Reviews: Zaffran, Lower Parel

A charming characteristic about the Mumbai food scene is the marked presence of a number of establishments that to me, seem as old as the city itself. Its almost as if I can’t imagine a certain busy street without their signboard and the wafting aromas coming from within beckoning people to walk in. While there…

Reviews: Gymkhana 91, Lower Parel

With new restaurants opening every week and apps providing a multitude of cuisines to sample, it is almost easy to convince ourselves that this is perhaps how Mumbai’s dining scene has always been. However, this city’s introduction to international or as we like to call it “continental” food had simpler beginnings- at the courtesy of…

Reviews: Yuuka, Lower Parel

I think there is an element of peace in being able to dine outside alone. It gives you the ability to focus on the food without the otherwise welcome distractions of a good conversation or a couple of laughs. While Yuuka is a great place to bring people for a good Japanese inspired meal, my…

Reminiscence: The Great Indian Paan/Mukhwas Madness

While intricacies of the diverse Indian culinary heritage has been documented by means of hardbound books and documentary series by Michelin starred chefs world over, there is one tiny aspect of the quintessential  Indian meal that most people tend to look over; the post-meal “mukhwas” or mouth fresheners. And that is what I am going…

Reviews: Healthy Treats, Bandra West

When I review a place, it is generally planned. I bookmark a restaurant, read other reviews and then visit the place with an empty tummy for the food and a (hopefully) fully charged phone for the pictures that follow. But this review is slightly different. I received an adorable little hamper for Women’s Day at…

Reviews: British Brewing Company, Lower Parel

It is safe to assume on the basis of my other reviews, that I am what is called an “authenticity” junkie. I don’t particularly favour restaurants that offer a jumble of cuisines and don’t succeed in doing any of it right. It’s just the whole “jack of all trades, master of none” concept that I…

Reviews: Shizusan Shophouse and Bar, Lower Parel

Off late, the Mumbai food scene has seen the launch of a crazy number of “Pan Asian” restaurants. The basic rubric to be classified as a Pan Asian restaurant here is to offer sushi, dumplings and noodles as a part of their menu, with some places doing a better job at the actual execution than…

Reviews: Aqaba, Lower Parel

In one of my earlier reviews, I had mentioned a mini quest of sorts for authentic and satisfying Arabic food in Mumbai, because for an archipelago on the Arabian Sea, our choices thus far have been extremely limited. And one of my impassioned Zomato searches led me to Aqaba, 7 or 8 pages in. And…