Been to Java Green and Mocha a few times already so though of doing a shootout. Read on to find which is better.
Mocha is a well established coffee house, well know among the urban youth. It is more than just a café as alcoholic beverages and hukka is also served here. These two put together put the vote in favour of Mocha. Don’t forget the coffee they serve here is far better than any other café in Mumbai. Try out the Brazilian or Colombian coffee or just the espresso. Coffee here is as good as it gets.
Java Green on the other hand has coffee that I would call ‘average’. It won’t keep you awake late in the night but that is not the point here. Coffee is cheap here but the flavours aren’t as diverse as what one may find at Mocha.
Coming to the food well it is a tie in that case. Though Java Green has far better Chicken Crispy Panini than Mocha. The bread is crispy and the chicken is tender. More important the chicken pieces are bigger than at Mocha which is a real disappointment. Overall, the food is better at Mocha.
Lastly, the ambiance at Java Green is no match for Mocha. At Mocha, one feels like spending time, chill out, relax, drink coffee and have conversations. Java Green seems more formal and the seating isn’t as comfortable here.
Overall, Mocha is excellent for Coffee, Hukka, Booze and Ambiance. Desserts are excellent here and as well as at Java Green. Prices are on the higher side at Mocha so if you are in the mood for some cheap food, coffee and desserts than Java Green is the place to be.
For those lazy to read, check the rating graph below.
Coffee: Mocha (M) – 9/10 | Java Green (JG) – 6/10
Food: M – 7/10 | JG – 7/10
Desserts: M – 8/10 | JG – 7/10
Ambiance: M – 9/10 | JG – 6/10
Service: M – 8/10 | JG – 8/10
Price: M – 6/10 | JG – 8/10
5 Spice serves one of the best Chinese Foods in Mumbai. There is little doubt that good food and great ambiance are one of its biggest attractions. However, 5 Spice also serves excellent desserts. One of them being Summer Bliss. Sinful, to say the least, it is much like a sizzling brownie except it comes in a humongous glass bowl. Brownies, ice cream and a liberal dosage of nuts makes it an excellent dessert option. off course it is for INR 140 but if five people can share it, then price doesn’t matter.
Besides Summer Bliss for dessert one can try out the Spicy Pot Chicken which is a complete meal full of rice, veggies and offcourse chicken! To have along with the Spicy Pot Chicken, one can order for a Lemon Mojito Mocktail which is an excellent cooler for the hot summer months in Mumbai.
Shifting my focus from Bandra to Goa and other suburbs of Mumbai is the trend for this month! Keeping up with this trend, decided to check out Image on SV Road. Image came highly recommended by a friend and for my gastronomy trials took her along as well.
Image is a family restaurant and can get packed with families and their kids. There are a couple of swings as well for the children so that the action inside can be followed up with some more on the swings in the small garden outside the restaurant. A brightly lit place is Image, with cushioned seats at the edges of the restaurant.
We arrived early here and easily got a place to sit. The three of us, Trance Dude, Rock Chic and Crazy Mommy were pretty hungry and couldn’t wait for the food to arrive. We ordered for chicken chilly, chicken abhadi for starters along with mocktails to go with it. The starters were good with the Chicken Abhadi being the standout for me. Tasted more like Reshmi Chicken though wasn’t exactly like Reshmi Chicken.
For the main course we had the Dhaba Chicken and a variety of bread including Tawa Paratha , Pudina Paratha and Garlic Naan. The Tawa Paratha was pretty rich with its layer of butter and ghee. Trance Dude liked the Garlic Naan as well and of late, has developed a liking for Garlic Naan. The Roti-Sabzi combination was followed by Chicken Dum Biryani and Boondi ka Raita to go with with it. I liked the Biryani here. Made in the traditional way of cooking biryani in an earthen pot, it was also served from the very same pot. The flavours were amazing and the biryani was just the thing to top off the dinner. Extremely delicious it was right up there with the best biryani’s we have had in a long while! Trance Dude, Rock Chic and Crazy Mommy were pretty happy with it but that wasn’t the end of it. The sizzling brownie was our dessert and we enjoyed it thoroughly!
The food was good though for the most part Trance Dude can confidently say ‘he has had better’. The food was delicious but not affordable for someone for whom eating out is a regular affair. The total bill came to INR 1320 while the Biryani cost INR 185 (a must have at Image).
Good place (though noisy cause of the kids but then again cannot complain for Trance Dude was once like them!) and good food make image a fantastic choice for a family meal, if you can afford it.
Got an opportunity to try out a new place with friends over the Diwali weekend and so here I was at Sheetal Bukhara which is located in the same building as H20 club. From the ambiance its quite evident that this place is expensive (and it is!). It has a chilled out feeling to it, as if saying that you can spend all the time you want to here! Order a couple of drinks and spend the rest of the afternoon with your friends gorging on the many starters available here!
Anyways, we ordered a few starters ourselves along with a few non-alcoholic drinks. I had a Kash ma Kash while the rest drank Shahi Samundra, Coca Cola and Masala Chaas. I must say the drinks were wonderful especially the Chaas and so was the Kash ma Kash. Infact, I think they make awesome Chaas, even though it is a bit pricy it is still worth having! Complimenting the drink were the starters which included the Murgh Hariyali Kebab and Paneer Seekh Kebab and some Masala Papad. I cannot comment much on the Seekh Kebab as I didn’t get to have much of it and besides Seekh Kebabs aren’t my specialty either! The starters were good with the Chicken Hariyali Kebab as green as it gets! The chicken was well cooked and wasn’t spicy or bland but just about right!
Next up is the main course which consisted of Veg Bukhara Biryani and Murg Bukkhara Masala. The chicken dish was much like Chicken Kolhapuri without the hotness attached to it while the Veg Biryani was very rich in spices.The Murg Bukkhara Masala was accompanied by Kulcha and Butter Paratha which were both oven fresh when bought to the table.The biryani here isn’t the Dum Biryani but more of like a Kashmiri Biryani with a mixture of Awadhi spices to make a mix variant!
Finishing of the meal was the Rabdi which tasted very much like the one my mom made over the Diwali weekend. Good stuff! The food at Sheetal was exceptionally good and it seemed clear that the chefs were very particular of the way they made their food. The kulchas weren’t burnt a bit, the masala wasn’t overdone and neither was the food coloured! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone with a taste for good food!
Here are the prices:
Shahi Samundra – INR 125
Masala Chaas – INR 65
Kash Ma Kash – INR 125
Coca Cola – INR 100 (Just realised we were charged a good INR 90 more than the street price!!)
Masala Papad – INR 20
Murg Hariyali Kebab – INR 200
Paneer Seekh Kebab – INR 165
Murg Bukhara Biryani – INR 185
Murg Bukhara Masala – INR 210
Kulcha – INR 28
Butter Paratha – 29