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Review: Farmer & Sons

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Some years ago, there was Nico in Srilanka, that restaurant was shut down and Nico at Fort opened up only to be replaced very recently by Farmer and Sons. I’ve eaten at  all three eateries set up by Nico Ghoghawala and Kamal Siddhu. Here’s our take on their newest venture.

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Crème de la crème

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Olivier, Laure (centre) & Lucie with the Chantilly Cream

The bowl of cream you see in the photograph is no ordinary cream, it’s the stuff dreams are made of. It’s velvety, it’s silky, its Chantilly. It takes it’s name from the region or domaine of Chantilly and everything about this region is like a fabulous fairy tale. First of all (hold your breath) not only is Chantilly is located twenty minutes away from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, but  it’s also within one of the largest most beautiful forests of the Paris region. Im just about getting over these pleasant surprises,  when like in a fairy tale, the Chantilly castle  seems to rise out of the tranquil lake. I zip through it’s finest French collection of ancient masterpieces, (second only to the Louvre) and head for  the crème Chantilly  (made famous here, in the royal banquets centuries ago by Vatel.) Laure now makes Crème Chantilly here, in the picturesque cottage-like Restaurant du Hameau (in the grounds of the castle). Along with Olivier and Lucie not only do we eat up the creme Chantilly (with strawberries) but I also go back In a horse carriage (this is the equestrian capital of France) and in the luxurious yet cozy  Auberge du jeu de Paume hotel’s spa, actually have a chantilly cream massage. This is what I call, “having my cream and eating it too” . it sure is the world’s  crème de la crème!

Review: Kaboom

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Ballard Estate’s intriguingly named, inexpensively priced, takeaway-friendly “Kaboom” has made it impossible for me to follow my own rules of reviewing.

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Home caterers and Dessert makers in Mumbai 2016

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#Homebakers & #HomeCaterers, I am thrilled with the response! Here’s where you can taste the creations of some talented Home Bakers and Caterers in Mumbai. Do share your experience in the comments below and I will try your favourites and recommendations soon. Should you want to be listed here, write to me on rashmiudaysingh2016@gmail.com along with your menu, contact details, pictures & social media handles.

  1. The Hungry Bunny

Company Name: The Hungry Bunny

Phone: 098200 28092

Email: thehungrybunnymumbai@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/THBMumbai

Instagram: @thehungrybunnymumbai

2. Mad Batter

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Company Name: Mad Batter

Phone: 099209 21601

Email: nikita25dalal@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Mad-batter-804375029613585/

3. Baked with Love by Annie

Company Name: Baked with Love by Annie

Phone: +91 9819363304

Email: bakedwithlovebyannie@gmail.com

Facebook : https://m.facebook.com/bakedwithlovebyannie/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/bakedwithlovebyannie/

4. Breakfast n Bites

Company Name: Breakfast n Bites

Phone: +91 9819766445

Email: breakfastnbites@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/breakfastnbites

Instagram: @breakfastnbites

5. The Green Snack Co.

Company Name: The Green Snack Co.

Phone: 074980 22022

Email: munch@thegreensnackco.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenSnackCo#

Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegreensnackco/

6. Asheys

Company Name: Asheys

Phone: 8828403690

Email:  ashima@asheys.in, orders@asheys.in

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/AsheysIN/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/

7. Bliss Over Bite

Company Name: Bliss Over Bite

Phone: 9699850002

Email:  order@blissoverbite.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/blissoverbite/?fref=ts

Instagram: @Blissoverbite

8. La Petit chef

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Company Name: La Petit Chef 

Email: itsswayam@gmail.com

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/Spicesnme

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lapetitchef

9. Rainbow Rasoi

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Company Name: Rainbow Rasoi

Phone: 9892098240

Email: rainbowrasoi@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/rainbowrasoi/

10. The Hungry Momma

Company Name: The Hungry Momma

Phone: +919820502049

Email:  thehungrymommma@gmail.com

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/thehungrymommma

11. Simple Bakes

Company Name: Simple Bakes

Phone: 9820327974/9820433391/9920442201

Email: bpoorniima@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/SimpleBakesMumbai/

12. Love and Flour

Company Name: Love and Flour

Phone: 099301 52303

Email: sarah_9394@hotmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Love-Flour-897340076963360/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loveandflour/
13. Cup-a-luscious

Company Name: Cup-a-luscious

Phone: 098330 42828

Email: cupaluscious@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CupaLuscious/

Instagram -Cupaluscious

Secret squirrel Karen McLean dazzles

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SHHH! SECRETS AHEAD

Im about to share a very yummy secret with you. Correction: many secrets that will help you cook and eat healthy as well as tasty. And creating  these recipes and sharing them freely is a slender, slim and sunshiny young girl. I was  so rivetted by her instagram posts that I requested to meet her. Whoa! What an amazing success story…Karen McLean , this Australian-Vietnamese girl moved to Dubai only two years ago and since then has millions of fan followers. She’s a qualified CA who came to a foreign country (Dubai), loves cooking and her dad and grandpa are amazing cooks. But healthy eating recipes are her very own and it was accidentally that Karen started sharing them on her website and instagram and voila! her fan following hit sky high.

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MY MEGA FOODIE BLIND DATE IN NYC

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Here it is. My ultimate-mega Foodie Blind date (please see photo). Ive been bonding with foodie-strangers over food in Mumbai, Dubai, LA, London, Paris but this date happened In NYC. thanks to instagram and the lovely  @therestaurantfairy (who I also met for the first time) I landed up in NYC’s newest, hottest, secret Atwood Kitchen and bar, which recreates old New York with a classical and ageless feel by Daniel Rieger, Evan Rosenberg. Here I chatted and ate  with @eatupnewyork @cheatdayeats @cy_eats @food.drunk @ogluttoness @realjayjay @restaurantfairy @thenewforkr @thesweetlifeoflina @womenwhowhiskey @chef_bradleyw@upspringpr Amid the natural brick, reclaimed wood and steampunk decor, we had superb handcrafted cocktails, tartares and NYCs best “mac n cheese”, what else did we do? Sip, snack, snap, eat, tweet, repeat.Would you like to join me on a foodie blind date in Mumbai and check out new eateries? Email rashmiudaysingh2015@gmail.com instagram, twitter @rashmiudaysingh

SPECTACULAR FEAST

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Feasting on the spirit of Dubai with Cynthia Munoz and Chef Alan Gobeil in Zeta
Feasting on the spirit of Dubai with Cynthia Munoz and Chef Alan Gobeil in Zeta

Here’s a feast to beat all feasts. It pampers all my senses…there is light, sound, dance, music and ofcourse food. As though all this were not enough there is also the worlds tallest building and the worlds biggest choreographed fountain to keep me company. If the accompanying photograph had a video and sound track, heres what you’d see and hear… glittering and shimmering fountains leaping and swirling and twirling into the evening sky as different colored lights bathe and sway with them. These fountains dance to music and Whitney Houston’s husky ”I’ll always love you” echoes sensuously as the fountains sway to it’s melody. And as though blessing it all and taking the ringside seat like a benevolent all-caring Pasha is the worlds tallest building, The Burj Khalifa which shimmers glamorously. And right here while feasting on this spectacle I am feasting on the freshest of fare created by the brilliant Executive chef Alain Gobeil . All this is the glamorous Zeta Restaurant where the heart of Dubai seems to throb  in all it’s  glory. In many different ways.

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MY DUBAI FOODIE BLIND DATE

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Smiling BKK, Dubai with Vaishali, Mohit and Aneesha
Smiling BKK, Dubai with Vaishali, Mohit and Aneesha

“Smiling BKK” thats the name of the Dubai restaurant, recommended by my blind dates.  Mona Lisa (with a moustache) graces this Thai eatery, ( the owner looks like Mona Lisa, we are informed). While the young luxury inventory controller Mohit Bidchandani is holding a gun (given by the waiter to call him) PR consultant Vaishali Chatterjee, trend spotter, dancer is smiling with the menu. As is Tech & digital enthusiast, travel pundit Aneesha Hingorani (thanks @petpujaris). We love the small, vibrant tucked away eatery with it’s Thai curries and fish cakes. Watch this space for more hidden secrets which my blind dates help me sniff out. Be my foodie date  Instagram, twitter @rashmiudaysingh

 

Review: SAIZEN

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Jai Ho Japanese! While my favourite “Narisawa” (Tokyo) continues to reign supreme as Asia’s best, Aamchi Mumbai has adapted to this cuisine surprisingly well too. From the Northern end, especially Bandra (Kofuku, Aoi) to the dagger-shaped southern tip. Here Taj’s Wasabi has been holding it’s own past ten years, Tetsuma came along to stake a claim but  gave way to the Mediteranean Pier. Now once again (four months ago)  a Japanese  restaurant reared its head in Colaba, And that too with an elaborate menu. So I do an elaborate check out, eat here twice. Once for lunch ( Rs 5000 for 2) ,  and then again with a foodie family ( I pay around Rs 20,000).

Bela & Micky Dalal– affable, well-travelled foodies, lovers of the simplicity & sereneity of their rustic Alibag home along with their dapper  sons and  the lovely Nishita Murarka dine and opine for me.

New age entrepreneur Rohan Dalal’s unique subscription based home delivery service that provides medicinal, nutritional and daily care products across greater Mumbai is in huge demand.

Talented and handsome Jay Dalal,  works at one of India’s premier consultancies plans to venture into the digital market and as DJ continues to  rock his New York tunes across town.

Dedicated to fitness (Bela – yoga & fitness enthusiast) the whole family are dyed in the drool foodies and we systematically eat our way through the menu.

 

DECOR

Walk into Colaba’s latest Japanese restaurant and be charmed by its rich yet understated elegance. Copper lattice-work columns, Italian chandeliers, opulent leather and suede sofas with chrome-and-wood tables and the textured stonework sushi and cocktail bar. Dramatic bright lighting and a birdcage table at one corner makes for a perfect setting for the food that follows.

FOOD

“To die for” sushi “Oh my God sushi” …sounds gimmicky but most of it is actually all about innovative drama. Rolls set on fire, buried under heaps of crushed tempura, spider rolls, others that look like a caterpillar and so on. Through it all, they retain their texture and

flavour and play to popular tastes with cream cheese, mayo, et al.  James Biaka consultant chef here (ex Tetsuma and now Kofuku, Hengbok) ensures there is succulent pork belly,  Buta-No-Shogakaki sliced pork intensely flavoured with ginger and soya sauce on the menu. Looking for a more expensive

experience? Ask for the superb Miso Black Cod.  Plenty for vegetarians…flavourful Mushroom Rice(Hot Pot Rice with Bop Sauce)Edamame Dip, Veg Kimchi Soup, Quinoa Salad and Avocado Dragon Roll. End with the Vanilla Panna Cotta and Butterscotch with the perfect kiss of sweetness.

MINUS POINTS

In an effort to bend over backwards to please all palates, some of the sushi rolls tip over into too much of a crunchy, saucy mish mash. Baked sushi roll,

Mountain Crunchy Roll being cases in point.  Lacklustre, over-cooked Wasabi Chicken, over-salted Tofu Grilled Asparagus and thick-skinned Mochi dessert. The “chefs specials”  have small portions and high prices (Rs 2000 and more per dish).

 

MY POINT

Traditional as well as fusion Japanese fare served in  the dynamic and lovely Agarwal sister’s Saizen ( means ‘best’ in Japanese)   Interestingly, this restaurant has two price structures while the sushi (`450–600) and many of the dishes are affordably priced, the Chef’s Specials like the Black Cod Miso are priced at over `2,000 each.

Vegetarians and Jains are very well taken care  (quinoa salad, plenty of sushi et al)

By bringing inventive cooking and a few high-end grace notes  Saizen answers the desires of a generation of savvy, adventurous diners (also vegetarians and Jains)  looking for affordable, accessible Japanese fare.

■ 41/42, Minoo Desai Marg, Behind Radio Club, Colaba, Mumbai, Ph: 65081100

Noon to 3pm, 7pm to 11.45pm

Food-4.00 | Service-3.50 | Decor-4.00 | Meal for 2-`4000-8000

 

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