Food & Drink

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

Neel Opens in Andheri (W)
Friday, 21 February 2014 12:54

What: Neel Restaurant & Tote Banquets opens in Andheri (W). Neel, opposite The Charcoal Project, off Veera Desai Road, Andheri (W)

Why: Andheri west (k)neels down to welcome Awadhi cuisine as Mahalaxmi’s Neel zooms across the sea link to add to the suburb’s culinary chaos. Expect the usual list of yummies like the Kakori Kebab, Khatta Meetha Baingan and the rich Ghosht Ki Dum Biryani, along with a few new additions to the menu.

When:Opened on Sunday, Feb 23, 2014.

bpb Review: The Boston Cupcakery
Thursday, 20 February 2014 11:23

Our appetites must feel truly tortured these days. They’re teased by the sight of delicious pictures on news feeds; they’re made to wait patiently while nimble fingers steady two tiered desserts for the right Instagram angle; and sometimes, they’re just asked to leave when a big event is coming up next week.

Last Friday, our appetite just rolled its eyes at the thought of a new cupcake shop. Disbelieving that the dessert can still tempt taste buds, it sulked while we made our way to The Boston Cupcakery in Andheri, recently started up by Eric and Corie Larsen who’ve starred on international TV show Cupcake Wars.

Frost Analysis

Done up in hues of brown, The Boston Cupcakery takes care to ensure that its interior does not steal the show from the prettily designed cupcakes that wait for you in the case. As expected, the seating is minimal (one table and a few chairs) with most of the sales done over the counter.

The cupcake list at The Boston Cupcakery is long featuring over 30 flavours in rotation, with about half of these available on any given day. There’s the usual blueberry and red velvet, but also waffle, banana-chocolate and dry fruit versions.

We started with what we ultimately liked most here – the Apple Cinnamon and Hazelnut Choco Cream cupcakes. The former, soft with chunks of apple and a cinnamon kick, is a refreshing fruit flavor change from the berry overload this season. The hazelnut is a good option for chocolate lovers, who should skip the classic Chocolate Symphony, which was way too sweet for our liking.

Eat a Hike

From the fancier list we got The Trail Mix, which is inspired by the American love for the great outdoors, and contains assorted nuts and raisins. Think 4th of July meets Diwali – this one’s a fun mouthful. The Banana Chocolate, touted as their fast seller as well as the red velvet with fresh cream, were nice but would not warrant an exclusive trip to this Cupcakery. Not available during our visit, The Boston Cream Pie flavor is supposed to be their specialty.

While the Boston Cupcakery staff shared random trivia and enticed us to try new flavours, an in-house photographer clicked pictures of the cakes with their fancy top hats.

We left, not wowed but still thinking fondly of the apple-cinnamon version. That’s when we turned to our appetites and said, “told you so! Every now and then, even a cupcake can be exciting.”

Getting there: Shop no 1, Legend Building, near Lokhandwala Garden #4, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri (W), home delivery to start soon, call 9029991808, cupcakes range from Rs 60 to 100.

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bpb's Dessert Box In 2014
Thursday, 20 February 2014 11:20

It was a sweet (s)tart to the year with the bpb Dessert Box (Call 7738934888/999 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to place an order. Rs 2250 for a 3 month subscription) featuring artisanal passion fruit tarts and launching a new macaron collection.

See below the vendors we featured in the first two boxes of 2014.

La Folie: This lovely new patisserie that launched at the end of January had us day dreaming of the Tart Folie Passion & a chocolate caramel version of the same, long after we devoured them. Also try their other yum mousses and lovely pain au chocolat.

Commerce house, Rope walk lane, Kala Ghoda, call 9167722181, see their Facebook page here.

Singkong: This Pan-Asian restaurant (that is also a new Coup Card partner) gave us a Layered Carrot Cake and a Mocha Fudge Brownie for the box.

Pinnacle House, 1st floor, PD Hinduja Marg, off Linking Road, above Sancho’s, Khar (W), call 67094444

Le 15 Patisserie: Pooja Dhingra and her team launched their double flavoured macaron collection with the Feb dessert box.  We loved the dark chocolate & rose and the passion fruit and milk chocolate macarons.
Getting there:

Le 15 Patisserie, Good Earth 6513 3212; Bandra 097 69 286544; Palladium Mall 976928654

The Dessert Table: Double chocolate cream cups & heart shaped Funfetti cookies were this made to order service's classics for the box. The Dessert Table can set up a custom-made dessert table at any event of your choice.

The Dessert Table, call 9819735272, shop no. 8, A.B. Nair road, near Iskcon temple, Juhu.

Jamjar Diner: Versova's favourite bungalow by the sea contributed to the box with their fresh Carrot & Zucchini Cake slices and Banana Walnut muffins!

7 A and B, Aram Nagar 2, JP Road, Versova, call 26358880.

Suzette: As a surprise element to the box, Suzette gave us mini Bakes - NYC Cheesecakes/mini Chocolate Fondants. 
Atlanta Building ground floor, Nariman Point, 22880055; St John Street, opposite Gold's Gym, Pali Naka, Bandra (W), 26411431.

Our Valentine's Day box also featured a very pretty Love Pop Up card from 61c. See here for details.

Dessert box delivery is powered by Dial-A-Drive, with their super efficient and always-on-time chauffeurs. Call 98215-DRIVE (37483)

Getting There:
Sign up for the dessert box for a regular dose of sweet somethings from all over the city! Call 7738934888/999 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to place an order. Rs 2250 for a 3 month subscription, more details here

bpb loves: Suzette's New Pain Au Chocolat
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:14

Giving 'no pain no gain' a new meaning, Suzette has introduced a basket of new French breads or pain at their Bandra and Nariman point cafes two days ago.

We dropped by yesterday to try and loved their French tradition baguettes made with organic whole wheat and rye flour that can be eaten with strawberry jam. These can also be done as sandwiches with fillings like hummus, pork sausage, gherkins and cheddar.

There are plain croissants too that we will return to try, but our favourite was the pain au chocolat - buttery and flaky and filled with dark chocolate, definitely the best in the city.

Having just eaten it yesterday, we're craving it again this morning. You feel our pain?

Getting there: Atlanta Building ground floor, Nariman Point, 22880055; St John Street, opposite Gold's Gym, Pali Naka, Bandra (W), 26411431, Rs 120 for pain au chocolat.

Psst: Have the Card Card? You'll get 15% off on your bill at Suzette + 20 other restaurants in Mumbai and Delhi!

The Table’s Farm Workshop At Alibaug!
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:30

Learn to till for your supper at The Table’s farm workshop in Alibaug on March 1. Taking their farm to Table concept one step further, this lovely Colaba restaurant is opening up their field to the public for free with a one day, hands-on workshop where participants will facilitate building the next phase of the Table Farm.

On the agenda for the day are discussions about the design of the farm, activities like building permaculture beds, planting and transplanting seeds and seedlings, as well as harvesting a fresh crop for the restaurant.

A fresh lunch will be prepared for all, by the chefs of The Table, with ingredients from the farm.  Also, get tips on how to start your own little patch at home from Adrienne Thadani of Fresh & Local, who will conduct the workshop.

(Green) Thumbs Up!

Getting There: On March 1. Participants will need to be at Jetty no 5 at the Gateway of India (jetty located opposite the Taj hotel entrance) at 9am sharp and can expect to return to Mumbai by 4:30pm. No charge for the workshop, but a deposit of Rs. 500/- will be taken and refunded to participants after attending the workshop. Only ten seats open, call Juilee on 9833948363 to make your bookings/email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.

Surprise Entry: Café Zoe Is On the Coup Card + After Work Bar Night!
Monday, 17 February 2014 11:43


We’ve said this before. The Coup Card ( is our greatest hits list – a selection of our favourite restaurants in Mumbai and Delhi – and getting you 15% off at these places through the Coup is our gift to you.

And so we’re super happy to announce that one of our favourite restaurants in the city, Café Zoe, is now on the Coup Card! We know you’re there all the time - for breakfast meetings and Wi-fi leeching and Friday night dancing when owner Jeremie plays his set. Us too!

So if you eat/treat/seat at Lower Parel and haven’t bought the Coup Card yet, get it now. Other partner restaurants include Birdsong Café,Ellipsis, Indigo Deli, Jamjar Diner, Le 15 Patisserie, Mamagoto, Neel, Nico Bombay, Olive Bar & Kitchen + Thalassa at Olive, The Pantry, Pizza Express, Salt Water Café, Sancho’s +Singkong, The Sassy Spoon, Serafina, Suzette, The Table, Woodside Inn +Woodside All Day Bar & Eatery, The Yoga House.Here, you get a flat 15% off on the bill (on food + alcohol), which is also valid on happy hours, set meals and Sunday brunch!

After Work Bar Night

And to celebrate our newest entrant, we’re going to be hosting a super fun after work bar night at Café Zoe next week. Bring your friends, lovers and colleagues and come for a free something + 15% off on food + drinks for the night. Exclusively for Coup Card holders.More details soon!

Non Coupers, don’t feel left out. You can still buy one at or call 7738934888/999. 

Getting there: To RSVP email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 7738934888/999. More information on the Coup Card on

Atta Boy(s): Jiwa Experience Centre
Friday, 07 February 2014 12:56

What: Jiwa Experince Centre featuring healthy atta + delivery and a roti-making station at Prabhat Kunj, 24thRoad, Bandra (W), open from Monday to Friday 11 am to 8 pm, visit, view the Facebook page here, call 9320299480 for free home delivery, starts at Rs 85 per kg.

Why: Founded by an MBA from Babson College and run by a team of experts with PhDs in Nutrition Studies and get this, Roti Making (he has a puffiness meter), the Jiwa Experience Centre is an adorable new “modern chakki” in Bandra. Here you’ll find an urban garden, a roti station and a food library that are meant to introduce you to their new line of healthy atta. Prettily packaged, these variants are made with healthy ingredients - jowar, bajra, multigrains, rajgira, soya and makkai – that focus on different aspects of your life like daily nutrition, slimming, fitness, and those that cater to women and youth needs.

When: You need rosy roti.

The Coup Card’s Discovery Program: More Reasons to Score One!
Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:37

If you like to start your work day breakfasting on muesli and organic coffee or spend most of it surreptitiously surfing for a new pair of earrings to wear to that latest restaurant opening you’re hoping to crash, you should meet the Coup Card’s new discovery program. We think you two will really get along.

Introduced as part of the new and improved Coup Card (which gets you 15% off food and alcohol at bpb’s favorite restaurants plus 10% Nature’s Basket), the discovery program provides cardholders with exclusive access to restaurant openings and bpb events (bar nights, culinary sessions, pre-opening tastings) at the city’s hottest new restaurants.

The discovery program also gives cardholders exclusive deals and discounts with our favorite brands – right now, for instance, you can score 10% off all purchases at Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop, Missisippy snacks and Indian Bean coffee. If you’re a cardholder, we’ll send you an email with discount codes for each as soon as your card is activated on February 15, 2014, and you can use that at check-out, every time you shop at any of the three vendors. No exceptions – seriously!

We’re going to be rotating in cool brands every month, so if you have something you’d like to see on our list, drop us a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . But for now, meet our current stellar line-up:

Pernia’s Pop Up Shop:

A super e-boutique with clothes and accessories from the best designers across the country, including Sabyasachi, AM:PM, Morphe, Shift by Nimish Shah, Bodice and others. Run by stylist and designer Pernia Quereshi, we love her eye for curation and often follow her favourite recommendations.


Forget smudgy mascara and walks of shame. Your morning-after just got sexy with Missisippy Life's gourmet muesli made with amaranth, berries and nuts. Let its crumbly sound fill the awkward silence between you two, and if you like, we can introduce you to their other goodies too. There are cookies and kurkure snacks, 'perfectly proportioned' and built with wholesome ingredients which make them super for office or on-the-go snacking.

Indian Bean:

Grown in postcard pretty coffee estates and mini-wildlife hubs with elephants, bison, deer and foxes, the coffee from Indian Bean is just what your mornings need. Check out the single-estate coffee from Coorg that's 'robust, aromatic and persuasive' and promotes fair trade. Also recommended are the organic coffee from Kodaikanal and a filter blend from Chikmagalur. 

So get surfing – and start with, the place where you two first met.

 Getting there: Visit or call 7738934888; Rs 2,100 for six months or Rs 3,800 for a year.

CastaDiva Pops Up At The Ambassador
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:22

Here’s some sunny (side-up)news for you this morning. Remember the Ambassador Hotel and their revolving restaurant? This forgotten piece of the culinary landscape will play host to a fun pop-up restaurant from Februrary 8th -13th, created exclusively for Mumbai, by Chef Alessio Mecozzi of CastaDiva Resort & Spa, Lake Como, Italy who has cooked for celebrities like George Clooney and Matt Damon.

Diners can enjoy the five-course menu with the Chef’s signature dishes like ‘Eggplants parmigiana style with parmesan fondue’ and ‘Red cow Parmesan cheese creamy risotto with duck ragú’, along with Tiramisu and a wine paired menu. While the pop up restaurant will last a week, general reservations are only open for dinner on the 8th, 9th and 13th.Bookings go live today, reserve a table here.

Go on then, set a date with a foreign ambassador!

Getting there: CastaDiva Resort & Spa pop up restaurant at The Ambassador, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate from 8th-13th February, Rs 2200 plus taxes per head, bookings go live today, reserve a table here.

bpb Review: La Folie
Monday, 03 February 2014 11:12

We’ve always loved The Paris Review’s what-if stories, where editors imagine how dead authors would review Fashion Week shows, and cocktail pairing charts that show which cocktails would have stirred the imagination of our favourite novelists.

So when we saw the pink dessert boxes at Kala Ghoda’s new patisserie La Folie, each sketched with a single watchful eye, we imagined the Paris Review editors imagining a George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four connection.

In true Nineteen Eighty-Four, Big-Brother-is-watching-you style – in fact, our copy of this Orwell novel bears almost the same eye illustration - the patisserie tempts with mounds of mousse and flaky croissants, at the same time ensuring that you don’t over indulge because, you know, the box is watching.

Airstrip Won

Surrounded by The Pantry, Kala Ghoda Café, Mamagoto and Trishna, La Folie opened a few days ago, before that making its debut in the bpb Dessert Box. Here we sampled a picture book-worthy Tart Folie Passion that tasted as good as it looked, and a chocolate-caramel version of the same that was tasty but couldn’t match up to its fruity companion.

From the new space we ordered the Pain Au Chocolat, Damask (a soft rose cream encasing raspberry and litchi compote), and the Venezuelan chocolate mousse.With a wonderfully light and flaky covering and rich chocolate inside, the pain au chocolat was a hit at the bpb office, with one sole Scouter still wondering if it was as good as her current favourite at LPQ.

La Vie En Rose

The Rose Damask was so prettily put together, in delicate palettes of pink, topped with a single rose petal coated in sugar. Now we aren’t big fans of the rose flavour, but enjoyed its soft, velvety texture with raspberry and litchi compote. Eventually though, it got too sweet for us.

The Venezuelan mousse was the unanimous winner- it fared superbly with a smooth chocolate mousse with crunchy bits of waffle biscuit in it.

With Chef Sanjana Patel’s creative eye for detail and beauty, La Folie’s desserts are wonderfully refreshing in the city’s crowded dessert scene of cake jars and cupcakes. And considering its proximity to the bpb office, we’re going to be eating here quite often, eye spy not withstanding. 

Gorge Orwell?

Getting there: Commerce house, Rope walk lane, Kala Ghoda, call 9167722181, see their Facebook page here., Rs 550 approximately for three single desserts, Rs 125 for a pain au chocolat.

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