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Review: Oozo

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What!!! Korean (dakdoritang), Peruvian ( pescado Sudado), Uzbek (lagman),  Greek (Garidas tourkolimano), Colombian (Bandeja Paisa Sizzler) and more such dishes  in a Saki Naka restaurant? The intriguingly named “Oozo” sure had us intrigued and excited.

Read my full review in today’s Bombay Times!

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At Saki Naka’s OOZO with Gaurqav Roy and Shilpa Chawla.
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GOODNESS REDEFINED

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Can such deliciously addictive food be so healthy (Vegan,ovenroasted,no sugar, no oil and preservative free)? Not only healthy but for a great cause too. Home made by the Helping Hands Foundation which  raises funds for the Accommodation Project for kids who live on the street with their families during treatment for Cancer 

Thanks  fashion designer extraordinaire Rakhee Grover Jain who’s been a regular buyer of the dedicated Madhavi Goenka s “Helping Hands” home made bags of goodness for introducing  them to me.  Cant stop eating these crunchy organic heavenly handfuls  made by a delicious social enterprise that redefines goodness.

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FOR THE BOX (11)
Raakhee Grover Jain and Helping Hands Madhavi Goenka.

 

 

Review: THE WINE RACK

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I raise a toast (with fine wine ofcourse) to  the gorgeous supermodel turned celebrity chef Sarah Todd and Ashish Dev Kapur’s “The Wine Rack”. I raise another toast to my superstar guest Ananya Birla who though from India’s legendary industrialist family is following her dream and rocking the global music world with her songs.

Read my full review in today’s Bombay Times.

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Superstar singer song writer Ananya Birla with vocal coach Samantha Edwards at Celebrity chef Sarah Todd’s The Wine rack. 

Review: JUSS BY SINDHFUL NOTE

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So what if it seriously small? It was a delight to dine in Mumbai’s first dedicated Sindhi cuisine restaurant. And magnifying my joy was the fact that not only were my guests well-informed foodies who re Sindhis, have grown up on Sindhi food but also gave me a full lesson on the cuisine.

Read my full review in today’s Bombay Times!

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At JUSS BY SINDHFUL with Bansi Jaising and Harish malani.

MAKING INDIA PROUD

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Indian cuisine and our very own Indian Gaggan Anand are blazing global headlines. Again.  Here in magical Macao, at the prestigious Oscars of gastronomy, Asia’s 50 best, the air is crackling with excitement and every square inch is bristling with culinary star power. For the fourth year in a row Gaggan’s Bangkok based restaurant is crowned “Asia’s best” and “Thailand’s best’. “India’s best restaurant continues to be Chef Manish Mehtrotra’s Delhi based “Indian Accent” which shot up to no.19. Chef Sachin Poojary received the award for. Mumbai’s Wasabi. Srilanka’s best restaurant continues to be Multi-talented Chef Dharshan Munidasa’s “Ministry of crab” and he single handedly has put Sri Lanka on the world gourmet map, as his Nihon Bashi is in the list too. Japan  has the highest number of restaurants on the list (11), followed by Hong Kong and Thailand (9 each.)

For the past six years, Asia’s 50 best been a mega force and credible guide to global gastronomy  and to gastro-tourism. It is helmed by the dynamic Charles Reed and powered by the dream team of TimBrooke Webb, Helene Pietrini and William Drew.

Im feasting on the intense three day celebrations, awards, talks and dinners  and  great restaurants too. Obviously, this over the top Macau is not just for high-rolling gambling but also high gastronomy.

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 Oscars of gastronomy in Macau: Gaggan flanked by Tim Brooke Webb and Sachin Poojary
Standing: Manish Mehrotra, Palkhi, William drew, Helene pietrini, Charles Reed,  Dharshan Munidasa.

Review: CURRY TALES

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Happy news! There’s a new Keralite in Khar. Sandeep Sreedharan  engineer and MBA turned chef restaurateur, fuelled by passion has set up Curry Tales and has plans to set up many more.

Read my full review in today’s Bombay Times.

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Casual and homestyle Curry tales.

Review: Shikara

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Kashmiri houseboats floating in a tiny artificial “lake”? An air conditioned one too. Picturesque and detailed, these are open only for dinner and come alive with fairy lights et al. In the afternoon, you get the same menu in the gleaming, small, handsome, marbled first floor restaurant.

Read my full review in today’s Bombay Times!

Shikara
LUNCH AT SHIKARA: North Indian, Chinese, Kashmiri dishes.

Review: THE QUARTER

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Rejuvenation. Revival. Restoration. (Trumpets please!) Mumbai’s century old historic Royal Opera house after being closed for a six year renovation is now  ( trumpets again!) alive and kicking and singing and cooking. And in all this, playing centre stage is the live music and the gracious venue, actually all four of them (al-fresco restaurant, a cocktail bar, café and jazz bar).

Read my full review on whatshot.in

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At DINE AT THE QUARTER:  with Firoza Moos and Meher Davis.

Review: IZAYA

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It’s a mystery. Why does Mumbai have such few Thai restaurants? And this inspite of the fact that we (most of us atleast) get high on Thai (food ofcourse and massages too). So at the end of last year when Nariman Point started bristling with the sweet heat of Thailand and Izaya opened it was time to rejoice.

Read my full review on whatshot.in

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At IZAYA with Globe trotting foodies: Gilli Nissim, Viveka Purandare, Romanch Dalal,Rishabh Sheth, Neil Ramchandani and Dhruv Uday Singh.