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…

Reviews: The Pantry, Fort

The Pantry Cafe espouses everything we know and love the Kala Ghoda food scene for- cheery artsy interiors, a concise menu with heavy European influences and exemplary service that is near impossible to find fault with. But there is an inherent sense of familiarity, that to me sets The Pantry apart from its peers, and…

Reviews: Slink and Bardot, Worli

Having never set foot in France, all my notions of French dining are heavily influenced by the stereotypes fed to me through Hollywood rom-coms watched over the years. On one hand, I imagine quaint Parisian cafes, their simple but elegant furniture spilling onto the streets for people who wish to stop by for a quick…

Reminiscence: The Crumb Chronicles

I always saw myself as a precocious little girl, growing up. While my insistence in spending every evening completing my homework rather than stepping out to play might have been more attributable to laziness than anything else, my food choices were equally peculiar. I grew up on a steady diet of savoury, well spiced food…

Reviews: Progressive Oriental House, Lower Parel

Being relatively new to the food blogging community in Mumbai, most of my tip offs and bookmarks of good places to grab a meal at are solely dependent on a careful evaluation of reviews on the Zomato site, with recommendations from the more trusted users there that I follow. My introduction to Progressive Oriental House…

Reviews: Chaitanya, Dadar

It is surprisingly easy to draw similarities between my introduction to Mumbai and my introduction to Malvani food. For one, they both took place 6 years ago. And more importantly they both stand out for their ability to seem oddly familiar yet noticeably different from the city (and Keralite cuisine) I grew up with. To…

Reviews: Koolar and Co., Matunga

The history of and influences behind modern-day Irani cafe culture has been a subject of interest for me since I had my first cup of Irani chai at 17. It’s therefore likely that this post will be more of a history lesson than a review, and it is with this caveat that I proceed. Bombay’s…

Reviews: Copper Chimney, Worli

Mumbai’s dining scene is presently a veritable kaleidoscope of restaurants, with numerous new entrants employing any available mode of showmanship to grab the common consumer’s attention- be it eclectic cuisines, instaworthy desserts, quirky attempts at fusion and yes, the infamous molecular gastronomy sensation that’s gripped the nation. But amidst all the babel, I find myself…

Reviews: Luca, Lower Parel

I’ll be honest; my knowledge of Latin American/Hispanic culture has thus far been limited to articles on Frida Kahlo, BuzzFeed “Pero Like” videos, random cooking shows here and there and the occasional tendency to stalk Chef Gaston Acurio. And while all of that is a painfully restricted representation of their respective countries, I find that…

Reviews: Via Napoli, Prabhadevi

I’ve only ever had authentic (well, close to authentic) Neopolitan pizza once. I was around 14, and my aunt had taken us to this obscure, near empty Italian place in Dubai that focused on serving Neopolitan classics and I have vivid memories of only two dishes that I sampled during the course of that meal-…