A lot of people consider Hakkasan to be a pricey dining option but they are trying to break away from this with their latest offer of a set lunch menu priced at Rs.1200 + tax. The set lunch menu is on till the end of June and included 3 small eats, 2 mains, 2 rice/noodles and 1 dessert. Apart from the set lunch they also have a weekly lunch menu with new dishes added weekly along with the favourites.
We started off with a large spread of small eats and a round of refreshing cocktails. See what our table looked like!
My favorites from the small eats were the fresh and juicy Hargau with its prawn filling, crisp Chicken roll served along with a delicious mango chili sauce, pretty purple pakchoi dumpling with crunchy veg filling and veg chive dumpling with its pretty green wrapper and corn filling.
Apart from these we called for the crispy duck rolls and prawn cheung fun, both didn’t disappoint!
After all these we moved on to the mains. My favourites were the crunchy stir fry french beans in a nice soy sauce, chicken Ho Fun Noodles were perfect, steamed salmon in black bean sauce was amazing and tasted really nice with the fried rice. For the vegetarians Ho Fun Noodles with mock meat is a good option.
After the mains we still wanted to try the desserts. We did decide not to eat for the rest of the day! I enjoyed the three chocolate bavarois with coconut and lemon sorbet and from the a la carte the coconut panna cotta with pineapple coconut sorbet was light and refreshing, though I’d wish for more panna cotta in this dessert. We also tried the white chocolate parfait with blueberry sorbet. I found the parfait too sweet but the blueberry sorbet was a big hit!
We enjoyed the lunch thoroughly and felt that the set menu is a great deal to go for.
Restaurant details can be found on their Facebook page here.
I took a 10 day trip to Turkey this March and fell in love with their food, architecture, markets and beauty! We made our way through the chilly and quaint Cappadocia, the stone beaches of Antalya, snow white calcium clouds of Pammukale, the rustic ruins of Ephesus, the buzzing waterfront of Kusadasi and finally ended on a high note with the energy of Istanbul! If I end up writing about Turkey this post will end up being really long so I decided to make it into a photo blog. Here it goes..
Burrp! had organized Chef’s Tables along with Yes bank which required burrpers to review 7 restaurants in one day and they could register for a free 3 to 5 course meal at few of the best restaurants in Mumbai. After seeing all the buzz around this on Twitter, I immediately got my reservation done for Sancho’s and so did Mr.P. Well we chose Sancho’s because even though we had visited this place once before; we hadn’t got a chance to try a lot of dishes. And also we preferred suburbs considering the travel convenience.
We were the first ones to reach the restaurant all excited but unfortunately the restaurant management didn’t seem to be aware about Chef’s table. This was kind of a put off as we were just asked to sit at different places till they figured out what the event was all about. Slowly people for the event started pouring in, including a Burrp! representative – Sanjana. We were all seated and introductions began during which the Vegetarian fiesta nachos were served. I didn’t have an issue with the nachos per say but the menu that was shared online had a different choice of starters which we weren’t given! Coming back to the nachos…there were blue and yellow corn chips placed on a layer of refried beans and covered with fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream, olives and jalapenos. The guacamole was nice and creamy but needed a little bit of a lime zing and so did the salsa, but considering that we were very hungry we wiped it clean pretty soon.
Next came the drinks. We had a choice of any one cocktail or mocktail. Me and Mr.P both settled for cocktails. I got the Classic Margarita and Mr.P got the Cancun Tea. The drinks were nice with the right hit from the liquor. Cancun tea was a mix of liquors kind of like long island iced tea.
The servers were ready to take orders for the mains. Atleast this time we got to choose. We ordered for Talla fish and Chicken Enchilada. After everyone was done with the orders Chef Sanjay gave us some information regarding the meal for the night. He spoke about refried beans, chipotle chili, how tres leches is made and a lot more. Pretty soon the mains were served. A few of the other diners called for the Vegetable tacos and vegetarian fajita.
We didn’t taste the tacos and fajita but the diners seemed to be pretty happy with them. Mr.P was making *big eyes* after seeing the huge portion of the Chicken enchilada!!
Here is what I thought about the enchiladas – The sauce was nice, piping hot and tangy with a chili hit. The portion was huge with generous portion of chicken and cheese. The only issue I had with the dish was that due it’s huge portion the pile of cheese cooled pretty soon and then became a little difficult and heavy to eat. Just a little less of the cheese and it will be good to go.
And here is what Mr.P thought – The dish looked pretty and was loaded with chicken and cheese. The mexican rice & refried beans were flavorful which gave a great twist from the otherwise monotonous tasting chicken enchilada.
I had called for the Talla fish which didn’t look visually that great but tasted truly great!! It was a nice moist fish fillet covered with smokey chili paste and then baked on a banana leaf. It came with a side of a salad, flavorful mexican rice, refried beans, salsa, guacamole and a couple of nacho chips. An entire meal on one plate I’d say!
Mr. P’s thoughts about the Talla fish – Like said above, not the best looking dishes of the evening but it certainly livened up our tastebuds. Real soft fish with amazing accompaniments to help reduce the intensity of the chili. Not really impressed though as I was still looking forward to the best part of the meal.
After the mains we were a little too full but I was really looking forward to the dessert. I had never tried Tres Leches but had heard so much about this cake and there were no second thoughts on what I wanted for dessert. So I got the Tres Leches and Mr.P got the churros with chocolate sauce. Like we always do! Always order different things to get the best.
Tres Leches – the sponge that is soaked overnight in three types of milk i.e evaporated, condensed and regular milk and then covered with a thick layer of whipped cream, was YUM in a bite! I seriously did expect it to be soggy and too milky (I’m not a fan of how milk smells!) but it wasn’t so. Not too sweet, still holding its shape the cake stood tall on the plate and Mr.P agreed with me on this.
The Churros came with a serving of dark chocolate sauce. Churros were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside but were a little too covered with sugar and not cinnamon sugar. And the chocolate sauce too wasn’t glossy and free flowing…it kind of just set in the bowl and that made it difficult to dip the churros. I’d give this a miss and give the Tres Leches a thumbs up! Mr.P’s felt that the churros were a tad too sweet and the chocolate despite being bitter (my favourite type) didn’t help alter the sweetness that much and for a person who loves San Churros it was a tall order to compete with.
Overall the experience at Sancho’s was pleasant despite the few hiccups. We were stuffed with good food and smiles which is always a good sign. I’d say head to Sancho’s for their cocktails, Talla fish and Tres leches.
Here is all the information you need about Sancho’s.
Me and Mr.P can’t seem to get enough of this place. You can check details about my previous blog post for more details about Suzette. Heading to Bandra and we involuntarily end up craving for Suzette and Candies.
As Mr.P says…
“For me it is one the coziest/most comfy spots in the city! Even though it being in the heavily crowded area of Pali Naka it stills give a very peaceful feeling. Maybe it’s the simple yet amazingly yummy food, the wooden seating platform, the polite staff or the quick and efficient service!”
The menu at Suzette has a lot to offer and we thought we’d try something new this time. Not that we covered the menu …they have a lot of salad options as well as crepe filling options. But this time croque was a must have!
Sometime back Mr.P had tried a croque, tiramisu and black coffee frappe. Here’s his take on what he thought about the food.
Mr.P : I tried the Onion Croque which had tomatoes, mozarella, caramelized onions and mushrooms and it was just brilliant. The lettuce salad accompaniment had the most amazing dressing (great flavour) that perfectly complimented the croque. Off lately, I am really addicted to black coffee (not really a good thing) and so the Americano Frappe had to be ordered and it didn’t disappoint.
We always have the mousse and so this time I wanted to pick something new. The dessert of the day was Tiramisu and as you can see from the pic it looked nothing less than stunning. However, I felt that it did not have enough liqueur to give that hit which I always long for in this “loved by all” Italian dessert.
During our most recent visit we tried the Pesto Croque, Estragon crepe and Chocolate mousse.
The pesto croque was unlike the regular French croque you would expect with bread and loads of cheese. It was more like a quesadilla. It was filled with generous amounts of flavourful fresh pesto, grilled zucchini and stringy melted mozzarella. The croque came with a side of a zingy salad dressed in mustard. And as I’ve said in the previous post too..the herb oil does wonders with everything.
The crepe estragon had a filling of grilled chicken, mushrooms, mustardy yogurt sauce, emmenthal and tarragon. Well accord to me and Mr.P the emmenthal and tarragon flavours were a bit over powered with the yogurt mustard sauce. But overall it wasn’t too bad..though not my favorite. I still love the ratatouille crepe!! Filled with the croque and the crepe we settled one just one of our favorite chocolate mousse. And immediately we were fighting to grab a bite of the mousse. Same and heavenly as before…airy, chocolatey but not too much, hit of coffee….pure YUM!
Suzette didn’t disappoint us but does feel steep to head here regularly. But once in a while digging into that airy mousse is not bad right!! 🙂
One thing that I truly love about Mumbai is that you can enjoy so many cuisines in one city despite the much obvious flaws it has – infrastructure, crowd, traffic and pollution. Whether it is South Indian, Parsi, Marwari, Punjabi, Gujarati, Sindhi or Maharashtrian (obviously!) and many more…you can find all of it here. So after covering the mini South India in Mumbai; Mr.P and I headed out to explore what the Mumbai has to offer on the Gujarati food front. And well considering that it was just two of us and there a lot of places that offer Gujarati food we stuck to a few places and were still super duper stuffed.
We started off our day with a Gujju breakfast at Saurashtra Farsan Mart, Dadar. I’ve had breakfast from here a hundred times when I used to stay in Dadar. There was no thinking needed on any Sunday…it just had to be breakfast from Saurashtra followed by a Sindhi meal of kadi chawal and tuk courtesy mom!
So getting back to the food trail; we picked Amiri khaman, jalebi and patra. I gave Mr.P a bit of gyaan about “Amiri khaman”…here it is. Amiri khaman is a snack made by crumbling khaman dhoklas .The crumble mix is tempered with mustard seeds and garnished with pomegranate, sesame seeds and sev. What Saurashtra had to offer is a little too difficult to flaw. It was not too sweet, had a bit of spice and perfect textures with a generous sprinkling of freshly grated coconut and coriander. The patra was served with lip smacking chutney. Although the jalebi looked tempting and had that crunch, I didn’t like it too much. We both agreed that it was too sweet and needed to be a bit warm.
We washed down this amazing breakfast with hot piping ginger masala tea from a nearby tea stall.
If you are wondering that we ate only a little during breakfast, well yes it’s lesser than what we would generally hog. But all this just so that we could enjoy and give full justice to what was up next – Shree Thakker Bhojnalay, Kalbadevi. A train journey till Marine lines led us to this small little thali place hidden in the tiny crowded lane in Kalbadevi. Thakker Bhojnalay resides on the first floor in an old building which is a little difficult to spot. But considering the popularity of this place you can easily trace this place. Do remember it is small which is really famous (I’ve seen it on practically every food channel on TV atleast once!!), and this just leads to long lines during service hours. We reached this thali place at the right time…few minutes late and we would be standing in this queue outside which just didn’t seem to reduce. Just as we were about to settle on our table the server came up and said “Napkin hata do!” and started pouring in the chutneys. This did startle Mr.P a bit! :p And then there was no stopping..chutneys were followed by salad, snacks, papad, vegetables, rotis smothered with ghee, bhakris with more ghee, dal, kadhi, rice, sweets and a never-ending refill of chaas. *burp!*
The menu that day had soft fluffy white dhokla, cheese and corn tikki, mirchi and aloo pakoda, chutneys – coriander, raw papaya, tamarind and cumin, garlic and red chili, coconut and pickeled green chilies. This was followed by the vegetables – potato in tomato gravy, bhindi (okra), peas, black chana and green sprouts and a mix veg. All of them flavorful and low on spice and truly relished with the constant supply of soft small phulkas, bhakri and puris. We did lose track of how many puris and phulkas we ate but I feel that it’s better this way. Next came the spicy dal which was just amazing and the sweet dahi (curd) ka kadhi was perfect to go with the onion pulao that was served towards the end of the meal. Sweets included fresh fruit shrikhand, doodhi ka halwa and something similar to malai sandwich. And the perfect way to end this lavish meal is with a cool glass of chaas. Then the disaster…we couldn’t move. Not even to wash our hands! We dreaded the fact that we had to walk down the steps and then in the lanes of Kalbadevi.
We did manage to take a long break till we could get the courage to even think of taking another bite of food, after which we headed to Khichiya wala in the tiny Sadashiv lane of CP tank. A pretty famous snack in these parts of town is a roasted khichiya which is drizzled with melted butter, green and red chutneys and then covered with oodles of julienned vegetables like cabbage, cucumber, tomato and also grated potato. And as if this wasn’t enough; up comes fried crunchy sev, coriander and if you may please then loads of grated cheese!! But all in all it is purely yum! It takes masala papad to a whole new level.
Our next pit stop was the very famous Swati Snacks. But before that I’d like to mention a little about Right Place, Breach Candy. Many people know this place for its humungous vegetable grilled sandwich and chic choc but our favorite here has to be the Kala khatta slush. This is not really related to Gujarati food but no one can disagree that Right place is flocked by Gujarati folks. So cooled after sipping on kala khatta slush and getting brain freeze attacks we headed to Swati Snacks, Tardeo.
With no surprise Swati was packed and the waiting line was really really long. So after waiting for about half an hour (which we didn’t complain about considering the amount of food we had downed the entire day) we headed into a noisy restaurant with servers all over getting food from this well oiled and sparkly clean kitchen. The menu here covers Gujarati dishes like handvi, chilla, khichdi, panki and also chaats, pav bahji ,dosas and so on. We were going to call for the Suagrcane juice but didn’t…umm..well 120 Rs just doesn’t seem right for a glass of sugarcane juice. So giving the drinks a skip we called for Panki chatni, fada ni khichdi and dahi batata puri. We thought we’d have some time to kill after placing the order considering the crowd but we were wrong. The kitchen was functioning super smooth, giving out dishes one after another with no hiccups. First up was the panki. It had layers of roasted banana leaves sandwiching an extremely thin layer of rice flour and spice pancake and was served with delicious green chutney and masala laden green chilies.
Wiped off in few minutes we were ready to gorge on fada ni khichdi. A bowl full of this khichdi made with broken wheat and dal was served along with yogurt with a tempering of red chili and onions. This can truly be classified as comfort food. A bowl of this on a cold day and I’d be a happy person.
Dahi batata puri was served covered with sprouted moong but it was a bit sweet for our liking so I called for “teekha chutney”.
Please do treat this as a warning: The spice level in this chutney can literally get smoke coming out of your ears. Few drops of this chutney on the puris had Mr.P gulping water! I couldn’t stop laughing seeing how the heat from the chili changed his face color and I guess the kid on the next table too couldn’t help but laugh! Anyways a bit of spice is fine but do not go overboard with this chutney. Happily fed we headed out straight to the paan wala outside Swati and meetha paan it was.
I personally feel that baked beans are very versatile in terms of what flavor addition can be done and also they have become a super easy breakfast option thanks to the easy availability of baked beans cans nowadays..
Baked beans have always faithfully accompanied the obviously more dominant eggs or sausages but I wanted to just relish these tiny little beans but with a bit of spice. So I decided to add spice, crunch and cheesiness to these humble beans and enjoy my lazy holiday!
Here is an easy step by step recipe of Spicy baked beans toasties.
Ingredients: (Serves 2)
Half a can of baked beans (approximately 5-6 tbsp of baked beans)
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp of ginger and garlic paste (I used freshly ground ginger garlic paste)
2 green chillies finely chopped (the number of chilies can be reduced as per your taste)
1 small onion chopped or half an onion chopped
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
2-3 tbsp water
salt and pepper to taste
coriander leaves finely chopped to be added to the baked beans and for garnishing
4-5 slices of bread
cheese (I used Amul pizza cheese)
Heat oil in a pan. Add the ginger garlic paste and green chilies and cook till the raw smell of ginger and garlic disappears.
Add in the chopped onion and cook till translucent.
Add chili powder and coriander powder and cook for a minute so that the masalas do not taste raw.
Add the baked beans, water, salt and pepper to the onions. Let it cook on high for 5 minutes so that the baked beans are heated through and the water reduces. We do not want an extremely runny baked beans mix because it will be spread on bread and we do not want the bread to get soggy.
Add the coriander and cook for a minute.
This is how the baked beans should look like 🙂
Spread the baked beans mix onto bread slices. I had weirdly shaped rolls at hand and hence the funny looking picture!!
Grate some cheese on top and grill in the oven just enough to melt the cheese..at around 180°C for 10 minutes.
Wanted to share the most easiest sweet recipe you could possibly make this festive season. Just 4 ingredients to make these yummy, extremely cute looking sweet treat – Coconut ladoos.
They are easy to make, convenient to gift and great to taste. It requires no heating, cooking just a bit of mixing and love in making the ladoos look adorable! Stack them and you’ll have a snow man..Seriously! Do I need to say anything else to convince you that it’s just everything good in one bite! So quickly here is the recipe so that you can get to making it soon.
Coconut Ladoos (Makes 50 small ladoos)
400g desiccated coconut
1 can of condensed milk (400g) The basic proportion is 1:1 desiccated coconut and condensed milk!
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
50g desiccated coconut for decoration
Few chopped pistachios for decoration
1. Pour the condensed milk in a large vessel
2. Add the desiccated coconut all at once to the condensed milk
3. Mix with your hands gently till you feel that the ladoos can be formed easily. Do not overmix as that causes the coconut to release its oils due to the heat generated by our palms
4. Make small balls of the coconut mixture and roll them in the remaining desiccated coconut that we kept aside for decoration
5. Garnish the ladoos with chopped pistachios and that is it! Done!
Enjoy these easy treats!! I’ve made a lot of these for friends and family this Ganpati!