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Nordic Kandie To Launch First Store
Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:09



Sweet treats this morning.

After news of Krispy Kreme and the Ellipsis' standalone bakery launches, our favourite marzipan brand is finally opening its own store on Saturday, 18th October!

Nordic Kandie Magic will set up shop in Kemp's Corner, where they will sell their signature gold and silver plated marzipans made with an Estonian recipe and mamra almonds sourced from Iran. These come assorted and packed in fancy boxes that are nice for gifting.  
We sampled them in April when they launched their gourmet service and recommend the  fresh cool mint and zesty orange flavours. 

Getting There: #1, Vasant Villa, 3 Peddar Road, Kemp's Corner, Rs 1850 for a 215 gms box.


 
The Parfait Co: New Parfait Only Delivery
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:58



“This is not ice cream. This is its fussy French cousin.”

A cousin who is used to holidays on the Riviera, big furs and luxurious strolls in manicured gardens, you’ll find when you take your first spoon of Sharmeen Indorewala ‘s offering – cold French Dessert Parfait.

Tomorrow she launches this specialised parfait-only delivery service in the city, under the brand The Parfait Co, sending out ten flavours that were picked after months of feeding friends who served as guinea pigs. Boy, did we pick the wrong people to be friends with.

Shar-meen Lean Parfait Machine

If like us, you’re imagining tall glasses of dessert layered with cream and fruit and ice cream, you’re imagining the American version of parfait. In France and most of Europe, it’s really just rich and creamy ice cream-like dessert made with heavy cream, eggs and all natural flavours.

Sharmeen is armed with what many home chefs in Mumbai have today -  a Le Cordon Bleu degree – and used to be the pastry chef at Kala Ghoda restaurant Nico Bombay. She was part of the team responsible for introducing parfait into the apple cinnamon dessert, an improvisation that came from the fact that they didn’t have their own ice cream maker.

During that time, she also started preparing parfait at home, and it soon turned into her husband’s favourite dessert. “I won’t say we got addicted to it. The right thing would be to say we got used it,” she says. That’s when Sharmeen decided that everyone should have access to this delicious “habit”. “The cool thing is that parfait is usually available as part of plated desserts in fine dine restaurants. I don’t know anyone else who sells them in tubs and makes them as accessible and casual as regular ice cream.”

Snowman Ship

Four parfait boxes arrived at our office via an icebox yesterday afternoon, prettily packaged, brightly coloured and covered in snow flakes, which is The Parfait Co’s logo. The well-balanced Salted Caramel and just-enough-sweet Pomegranate versions were our favourites, the rich Hazelnut Crème came a close second, and the Passion Fruit we thought could do with a little more fruit. With all the flavours though, the texture remained consistent and impeccable – silky and so, so creamy. That’s when you understand Sharmeen’s “fussy French cousin” analogy. Other flavours include Belgian chocolate (one of Sharmeen’s favourites), strawberry, blueberry, tangerine, milk chocolate and espresso.

How To Eat Parfait

You eat it just like ice cream. The only difference is that parfait has no artificial flavours or colours or stabilizers, and yet the same shelf life as ice cream. Just stick it in the freezer, eat as is or top with fruits and crumble.

Like all fussy cousins you’ll find that this one can also be a bit of a pain– you have to do a pick up if you don’t live in South Bombay – but ultimately, a treat to be around.

Getting there: The Parfait Co, launches on October 15. Call 9920029229, delivery from Haji Ali to Gowalia Tank, pick up from Gowalia Tank for others, starts at Rs 395 for a 500 ml tub. Follow them on Instagram on @theparfaitco and visit facebook.com/theparfaitco

 
Scoop: Kofuku Owner To Launch Korean Restaurant!
Monday, 13 October 2014 09:49



 

If you’ve whined about the absence of Korean food in Mumbai, this is for you. The guys behind Japanese restaurant Kofuku are starting up Heng Bok, a new Korean restaurant in Bandra.

Launching next week (they’re hoping to start on the 17th) at Turner Road, the kitchen will serve Korean specials including kimchi, galbi, barbeque pork ribs, and will even send individual grills to tables. There will also be a small selection of sushi, should you have a Kofuku craving.

We’ll raise out glasses of soju to that!

Getting there: 11/1, Kalpak Corner Building, Turner Road, Bandra (W), call 26510044/66/77.

 
Ca-noodle With The Ramen Girl
Monday, 13 October 2014 09:44



It Udon-ed upon Roshni Lachhwani quite early in life, that she would never be happy doing just one thing.

After completing an LLB course last year and working as an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR ) lawyer at a top city firm, she still felt like she had time for more. “I’m not that person who can do the work-and-back-home routine. I need another dimension. Noodles gave me that.”

We bite on the obvious using your noodle joke, as she tells us about her childhood in Hong Kong, where her love for ramen first began. “I’d eat ramen almost every day, for every meal. I was obsessed.” Moving back to India and unhappy with the noodle varieties here, she began to experiment with recipes of her own. After some trial and error and much persuasion by friends and family, Roshni has set up her own ramen home business, The Ramen Girl.

Grapes of Broth

To help fuel those busy days and lives of people stuck in the work/home rut (sound familiar?), Roshni serves up ‘bowls of chi’, or energy to get you by. Experimenting with fusion broths of soy and ginger for vegetarians and beef and pork broth for non-vegetarians, her ramen bowls come with fresh veggies like corn, tomato, spring onions, deep fried soya beans, with additional topping options like sausages and chicken cubes for meat eaters. We sampled the vegetarian bowl last afternoon- a tangle of ramen noodles sitting in a cloudy soy and ginger broth, flavoured but not overwhelmed by its crunchy veggies. Well done, but we would have preferred to see more interesting ingredients like assorted mushrooms and scallion.

Oompa Lumpia

Apart from the ramen bowls, Roshni also makes spring onion rings (deep fried in maida batter), Cheese Lumpia (thinly sliced cheese rolled in a lumpia wrapper) and a Choconut Roulade, all of which will be available at her stall at the Bombay Local pop up at The Easel, on October 19.

The crunchy onion rings and Cheese Lumpia make for addictive snacks, but could have been more skillfully put together in terms of taste and presentation. The Choconut Roulade, sprinkled with coconut shavings and riveted with chunky nuts was quickly polished off.

Roshni is currently taking only party and bulk orders, and can either drop off the ramen to where you are with DIY instructions, or assemble it for you at the venue. And if that’s not enough, she can throw in some IPR advice too, at a special rate. A real noodle republic, this.

Getting There: The Ramen Girl, prices start at Rs 99 for a ramen bowl, one box of onion rings with five pieces for Rs 150, see her Facebook page here , free delivery in Andheri West only, delivery charges apply for orders beyond the radius.

 
White Owl Brewery Tour for bpb
Monday, 13 October 2014 09:43



Birds of a feather, flock together to The White Owl, that has finally got its beer brewing license and is all set to launch on October 17. The Brewery will serve four types of beer - Diablo (an Irish Red Ale), Halcyon (a classic German Hefeweizen), Shadow (an English Porter), Torpedo (an American Pale Ale).

Now here’s the fun bit: bpb subscribers get an exclusive tour on October 18 at 7 pm, to experience the process of hand crafting artisanal beers. The happy ending involves sampling the four beers. Write in to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and CC This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with “BPBWHITEOWL” in the subject. The first ten to write in get free tours + beer, while the remaining 20 pay Rs 600 each.

See you then, my feathered friend.

Getting there: The White Owl Brewery, One Indiabulls Centre, Tower 2-B Lobby, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, call 24210231, view the Facebook page here

 
Pre-Mixed Sangria!
Friday, 10 October 2014 10:46


What: Bottled sangria from Turning Point (11% alcohol), Rs 135 for 330 ml, available at wine shops across the city.

What: New bottled sangria from Turning Point (11% alcohol), Rs 135 for 330 ml, available at wine shops across the city.

Why: Nas-hik of all your wine trails back and fourth? Stay in this weekend with these ready-to-drink Sangria bottles instead. With packaging that reminded us of Santana’s Supernatural album cover (a good ear for wine?), these newly launched bottles can be bought from your local wine store. Chug or be civilized and pour into a wine glass, plus add chopped fruit. We prefer white wine sangria so naturally we gravitated towards the Nashik Mule (white wine, orange and ginger ale). If you don’t like the slightly bitter after taste of the Metropolitan (red wine with cranberry and orange flavours) version, we recommend you add some sweet apples.


When:
Now. Vino you want to.

 
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.

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