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Review: Glocal Junction

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Mixed marriages on our plates… an increasing trend in many a Mumbai restaurant. Be it tandoori Tikka in  erotic union with  taco (Social’s “tikka taco”) Gulabjamun cross fertilised with doughnut (Bombay Canteen’s gulabnut) etc. And “Glocal Junction” proudly announces its “global local” mixed breed pedigree in it’s name.

Read my detailed review on https://whatshot.in/mumbai/critic-review-worlis-glocal-junction-meander-the-globe-with-its-food-r-9730

My Cup of Hollywood Tea

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(sitting) Ben Trodd, Kabir Bedi, Chef Chris Ford, Lauren Dutton Breen (standing) Adam and Melissa Bedi at the Pretty woman hotel.

Excuse me but I’m getting high on this high tea and exquisite patisserie. Over eight decades of Hollywood history is  distilling itself in this “Pretty woman” hotel in Los Angeles. Superstars such as Elvis Presley, Warren Beatty, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor have all lived in Beverly Wilshire (where Pretty woman was shot) Each one of my companions are interlinked to it too. This is the very first hotel that  Our very own Bollywood and Hollywood star Kabir Bedi  made Beverly Wilshire his “Home away from home” in 1977 ( when he moved to Hollywood and shot for james Bond et al) He is In LA as part of his whirlwind nine city concert tour (he plays sutradhar). Along with him is his talented son Adam Bedi who is an expert on special effects for Hollywood films and his lovely wife Melissa,  an expert on makeup for Hollywood. We feast on patisseur extraordinaire Chris Ford’s sweet creations which dazzle and delight.The charming and dynamic  Ben Trodd, helms nine luxury hotels, spearheads this Hollywood landmark. Also with us is the  highly efficient and forever helpful “pretty woman” Lauren Dutton-Breen.

Kabir is the first Indian on the Oscar Academy jury. Loves desserts (like I do).  He is crystal clear about the fact that  Calories “must be worth having” I couldn’t agree with him more. Chef Fords desserts are “Oscar worthy”

Review: Verandah 11

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Vegetarians khush hue!  Now a new wave is upon us, Verandah 11 in Fort serves up a mixed experience.

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And the Oscar goes to …

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Raising a toast with the “Marilyn cocktail” General manager Akshay Bahl, Chef Adam Mali, Bre Smith in Hollywood Roosevelt.

The glamorous Oscars just made headline news.And I’m  here in this very same historic hotel (just opposite the Dolby theatre where the ceremony was held) where the Oscar celebratory party was held. In fact it was here in The Hollywood Roosevelt that the very first Oscars were held in 1927. Helming this hotel is our very own young and dapper Akshay Bahl who has honed his  skills in many a leading hotel world over. It was wonderful to get to know more about the  luxurious menu that the talented Chef Thomas Adam Mali created for the Oscars, while the everhelpful,  abstract artist extraordinaire Bre Smith  explained all the details. Please take a look at the photograph. Ive shot it by the pool where the legendary actress, Marilyn Monroe  lived for over five years. It was here by this very pool that Marilyn Monroe shot her very first ad. It was for a sun tan oil Tropicana and now this bar and pool itself is calledTropicana. We raise a toast…with the Marilyn punch, ofcourse. Should you need the recipe please mailrashmiudaysingh2016@gmail.com

Review: OPA Bar and Cafe

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Arabian Nights comes to Andheri? Yes it does.  I just love the bustling energy in the suburbs and this Arabian Nights reincarnation aka OPA is yet another testimonial to that. It has been doing booming business ever since it opened over a year ago, magnetising party birds, diners, sheesha lovers, alike. nd.

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Review: 212 All Good

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212 All Good carves out a Zone of its own, championing a gastrointestinal feng shui and more than lives upto it’s name.

Read my detailed review on http://www.whatshot.in/mumbai/critic-review-212-all-good-makes-eating-out-healthy/C2762

Review: Hitchki

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Missile pao, Pasta nashta, Mr Aloowalia…serving all this and more is one more restaurant which joins the new Tsunami of “Modern Indian” restaurants sweeping Mumbai. We check it out to find out which of it’s names it lives upto “Hitchki” as in the hiccup which connotes that some one is remembering or thinking of you? Or “hitchki” as in the hiccup, the glitch? the setback? Impediment? It turns out to be the first. Happily.

Read my detailed review on http://www.whatshot.in/mumbai/critic-review-hitchki-plays-with-indian-flavours/C2722

Surprise on the beach

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Zuma on the beach: Chef Wingtam, Fred. varnier, Onur secilmis Patrick Smekens

Foodies, here’s news for you. Zuma, the award-winning world renowned and my favourite contemporary Japanese Izakaya restaurant rocks in over ten cities, but what a happy surprise to find Arjun Waney’s highoctane restaurant on the beach in Phuket. Zuma is making waves (literally, too) in the superluxurious Anantara Layan. And last week in Phuket, I got to know about it, thanks to the dynamic Fred Varnier and got a taste of Chef Wingtam’s rendering of Zuma signature dishes. Miso black cod, spicy beef tenderloin with sesame to the yellowtail with ponzu.The fresh sea breeze added even more punch to Zuma’s zest. Cheers!

Japan Wows

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Yuko and Yoshihiro Narisawa. The iconic live bread.

What you see in the photograph is a live wheat bread (decorated with leaves and tree branches) and it was cooked over hot stone on our table.  And it yielded two most delicious warm, slightly chewy bread balls, we  devoured with butter covered with black olive powder and green moss.

This was just the beginning of Michelin starred Maestro Yoshihiro Narisawa’s magic. “Essence Of the forest” and a parade of dishes inspired and dedicated to nature follow. Dining at the Best of the best, taking an hours bullet train ride (from Tokyo)to stay at the exquisite traditional Japanese Ryokan (inn) San Jyuan thanks to Chef Munidasa are some of the highlights.

In Kyoto, I bow in Reverence at the Buddhist temples, wear the Formal “Furisode” kimono and attend Zen meditation there. And dine on the pure vegetarian “shojin” temple cuisines. Im still savouring Did you know that till the 19th century, Japan was largely vegetarian due to the Buddhist influence? And awesome vegetarian at that. In Japan the wow never wavers…