Food & Drink

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

Cronuts from Tart: Love, Love me Dough
Friday, 22 November 2013 11:01


What: Cronuts from Tart, 33rd Road, Near Mini Punjab, Pali Village, Khar (W), 26558761, Rs 70 for one.

Why: If flowers say heart, then these Cronuts would spell coronary. Flaky and chocolate frosted and sugar glazed, this hybrid dessert (croissant + doughnut) at the recently opened Tart Café is delicious, but will have you bouncing off the walls in no time. Do we speak the truth? Clutch our hearts and hope to die. Tart also serves a selection of savoury items as well as milkshakes.

When: Now for That Thing They Dough.

 
Scoop: Exo Bar To Open at Palladium Hotel
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 11:21



Ever been to a high-energy bar 450 feet above the ground? We’re not sure what that even is, but come end November, Exo will stand tall on the 37th floor of Palladium Hotel. For all those tired of sharing space with 15 year olds dancing on club tables, but who aren’t quite ready to settle down at a boring bar, Exo has struck the perfect middle ground. “It’s fun, but it’s also civilized,” says Rishi Acharya, who has partnered with Atul Ruia and Amit Bhosle to run the place.

Adrenalin Rush

The space will house plush sofas and a well-stocked bar, but no designated dance floor. Feel free to get up and bust a move, or just kick back and enjoy the view.

See you then! eXOeXO.

Getting there: Exo is slated to open on Nov 29 at Palladium Hotel, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.

 
bpb Review: Level One
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 11:07



So there’s this new bar in Juhu, and it’s situated above a certain Vaishali Shopping Centre, and has super happy hours and surprisingly delicious drinks and does a great Thyme Chicken Tikka. We lost you at Vaishali Shopping Centre didn’t we? After that everything was a blur.

Okay, let’s start over.

Setting The Bar

Situated on the first floor of Vaishali Shopping Centre – this made our companion cringe too - Level One is an easy going bar /lounge space roughly divided into three seating areas. The mixed wood and leather décor lends a warm feeling to the place with plush couches that you can sink into accompanied by low dark wood tables. The lighting also helps - it’s bright enough to read the menu and dim without being too shady.

We sunk into the couches and noted happily that we had strolled in during Happy Hours (6pm-11pm, Thursday to Sunday). Making the most of it, we ran through their long menu with lots of cocktail options. Unfortunately, the ones we were eager to try were unavailable and so we settled for a Mojito and a Whiskey Sour along with a Rosemary and Thyme Chicken Tikka and Jalapeno Poppers.

Rum Diaries

Both cocktails were nicely mixed with just the right amount of alcohol. Our food, like the drinks, was a pleasant surprise. The Rosemary Thyme Chicken Tikkas were juicy and well marinated with light hints of the herbs, while the Jalapeno Poppers were whole deep fried stuffed with cheese. These went well with the drinks but should be avoided if you don’t like your snacks too heavy.

Our second round of Happy Hour drinks arrived and to keep them company, we ordered the Lamb Bolognaise Pizza and Fried Prawns with Aioli.  The nine-inch thin crust pizza came quickly and was sprinkled with generous amounts of cheese and well spiced bolognaise that was nice and crunchy. The prawns that were deep fried in a batter “just like Curlies in Goa” were tasty but didn’t match up to the other dishes here.

It might have been the low expectations or the very boozy cocktails, but once we got past its location, Level One turned out to be fun with affordable, well- made drinks (Rs 300 for a single malt, Rs 300 for a cocktail); tasty bar snacks; and helpful staff. Even our snobby dining companion agreed. We hope it stays this way and doesn’t get overrun by loud college kids like the ones at the table next to us.

Next level, dude!

Getting There: Level One, Vaishali Shopping Centre, near Options mall, JVPD Scheme, Juhu, open 6-12pm, Rs 180 for a Kingfisher pint, Rs 225 for an Absolut vodka, Rs 250 for a Teachers,  meal for two with one cocktail each Rs 2110.

 
Holiday Cooking Class at The Sassy Spoon
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 11:04



If you’ve already started using ‘Tis and ‘Twas, it’s time to sign up for bpb’s holiday culinary class with The Sassy Spoon, Nariman Point.

On Thursday November 28 from 6 – 8 pm, Chef Irfan and Rachel will conduct a holiday cooking class that has everything short of edible tinsel. Learn to make an All Spice Roast Chicken, a Smoked Aurbergine and Fresh Boconcini Penne Pasta, an Oatmeal & Maple cookie and a Spiced Chocolate & Orange cake.This will be hands-on class with four people to a work station.

Plus, the restaurant will also conduct a demonstration of how to make an alcoholic Apple Cider, which you can drink while you cook.

Only twenty spots available so book your seat in advance!

Getting There: To sign up for the bpb & The Sassy Spoon class on 28th Nov, between 6-8pm, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 7738934888. The Sassy Spoon, ground floor, Express Towers, Ramnath Goenka Marg, Nariman Point, Rs 2,00o.

 
Coup Card Mexican Night At Sancho’s
Monday, 18 November 2013 11:27



Put on your Sombrero and head to Sancho’s Colaba for another one of our Coup Card nights on the 21st of November, Thursday at 9:30 pm. Here in this brand new space– second branch of Bandra’s Tex Mex restaurant Sancho’s - you’ll get to hang with other cool Coup-ers, get one free cocktail (plum & cranberry mojito)+ 15% off food and alcohol .

Entry will be reserved exclusively for Coup Card holders (+ up to a party of 3 friends), so get your favourite trio together and start your own Mariachi band. Or just come to Mexican night.

Getting there: At Sancho’s, Apollo Hotel, Lansdowne Road, opposite Regal Cinema, Colaba, call 02265552426. In order to attend on the 21st of November, Thursday at 9:30 pm, you must have a Coup Card or attend with a Coup Card holder. To RSVP (required) email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 7738934888, free entry + 1 free cocktail for Coup Card holders. Don't have a card but still want to come? Buy the one week mini coup card here

 
blueFROG Amphitheatre in Pune
Friday, 15 November 2013 11:02



What: blueFROG to open in Pune, Ishaniya Mall, in Kalyani Nagar opposite the Poona Club Golf Course.

Why: Your favourite amphibian now has its own amphitheatre. Live music venue Blue Frog is all set to open in Pune by year end, with a 2,000 people big amphitheatre that will be christened by electronic act Above and Beyond on November 21. We’re excited to note that the programming here will include more than the regular music artists - Indian and international orchestras, dance performances, folk and classical music and theater. Check the schedule and plan a road trip with friends this season? Toad-ally!

When: Amphitheatre to launch on Nov 21, venue to open by year-end.

 

 

 
Sancho's Opens in Colaba This Weekend
Friday, 15 November 2013 09:34



What: Sancho’s to open in South Bombay + Coup Cardholders get 15% off here, at Apollo Hotel, Lansdowne Road, opposite Regal Cinema, Colaba, call 02265552426.

Why: Bring out the mariachi band! Bandra’s Tex Mex restaurant Sancho’s opens in Colaba with a festive décor similar to that of its suburban counterpart – wooden tables, printed tiles and a chandelier that seems to be made up of candles. The menu will also remain more or less the same at this restaurant where Coup Card holders will get 15% off the entire bill! Plus, bpb & Sancho’s piñata night with free treats coming soon!

When: Opens On Sunday, November 17.

 
Sponsored: Family Sunday Brunch At Neel
Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00

***This post is sponsored by Neel***

What: Family Sunday brunch at Neel, Mahalaxmi Race Course,

gate no. 5 & 6, follow them on Twitter & Facebook @NeelRestaurant, call61577777, Rs 1,499 without alcohol, Rs 1,999 with alcohol, Rs 749 for kids above seven years, free for kids below seven years.

Why: A leafy outdoor setting, live music, entertainment for the kids and lazy sugarcane (plus more) cocktails for you – sounds like a family Instagram portrait.This is Neel’s Family Sunday Brunch featuring treats like Amritsari Chhole Kulche and Dilli Chaat, Farsans from Gujarat and Mysore Dosas, Kashmiri Subz Tawa, and Maharashtrian Misal, kebabs and the chef’s signature Awadhi Dum Biryani. Oh, and it ends with Apple Jalebi, Narangi Rabdi, Agre ke Jamun and Indian Petit Fours. Yum!

When: You need a new season of Brady’s Brunch.

***This post is sponsored by Neel***

 
#GaboFeeds: Tweet For Your Supper
Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:09



Do not feed the ducks. Or the Tweeple.

Ignoring this sign board– it exists – is food lover and content manager at Collectivity, Gaurang Bailoor, who is attempting to feed and meet one new person on Twitter every weekend through his new initiative, #gabofeeds. So Tweet ya!

People Are Strange

Previously, Gaurang ran a small cake business called The Cake Factory and loves trying out new recipes for friends and family. Work commitments and a super hectic schedule got in the way of his love for food, which has taken a back seat for a while now.

After being bogged done by a particularly crazy work project that gave him no time and space to do anything else, he felt that he needed to reach out and do something that was fun and new. “I follow and interact with a whole bunch of cool people on twitter, ones that I’ve never actually met. Since I’m generally socially inept, I figured this would help me get out of my comfort zone.”

Food For Tweet

His first #gabofeeds guinea pig was his boss, Tarun Tripathi @probablytrippy, who received a Chicken Confit baked dish with fragrant winter vegetables (radishes, turnips, peas , leeks and cauliflower) and a hard boiled egg. Gaurang assures us that while he is experimenting with food and recipes for the project, the main idea of #gabofeeds is to get to know and meet new people. All his recipes are completely original and totally random. “There’s no set menu- it’s just based on what ingredients I feel like using and what I think might be fun for the other person”.

The process is fairly simple. If you want to be a part of the project, all you need to do is tweet to him and check on his availability. If he’s free as per the schedule on his Tumblr page and can deliver to your area, he will drop by on a Sunday with food. Gaurang tells us that it's completely free of cost, but he’d love some feedback via tweets and pictures on social media.

Will you get pot lucky this weekend?

 

Getting there: #Gabofeeds, tweet to him at @guarang_b, view his tumblr page here

 

 
Sneak Peek + Cook At The New Mamagoto
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 11:22



So Mamagoto at Kala Ghoda is almost ready to start serving meals to the public, but they won’t until you’ve cooked there first.

Put your food flag in the unchartered territory as the Asian restaurant’s newest branch in South Bombay opens up two days before just for bpb readers! Man over the moon? We collaborate with the chef to conduct a culinary class here featuring two soups (Hot & Sour and Tom Yum), two salads (Papaya and Glass Noodle) and two starters (hot basil chicken cups/vegetarian basil cups and grilled fish/tofu).

We have only 13 spots for this hands-on class on Saturday, November 16 from 4pm to 6pm, so sign up soon. Last one there’s a rotten egg!

Getting there:  At Mamagoto, 5, Surya Mahal, Burjarji Bharucha Marg, Kalaghoda, to sign up email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , first come first serve basis, Rs 1300 per person.

 
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