I have some fond memories at Bob Marley’s shack at Candolim Beach in Goa. I go here everytime I am in Goa. I have always liked the food and drinks elsewhere but there is something about this shack that keeps inviting me back! This time around, I was there for a short duration. Got a large Kingfisher and to satiate my friend’s vegetarian needs ordered for Veg Pakoras. Took some time to arrive as usually they take a bit more time for the vegetarian dishes it seems. When the dish finally did arrive, it was a plesant surprise. The surprise was the size of em pakoras. Big and soft and extremely tasty! These were the best Pakoras I or my friend have every had! Infact we ended up ordering another couple of plates and were quite full by the time it was dawn!
But the best moment was, a beer in my hand, some awesome pakoras and Armin Van Buuren killing it at Sunburn 2009 in the background!
The queen of the Suburbs is dotted with takeaways in almost every locality. Majority of them serve quick bites namely burgers, pan rolls, rotis, puffs, cutlets and so on. Some of them however, do differentiate from the others with Mac Craig being one of them! Even then though, it just ends up being a cheap (price wise and not necessarily in a bad way) copy of Candies.
Mac Craig is located at the Hub of the foodies paradise which is Pali Naka, the Khau Nagar of the upper middle class. It is in the same lane (St. John’s Road) a Cocoberry Frozen Yogurt and Papa Pancho da Dhaba.
One thing I really like about the whole setting of Mac Craig is how inviting it is once inside. You can go on ordering and only later realise how how much you have really eaten!
Something like that happened with me as well! I first ordered for a Chicken Pudhina Roll along with a Mutton Chop. While the Pudhina Roll was strictly ok, the Mutton Chop was good. The taste of the Chop did linger for quite sometime! Following up these two quick fill items, was a Beef Sandwich. Not the first time I ate beef but I am increasingly being drawn to beef or maybe I am just bored of chicken! Well anyways, I didn’t like the beef sandwich, it was just too plain and dry for my liking. Wouldn’t have hurt to add some sauce I think! In the mean time also took a bite of the Fish Cutlet which is (As the pic above shows) places amongst the veggie items! (I guess it proves the point that Fish is indeed veg in some parts of the world!). Also had a ChickenPuff but sadly the freshly baked and hot puffs I get at Kalpana have really spoilt me to that extent that I do not like puffs anywhere else!
(That is the Chicken Steak my friend had. If I remember correctly, the gravy was a lot thicker two years ago when I first went there).
(The Garlic Chicken above was supposedly very good!. I didn’t want to be tearing meat from bones that day, so opted for boneless starters)
After the chicken, the mutton and the beef, I tried a bit if Aloo Paratha from my friend who flaunts his dislike for vegetarian food as if he is flaunting his 36-24-36 babe (doesn’t have one though!). I though the Aloo Paratha would go well with a chicken tikka or a garlic chicken which is what I had to conclude my meal! Overall, the meal wasn’t pricey (at INR 100) and wassatisfactory to the taste buds! Maybe it could be a bit better, but then again the prices might increase. Even though I was critical about the place, I still liked it. The mutton, fish and chicken was nice and so was the aloo paratha!
Before I forget, also bought wheat bread – thick slices and whole lot of wheat!!. That was on a friday. Its Monday now and I still haven’t finished it! Chow!
Address: Shop No.6 and 7, Upvan Building, Behind Indian Oil Colony, Andheri (W), Mumbai
Tel: 26304808, 26304809
Full Review: Joey’s Pizza is arguably one of the best (if not the best) pizza joints i have had the pleasure of satiating my appetite.
The place is big enough but i am guessing they make more money by way of home delivery. Good place for a family, friends or a date; they got tables for everyone.
One thing i like about that place is its located in a residential area, pretty quiet, no hustle bustle of commercial district; definitely a great place to enjoy your meal.
Every time I have been there I have always ordered a 12 inch pizza (off course with friends ;)).
The service at Joey’s is good though off course they take their own sweet time in getting the pizza which sometimes takes more than 30 minutes! (Now you know why they do not do the ’30 mins of free’ deliveries)
Until that time try the cheese garlic bread, an absolute treat!
But the time taken does not matter anymore after u take that first bite after the pizza has arrived! Hot and fresh! One bite and you will swear not to go to any other pizza place again!
The pizza tastes good with a good amount of cheese on it! There are a lot of toppings too. A lot of cheese coupled with a lot of toppings does make the pizza a little too soft for my liking but what the heck the taste is still unbeatable.
The pricing is pretty standard and they got different categories like I, II and III where you get different pizzas for different prices ranging from the cheapest, the basic cheese pizza all the way to the mixed meat pizza!
For first timers try the Category III pizzas (All of them are pretty good)
On the pricing front, one 12 inch + garlic bread plus soft drink will set you back by Rs.400.
Address: Prem Court, Jamshedji Tata Road, Samrat Restaurant, Churchgate, Mumbai
I went to Marine Drive on a lazy Sunday morning to enjoy the monsoon and landed up at 210 Degrees for my first ever Breakfast Brunch (if I can call it that). Anyways here is the review:
210 degrees is a heaven for vegetarians. It is located outside Samrat Restaurant (which itself is a veggie’s delight) and has a small seating area (just about 6 tables with four chairs each). My friends and me went there at 10 AM as it opens at that time and were treated to a full stock of cakes, pastries and other delectable items.
One observation here – the cakes here are so well designed and well decorated that you feel like buying them even if there is no occasion to celebrate.
Anyways, after much contemplating, we decided to order the Paneer Cheese Plait and Paneer Tikka Croissant. The Croissant was well, just like a Croissant, lots of bread and very little paneer. No complaints though, as the bread was soft and the paneer even more softer and yummier.
The Paneer Cheese Plait was totally opposite the croissant in terms of filling. A very very liberal filling of paneer, coupled with a liberal cheese spread and soft bread made this dish the best breakfast dish in the 23 years I have existed on the blue planet. I really wanted to have one more but decided against it. So opted for an Open Veg Pizza, which again had lots of cheese, but not many ‘vegetables’. The base was crunchy enough to make this a good quick snack.
Next up was the urge to have a pastry, after all, how can a meal (So what if it was just breakfast) be complete without desserts? So I ordered for a Chocolate Zebra and my friend ordered a Blueberry Cheese Cake. I totally loved the Cheese Cake, so much so that I ate almost the whole of it (whilst also finishing my Zebra simultaneously). The Cheese Cake melted in the mouth and was an absolute delight! Cheese cakes weren’t my preference before but now they surely are! The Chocolate Zebra was good too and quite huge for its price.
Besides the pastries and the croissants, I had an Espresso as well. My first time with it. But I actually liked it and was very refreshing. Oh and the coffee was freshly made out of coffee beans grounded to powder right in front of our very own eyes. It wasn’t the sight but the smell which I can vividly recall even now.
Overall, one of the best breakfast meals I have had in a very long time. A much needed break from the usual bread-butter-tea regime! 210 Degrees is so definitely on my ‘regular haunts’ list now!
The service was good, not exactly with a smile, but the guys at the counter were doing their best to get over the ‘Sunday Morning’ blues!.
Espresso – Rs.20
Coffee – Rs.25
Paneer Cheese Plait – Rs.25
Paneer Tikka Croissant – Rs.25
Open Veg Pizza – Rs.30
Blueberry Cheese Cake – Rs.45
Chocolate Zebra – Rs.50
210 Degrees is by far one of the better places near Churchgate station to have a quick bite which is filling and is light on the pockets as well. Good food, great presentation, and awesome pricing makes 210 Degrees a must visit place any-damn-time-of-any-given-day. Breakfast preferred though!
There is a lot of stuff on offer at 210 Degrees including – Pastries, Cakes, Brownies, Mousse, Muffins, Pies, Donuts, Lavas, Bread Sticks, Coffee, Breads (Regular, European, French, Health), Pav, Rolls, Croissants, Puffs, Bread Snacks and Quiches.