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

Café Zoe Gets A New Deli Counter
Monday, 19 May 2014 19:02


You can’t live on love and sunlight alone, even though the sun-drenched space at Café Zoe makes you believe otherwise. Walk out of the light and towards the counter at this Lower Parel restaurant and bar, where they’ve set up a new Deli stand. Meat and greet?

Here you’ll find meats that include chicken salami with mustard, cured chorizo, roasted ham loin with herbs, fat free ham, Hungarian salami and more. The cheese list features Fontal, Dutch Gouda and Parmigiano Reggiano among others.

Owner and Chef Viraf Patel’s favourites include the salamis and the chorizo. “Best eaten between bread with unsalted butter and lettuce, or just on its own, I personally love the Provolone cheese. Great as a replacement for Parmegiano if you like something shaper,” he says.


What’s the font(al) size?


Getting there: Rs 460 for 200 gams (minimum quantity purchase) of Dutch Gouda and Rs 500 for 200 gms (minimum quantity purchase) of Hungarian salami.

Bpb Bulletin: Irish House Opens In Andheri Today!
Monday, 19 May 2014 10:57


The week starts with the luck of the Irish heading to Andheri West!

Irish House opens in the suburb today with  signature specials like Great Irish Fish & Chips, Irish Lions Chickens Tenders and Beer Can Chicken. Happy hours will be on every day from 5 pm to 8 pm along with a schedule of live gigs, comedy nights, beer games and quizzes.

Could this be your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

Getting there: The Irish House, 1st floor, Level 1, Fun Republic, opposite new link Road, Andheri (W), call 61046161.



Melon Garden Recipe From Tilt All Day!
Friday, 16 May 2014 11:15

Cool off with this fun cocktail from Tilt All Day this weekend! With yum ingredients, you’re bound to be slurping on this all summer!




Tequila – 40ml


Cointreau - 20ml


Fresh Watermelon Juice – 150ml


Cinnamon powder – 1 Pinch


Mint Leaves – handfull


Lime Juice – 20ml


Sugar Syrup – 10ml


Method: Shake all the ingredients and strain on ice in a rolly polly. Garnish with mint  sprigs.

Fat Man's Cafe To Open In Bandra
Thursday, 15 May 2014 13:35

What: Fat Man’s Café, shop No.9, ONGC Building, next to Candies, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (W), call 26402053.

Why: Because amid all the chia seed-hunting, quinoa burger-making, Himalayan sea salt-sprinkling, here’s a café that’s not afraid to use the F word. Fat Man’s Café opens in Bandra on Tuesday with sliders, pizza, pasta, sandwiches and more on a menu consulted on by the lovely Bhakti Mehta of The Little Food Co catering.  The all day café is dressed in pastels and looks up at pretty hanging lights. Review out soon!

When: Opens on Tuesday, May 20.

Try This: Paleo Rawnola From The Protein Bake Shop
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 18:48

Humans, if you must go back to your roots, like way, way back to the time of hunting and gathering, we’ve found you a Paleolithic baker to match your time travel. Under recently launched The Protein Bake Shop, nutritionist Raashi Chowdhary does healthy dessert, some of which is tasty and others that could use some evolution.

Steer clear of the tasteless chocolate cake and almond cookies, and order instead the Paleo Rawnola. An assortment of nuts and healthy seeds, this Rawnola is shaped and textured like a granola, but is more like muesli that can be eaten as a snack or paired with yogurt. This contains only two teaspoons of honey per each batch, but is super crunchy and hits the right spot. It’s also free of dairy, wheat and sugar. 

A perfectly healthy snack for stoner-age munchies.


Getting there: Protein Bake Shop, order online here , Rs 500 for 220 gms of Paleo Rawnola, four bag minimum order for free home delivery .

bpb Review: Burma Burma
Monday, 12 May 2014 19:42


Fed on her grandfather’s stories of his expedition from Burma to India around the time of World War II, this writer’s associations with the region extend a little further than an Instragramed picture of Khao Suey.

Still, eager to snap up a slurp worthy image, and relive some tales, we headed over to Burma Burma, a new vegetarian – gasp! – Burmese restaurant at Fort. With lettering on a wall, paper parasols on the ceiling and prayer rolls in one corner, Burma Burma intrigues with pretty details while taking care not to overwhelm. We loved the cute tea baskets and wooden toys set up near the bar area that until they choose to get a liquor license – gasp again! - will serve as a teahouse.

Shaken & Stir (Fried) 

Aiding the shade-giving umbrellas on the ceiling, were ice cold Kafir Lime and Lemongrass Coolers, perfect for our summer arsenal. We sipped on these while losing ourselves in the extensive menu, one that works better with suggestions from the chatty manager.

Our meal began with the telling of a tale from Burma and the Samuza Hincho, a tangy soup with vegetables and chickpeas and a soft, Burmese version of a Samosa. This tasted like a milder version of tangy rasam with a soft samosa pastry. Yum! Next up, the Mandalay Laphet Thoke, a tea leaf salad of fermented tea leaves tossed with fried garlic, sesame seeds nuts, jalapenos and tomatoes, that tasted much like a ‘geela bhel’ with an extremely sour after taste from the tea leaves which we didn’t enjoy. Making up for the salad were the Steamed Buns with a tasty filling of burnt onion and roasted red chilies.

Cream De La Cream

You think we’d be full already, but we were still curious, an ongoing Burmese exploration that led to Pyan Boo Palata. This is a basket of flaky Malabari Paratha-like rotis with a delicious soft corn mash made with coconut cream, spring onions and chilly at the center. We couldn’t help but think how awesome it would’ve tasted with seafood versus the veggies, though. Our quest for mains ended with the Oh No Khow Suey. Slightly too sweet for our liking, this bowl had too much coconut milk and could have done with a more impressive topping presentation.

At the end came a Burmese Falooda, chilled coconut milk served with sponge cake, coconut jelly & lotus seeds as well as a pot of fruity bubble gum tea.

In a couple of months the restaurant plans to start selling the teas they serve, Burmese artworks and even set up a takeaway Khow Suey counter. We also hope they add meat and alcohol to the line -up: two characters integral to any bpb story. 

Getting There: ground floor 5/7, Kothari House, Allana Center lane, near Mumbai University, Rs 2,347 for a meal for three.

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bpb Review: Dunkin’ Donuts
Monday, 12 May 2014 10:51



We weren’t quite sure what the 12 year-old in our building elevator was referring to when she asked us this string of questions where the words in the sentences didn’t seem to have any spaces. Seeing our blank expression she pointed to the Dunkin’ Donuts box in our hands. “I stood in line yesterday for an hour but still didn’t get in.” 

Much fuss has been created over the launch of the international chain in Khar and BKC and opening day this pastSaturday saw long winding lines that extended outside the store. On Sunday when we visited Dunkin’ Donuts, people were contained inside the space, but it was still pretty chaotic with a long wait and a ton of Bandra folk fawning over donuts. Ring-O Star?

Don’t Dunk With My Heart

The Khar space at Linking Road is attractive, pieced together with orange and brown chairs; clear, round bulbs; cutout faces on one wall and one very busy counter. We were there mostly for the donuts and coffee, but also decided to try their snacks. Our six pack donut box contained Death by Chocolate, Classic Glazed, Toffee Nougat, Chocolate Frosted, Cinnamon and Chocolate Éclair. Accompanied by a Caramel Cappuccino and Chocolate milkshake, the box was good to go. Our take-away bag also had a Cream Cheese Bagel, Croissant Paprika Chicken Salami and a Wicked Wrap.

The donuts, we’re sad to say and hopeful that it was just opening day disarray, weren’t like the ones we’ve eaten at a Dunkin’ in the States. Or in Delhi for that matter. All the ring donuts featured dough that was slightly dry and chewy, making it tedious to finish an entire one. The shell variety - Death by Chocolate and Toffee Nougat - were better because the filling inside didn’t make them taste as dry. A friend visiting from the US who “lives on the Classic Glazed” had the same opinion.

The beverages were delicious, though. The milkshake was the right amount of thick, rich and chocolaty and the caramel cappuccino was just like we remember it.

Time Wrap 

The snacks were just okay, the kind you would expect from a coffee chain. The bagel was slightly dry with an inside that could have featured more cream cheese. The salami croissant was tastier, featuring paprika flavoured meat, onion and tomatoes. The croissant itself, however, wasn’t great. We also tried the Wicked Wrap (with the ‘new’ tag on the menu we think it was created especially for India) that was desi flavoured but tasty.  Wrapped inside a multigrain tortilla are three veggie patties, crumbled nacho chips that add crunch and spicy chipotle mayo. Also on the menu are salads and burgers.

Hoping Mechanisms

Okay, so the ring wasn’t what we thought it would be, but we’re still hopeful. We’re going to pin it on weekend launch pressure, and visit again some time this week. If the donuts are delicious, we’ll be sure to give you a ring.

Getting there: ground floor, Bharat Bhuvan building, below Jean Claude Biguine, Linking Road, Khar (W), Phoenix Market City, LBS Road, Bandra Kurla Complex, donuts start at Rs 53, see their Facebook page here, follow them on twitter here.

Burma Burma Opens In Fort
Friday, 09 May 2014 11:05

What: Burma Burma opens today, Kothari House, Oak Lane, M. G. Road, near Mumbai University, Fort, call 400366016 for reservations.

Why: If Khow Suey is the only thing you know about Burmese food, you might want to head over to the city’s newest Asian offering, Burma Burma. Apart from an authentic Burmese menu that consists of steamed buns and palathas, Burma Burma will also have a take away Khowsuey counter (yay for you!), a tea room, lungi bags, Burmese art works and bubble tea with tapioca pearls.

When: Burma Burma opens today, May 9, 2014.

New Juice Pack: JusDivine
Friday, 09 May 2014 10:49

What: Cold pressed juices from Jus divine, available at The Baker’s Dozen outlets and online here, Rs 150 for a 250 ml bottle.

Why: Here’s bit of juicy gos-sip for you this morning-  the cold pressed juice trend continues with a new brand – JusDivine – that will retail our of The Baker’s Dozen. We tried and liked the refreshing orange, mixed fruit, and apple+beetroot+carrot flavours, but found the pineaple+pear+ginger+spinach juice too heavy on the green. That’s the bitter truth.

When: You want to take the beet-en path.

Must Try: Garlic Parsley Butter From All My Sins
Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:48

This Betty’s got the butter.

This may not help your diet, but home baker Etee Podar does a bunch of flavoured butters and desserts under the label All My Sins.

Wonderfully light with lovely bits of whole garlic and parsley, the butter works well on toast and warm croissants and even with crunchy lavache that Etee bakes herself. The chef with a diploma in Food Production and Patisserie from IHM Mumbai also does other flavours like choco almond and cinnamon butter.

Getting There: Call 098 20 651129 to place an order, Rs 150 for a jar of garlic parsley butter, will deliver for large orders in Juhu, most orders require pickups.

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