I happened to watch this song after eons today, thanks to BA. I totally love the peppyness and joyfulness this song exudes.
In love with this song!
Hum tum pe itna dying jitna sea mein paani lying
August 12, 2012
I happened to watch this song after eons today, thanks to BA. I totally love the peppyness and joyfulness this song exudes.
In love with this song!
Hum tum pe itna dying jitna sea mein paani lying
July 1, 2011
As many of you know, PA got married and has successfully crossed the six-month mark. The man in question is called Hubster on the blog – regular followers may know about this. He may be addressed by any other fancy name depending on the occasion. Coming to the six month mark, all credit goes to the caring and compassionate – Mr Wonderful for enduring this crazy, cranky woman who can even make God pull his hair, and generally create chaos.
Okay, coming to this other crazy thing called marriage –
How long is a newly married person considered newly married? Have you ever thought about it?
Do you ever wake up in the morning thinking about how cool single life was, and then you turn around, look at your spouse, feel a gush of love and then think how wonderful this thing called shaadi is…
Frankly speaking, I sometimes just forget that I am married until I notice the Hubster around – and in my head exclaim – Oh haan! Yeh toh mera pati hai!
April 11, 2011
Rumour has it that long time on-again-off-again couple Isha Sharwani and Zaheer Khan could be getting married. To each other. Its time for them to open their mouths and confirm. Or deny.
Poonam Pandey, who became an overnight celebrity by going all about and wanting to go naked if the Indian Cricket Team won WC 2011, is all set to be part of Khatron Ke Khiladi – Part 4. This show is the Indian version of Fear Factor and will be hosted by Akshay Kumar. Poonam, 19, is yet to fulfil her striptease promise. Men, all across India are waiting anxiously!
Priyanka Chopra will not be starring in Dostana-2. Thank God for small mercies!
February 13, 2011
This story is on since the 24th of February 2011. And today we are on the 13th of February 2011. Looks like I will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with HSBC.
The Story so far: I request HSBC for their doorstep cheque pickup facility towards my credit card. This is at a premium cost, to be noted. After followup for a couple of days, the cheque is collected and a receipt is given to me. After a few days I get to know that they have lost/misplaced the cheque. In the meanwhile the due date comes and goes. After eternity, they finally find the cheque and commit that they will take care of the charges accrued in the interim. Since I had issued the cheque more than a week before the payment due date. And it was obviously their fault that they misplaced the cheque.
And here is Part 4
I check my latest statement to find finance/interest charges! 1200 rupees!!!
So I am back to doing followup again. I am fed up. Period.
Hopefully there shouldn’t be a Part 5! I seriously hope so!!!
February 6, 2011
The Story so far:
Finally HSBC found the missing cheque way after my credit card’s payment due date. In the interim they maintained a non-committal stand about accrued late payment charges and the finance charges that would be levied in due course.
A jubilant officer from there end called me to convey the good news. The excitement was akin to a new planet being discovered on the horizon.
They agreed to reverse the late payment charges, they said, as a ‘service gesture’. And any interest charges that would get levied in due course because of the missing cheque would also be taken care of, they said.
Of course, when a bank goofs up big time. They need to cover it up.
But one very important question still remained unanswered – The Case of the Missing Cheque.
Where did my cheque vanish in the interim? A bank official picks up the cheque from my place – I paid a premium charge for the cheque pickup facility – and then the cheque vanishes. And it takes HSBC ages to trace it!
Can I know where did my cheque go, I asked eagerly.
That’s confidential information, Ma’am. We cannot share it with you.
Yeah, that’s what they said.
I am quite amused by know. It’s my cheque. Towards my credit card. And I don’t have the right to know where it vanished.
Great, I said.
Anyways the matter has finally been sorted out, by the look of it.There’s a possibility that some more followup may be required if any interest charges are levied on account of the missing cheque, when the coming bill gets generated.
A Bank. HSBC. World’s Local Bank. Two weeks. Daily Followup by A Harrowed Customer.
February 1, 2011
I have watched Sheila Ki Jawani video 96 times on Youtube, says Chetan Bhagat.
Thats my inspiration for the forthcoming book, he further adds.
Ya right! He kept a count. On excel or with a ticktock machine… or whatever that is called.
This dude sure knows how to stay in the news!
February 1, 2011
Looks like PA is enjoying writing letters to months. Yes, she does
And PA welcomes February with a big hug.
Ok, anyways… of late I have been feeling hungry every hour. No matter how much I eat. I still feel hungry again in an hour. Pretty irritating. And the hunger pangs are pretty terrible! Irritating. Very much. Can’t concentrate on anything else.
Some people should learn to mind their own bloody business in life… bledy business in Lola Kutty style. Interfering in others’ personal life, continuously trying to poke their nose in the other person’s daily personal life is bad manners. Furthermore, adding mirchi into the other person’s life is certainly not good. It’s very bad infact. Yeh sab karne se insaan narak jaata hai, says PA Mata.
January 31, 2011
Did you go and watch Dhobi Ghat?
I’ve heard its crap.
Non-Indians are loving it. Just like they loved Slumdog Millionaire.
PA saw the trailers and decided not to watch it. Wise PA! As always!
January 31, 2011
More on the world’s local bank – The Disaster called ‘HSBC’
I had earlier written about the SHUTUP episode – I need to vent against HSBC – Part 1
The saga continues…
On Thursday 27 January 2011 evening, the cheque collection boy comes and picks up the cheque. Gives receipt. Says that cheque will go for clearing the following day.
On the 3rd working day post that, i.e. today – 31 January 2011, I check my bank account and find that the amount has still not been debited.
I email HSBC and get a revert that they haven’t yet received the cheque!!!
Looks like they have misplaced it.
They then ask for a copy of the receipt. Without apologies.
I email them a copy of the cheque pickup receipt.
And now I wait for them to find my cheque. The Due Date is tomorrow – 1 February 2011 – I had requested for the cheque pickup facility on 24 January 2011 at a premium charge – I am now super worried about charges – finance charges, interest charges, late payment charges, ad hoc charges… in case they don’t credit the cheque in my card by tomorrow.
Looks like I will soon be shifting to the ‘I hate HSBC’ bandwagon.
Note: Till date no one has apologised – Neither for the delay in cheque pickup, nor for the SHUTUP episode and not even for misplacing my cheque.
January 31, 2011
Remember, I had earlier blogged about Hashmi Kajal…
I just got to know that Carrie Bradshaw uses Hashmi Kajal / Kohl in Sex and the City 2!!!
Is this true? I haven’t seen the movie, so can’t confirm! Have you seen it? Did she use Hashmi Eye Makeup?
In the interim, before I got to know this, I emailed the company asking them to update me about Mumbai Outlets. They were quite prompt with their reply and sent me the contact details of their Maharashtra Distributor.
I contacted the Maharashtra Distributor who is now in the process of sending me:
1. List of Mumbai outlets – Address and contact numbers
2. Range of products and prices
3. Fastest running items
January 30, 2011
Did you know that there is something known as the Koli Seafood Festival that is periodically held in Mumbai! And is in its sixth year!
I got to know about it from Blogger Finely Chopped’s Facebook Page.
From what I gather, this month it was held in Versova (Vesava) in Andheri – from 28 to 30 January 2011.
Fresh Lobsters, Crabs, Squids, Shrimps, Prawns, Clams, Caviar, Pomfret, Tuna and various other varieties of seafood – you name it, they had it. Cooked to perfection – the Koli Style.
Read what bloggers who visited had to say about the Koli Fish Festival:
And Sassy Fork who has savoured their delicacies a couple of times at various locations across Mumbai.
Check out their blog-posts about Mumbai’s Koli Seafood Festival. And some seriously droolworthy pictures. More photos on the Finely Chopped Facebook Page.
January 30, 2011
Did you know that there is something known as Hashmi Kajal?!
I didn’t, until a few hours ago!
And a little more of R&D revealed this -
People around the world are ga-ga over this brand of Kajal and Kohl.
Vidya Balan uses it!
It is said that even Hollywood stars use it. Is that true?
Celebrities swear by it!
Image from here.
And its been around for more than 200 years! Two Hundred Years!!!
Their packaging is extremely ordinary. But underneath is a firecracker of a product. The grapevine says.
They even give easy to understand, simple instructions for application on their website.
Someone on their blog wrote this -
Ask me if I am left on an island with one makeup item what it would be?
Ask me if I have to choose one makeup product to take on a vacation what it would it be?
Ask if I am given 10000 million dollar ( as if) and asked to buy one product what would it be?
My answer is solid and one and only HASHMI KAJAL
It’s from Karachi, Pakistan. And it is said that now it will be available in India. And in Mumbai too!
Have you heard about it?
Have you used it?
Whats your take on it?
January 30, 2011
Yesterday – 29 January 2011 was apparently NO TV DAY.
Did you know that?
Who said that PA, you may ask.
Not me. Not me. Hindustan Times said that. Or rather urged people to observe 29 January2011 as NO TV DAY in Mumbai.
Lowe Lintas has created the communication initiative for this campaign.
~ Hindustan Times is an Indian Daily Newspaper and Lowe Lintas is a top-notch advertising agency ~
Since almost a month I am seeing their billboards at prominent locations asking people to observe 29 January as No TV Day. Besides outdoor advertising, it was marketed via print and radio on a big scale. They are even planning to take it to a national level soon.
They must have definitely spent valuable crores of rupees on this so-called campaign.
So, Hindustan Times says -
Switch off the TV. Get out and enjoy the city with your families and loved ones. Mumbaites don’t spend enough time with the city, enjoying its many opportunities with their families. The day will help them to go out with their families and enjoy a city as lovely as Mumbai to the fullest.
Reactions on Mumbaites-
What if there is a cricket match on TV? Get out and enjoy? Go where? Travel for a few hours battling the traffic, dust, noise and pollution to go and enjoy somewhere? Even if I want to enjoy in my vicinity, where do I do it… there are just buildings everywhere! As in go to Dhobi Ghat and see the loveliness of Mumbai!
Further according to them – The tagline ‘Switch off TV. Switch on Mumbai.’ says just that – we are a brand that is connected to the city and thinks of its people.
As on date, 83151 people have ‘liked’ their initiative on Facebook. Yes, they’ve had a Page as well.
Did at least a quarter of these follow the No TV Day? Just asking…
The description there reads -
MUMBAI – The city that never sleeps.A city where Mumbaiites are always on the Rush to work, home etc. A city where 24 hours is not enough, where you spend more time with local train commuters than family, where socializing happens on Social media websites, children spend more time cramming in coaching classes and tourist attractions are rarely enjoyed.A city where personal moments with your loved ones are few and far between. A city where compromises made on time spent with near and dear ones is the norm rather than exception. Hence the need for Hindustan times NO TELEVISION DAY on January 29th 2011. Switch off TV, switch on Mumbai. A day where we encourage Mumbaiites to create their own special day. A Day in which you explore and enjoy the sights and pleasures that Mumbai offers like no other city does. Hindustan Times would help you create these special moments by different activities like a helicopter ride over the city, great discounts at restaurants, entertainment activities and more. All the more reason to switch on Mumbai, switch off TV on Hindustan Times no television day-29th January 2011.
Their Mission, as they say is ‘To Create a special day for Mumbaiites to Switch Off TV and enjoy time with near and dear ones exploring the sight and sound of the city called MUMBAI’
Sight and sound of Mumbai! Well I love my city. But at the same time I know what I like and dislike about it. Mumbaites know the best.
They even gave people a couple of suggestion about what to do on this No TV Day.
Did you observe this No TV Day? Or did you just observe that it’s a No TV Day and switched on the TV?
Well, what did PA do on No TV Day? She forgot about it
PA saw re-runs of Hero No.1 and Coolie No.1 on TV and thoroughly enjoyed herself. There is something about Govinda movies… no matter how many times you watch it… you still find something new to laugh upon. This time I concentrated just on the choreography and had a ball of a time.
PA being PA!
January 27, 2011
This episode can be titled in several ways.
#The Story of how HSBC India Customers are treated like shit.
#Deteriorating Customer Service Standards of HSBC – A Review
#Story of how a proud customer lost his/her pride.
#Learn how to chase away loyal customers – by the World’s Local Bank
24 January 2011
I call up HSBC for their Cheque Pickup Facility for Credit Card payments. I call up the number available on their website for this particular service.
Note: The Due Date happens to be 1 February 2011. Ample advance time for them to collect the cheque, deposit it, and send it for clearing.
After getting through their super busy lines, I finally manage to speak to their executive. He asks for my name, last four digits of the credit card, address, landmark, telephone number. And confirms that someone will come the following day i.e. on 25 January 2011 and collect the cheque. I reconfirm if someone will definitely come on the said day. The executive answers in the positive. Absolutely. Hundred per cent, he says.
25 January 2011
I wait for the executive. No one turns up till late noon. I call them up again. After managing to get through their lines, the executive who answers the phone says there might be some technical issue and hence the cheque collection person wouldn’t have been able to come as yet.
Technical! I wonder.
He says that they send the request to the Bank and if the Bank hasn’t sent someone as yet to collect the cheque, there’s little he can do about it.
Send request to the Bank! Little he can do about it! Service Standards! I wonder.
He further takes down all the details ‘yet again’. And says that he is marking my request as ‘urgent’.
By when will your cheque collection person come, I ask.
Definitely tomorrow, he says.
But tomorrow is 26 January – Republic Day… are you guys working tomorrow, I ask.
Hmmm then he will come on 27 January. Definitely. Even, I guess on 26 January he can come. So says the executive.
26 January 2011
Frankly speaking, I didn’t expect the cheque collection executive to turn up. He didn’t turn up, but of course.
27 January 2011
10 a.m. – I try calling them. The automated voice says, ‘The next available executive will attend to you shortly’. I patiently listen to hold music. The music goes on for 18 minutes. Then the line goes blank.
And all I wanted to do was check if the cheque collection officer was turning up or not.
I call again at 11.10 a.m., 11.50 a.m., 12.45 p.m., 1.35 p.m. Each time I am enticed by the hold music for 17 minutes to 20 minutes and then the line gets disconnected.
I am still patient.
I finally manage to get an executive online at around 3 p.m.
This time he only asks for my name. No other details.
I tell him that I have been trying to get through their numbers since morning.
Technical problems, he says.
I ask him as to why the cheque collection executive hasn’t turned up as yet.
Technical problems, he says.
We have forwarded your request to the Bank and if the Bank hasn’t sent anyone as yet we can’t do anything about it.
Am I not talking to the Bank now? Hasn’t my call come to the Bank now?
You are talking to the Bank. Your call has come to the Bank. If he hasn’t come as yet, visit the Branch.
How long do I be patient, I wonder. Now it’s my turn to ask.
If you are unable to provide this service, one, you should have told me about this on 24 January instead of telling me on 27 January. Why commit something you can’t deliver! Why waste the customer’s time. Two, your Bank just has a handful of branches, which in turn causes serious inconvenience. You cannot perennially keep migrating customers from one service window to the other. Three, this is a paid service wherein the customer pays additional costs to avail of this service; it’s not as if the bank is offering this service for free. Can I have some constructive resolution please?
Shut-up, he retorts and disconnects the phone.
Is this what a service-centric organization tells its customers. A loyal customer for the past seven years. A customer who has never defaulted on payments. A customer who has been loyal even when the bank repeatedly, time and again messed up with the bonus points redemption.
S-H-U-T-U-P. Have you ever heard any service-oriented organization telling its customer like this. Have you ever heard any service-oriented organization hanging up on a customer.
There was a time when I could sing paens in praise of this bank. But now…
Appalled. Shocked. Horrified. Aghast. Disgusted. Dismayed.
I called again to complain. The next officer on the phone merely asked my name. No other details. He asked me the name of the person I had spoken to.
Now let me tell you that every time I call, either the executive refuses to part with his name. Or if he does utter his name, it is either Rahul, Amit, Raj or some utterly common name. Even if you insist, they n-e-v-e-r disclose their surname.
I, then ask the executive to check their call records and lodge a complaint against him. Two, status of the cheque collection executive.
We don’t have a mechanism for call records, he says. Let me check. Will let you know in half an hour.
Huh… Okay. But how will you let me know in half an hour. You haven’t yet taken down my phone number at least on this call.
Well… hmmm… hmmm… you give us a call in half an hour and check the status. We’ll try to check who spoke to you.
Note: All the while no apologies were offered.
Customer Services. S-E-R-V-I-C-E. A Word. A mere word lost in translation.
October 19, 2010
We never miss a chance to spot gems, isn’t it! This one is from CNNgo.
40 Mumbai foods we can’t live without : From street food spice bombs to favorite fasting foods and meat dishes fit for a Mughal invader, here are a selection of foods that any true Mumbaiker revels in – By Sanjiv Khamgaonkar
The history of food in Mumbai is closely linked to the growth of this city from fishing village to megapolis. As wave after wave of immigrants from all over the country came with dreams of gold in their eyes, they brought their culinary treasures with them. The result? A smorgasbord of cooking styles and street food that reflects our cosmopolitanism as much as our carbohydrate-fueled work ethic.
Here’s a sampling of 40 must-try foods that define Mumbai’s food culture, with Muslim, Gujarati, Goan, Coastal, South Indian, Parsi and of course local Maharashtran influences.
1. Akuri on toast
Move over scrambled eggs, the Parsi Akuri cometh. Rated as one of the great Parsi dishes, every family has its own special way of making this breakfast meal. Though variations of the ingredients are vociferously debated, Akuri is usually made by scrambling eggs with onions, tomatoes (or even raw mangoes when in season), red chilli powder, green chillies and topped with fresh coriander. Others add milk, jeera (cumin) powder, curry leaves and even ginger and garlic paste.
Try the Akuri on Toast at Jimmy Boy, 11 Bank Street, Vikas Building, Off Horniman Circle, Fort. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2266 2503
2. Baida roti
This one is an interesting envelope. Spiced meat — chicken or minced mutton, even bheja (brain) — and whipped eggs with masala-fied fried onions enveloped in a square shaped dough and pan fried. Though served with sliced onion rings and green chutney, they’re delicious even without accompaniment.
A lot of people swear by the Baida Roti at Bade Mian, Tullock Road, Behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Apollo Bunder, evenings only. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2284 8038
3. Batata vada
Whether it’s for breakfast, teatime, or anytime, one thing is for sure, Mumbaikars can’t live without the Batata Vada bite. This well-liked fast food dumpling is made by mashing boiled potatoes with green chilies, ginger, garlic, lime juice, turmeric, and fresh coriander, then dipped in a besan (gram flour) batter and deep fried. It’s served either with a green chutney or fried green chillies.
Virtually every street corner will have an outstanding Batata Vada seller but it’s hard to beat the ones made at Shrikrishna, near Chabildas High School, Dadar Market.
4. Butter chicken
This ubiquitous dish traces its roots to the days of the Mughals when calorie counting was a thing of the future. This must-order dish when Indian families go out for dinner is made from chunks of chicken, marinated overnight in a yogurt and spice mix that includes ginger garlic paste and lime juice. It is then grilled or pan-fried. An ultra rich sauce made with butter, tomato puree, cumin, garam masalas and fresh cream is then poured over it. Best had with Indian breads like rotis, naan or parathas. Don’t confuse it with chicken tikka masala, which is a story for another day.
While available at every kind of eatery, the butter chicken at Punjab Grill is worth dying for. Level 3, Palladium Mall, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel. Tel: +91 (0) 22 4347 3980
5. The Bombay sandwich
This street side invention is a combination of the most unlikely ingredients. Lavishly buttered white bread and sandwiched between them thin slices of beetroot, boiled potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, onion rings, and mint chutney. Cut into four triangles so that you can handle all the layers without spilling them, you get the most refreshing tangy taste, after each bite. A toasted version steams up the vegetables inside and adds another dimension. Truly, there is no other sandwich quite like it in the world.
Though widely available through out the city, try it at Amar Juice Centre, near Cooper Hospital, opp. Juhu Galli. Or the Mafco Stall outside Worli Dairy on Worli Sea Face.
6. Bheja fry
Bheja, or goat brain, sautéed with tomatoes, onions, turmeric, green chillies, spices and garnished with fresh coriander, is a staple of all those with hardcore carnivorous leanings in the city. Eaten with a roti (Indian bread) or pao, this melt in the mouth dish has a rich Muslim heritage behind it and you often find that one plate is not enough.
Radio Restaurant, 10, Musafir Khana, Palton Road, Tel: +91 (0) 22 2261 7171, serves up a really good Bheja Fry.
7. Bombil fry
Bombil, or Bombay Duck, is a fish (and not a duck) found in plenty in the waters around Mumbai. A fisher folk favourite, Bombils are flattened, then dipped in a spice-filled besan (gram flour) batter and fried. This crunchy-on-the-outside and mushy-soft-on-the-inside fish dish can be eaten on its own as a starter, or as a main course with chapattis.
Gajalee restaurant does a mean Bombil Fry. They have branches at Hanuman Road, Vile Parle (E), Tel: +91 22 26114093. And at Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, Tel: +91 22 2495 0667
8. Brun maska
You may wonder how bread and butter can become such an iconic union. But it’s not merely bread and this is not merely butter. It’s brun or gutli pao — a local bread that is unique to Mumbai — and it’s crisp and hard and crumbly on the outside and soft inside. The Brun is then sliced and lashings of butter are applied lavishly. Some even sprinkle quite a bit of sugar. It is usually accompanied by the sweet Irani chai. Dipping the brun maska in the chai is the only way to eat it.
Available at most Irani restaurants, the Brun Maska at Kyani & Co is historic. 657 Jer Mahal Estate, Opp. Metro Cinema, Dhobi Talao, Tel: +91 (0) 22 2201 1492. Also try it at B Merwan, Opp. Grant Road Station (E), Tel: +91 (0) 22 2309 3321
9. Bhel puri
The most commonly sold chaat on the streets of Mumbai, every bhel walla will have his own matchless blend and a considerable 7pm fan following. While the ingredients — puffed rice, papadi (small crisp deep fried flour puris), sev, onions, potatoes, raw mango and sweet and sour chutney — remain the same, it is the proportions in which they are thrown together on the street side that makes the difference.
Bhel puri is available everywhere. The stalls at Chowpatty and Juhu beaches draw throngs of die-hard fans. But if you want a bhel puri with ambience, try it at Sea Lounge, Taj Mahal Hotel, Apollo Bunder. Tel: +91 (0) 22 6665 3366
10. Chicken mayo roll
Almost every school or college canteen serves it. Most single screen cinema houses showing English movies display it during the interval. Most bakeries will have their version, neatly wrapped in cellophane, at the counter. Some grocery stores in up market areas stock it along with grain and rice. It’s hard to believe that plain boiled chicken doused in sweet-ish mayonnaise with a celery leaf for dressing, all wrapped up in a bread roll can be so popular in a spice loving city. But it is.
One of the creamiest chicken mayo rolls can be had at Paradise, Sindh Chambers, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba, Tel: +91 22 22832874. Or try it at Candies, Mac Ronells, 5A Pali Hill, St. Andrews Road, Bandra (W). Tel: +91 22 26424125
11. Chicken manchurian
Here’s a dish that even the Chinese over on the mainland haven’t heard about. Snigger, snigger. Yet it’s on the menu of the roadside handcart Chinese food hawker and the Chinese restaurant in the fancy five-star hotel. Chicken manchurian, a phrase that has come to be the face of Chinese food in India, is nothing but deep-fried batter-coated chicken cubes in an onion, green chillies, garlic, vinegar and soy sauce gravy. Eaten with rice, it never fails to get a sigh of contentment from those partaking of this gastronomic oddity.
If you want to taste the real thing, try it where it was created, China Garden, Om Chambers, Kemps Corner. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2363 0841
12. Butter garlic crab
It doesn’t trace its roots to Chinese, Continental or Indian cuisines. It comes from Butter Land, an imagined place that thrives on the premise that anything tastes great with melted butter. A delicious, simple dish, a big crab is drowned in tons of butter garlic sauce that seeps into every nook and cranny and coats every morsel of the flesh. Crack open the crab and take a bite. You’ll know immediately that sweet crabmeat and butter with a twist of garlic is a combination made by gods.
The best butter garlic crab can be found at Mumbai’s most famous seafood restaurant. Trishna, Sai Baba Marg, Near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, Fort. Tel: +91 22 22703213
13. Dhoklas and farsaan
These popular snacks are so integral to food loving Gujaratis that no meal is complete without them. And when traveling abroad, they don’t leave home without a little parcel tucked away in their luggage. Dhoklas or ‘khummun’ are made from the fermented batter of chickpeas, steamed and then spiced with chillies and ginger and tempered with mustard seed. Farsan, a broad term for savories encompassing sev and gathiya are crisp deep-fried spiced gram flour creations in pasta like shapes.
Several stores stock these popular snacks. But try them here: Chedda Dry Fruits & Snacks, 41 Ridge Road, Walkeshwar. Tel: +91 22 (0) 2369 9442. Dave Farsan Mart, 10 Babulnath Road, near Chowpatty. Tel: +91 (0) 22 6657 8311. Go-Go Snacks, Bhavan’s College Lane, Chowpatty. Tel: +91 22 (0) 2361 9968.
This adaptation of a Persian dessert was brought to India by the Mughals. A rich drink, Falooda is vermicelli mixed with milk, almonds, pistachios, a bit of rose syrup and the key ingredient — sabza or basil seeds — topped up with two scoops of ice cream. Refreshing, rosy, energizing, it’s a great pick-me-up on a hot day.
Badshah, at 152/156 LT Marg, Opp. Crawford Market. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2342 1943, has a reputation for their falooda.
15. Fish and prawn curry
These two dishes are as old as Mumbai herself (remember, this city started off as a fishing village under various kings and sultanates until the Portuguese and English discovered it in 1534). This coconut-based light curry can be prepared using a variety of fish or prawn. But the most popular curries use surmai (kingfish), pomfret (butter fish), bangda (mackerel) or bombil (Bombay duck). And the only way to truly enjoy it is with par boiled country rice.
For Konkani and Malvani style fish curry go to Sadichha, B-5 Gandhi Nagar, Opp. MIG Club, Bandra (E), Tel: +91 (0) 22 2651 0175. For Karwar style fish curry there’s Fresh Catch, Lt. Kotnis Marg, Near Fire Brigade, Off L J Road, Mahim (W). Tel: +91 (0) 22 2444 8942
Inspired by the Lebanese pita bread wrap and suitably Indianized, the Frankie, or should I say the Tibbs Frankie, has satiated hordes of the hungry in search of a quick lip-smacking snack. Basically, it’s a juicy naan bread with an egg coating and stuffed with mutton or chicken, rolled up and sprinkled with a unique masala that gives it its special flavor. The vegetarian option does not use eggs and the stuffings include paneer or potatoes.
Available all over the city. For a Tibbs Frankie closest to you, call +91 (0) 22 2821 4698
17. Gujarati thaalis
In fast food terms think of this as a large, all-you-can-eat combo platter served on your table in unlimited quantities. Three types of farsan (fried snacky things with a plethora of chutneys). Two kinds of vegetables. Two kinds of lentils. Dal and kadhi (hot and spicy yoghurt based dish). A basket of different rotis and puris (deep fried breads). Two kinds of rice. Two desserts. And mango pulp which the purists pour all over the plate. All this for a modest price. Gasp! A note on Gujarati cuisine: most dishes tend to be on the sweet side and that makes an interesting combination with the spiciness of the food. Mumbaikers either love it or ignore it.
Try Golden Star Thali, 330 Raja Rammohan Roy Road, Opp. Charni Road Station, Girgaum, Tel: +91 (0) 22 2363 1983. Or, Chetana, 34 K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2284 4968
18. Kheema pao
Minced mutton cooked with onions, garlic, tomatoes, chillies and spices takes on many avatars here. In its original form, it is refereed to as plain Kheema. Topped with a crisply fried sunny side up egg, it is called kheema single fry. And scrambled with eggs, it is called ghotala. And all three are best eaten with Mumbai’s signature pao bread bun. Traditionally a breakfast dish, it is now eaten at all times of the day or night.
Try it at Stadium Restaurant, IMC Building, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Tel: +91 (0) 22 2204 6819. Or at Olympia, Rahim Mansion, 1 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba, Tel: +91 (0) 22 2202 1043.
While the kebab per se may not be unique to Mumbai or the region, a few varieties that emerged from the Bohri Muslim community are truly unique. Gurda (kidney) and kaleji (liver) top this list. Charcoal grilled, they go great with freshly sliced onions and a squeeze of lime.
Try it at Ayubs, on the street behind Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, open only in the evenings. The best beef kebabs are to be found at Sarvi, 184/196 Dimtimkar Road, opposite Nagpada Police Station, Byculla (W). Tel: +91 9833 533 305. And for some outstanding north west frontier style Kebabs, go to Peshawari, ITC Grand Maratha, Sahar Road, Andheri (E), Tel: +91 (0) 22 2830 3030
20. Kolhapuri mutton
The hotter the temperature of a city, the hotter the food. And it’s true of this mutton dish that has its roots in Kolhapur, a city in the south of Maharashtra. It comes in two coconut based gravy variations. The nuclear strength version is called Tambda Rassa (a red chili spiced extravaganza). And the milder version is called Pandhara Rassa (yoghurt, cashew nuts and raisin embellished). Both go well with either rotis or rice when you’re in the mood for a feast.
Taste the heat at Purepur Kolhapur, 1, Aditya Apartments, Parleshwar Road, Parleshwar Mandir, Vile Parle (E). Tel: +91 (0) 22 2613 4569
21. Kanda poha
A must-have in Maharashtrian families, you will rarely find a badly made kanda poha dish. This simple, easy to make snack is made with kanda (onions) and poha (flaked rice) mixed with chopped potatoes and green chillies, sometimes even peas. Tempered with mustard seeds and garnished with fresh coriander and a squeeze of lime, it lights up dull days. And cements the many days in a marriage together.
Try it at Aswad, L J Road, Opp. Shiv Sena Bhavan, Dadar (W). Tel: +91 (0) 22 2445 1871
22. Misal pao
Quintessentially from Pune, this rustic dish is made from a mix of curried sprouted lentils, topped with batata (potato) bhaji, poha (rice flakes), chivda, farsan, raw chopped onions and tomato. This hot and spicy dish is eaten with pao bread. To cut the fire, add some yogurt.
A good version can be found at Vinay Health Home, 71/83, Jawahar Mansion, Fanaswadi-Thakurdwar Corner, Girgaum. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2208 1211
A Maharashtrian sweet prepared during the Ganesh festival around August, modak is offered to Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, because it is his favorite sweet. Wheat flour dough kneaded with milk, stuffed with grated coconut and mixed with sugar or jaggery. Shaped like a teardrop and steamed or fried. Typically 21 are made as an auspicious offering to the god and tons more for the rest of the family. It’s a pity that it’s made only once a year and in this region.
Some sweet shops do keep modak during the festival season but it is made of khoya (thickened milk) and is not the real thing. For that, you’ll have to drop into a home that is celebrating the festival.
24. Mutton dhansak
Representative of Parsi cuisine, the mutton dhansak falls in the category of soul food. It is mutton cooked till tender in a lentil dal laden with spices. And it is eaten with browned rice topped with deep fried onions, garnished with mutton kebabs and sprinkled with a crunchy mix of chopped raw onions, raw tomatoes and coriander. And the aftereffects are usually exhibited in a sound afternoon nap.
This rich dish, outside of a home, is best had at Ripon Club, 123A MG Road, Opp. Bombay University, Fountain. Find a member to take you there. Failing which, go to Britannia, Wakefield House, 11 Sprott Road, Ballard Estate. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2261 5264
25. Mutton sukke
Mumbaikers break out into sweat over this Malvani-style mutton dish. Chunks of mutton on the bone marinated in a hot Malvani masala and fried with onions and garlic and red chillies until everything browns and the meat is tender. It can be eaten with chapattis or wadé, rice flour pancakes.
Try it at Jai Hind Lunch Home, 6 Mantri Corner, Gokhale Road South, Dadar. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2431 4256
26. Patra ni machhi
Another top of the line Parsi dish. This is freshly caught pomfret, marinated in a chutney that includes grated coconut, green chillies, fresh coriander and mint leaves, cumin, sugar, lime and salt. It is then wrapped in banana leaf and steamed for about ten minutes. Gently unwrap and consume quietly, close your eyes and savor the flavor of a culinary culture that will fill your senses.
A very good patra ni machhi can be had at Ideal Corner, 12/F/G, Hornby View, Gunbow Street, Fort. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2262 1930. Only available on Saturdays.
27. Pao bhaji
This specialty dish from the by-lanes of Mumbai has mashed steamed mixed vegetables (mainly potatoes, peas, tomatoes, onions and green pepper) cooked in spices and loads of butter. It is eaten with pao, which is shallow fried in even more butter and served with chopped onions. Sometimes cheese and paneer (cottage cheese) are added. People from all over India come to Mumbai to eat pao bhaji.
Though widely available at local restaurants, try the sinful pao bhaji at Sardar, 166A Tardeo Road Junction, Opp. Bus Depot, Tardeo. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2353 0208
28. Prawns koliwada
Contrary to popular belief that this dish originated on the Konkan coast, it is actually a very Mumbai dish and the story goes that it was created in the Sion fishing village, or koliwada, by — and here’s the twist — a north Indian immigrant from Punjab. These deep-fried prawns marinated in a batter of flour, spices and ginger garlic paste can be identified by their signature red color. And they are crunchy yet melt in the mouth. Pick the smaller sized prawns, they taste better.
Try the real thing at Hazara, GTB Nagar, Near the Gurudwara, Sion (W). Tel: +91 (0) 22 2409 2617
29. Nalli nihari
The phrase “breakfast like a king” gets taken to another level when you dig into a plate of Muslim nalli nihari. You could probably fight a war after this power meal made of soft and tender mutton shanks in a rich, greasy gravy filled with marrow and steeped in spices, the flavors exploding with delight. A crisp roti makes for the perfect accompaniment. Can you stomach this for breakfast?
The best Nalli Nihari can be had at Noor Mohammadi, 179 Wazir Building, Abdul Hakim Noor Mohammadi Chowk, Bhendi Bazaar. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2347 6188. Just make sure you reach before noon or you may leave disappointed.
30. Puran poli
A festive dish made by Maharashtrians and Gujaratis especially during Holi (to celebrate the end of the winter season) and Dussehra (to celebrate the triumph of Lord Ram over the demon Raavan). It is made by simmering chana dal (yellow gram) with sugar or jaggery (molasses or gur) till it dries up, and then hand-ground to smoothen it out. Nutmeg and cardamom powders are the flavorings. Palm sized balls of this paste are stuffed into wheat flour dough and rolled out to be roasted on a tawa frying pan with a little ghee (clarified butter). Do add a lot of ghee when you’re eating them, they taste tops then.
Puran polis can be found in some grocery stores but they are a poor mass produced version of the real thing. The real ones can only be found in a Maharashtrian or Gujarati home.
31. Ragda pattice
This twin delight is a combination of ragda, soft spicy rugged flavored chickpeas, and pattice, mashed potatoes shaped into fat patties and fried. The ideal way is to eat it is to crush the ragda with the pattice and pile on the accompaniments — finely chopped onions, tangy tamarind sauce and fiery green chutney. Mash it all up and dig in for the true flavor of Mumbai.
A favorite street food, it is part of the chaat family and is commonly found all over. A good place to try it is Kailash Parbat, Sheela Mahal, 1st Pasta Lane, Colaba. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2284 1972
32. Sabudana vada
For Maharashtrians, sabudana vada is the traditional ‘upvas’ or fasting food and the really hardcore folk fast up to four times a week. And the good news is that the restaurants never fail to oblige with hot crisp sabudana vadas for those who don’t have the time to make it at home. Sago is soaked until it puffs up. Crushed boiled potatoes, green chillies, coriander leaves and salt are kneaded in. They are then fashioned into palm-sized patties and deep fried until they turn crisp and golden. And then one bite leads to another and another.
Sabudana vadas are available at most Udipi hotels and roadside stalls. But try the ones at the R K Studio Canteen, Chembur. They are really special.
It’s best to bite into a hot one, hiding under a street stall during a typical Mumbai monsoon downpour. When you go through the crisp crust, you meet the steaming and savory-with-a-hint-of-sour chunks of spiced potatoes and peas. Lovingly shaped into triangles and deep fried, these calorie busters are worth the one week that you’ll need on the treadmill to work it off. But a samosa can also give you heart at that last leg of your day when transport is not in sight, it’s dark and there’s a long way home.
You can ask for Guru Kripa samosas at many stores across Mumbai. Or go to the original Guru Kripa Hotel, 40, Guru Kripa Building, near SIES College, Sion. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2407 1237
As kids, a sizzler was part of the “growing up in Mumbai” experience. The sight of a sizzler arriving at your table, like an old steam engine, sizzling and steaming and spluttering to a halt in front of you, was an exciting experience. A combination of grilled meats and vegetables served on what looks like a hot chunk of black iron, with a side of mashed potatoes or fries and gravy. Sizzlers come in several vegetarian options too. Long lines at restaurants are a testimony to its enduring popularity.
Give sizzlers a try at places synonymous with the word. Such as Kobe, 13/14 Sukh Sagar, Hughes Road, Opera House. Tel: +91 (0) 22 23632174. Or Yoko, West View, S V Road, near Akbarally’s, Santacruz (W). Tel: +91 (0) 22 2649 2313
35. Sorpatel and vindaloo
These Goan specialties set your taste buds on fire and grandmothers are rumored to pass out feni shots (a strong Goan brew made from palm or cashew nuts) to douse the flames. The sorpatel has all parts of the pig, including its blood, in the recipe. And the vindaloo is made with chunks of fatty pork meat cooked with spices, red chillies and lots of vinegar. Ideally, they are eaten the next day, after having spent the night soaking in all the juices and flavors.
Try sorpatel, vindaloo and other Goan delicacies at City Kitchen, 301 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2261 0002. Or, New Martin Hotel, 11 Glamour House, Strand Cinema Road, Colaba. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2202 9606
36. South Indian ‘meals’
“Meals Ready” is a common sign found outside South Indian restaurants. In front of Udipi hotels, a euphemism for all south Indian cuisine, it means vegetarian meals laid out on a thaali, a stainless steel plate, or on a traditional banana leaf. A couple of vegetables, sambar (spicy and sour lentils and vegetables boiled with masalas and spices), rasam (a hot and fiery lentil soup-like dish) and curds (yoghurt) served with heaps of rice and eaten in that order. A non-vegetarian version of the ‘Meals’ can be found in ‘Military’ hotels.
Try the ‘meals’ at this 68-year-old haven: Rama Nayak’s Udipi Shree Krishna Boarding, bang outside the Matunga (E) station. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2414 2422
37. Zhunka bhakar
This dish has deep roots in the farming and working class communities of interior Maharashtra. Considered the common man’s food, a political decision was made at the highest echelons of government to make it available everywhere. Overnight, thousands of zhunka bhakar stalls opened, none pricing it more than Rs 10. Traditionally, the zhunka is made using chopped onions tempered with mustard seeds and kadipatta leaves mixed with chickpea flour and is dry. It is eaten with jowar (millet) bhakri or roti.
Try the stalls opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (originally called Victoria Terminus) and BMC Headquarters.
38. Varan bhaat
If you wanted to name one truly soul satisfying food of Mumbai city, then this would be it. The simple and truly humble dish is made by lightly tempering cooked-till-soft toor dal (a lentil) with ghee (clarified butter), turmeric and cumin powder. Served over steaming hot rice, or bhaat, it assumes magical, mythical proportions.
A staple in Maharashtrian homes, that’s really where you should be eating it. But do give Diva Maharashtracha a try. T H Kataria Marg, Mahim. Tel: +91 (0) 22 2445 4433.
39. South Indian tiffin (idlis and vadas)
What started as tiffin in British India — a light meal that was had between meals — has become a rage all over the country. And especially in hard working Mumbai. Here you will find a South Indian tiffin available every half a kilometer and at any time of day or night. These steamed (idlis) or fried (vadas) dumplings made with multi-grain lentil batter are best scooped up with coconut chutney or dunked into hot sambar (spicy and sour lentil and vegetable soup, boiled with masalas and spices).
The finest South Indian Tiffin can be found at Madras Café (+91 (0) 22 2401 4419), Anand Bhavan (+91 (0) 22 2401 5745) and Idli House (+91 (0) 22 3246 0111), all located around King’s Circle, Matunga.
40. Vada pao
In the vast fast food world of Mumbai, this is the tastiest “cutlet in a bun” by a mile. And no, it’s not available at McDonald’s. Every Mumbaiker’s favorite on-the-go snack, the vada pao satiates millions every day. And the recipe, hard to duplicate because each stall owner has his own secret ingredient, uses a combination of boiled potatoes mashed with fresh coriander, green chillies, a bit of ginger and sometimes garlic, made into palm-sized balls, dipped in a chickpea flour batter and deep fried till golden. They are stuffed into a pao, which has been applied with a layer of spicy green chutney and a fiery red garlic crush. Tastes best when eaten hot.
It’s a crime to eat vada pao anywhere else but on the street. Try Ashok Satam’s Stall, on the Flora Fountain side of the Central Telegraph Office (CTO), Fort.
So, tell us dear reader, what’s the score? How many of these have you tried? How many of these have you loved? Which of these feature in your list of favorites? Anything else that can be added to the list?
And if that doesn’t suffice, there is also the Mumbai Fine Dining Guide. See below. For pictures and photographs, you may visit their site.
Mumbai’s 10 best new restaurants in 2010 – The only thing we don’t like about these 10 best breaks from dal sabzi is booking in advance
From the hottest table and most coveted seat, to the sexiest starter and most enticing soundtrack, CNNGo replays the year in restaurants, bringing you the best of what’s arrived on Mumbai’s culinary circuit in 2010.
1. KOH by Ian Kittichai, Marine Drive
There are several reasons to take your date to KOH, InterContinental Marine Drive’s sexy new Thai restaurant. It’s all slick black surfaces and plush leather with accents of purple, yellow and blue; you can’t help but start your night at the curved bar that’s right by the entrance; and you get to share sizzling stone rice for two, half cooked at your table over lava stone. Definitely the hottest table in the city.
Manned by Ian Kittichai, celebrity chef with successful projects in New York, Barcelona and Bangkok, dining here feels like a night out at a tony lounge in the Meat Packing District, complete with neon pink lights and metallic ceilings. Add to that impeccable service and food that gets progressively better with every course (Chai Mai soup – rice cakes – green curry – luscious coconut cheesecake), and KOH could easily be one of 2010′s best moments.
InterContinental Marine Drive; tel. +91 (0) 22 3987 9999; http://www.ianchalermkittichai.com
2. Fifty Five East, Santacruz
You should probably wear comfortable shoes to Fifty Five East, the Grand Hyatt’s new restaurant that requires diners to traipse from one “show kitchen” to the next, picking from about a hundred dishes that warrant frequent return trips. Are you being served? Not here.
Bright lights beam through laser cut ceilings and rows of LCD panels will keep you looking alive, as you walk around the 6,500 square foot space decorated by Super Potato, the Japanese interiors firm that did Wink and China House. While the food selection is random — Lebanese, Japanese, Thai, Indian and Western Grills — most dishes are tasty. Charm the chefs at the live counters and you may just be able to take a recipe home.
Grand Hyatt, off Western Express Highway, Santacruz (East); tel. +91 (0) 22 6676 1149, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; http://www.mumbai.grand.hyatt.com
3. Indigo Deli, Lower Parel
Lower Parel’s modern-day mill workers suited up for Indigo Deli’s second outpost when it opened up at Palladium this year. But then, so did shoppers from the mall, mothers lunching with their daughters and loads of solo lunch regulars.
Now, all sets of diners happily co-exist at Malini and Rahul Akerkar’s latest restaurant, making it close to impossible to get a table here without calling ahead. And often even that can’t guarantee you a seat. Dig into bacon and cheese beef burgers at lunch time, console yourself after a tough day with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and buy truffle oil on your way out.
Palladium Mall, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel; tel. +91 (0) 22 2498 6262; http://www.indigodeli.com
4. Two One Two Bar and Grill, Worli
It was a waste of 4,000 square feet of prime Worli space, that unremarkable resto-lounge called Magick, deserted on most nights. It’s lucky that life gave it a second chance, one that resulted in an Italian restaurant where a Milanese chef bakes Camembert, sears tenderloin and tuna to perfection and successful 30-somethings sip on wine and sometimes, mushroom cappuccino soup.
Co-owned by Fire n’ Ice’s Ketan Kadam and three other guys who named Two One Two after the temperature at which water boils, this mid-town eatery is mostly defined by woody interiors, high back chairs, luxurious couches and an additional al fresco section. In a zip code devoid of hip dining options (Copper Chimney is too old-school and Don Giovani shut down), chef Alex Bignotti’s Two One Two is perfect for an interesting ultra urban dining experience.
12 A, Hornby Vellard Estate, on the same road as Nehru Centre, Worli; tel. +91 9920838529 / +91 (0) 22 24901994; Facebook group
5. Pali Village Café, Bandra
It’s hard to pull off crumbly cool decor and a wine-only menu, but the young couple that owns and runs Pali Village Café have done it well. Peeling walls, old fans, foldable, rusty steel chairs, empty cages and paper menus define one of the most popular new restaurants this side of the sealink.
Despite the super slow service and small portions that everyone loves to crib about, here, in the glassed-in courtyard space and along art deco balconies surrounded by green plants and quirky music, Bandra’s creative and Bollywood lot sip on melon Sula sangria and eat wafer-thin pizza and pannacotta to the soundtrack of Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Check your case of the blues in at the door.
Pali Village Café, next to Janata Bar and Restaurant, Pali Naka, Bandra (W); tel. +91 (0) 22 26050401
6. Ziya, Nariman Point
Ziya was among a handful of restaurants that created a big buzz before it launched, and managed to live up to the hype. Housed in the Oberoi Hotel, Ziya is the second new Mumbai restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia. His other is Azok, which also serves contemporary Indian cuisine.
Indian recipes get the royal treatment at this gold and cream hued restaurant. The result? An imaginative menu that relegates staples like black dal and paneer makhani to the accompaniments section, making room for the more twisted and new school uttampam lasagna and tandoori chicken dosa.
A quick and painless (read less expensive) way of doing Ziya is by ordering the express meal which includes soup, fritters, chicken or vegetarian dosa and dessert; at Rs 1,300, it’s a better deal.
Ziya, Oberoi Hotel, Nariman Point; tel. +91 (0) 22 6632 4343; http://www.oberoihotels.com
7. Villa 39, Colaba
In the chaotic Colaba district populated by junk shoppers and bar hoppers, Villa 39 is a great place for the fine diner to fit in.
A vision in creamy white, this Italian restaurant forms a clean canvas for dramatic chandeliers, brightly hued Sangria Romano and flamboyant food. It may not get everything on its ambitious menu right, but try the Terrina di Mozzarella Caprese, Spiedini di Pollo and Gnocchi alla Piemontese.
The bar area is quickly growing into a coveted townie weekend spot where seats are hard to come by.
Amarchand Mansion, 60 Madam Cama Road, Colaba; tel. +91 (0) 22 6657 3939; Facebook group
8. Trilogy, Juhu
Its launch may have seemed over the top — the luxurious red carpet, strict door policy, hand-picked celebrity guests and VIP section with waist-high champagne flutes — but the suburban dancers knew it was reason to celebrate. Finally, a real night club on the north side!
Trilogy is a two-tiered, sea-facing club, bar and lounge housed inside Juhu’s Sea Princess Hotel and is the second production by the Tham brothers, the first being Colaba’s Henry Tham. Mumbaikers will know that means more yum Pan Asian food — get the sushi and batter-fried chicken supported by a range of bright and expensive cocktails served by fedora-wearing bartenders. Also worth checking out: The psychedelic light installation on the ceiling and Trilogy’s smoking room with a view. If you manage to keep from choking, that is.
Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu Tara Road, Santacruz (W); tel. +91 (0) 22 2646 9500
9. Veda, Lower Parel
We snuck into this yet-to-open Indian restaurant at the Palladium to find opulent splashes of color, operatic chandeliers and intricate baroque detailing.
Veda, a New Delhi establishment by fashion couturier Rohit Bal and restaurateur Alok Aggarwal, is all set to launch its first Mumbai outpost next week. The original got listed by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as being among the 100 best restaurants in the world, mostly for the rich Indian bridal kitsch it symbolizes and in the land of Bollywood it could work as well.
If the interiors are anything to go by, it’s capital gains for Mumbai.
S 8, Palladium, Phoenix Mills compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, tel. +91 (0) 22 2490 0055; http://www.vedarestaurants.com
10. Chez Vous, Churchgate
French food in Mumbai! Enough said. Replacing Churchgate’s iconic Sundance Café, Chez Vous will be Mumbai’s first French bistro and will serve authentic cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is a joint collaboration between head chef Cedric Combe, Satyen Melwani and Frederic Fernandez, who thinks that Mumbai is now ready for escargot and more.
Visit this black, white and absinthe green space (spread over 1,342 square feet) for lunch, and you can choose from a prix fixe menu with over 15 rotating dishes, while dinner is a la carte all the way.
Personally, co-owner Fernandez can’t wait to scarf down the avocado and goat cheese appetiser, as well as the crab creole. What excites us most is the extensive wine list, 60 percent of which is exclusive to the restaurant, and he suggests falling in love with Paris Je t’aime — a potent combination of champagne and absinthe. Parfait!
Ground floor, Eros Cinema building, Churchgate; slated to open October 22.
Drool-worthy, isn’t it? Any other Fine Dining favorites that you want to add?