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…

Recipes: That Indo-Pak “Jaldi Biryani”

To any South Asian kid (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or any others I’ve missed out), Biryani is generally synonymous with celebration. The first thing that comes to mind for me at the thought of biryani is a lavish wedding reception or an intimate Eid dinner, with the cooks (or family members) slaving away for hours on…

Reviews: Oh!Calcutta, Tardeo

I made my first Bengali friend in early 2013 on my second day of work. She’d brought Aloor Poshto for lunch and I’d got idlis, and our mutual love for food started that conversation which hasn’t really stopped since, even though we both don’t work there anymore. I credit Sunaina for introducing me to all…

Reminiscence: Road Trips and Tea Stops

Its extremely rare that I actually travel when I get a holiday. Yes, I go to Kerala every time I get a few free days, but I don’t really travel, because all my time is happily spent at my Ammama’s (my maternal grandmom’s) bungalow, doing what I like with no intent whatsoever to step outside….

Reviews: Taste of Kerala, Fort

My love affair with Taste of Kerala dates back to 2011, when I was a fresh faced teenager, discovering the charms and vagaries of living in India in general, and Bombay in particular. I will try to make this short, but being concise isn’t really my cup of tea. So be warned. Having just landed…

Reviews: Mia Cucina, Powai

The last one month has been fairly instrumental for me in discovering the gem, that is Powai. Yes, its still far, and its still a pain to have to deal with the confusing directions in the absence of an Uber GPS, but we braved these relatively trivial concerns to visit Mia Cucina a few days…

Reviews: Pa Pa Ya- Palladium, Lower Parel

Since its launch in late 2015, Zorawar Kalra’s Pan Asian venture PaPaYa has been garnering rave reviews from the masses and classes alike, for their marvellous food and next-level presentation at prices that don’t break the bank. It has also received the rare distinction of getting these reviews from vegetarians and non vegetarians alike, with…