Food & Drink

From where to buy sake to the newest restaurant reviews, we scout out the best of Mumbai’s culinary scene.

Do A Pre-Cake Interview With Fat Is Flavour
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:23


What: Call the cake interviewer at Fat Is Flavour, delivery across Mumbai, Rs 1,600 for two kilo cake, see their Facebook page here, Instagram page here.

Why: At this age, you’re probably blinded by the glare of the many candles on your cake, still, Pratik Kukreja takes this cake very seriously. So seriously in fact, that if you order one from this Le Cordon Bleu (London) graduate, he will conduct a cake “interview” with you. A volley of questions including ones about what flavours you don't like and what your favourite childhood memory is, will result in a cake that accommodates everything you like. We spooned a delicious one with bourbon infused brownies, chocolate truffles, Kit Kat and Belgian ganache.

When: Now. Sweet creams are made of these.

 
XVII – New tea cafe in Bandra
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:22


What: XVII – a new tea cafe, ground floor, Darvesh Royale, Turner Road, Bandra (W).

Why: The atomic number for chlorine, one of the Louis of Normandy, the number of hours it takes us to drive to Andheri East and back. Why Bandra’s new tea place is called XVII they’ll only tell once it opens, but for now the number stands cryptic on the board above the store that’s poised to open tomorrow. Two MBA graduates in collaboration with “a hundred year old tea company” will sell all kinds of cold and hot teas, plus quick bites and dessert here. Ka-wah!

When: Slated to open tomorrow, October 2.

 
Recipe: Spaghetti Carbonara- Two One Two Bar & Grill
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 11:09


Two One Two Bar & Grill has introduced an all new menu with lots of fun additions! Try their Spaghetti Carbonara recipe by Chef Mikhail Shahani this weekend!


Spaghetti Carbonara

Ingredients

225g / 8oz pancetta or smoked bacon

4 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

15g / ½ oz butter

4 tablespoons dry white wine

3 eggs
80g

75 grams freshly grated parmesan or pecorino romano (or a mixture of the two)

salt and pepper

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

450g  spaghetti

Cut the pancetta or bacon into thin strips. Peel and lightly crush the garlic cloves.

In a small frying pan put the oil, butter and garlic and fry over a medium heat. Remove the garlic when it turns deep gold, this way the oil is flavored with garlic and there are no chunks of garlic in the mouth. Then add the pancetta to the pan and cook until it starts to crisp. once the fat of the pork is rendered add in the butter and leave it on a slow flame this gives the final dish an added richness 

Bring a large pan of water to the boil for the spaghetti. Salt it with 2 tablespoons salt to 5 liters of water approx. When the water boils again add the spaghetti.

In a large serving bowl break the three eggs. Beat them together with the grated cheese, freshly ground black pepper and the chopped parsley.

When the spaghetti is cooked, drain it, then immediately toss it in the serving bowl with the eggs, until all the spaghetti is well coated. The eggs will just cook enough in the heat from the hot pasta. Reheat the pancetta mixture briefly over a high heat, as you drain the pasta, then add to the egg coated spaghetti and toss again thoroughly. Serve immediately.


 
bpb Scoops of the Month!
Monday, 29 September 2014 17:37



If you missed our scoops this month of all the new places  to open in Mumbai, here's a quick round up:

The Bombay Canteen: New York celebrity chef Floyd Cardoz’ new restaurant is due to open at  Kamala Mills at the end of the year. Partner Sameer Seth told us that The Bombay Canteen will “celebrate the bounty of India through its food and beverage menu.” Thomas Zacharias (ex Olive Bar & Kitchen) will preside over the kitchen. Read more here.

Burger King: There’s been talk of US chain Burger King coming to Mumbai at the end of 2014 for a while now. We have the scoop that the first Mumbai outpost will open at Oberoi Mall, Goregaon at the food court next month. Read more here.

Stone Brewing Company: Pune's Independence Brewing Company has now partnered with California-based Stone Brewing Company, and will start serving its own craft beers from October 4. Cheers, big ears! Read more here.

Gaurav Gupta's First Mumbai Store: And for those who aren't part of the feeding frenzy, designer Gaurav Gupta will be taking over the Kala Ghoda space recently vacated by designer Sabyasachi. Full story here.

Picture courtesy:www.floydcardoz.com

 
Scoop! California Brewery Visits Pune
Monday, 29 September 2014 10:07



It’s only Monday, but your mind is already on the long weekend. Concentrate on work and let us do the planning.

Make a road trip to Pune where the Independence Brewing Company has now partnered with Greg Koch of California-based Stone Brewing Company, and will start serving its own craft beers from October 4.

Expect classic styles of Belgian and British beers, along with American Pale Ales and an American IPA (Indian Pale Ale).  Over a quick phone call, co-founder Shailendra Bisht told bpb that they will start experimenting with local flavours and put a spin on these traditional styles soon.

Militant about the quality of beer served and apparently the only Beer Judge Certification Program(BJCP)-approved person in the country, Shailendra tells us that beers like Kingfisher, Fosters and Heineken will not be allowed “even within two kilometres of the property”.

Customers can dig into an ‘eclectic mix’ of Creole, Indian and Korean food, all created to compliment the craft beers.

So there’s your new craft project. Go on, make something of the weekend.

Getting There: Independence Brewing Company Zero One 79/1, Pingle Vasti, Mundhwa Road, Near Passport Seva Kendra, Mundhwa, Pune, call 6644 8308, see their Facebook page here.


 
bpb Review: Me So Happi, Bandra
Monday, 29 September 2014 09:52



It was sort of like dining inside a breadbox, our meal at Me So Happi, the new Bandra restaurant that’s long and narrow and extends to fit about 92 diners. It makes sense then, that we would gravitate towards the more bready options on the menu, blaming our dinner choices on architecture rather than post-drink  Sunday carb cravings. 

Situated on a patch of Linking Road that doesn’t have too many cafes, Me So Happi is meant to be a quick service restaurant and considering its disregard for spelling correctly, targeted at the youth. They don’t currently serve alcohol, so make do with faux mojitos (the lemon is just what October ordered) and fuzzy fruit punches (Ask for Mrs. Donnely’s) and random health smoothies with oats and spinach.

 

Engine & Tonic

“A local train.” “One of those long New York bars.” “A giant centipede’s shoe box.” We’d moved on from ‘bread box’, as we lingered in the length-y restaurant hung with pretty cage-like lights and lined with shelves that have succumbed to the tired let’s-stock-this-and-that trend.

The menu leans towards no particular cuisine, but just lists dishes that the chef felt like having on there, from fajitas to lasagna to biryani to noodles. We closed our eyes and pointed to the potatoes baked with their skins on, our vegetarian companion’s first order. Skip this, he said, for while the potato was well baked, its top hat of corn, cheese and salsa lacked flavor. It tasted more like something your friend’s mom would whip up if you dropped by unexpectedly.

Our carnivorous order of Fire Prawns on the other hand, wasn’t too pretty to look at, but tasted like quite the firecracker. Fried but not oily, fiery but not over spiced, the prawns were fresh, rubbed with red chilies and cooked with curry leaf.

Bunny Hop

After this course is when the bread began to make its way to our table. First, a Spicy Shroom Burger. Packed with a generous hand of mushrooms that are loose rather than fried into a patty, this burger is light and akin to eating a salad with soft buns, the Harissa sauce adding some personality to it. Still, considering price tags, you’ll prefer the mushroom burger over at Indigo Deli that will cost you an extra Rs 100. The showstopper for the night was the Bunny Chow, a South African fast food dish that involves a thick, thick bread loaf, hollowed out and filled with a meat stew. Ours came with a desi-tasting chicken curry with pieces of bread to dip and eat. Sort of like a cross between a pot of curry and fondue, the Bunny Chow is tasty, but ultimately overwhelming, so maybe you should share this with someone. Other interesting main course options include Caribbean roti and duck pancakes.

Based on the tiramisu that came after, we would recommend you skip dessert entirely – think dry slabs of cake overwhelmed with cream and holding little or no coffee.

At the end, the owner came over for a chat, finally explaining the shape of things. Apparently Me So Happi used to be a long nail bar space, one spa room going into the other. He also hopes to acquire a liquor license in a couple of months. So that’s the long and shot of things from last night. 

Getting there: Me So Happi,  371, Kusum Kunj, main Linking Road, Khar (W), next to  Satgurus, Rs 2,200 for a meal for two without alcohol.

 

bpb  conducts reviews anonymously and pays for its own meals.

 
Scoop: Burger King In Mumbai Soon!
Friday, 26 September 2014 12:31



What: Burger King To Open At Oberoi Mall, food court, Western Express Highway, Goregaon (E).

What: Scoop! There’s been talk of US chain Burger King coming to Mumbai at the end of 2014 for a while now. We have the scoop that the first Mumbai outpost will open at Oberoi Mall, Goregaon. A bpb call to the mall confirmed that it is slated to open next month in the food court area. Okay so you won’t do the trek for a burger, but unconfirmed sources suggest that other outlets will be set up in neighbourhoods like Bandra, Juhu and Andheri soon after.

When: Slated to open next month!

 
Pain du Jour: New Bread Service
Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:06




The baguettes are hardcore. They rise to Iron Maiden. The buns, soft with milk and fragrant with rose, they bake to the tunes of The Beatles. “And one and one and one is three,” Neha Mahendra hums Come Together in the kitchen – her favourite Beatles song - and it really does all come together. 

A new Bombay baker back from France, Neha started Pain du Jour a month ago, a bread making service that is pick up only from Andheri, soon to be a delivery service and eventually a brick and mortar space. After hearing about ‘divine chocolates’ a concept in Canada where chocolate is made to the sound of spiritual music, the concept stuck in her head like a song that refuses to leave. “The divine part may be a bit much, but I do believe that the creator’s mood, the songs he or she listens to, affect the final product. I only bake when I’m happy, with a playlist that comprises The Killers, Iron Maiden, The Beatles,” she says.

Kings of Lyon

Neha did an eight-month baking course in Yssingeaux, a postcard pretty town close to Lyon. “6 am class, the aroma of bread, a militant teacher who used to say that bread sings when it comes out of the oven,” she reminisces. After the course, Neha travelled around Europe to research local breads and also did a two-month work stint at a Paris boulangerie.

And out of all of this comes her inventive menu with focaccia, croissants and baguettes, as well as buns with rose, milk and almonds, and others with ingredients like Pink Peppercorn, saffron and sea salt, green apple and camembert. There are also a couple of tea cakes – spiced walnut, and chocolate-coconut (see full menu here). There are some wild varieties like sea bass bread and olive+orange loaves that Neha loves but isn’t sure will do so well with the first iteration of Pain du Jour.

We tried and made mmm sounds over the pain au chocolat, which was all the right amounts of buttery and flaky, and then its zesty chocolate-orange cousin which we loved, considering that is one of our favourite dessert combinations. If you’re a mustard person get the bacon and honey mustard buns, soft rounds speckled with bits of bacon, which went well with our evening tea. We also got loaves of the baguette, which bookended some leftovers and cheese for a sandwich at dinner.

Give Peas A Chance 

With Pain du Jour, Neha is trying to introduce the city to simple, healthy bread made using traditional recipes. “Our products are free of additives such as enhancers, artificial colours, added gluten, preservatives, improvers & emulsifiers,” says Neha, who interned at Green Peace before her baking course, researching sustainable agriculture and genetically modified food. “I’m also a Bombay Ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”

As long as you give Neha 24 hours after you place your order, she’ll have your bread fresh, ready and waiting for you. Drop by the kitchen and you might even get some samples plus an Iron Maiden show if you’re lucky. See you in the brioche pit!

Getting there: Pain du Jour, based in Oshiwara, Andheri (W), delivery till Seven Bungalows. Visit www.paindujour.in, call 8879608541, Rs 90 for a pain au chocolate, Rs 70 for bacon and honey mustard buns, Rs 60 for a whole wheat baguette.


 
New Restaurant: Bombay Barbeque To Open In Bandra
Monday, 22 September 2014 10:57





bpb Bulletin: Don't pack up the coal just yet.

Restaurant chain Barbeque Nation may have vacated its space in Bandra, but there's a new girl...er grill in town. Currently conducting tastings for friends and family, the space will now host a new restaurant called Bombay Barbeque.
This one had nothing to do with the Barbeque Nation chain of restaurants or owners, but will also serve up meat and vegetarian treats from the grill.
It opens on October 3 for lunch. Review out soon!

Getting there: 403, ground floor, Ambedkar Road, next to Pizza Metro Pizza, Bandra (W)

 
New Tea Place In Bandra: The Tea Place
Saturday, 20 September 2014 13:49



What: The Tea Place by Manjushree, ground floor, Jewel Arcade, opposite Notandas Jewellers, Waterfield Road, Bandra (W), call 09903985426, Rs 800 for a meal for two, Rs 750 for a set high tea menu.

Why: Amid the much too muchness of the Waterfield Road jewellery stores, sits a new tea place called…The Tea Place. That it’s white with a minimal menu might have provoked the ire of its ostentatious neighbours, but the gold trimmed crockery seems to have prevented any kind of shunning. Originally from Delhi, this new café serves a lot of tea (white, green, silver needle, fruit, Darjeeling, Kashmiri kahva that you can also buy off the shelf) and a small list of teatime snacks. Go for the Darjeeling Champagne Tea and excellent banana cake, but be outraged at the pricey and so mediocre chicken sandwiches, mava cake-like muffins and cookies.  If the high tea in this pretty cafe is spruced up, The Tea Place can turn out to be quite a jewel.

When: You need to get tea cozy.

 
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