Reviews: Saara’s Grill, Koramangala

After spending a little over a month in Bangalore, I wouldn’t go so far to say I’m fully exposed to the vast food scene this city has to offer. In fact, Saara’s was the second restaurant I visited after making the big move- so I don’t have a lot of dining experiences to compare this…

Reviews: China Pearl, Koramangala

Chinese food, as loved and lauded as it may be globally, manages to taste completely different depending on the country you’re in. And while the incredible diversity in authentic Chinese cuisine itself may have a role to play, a lot of these differences can be credited to the tendency to “adapt” Chinese food to suit…

Reviews: Bayroute, Cuffe Parade

Serving up Middle Eastern Staples in a fine dine setting isn’t a concept I find all too appealing I would attribute most of my skepticism to the fact that small plates of hummus and tabouleh or a hearty chicken shawarma are dishes you’d generally find in street carts, bakeries and cafeterias all over the Gulf….

Reminiscence: Ramadan Rituals

The principles of Ramadan are fairly universal, in that they encourage people to fast through the day, abstain from “sins” of any kind and in general, espouse a sense of charity and goodwill to those less fortunate than them. But even with a common theme underlying Ramadan rituals world over, you are guaranteed to have…

Reviews: Gavkari, Prabhadevi

As someone who has grown up eating (and loving) Indian food in its many forms, I’ve never taken too kindly to our rich food heritage being dumbed down to samosas, naan and tikka masala world over. I am no stranger to enjoying samosas fresh out of the fryer on a rainy evening, or dunking bits…

Reviews: The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel

The Bombay Canteen (TBC) needs no introduction in these parts. Barring a miniscule subset of dissatisfied diners, TBC has received lush praise and rave reviews all over the Bay for it’s casual kitschy interiors, delightfully friendly servers and Chef Zac’s uncanny knack of making the fussiest eaters relish the likes of Arbi(taro root) and Lauki(bottlegourd)…

Reviews: Din Tai Fung, Singapore

Considering this is being read on a blog, it seems almost unnecessary to state just how relevant the internet has become in educating people about food; be it through listicles, YouTube videos or those Netflix food documentaries that are all the rage now. My introduction to Din Tai Fung was no different. And to say…

Reminiscence: Of Singapore and its Stalls

The first real mention of Singapore in my life was a decade back when my aunt (and her family) decided to visit the place. I don’t remember the specifics of my cousin brother’s excited recollection of their time there, but I do remember framed photographs of their toothy smiles at the Jurong bird park and…

Reviews: O Pedro

I’m not one to usually condone modifying something that is already good. And as much as I love the folks at The Bombay Canteen, on hearing about their upcoming launch of a Goan spot in BKC’s expanses a few months back, I wasn’t the most enthused. A lot of this initial reluctance boils down to…

Reviews: JW Cafe, Sahar

Nothing works me up quite like a good buffet does. Odd as it may sound, buffets and brunches have been a constant source of awe and annoyance since I can remember. Because with the excitement of having so many dishes on offer, comes the fear of missing out and not being able to try it…

Reviews: Cafe Mysore, Matunga

Ah, Matunga. A lovely little locality in Bombay that oozes South Indian soul, this place is nearly impossible to dislike despite the crowd and cacophony that surround it, especially during a weekend jaunt. All my visits to Matunga have been a trip down memory lane, reminding me inevitably of summer vacations spent in Kerala and…

Reviews: Trishna, Fort

My introductory dinner at Trishna many moons ago, was a night of pleasing firsts. It was the first time I’d stumbled upon Kala Ghoda’s hidden culinary gems, and the area remains one of my favourites in the city to this date; It was the first time I’d risked ordering a humongous crustacean while dining with…