Reviews: La Folie Lab, Lower Parel

When I came to Bombay 6 years back, our most common hangout place was the omnipresent but utterly forgettable “Cafe Coffee Day”- also lovingly called “SiSiDi” (CCD) by its patrons. At all CCD outlets back then, you were likely to find a mix of giggling girls, a couple or two and the occasional loner tucking…

Reviews: Bastian, Bandra

Its odd that a seafood lover like myself first chanced upon Bastian’s offerings because of a post on a chicken dish, not a seafood one. But yes, that lovely plate of fried chicken and mantou buns on my Instagram feed led me to their page- which to my joy, was bursting at the seams with…

Reviews: Yauatcha, Bandra Kurla Complex

That I should love dimsum seems expected, given my borderline obsession for pretty gift wrapped things. It is just the whole element of surprise in knowing there’s something hidden inside the relatively plain exterior, that has my curiosity piqued. And this childlike excitement is unchanged when I’m presented with a plate of translucent steaming hot…

Reviews: One Street Over

For anyone who has had to deal with the ominous CA journey, the next few sentences might result in a trip down memory lane. When I think of my foray into this course, what first comes to mind is all of us, fresh faced 18 year olds, suffering the drudgery of attending coaching classes on…

Reviews: New Martin’s, Colaba

It seems almost sacrosanct for anyone staying in Mumbai to visit Goa. And most, if not all accounts of these trips seem to revolve around some basics- EDM, crowded beaches, a rave if you’re really “cool” and the rest of the trip whiled away in hazy, happy, drunken stupor. But I’m not cool, you guys….

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…