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Review: TERTTULIA

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I have a big soft spot for Pune restaurants. When I researched and wrote Pune’s first ever restaurant guide more than 15 years ago, I noticed a certain homespun charm and the usage of fresh ingredients here. Ofcourse, one cannot generalize, but I was delighted when Pune’s Imrun Sethi’s Terttulia opened in Dadar, mid July. That, here, I met two friends who have known each other for decades further added to the  charm. Just having flown in with Kamal Morarka, her jetsetting industrialist and politician husband, Bharati, grandmother of five, makes time for Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, classical music, handicrafts and ofcourse gourmet food. “Bharati’s  dinners are always fabulously organised with  exquisite food and personal artistic touches ” says her lively warm friend Nina Vasa.  Rooted in tradition yet modern, charmingly outspoken Bharati has us riveted. We enjoy the food, cocktails and Terttulia (Spanish for social gathering)

 

DÉCOR

This cozy Dadar eatery captures the clubby, chaotic spirit of a handsomely timeworn saloon :

floral sofas, mismatched light-fixtures,  birdcage. antique trunk, chalk art on the walls.mantlepieces with  vintage-looking knick-knacks…get the picture?

 

FOOD

All day dining here…burgers, pizza, pasta, steak, sandwiches , interspersed with some unusual dishes (  bite-sized Bacon ’n Parmesan Wrapped Dates, feta-stuffed  Portobello Mushrooms  are must trys). Veggies go for the flavorsome organic brown rice  with olives, tasty, thin crust pizza, well made paninis crunchy with walnuts and superb with artichokes.

It is chef Parag Naik’s unerringly roasted chicken that comes up tops in the non-veg options. The  Gooey chocolate cake lives up to it’s name.  Cocktail lovers make a beeline for the Ginger pear martini, Melon Sangria, Terttulia special Sunday sangria. Orange basil mojito is a must try.

MINUS POINTS

Sadly the  red snapper was not available. The  Rawas  was dry and lacked flavor. Ditto for the pasta and the Cremebrulee cheesecake.

 

MY POINT

Happy that this stretch of Dadar has got a restaurant like Terttulia.  Charming and open through the day Terttulia ‘s well-stocked bar area whips up a buzz at night.  The standard European  here aims to comfort and not dazzle. Comforting prices too.

 

Ground Floor, Hotel Parkway, Near Natural Ice Cream, Ranade Road Extension, Shivaji Park, Dadar (West). Fo 6002 0202
Hours: Daily, from noon to 1.30am

RATING FOOD 3.5 SERVICE 3.5 DÉCOR 3.5


 

DUBAI

Its cold and sunny here in Dubai ! And boy! Is it teeming with restaurants, gourmets, foodbloggers, foodwriters. instagrammers, tweeters (is that what we are called?). The high-flying,  media-baroness now sought after brand consultant Rita K Mehta, loves the cutting edge “Tresind”. Her gorgeous daughter Faarah, director of an elective educational academy and media house is also busy setting up her granpa (the legendary Russy Karanjia’s) foundation. They update me on all that’s rocking here as we dine at the brand new, super-glam Cle. I also  meet up with Dubai’s leading bloggers @secretsquirrelfood, @thehedonista @ishitaunblogged they guide me through the gastronomique maze of Dubai.  Michelin starred chefs restaurants rub shoulders with cheap and cheerful mall eateries. Want more info? Please mail rashmiudaysingh2015@gmail.com, instagram twitter @rashmiudaysingh

#CheapandCheerful Foodie Crawl Mahim – Dadar

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I’m so excited. New, spicy, foodie finds. Now, I know what Columbus mustve felt like. Except that he, the compulsive explorer  did not have the benefit of Twitter. Like I do. Heres how I went on my voyage of discovery: I tweetrequested for recommendations of “cheap and cheerful eateries”. Fabulous response (wish I could thank each one here). Shortlisted  a few in the Mahim-Dadar area. Invited three twitter buddies. @CulinaryMuse1 turned out to be the lovely Sunayan Shahani in pearls, foodblogger communicatns consultant and student. Knowledgable Parag Chaphekar marketing professional chucked up his succesful consultancy and is an aspiring restaurantowner. Rushing straight to the golf course (my mecca too) was foodie extraordinaire and ace golfer, Krishna Kilachand, he wanted to serve up the gourmet burger to Mumbai so set up “Burg”. We went on a whirlwind tasting tour of cheap and cheerful joints. We call it our #tweefoodeecrawl.  Many more are planned. Be my guest…Twitter handle @rashmiudaysingh mail rashmiudaysingh2014@gmail.com.

SnehaSNEHA (Kerala)

Simple and simply superb, also cluttered,  no frills and functional eatery from Kerala. Hot and uncomfy (inspite of the brown fans whirring overhead) we still walloped the lustily spiced Beef fry and beef biryani (beef is called sukha mutton on the menu) Equally delicious was the Mutton masala fry. While the  veg stew and appams, soybean masala  and the  Kappa (tapioca) biryani were okayish the thin flavorsome fish curry rice was amazing.  And Abraham the waiter (please see photo) charmed us. Idli dosa served at breakfast. Thalis too. After  our restaurant round, I went back at 4pm to taste the banana fritters (these are served only at tea. Thanks @ebubblewrapped   for this tip off) plump soft and crisp with golden batter. Steamed sweet panpoli too. Veggies stay away.

Shiv Sagar Society, Opp Paradise Cinema,  Mahim (W)  (2445 6330). Meal for two Rs 250

Daily 6-11pm. No alcohol. No credit cards.

RATING FOOD 4 SERVICE 3.5 DÉCOR 1

 

SAIBINI GOMANTAK (Gomantak)

Avoidable even though airconditioned, etched glass paintings et al in this small Gomantak eatery. We pecked at  lackluster Mori Masala, tisrya  and more picked out of a menu with chicken  moghlai, paneer tikka and what not. Oh yes the wade were crisp and good.

Katrada Mansion, Gokhale Road, Dadar WestTel:  24328065, 24385429

Open lunch and dinner. Meal for two Rs 400, credit cards accepted.

RATING FOOD 2 SERVICE 3 DÉCOR 3

 

 

PRAKASH (Maharashtrian)

Packed and getting more packed. We stood in the snaking line outside the simple blue table and bench hallowed home of Maharashtrian food. Till a friendly bloke gave me a tip off, “ in hurry ? order parcel”. We did just that and in the car bit into the iconic piping hot sabudana vada crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Theres poha, thalipith, batata vada and more. Somewhat greasy but great.

Shiv Sena Bhavan, Next to Kithe Hall, Gokhale Road,  Dadar West, Tel: 24304921

Open 7.30 am to 9.30 pm. No credit cards. Meal for two Rs 150

RATING FOOD 3.5 SERVICE 3 DÉCOR 2

 

ChaitanyaCHAITANYA (Malwani)

Amazing home made jackfruit icecream, flavorsome peru sherbet, robustly spiced chicken shagoti, shimply masala, oyster masala, greasy but good bombils in this tiny two and a half table malwani eatery. Owner chef, Surekha Walke and daughter Saili bustle around and point out that their Dadar eatery (4, Shivaji Park House, L.J. Road) is moving to Prabhadevi.  Am adding their new address. Please call and check.

Prabhadevi near sahkari bazaar of agar bazaar. Chinch bhat chawl 24372242.

+91 9619909014

11 to 3pm 7 to 11pm Av meal for 2 Rs 500

RATING FOOD 3.5 SERVICE 3.5 DÉCOR 2.5

 

KAKORI HOUSE

On the same street is  the tiny biryani and kakori joint whose takeaway has been my favorite. I first feasted on Ishtiyaque Qureshis (the son of the legendary Mohammed Imtiaz Qureshi of Dum Pukht and Bukhara fame),  entire repertoire at Karishma Kapoor’s wedding lunch . Softest Kakori kabab. melt in the mouth galoti , Nihari Gosht and biryani are the stars here. Veg Sabz galawati kabab moist and dense with flavor recommended too.

L J Road, opp Paradise cinema, Mahim ph 65229211 open 11am to midnight.

Takeaway call 9320090269/

RATING

FOOD 4 SERVICE 3.5 DECOR 2.5

 

P.S. Further down from Prakash is DATTATRYA (slow indifferent service in this  Maharashtrian eatery serving a mish mash of South Indian, Punjabi,  Chinese. Humdrum thali  (Rs 75) val  and kothimbir vadi good.

Nearer the Mahim church , is the bustling, messy and popular PARAMOUNT  ( Id shared a table with taxi drivers earlier) Flavorsome mutton rashida and greasy  Butter chicken and kheema are above average . Open from 6am to midnight.