Food & Drink

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

Try This: Max Goes Wheatless
Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:46

Gluten gurus, if you think yeast is a beast, you might want to nibble on this.

Launched a few months ago, under the name Max Goes Wheatless is Malu Patel's new home baking business that specialises in wheat-free muffins, cookies and cakes. From this home baker, we tried and liked the soft, dense chocolate chip cookies sprinkled with sea salt. Perfect to have around the office or for when friends come over. We didn’t like the orange almond cake though, which makes for a pretty top shot arranged with orange pieces, but comes with a strange non-spongey consistency.

Stick to the cookies, monsters. 

Getting There: Max Goes Wheatless, see their website here, all orders to be picked up from Peddar Road or Nariman Point, Rs 300 for 12 chocolate chip cookies with sea salt.

The Pickle Bar: No Preservations
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:48

With a father who waded away from the job of aqua culturist to restaurant owner, a daughter who studied food but designs lamps, and an MBA graduate son who hopped from banking to insurance to entertainment to entrepreneur, it wouldn’t be entirely wrong to say that the Cardoza family is fairly pickle minded.

A family who takes food very seriously, the Cardozas with their strong culinary roots and some experience in the hospitality business, have recently kicked off their pickling business, The Pickle Bar, run out of their home in Andheri East.

Bottles Up

“My mother is from Mangalore, and grew up with strong culinary influences around her. There are hints of her roots in everything she makes”, Joel says, while explaining how even regular food like bread and eggs take on new tastes at home. The business is being run with the help of his sister, a HAFT graduate from the Sophia Polytechnic and his father, who owned a restaurant called Going South, which shuttered a month ago.

Like most house-incubated businesses, The Pickle Bar started with just a few samples being sent to friends and family, and eventually grew thanks to the encouragement and support they received.

Holy Mackerel

The Pickle Bar currently does a variety of flavours and spices done predominantly using Mangalorean techniques. We tried and loved the bacon pickle - spicy, with a slightly sweet, meaty twang; the prawn pickle, which goes well with a simple dal chawal dish; and the tangy sweet mango. Their other flavours include mackerel, bombil, beef, lime and Mangalorean Mango pickle.

This Sunday, they will be at the Bombay Local Pop Up at The Easel in Juhu from 2 pm to 8 pm, serving up samples of their latest batches. See more details here.

They are currently open to doing deliveries anywhere on the Western Railway line (Churchgate –Borivili), but if you’re in the area, we suggest you drop by to Casa Cardoza, where the door is always open to new, big ideas and even bigger appetites.

Getting There: The Pickle Bar will be at The Bombay Local on 27 July, see details here, to order, call Joel at 9833002832 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , view their Facebook page here. Deliveries from Churchgate to Borivali, prices start at Rs 160 for a 200 gms bottle.

Sneak Peek Party at Café Nemo: Sign Up!
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 11:42

So we already gave you a virtual sneak-peek of Café Nemo last week, that much awaited Worli restaurant and bar by the boys behind Bonobo and Jamjar Diner. See more here. Now you get to come in before everyone else!

Drink With Us At Café Nemo Before It Opens

On Saturday, July 26, just for Coup Cardholders, we’re having a pre-opening party with a great deal on food and alcohol. For just Rs 999 per person, you get a Saturday night with unlimited alcohol (IMFL) and unlimited appetisers, bao buns and small plates. Plus, you get to see Café Nemo before everyone else! Closure for those Finding Nemo.

Open only for Coup Card holders and a + 1. Don’t have one? Visit or call 7738934888/999.

Getting there: To register for yourself and a + 1 email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 7738934888/999, Rs 999 per person for unlimited food and alcohol.

bpb Review: Terttulia, Shivaji Park
Monday, 21 July 2014 10:49


Last night at Terttulia, Pune’s popular European and Mediterranean restaurant now at Shivaji Park, seated on high chairs at the bar, we felt a little bit like lifeguards, overseeing a pool of party people and diners, some who needed to be saved from a Sunday night stretched too long. Tomorrow is Monday, people.

But there was no sign of this impending Monday at Terttulia, where dinner tables were buzzing, people were waiting to be seated, shots were being ordered and the music thought it was Friday night. If you thought location was going to be a problem for this restaurant to pull in a crowd, you were wrong. At least not while the novelty of new lasts. The restaurant is divided into an inside dinner section with floral sofas; an outside space that mimics an al fresco seating but is really an air conditioned section with lots of sunlight; and a wine and tapas space with high tables and a wine rack where every imported wine bottle will be charged at MRP + Rs 600 mark up.

Save the Dates!

Seated at the bar we were recognised owing to an earlier Coup Card + Terttulia promotion, so the review could not be conducted anonymously. However, the restaurant was too crowded for us to be fawned or fussed over, the staff barely managing to keep it all together. No complaints about the service. We started with two Japanese Pear and Ginger Martinis that were served to us at the bar where we sat all night because no tables were available. If you’re a party of two like us, this is actually a fun place to perch.

The martinis arrived while we were ordering appetisers and tasted more like vodka-lime juice with no hint of pear or ginger. And so we quickly switched to sangria, which was a nice and easy Sunday mix, jewel toned, booze-soaked fruit bobbing at the top.  A couple of sips in we were told that the bacon wrapped dates were over for the night, and so we got the shrimp and the popular Pizza Terttulia. 

The grilled shrimp rubbed with sundried tomatoes were super fresh, well flavoured and lemony. On a previous visit we tried and loved the bacon wrapped dates – dates swathed in delicious ribbons of bacon – so you should definitely order that. The Pizza Terttulia, the restaurant’s thin crust pie topped with cheese, tomato sauce and spinach, isn’t as creamy as Indigo Deli’s but is a great snack to get at the bar, as is the Karari Roti, a huge bowl shaped crisp roti sprinkled with chilli, serving the purpose of a masala papad to pair with drinks, but looking much prettier.

Spare Time

For mains, we skipped the sandwiches and burgers to get the spare ribs and ravioli. The ribs, sweet but also slightly spicy, came with tender well-cooked meat. The portion is huge, and we ended up doggy bagging it. The ravioli came in a subtle sage and brown butter sauce, stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese that offset the sweet of the caramelised onion. Our dining companion did however, think they could have gone easy on the caramelized onions. 

At the end, we got the crème brule cheesecake, one that came with a nice crisp top and base, but in between housed a too-dense, no-personality cake. Better to skip dessert for a fruit salad, also known as the fourth glass of sangria.

Getting thereHotel parkway, Shivaji Park Sea Face, Ranade Road Extension, Shivaji Park, call 60020202, follow them on Twitter @Terttuliamumbai, on Instagram @Terttulia_Mumbai, approximately Rs 3,000 for a meal for two with one alcoholic drink each.

bpb could not conduct this review anonymously and paid for its own meal.

Juicifix Cold Pressed Juices
Friday, 18 July 2014 14:44

What: Juicifix cold pressed juices, for delivery call 9820926711, minimum order of five juices, delivery from Andheri to Bandra,Rs 130 per juice bottle, for different subscription packages check

Why: There’s a new apple in the cold pressed juice basket, but unlike a lot of the others, Juicifix isn’t so militant. “It’s not about substituting food for juice or necessarily about detoxing. It’s just a fix of healthy, happy juices you can get sent over,” says Tejomay, formerly creative director of an ad agency. From March to May she sold these out of an icebox in her Vento at Carter Road, after which she turned it into a business with partner Avrio and was consulted by Sonam Kapoor’s dietician (which explains the actor’s Instagram endorsement for Juicifix). We tried the 24 Carrot, which was tasty and pulpy, but had little trace of the carrot and ginger promised; the Memory Fix, a mix of pineapple, apple, kiwi and lemon; and our favourite, the Go Green, which managed to make a spinach, parsley, celery, apple, lime, ginger, cucumber juice tasty.

When: Now. It’s cold off the press.

Pre Opening Peek - Café Nemo
Friday, 18 July 2014 14:40

What: Pre Opening Peek - Café Nemo, Thadani House, Worli Village, opposite the Indian Coast Guard, Worli.

Why: Because the awesome boys behind Bonobo and Jamjar Diner have scaled up to give you Café Nemo, set to open on August 1. We stopped by yesterday to find the bungalow previously occupied by Cool Chef Café, painted yellow, with a work-in-progress mural of Worli Village on the inside. There are two dining rooms, a bar area with folding tables, an installation that will keep changing, a shelf to sell gourmet products and a wall with pretty hand mirrors. The menu – no pasta or risotto on this – doesn’t stick to a particular cuisine but has definite Asian influences with bao buns, kimchi, rice bowls. We tried and loved the black bean dip and Chicken Seoul Bowl. Coup Card holders, look out for the sneak peek party invite! Don't have a Coup Card? Buy one on!

When: Opens on August 1

Guppy Pop Up At Olive To Replace Thalassa
Friday, 11 July 2014 10:19

What: The Guppy Pop Up At Olive replaces Thalassa at Amateur Riders Club, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mahalaxmi, call 33487711.

Why: Done making puppy eyes at Thalassa to get them to stay? Now make a Guppy face! Launching as a pop up at Olive Mahalaxmi in August is New Delhi’s Japanese restaurant, Guppy by Ai. The pop up menu will be similar to the one in Delhi-we’re hoping the Ai Signature Black Cod and Tiger Prawn Tempura Udon noodles will remain. See our review of the Delhi restaurant here for recommendations on what to get.

When: Launches in the first week of August.

First Look: Aqaba To Open at Lower Parel
Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:30

If you work in Lower Parel, you already have enough options to choose from for meetings, lunch, dinner and drinks plans. Here's another one to add to the list as new restaurant/ lounge Aqaba opens this weekend.

Named after the Jordanian city, Aqaba launches at Peninsula Business Park on July 12 and will serve a mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes.

The 3000 sq. feet restaurant has a pretty alfresco section dressed down in clean whites and beiges with minimal accessorizing. Expect dishes like the Beef Carpaccio, Pizza Rucola; Kale and Mango Salad with Peanut Dressing and more on the menu. Review out soon!

Getting there: Aqaba, Club House, Level P5, Peninsula Business Park, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.

Winners of the #BuildABurger Contest
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:55

Folks, the news is out! The winners of the #BuildABurger contest are:

1. Deepak Sitaraman - Blackened Chicken Burger with a Cajun Slaw
2. Nandita Mahadevia - Gourmet Gujju's Eggplant and Mushroom Burger

Congratulations! Your burgers make it to the super popular Woodside Beer & Burger festival menu with your names on it!

Buns of glory!

Halli Berri Coffee: Full of Beans
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 10:57

Starting off, we urge you to ignore the cringe-worthy name. Even our pun-loving office couldn’t help but roll our eyes at it, especially as we listened to an explanation of how it was derived from the local language – apparently, Halli means “village” in Kannada and also refers to Kambihalli – the estate and village where the “berry” or coffee “berry” is grown. Moving on.

Add Sugar and Dream

This coffee from Chikmagalkur is grown on a single estate, finely-ground and making for a drink with a lasting and lingering flavour, a result of conditions that allow the coffee to mature slowly – iron-rich soil, high altitudes and low temperatures.

Unlike most other coffee which is robusta or chickory blend, Halli Berri prides itself on being a premium 100% Arabica coffee. The package for this sun-dried and hand-picked coffee also carries a Rain Forest Alliance seal, giving the green light to the environmentally-minded.

It can be bought online or at Nature’s Basket stores.

Cottage Industry 

In 2008, after her husband passed away, Nalima Kariappa, owner of Halli Berri, opened up a small coffee shop on the property. Coffee Barn Cafe now serves coffee grown on the plantation and has grown into Halli Berri, co-run by Ms. Kariappa’s three daughters: Anusha, a pilot, has taken the cottages on the estate under her wing, and helps run the coffee estate’s operations managed by Tejini, who also heads a PR firm. Meanwhile Manavi, the eldest sister, a MetLife Insurance employee, serves as a sounding board from New York.

Halli Berri also provides a residency for upto 4-6 people in the two plush cottages on its estate, each with a private garden. Those looking to experience a planter’s life can wake up here, and smell the coffee.

Getting there: Halli Berri is available at Nature’s Basket outlets in Bangalore, shipping offered, coffee hits Nature’s Basket shelves in Mumbai in August, and in Delhi by October. Call 09483523003, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , see website here, Rs. 195 for 200 gms, shipping costs extra.

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