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Order In: The Green House
Friday, 10 October 2014 10:03



What: The Green House - new health food delivery service, call 9930049135/9619250327 or email   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to order, view their Facebook page here, Rs 250 for a small salad, Rs 225 for 250 gms of hummus, deliveries across the city (charges apply), orders to be placed 24 hours in advance.

Why: All things wild and tame live in this new Qui-noa’s Ark - feral arugula leaves, well-behaved dips and loud granola bars, with no room for artificial flavours or preservatives on board.

Guardians of this Ark are Misha Dhingra, Anisha Gupta and Mansi Jasani (who runs The Cheese Collective) who deliver nutritious food across the city via The Green House. Yesterday, the bpb office table was spread with what looked like tiny green houses. Jars of salads with wooden spoons – try the red bean and quinoa Mexican Salad with fresh-as-summer lemon jalapeno dressing.  Also get the Mediterranean Platter Salad arranged with concentric circles of cracked wheat, hummus, tzatziki and feta; the slightly sweet and so smooth Sesame Hummus and the addictive orange ginger and cacao hazelnut granola bar bits.

When: You want the tzatzi-ki to your heart.

 
Scoop: Krispy Kreme In Mumbai This Week!
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:37

Kids, bring out the stretchy pants!

International doughnut chain Krispy Kreme is set to open their first Mumbai outlet on October 17. And much like the Dunkin' Doughnuts launch, they will be giving away a years supply of doughnuts. 

In collaboration with Citymax Hotels India, the hospitality division of Dubai-based retail giant Landmark Group, the Krispy Kreme franchise will replace the Gloria Jeans outlet (owned by the same group) in Powai next week, and also open branches in Bandra and Juhu by mid November.

Expect the usual suspects like their signature Original Glazed,The Chocolate Iced Custard and the Cinnamon Apple Filled doughnuts, along with an army of hot, iced drinks and chillers.

Getting There: City Park building, Central Avenue, Hiranandani Business park, near HDFC Bank, Powai. Branches opening in Juhu and Bandra by mid November.



 
Scoop! Ellipsis To Open Standalone Bakery
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 09:54


 

One of our favourite restaurants Ellipsis is launching a standalone bakery soon, and in a very ‘Cat’ from Breakfast at Tiffany’s style, it’s going to be called ‘bakery…’.

Setting up shop next to Mayfair Rooms at Worli, the bakery and kitchen will allow both, off-the-shelf purchases and made-to-order treats.

While the menu will retain its old favourites (brownies and cookies), there will be a whole bunch of new pies, cakes and tarts including Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, Sprinkles Cake, and also quiches and scones. If you’re reading this in between Crossfit and yoga class and having a bit of a panic attack, you should know that they will also account for you with healthy, gluten-free dessert.

While the folks at Ellipsis are still figuring a launch date, we hope it’s before Diwali so we can get you a big ol’ Sprinkles Cake from us at bpb!

This post will be updated with a launch date soon!

Getting there: bakery…, next to Mayfair Rooms, Dr Annie Beasant Road, Worli.

 
bpb Review: The XVII Tea Room
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 09:49

There’s a giant sugar sachet in the sky above the city, sweetening hot October storms and watching over all the new tea places that are opening up in Bombay. After Tea Trails at BKC and The Tea Place in Bandra, comes another suburban tea shop, this time titled The XVII. Come, let’s spoon again.

This month’s chai stall sets up shop at Turner Road, serving all kinds of tea, coffee and hot chocolate, teatime snacks and dessert. Set against a large and not very pleasing mural of a hot air balloon and a cat in a teacup, the foreground here was made up of college kids working on assignments (discussing their multiple hangovers) and some well-dressed aunties (discussing their multiple Range Rovers) when we visited last evening.

Hello, Kit-tea

Us, we had neither Rovers nor hangovers, but we were taking cover from yesterday’s sudden evening storm, always a nice setting for hot beverages.  The mulled apple tea however, took its own time to arrive and when it did, brewed with cinnamon and cardamom, honey and a bit of butter, it was heavy and unfortunately, lukewarm. Our cold tea sipping friend had a far better experience with the Passion Fruit Iced Tea that came with no syrupy slurps at the end.

Before we proceed to the food, we should tell you that the menu is all vegetarian. So pack away your dreams of a teatime ham and cheese sandwich, and get instead the Olive Tapenade Mushroom Bruschetta and the Smoked Chilli Cheese Toast. Lightly sautéed with garlic, the juicy mushroom bits that crowned the bruschetta had us picking them off the bread and eating them separately. The cheese toast was a notch above what your mom whips up at home, lined with smoked cheese, jalapenos and grated cheddar on top. Both dishes made for good teatime snacks.

The Oolong and Short of It

While we were waiting for the rest of our order, we chatted with the owners, who are currently doubling up as servers at the café.  We didn’t manage to find out the reason behind the name XVII, which was brushed off with an “it’s a long story”, but they did mention that they aren’t serving any meat options on the menu as two of the three partners are Jain.

In all fairness though, we didn’t really miss the meat in our Smoked Chilli Cheese Toast, we thought, as the Chocolate Almond Tea Cake and Delicie Au Chocolat arrived soon after. The former had a nice velvety texture, but came with a very acidic Berry Balsamic sauce and the dry chocolate teacake was crumbly to the touch.

Our big grouse with all the tea places opening up is that none come with any imagination. How about a tea place with a small but more inventive teatime menu? Think dainty finger sandwiches, scones, shortbread, madeleines, Chantilly cream. Sigh.

The place was packed though, so we suppose it’s going to be more of a hangout space than somewhere you go for high tea and get to say “dahling” without sounding ridiculous. Meanwhile, the giant sugar sachet lies in wait.

Getting There: Shop no.1, Darvesh Royale, Turner Road, next to Lemon Leaf, Bandra (W), 10:30 am -12:30 am, approximately Rs 766 for tea for two.

bpb reviews anonymously and pays for its own meals.

 
bpb Review: Bombay Barbeque, Bandra
Monday, 06 October 2014 09:56


It’s only fitting that the latest restaurant to open up in the peak of Mumbai’s October heat is called Bombay Barbeque. From one furnace to another, we visited the three-day old Bandra restaurant last night, previously occupied by Barbeque Nation. (Rem)ember the time?

Considering the restaurant’s aggressive marketing – flyers with the morning paper, ads during Haider in Bandra cinemas, posters around the neighbourhood – we’re not surprised that the place had a rush not unlike an established restaurants with couples, big groups of middle aged men and families who didn’t seem to need any familiarizing.

That the restaurant doesn’t stray too far from its predecessor in terms of concept and décor, helps. If you’ve been to Barbeque Nation before you’ll know the drill – fill up on unlimited grilled vegetarian and non-vegetarian starters and end at a multi cuisine buffet with live counters.

Coal-gate

It’s perfect if you’re lazy and/or love a bit of theatrics, because a lot of the food here cooks at your table. Of all the starters we tried, the Dancing BBQ Prawns stood out. Slightly charred and lightly spiced, the dish was fresh and had potential to be daily lunch if teamed with a salad.  Carnivores, avoid the dull, bland Fish Paturi and the very dry Nurani Chicken Tangdi.  The Crispy Corn Wild Pepper, a crispy, spicy corn chaat tasted of wedding cooking and evoked slight depression. Vegetarians get the Grilled Black Pepper Mushroom and Exotic Vegetables, a platter of grilled broccoli, zucchini and bell peppers marinated in fresh herbs and curd, a dish that has both colour and crunch.

A word of advice we barely ever dish out – steer clear of the bar. Some of its failed experiments include Masala Margarita and the Lemongrass n Curry Leaf Martini, which during some gulps were described as ‘liquid Hajmola’ and ‘soapy dish water’, by our dining companion.

Fry Me A River

Eager for us to sample their ‘Wish Grill’ concept, our server chose from the nine varieties of sauces and ingredients on display at the buffet, making us a wish bowl of Hakka noodles with mushrooms, prawns and veggies. While the dish itself was a tasty, homestyle noodle preparation, the ‘wish grill’ concept although built up, wasn’t too different from a live counter at a wedding.

Too stuffed to sample anything on the generic buffet menu of Mutton Biryani, Thai curry, Baingan Bharta and Chilli Basil Noodles (not a random mix at all), we moved straight to the dessert counter and ordered the Mango Cheesecake and Stone Ice cream. The creamy slice of cheesecake was soon abandoned on account of ‘too sweet’, while the stone ice cream (a choice of ice creams and toppings slapped against a cold stone) tasted just like regular ice cream with some nutty toppings.

On the whole, you won’t be too impressed by Bombay Barbeque. It won’t be the place where gourmands gather, but where diners in the neighbourhood will come for unlimited (conversation) starters, but ultimately talk about the weather. “It’s like someone turned on a barbeque.”

Getting There: 403, ground floor, Ambedkar Road, next to Pizza Metro Pizza, Bandra (W), call 26041161, buffet meal for two with one drink each: Rs 3,366.

bpb reviews anonymously and pays for its own meals.

 
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.


 
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