Restaurant Review – The Daily Bar and Kitchen, Bandra

Inspired by the ‘daily’ or the morning newspaper, The Daily Bar and Kitchen (formerly known as simply ‘The Daily’) used to be a popular watering hole just behind Shoppers Stop in Bandra. Since they’ve undergone a renovation late last year, there’s been a lot of changes taking place at this…

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BEST BUDDY’S CAFE – Oshiwara, Andheri

After opening two restaurants bearing the same name in Dehradun, husband-wife duo Manoj and Ekta recently launched Best Buddy’s Café, close to Mega Mall in Oshiwara, Andheri. Here’s a look at the sunny café from my perspective! AMBIANCE A large picture window allows streams of light to flow in, but…

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Restaurant Review – Sheesha Sky Lounge, Lower Parel

There’s a sudden surge of terrace restaurants opening in the Lower Parel Area. From 1Above to Asilo and Grapevine, all of them offer an uninterrupted view of Mumbai’s concrete jungle. However, it’s not often to come across a restaurant that, at barely a month old and with over 40 tables,…

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Restaurant Review – Soro, Goa

Located between two party towns, Siolim and Vagator, is a convenient hangout. Soro, meaning alcohol in Konkani is fast becoming a popular live music spot for locals and tourists. From the outside, it looks like an abandoned, rundown house – with barely any paint, bricks showing and cracked walls that…

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Restaurant Review- Habanero, Goa

The Baga-Calangute strip has recently seen a dip in splashy, upscale ‘dining experiences.’ The area is now littered with cheap rooms, cheap food and cheap everything else. It’s quite a surprise to come across a stylish-looking eatery amidst the chaos these days. Buried in one of the by-lanes is the area’s…

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Restaurant Review – Oliva, Vile Parle

Appropriately located minutes away from Vile Parle Railway Station (E) is an easily missed gem. Yes, it isn’t in the trendiest neighborhood, but with close proximity to a dozen colleges, it’s doing pretty well for itself. Oliva is owned by a first generation entrepreneur, Makarand who has experimented with Italian…

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Sunday Brunching At Jw Marriott, Mumbai

I must admit, the first time I attended a dinner buffet at the Marriott, I left feeling thoroughly disappointed. So I was a tad skeptical when I was asked to review their Reloaded Sunday Brunch. I’m so thrilled to tell you that it was a complete 180 degree turnaround! It was…

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Restaurant Review – The Black Sheep Bistro

In a state where one has a hundred food choices available, a restaurant must be a black sheep in order to stand out. True to its name, The Black Sheep Bistro is doing just that. Located in Panaji, this fusion restaurant is run by husband-wife duo, Prahlad and Sabreen who’ve…

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Restaurant Review – Cafe Cotinga

If you’re passing by St. Michael’s Church in Anjuna, you’ll come across a hotel with a giant bird cage outside – can’t miss it! That’s the Tamarind Hotel and inside is Café Cotinga. No review of this pretty cafe can begin without mentioning the origin of their unique name. Cotinga is…

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MUSTARD – FROM BAGUETTES TO BHAPPA DOI

There are a number of trends dominating the restaurant scene right now. “Regional” dishes are gaining popularity, fusion restaurants are melding Indian flavours with Mexican,  Chinese and whatnot, and exotic ingredients feature in recipes. Amidst the excitement, I’ve never come across a restaurant that pays homage to an ingredient in a…

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Restaurant Review – Villa Vandre

While most people in Mumbai lament about the space crunch, others go on to develop a modest restaurant in an area so small, it may not even count for a single room in most houses. Tucked into one of Bandra’s little by-lanes, this blink-and-you-miss-it eatery is a favourite haunt for…

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