Mumbai has a healthy dosage of ice cream parlours but there isn’t any place like Bachelor’s. When in college, we joked about Bachelor’s being a haunt for us eligible bachelors (even at 16 years of age we thought far beyond our age!). Recently, I had the opportunity of savouring the delicious ice creams after partying at Zenzi Mills.
Well known for its ice creams, it was the obvious choice. Besides ice cream, we also ordered a veg pizza and a paneer frankie. The pizza was great though the frankie was a bit too pungent for my liking. Loved the cheese on the pizza though not sure which one they used.
After the pizza came the ice creams which were yummy! I had the choco chip with cream, a heavy high calorie filled dessert, available only at Bachelor’s! The last few spoonfuls had to be pushed down the throat for I was not going to waste good dessert!
Overall it was a great meal and good ice cream as well! A bit on the expensive side is bachelor’s but the ice cream is worth the moolah!
Trance Dude enjoying the Choco chips with cream and sharing a laugh with the gang!
A friend gave me a birthday treat at his club at Santacruz, Mumbai. He being veg, we decided, rather I decided to order veg starters. Started with a Cheese Paneer starter. Paneer is basically cottage cheese, so essential it was Cheese Cottage Cheese Crispy!! The dish was alright, nothing too special about it. The cheese was kinda too much as we couldn’t really taste the feel the paneer, feel and not taste as the Paneer is generally bland in nature. Following up the cottage cheese, or no cottage cheese dish was a special dish made from deep fried bread. forgot the name, but it was one heavy dish! extremely oily and could easily give anyone a heart attack. Thankfully I am a healthy (*cough* *cough*) bloke so could digest it without any problems!
The heart attack reciepe was followed up with the Paneer Crispy and then the Chicken Reshmi Kabab. Both was good dishes to end our dinner prematurely as none of us was hungry anymore for the main course! The Paneer crispy had a bit of colour (as in spice!) to it while the Reshmi Kebab as always was bright yellow. They just love their turmeric these club people!!
Anyways after an average meal which ended up being a good meal by the end of cost my friend INR 270. Not so cheap when you consider that people become members at various clubs so that they can avail of good and more importantly cheap food! But the booze prices at the clubs are quite cheap, infact so cheap that no other place in the city can compete with such low rates! I guess that makes these clubs a drunkards paradise!
Anyhoo, coming back to topic, well the meal was good. I have been here a few times before and I wouldn’t mind coming here again!
A note: You need to know someone who is a member of the club to eat there. This is the rule across all such clubs or gymkhana in Mumbai.
Paid a visit to Gondola on a Friday evening with my dear friends and wasn’t disappointed one-bit! Primarily serves sizzler, but also has a wide variety of delicious starters and main course meals. Since most of the gang was veggie that day, I decided to tag along as a vegetarian myself!
First up was the Fried Crispy Crunchy Veg (cauliflower) which was good though I think next time I am ordering the same thing in chicken! That was followed by a cottage cheese dish, Dragon Paneer – wasn’t as fiery as I had imagined it to be. But delicious nonetheless. Plus, with the addition of sauces, it tasted even better. For main course, we had Paneer Shashlik Mushroom and Cheese which included paneer pieces, mushrooms, some green vegetable, french fries, rice and a single slice of cheese. It would have been better with a lot more cheese than that single slice (I assume it was either Amul or Britannia)!! Anyways, the dish was good, well cooked and the paneer was nicely marinated as well.
A meal isn’t complete without desserts! And so we ordered for Brownie with Ice Cream – shame they didn’t have sizzling brownies with ice cream – which is ironic, as you generally see ‘sizzling meals’ on every table at the restaurant!
Overall, the food was bland though the sauces added the extra flavours. Bland, in this case, doesn’t necessarily mean bad, rather different than others. Price was on the higher side (as compared to Saibaan, Turner Road, Bandra) though the quality was definately better at Gondola.
Here is a break-up of the bill:
Fried Crispy Crunchy Veg – INR 130
Dragon Paneer – INR 180
Paneer Shashlik Mushroom and Cheese sizzler – INR 350
Brownie with Ice Cream – INR 100
On the ambiance aspect, it was quite pleasing, aesthetically speaking.
Ending on a funny note, there were times when Gondola resembled a hospital more than a restaurant! Whenever a waiter brought a sizzler from the kitchen, the patrons would start coughing due to the masala-laded steam arising from the sizzlers!
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Caravan Serai was a random pick for lunch on a busy weekday and it was not a bad choice atall!
As soon as we entered the place, we were taken aback by a very North Indian village house ambiance. It was quite a pleasant setting for a relaxed lunch. I`d give 5 stars for the ambiance cause of the fact that we spent 2 hours there instead of the regular 1 hour lunch time we have in office and did not even realize that. (Offcourse the yelling from the bosses later is not counted).
Jumping straight to the food, we ordered a few quick starters.
Kesari Murg Tikka , Kokri Kabab and Paneer Paratdar and a Lassi and fresh lime soda to go with the food.
First things first, the Kokri Kabab (I think that is how it is spelt) was just out of the world. crusty from the outside and had filling inside. I do not exactly know what it contained but whatever it was it was extremely delicious. The Paneer Paratdar was soft, bland and it melted in the mouth. The chicken starter was pretty good. Nice, tender and yummy.
Next up was the main course which consisted of Chicken Kolhapuri and Subzi Punjabi along with Kulcha. My first time with Kulcha and I really liked it. Quite delicious, even though it was plain I could eat it without the gravy!!
Chicken Kolhapuri was spicy as usual and as far as I can remember, the most spicy Kolhapuri Chicken I have ever had. Subzi Punjabi was nice as well. A mix of sabzi along with paneer pieces. It was a good tasty dish and more on the spicy side but not as spicy as the Kolhapuri, just good enough for my taste.
The Lassi was very very nice. I really liked it, not very thick and not very thin either. For dessert, we had Shahi Tukda which was the first time i was having the dish and it was quite a delicious way to end the whole meal. The Fresh Lime Water, well, i could never differentiate between a Rs.3 nimbu paani and a Rs.100 nimbu paani and I will leave it at that.
Here are the prices:
Kesari Murg Tikka 260
Kokri Kabab 195
Paneer Paratdar 215
Chicken Kolhapuri 240
Subzi Punjabi 195
Shahi Tukda 125
Fresh Lime Soda 50
Fresh Lime Water 50
The food was excellent, coupled with a very relaxed ambiance makes this a must visit place. But one thing, the waiters kept hovering around the table. Well ok it was not very crowded that time of the day but this was just a little too much. We were engrossed in our petty conversations so did not notice them much but that can really put off people. Overall four-stars to Caravan Serai.