Reviews: Gajalee, Lower Parel

For someone who doesn’t like to shop, I find myself at the Phoenix mall near home a lot. Of course it does help, that they have a good mix of restaurants right from your friendly neighbourhood McDonald’s to the more sophisticated establishments in the confines of the adjoining St Regis hotel. But on the few…

Reviews: Shree Thaker Bhojanalay

The land of Gujarat and its interesting people are generally held to two (in)famous stereotypes- a. They’re very money minded and, b. Their food is utterly coma inducing. Quite honestly though, if there is one thing I would greedily stock up my proverbial gold for, it is food. So their stereotypical characteristics seem right up…

Reviews: Kala Ghoda Cafe, Fort

My little meet-cute with Kala Ghoda Cafe took place four years back, on a balmy August evening after a soul satisfying meal at Trishna’s. While walking back to catch a taxi, mom and I were hit with the sudden realisation that my cousin (who we were dining with) had her birthday in a couple of…

Reviews: The Tasting Room, Lower Parel

There is something very pleasing about the concept of running a restaurant inside a store. I think it brings a sense of calmness to the otherwise rushed demeanour of the stereotypical shopper. And places like Good Earth have executed the idea so well that it is no surprise The Tasting Room has gone on to…

Reminiscence: Coexistence, Culture and Curry

If there is something Bombay has taught me the last 5 years, it is the art of coexistence. When I take a step back and see this city for what it is, I am truly amazed at the different religions, backgrounds and traditions the people around me have grown up with and it has led…

Reviews: The Bohri Kitchen

The Bohri Kitchen has been on my list pretty much since its inception and I am in equal parts shocked and disappointed in myself for having taken this long to pay them a visit.  Directed towards providing its patrons a traditional home cooked meal, this seven course affair is only available to a limited number…

Reviews: Sushiya, Parel

I have a tendency to wax eloquent about my purist, borderline snobbish palate when it comes to non Indian food in Bombay. For the sake of this prissy-ness, I even try my level best to visit places that seem capable enough to do justice to the cuisine(s) on offer. And more often than not, no…

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…