Friday, 27 February 2015

Review: Top 5 reasons why you should visit the newly opened 212 All Day Cafe & Bar at Marketcity Kurla.

We absolutely adore new beginnings! And if the beginning revolves around a new restaurant launch, our taste buds sing out so loud that we may put an opera singer to shame. So, armed with curiosity, wicked spoon confessions reached the buzzing launch of 212 All Day Cafe & Bar at Phoenix Market City Kurla. The journey was not that smooth. We dragged a reluctant sobo (much used slang for south Mumbai) friend, hitched a ride in a share rickshaw (the three-tiered miracle vehicle that we “Mumbaiyas” swear by), dared the busy and narrow Kurla lanes and broke a heel. We stepped in to the mall and murmured a silent prayer. Before us spread over the huge property of Phoenix Market City Kurla were shoe shops that would make Carrie Bradshaw smile. So how did the evening unfold from here? Well Wicked Spoon Confessions would love to tell you more….

Shoes bought, we stepped in to the courtyard to enjoy a few fine wines as the mall was celebrating the 2015 Vinofest festival. But our eyes kept wandering to the gates of 212 Café that was abuzz with action. Guests were posing before stepping into the restaurant, a few mingled with wine glasses in their hands while others grooved to the music playing in the alfresco space. We stepped in to discover fresh interiors, a buzzing kitchen, crisp menu and cordial staff. Here are our top 5 reasons why one should visit 212 All Day Cafe & Bar:

Location, location and location- Dining and shopping are an unmatched formula. And so is cinemas and dining. Actually, malls have become a weekend destination for many. Like us, do a bit of shopping or catch with friends at the movies before you head to 212 All Day. And no more jokes about Kurla, please. We are over your “Rickshaw- the suburb’s answer to cheaper fast and furious” or “His long distance relationship didn’t survive. His girlfriend stayed in Kurla.”  

The Seating- We loved that one could choose between a mix of cozy tables for twos and fours, comfortable booths or elevated community style tables. We chose a well laid out table for two that was not cramped up and had enough space for a comfortable dining experience.  Also try out the lovely al fresco seating that overlooks the courtyard, we all love the great outdoors, don't we?

Monday, 23 February 2015

Looking for affordable local food in Mumbai city? We bring you a few options that will make your wallet sing.

They say, you can take someone out of Mumbai but not Mumbai out of someone you know. No quote has ever held more meaning to me. I have travelled far and wide but have missed the city of dreams more than someone misses junk food while on a diet. The crowd. The chaos. The adrenaline. And the local food in Mumbai.

The Sea, Sand and Surf of the Megapolis called Mumbai

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Review: Want to enjoy a little bit of Gujarat in the heart of Mumbai? Head to Tuskers at Sofitel Mumbai.

“Hoon jaati rais ne, toh maari yaad aavse. Aa bahdoo khavanu yaad aavse….. maara wagar” ( If I leave na, you will remember me and all the food I cook for you)!!! This is not a dialogue from a Gujrati film. It’s a line heard across Gujju households. From a baffled five year old to a fully grown up adult, we all get to hear it. My mom must have said it more than Dakshaben’s Arararara..... But then, there was no love lurking behind Dakshaben’s signature line.

Growing up in a Gujrati household is a fun filled culinary treat. Our loving mothers toil endlessly in the kitchen to rustle up mouth-watering delicacies. Soft dhoklas that put SpongeBob to shame, lip smacking steamed handvo, Khandvi – my friends called it yellow pinwheels, thepla…..these dishes are so famous they have been mentioned in the blockbuster Bollywood film 3 Idiots too. So, when Chef Janakidas (Tuskers) teamed with specialists Mrs. Urmila Gohil and Mrs. Neha Verma to conceptualize “Padharo Gujarat” food festival at Sofitel, we jumped with joy. What better way to enjoy a little bit of Gujarat in the heart of Mumbai?

With the smiling Chef Janakidas.
A smiling photo is our motto!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Review: Top 5 reasons why you should not miss the Andhra Food Festival at South of Vindhyas, Orchid Ecotel

“Apna Desh toh apna desh hota hai” said Chef Bala. We all nodded. Seated around the table at Orchid, at Vile Parle were foodies who had something in common. They all loved to explore the rich culinary treasures of India. And they all had at some point in time left India for lucrative job offers abroad. And come back. Eventually, don't we all? But what triggered this conversation? Well, the Andhra food festival did. How come? Do not leave this page if you want to know more.

Andhra Pradesh, a leading producer of red chilies is known for its spicy traditional meat and seafood delicacies. South of Vindhyas, Orchid’s signature restaurant will be showcasing the best vegetarian, non-vegetarian and seafood delicacies of this region under a specially designed sit down buffet prepared by Chef Bala till February 9, 2015. Wicked spoon confessions sampled a little from each menu. Here is a list of the top 5 things we like from the Andhra food festival.

1. The traditional decor:
Step into South of Vindhyas and one sees a traditional lamp lit to welcome guests. A colorful rangoli is made radiant with small tea lights and lends a beautiful aura to the entrance. A spice boat announces that the ride ahead will surely tingle taste buds. The table is set with candle light and banana leaves on thalis ensure a traditional touch. The beautiful evening is made resplendent with soothing notes of sitar. 

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Review: Go Balle Balle with the Punjab Di Shaan Food Festival at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai

I have a love-hate relationship with Punjab. I hated my Punjabi ex boyfriend’s mom but loved her food. The flaky paranthas brushed with makhan, the rich and robust butter chicken bursting with flavors, and the comforting dals- I relished them all whenever she invited me home, which was not often :D. Even now when my boss who hails from Punjab, admonishes me for missing deadlines gets to hear my signature quote over and over again –“I can't make everyone happy, I am not Rajma Chawal” J