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China Blue – Chinese Hukka anyone?

November 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Suhail’s China blue as the name suggest is a Chinese restaurant which also serves Hukka (a first of its kind maybe?) but lo and behold there is Mughlai and Indian fare on offer as wel! Well that is not a problem really cause’ we were here to smoke some hukka! As suggested by a hukka specialist that I happen to know (what are the chances!), we ordered for a Grape Mint, a mixture of grape and mint flavours!

In the meantime while the hukka was being ready, we changed our seats to a more comfortable lounge like sitting area where one can spend hours smoking and not realise!! The hukka we ordered was for INR 250. It began all well but the small pieces of coal kept running out which got on my nerves. However, one guy, Bablu, who is  in charge of the top floor did manage to get us the big pieces of coal which lasted for like 30 minutes and was still going strong until some idiot changed the coal and again put smaller pieces in there! So here is a tip, if going to China Blue, please ask Bablu to change the coal for you. He seems to be far more experienced at making/serving hukka’s then the rest of the guys there!

Anyways, the hukka session was followed by a quick dinner which I couldn’t eat that time and had to get it parceled! Ordered for a Paneer Kadai and Roti. The food was really good but if only the pricing was a tad lower. We ended up spending INR 200 each (between two people) for the Hukka and the dinner. A bit on the expensive side though if in a big group (say 4 or more) then this is a must go to place for the food and the Hukka.

Comparison with Mezban Sheesha, Carter Road – Though Sheesha’s at Sheesha’s are costlier by INR 50, they are far far better as the flavour lasts a long time and the coal doesn’t need changing as often as at China Blue! Food is more expensive at Sheesha though its a bit bland. For a more spicy affair, China Blue is a better choice!

Address: Rays Chs Shop No 8/9 New Kantawadi, Towards Perry Rd, One-way from Sherly Rajan Rd, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400050

Rating: Ambiance – 4/5 (Excellent ambiance. Made to look like a Sheesha parlour with a lounge like area downstairs and more of a restaurant feel upstairs.)

Food – 4/5 (The food isn’t hot but spicy which I liketh. It isn’t like places where putting a few chillies means your food is now ‘spicy’!)

Price – 3/5 (The real downer here. Expensive for just 2 people!)

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Timbactoo, Mulund

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!

Mugal Sarai

December 18, 2008 Leave a comment

Address: Next to Bandra Bus Depot, Bandra (W), Mumbai

Full Review: Went there once and the smiling face of the owners and the waiters won me over! Quite a surprise, since that is not what I was told about the place!
Anyways, from the outside it looks like a dingy place, from the inside it looks like a dingy place but don’t mistake it for a shady food joint that don’t give a damn about whether your eating chicken or rat.
A Moroccan ambiance (Yes it does have an ambiance, just like any other place would), the restaurant is divided into two area one with cramped tables, seats and another with cramped sofa-type seating place where you could stretch your legs and relax (I still haven’t gotten how to explain this particular part of a restaurant!!).
It offers hookahs and in my view is one of the best places to actually watch the IPL (they have a big LCD screen). Imagine hookah, some nice tender chicken, friends and some good cricket, what better way to spend an evening after work?
Anyways the last time i was there, it was with some vegans! Offcourse, I did have a carnivore for company!
So we got down to ordering some food. First up was a Malai Kofta and Mixed Sabji for the veggies and chicken tandoori for me and my friend. The malai kofta bought back found memories of family gatherings around the family’s favourite dish!
The tandoori chicken on the other hands is set to create some found memories for me! The tender breast pieces, were cooked just about enough to make us salivate while eating and order for more after we finished. We also has a chicken Afghani kebab which can give the paneer a run for its softness!!!
Next up was a chicken boneless kadai, which though spicy was still quite nice. At the time we ordered the kadai the quantity seemed fit for 4 people but ah well the endless pits of two people were enough to finish the whole dish with multiple rounds of butter rotis, butter naans, normal rotis and normal naans!! In short we had a feast fit for a king!
All this for a mere 500 bucks was enough to make us want to come here again and again and again!