restaurant review

My shamiana love affair

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MY HANDSOME NEW LOVE…SHAMIANA

I fell in love with Shamiana,  the colorful rockstar, and I vividly remember that evening. It was my very first day in  romantic rainy, beautiful Bombay, 14th July 1974. And on that day itself, Shamiana was the very first restaurant I dined in.  Having majored in Literature honors in Delhi university, I had come to Bombay to study journalism and train under Patanjali Sethi in The Times of India. I ate at Shamiana regularly. I returned to Delhi. Only to come back in 1980 ( as Income tax commissioner) and once again thanks to my mother in law Mohini Bhullar, editorial director of the only city magazine, sipped and supped here regularly.. Celebrated many a sentimental occasion here. From 2000 onwards, moaned and criticized  it’s decor and food and relocating to the pool side location. But now, Shamiana  is back to where my love affair started….and  I am rejoicing!

Review: Shamiana

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Whoa! It’s the reincarnation of nostalgia. Its no mere revamp of menu, decor and relocation of The Taj Mahal Palace hotel’s 24 hour dining restaurant. Shamiana, India’s first ever coffee shop opened it’s doors in 1973 and was fiercely beloved and constantly mobbed.

Read my detailed Review on http://www.whatshot.in/critic-review/shamiana-r-6182

Review: Sequel Bistro & Juice Bar

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Would you like to ‘Recharge’? Get an ‘Unbeatable Glow’? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ and are a believer in healthy, gluten-free, sugar-free high-quality organic food (cold pressed juices et al) then head to Mumbai’s first ever bistro solely dedicated to this.

Read my detailed review on http://www.whatshot.in/critic-review/sequel-bistro-and-juice-bar-r-9374

Luxury and Fitness Food

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In the iconic Cristallo with Health coach Claudia Mandaliti,Andrea Ronchetti, Gianluca Irrera, Chef Anna Marcato

Can a century of glamourous history and wellness go together? Can healthy food be in focus in an iconic hotel, where luxury and extravagance and La Dolce Vita reigned, supreme? Yes! It can, in Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf, studded in this picturesque Italian town of Cortina, the pearl of the Dolomites. This is where La Dolce Vita of the 60s and 70s took place, the 60s and 70s took place, the global jet set’s swinging parties, skiing, dancing and banqueting, spa-ing. These still continue, I feast on the beauty of the Alpine landscapes, on the sprawling suites of the glam regulars who stayed here (Frank Sinatra to Peter Sellers) as I do on Chef Fabrizio Albini’s luxurious food.

Then comes the surprise… the white hot focus on healthy food and lifestyle. Not only does the health coach Claudia Mandaliti take me cycling, swimming, but also oversees all the guests’ food. The dynamic chief Giampaolo Padula explains this brilliant concept. My learning continues…

Review: Bastian

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No two ways about it. We’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for this two month old seafood “Bastian”.

Read my detailed review on http://www.whatshot.in/critic-review/bastian-r-9368

Review: Gustoso

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When “Pizza Metro Pizza” rebranded itself as “Gustoso” we went with a great deal of apprehension and cynicism. And came away delighted. Having just returned from Napoli a few days before eating here I was happily surprised to find sunny Italy on my plate.

Read my detailed review on http://www.whatshot.in/critic-review/gustoso-r-8715

Mountain Magic

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MICHELIN-STARRED PICNIC WITH CHEF NORBERT NIEDERKOFLER, URSULA AND HUGO PIZZININI.

Mmm what a multi-dimensional feast for the senses: Michelin starred cuisine in the worlds most dramatic and dazzling Dolomite mountains in Italy bathed in brilliant summer sunshine and sparkled with wild flowers. I shot this photograph on our Sunday picnic in the mountains, where the brilliant Two Michelin starred and highly awarded Chef Norbert Niederkofler  cooked up a memorable feast. He is flanked by Hugo and Ursula Pizzinini who redefine the art of hospitality. In their family owned over seven decade old Rosalpina they make all guests feel like family.  Here comfort, luxury and high-tech meld together  in every exquisite detail. From the super-stylish  Zeno chalet within the hotel, the bio hamam, yoga studio to movie theatre. All this in their hotel in San Cassiano  a tiny village with a population of 700.

It is here that their  two Michelin starred restaurant (the only one in the region) St Hubertus has been magnetizing global gourmets. There is magic in Chef Norberts hands. “The best things are the simple things but at the same time also the hardest things to do” he says as he drives me to meet the producers from whom he directly sources milk, cheese, yoghurt, vegetables and more. “Cook the mountain” is his philosophy and local sourcing is the foundation.

As  also “simple, clear and clean” where he skillfully combines only a maximum of 3 or 4 Flavours. His brilliant beetroot gnocchi plump with the surprising horseradish cream, barley risotto with black garlic are some of the vegetarian dishes   that dazzle. I have many of his recipes and happy to share them with you. Please emailrashmiudaysingh2016@gmail.com

Review: Dishkiyaoon

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Balle! Balle!“Fun dining” comes of age in Mumbai. “Dishkiyaoon” the three month old restaurant in BKC more than lives up to it’s name.

Read my detailed review on http://www.whatshot.in/critic-review/dishkiyaoon-r-9351

Review: Cafe Mezzuna

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Here’s a joyous whoop for this brand new, already-packed restaurant. It symbolises Mumbai’s restaurantscape’s most prevalent trend: Moderately priced, Accessible European fare and located in a mall.

Read my detailed review on http://www.whatshot.in/critic-review/cafe-mezzuna-r-9346