China House, as the name suggests is a Chinese Restaurant (no points for guess that on a Food and Travel blog!). Located inside, Galleria in Hiranandani, Powai, China House shares space with a couple of Kebab joints and the Bengali street food place, Hangla’s.
China House is a pretty small restaurant, it ends a few paces from where it starts and seems a bit cramped up with the tables and chairs placed close to each other. But it has unusually high ceilings dotted with Chinese artifacts. The entire setting of the restaurant makes one really feel like one is at a Restaurant in China except for the Indian waiters and the fact that there are tables and chairs!
Anyways, whilst admiring the place, we ordered for Dumplings which is pretty much like Wanton. The Chicken Dumplings were yummy and made for a perfect light starter (even though the covering was made of Maida) for our main course which was the Mustard Chilly Prawns Sizzler. Emboldened by the delicious starter, decided to try the Sizzler. My friend suggested the Mustard Chilly as she likes Mustard. Hump! me not so much but went for it hoping the mustard wouldn’t overpower the taste buds. Thankfully, I was right or should I say the chef got it right. The quantity wasn’t much but the summers have seriously sapped away our appetites, so we didn’t have a complain on the quantity front. The quality was good too. The Prawns were big and yummy and so was the rice and noodle combination with the big french fries!
China House is indeed a good place to have dinner. If you are in Powai and in the mood for some Chinese, do give China House a thought. It is definitely cheaper than Yoko Sizzlers which is also located in Galleria.
Price: 3.5/5 (Rs.300 for the Sizzler and Rs.135 for the Dumplings)
Timbactoo, an ancient city famous for gold and salt, is now donned in its new avatar – Timbactoo: The Sheesha Parlour (I added the last three words!!). Well it is not just for Sheesha, but for drinks and the occasional starters, main course and more drinks as well!!!
An open air eatery, located on top of RMall, Mulund, it is adjoined by its sister restaurants – Urban Tadka and Pop Tates. All three places are famous in Mulund and across Mumbai as well.
3 of us were here for 3 different reasons – Hukka, Drinks and Food. So I ordered for Hukka – Romeo and Juliet – (I think it was orange and mint flavour but I think I may be wrong here). Anyways, the hukka was just so niiiiiiice! Wasn’t on a empty stomach so didn’t get high instantly! Phew! The flavour was really nice and more importantly it lasted for quite some time. One thing I noticed was that I didn’t have to keep asking them to remove the blocked coal from the filter which is generally the case in quite a few places. We smoked for more than an hour until we asked them to change the coal! Along with the hukka, we ordered for starters – the best of which were the Lebanese Chicken Tikka and the Lemon Grass Kabab, Lemon Garlic Grilled Chicken and Garlic Bread. Soft, tender, juicy and with the right amount of marination resulted in a great starter! Infact, I am going to order the Lemon Grass Kebab every time I go there!
The overall total was INR 855 (including INR 225 for the Hukka) dividing amongst three people. Not exactly cheap but the quality of the food and the Hukka was more than satisfactory for me to not worry about the price!
On another note, Hukka for INR 225 at Timbactoo is cheaper than at Sheeshas, Bandra (INR 300). However, the hukka did not really have the same effect as at Sheeshas, which I think is the best you can get in the city! Nevertheless, open air ambiance/cheap sheesha/good flavours and some good seating does make this place a must visit for all sheesha fans!
As we all know, the Chicken Nuggets which were recently introduced by McDonald’s have been a success! In face of stiff competition from KFC’s own Boneless Chicken Bucket, McDonald’s released its own version of Boneless Chicken Pieces aka the Nuggets!!!
Nuggets come in 2 packs – 6 pack (LOL!!) and 9 pack with each consisting of 6 and 9 pieces each! Interesting to note here is that the 6 pack only come with a single choice of sauce (Either barbeque or musturd – who wants musturd anyways?) while the 9 pack comes with both sauces, no questions asked. So I went ahead and bought a value meal with a 9 pack, french fries (For my friend offcourse!) and coke. The nuggets were over in no time while my friend kept gorging on the french fries like there was nothing better in life than french fries!!
Pros: Boneless pieces of chicken, bundled with barbeque sauce, less oily
Cons: Small in size, too dry (not juicy chicken)
The verdict: Not a must have, can fill your stomach with something better than having small pieces of chicken. But if you are looking for a quick meal and then look no further than the nuggets! For starters, they are good as starters :D.
I think, KFC is better but with its limited reach KFC can only serve so many customers! Its McDonald’s all the way for the most of the folks who may never try KFC!
A suggestion for McDonald’s: They should introduce chicken Nuggets + Coke Float for a much more filling meal.
Poptates was a long due meet for me and a friend of mine and what better way to celebrate the long overdue meet than with some drinks and fish cigars!! Located at R-Mall, Poptates shares space with other eateries owned by the same guy. It is quite a big place, decent ambiance, hospitable waiters and good food. Since I had two females with me drinking as well, we are asked to provide age proof which the girls obliged, much to the relief of the managers (and to me!). Afterall, me drinking alone wouldn’t really be a nice thing to do!
Anyhoo, we ordered for 2 smirnoff and one margarita followed by Peshawari Chicken Pizza, Garlic Bread with spicy cheese and fish cigars. While the first round got the women high (while according to them they were pretty normal and that I was buzzing instead!), we went ahead with another round to prove our ‘stamina’. Anyways, coming back to the food, the peshawari, spicy like it sounds was ordered by my friend who cannot take spicy food. I think it was the drinks talking when she ordered the spicy pizza! The pizza was good though and so was the spicy cheese garlic bread.
Then came the fish, my southie friend cannot live without fish and she has to have fish when she goes outside. And what better than fish cigars which was nothing by sheesh kabab! The cigars were good! we even acted like we were smoking cigars!!!! I think fish cigars is definately one of those things you have to order if you are in Poptates.
Another thing I noticed about the place was, that there were couples, friends, families – people came to have a few drinks, some just came to eat and have a good time, children were there as well! That ascertains that Poptates has created an image of a restaurant that caters to anyone and everyone. They even have special birthday celebrations upon request.
A very good place to hang out and have a few drinks. Not the cheapest of places though as we three spent INR 1355 collectively on food + drinks.