Monday, 31 July 2017

Hello Guppy Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai

Hello Guppy- The word that describes this Japanese style sushi bar best is Funky. From the walls, to the lights, to the furniture and even the crockery and cutlery used everything is full of colour and spunk. Opened by the owners of Olive Group well know for their many ventures like Olive Bar and Kitchen, Monkey Bar, The Fatty Boa, Lady Baga, Soda Bottle Openerwala , Ek Bar, Toast and Tonic here comes yet another superb concept restaurant Hello Guppy! The music is upbeat and the place looks like a Japanese pop art studio. Even on a Thursday night it was packed with lots of post office crowd since it is located at BKC the cooperate hub of Mumbai. Sushi being made live at the bar served with delicious cocktails and a good variety of small plates and mains this is a nice place to unwind after a long day. We loved the way the place was done up and had an awesome evening. We were invited to review the food and drinks take a look at what we tried and recommend.
The Interiors
Edamame Chilli Garlic: Steamed soy beans pods served with chilli garlic dressing.
California Roll: Crab, cucumber, avocado, and flying fish tobiko.
Mount Fuji: A perfect blend of orange, passion fruit with vodka.
Crisp Vegetable Harumaki: Oven baked exotic vegetable filo spring rolls served with yuzu-miso sauce.
Long Island in Tokyo: Hello Guppy's version of LIIT where they've swapped the triple sec for midori and lemonade.
Asparagus Tempura Roll: Spicy mayo and crispy batter fried asparagus.
For Guppy's Sake: A unique blend of vanilla vodka and sake, shaken with freshly muddled lemon, galangal and lemongrass.
Avocado, Cucumber & Cream Cheese Roll: Cream cheese, cucumber, avocado and sesame seeds.
Chicken Karaage: Japanese soy and sake marinated fried chicken served with spicy kewpie sauce.
Homemade Sour-mix with Whiskey
Prawn Tempura Roll: Tiger prawn tempura, cucumber and spicy dressing.
Fisherman's Tonic: Gin and elderflower cordial shaken with freshly muddled cucumber. lime and lime leaves, strained into a iced glass and topped with tonic.
Exotic Teppanyaki Vegetables: Assorted mushrooms, bamboo shoots, water chestnut, beans, asparagus and seasonal vegetables glazed with sesame soy. 
Garlic Fried Rice: Garlic flavored fried sticky rice with veggies. There is a choice of Chicken, Prawn and Bacon as well.
Grilled Chicken Breast: Teriyaki -orange-soy glazed grilled chicken breast. Delicious!
Chocolate Fondant: Hot chocolate cake with a gooey chocolate center served with cheesecake ice cream and a chocolate-almond crumble.

Verdict: Overall a delicious experience, Sushi being Bae for me. Perfectly blended cocktails, the staff was attentive and I loved the vibe. Would definitely recommend you to explore Hello Guppy if you like/love Japanese cuisine. Let me know about your experiences till then Take care and Say┼Źnara

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Hello Guppy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Pa Pa Ya Colaba, Mumbai

Pa Pa Ya - Opened by Zorawar Karla – Founder and Managing Director of Massive Restaurants Private Ltd. This is an Asian Gastropub located right behind the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel and Gateway of India. The interior is done up very tastefully, the first level is done up with a long bar high tables and bar chairs which gives it a lounge feel. On the above level is an elegant dining with a fine dine set up. This modern eatery serves up some delicious sushi, dimsums and a variety of appetisers and mains to please every palette. They have added a lot of new dishes to their existing menu. Each dish is presented beautifully and tastes as good as it looks if not better. Perfectly thought out cocktails and desserts taking inspiration from a lot of ingredients used in the cuisine will take your dining experience to the next level. The servers are well versed with the entire menu and have some very interesting knowledge to share with the guests. If you are an Asian food lover, this is necessary visit for you.
I was recently invited to review Pa Pa Ya Colaba and here are some of the cocktails and food that I loved and would recommend:
Started off with these Palate Cleansers.
Crispy Lotus Steam: Wok tossed dehydrated lotus stem, smoked honey chili, Sichuan pepper dust.

Fuku Sour: Lemongrass flavoured vodka, Galangal, dash of orange, pineapple.

Lamb and Mandarin Bee Hun Dimsums: Steamed minced lamb farce infused with mandarin, in potato and wheat starch molded into a flower.
Tokyo Summer: Gari infused vodka, hint of wasabi, apple juice.
Spicy Avocado Roll needs no description go explore! 
Asparagus Corn and Burnt Spring Onion Dimsums: Steamed Asparagus and Corn farce in potato and wheat starch moulded into a flower.
Sushi Tree - My kind  of tree
Long Island Iced Tea cause no review is complete with this cocktail. My all time favorite. Loved it!
Butayakitori, Apple and Betel leaf Tartare: Pork belly skewers glazed, chargrilled with sichimi, mirin and soya.                 
Konnyakuyaki, Tomato and Basil : Vegetarian version of Takoyaki, sriracha caviar.
Light House: Lemongrass flavoured vodka, Galangal, dash of orange, pineapple.
Layered Sushi Pizza, Zucchini Carpaccio, steamed edamame: This is our version of sushi which resembles small pizzettes, with crispy corn tortilla as the base with sushi rice layered on top, with zuccini slices, edamame pods and spicy mayo.
Prawn Tempura Roll highly recommended!!
Lichi Palate Cleanser
Stir Fried Noodles: Their version of hakka noodles with vegetables.
Lamb Randang Curry: Indonesian slow cooked curry served with Paratha.
Liquid Hazelnut Fondant Cake, Matcha, Blueberry Qenelle: Green tea and hazelnut flavored lava cake, served along with white peppercorn ice cream on the side.

Verdict: The entire dining experience was a culinary treat. The dishes were plated up very artistically and the flavors ticked all the boxes. Let me know about your Pa Pa Ya experiences till then Take care and Happy Sunday!
Pa Pa Ya Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Recipe - Palak Kanda Bhajiya for #ChaiPakodaDay

Palak Kanda Bhajiya is a Mumbai favorite available at most street food spots served with spicy green chutney. They are especially delicious in the heavy rains and can be devoured with a hot cup of cutting chai. Finely sliced Spinach leaves and Onion are added to a batter of besan (gram flour) along with some chopped coriander and green chillies. This mixture is then fried like crispy fritters. You can also add some moong dal paste to make the batter more healthy and not feel so guilty about the deep fried deliciousness!

Serves: 3-4 | Cooking Level: Easy | Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

INGREDIANTS:
1 bunch spinach leaves finely sliced
2 medium onions finally sliced
2-3 green chilies finely chopped
2-3 tablespoons of coriander leaves finely chopped
1 bowl of besan (gram flour)
1 pinch of hing
1 tea spoon red chili powder
1 tea spoon jeera powder
Salt to taste
Vegetable oil for frying


METHOD:
1. In a big bowl, mix all the ingredients except the oil, which is kept aside for frying.

2. Add a little water to make a thick batter. The onions will release water so adjust the water accordingly.

3. Heat the oil for frying the bhajiya. nce the oil is hot add spoonful’s of the batter and fry them till then turn crisp and golden brown.

4. Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain the excess oil on kitchen paper towels.

5. Fry them in batches and don’t over crowd the frying pan.

6. Once all the Bhajiya’s are fried, sprinkle some chaat masala (optional), serve hot with coriander chutney, and fried green chillies.


Let's all celebrate #ChaiPakodaDay a great initiative by Culinary Expert and Writer Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal. Let me know in the comments section about your experiences with the above recipe till then Take care and Happy Sunday!

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Luca – Kitchen & Bar Lower Parel, Mumbai

Luca – Kitchen & has opened at Todi Mills in Lower Parel replacing a restaurant that I had reviewed called O:h Cha. The place is done up well replacing the old interiors by adding colours and giving it a refreshing look. The minute you enter this place you will fall in love with the space. This about a 70+ seater that also offers a mezzanine floor for private parties. A Long bar that makes amazing cocktails, a DJ in a corner mixing rocking 80’s and latest commercial music and they also screen all the live matches on a big screen, I enjoyed watching the semi-finals of the Wimbledon out there.
Coming to the food – Why do you want to travel to South America, Mexico or the Caribbean when you can get the same food at Luca – Kitchen & Bar. Great part about their menu is that it’s divided into 3 sections from Costal South American to Mexican to Caribbean that makes it easy to order. I was recently invited to review Luca – Kitchen & Bar and here are some of the cocktails and food that I loved and would recommend:
Mexican Cha Cha: A perfectly made cocktail with tequila and and cranberry juice.
Spicy Grilled Vegetables Nachos: Freshly made nachos with tortilla topped with melted cheese, tomato salsa, sour cream, guacamole, jalapenos and olives.
Passion Fruit Rosemary Martini: A great combination of passion fruit syrup and Vodka garnished with a lemon wedge and rosemary.
Crunchy Chicken Tacos which had a great taste of chicken, salsa, guacamole, cheese and crunchy lettuce. 
Sea Bass Ceviche: Fresh sea bass marinated with habanero chilli, lime chilli pickles, sweet potato and red onion.
Crunchy Peruvian Corn: Fresh sweet corn grilled to perfection and topped with chives, sour cream and served with basil pesto.
Melon Cucumber Martini: A refreshing cocktail made with Vodka and melon garnished with a cucumber slice. Loved the combination!
Chifa Wings: Boneless free range chicken wings tossed in rocoto, panca chilli & soya sauce with a sweetness of chancaca honey.
Tropical Spice: A spicy cocktail with the goodness of Vodka, pineapple juice and spices.
Yo Man Chicken: We replaced the Chicken Leg with Chicken Breast which is marinated in hot jerk sauce which is cooked to perfection and served veggies.
Long Island Iced Tea because no review is complete without this cocktail. My all time favorite a must explore!
Rasta Special: Baked red snapper stuffed with okra with a spicy mushroom sauce served with veggies and mash potatoes.
Rum Cake: A light cake served with a pineapple rum glaze and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and grilled slice of pineapple.
Churros: An all time favorite fried tex-mex dessert served with three chocolate dips, fresh fruit and marshmallow.

Verdict: An amazing place to be and rock your night away with some rocking music, cocktails and great food. Would I wanna go there again? Most likely Yes, specially when there's a live match that's screening. Sit back watch a match and enjoy a good cocktail. Let me know in the comment section about your experiences once you visit Luca - Kitchen & Bar till then Take care!


Luca Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato