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New Food Delivery Service: 8
Friday, 01 August 2014 16:45


What: 8 Food, see their website here, call 9222248888 to order, delivery from BKC to Santacruz, 11 am-11pm, Rs 370 for a soup and sandwich.

Why: Tired of our junk food delivery menus pinned to the soft board, the bpb office decided to give 8 a chance, the spanking new delivery service set up by a team with experts  in marketing and hospitality, along with the help of Michelin star chef Alec Howard. Unlike its One fat lady” reputation in Bingo, 8 offers healthy but (for the most part) tasty options. We ordered and liked the not-creamy-but-wholesome Broccoli and Spinach Soup, the super fresh Slow Burner Salad with chicken, lentils and brown rice and 8’s Stir Fried Chicken with steamed rice that wasn’t oily and very light on the stomach. Skip the Feta and tomato sandwich in multigrain bread though, with very garam masala-like flavours. Full points for the cute one-liners on their packaging! Soup-er stars!

When: After and before 8.

 
Get Imported Cheese Delivered To Your Doorstep
Friday, 01 August 2014 16:39


What: Imported & domestic cheese delivery at your doorstep by Cheesewala, call 9769001900/ email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , order 24 hours in advance, Rs 850 for 1 kg of mozzarella cheese, minimum order 200-250 gms, delivery across Mumbai.

Why: This morning, we're giving you enough cheese to make you very pleased.Discovered thanks to a fairly non-descript pamphlet that came to this Scouter's house is Cheesewala, a cheese delivery service across Mumbai. You can choose from imported goat cheese, smoked cheese, blue cheese, gouda, gruyere, mascarpone, emmental, edam, parmesan, raclette, mozzarella, and even their own garlic and herb cream cheese. Pure mould, this!

When: You'd like some dear dairy.

 
First Look: Social, Mumbai
Friday, 01 August 2014 10:54



What:
First Look: Social opens In Mumbai at 24-26, B.K.Boman Behram Marg, Apollo Bunder, Colaba.

Why: After Bangalore and Delhi, Impresario’s Riyaz Amlani finally brings Social to Mumbai. Part restaurant, part bar, part co-working space, Social is a super spot for freelancers (apply for a desk here www.socialoffline.in/#work), one designed to “take you offline, while still keeping you connected”. Tricked out with everything an office needs including a board room, wall sockets and conference facilities, there’s also a bar that serves cocktails in beakers and test tubes and syringes. Sounds like our kind of experiment! On the menu you can expect breakfast dishes named after the Impresario crew, soups, salads, sandwiches, baos, hot ‘dawgs’, Social sharing platters and more. All this against an industrial background with exposed brick walls, leather couches, lonely light bulbs and upcycled furniture.  Full review out soon!

When: Social opens to the public on August 8.

 
Coup Card on Sale for 24 Hours + Launch Party for Guppy Pop-Up at Olive
Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:53


 

Because of high demand and a limited supply (1,000 only!), we’ve had to restrict our current crop of Coup Cards to old members only. But we couldn’t bear to continue the Coup without you, which is why we’re opening up the sale to non-members for 24 hours, starting at 11:15 am this morning.

Reasons why you should be getting yours right this second:

• Just like a credit card, the Coup Card fits neatly in your wallet, and gets you 15% off your entire bill at our favorite Mumbai restaurants (food and alcohol) including Indigo Deli, The Table, The Daily, Olive; plus 8.5% off at Godrej Nature's Basket outlets. You can find the list of restaurants on the website.

• The Coup Card also gets you exclusive invites to restaurant openings, culinary classes, and other bpb events, plus awesome deals on Uber taxicabs and at Air Bnb.

• Along with your card, you can get two additional cards for immediate family members (they must share your last name), free of charge.

• The card costs Rs 3,800 for a year, and Rs 2,100 for six months, plus a 12.35% service tax. Seriously! You can pay for it using a credit/debit card or schedule a cash pick-up.

Not that you need any more convincing but…

… Here’s the cherry on top:

Replacing Thalassa at Olive Mahalaxmi is Guppy by Ai, Delhi’s super buzzy Japanese restaurant, and bpb’s throwing them a launch party on Saturday, August 2! Buy your Coup Card today, and you can RSVP for it: sushi counters + one free cocktail + 15% off the entire bill! Plus, you get to see the place before everyone else. Limited spots only.

What are you waiting for? Chop, chop!

Getting there: To buy the Coup Card, visit www.coupcard.in or call 7738934888/999. Once you have bought it, RSVP for the launch of Guppy Pop Up at Olive by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
bpb’s Dessert Box for Rakhi!
Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:34


 

This July, we sent out a mix of flavours in the dessert box to suit every dessert-ers fancy! Read on for sweet deets: 

Bombay Bizzare Baker: When we wrote about Tara Kapur’s Pumpkin Cake Slices, we suggested it for the low fat and sugar content, but we still think it’s tasty enough to feature in a non health-obsessed pantry as well.

Pumpkin Cake from Bombay Bizarre Baker, to order call , 98 20 006440,Rs 150 per piece, see her Facebook page here

Serafina: Italian restaurant and #CoupCard partner Serafina sent us a Carrot & Cinnamon Cake and Dark Walnut Brownies for our July box. Topped with cream cheese and gooey with a chocolate centre, we loved both!

Serafina, level 3, Palladium, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, call 40237711 for reservations

Icing On Top: A dessert box veteran, Icing On Top gave us bite sized Chocolate Tarts and Mini Red Velvet Jars. What’s not to love?

Icing On Top, 27, Kazi Sayed Street, Masjid Bunder, Next to Masjid Station (W), call 98673 46102.

 Drooling over your keypad already? Read on for our special Raksha Bandhan box, that goes out on Saturday, August 9.

Give your sibling a piece offering this Rakhi with our super Raksha Bandhan box that will feature Nutella Cups and Red Velvet Brownies from Bombake, a Gooey Chocolate Brownie and Banana Muffin from Tooth Fairy and yum cookies from House Of Cookies!

Bonus: The Raksha Bandhan dessert box will include a surprise goodie from PlayClan!

To order to the box, mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call us on 7738934888/ 7738934999.Rs 900 for a box, delivery on August 9.

 
Even After Eid: Order Biryani By Air
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:48



Can a pot of Biryani flying from Hyderabad to Mumbai get airsick? Would it read Bon Apetit on the flight? Would it drink a djinn and tonic? Is it be anxious about re-locating to a new city? Did it pay attention during flight safety instructions? Aisle ask and get back to you.

If last night’s Eid dinner could speak, we’d have the answers to all of these questions. On the table before us, were two pots of Biryani – one mutton and one chicken – that had made the journey from Hyderabad to home on an Indigo airline. This long distance dining came courtesy Biryani by Air, a service  that brings Biryani and Haleem (the latter wasn’t available when we called) from two of Hyderabad’s most popular Biryani establishments - Paradise and Shah Ghouse Café. Flights of Fancy!

How It Works

Biryani by Air orders a pre-determined amount of Biryani everyday. You can dip into this stash by visiting their Bandra outlet for pick up or opting for home delivery, but we recommend a pre-order since they run out pretty quickly. Our order was placed a day in advance - chicken biryani from Shah Ghouse Cafe and the mutton version from Paradise – and arrived promptly at 8 pm like they promised. Each (a meal for two) came with two packets of shorba (gravy) and halal meat. Both were delicious and authentic, a verdict passed by our friend with family in Hyderabad, who has visited both restaurants a number of times, but at the end picks Paradise over Shah Ghouse.

What we loved is the fact that both Biryanis were not oily at all, had plump pieces of meat and were evenly spiced with no random chunks of masala rice. An initiative of Food by Air who have officially tied up with the above two restaurants and Indigo Airlines, their next project involves bringing you food from Lucknow and Old Delhi’s popular Kareem’s restaurant. Looks like your dish is their command. Perhaps a prettier website with better UI would do more justice to this interesting concept, and improve the ordering experience.

Moon Face

The course after Biryani comprised of two friends with faces shinier than the moon, carrying crescents full of sheer khurma, a ritual that this Scouter get treated to every Eid.

If you don’t have friends or a feast to look forward to, Biryani by Air is always around to make dinner feel like a little bit of a festival.

Getting there: 325 Siffin Apts, Ambedkar Road, Bandra (W), call 9699512233, available for dinner only. Rs 1,200 for two plates of Biryani that serve four.

 

Bpb reviews anonymously and pays for its own meals.

 
Kala Ghoda's Joss To Open In Santacruz
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:59

Food Bulletin

Long after shutting down Joss at Kala Ghoda, owner Farrokh Khambata will now open an outpost at Santacruz (W). Launching in place of the short lived and loved Two One Two All Day next to the Mini Cooper showroom, the Pan Asian restaurant will open to the public on August 5.

The menu will include  Joss classics, but also new dishes that Khambata says are a result of "extensive research, travels and tasting". Edamame with Truffle Oil Dumplings, Yum Kung Prawns, Pipette Jus, Apple Wood Smoked Barbecue Chicken and Korean Bibimbap bowls are on the menu. At the new Joss you'll find an indoor dining area plus  an al fresco section with water fountains.

We'll be there on opening day, hoping to see some of the old Joss favourites including the Inside Out Urumaki, Green Thai Curry and Chocolate Cigar Rolls. Review out soon!

Getting there: Savoy Chambers, Linking Road Extension, Santacruz (W), next to the Mini Cooper showroom.


 
Sponsored: Special Eid Menu At Neel
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:06



***This ad is sponsored by Neel***

What: Special Eid Menu at Neel, Tote on the Turf, Gate no 5 & 6, Mahalaxmi Race Course, call 61577777 to make a reservation, Rs 1,995( all inclusive) per head, available for dinner only, follow them on Twitter here, Facebook here and Instagram here.

Why: We’re over the moon for Neel’s Shahi Dastarkhwan menu, an Eid special list of  17 elaborate dishes. Post fasting feasting here includes rich Changezi Raan and Kashmiri Tabak Maas; Gosht ke Sheekh Kabab and Tawa Adraki Chaap to go with drinks; Pashtooni Gosht Nihari and Mahi Kofta Qaliyan; and to end with, the indulgent  Shahi Badaam Halwa, Malai Phirnee and Kesari Kala Jamun, all at Rs 1,995 per head! Eid Mubarak!

When: Tres Sheekh from July 29 to August 3, 2014.

***This ad is sponsored by Neel***

 
bpb Review: Aqaba, Lower Parel
Monday, 28 July 2014 10:50


 

Cooped up at home thanks to a long bout of flu and the monsoon blues, this writer jumped at the opportunity of visiting Jordan. Even if it was just a restaurant at Lower Parel named after Jordanian city Aqaba.

Launched a few weeks ago and housed in the Peninsula Business Park building, Aqaba serves Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. In cool shades of aquamarine, cream and green, with sea themed designs, the restaurant tries to invoke a light, breezy day, but instead reminded us of a rather staid airport lounge with little attention paid to detail. Are we there yet? Not yet, dear reader, not yet.

Mezze-merised

Excited to try the Mediterranean food – this writer’s favourite cuisine – we started with the Hummus Ghunam, swirls of hummus, topped with bits of lamb kebab that came with a side of lavash. Disappointing due to the lack of flavour and limp lavash, we hoped it wasn’t a sign of things to come and moved on to our Lamb Kibbeh. Unfortunately, the Kibbeh too was a bore, with a too-crispy-on-the-outside, oily layer. We doused it in the tangy tzatziki sauce that came with it, the only saving grace of the dish. 

Pita Patter

In between catching up on gossip, our Chicken Souvlaki arrived. Tasty with with nicely marinated chunks of meat and spiced vegetables, but nothing that would warrant a re-visit. Bored and stuffed, but not satiated, all our hopes were pinned on the Baklava. Dry and chewy, the baklava was hard to swallow, and had us hoping we had stuck to something safer.

Aqaba attempts to capture a sunny summer day in the Mediterranean but our experience didn’t quite feel like a vacation. It’ll stick around for a while, thanks to the number of offices in the building, but we doubt we’ll return unless they really plan on stepping the food up a few notches.

At the end, traces of our flu remain, but Aqaba’s not going viral anytime soon.

Getting There: Aqaba, P5, Club House, Peninsula Business Park, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, meal for two without alcohol approx. Rs 2,300.

bpb reviews anonymously and pays for its own meals.

 
Aqaba Opens In Lower Parel
Friday, 25 July 2014 11:07


What: Aqaba, P5, Club House, Peninsula Business Park, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, meal for two without alcohol approx. Rs 2,300.

Why: When we heard that a restaurant named after Jordanian city Aqaba had moved into a floor at the Peninsula Business Park, we packed a suitcase almost immediately. But our experience was more airport than vacation, with a restaurant that featured airport lounge-like décor and not so great Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food. We tried the Hummus Ghunam, the Lamb Kibbeh, the Chicken Souvlaki and the Baklava. Full review out on Monday!

When: Now open to the public.

 
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