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April 12, 2015

Copper Chimney, Mumbai…drool-worthy baby leg of lamb (raan)

Copper Chimney is one of those safe, tried and tested places where you can never go wrong with its reliable and tasty Mughlai-inspired fare. Here you will find some of the most delicious bad-for-you North Indian food in the city with perfect harmony between distinctive flavors, sophisticated textures and artful presentation.

Everything I ordered was so mouthwatering good! The fabulous tawa jhinga (chilli prawns tossed with onions and capsicum in a tangy tomato masala) is a spicy smooth sensation. The delicious flavours mixed into this unique gravy taste certainly floats my boat. When it comes to North Indian food, the meat tends to be the thing. A veritable mountain of cinnamon-fragrant, soft meat sliding off the bone, raan (tender baby leg of lamb marinated in exotic herbs and slow cooked in the tandoor) is one of the planet’s higher forms of life on the food chain. The raan here was so tender (but not mushy) and succulent that you are able to eat it with a spoon. It melts in my mouth – exploding with flavour. Instead of the usual mango lassi, get them to make you one of their rich, creamy and delicious mango vanilla ice cream smoothie. Together with fresh, hot, crispy, yet chewy, garlicky, thin garlic naan, I was in 7th heaven.

The service staff were friendly, attentive and offered menu recommendations and yet not overwhelming. The service is top notch.

I have not felt so jazzed by a restaurant in quite some time! Don’t you love when you leave a new restaurant for the first time and keep blissfully sighing, “Oh my god. OH. MY. GOD.”? I did that as I left Copper Chimney. This is true truth as I say it as it is…

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June 17, 2012

Mahesh Lunch Home, Mumbai…Overrated, overhyped and overpriced

Filed under: Fine dining, Food & Beverage, India, restaurant — Tags: , , , , — PEr @ 10:21 pm

For all its name and reputation, Mahesh certainly doesn’t live up to expectations. How this place get it’s mojo is a mystery. There are definitely better options which are more tasty and lighter on your wallet when it comes to sea food.

Don’t get me wrong, not that the food is not good.  The food is nice but not quite authentic. It is cooked to suit western palettes and cost far too much. Like I said before, you get similar dishes with this kind of quality for a fraction of the price (at least 30% less) elsewhere.

The ceiling is too low and the tables are too close together.

Venting can be fun. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

March 11, 2012

Crossword Bookstores, Mumbai…my second home in India. The prices are (honestly) incomparable.

This is my second home in India. This is by far, my favorite place in Mumbai. I could spend hours there… wandering around the bookshelves. It’s organized clutter, with thousands (millions?) of books to consider adding to your collection.

They got a good combination of books, magazines, CDs collection, toys and boardgames but what attracts is the huge collection of books. From latest best sellers to children books, from Self-Help to Management. Being a chain of bookstores, Crossword is scattered all over Mumbai…..the one at Mohammedbhai Mansion (below Kemps Corner fly over) is best.

The best thing is it’s not necessary for you to buy a book if you have entered you can sit and read the book if you wish you buy or else visit again and complete the book.

The prices are …honestly, incomparable. If you so decide to buy, you can immediately started adding up how much money you would save if you came from a place like Singapore, or Malaysia or USA – another plus for Crossword.  Regardless of the low prices, this is an engrossing store. I found books which were not available in my travels all over Asia. It’s definitely cheaper here than Barnes & Nobles and amazon.com.

There is just so many books. You’ll enter Corssword with a book in mind, but you’ll probably leave with one or two books that you had no intention of bringing home. Crossword Bookstore is worth stopping by and hanging out, who knows what you’ll find. This is the true truth as I still say it as it is…

February 11, 2012

Shamiana, Mumbai…..WAAAAAY below standard of the Taj Mahal Palace

Sad to say this was a very disappointing dining experiences in recent memory. The service was very slow and the servers un-interested. Repeated reminders for coffee to be serve were futile for 20 minutes until we stood up to leave. The spread was the usual, nothing exotic – there were some Gujarati starters, few regular vegetarian and non vegetarian vegetables, breads, rice, yellow dal and biryani.

WAAAAY below the standard of Taj Mahal Palace. What a waste of money. It’s just not worth what they charge. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

January 18, 2010

Trishna, Mumbai…a rage among seafood-loving folks

Filed under: Food & Beverage, Travel — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — PEr @ 8:37 am

Trishna, one of only a few exclusive seafood restaurants in Mumbai, continues to be a rage among the seafood-loving folks of the city.

The menu is typical of any sea food restaurant. A varied offering in Indian sea food across fish, crabs, lobster and squids. The squids cooked with butter, garlic and pepper were delicious. the pomfret with black pepper was superb. The king prawns tandoori was amazing. I’ve now run out of superlatives to describe the rawa fish.

It is a somewhat snobbish restaurant. Trishna isn’t about ambience (the seats and tables are packed together to create a seafood experience for the diners – sardines) – everyone is here for the food. 

I bet you’ve heard the groan-worthy pun that goes “I’m on a seafood diet … I see food and I eat it!” But, jokes aside, whatever food I see (on my table or those on the tables around me) in Trishna, I’d needed the help of my two colleagues and 20 wild horses to stop me from pouncing on them….that is the true truth. I only say it as it is.

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