Mumbai

Review: LADY BAGA

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Happy surprise! Chef Aloo Aloysius Dsilva heads up the kitchen here.  I’d dined at and enjoyed his cooking at many of his earlier restaurants including the last Villa Vandre.

Read my full review in today’s Bombay Times!

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Film and food: At LADY BAGA Ashim Ahluwalia flanked by Trisha Bhattacharya, Nehal Vyas and Anu Rangachar. 
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Review: KEIBA

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I took a deep breath. And let out a slow, soft whistle. Of admiration! That was my reaction on seeing Mumbai’s latest new Asian beauty that has galloped into Mahalaxmi race course.

Read my full review in today’s Bombay Times!

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Beautiful Asian beauty gallops into Mahalaxmi Race course: Keiba.

Review: FERRY WHARF

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For sure, Mumbai needs more regional cuisine restaurants. We welcome the enterprising  Shayna Shetty and her cousin Prakash Rai’s Mangalorean eatery which serves up  moderately priced Mangalorean fare.

Read my full review in today’s Bombay Times!

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Mangalorean delights (sampler wooden platter et al) at Shayna Shetty’s Ferry Wharf.

Review: HEMANT OBEROI

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Former grand corporate chef of the Taj, Hemant Oberoi (who has opened over 100 restaurants in his four decade career)  finally opened his signature restaurant Hemant Oberoi.

Read my detailed review in today’s Bombay Times.

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Gloved service and gracious at Hemant Oberoi.

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Review: TANTRA

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Jains and vegetarians,  looking for a swish ambiance  with decent traditional regional food (and booze)? Not too fussed about gourmet and modern versions? This way please. Tantra is your new mantra.

Read my full review on whatshot.in

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At the new vegetarian Tantra: Raageshwari Loomba, Sunil sheth and Mythily Katsaris.

 

Review: BOMBAY BRASSERIE

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Open all day. Lunch, dinner and high-chai. Fun dining takes centre-stage in this recent rollicking reincarnation of the old Bombay Brasserie.

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Celebrating the new Bombay Brasserie: Nina and PK Vasa.

 

Review: TALAIVA

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It’s not just about the Talaibagh (read Talaiva) palace food here. It’s about drinking…..dining,,,,,and dancing!  Disco lights, DJ music and entertainment in the nights (I went back a second night only to check this and Talaiva was packed). Plenty of innovative cocktails too.

Read my full review on whatshot.in

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Talaiva’s Rajasthani and continental fare.

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Review: O PEDRO

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How do you distil the spirit of Goa (in the midst of BKC’s  steel and glass buildings), without resorting to tired, overcute clichés? O Pedro rocks seamlessly from  being relaxed at lunches and brunches and buzzing at night.

Read my full review on whatshot.in

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Super fun at O Pedro with Dr Jamuna Pai and Suchi Kalia.

SUPERSTARS COOK UP LITERATURE

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What happens when India’s most prestigious and rocking Times Lit fest invites the “worlds hottest chef” (People magazine)? Award winning chef, author, TV host, philanthropist, poet Vikas Khanna flies in from NYC  and gets mobbed. Its with great difficulty I get him away from his fans and  onto the stage to conduct a question answer session and to launch his book of culinary poems. We’re excited to find out more about his Museum of culinary arts, research on his next magnum opus of sacred foods of India. “All the worlds a story” was the theme of Bachi Karkaria and Namita Devidayal’s fabulously curated “Times Lit fest” How this dashingly goodlooking Punjabi boy  went from being homeless in NYC to being the face of Indian cuisine is definitely an inspirational story.

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Superstar Vikas Khanna sparkles in The Times Lit fest.