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Review: TAFTOON RESTAURANT & BAR

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Regional Indian

Regional Indian cuisine zindabad! I’m a big fan of our  country’s diverse and complex  regional cuisines and am constantly writing about the need for more restaurants serving these. I welcome Taftoon! It  celebrates the regions along the Grand Trunk road.

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Balle balle on the Grand Trunk road highway: dining at TAFTOON.
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Review: BOTANICA CAFÉ AND DINER

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Perched opposite the Opera House, Botanica is  a 65 seater modern, bright, cheery and tile-floored space. The interiors are a mix of classic and contemporary with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Read my detailed review on whatshot.in

At BOTANICA with superachievers, Ashiesh Shah flanked by Bimal Parekh (specs) and Sheetal Talwar

Review: PLATE & PINT

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Charming surprise! Go past the long, brightly lit, wood-panelled corridor into alcove like rooms. Bakery counter, high table and chairs, booths, black and white floor, huge TV screen, large glass windows with green  foliage complete the decor.

Read my full review in today’s Bombay Times!

WORLDS BEST CHEF’S DOSA DIARIES

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Please take a look at our very own dosa lovingly held by the Worlds best chef. I  last met this brilliant and down to earth charmer, Michelin starred Daniel Humm at the prestigious Worlds 50 best restaurant awards ceremony in Melbourne. His NYC restaurant Eleven Madison park (which I’ve dined in three times) was justifiably crowned “The world’s best restaurant 2017” As the  jury chairperson of the Indian subcontinent (Worlds 50 best)  I was thrilled he  came to India and made seismic waves, cooking for The World series in Mumbai and Delhi and taking in the spices, cultures, sounds, sights, tastes of India. Since Im still in Spain on research, I could not meet him, but he sent me this email about his “tremendously inspirational” time here. Due to space constraint I can’t reproduce all he wrote. What about the dosa? “my experience with dosas in India was like nothing I’ve ever tasted” wrote the maestro “It was light, complex, almost crepe like, but with a sourness, and delicate nature to it. Of the two types I tried I tend to like the more chewy, less smooth option, but both were incredible”. The dosas themselves made him  think…”to push our boundaries further, and look to other cultures for inspiration”. Forever learning and evolving. That’s what keeps him on the top. Looking forward to meeting you Daniel Humm  in Bilbao, this June at The world’s 50 best awards 2018. India wishes you all the best!

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World’s best chef Daniel Humm and his favorite dosa.

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.

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.

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At JUSS BY SINDHFUL with Bansi Jaising and Harish malani.

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.

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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: PLENTY

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Comforting, quirky, cheerful. Nudged into cacophonic Fort, this two-levelled café is an oasis of calm.

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At the heartwarming PLENTY with my foodie blind dates Namrata and Sapna Bajaj.