a big plus point of Mia Cucina. The crowd is essentially Bandraites along with foreign people who live nearly. We were there early but couldn’t find a table inside the A/C section so had to sit outside but thankfully, the cool evening breeze and lower humidity levels kept us from sweating.

The menu here is unique in a way that it is hand written. The person who wrote the menu has a clear handwriting! But this was a unique surprise especially after the hand written bill served to us by Deja Vu.

But we did order ourselves some coolers. We called for a Black Soda which was essentially cranberry juice with soda.
For starters we ordered for a Bruschetta Pollo. The bread was crunchy, cheesy and laden with Balsamic Vinegar. It had a nice taste to it, a bit tangy but tasty. However, I felt the Brushetta was a let down, especially compared to the food items we had subsequently.

For main course we called for Strozzapreti Con Pollo. Strozzapreti is what gave the meal its character. Parmesan cheese along with chicken cubes and tomato sauce made for a somewhat bland main course.

We were surprised we didn’t get any more sauces along with the main course. Probably should have asked but do not think they give any other sauces otherwise.

Oh, before I forget, they offer Sour Bread and home-made butter as appetizers. It was the first time for me with sour bread and the taste grew on me, as it is generally so with bread and me!

The meal was filling and was topped up with White Chocolate Cheese Cake. Tasted like Milky White with Cheese Cake in the mix.

Overall, we opined that Mia Cucina served excellent Italian Food and the service isn’t bad either. However, the price was a bit higher but it made up for the ambiance and the food. The overall bill was Rs.709 with the breakup as follows: Black Soda: Rs.65, Bruschetta: Rs.150, Strozzapreti: Rs.275, White Chocolate Cheesecake: Rs. 140

I think Mia Cucina is a good place to hang out, have good food and soak in the environment. Outside seating is recommended especially late in the evenings. Apparently the pizzas here are nice so if any of you guys try it out, do not forget to leave your comments here!

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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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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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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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Papa Pancho da Dhaba, bada lassi da glass

As the title reads, Papa Pancho does serve a big glass of Lassi. Served in a traditional way, the Lassi alone can satiate a lot of people, for the quantity is a lot. The only other place I know of which serves a huge glass of Lassi is the now closed down Grill Cottage at Carter Road.

The glutton that I am, a lassi wouldn’t satisfy me. So I ordered for a Bhuna Gosht Meal and a Lachcha Paratha. Since it was two people sharing the meal, my first impressions was that the main course quantity was low. No complains with the food though. We thoroughly enjoyed the red meat (mutton) which was succulent. The Lachcha Paratha  was one of the better Parathas I have had in recent times.

The meal was expensive at INR 250 for the Bhuna Gosht and INR 35 for the Lachcha Paratha. The Lassi priced at INR 85, a bit exorbitant, even as the quantity was  quite good.

Wouldn’t mind visiting the place again to try the chicken fare but that may not happening anytime soon due to the high prices here.

Oh, and before I forget the ambiance here reminded me of Pratap da Dhaba, though on a smaller scale. Though I love Bandra, I rather go to Pratap da Dhaba for some affordable Punjabi Food. Though, I think, I will miss the bada lassi da glass!

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