Monday, 27 February 2017

Sheesha Sky Lounge Lower Parel, Mumbai

Dining at Sheesha Sky Lounge is an experience as much as a meal. The open to sky themed restaurants are conceptualised and opened Pan-India by Ali Reza Abdi, an Interior Designer by profession but a Foodie at heart. Ali Reza wanted to design a restaurant where the customers could enjoy a memorable evening under the starry sky with great soulful music and food that is tastefully divine.

We were invited to review Sheesha Sky Louge, which is located in Raghuvanshi mills at Lower Parel in Mumbai. The first impression was that this place would be just another sheesha place with no great food. But I was sooo wrong. Mr. Ali Reza Abdi (Founder of Sheesha Sky Lounge) has curated the menu of his restaurant keeping in mind the unique needs and tastes of the Indian people, as well as making sure that impetus is given to healthy & well balanced meals, as he himself is a fitness freak.

The ambience is pretty and gives a vibe of expanse as the ceilings are high indoors and the cool breeze outdoors is soothing to make u feel relaxed. The furniture is pretty yet rustic and quite comfortable too. Good parking space available here and valet is efficient too. We were welcomed warmly right from the entrance. The entire staff is warm and friendly and were on their toes around us, making sure to be at our beck n call. We were given fabulous suggestions from the menu. Here are few of the dishes that we tried and loved:

Roasted Masala Papad with Green Chutney, Jaggery Sauce, Mustard Paste & Garlic Paste

Nutty Bliss Orange Mocktail

Non Veg Platter - Chicken Tikka, Chicken Sheek Kebabs, Chicken Kali-Mirch Kebabs, Chicken Malai kebabs, Chicken Pankhadi Kebabs

Gosht Nalli Barra Lazeez Kebab

Melony Watermelon Mocktail

Babycorn Amritsary

Tandoori Zinga Butter - Afgani style prawns marinated in cumin cream, chopped green chillies, ginger & cooked in earthed oven

Murg Khadai Peshawari & Mutton Rogan Josh with Cheese Garlic Butter Naan & Butter Garlic Naan

Sheesha Sky Lounge Special Sheesha

Ferrero Rocher

Verdict: Loved their kebabs a lot. Soft & succulent, bursting with flavors. An ideal place to chill with friends/family over sheesha and good food. Overwhelmed!!!! Add this to your next go list & let me know about your experiences in the comments section. Till then Take care & Bon appetit. 

Where? P2 Building, 4th Floor, Roof Top Terrace Raghuvanshi Estate, S.B Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

AVERAGE₹1,500 for two people (approx.)
VAT extra
Cash and Cards accepted

Phone number 022 33956200
(Table booking recommended)

Sheesha Sky Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, 20 February 2017

Candy & Green Breach Candy, Mumbai

In a burgeoning F&B space in a city like Mumbai, comes Candy & Green like the proverbial breath of fresh air. Vibrant and energetic, this multi-level venue at Breach Candy, redefines what it means to live well. It exudes that the best things in life can be an exciting balance of being fresh, fun, fit and a foodie!

Indoor Dining
Indoor Dining
Rooftop Garden
Rooftop Garden

Split across an indoor dining restaurant and a rooftop garden space for diners, Candy & Green’s décor embodies its philosophy. From a picturesque landscaped roof garden to a live greenhouse growing essential herbs, the restaurant is perfect for big groups as well as someone who wants a quiet nook to just sit and unwind as the world goes by.

A unique mix of fun eating and fit choices, at Candy & Green ingredients reign over limiting boundaries of cuisines, and meat-less dishes made of seasonal and locally sourced produce redefine the idea of eating well. With homegrown herbs, microgreens and leafy plants adorning its vertical garden, Candy & Green produces edible foliage in house, thereby reducing its carbon footprint drastically. These are also elevated in cocktails as well as verdant smoothies and juices, making the beverages menu a rather extensive one for all sorts of tipplers.

Owner Shraddha Bhansali has tied up with Terra Farms to transform her extended part of her terrace into her farm. This farm produces about 25kgs of edible foliage per week & about 100kgs of the same per month thereby reducing its carbon footprint drastically! In fact, considering there’s no fuel consumption for some of the ingredients, Candy & Green is among the very few eateries to use Zero Carbon Produce. These are also elevated in cocktails as well as verdant smoothies and cold press juices, making the beverages menu a rather extensive one for all sorts of tipplers. Cocktails made with fresh ingredients such as Vanilla & Hibiscus Bellini and Bell Pepper & Basil Martini make the dining experience wholesome.

We were invited for a special preview sundowner to sample a few dishes on their menu. Unfortunately we could not reach for the sundowner but fell in love with place as soon as we entered. Loved the decor, view, music & overall vibe of this place. A super refreshing experience. The 100 seater multi-storied restaurant opens to public on Monday, 20th Feburary 2017.
Here are some of the cocktails & food that we tasted & loved
Cold Sob Peat - Pair, Peach & Vodka

Watermelon Smash - Watermelon, Passion Fruit & Whiskey

Favorite Kale Salad - kale, dates, parmesan, drizzle of lemon vinaigrette, toasted garlic crouton

Tortilla Soup - Mexican spiced tomatoes with tortilla chips 

Kale Crumble Tart - kale, broccoli, sundried tomatoes, crumbled kale topping

Roasted Tomato Stone-Baked Flatbread - Mozzarella, bocconcini, crispy sage, confit garlic, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil 

Mexican Bountiful Board - baked jalapeno poppers, guacamole, smoky dip, salsa & tortilla chips

Vanilla & Hibiscus Bellini - Vanilla Pod, hibiscus & sparking wine

Kaffir Musk Martini - musk melon, kaffir lime leaves & vodka

Fresh Herb Pasta - house grown herbs, extra virgin olive oil, roasted chilli & fusilli 

We also wanted to to try the the No more Depresso Mousse & their Pancakes unfortunately they ran out of it. Nevermind, we loved this restaurant so much that I can't wait to go back to savour the other dishes that we didn't try & off course the desserts from their Happy Ending section on the menu.

Verdict: Vegetarian food takes an ingredient-centric wholesome turn in SoBo without sacrificing on taste. Once you visit Candy & Green you will not miss meat or eggs. The flavors, hospitality, ambiance & cocktails are SPOT-ON!! Go explore this gorgeous restaurant though being vegetarian it blew our minds away. It's the new restaurant in Mumbai that serves vegetarian food with a twist.

With the founder & owner Shraddha Bhansali

Founder and owner Shraddha Bhansali says, “At Candy & Green we choose love and we choose sustenance. We are passionate about feeding our guests hearty meals made from wholesome ingredients that nourish their mind, body and soul. We strive to create a menu and environment that supports the happiness and wellness of both our guests and our community.”

With a big focus on holistic living, Candy & Green looks to offer yoga, wellness treatments, and curated retail products in the long run. An eclectic menu spanning various cuisines, a heady mix of juices and spirits, and a lifestyle space so vivacious, Candy & Green is a literal oasis in the Maximum City.

Where? Candy & Green, Level IV, Bhulabhai Desai, Hubtown Skybay, Breach Candy, Mumbai - 400026. Telephone no: 022 23523413

Social Media: Twitter & Instagram @candyand green
Let's chat in the comments section once you visit Candy & Green. Till then Take care, Eat healthy & Exercise regularly.

Candy and Green Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Farzi Café Lower Parel, Mumbai

Focusing on the gourmet diner as well as the youth of India, Farzi Café aims to bring Indian cuisine back “in-Vogue”. “Farzi” can have many connotations, but at Farzi Café, it has just one, “creating an illusion” with its cuisine. Best described as a gourmet experience, it amalgamates traditional global and Indian classics, with Indian influences, contemporary presentations, culinary styles and ambiance. It is a quirky, chic, modern Indian café, where guests enjoy a sensory experience through the finest modern Indian cuisine, with a high-energy ambiance. Infusing a generous dose of Indian flavors, Farzi Café presents Indian cuisine where culinary art meets the alchemy of modern presentations and cooking techniques like molecular gastronomy to absorb the guest into the ultimate gastronomic illusion.

The Bar
It was a super Sunday at Farzi Cafe with the Food Bloggers' Association of India (FBAI), sampling their new menu. There are places you hate, places you like, and places you love but there are few places that just win you over! Farzi Café was that place for me! Loved the gorgeous ambiance, rocking music, great hospitality & lip-smacking cocktails & food. A place that I would like to go often. Here are some of the cocktails & food that I tasted and loved….

Aam Papad Bunta

Farzi Apple Foamintini

Pallet cleanser

Dak Bunglow Chicken, Garlic Boursin

Besant Nagar Chilli Fritters, Puli Ingi

Farzi Shoonya - Grenny Mint Royal

Mushroom Kurchan Kulcha, Pan tossed Simeji

Keema Ghotala Hot Dog with Onion & Mint Salsa

Farzi Shoony - Strawberry Lemonade

Black Pepper & Golden Garlic Prawns, Braised Pokchoy

Charred Artichoke & Cherry Tomato, Bisi Bele Bhaat

Shawarma Biryani

Chicken Tikka Masala, Cornish Cruncher Naan

Ghevar Malai Tart, Saffron Aire

Candy Floss Paan

Verdict: A very classy and sassy place with luxe ambiance that oozes oodles of panache. I'm truly Farzified!! Go experience the new menu as we highly recommend it. 

Thank you Food Bloggers Association of India (The FBAI) for making me a part of this unique gastronomic illusion.

Address: Kamala Mills, Near Radio Mirchi Office, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Cost: AVERAGE ₹1,500 for two people (approx.) 
VAT & service charges extra
Cash and Cards accepted

I would like to chat with you in the comments section. Do let me about your experiences when you visit Farzi Café...Actually why WHEN you visit it? It's a must explore place so Just Go!! Till then Take care & Happy brunching.

Farzi Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato