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bpb Review: Bombay Bronx
Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:02

 

**Cue MGM Lion Roar**

Announcer’s Voice Plays out:

From the makers of WTF!, The Big Nasty, Loca Loca and The Brooklyn Shuffle in Pune, comes The Bombay Bronx, Breach Candy’s new, Mumbai themed bar.

Second Day, Second Show

On its second day open to the public, we headed over to The Bombay Bronx for a quick drink and munch post work. Fitted with one too many Mumbai paraphernalia (rickshaws, local train booths,  dabbawalla lamps, Irani cafe chairs) The Bombay Bronx's dedication to the city is a bit of an overkill.  The menu also has a Mumbai theme divided into ‘Vez’ and ‘Non Vez’ sections with the Pav Bhaji Sandwis, Raju Chicken Chilly and Kheema Pav.

We took our seats at the Irani café like tables, right in front of the gigantic Amitabh Bachchan mural and proceeded with the show. The first entrants to the scene – a Pani Puri Caipirojka, an Aam Panna Margarita and a Chatka Mary ( a twist on a Bloody Mary) didn’t exactly dazzle us with their performances. The Caipirojka had too much ice to taste the tangy jaljeera at the bottom; the margarita tasted great, with a strong kairi flavour, but lacked the alcohol quotient we were looking for. The Chatka Mary though, rimmed with a spicy chilli –garlic powder was a real firecracker of a drink, nicely blended with lots of Tabasco sauce and alcohol.

Accompanying the drinks were three items - the Chilli Cheese Toast, Kheema Pav and a Non Vez Bombay Dabba that had pieces of Chicken Tikka, Fish Fingers, Chicken Lollipops and Anda Pakodas.  Boys and girls, at this point, we must cue the applause sign.

All that we ordered from the menu was fun  bar food- easy, fuss free and familiar. The Kheema Pav was authentic with nicely spiced, juicy kheema and buttery pavs. Points for cute presentation too, in the mini carrom board trays. The Chilli Cheese Toast too, with toasted, shredded cheddar cheese was perfect for soaking up the alcohol we were drinking. 

Mere Paas (Khee)Ma Hai

Just as we were starting to attack the Non Vez Dabba, our next round of drinks -the Twisted Whiskey Sour, a Cheesy Mary and the Mango Driver, arrived. This round was better, with a zesty, boozy Whiskey Sour and a mango flavoured screwdriver. The Cheesy Mary, with cheddar cheese on the rim of what tasted like a regular Bloody Mary seemed like just another gimmick. We washed down the well-marinated, soft tikka, and the other deep-fried munchies in the dabba with the rest of our drinks. 

While The Bombay Bronx had roughly an equal number of hits and misses, we felt the hits definitely outweighed the misses. Drop by for a drink, and if the scene gets too dramatic, there's always Ghetto close by.

And scene. 

Getting There: The Bombay Bronx, 10, Hub Town, Akriti Sky Bay, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy, call 9967701666, meal for four: Rs 3550.Rs 180 for a Kingfisher pint, Rs 250 for 30 ml Teachers, Rs 165 for 30 ml Smirnoff.

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PizzaExpress’ New Menu + Contest
Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:56

 

If you aren’t going to summer in Italy – really, no? - then head to PizzaExpress as a destination for their newly launched summer menu. Also, we’re getting them to give you some freebies! Check our Twitter feed tomorrow on @bpbmumbai for more details. 

Pizza Express’ Summer Specials menu features an exciting new range of starters, pastas, risottos, thin and crispy Romana pizzas, cheesecake and pitchers full of summer-friendly cocktails made with berries, mango and ginger.

We’re excited to try the Romana Polpette Pizza, the Polpetti meatballs and mango cheesecake.

Season (high) five!

Getting there: At all five Pizza Express outlets – Colaba, BKC, Andheri East & West, Thane. View the Facebook group here.

 
Stock Market: Where Cafes Source Ingredients
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 11:19

Going grocery shopping? Three cafes in Mumbai open up their black books so you can call their health and organic food vendors directly. Stocks and bond!

 

Suzette, Nariman Point and Bandra


Pride of Cows: For high quality, unadulterated milk.  Order for home delivery on http://www.prideofcows.com/

Chamong: For organic Indian teas. Visit http://www.chamong.com

Conscious Food: For Raisins, flax, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Also for sugar, salt, brown sugar and organic sea salt.  Available at select super markets and home delivery on orders over Rs 1,000 from consciousfood.com

24 Letter Mantra: For chilli flakes, cinnamon powder and black pepper from . Available  at local supermarkets.

Fabindia: For fruit spreads like apricot, strawberry and mango. At Fabindia outlets across the city.

Farmer's Market: For Rocky Mountain mango pulp. Visit http://farmersmarket.co.in.

Under The Mango Tree: For organic honey. Visit utmt.in


The Pantry, Kala Ghoda

Live Natural: For Whole Wheat Atta and Refined Flour. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 24339216 or 9819976475

24 Mantra Organic: For pulses, grains, spices and raw sugar.

Mojo Plantation: For black pepper and vanilla sticks. Mojo Plantation in Coorg, Karnataka. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 8272265638/6

Kejriwal Honey in Punjab: For honey. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Bhansali Brothers: For organic loose leaf tea. At Vile Parle, 23441171.

Colaba Chicken Market: For country eggs. Colaba

Virdhavan Farms: for seasonal fruits and veggies. at Alibaug, call 9004349733.

 

Barrio, Versova

Organic Garden: For all types of organic flour. And also for sugar, spices and assorted seeds. At outlets across the city. Visit organicgarden.co.in , call 27789242

Organic Tattva: For Brown Rice. Visit organictattva.com/ localbanya.com

Navdanya: For marmalade and brown sugar. Visit navdanya.org . call 66790081

Fortune Gourmet: For organic Soba Noodles. Available at all Nature's Basket outlets.

 

 

 




 
bpb Review: Gyros, Andheri (W)
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 11:05




After our weekend crash course in Greek cuisine at the bpb and Thalassa class at Olive Mahalaxmi, it seemed an odd coincidence that the next review on the list, was in fact from the same region. Sure, we figured, why not?  Considering we nailed the class –erm, the eating and drinking bit, things were about to get a little g(r)eeky.

Hakuna Mousakka

Last evening, we made our way to the small but clean Gyros, the city’s newest Greek joint at Lokhandwala. The interiors, a Greek predictability with all white tables and chairs and blue elements is pleasant, but with only four tables, Gyros seems like it will grow into a takeaway-only place.

Stocking up for her hungry flat mates, this writer chose the Traditional Chicken gyro (a greek wrap), the Bacontar (a chicken gyro with bacon bits), a Prawn Souvlaki Gyro, a Chicken Souvlaki (a meat platter), a Vegetarian Falafel gyro and a Vegetarian Mousakka with a side of hummus. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any lamb dishes available when we went. Packed and picked up, a quick rickshaw ride later, they were ready to be scarfed down.

Gy-ro Row Row Your Boat

Doused in way too much chilli sauce and devoid of Tatziki dip, our gyros were very messy and tough to handle. They soon came apart, and had us picking at the meat and French fries in it. While the meat fillings were all well cooked- (chicken, bacon and prawn), the vegetarian falafel felt a little tough - like it was fried before it was fully thawed. The mousakka too, was not very enjoyable, with hard chunks of potatos and brinjal that had lost all flavour because of the amount of cheese in the dish. The hummus, sour and tasteless is pretty avoidable.

While Gyros has a lot to work on, it wasn’t a full blown Greek tragedy. Right now, Gyros seems like a poor cousin of Greko, the yum Greek food takeaway joint in Bandra. Once they go easy on the sauces, and concentrate a little more on the vegetarian food, Gyros might just replace our local roll guy on speed dial.

For now though, we’re pulling out our recipe sheet from the bpb culinary class last weekend.

Feta luck next time?

Getting There: Gyros, Apna Ghar , Unit no. 14,  1st Cross lane, near Dominoes Pizza, Lokhandwala market, Andheri (W), call 9820011202, delivery in Lokhandwala market only, meal for four people approx. Rs 1400.

 
Bombay Bronx: Breach Candy's New Bar
Thursday, 29 May 2014 19:51


What: Bombay Bronx, Breach Candy,  1st Floor, Hubtown, Skybay, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy, call 7710044666.

Why: You’ll never stop going to The Ghetto and neither will we, but it’s always nice to know that the neighbourhood has new options. The Bombay Bronx will open on Sundayin Breach Candy, a new bar from the guys behind Loca Loca, WTF! and The Big Nasty. We’re not crazy about how many design elements this bar borrows form Bombay - Mumbai local train booth, a dabbawalla communal table and half a rikshaw dedicated to selfies – but we’re still going to check it out. And get some drinks while we’re at it. The menu’s special items include ‘Pav Bhaji Sandwis’, Raju’s Chilli Chicken’ and Anda Bhurji. Egg-cited? Full review out soon! 

When: Set to open on June 1, 7 pm onwards.

 
Buy Organic Veggies at The Table
Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:55


 

There’s a reason we love the taste of pretty much everything at The Table. This Colaba restaurant grows its own fruits and veggies at a farm in Alibaug, and even took customers there for a gardening class a couple of months ago.

Looks like there’s been a bountiful harvest at The Table farm this season, with the surplus stock of organic white onions and mangoes being sold through the restaurant. The same mangoes that they’re selling go into their Crab & Alphonso mango salad, Aambuca cocktail, and souflee.

Limited stock! Put this on your market watch.

Getting there: To order call 833948363 or 22825000 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
bpb Review: Tea Trails
Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:55


 

If you're going to Bandra Kurla Complex's new 'gourmet tea lounge' Tea Trails, don't go expecting charmingly chipped Victorian teacups and three-tiered pastry trays. Instead, be prepared for Black Forest pastries in a showcase, heat-and-eat coffee shop type snacks and a few meal time dishes like rajma and chole that are prepared fresh. The tea bit comes from the large tea menu and a few chai-infused dishes.

(Ch)Ai Yai Yai 

The space with sunny interiors that maps the journey of tea across the globe, the usual quotes about beverages,  and mason jar lamps serves over 45 tea variants, along with tea infused food items like Marbled Eggs and Burmese Tea Salad. Housed in the very corporate Capital Building in BKC, the lounge has strict breakfast and lunch timings and since we got there post 3 pm, we could only try their all day menu.

Hungry from all the running around we'd done yesterday, we ordered the Chicken Kheema Roll,Paneer Kathi roll, Crostini, Mango Bubble Tea and Turkish Apple Berry Tisane to start with. The rolls had tasty, bhurji like fillings, but were  slightly overheated in the oven, so we had to wait for a while for them to cool down before we could attack. The Crostini came next- fairly unimaginative with flavourless tomatoes, oregano and melted cheese. We washed the rolls and crostini down with bubble tea and the tisane. The bubble tea was refreshing at the first sip, but had an overpoweringly sweet aftertaste. The Turkish Red Apple Tisane( herbal tea) was well brewed, with lovely hints of apple and cinnamon to sip on.

Brew To You

Still hungry and not fully satisfied, we tried the Burmese Tea Salad, a Masala Chai and a South Indian Filter Kaapi. The salad, a mistake, with flecks of tea leaves amongst shredded cabbage, peanuts, tomatoes and masala moong dal with a dressing on the side was abandoned after a few bites. The Masala Chai and Filter Coffee both lived up to their full bodied characters and were packed with strong, genuine flavour. Also living up to their names were the tea cookies, light and crumbly with strains of tea in them.

Tea Trails has an extensive tea selection, so head over if you’d like a par-tea in your cup.  Just be warned though, the food doesn’t really pack a punch (PICO, one level below is a better option) and that's where this tea lounge could do with turning over a new leaf.

Getting There: Tea Trails, Sky Lobby, 3rd floor, The Capital Building, opposite ICICI Bank,  Bandra Kurla Complex , Rs 630 for a meal for three.

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Mama’s Tiffin:Pack It Up!
Monday, 26 May 2014 19:50

 

Mamagoto it seems, has turned dabbawalla with their newly launched Mamatiffin lunch boxes. Available on delivery and dine-ins, Mamagoto lets you choose a soup/salad/starter + a choice of noodle or rice + a main course for your mid-day meal.

Choose from their three meal options- The Straits with a Asian Summer Chicken Salad, a Sambal Chicken and Sweet Chilli Bamie Noodles; The Siam Box with a Thai Chicken Salad, a Steamed Fish and Soggy Chicken Rice; or The Chambers of Shaolin with Honey Chicken, Chicken Schezaun sauce and Hakka Noodles.

We’re hell bento on ordering these!


Getting There: Mamagoto's new Mamatiffin lunch boxes, available at all their outlets- Bandra, Kalaghoda, Andheri and Ghatkhopar, Rs. 329 (vegetarian) and Rs. 429 (non-vegetarian).

 

 
bpb Review: Wafflist, Bandra
Monday, 26 May 2014 10:59

 

 

What We Think About When We Think About Waffles 

To equate waffles with comfort food, mornings and mothers, golden sunshine and vacation brunches, makes sense. But to think about mixing batter in a see-through conference room, a waffle maker sharing a switchboard with laptop chargers, is not your everyday, TV commercial waffle scene.

Waffles = startup food for us Scouters, who met and previously worked at another Internet startup where Fridays was dedicated to Breakfast Club. Each week, one or two people would bring breakfast for the office, and we think of that Friday with pride when our waffle experiment got more than one encore. Okay, they weren’t great but beggars can’t be chewsers at a startup with a pantry budget restricted to early morning tea and toast. 

Table of Contents

So when we heard about Wafflist, a new café at Carter Road that only sells waffles, we cheered. Productivity and innovation was about to go up on that desultory Friday – Pavlovian response. We visited the tiny orange and white space to find waffles that can be crowned with a bunch of different toppings that range from Plain Jane to glamorous. We picked up four kinds – the Cookie Rookie(topped with Oreo cookies), Choco-Overload, Nut-Chocolate and honey.

We really hate to rain on a new venture’s parade, but all the waffles tasted the same, of…nothing. We’ll give them this – they travelled well without getting chewy in cute paper trays with a hole on the top for a scoop of ice cream. But the basic waffle itself was tasteless at best, a fact masked in bites with excessive toppings of chocolate and banana. But with the honey or Oreo waffles for instance, the need for a better base was much more apparent.

Considering the place is a short walk away from the new bpb office, we were hoping it would be the food for our thought, and the reason to remember our gym memberships. Wafflist may not have resulted in a great morning meal, but it did lead to one interesting Mumbai – NY con call. For the rest of the year, we’ll be digging out that old waffle maker + recipe. A batter of fact.

 

Getting there: Ground floor, Gagangiri Apartments, next to Yogurtbay, off Carter Road, Bandra (W), call 09819680380, view the Facebook page here, Rs 120-150 for a waffle.

 

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Chicken Honey Mustard Crispy Bacon Burger: Jamjar Recipe!
Friday, 23 May 2014 12:45


Jamjar Diner has launched a snappy new menu with rum punch bowls, pizzas, burgers and more! Fancy yourself a ham artist? Try this recipe on for size!

Chicken Honey Mustard  Crispy Bacon Burger
Ingredients:-
Burger Bun: 1 no
Chicken Breast: 1 no
Smoked Bacon: 2 strips/30 gms
Romaine Lettuce: 5 gms
Onion: 2 rings
Gherkins: 10 gms
Tomato; 2 slices
Grain Mustard: 15 gms
Honey: 10 gms
Mayonnaise: 15 gms


Method:-
Marinate the chicken breast in the mustard and honey mixture for an hour at least. After marinating, grill the chicken breast until done and cut in diagonally in piccatta style. Cook the bacon until done and set aside on a paper towel to remove excess fat. Slice the burger bun in two and toast on a grill for a minute. Spread the mayonnaise on the buns and add the lettuce on the bottom bun. Place the sliced chicken breasts and cooked bacon and dress the burger with onion and tomato slices. Serve with a side of honey-mustard sauce and French fries. Enjoy !

 
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