Being one of Mumbai’s corporate hubs, Lower Parel has a mind-boggling amount of restaurants to feed tens of thousands of hungry employees in its many sky rises. Tiny udupi joints, swanky pubs, chain outlets and even restaurants by celeb chefs like Jamie Oliver and Sarah Todd – you’ll find all kinds of restaurants in Lower Parel. Being located conveniently, between SoBo and Bandra, it is a meet-up spot for those in the suburbs and in town.

One would need a lot of time and moolah to properly experience the food in Lower Parel, however, here’s my humble attempt to list down the places I’ve tried.

PRONTO, Kamala Mills Compound

A relaxed, unfussy little place you can head to when you want some good, old-fashioned  pizza! Apart from Lower Parel, they are also located in Bandra and Churchgate. The menu has Italian inspired items- salads, soups and starters, sandwiches, pastas and pizzas along with mains like Pollo Arasto, pan seared kingfish and red thai curry. I tried the BBQ chicken pizza and added corn. (Fact – I don’t like pizza without corn.) Overall, good portions, tasty, value-for money and a quiet, hang-out spot when you don’t want to head to a mall or a CCD.


212 ALL GOOD, Phoenix Mall

Homegrown, organic, pesticide free… 212 All Good is an intriguing cafe that encompasses the essence of healthy eating because, well dieting is passe! The restaurant promotes healthy eating, but they aren’t talking about Chia seed pudding and acai bowls here. I tried the Himalayan Trout with pea mash and sweet potato – subtly seasoned and excellent. I also sampled the lean tenderloin chilli corn carne came with bread that was weirdly crumbly. And the dessert, bread pudding with coconut milk, wasn’t overly sweet so no pangs of guilt! Win! Everything, including their mayo and ketchup is made in house. Do try their version of cola which is caffeine free, made with palm jaggery, sugar caramel and herbs.



After eating at Francesco’s Pizzeria, every other pizza I’ve had has failed in comparison. This tiny little white-washed Italian restaurant at Palladium is QUALITY ALL-THE-WAY! The length of their menu will have you agonizing over what to order, but take my advice and choose the Pollo Bianca and Piri Piri Chicken, the best I’ve tried on the menu so far. Their Nutella Cheescake is fantastic, too! You won’t want to share!

francescos pizzeria

PUNJAB GRILL, Palladium Mall

Order anything here, you won’t regret it! Visit Punjab Grill for top-notch ambience, service and an extraordinary meal. I visited to try out their special winter heirloom menu and was blown away by their Murgh Dalcha Tikka and Tamarind Tandoori Chicken wings. The starters and tikka itself make for a filling meal, but don’t miss out on the biryani and curries. Punjab Grill is a foodie’s delight!


THE ROLLING PIN, Opposite Phoenix Mall

A patisserie and restaurant serving ‘eggless-vegetarian’ fare, you can’t miss TRP’s bright glass façade when you turn in towards Phoenix Mall. The pastry section is definitely the highlight, showcasing whimsical-looking, indulgent pastries. However, if you just came for dessert and not a meal, you will have to stand by the glass cases and eat it, or pay extra to actually sit in the restaurant. Diners can head to the next section, besides the open kitchen for a variety of English breakfast items, Continental fare, pizza, etc – a few hits and misses, here and there. My go-to dish is the panko crusted mushroom stuffed with cheddar cheese. How good does it look!

rolling pin lower parel


Tacos made of theplas, multi grain khichdi, dhokla chaat, red snapper ceviche, rum-infused gulab jamun… everything at the Bombay Canteen is distinctly Bombay-ish, with a cool firang (foreign) twist. The Bombay Canteen is renowned for using local (and often ignored) ingredients, celebrating regional cuisine and richness of palates with the utmost finesse. The ambience is different – a multitude of floral tiles, stained glass accents and brick walls. Even the little details here are nostalgia –inducing, right from the Kismi toffees at the entrance and the menu that looks like those old registers that teachers used to use.  I’ve tried so many dishes here and loved them all – so if you’re in Mumbai and can only eat ONE meal in the city, this is where it should be at.

bombay canteen lower parel

SHEESHA SKY LOUNGE, Raghuvanshi Mills Compound

I first went to Sheesha Sky Lounge when it was barely a month old, on a week night, and with over 40 tables, it still had a waiting list. Here’s all about my wonderful experience at Sheesha Sky Lounge , one that is bookmarked in my memory for the best Nalli Nihari I’ve ever had! The prices at most rooftop restaurants in Lower Parel are hiiiiiigh, so if you’re looking for an affordable one serving delicious Indian food with a side of hookah, here it is.

sheesha sky lounge


One of Mumbai’s finest dessert bars, this is a café in Lower Parel you could go to satisfy serious sweet cravings. I loved the red velvet tub cake, although I felt it was priced far higher than necessary. The snacks are limited, ranging from savoury croissants and quiche to puffs. If you plan a visit, indulge in their cupcakes, waffles, chimney cakes and ‘cutting desserts.’ When I went last week (Feb 2018), the place was uncomfortably hot, so I hope they fix their air-conditioning issues.

elementaria cafe lower parel

That’s all for now! I’ll keep updating the list as and when new places open (and shut). Until then, check out my #TGGFinds – Restaurant Guide to Vasai!

Let me know if you enjoyed this post! Bye!

Anyone who’s been to Bangkok will tell you that it’s a crazy, chaotic place. The metropolitan city packs quite a crowd — 15 million people! So getting anywhere can be challenging. This is especially true during evening rush hour, when hordes of working professionals make their way home — most of them stopping for a quick snack or dinner at one of thousands of food stalls. Because of this, it’s advisable to book your stay in the city center at one of InterContinental Hotels Group properties so you’re never too far from the action.

bangkok street food

Here’s where you can find some of Bangkok’s best street food:


Chinatown isn’t restricted to Chinese food. Hawkers selling all kinds of Asian fast food as well as old-school restaurants and tea and coffee houses stand side by side on Yaowarat Road, which is a place believed to have the best street food in Bangkok. Some hidden gems include Guay Tiew Kua Gai for fried noodles with chicken, Kuay Jab Nai Ek for a peppery soup with rolled noodles and crispy pork belly, Krua Pom Lamai for gravy noodles, and Yi Sheng for coffee. For dessert, don’t miss Khanom Pang Ping for a steamed or toasted bread stuffed with sweet fillings such as coconut custard.

Silom and Sathorn

These two places are very close together, yet Sathorn is often overshadowed by Silom, which is a more prime locality. In Sathorn, the entire length of the road features food served on street tables and tiny restaurants such as Southern Thai Kaho Gaeng Restaurant and Hia Wan Rice Porridge, making it a cheap, tasty alternative to Chinatown. Don’t leave without heading to the Tee Yai Muay Lek Patong Koh cart, which serves piping hot Chinese-style doughnuts.

At SilomSoi 20 serves excellent Thai chicken biryani. Most foodies have heard about Prachak Pet Jang and the famous Chinese-style roast duck, but few know that just across the street, Boonsap Thai Desserts serves up mouth-watering mango sticky rice. Somtum Der is said to serve Bangkok’s best Papaya Salad, but also try the Thai-style ice-kajang, which is a dish that looks intimidating but is mostly air and tastes like bubblegum.

street food in bangkok

Ratchawat Market

Bangkok locals love heading to Ratchawat Market on Nakhon Chaisri Road in Dusit district, where numerous vendors on both sides of the streets serve crowds of hungry patrons all day. If you ever find yourself there, try the Rad Na Mhoo, which is wide rice noodles and pork in a soupy broth. From here, you can see patrons crowding around the entrance of Rawanstar for an outstanding plate of roasted duck and wonton dumplings.

The desserts at Wantana Khanom Thai stall are well-known too, and you can satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade sticky rice and an assortment of toppings ranging from tender coconut flesh to egg custard. Also sample some Khanom Kruk or crispy coconut pancake from the Ratchawat Market. It’s said that the royal family visits the market just for a taste of these!

Feast your way through Bangkok while taking in the sights, sounds, and sensational flavors of its street markets. Asian food will never be the same for you after your visit!

Trying to write about the restaurants in Toronto is akin to writing about all the restaurants in Mumbai – virtually impossible, even in a lifetime. So I’ll leave that to the restaurant-curation folks at Blog TO and tell you about the places I personally visited, during my second trip to Toronto. There’s something for budget travellers and the occasional splurge. Read on!

THE BURGER’S PRIEST (Multiple Locations) – I’ve had my fair share of burgers and I’ll go so far as to say that the Burger’s Priest served the best I’ve ever tasted! The quality of beef is apparent from the first buttery soft bite, and they do maintain that “you won’t find yesterday’s beef in today’s burgers.” From there on, every aspect of the mouth-watering burger is divine – onions caramelized to perfection, pillowy buns, gooey cheese, crispy fries on the side… Perfect! Definitely an upgrade from the striped-down burgers in many other fast food joints. I was amused to see the burgers sport biblical-sounding names like The Vatican, The High Priest and The Red Sea.

Cost – CAD 5.99 – CAD  14 for one

burgers priest

BOODLE FIGHT (Pape) – Boodle Fight in downtown Toronto served the 5 of us in the traditional style practiced in the Filipino army – on banana leaves, to be eaten by hand. We picked two boodle fight meals which served four, and came with a pile of rice spanning the length of the table. The owner-server then arranged a variety of seafood that almost covered up the rice. Squids, huge prawns, 2 types of fried fish, clams, octopus and more – all plainly seasoned with salt. Some raw carrots, grilled eggplant, a slice of grapefruit and pork belly skewers, the only item that had sticky-sweet sauce brushed on, also featured on the banana leaf. Go if you like trying out new things.

Cost – CAD 10 – CAD 15 for one

boodle fight

EL LOCAL LOCO (Church Street)It’s hard to not love this place! Energetic and trendy with colour-splashed murals on the wall, a variety of seating options, friendly staff and a short, sweet menu! We ordered nachos with guacamole (delicious!!) and the nacho bowl was refilled when we were done. For mains, we went with the fried fish tacos with avocado, coleslaw, cream and lime – which was lip-smacking!  Carnitas – Pork shoulder with salsa verde, fried beans and pickled carrots, was great too, but not as amazing as the fish tacos.

Cost – CAD 20-25 without alcohol for one

el local loco

CANYON CREEK CHOPHOUSE (Multiple Locations) – A great blend of casual dining meets elegance. This is one of those restaurants that lists only 8-10 items under every section but focuses on flawless execution with subtle twists. Being a ‘chophouse,’ you should try their top grade meaty items – prime rib, lamb rack, pork loin, steak, and fresh seafood. They’re also known for their selection of wine by the glass as well as cocktails. I opted for the ‘meal’ menu where one can choose a soup/salad, one of three mains and one of two desserts which, cost-wise, is equal to one main dish on the regular menu.

Cost – CAD 30-50 without alcohol for one

chophouse chipotle sirloin steak

CHEF’S ASSEMBLY (Richmond Street)– I visited Chef’s Assembly before it fully launched, so I didn’t get the whole experience, but that glimpse was enough to make me want to return. It’s a chance to sample global cuisine from 17 of Toronto’s top chefs under one roof, without having to go to high-end restaurants. Walk around browsing through the menus at different stalls and take your food over to the trendy, spacious seating area where you can maybe get yourself a glass of wine, too! This makes a great space for entrepreneurs to work and have meetings, especially since they have free wi-fi.

P.S. I tried the Love Chix counter – their burger was super crispy and the brussel sprouts was cheesy, salty and fried (deliciously unhealthy!)

Cost – Varied, but only card payments allowed.

chefs assembly

OSMOW’S (Multiple Locations)Osmow’s serves delicious middle eastern and Mediterranean food that’s popular among the young folks. Funky names like chicken on the rocks, chicken on the sticks (de-constructed shawarma), fatoush, tabouleh, souvlaki plates and more feature on the menu. Generous portions and quite tasty when you dine in as opposed to take-out.

Cost – Approx CAD 15 per person for one

PANDA EXPRESS (Multiple Locations)– I’ve got to admit, I loved Panda Express probably more than I should have, given that I’m not really a fast-food junkie. It’s probably not the healthiest, but oh man, it’s sooo goood! Take your pick of two-three items from the display. Mandarin beef, panko fried shrimp, sweet and sour pork, kung pao chicken, dumplings, rice and noodles and so much more that you’re spoiled for choice.

Cost – CAD 6 – 12 for one

panda express

DENNY’S (Multiple Locations)– Another chain restaurant worth mentioning because who doesn’t love all-day breakfasts! Pancakes, eggs your way, bacon, sausages, hash browns, milkshakes! Sadly, no pictures here because the food wasn’t photograph material.

Cost – CAD 6 – 12 for one

PAI (Duncan Street) – If you’re heading here for dinner, make reservations. When I went, there was a waiting list for the waiting list! We came back a few days later for lunch and had the most amazing Thai food in a setting that had a dope hipster vibe. Loved the earthy wooden accents and twinkling lights, and while my Pad Thai was delicious, I wouldn’t call it authentic as it lacked the citrusy, savoury, nutty flavour. A good rendition, nonetheless!

Cost – Approx CAD 20 for one

pai thai

LANGDON HALL COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL (Cambridge)This isn’t the kind of restaurant one goes to every weekend. The high-end, fine dining restaurant in Cambridge, has been awarded the prestigious five diamond award, making it one of the Top 50 in Ontario. Expert chefs create the most beautiful dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients, skill and molecular gastronomy to wow the palate. More on my experience here.

Cost – CAD – 150 +


CAPTAIN’S BOIL (Multiple Locations) – Order seafood by the half-kilo, in one of the four sauce options which comes boiled and served in giant plastic bags. You empty the contents straight on the table (no plates!) and dig in with your bare (actually, plastic gloved) hands. Sounds gross? It is! It’s one of those places you could love or hate, but the food, no doubt, is delicious – especially the crab! I like my seafood hot and it was sort of lukewarm when it arrived. Service could be improved.

Cost – CAD 50-60 for two

CHAKO (Multiple Locations)One of the best restaurants I visited on my trip to Canada was Chako, a large Asian eatery that allows diners to grill ALL the meat and veggies they can eat. The beef and pork marinade was divine and the experience of grilling on your table-top burner over drinks and conversations make for a fun evening. Since everything is so finely sliced, you only have to watch them brown and char for a minute before devouring the smoky meat. They also serve sushi which was nothing to write home about.

Cost – CAD 20-30 for one

chako toronto

HEART SUSHI (Heartland) – This modern-looking, all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant has a smart iPad system of ordering so you can order throughout the evening without having to flag down a server. Go here for the sushi and sashimi, however, try as much as possible because everything is pretty darn good. The soup, dimsum, teppenyaki, tempura, fried rice, stir-frys, spring rolls and omg! – The fried banana with ice cream is dope!

Cost –CAD 20-30 for one

heart sushi heartland

SWEET JESUS (Multiple Locations) – I was pretty excited on seeing the Sweet Jesus Instagram page, but on visiting, felt it was a tad overrated. I have to wonder if perhaps that’s where the appeal lies – in Instagram-worthy toppings on a traditional soft serve. Red velvet crumbs, toffee bits, crumbled cookies, cotton candy, custard and dozens more, slathered over ice cream in cups or cones feature alongside churros and coffees on the menu.

Cost – CAD 4 – 10 for one

sweet jesus

PARAMOUNT FINE FOODS (Multiple Locations) – Healthy, fresh, halal Middle Eastern Food in Toronto. I first had their freakin’- huge shawarma in 2015 and still craved the taste 2.5 years later. The shawarma is wrapped in fresh, airy wood-fired pita which makes all the difference. The pita paired with hummus and tabbouleh, it is a match made in heaven!  I’ve never had space for dessert after a meal here.

Cost – CAD 6-20 for one

paramount fine food

ARKADY BISTRO CAFE (Mississauga) – From the food, to the people and music to the news playing on TV, it’s all Polish! There’s a wide choice of healthy, wholesome food to choose from and the portions are huge enough to share. Lamb shanks, ribs, Polish schnitzel, fish, salads, buckwheat and simple veggies make up the most part of the menu. The dessert selection as well as desserts themselves are large but you won’t feel guilty for over-eating here, that’s for sure!

Cost – CAD 30 for two

arkady bistro cafe toronto

That’s a wrap! Have you visited any great restaurants in Toronto? Comment below, and I’ll add them to the bucket list for my next trip.

With over 200 restaurants in Candolim alone, the big vacation dilemma if you’re staying in that part of the state is deciding where to eat. Roadside shacks, fine dining spots overlooking the beach and everything in between serve up fare to please any palate.

Rather than relying on the contradictory opinions on review sites, I’ve listed down the restaurants in Candolim I’ve personally tried with good, bad and ugly opinions. As always, I’ll keep updating it when I try out new places, remove ones that have shut down and update the reviews of existing ones depending on whether the experience is better or worse than before.


Perfect for date night, Tuscany Gardens is a romantic restaurant where you can dine under the stars. The twinkling lights, hanging lanterns, candles on the table and overhead vines contribute to building an ambience that fits into a novel.  Tuscany Garden prides itself on delicious, hearty Italian fare and are reasonably priced for the massive portions they serve. I tried the cabonara and pesto pasta with chicken – both impeccable! Next time, I’m going for the pizza!

Cost for 2 – Rs. 1000/-

tuscany gardens candolim goa

tuscany gardens goa

GUSTO – This half-Mediterranean, half-Kashmiri restaurant just off the Candolim main road is a must-visit. Their dishes are beautifully presented and pack a punch in terms of flavour. I loved the darling couple who run the quiet outdoor restaurant and I bet that once you go here, you’ll want to keep visiting. Read my detailed blog post here.

Cost for 2 – Rs. 1500/-

gusto candolim mushroom pesto kebab
ARTHUR’S THEME – I’d heard about Arthur’s Theme for the longest time, but never managed to visit until quiet recently. Located in the Acacia Hotel property, I was wowed by the detailed and vintage-chic interiors in pastel shades. Arthur’s Theme boasts of a vast drinks menu but that’s not all there is to say about it – every item on the menu is named after mytholical and historical characters. Karl II, Atlas, Cleopatra, Caesar and Helen of Troy all feature in this medieval menu. Queen Marchell is a definite must try – luscious broiled mushrooms stuffed with cottage cheese and herbs. I loved everything I ate!

Cost for 2 – Rs. 1100/-

arthurs theme goa

arthurs theme candolim goa
TIO TILLY- I’ve already blogged in detail about Tio Tilly here, but it is worth mentioning again. This sunny little place serves up epic pizzas and burgers and their butter basic prawns are to-die-for!! When I visited, their dessert menu wasn’t in place yet, but hopefully it will be when you go!

Cost for 2 – Rs. 1000/-

CAFÉ CHOCOLATTI – If you’re idea of heaven is sitting in a lush green  garden, nibbling on brownies, scones and pancakes, this is the place for you! Nestled within a high walled garden with tropical plants and a lawn, Café Chocolatti is right on the main road yet has a secluded feel.  They serve up some epic breakfasts and desserts but is a great place to go for a quick catch-up over coffee and snacks.  Everything is made fresh, in house!

PRICE FOR 2 – RS. 1000/-

cafe chocolatti goa

DE CANDOLIM DECK – To tell you the truth, I entered this restaurant because it looked brighter and was less crowded than the ones beside it. While it has a lot of negative reviews online, I’ll be fair and say that what I tried wasn’t completely terrible! In fact, the Chorizo Chilly Fry was great! The Vindaloo, however, was a far cry from Vindaloo. Would I visit again?  Not if I had a choice. And definitely not if they’re playing that terrible Bollywood music that its neighbours are!

COST FOR 2- Rs. 1300

de candolim deck

Got any places you think I should try? Have you dined at these places before? I want to hear it all, so comment below and let me know!

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I’ve always believed that India’s real riches are the diversity of food it offers – food that’s as multi-flavoured as the country itself.

Outsiders may generalize Indian food to be just about curry, whereas even in India itself, we write off North Indian food as butter-chicken-naan and south Indian food as dosa-idli-sambar. But food in India is more than a means to satiate hunger, it is the way to an Indian’s heart. Any Indian!

At the Marriott Goa, the kitchens are abuzz everyday from the 14th till the 20th of August 2017 to bring these different flavours, tastes and associated emotions to life! With one day dedicated to the cuisine of one region, they’re dishing up the most elaborate spread of regional cuisine under one roof! It helps that the team of chefs hails from all parts of the country, and on the day I visited, I had the richest, most decadent cuisine of all – Punjabi!!

Head Chef Pawan Chennam greeted me and introduced me to Chef Gurneet – the man behind the dinner for the day. Punjabi food is luxury, in every sense of the word and the spread of food from salads to mains and even desserts was jaw-dropping! They even went so far as to bring the vibrant madness of Punjab’s streets to the hotel, with carts selling chaat, corn on the cob, golas and chole kulchas!


Until now, I had only visited JW Marriott properties. JW Marriott is a tier higher than the regular Marriott brand that recently took over Starwood Hotels. The difference in ambiance was apparent right away. The quiet, luxurious interiors in earthy and gold tones I was used to in Mumbai’s JW properties was absent and in it’s place, loud coloured furniture in red and green. There was a lot of red and blue neon lighting which was a bit jarring at first.

marriott interiors restaurant

The decor had a ‘Punjabi dhaba’ theme that was carried through in the truck/cart styled set up and huuuge utensils of biryanis that I’ve only seen before in videos of the langar (communal meal) at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. On the other hand, the desserts were daintily placed on hanging swings.

marriott interiors

culinary journey of india marriott goa

Given the fact that the theme of the restaurant would be changed every single day in keeping with the region, the level of attention given to decor was impressive! Overall, the ambiance was super casual and noisy, more like a pub on a Saturday night, minus the music.

marriott food festival interiors

marriott punjab food


This was one place where I felt that everyone, from the staff to the chefs, were genuinely happy to be there, doing their jobs and giving more to it than was expected of them. The service was extremely warm and welcoming! They kept checking up on us, suggesting and bringing the next course from the buffet which was a few feet away – right to the table. I was quite surprised to find out that most of them already follow me on Instagram!


Like I mentioned earlier, I was glad to have made it for the Punjabi feast! I’m sure the cuisines of other states would have been equally fantastic, but Punjab is a state you can eat your way through. Dollops of ghee, cream and butter, soft, tender meat, rich spices, deep flavours and indulgent sweets – all of it makes for a hearty meal!

Here’s a fraction of the spread during the Culinary Journey of India food festival at Marriott, Goa

buffet marriott goa

gurneet dhaba marriott goa

Never seen a spread of pickles like this before!

pickles marriot goa

salads marriott goa

Coming to the food I actually sampled, Marriott once again leaves me torn when it comes to choosing my favouirte dish. Every time I thought I had found it, the next dish outdid the last.

We started off with Chole Kulcha, a quintessential street food item that I’ve never tried before, simply because I always run straight towards the Chole Bhature. It was a meal in itself! Masaledaar chickpeas mounted on a soft, flour bread called kulcha, garnished with onions, tomatoes and a squeeze of lime. For those who love spicy food, this is as good as it gets!

chole kulcha marriott goa

Melt-in-your-mouth galouti kebabs from the Awadhi table followed! What distinguishes this one among other kebabs is that the tenderized minced meat and mild spices are formed into patties and roasted on the tava. My favourite kebabs are Malai chicken – so heavenly!!

galouti kebab

Mahi Amritsari followed. You can tell how crispy that batter is by just looking at it, right? Inside was still piping hot and flaky Mahi fish. Love these bite-sized snacks!

atter fried fish marriott goa

What is a Punjabi meal without Dal Makhani and Naan! Rich, satisfying and so creamy, this delicious mixed lentil dal left me floored and I couldn’t get enough of that naan either!

dal makhani marriott

We tried capturing the steam on camera as we opened the flour casing over this Mutton Dum Biryani and some of you may have caught it on my Instagram stories too! Set in deep silver cauldrons, the mildly cooked mutton is added to the fragrant rice and thereafter fused together. This biryani was low on spice, light on the stomach and makes you want to keep eating it!

dum biryani mutton

My favourite dish was the Rara Ghost! If you ever go to Marriott Goa, ask them to make it for you! It tastes like ROYALTY.. seriously!! It was so good that I tried ordering Rara Ghost at 4 other places during my visit to Goa but none of them came remotely close to this one. The lighter curry in the picture is Dhaba-kukkad or to translate literally, chicken from a restaurant/stall by the highway. Pair it with that flaky Lacchha paratha, and you’ll be on Cloud 9!

rara ghost dhaba kukkad

I’m not a huge fan of kadhi (yoghurt based curry with besan doughballs) so I just nibbled this dish. While the ever-popular rajma-chawal was good, I was too star-struck with the previous courses to pay much attention to it.

kadhi pakoda

*clears throat and points below*

gajar ka halwa

How amaaaazing does that Gajar Ka Halwa look! It had a divine taste and texture of milk, carrots and nuts cooked for hours, and wasn’t dripping with ghee. The dessert spread was actually pretty vast and featured all kinds of cakes (even a gajar ka halwa cake), but I took the traditional route and tried some pinni laddo too! Pinni Laddoo is a traditional sweet eaten during winter and is made of flour, khoya, sugar and nuts. Those who don’t like very sweet desserts would enjoy this one!
pirni laddoo

Last up, Chef Gurneet got me a gola!! Wheee!

Look at that happy face after all that decadent food! Little things like these make my day!


That brings me to the end of ‘Punjabi Food Day’ at the Culinary Journey of India Food Festival! One of the chefs generously asked me to visit everyday to sample every cuisine – and as much as I’d have loved to, I got to keep the waistline in check 😛

I however LOVED the concept of the food festival and it is one that will open your mind along with your taste buds. You will experience a burst of taste as you travel from one corner of the country to another with Marriott Goa. There are 2 days to go, so make your way down to Bambolim soon!

Let me know your fave Punjabi dishes in the comments below and keep in touch on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Bye!

P.S. I know the pictures aren’t the best, but I did what I could given the lighting situation. <3

P.S. My meal was sponsored, however, views, as always, are my own

The Rajasthani Food Festival is underway at Grand Hyatt, Goa and ends on the 16th of August. It was my first time visiting the property, which is funny, considering I’m sampling the fare at Grand Hyatt Mumbai every second weekend! I was lucky to have made it to the bloggers table during this visit home and not only sample some decadent Rajasthani food, but also catch up for the first time with some other Goan food bloggers I’ve been interacting with in cyberspace.

grand hyatt goa rajasthani food festival

The Indian restaurant, Chulha was decorated keeping in mind the Rajasthani theme, with standing umbrellas and decorative fans made of colourful fabric. Little dolls dressed in bandhini + mirrorwork sarees hung everywhere and there were dozens of flower streamers for added ethnicity.

We sampled on some vegetarian and non-vegetarian starters. I loved both the chicken starters, with a slight bias towards the Banjara Murgh Tikka, having a rich cashew base with a little crunch.

banjara murgh tikka

Although, how delicious does this one look!

chicken tikka hyatt

Bikaneri wadi aur subz ke seekh were looked cute and I couldn’t help but notice how consistent they all appeared. They were melt-in-the-mouth goooood!

shammi kebab

As we relished the starters, the mixologist gave us a live demo as he prepared our cocktails, explaining to us why he paired ingredients together and the inspiration behind them. Since the upper class folks of the Mewar region of Rajasthan enjoyed their whiskey, the Royal Mewar cocktail was made keeping that in mind. It was strange to see cardamom paired with whiskey in this cocktail, but those who tried it, absolutely loved it!

grand hyatt goa cocktails

I was torn between ordering lassi and a ramgarh milkshake and ultimately chose the Rose Milkshake. I’m glad I did because the Hing and Chilli Paneer Tikka proved too fiery for my tastebuds and a fragrant milkshake was the perfect antidote!

hing aur mirch ke paneer tikka

pithod ke tikka

All the Rajasthani classics featured in the main course of the menu and it was indeed fit for a Maharaja! In order to let us sample everything on the menu in small portions, the chef smartly presented it to us in the traditional thali.

We learned that though 75% of Rajasthais are vegetarian, the non-veg food is so legendary that those who eat it, devour it!

One such crowd favourite is Laal Maas (or red meat) – bright red hot gravy made with red chillies and mutton pieces. It was no-doubt, one of my favourites on the menu.

Another dish that had everyone singing its praises was the Maans ka Soweta – lamb chunks cooked in Indian spices, corn kernals, capsicum, red chillies and spices. The meat was so tender and well flavoured that we could tell it had been marinated for a long time! The gravy was amazing and thick too!

rajasthan food festival hyatt goa

What Chole Bhature is to Punjab, Dal Bati Churma is to Rajasthan – a classic with a history that’s as extraordinary as its taste. I loved this quintessential three-in-one-treat with baked bhaati/little dough balls in a spoonful of ghee, spiced dal and sweet, crumbly churma – it’s as fun to eat as it is to mix up!

Other things on the menu that featured in our thali included Ker Sangria (wild beans and local berries in mustard oil), Papad Methi Aloo Mangodi (potato, papad, fenugreek, dry lentil dumplings), Rajasthani Dal Dhokli (mixed lentils, chickpea flour and hing) and jodhpuri kabuli (saffron basmati rice with spices).

Desserts – the section to which my eyes are instantly drawn held only two items, to my disappointment. The Malpua, a deep fried pancake made of khoya and soaked in sugar syrup, served with rabdi, a condensed milk based dish is too delicious for words! I love mine slightly crispy, like the ones they have at Bhindi Bazaar and Mohammad Ali Road in Mumbai.

malpua and rabdi hyatt goa

We were also given a serving of badam ka sheera (a semolina based sticky dish with almonds) that was literally swimming in ghee! While ghee is an essential part of Rajasthani food, it was too rich for me to handle and I couldn’t eat more than a spoonful. I’d have loved to see some more desserts on the menu though – perhaps jalebi, dilkushar or rabri ghevar? Ooooh!!

Make your way down to Grand Hyatt Goa for a taste of Rajasthani Cuisine! We don’t really have restaurants in Goa that serve up authentic regional fare, and if you don’t plan on travelling to Rajasthan anytime soon, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a culinary trip there instead.

There’s a lot more of my Goa adventures to share with you guys! And God, so much food!

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How did I land up in this part of the world, you ask? Well, why not! If you’ve ever googled about restaurants in Vasai or cafes to visit in Vasai, you’ll find Google giving you a blank stare. So I decided to list down the options for those looking to grab a bite in this part of town. Apart from McDonalds, Dominos and Balaji, here’s where you can head:

Vasai East

East Side Café – Finding a proper sit-down gourmet restaurant in Vasai East is no easy task. Among the very few options available, this one is my personal favourite. This tiny restaurant has polished interiors and is a great place to grab a late night coffee (until 11 pm). The menu is limited but carefully curated and no dish you order will ever let you down. I tried the mocktails too and they were absolutely delicious. The drinks are crafted by the owner/manager himself, and with his background in the F&B industry, he takes it upon himself to make it perfectly!

Mad Over Fish – My joy at seeing a seafood restaurant in this part of town knew no bounds! Well, you know what they say about high expectations.. they always disappoint, just like Mad Over Fish did. The restaurant has a lovely, earthy ambiance but the food is pathetic and alcohol, highly priced. I ordered Goan prawn pulao – which, if you have eaten Goan food, know is nothing like this wet, gravy-topped, masala-rice dish in the image below. Goan fish curry, a dish supposed to be having a rich coconut base, had no coconut at all and the spice brought tears to my eyes. I’ve had better Koliwada prawns at the Koli festival in Juhu, cooked in an open stall. These prawns were hard, not too fresh, cooked in cheap oil and tasteless. You’ll have to fish for seafood dishes on the Mad Over Fish menu since they are pretty limited. If you do happen to go, I’d advise choosing off their Indo-Chinese menu – can’t go wrong with that!

mad over fish

Relish – Your go-to option when you’re home and don’t want to cook! Relish is your neighbourhood, no-frills-but-delicious food joint serving a mix of Indian food like butter chicken/kadhai paneer/dal makhni and naan, biryanis, pav bhaji and Indo-chinese staples like fried rice and Manchurian etc. Good food and value-for-money.

Hangout Cafe – From light bites like nachos and bruschetta to sandwiches, wraps, burgers, pizzas and pastas. Hangout Cafe is a fairly small eatery offering a wide variety of affordable continental fare. I only tried the Pizza which was decent for the price. It was loaded with toppings but I wish the base wasn’t so biscuit-like.

hangout vasai east

Vasai West

Pizzeria Fried Chicken (PFC) – Go here for the Twister Potato! Once you eat it, you’ll want to keep visiting the place every day, but it is a gamble since it is unavailable half the time! PFC is a small air conditioned restaurant with a huge, huuuge menu! Indo-chinese food, snacks, milkshakes and sandwiches feature on the menu. Skip the coffee – it’s terrible, but do try the bucket of chicken which has 10 pieces of super crispy pieces!

The Social Brew – “Eat here, or we’ll both starve” is the board that welcomes you as you enter The Social Brew. These folks really do have a sense of humour and besides serving up great food, they offer a good time too! Quirky seating options, a rack full of comics and books and the current playlist ensure you spend a decent amount of time at the restaurant. I happened to go there to satisfy a nacho craving and plan to go back to try the pizzas and pancakes!

Junkyard – While Junkyard is easy on the wallet, I wasn’t impressed by the food at all. The pasta sauce had a very glue-like texture, the pizzas were deep dish and hard, and their mocktails tasted worse than medicine. Definitely not going back until there’s a quality upgrade.

Papa’s Cafe – It’s hard to ignore Papa’s Cafe with their sunny yellow facade and glass windows through which you can see every table full, all the time! With a limited menu of flat bread, ciabatta, fries, pasta and dessert, everything here is in the range of 80-150, making it a popular hangout among college kids. The sriracha fried chicken ciabatta was exceptional and the piri piri fries were decent (although could have used some more sauce.) The desserts were a let down, with the red velvet item being served in a jar, looking like gloop and having chunks of chocolate inside, while the baked New York cheesecake had such a soggy base.

papas cafe vasai

papas cafe vasai

Frankie Corner – While the shawarma here is better than that at many other outlets, it can be a gamble going there. Sometimes, they run out of chicken at 8:30 PM, and at other times, they’re happily serving up roll after roll an hour later. You’ll find a lot of quick eats here such as the chicken cheese pav, chicken tikka and the like as well as cold coffee. The price is super reasonable and you won’t mind heading here for a quick evening snack.

frankie corner vasai west

Merwans – It takes every ounce of strength I have to not go into Merwans every time I pass by and to stuff myself silly with those delicious, flaky chicken patties! OMG, so good! Merwans is a cake shop that has numerous outlets across the city and is a good, super affordable place to stop for snacks. The patties are Rs. 14 and the subs and croissants aren’t much higher. Try the almond croissant and lemon pastry – you’ll love it!


Neopolitana Pizza – Neopolitana Pizza has a trendy set-up that’s hard to miss. They’ve got great music and is always buzzing with patrons. The menu has something for everyone, but the confused staff always mix up my orders and affably correct them. They have an all-you-can-eat buffet but the pizzas are nothing to complain about either.

neopolitana pizza

Andy’s – I really don’t know what to say about this place. I mean, it’s alright-ish. You’ll find minimal decor and most McDonald-style offerings here – burgers, nuggets, fries, coke, garlic bread, but I’d pick McDonalds over it because no one can beat their fries.

andys vasai

Pedal Power – This is SUCH a darling place and my new favourite in Vasai. The decor features various cycle paintings through the ages, there are cycles mounted up on brick walls, even the area where one would sit on high stools have a handlebar and pedals. The music is amazing, the menu is great and the decor makes you all happy! I tried the buttermilk fried chicken which was delicious however the home made nachos had an overdose of toppings on the top and absolutely nothing below. It would have done well with molten cheese instead of a layer of mozarella stuck together.

cycle cafe vasai

That’s about all for now! There’s still a lot more to explore, and I’ll keep updating this post with more places to eat at in Vasai as and when I try out the latest.

Got any tips on restaurants to visit in Vasai? Comment below!

See you soon!

No matter how good a home-cook you are, I can bet that you’ve wondered why your food doesn’t turn out to be “restaurant quality.” Of course, professional chefs have the training, tools and skills required – but what about the ingredients? Do they have an edge on ingredients too?

food innovation story bloggers meet Food Service India is a part of the VKL group – a company that started out as spice traders in Kerala and now brings state-of-the-art products to all segments of the food industry through integrated ingredient solutions. The products have been conceptualized and perfected by chefs who understand the world behind restaurant kitchen doors and are aimed the HORECA (hotels, restaurants, caterers) industry.

I was invited to understand how restaurant-quality food manages to give us the “OMG SO GOOD” feels time after time, with a behind-the-scenes lunch for 5 bloggers in Mumbai!

food service india office

Like on-the-job counselors, chefs in the Food Service India kitchen sit with restaurants chefs to discuss the best ways to undertake a menu expansion, revamp or even to build an entirely new menu. They offer demos and assist their counterparts in the F&B industry in conceptualizing dishes using the products offered by the company.

Food Service India has 5 brands with a massive array of products and launch new ones every month! These are Springburst (seasoning with no MSG added, mixes and broth), Chef’s Art (herb sprinklers, chicken glaze and marinade, pizza and pasta dough and masalas), Sunbay (gravy bases), Marimbula (fruit syrups) and Spicefield (spice powders, masalas, and seeds). Never heard of them? Me neither!

food service india products

I had the opportunity to taste at least 6 mocktails and indulge in a 5 course meal made by the team at Food Service India and I can’t express how blown away I was with what was served.

Like all FSIPL’s labels, I’d never heard of Marimbula. But the brand is the secret behind the exceptional cocktails and mocktails we’ve had at restaurants and pubs around the country. Marimbula offers a diverse range of Indian and international gourmet syrups – over 50 of them – all handpicked by mixologists and blended to perfection with 30% fruit concentrate. These syrups are the reason behind consistently flavoured drinks.

marim bula

Think about it – if you’ve ever ordered a watermelon cooler twice at the same restaurant, it wouldn’t be identical. Watermelons differ – some are sweeter than others and they all have varying water content. Using a syrup eliminates the inconsistency and delivers a taste that you’d never guess wasn’t a 100% real watermelon. I tried two non alcoholic sangrias (I know… how can a sangria be non alcoholic when it’s essentially only wine?) Well, this one was. Just 20 ml of Marimbula, some juice and other ingredients were used to create it. The taste – the smell – everything was EXACTLY like real wine. Only, without the buzz!

marim bula red wine sangria

marim bula white wine sangria

marim bula saffron and mango

The flavours range from paan to orange, saffron to coconut fudge, tamarind to white chocolate, vanilla to salted caramel, pomegranate, peach, mojito mint, roasted hazelnut, banana, black forest.. the list is simply endless! And each one is better than the next! This refreshing drink was the Berry Tea Cooler.

Sachin, the mixologist demonstrated how bartenders use syrups to whip up mocktails and every time a new mocktail was ready, we couldn’t believe how amazing it was. Trust me, I’ve had more than my share of Virgin Pina Coladas and NONE of them beat or will top the one I had at the Food Service India demo bar.

marim bula pina colada

I have to tell you about their paan syrup! I absolutely hate paan. The smell is an absolute put-off. When Sachin the mixologist made us a paan mocktail, I did put my disgust aside and sipped it! I was glad I did because it was beautifully fragrant without being overpowering and tasted absolutely divine! I was a little disappointed that we all had merely a sip, but drinking so many mocktails entirely wasn’t really practical.

marim bula paan

sachin FSI mixologist

Coming to the food, the FSIPL chefs brought out dish after dish and explained to us the products that went into it. The kathi roll was made using their tomato-onion paste and masalas, and the fries had been sprinkled over with Piri Piri seasoning. I was amazed to learn how simple it was! And how delicious!

food service india spices

Here’s the fried chicken! All the chef did was marinate the chicken overnight. But for that delicious crispy batter we all love, it was their packaged flour and Cajun breaded mix. Simply dip the chicken in the flour, dust it, dip in cold water, repeat and fry. He did it in 5 minutes and the dish looked like he’d been slaving over it for hours!

food service india chef

food service india crispy chicken

Oh My Goodness, how we drooled over those sauces! Would you ever guess that the mango-jalapeno dip and that rich ‘Green Goddess” sauce is mayonnaise based? Yup! A bowl of mayo, 5 grams of seasoning and a good stir is all it takes. The mango and jalapeno were as strong as if it had been made using fresh mango and jalapeno. And who would guess that behind that dark green colour is a bowl of mayo! Looks may deceive, but taste wise, it was spot on!

food service india dips

Next came the chipotle and mushroom soup with a white sauce base. The chef re-branded it as ‘Cappuccino’ and served it in a mug. All he used was white cappuccino, special aromatic mix and chipotle seasoning. Guys! The warmth and comfort that soup gave us all was like a blanket on a cold day! And taste-wise, like everything else, was unparallel!

mushroom and chipotle soup fsi

For the vegetarians, he whipped up a little fusion dish called Makhini Risotto using Makhani sauce. A strange combination, but boy, did it work! The creaminess and tangy tomato flavour came through in every bite and it was all done with sauces and seasonings!

makhani risotto food service india

The dish of the day, and one that had me and Neha (Everything On A Plate) in 7th heaven was quinoa and seabass with lemon butter dressing. Again, chef explained how he used his seasonings, spices and mixes to create this masterpiece that had everyone licking their plates and raving about long after dessert was over.

quinoa and sea bass Food service india

Lastly, dessert was served! Red Lava Cake and Payassam Lava cake were up for grabs. What was used to create it? Well a cake mix and water. That’s it! Look at that lava go! I haven’t had cake like this since… well… ever!

red velvet cake mix food service india

We ended the meal with Sachin making us 3 non-alcoholic Spiced Thai shots each! Watermelon and Ginger, Tamarind and Orange with chaat masala and cumin spice and chaat masala with salt and coke! You probably know how I’d rate it by now! Delish, delish, delish!!! The watermelon shot was super refreshing while the tamarind shot was good enough to put into a pani puri! The cumin one, we all agreed, was even better than jaljeera!

marim bula shots

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It’s rare, very rare, that I don’t have a single bit of negative feedback for the range of Food Service India’s products. In fact, I wish it was available to the public so you could experience it yourself. How amazing would it be to make those dips in 2 minutes and say that you made them from scratch!

The next time you go to Dominos, Hoppipola, CCD, or literally any of 6500 restaurants around the country, know that Food Service India has a huge part to play in the food you’re eating. The only product available for consumers is Marimbula, the fruit syrups that are available in 200ml bottles on Amazon. To taste all their products first hand, we’ll all have to open our own restaurants! Oh well, more incentive to do so!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Comment below and let me know what you think. Bye!

Hiiii guys!

I’m stoked to finally share with you the places I’ve discovered in the capital! During my first visit a few months ago, I barely had 4 hours to explore some no-frills eateries. But then I visited twice more – once for the Tata Tigor launch and again, for the World Fair Trade Conference.

From a tiny, hole-in-the-wall café to a Bihari restaurant, here are some of my finds in Delhi!

ESPRESS-O-VILLE, Satya Niketan

The road on which Espress-o-ville is located is terrible, to say the least. Barricades, potholes and such horrible traffic that the idea of running into oncoming traffic is more appealing. If you have the (im)patience to brave the traffic in true Delhi-style, with generous honking and expletives, you’ll find this darling little café called Espress-o-ville!

A welcoming green façade with a sign that says “We’re not expensive. Try us” is enough bait. Inside, you might feel like you’re sitting in an old English couple’s living room – with pastel green walls, white vintage furniture, floral cushions, photo frames and wooden finishes. The food ranges from Italian to sandwiches, burgers and wraps and your choice of flavoured eggs with a great range of cold beverages, teas, mocktails and hot chocolate.

Espress-o-ville serves excellent breakfast, so it’s the perfect place to cure a hangover. While I went there to satisfy a pancake craving, the heart-warmingly friendly staff suggested the Tiramisu flavoured cappuccino to go with it. Tiramisu is an indulgent Italian dessert but thankfully, the cappuccino wasn’t a pure sugar rush. In fact, it was heavenly! Deliciously aromatic, richly flavoured and that buttery mouthfeel that’s proof of full bodied coffee! Would go back for it, especially since it costed less than Rs. 120!

Cosy on down, select a book  from the shelf (win!!) and spend the afternoon reading while you enjoy one of their many spectacular offerings!

BIG YELLOW DOOR, Satya Niketan

Looking for lip-smacking food on a budget? Here’s the door you should be knocking on. Located right next to Espress-o-ville, the yellow door is enough to grab your attention. If not, the long line outside surely will!

This dimly lit restaurant, called by its acronym, BYD, is anything but shady, however careless the interiors may look. It’s a popular college hangout and is always packed, thanks to their paisa-vasool offerings. They stock up on juicy burgers, pastas, milkshakes and winning fries amongst other things. Also, I’ve had the best Butter Chicken Pizza of my life here!

If you’re looking for something indulgent, their desserts are sinful. The Oreo Shake and Rocky Road are super popular but they also have intriguing offerings like the Red Velvet Coffee and Bomb Burger that are just as amazing. Proof of how popular BYD is among patrons is apparent when you look at an entire wall covered in messages written on hundreds of post-its. All in all, the service is friendly and you will leave stuffed, but without that hold in your pocket.

The portion sizes are generous, so it’s best you visit with a friend or two.

POT BELLY, Chanakyapuri

Pot Belly Café in Chanakyapuri is a wonderful respite from the bustle of Delhi. This one-of-a-kind restaurant offers the most authentic Bihari Cuisine. Yes, Bihari. Delhi is multi-cultural, after all!

You can choose to sit outside and gaze at the fresh, green lawn or indoors by the French windows which are just as charming. The interiors are extremely spacious, shabby-chic and homely. Wooden chairs, distressed tables and empty frames on the walls add to the simple aesthetics.

The food is as hearty as a home cooked meal. I tried the Pakora Basket, an assortment of batter fried vegetables that came in this interesting terracotta dish. Paired with masala tea in an equally quirky kettle, it was the ultimate combo!

Potbelly is famous for Litti Mutton, a dish comprising of wheat balls stuffed with roasted gram flour and other ingredients served with two vegetable side dishes. I didn’t love the litti, to be honest, although it was as authentic as it gets! That mutton, though! It was so delicious and spicy that it had us sweating through every bite.

Chinese, Italian and other global cuisines have become a little monotonous, haven’t they? If you’re open to embracing something Indian (that’s not Mughlai), I’m sure you’ll appreciate this gem!


While driving past Janpath one night, we stopped for a bottle of Keventer’s Kit Kat Shake from a small take-out window at Janpath. It was then that we got a glimpse into the Masala Trail’s quirky interiors behind the window and returned the next day to try it out.

Masala Trail, like Elco in Mumbai, is the place to go for hygienic street food. The menu is vast with street food like Kachori with Aloo Subzi from Bihar, Dabeli from Gujarat, Thukpa from the North-East, Agra ke parathe, Tamaatar ki chaat from Varanasi and even Kerela styled Appam and Stew, to name a few.

This drink is called Bihari Namkeen or Meethi Sattu. Another first for me! I don’t know about you guys, but greens floating in my drink is so WEIRD!!

Colour makes me happy and this fun space has tons of it – bright metal chairs and sofas, intricate auto rickshaw paintings on the walls and even multi coloured crockery. For a place as multi-cultural as this one, there are sure to be authenticity issues. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting visit!

CAFE TONINO, Connaught Place

Definitely worth a visit for authentic Italian food! On first glance, the restaurant looks rustic with wooden finishes, blue and white zigzag patterns on the floor and yellow walls . One has to walk through arches through the various ‘rooms’ to choose a table.

I sampled the Gnochhi de Napoli con Pomodoro e Mozzarella de Bufala (all the dishes have names like these :P) which comprised of home made gnocchi with broccoli and mozzarella in a roasted tomato and herb sauce. Like all authentic Italian fare, this one had simple flavours that shone through in every bite. The gnocchi was plump, pufffy and paired so well with the sauce.

cafe tonino CP

Pizza Senza Pomodoro was another dish that I couldn’t get enough of! I’ve fallen in love with no-tomato pizzas since I tried one at Franceso’s Pizza in Mumbai. This one had feta cheese, mozzarella, beautifully sweet caramalized onions, olives, roasted garlic and fresh basil. The base was just right – soft and dought in the centre with crusty edges. Would definitely order it again!

cafe tonino delhi

Delhi is undoubtedly known for its tandoori food. Maybe next time, I’ll feature some of those!

Let me know if you’ve eaten at any of these places or have discovered a restaurant you think I should feature.

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Everyone deserves a little luxury once in a while! For some, that may mean treating yourself to a spa while for others it may mean splurging on a designer dress. For a few of us, though, the best way to indulge is by making reservations at a fine dining restaurant to enjoy the food and attention! Here are some gems that offer a sophisticated dining experience in Mumbai.

Yauatcha– This restaurant has transformed a simple dumpling eating experience into something utterly desirable! The Michelin Starred Yautacha is a dreamy, moodily lit restaurant that takes familiar Cantonese dishes and serves them in a sophisticated, oriental-western setting. With over 2 dozen teas from around the world the restaurant almost teases you before you even order your meal.

Every steamed dumpling is a pure delight to eat and when dipped in chilli sauce, it takes on another level of fabulous! If you’re a seafood lover, you’ll devour the Three Stay Shui Mui – thin, hot dim sum pocketed with minced prawn and chicken. Their prawns are shipped daily from Thailand, duck and lamb from Holland and sea bass from Australia – proof that this fine dining restaurant places immense importance on quality.

Don’t get me started on their indulgent desserts – some of them are too pretty to even touch with your spoon. They’re probably the most Instagram-ed ones in the city!

Pa Pa Ya–Pa Pa Ya impresses your soul- thanks to the glamour it infuses in its ambiance and food. With crimson interiors and their fusion menu of sushi, it’s feels like a lovelier world from the moment you step in. The food, on the other hand is like edible art!

The menu at Pa Pa Ya has over a dozen pages with half of it dedicated to shareable tapas, sushi and dim sums and you can indulge yourself on starters without even having to order mains. Miniature sushi burgers, sushi pizza slices, deep fried soft shell crab buns with sriracha tartar sauce, and grilled chicken and avocado tacos made in gyoza sheet shells, Chiang mai sauce and mozzarella is just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t miss out on the crisp lotus stem chips that are doused in an addictive smoky yet sticky honey chilli sauce.

The thumping energy and alien-like experience at Pa Pa Ya will transport you from the moment you step in – definitely worth checking this exclusive place out!

The Table – Looking for a place that’s fancy enough for fine dining yet warm enough to welcome you after a long day? Head to the Table. With their long wispy curtains that stretch from wall to walls, zig zag tiled floors and eclectic lighting, it has a complete bistro feel that’s intimate and casual at the same time.

The food ranges from chevre salad and lobster cakes to coppino fish stew and rawas with bok choy – diverse flavours rely on the expertise of their in-house chefs. While you wouldn’t go wrong ordering anything on the menu, try their handpuffs – savoury rolls of choux pastry that go perfectly well with the truffle polenta, and spinach and ricotta cannelloni. What brings an element of exclusivity to The Table is that it changes with time and changes their menu to include more experimental dishes.

Indigo Deli – We hear a lot about the perfect food pairings but besides food, Indigo Deli pairs simplicity with sophistication to perfection. Having many outlets in the city, it may not be exclusive, but it is definitely a place you go to indulge yourself. Inside, it’s not a five star set – up, but bare stone walls, effortless teak wood furnishing and the right blend of colour.

Their menu is far above average and dishes, flawless. Indigo Deli is renowned for their wafer thin pizzas and impeccable meat dishes, be it steak or pulled pork burger. Don’t miss out on ‘Eggs Divinity,’ a dish made of warm comforting scrambled eggs with cheese, spinach and roesti baked and perfumed with truffle. There’s plenty for vegetarians too, for example, the Grilled Moist with cheese tomato peppers. This is the right place to satisfy your sweet tooth. Their sinful desserts include hot dessert soufflé, dreamy lemon soufflé, and molten chocolate cake.

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Whether you’re staying in Goa, or just taking a short vacation, you’d know that eating out in the state can be an eye-watering experience. But here’s some interesting news! There are huge bargains to be had if you know where to look.

And by that, I mean in your App Store.

Let me tell you a bit about my latest discovery – Dubl’up! It’s an app that makes eating out in Goa extremely affordable, especially if you’re footing the bill. Dubl’up has a collection of offers from Goa’s finest cafes and restaurants across a wide range of cuisines at literally half the price – that’s because you get two of everything on the app for the price of one!

In fact, the app not just helps you save on dining out, but also on hotel stays, gym membership and even salon and spa experiences! Once you download the app and register yourself, you’re already in for a treat – a complimentary Dubl’up offer!

Then, as a customer, you literally have a plethora of options to choose from. From the ever-popular Aunty Maria’s, the classic O’Coqueiros, and even newbie Habanero, you can walk in to over 80+ restaurants across the state and avail of buy one get one free offers!

How it works:

  • Download Dubl’Up on your Android or iOS phone, sign up and create your own PIN.
  • Buy a Dubl’Up Dining Package at Rs. 699/- for food offers or Dubl Up Goa 2017 for Rs. 1499 food offers as well as hotels, spas and gym offers.
  • You will now have access to all the offers available on the app and new ones as and when they are updated throughout the year.
  • Apply the code DUJADE and save 15% on the package fee! This is only applicable for the 2017 packages, so hurry!

Done? Great – now comes the fun stuff!

  • Choose from the list of things to do – going to the spa, eating out, hitting the gym or booking a hotel room.
  • Browse hundreds of offers from different outlets and categories. If you choose to dine out, you can pick depending on the type of cuisine you’d like, whether you’re looking for fast food, indoor music, a/c and much more. If it’s a hotel room, take your pick from the kind of property and amenities they provide.
  • Make your way to the outlet of your choice and prior to ordering/billing, simply enter your PIN and get the restaurant official to enter the PIN of the restaurant and voila – enjoy a free appetizer, main or dessert when you order one!


When it comes to mathematics, I’m no expert. However, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out how much one can save! Take for instance you get a three month gym membership at Rs. 8000/- and as per Dubl’up’s offer, another three months free! You save Rs. 8000 while spending only Rs. 1,499 by subscribing to the Dubl’up Goa 2017 Package.

And this is not even considering the fact that you’ll probably be eating out all year through and saving more while you’re at it.

Here are a few things you should probably know about the app. Any package you purchase is valid for a calendar year starting from Jan and ending in December and not for a 12 month cycle from, say April 2017 to April 2018. This means that that the later in the year you buy the package, the less validity time it has. But that’s nothing to worry about since you can avail of the package at discounted mid-year and year-end rates.

Goans, plan your next weekend meal at a place you’ve been dying to try out. Holiday-ers, book your stay on the app and go on a food trail of Goa’s best restaurants at half the price, and college kids, call up your equally cash-strapped gang and take them out for the birthday treat you’ve been putting off.

Dubl’up will be available in other cities shortly. Until then, enjoy the food and savings in Goa!

Go forth and download!

See you next time!

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