Culinary Foods – my 2nd dining experience

Culinary Foods – again. My second time in 2 months.

I really liked the place, the last time around.

This time round, a lot of disappointments but a few great surprises.

Once seated, we asked for Iced tea because we loved it the last time. Sorry – No ice tea! That put us off. However, we were offered coolers – either Sky or Strawberry. We ordered both.

O Boy – our disappointment was immediately forgotten after a sip of the coolers. Absolutely refreshing. The Sky cooler is with Blue Curacao. It’s a tough choice between the two, but if I had to pick one, it would be the Sky cooler. It’s uplifting as well as light at the same it.

Strawberry cooler n Sky cooler

Strawberry cooler n Sky cooler

Our starters too were great. Ordered a Butter Garlic fish and a Shanghai Paneer.

For a paneer starter, the server suggested Hakka but I was keen to try the Shanghai. I was not let down. Infact, it was so much better than what I expected. Hugh chunks of paneer and some veggies in an absolutely flavour-packed thick-ish sauce.

Shanghai Paneer

Shanghai Paneer

The fish was good though bland. Would have preferred it with some more flavour, but still hubby said it was good the way it was.

Butter Garlic fish

Butter Garlic fish

Then came the downsides – We ordered two continental main courses. As I am not too fond of Chinese cuisine, I came to Culinary Foods for their continental fare. Imagine to my complete dismay, I was told there is no continental fare being served as the chef was not in! Hellooooo……I don’t want Chinese! I would have appreciated it if I was told that when we sat at the table and placed our first order. What to do?

I ordered 2 desserts.

The Apple Crumble Pie was not available! Again something I want was not available. Oh – I felt so bad. Settle for the Dutch Chocolate Truffle and Blueberry Cheesecake.

The Chocolate Truffle was light, melt in the mouth and a thorough delight. The Blueberry Cheesecake was good. Being a chocolate addict, the preference between the two was an easy one.

Dutch Chocolate Truffle

Dutch Chocolate Truffle

Blueberry Cheesecake

Blueberry Cheesecake

Hubby was not too happy about ordering Chinese. As much as he loves Chinese, his heart too was on the continental fare. So he settled for another Chinese starter – Chicken Drumsticks Chilly Garlic.

The Drumsticks were good, but the whole meal towards the end left us with a bitter taste in our mouth and hearts.

Chicken Drumstick Chilly Garlic

Chicken Drumstick Chilly Garlic

Did I like the food – yes.

Will I dine here again – yes. But I shall call and confirm if complete menu is available before reservation.

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home chef

Was passing by Dadar and decided to do a pick up dinner. 

Restaurant front

Restaurant front

They have a pretty exhaustive menu for a restaurant their size. 

inside home chef

inside home chef

I felt like having pasta for dinner. The person across the counter suggested A la tikka pasta since I wanted something spicy. I agreed – A la tikka – what could that taste like?, I wondered. Hubby ordered a Non-veg club sandwich. Our parcel was ready in 20 mins. and we went home.

Dinner time – The A la tikka pasta was accompanied by 2 herbed breads. What can I say to the taste but – interesting, very interesting. Its a very interesting fusion of an international dish with an absolute Indian flavour. And spicy it was – just the right amount. The pasta has a good amount of paneer and cheese. The herbed breads were good, but they were ‘herbed’ a bit too strongly. Would have been a perfect accompaniment to the pasta if the herbs were sprinkled in lesser quantity. Its a heavy and wholesome meal. At Rs. 225, its absolutely VFM. Would I order it again – yes but would ideally like to try their other dishes first.

A la tikka pasta

A la tikka pasta

The Non-veg club sandwich. Price Rs. 200.

Non veg club sandwich

Non veg club sandwich

Hubby’s instant reaction on opening the box – its not grilled! Well, we assumed they would grill it or would have asked otherwise what we wanted. So, that was a disappointment. As the wafers are just dunked into the side of the box, which is not air-tight, they were completely wilted and soggy : (

Plus point to this sandwich was the size – the portion size was good. Look below for a picture of a single half of the sandwich.

Non veg club sandwich - 1 piece

Non veg club sandwich – 1 piece

The taste of the club sandwich was very average. Grilled would have tasted better (even their menu says so). The coleslaw was decent. 

I will definitely try this place out for other options.

 

Culinary Foods

inside the restaurant

inside the restaurant

Dined here this afternoon for lunch. Thanks to Groupon, had a fantastic meal. Its a small open air restaurant located just opposite Sterling Cinema.

For a meal for two, we started with a Veg Tom Yum soup and a Chicken Manchow soup, both small portions.

The Veg Tom Yum soup was good. Very well flavoured.

Veg Tom Yum soup - small

Veg Tom Yum soup – small

The Chicken Manchow soup was decent.

Chicken Manchow soup - small

Chicken Manchow soup – small

Next ordered Veg Wantons Manchurian style – it takes a few bites to start enjoying it. Its a very interesting combination and taste. I would order it again.

Veg Wantons Manchurian style

Veg Wantons Manchurian style

Together with the wantons, came the Chili Garlic Beef. Easily this gets a rating of 9 on 10.

Chili Garlic Beef

Chili Garlic Beef

With so much eating, and wanting to keep an appetite for dessert, we ordered just a Grilled Vegetable Crepes, with Mozzarella cheese. Ah! It was good. Something very different, not eaten something like this before. It was crepes stuffed with veggies dunked in a bed rich with cheese. Pure sin! Served with bread.

Grilled Vegetable Crepes

Grilled Vegetable Crepes

Ok, to all this, I added a Peach Iced Tea and hubby a Lemon one. Hubby loved his, and I mine. I think the restaurant has perfected the Peach Iced Tea. 7 hours later, now, I still can taste the flavour.

Peach Iced Tea

Peach Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea

OMG – tummy full, but still had to get to my best part – desserts. Picked Hot Chocolate Mud Pie and Philadelphia Cheesecake.

The Mud Pie, tasted exactly as a gooey chocolate-walnut  brownie topped with layer of chocolate ganache would. Pure Sin – again.

Hot Chocolate Mud Pie

Hot Chocolate Mud Pie

The Philadelphia Cheesecake was ok.

Philadelphia Cheesecake

Philadelphia Cheesecake

Wasn’t this a lot to eat for two? Oh, we enjoyed the meal. It was great. Would love to go back to the place in a month for round 2.

Pizza Planet Sizzler

I am falling in love with this place!

restaurant front

restaurant front

Last weekend I went there in the evening for a quick bite. Its located at Woodhouse Road, Colaba. Pizza Planet Sizzler is actually a home-delivery concept restaurant, but accommodates walk-ins (like me). They have just 2 tables with 4 chairs each. I enjoyed sitting there, eating hot food with a chilled Coke and watching it rain outside.

I ordered my favourite snack – Chili Cheese Toast, a Coke and my hubby ordered an 8″ Chicken Barbecue Pizza.

The food arrived in 10 minutes. The food – piping hot and the drink – chilled – PERFECT!

The Chili Cheese toast was excellent. It just had a tad too much of coriander but the flavour was robust – delectable cheese-burst in the mouth with just the right amount of hot chilies. I added a few drops of Tabasco to give it an additional zing -yum….. This gets an 8 on 10 rating.

Priced at Rs. 16o. It would be nice to share these 8 pieces if having it for a quick bite or then its just right for a wholesome snack.

Chili Cheese Toast

Chili Cheese Toast

The Chicken Barbecue Pizza was fantastic as well.

Chicken Barbeque Pizza

Chicken Barbeque Pizza

Perfectly made, priced at Rs. 260, its an absolute delight. It gets an 8 on 10 as well. Its got a good amount of chunky chicken especially when you compare the size and number of pieces you would get from another pizza place, say a Domino’s.

Tonight for dinner, I ordered home a Vegetable Shashlik Sizzler. Its a sizzler with a veg patty, spinach, veggies, potato wedges and noodles in pepper sauce. I was told the delivery time would be 30-40 minutes and voila – my doorbell rang in 30 mins. Piping hot sizzler delivered to my doorstep avec sizzling plate as well. (they said they would collect the sizzler plate the next day). The top of the plate came enclosed in foil, so you can really imagine the food was really very very hot. We actually had to wait a couple of minutes before diving in, to eat!

Veg Shashlik sizzler

Veg Shashlik sizzler

I give this a 9 on 10 rating. Only a very hearty eater can finish this on his own, else it does require a bit of help to finish-up the plate. Just the thing to eat on a rainy night at home. Its priced at Rs. 475 – reasonable but would have preferred it if it was priced slightly lower. But I still will order this when I feel like a pepper sauce sizzler.

I would highly recommend this place for ordering a great meal at home. ANYTIME.

The Teapot Cafe

Today being Ramzaan, I called the Cafe at 4:45 p.m. to confirm if they were open. I was told by a man that they were open till 6 p.m.

 

I quickly got ready and reached The Teapot Cafe at 5:15 p.m. Upon entering the cafe, I was told they were closed. I told them that I had just called and was told they were open. The man who spoke to me on the phone was there. He said they were open but now the management had decided to hold a meeting and hence has closed down the place! HELLO!!!!

 

Totally disgusted. So unprofessional. Is this actually how this place runs? I suggest having an alternative in mind to this place, just in case this happens to anyone else. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

cafe front

cafe front

 

Domino’s Calzone

Domino’s has been serving the calzones for a while now. They come as a set of two.

I really like the Veg Calzone. Its really well spiced and quite juicy to bite into. Sometimes I have it as a dinner option. The non-veg calzone can be given the pass.

Veg Calzone is priced at Rs. 105 and the non-veg at Rs.115.

Veg calzone

Veg calzone

non veg calzone

non veg calzone

 

Mexiloko

Its the newest QSR to open up in South Mumbai. (QSR = Quick Service Restaurant).

the outside

the outside

Its replaced the CCD on SBS Road. Its a small self-service restaurant serving Mexican food. Mexiloko started by 4 partners, opened its doors just a few days ago. I visited this place earlier today for lunch.

the inside

the inside

The eatery has 2 tables for 4 and then a side table with bar stools for another 4 customers. I reached the place at 12:45 with my husband and we got a table. 20 minutes later and all the chairs were occupied and there were a few people waiting for a table! Kudos to the place.

So….what did I think of Mexiloko? Lunch-time was the wrong time to visit it. Its cheap as its pricing is in the Rs. 100 – Rs.200 range but then the quantity too is lesser. Not knowing the portion size of the dishes, we told the cashier to keep out tab open till we were done.

Started by ordering the Golden Nachos and the Slushy Virgin Margarita.

Golden Nachos

Golden Nachos

Don’t it look divine? Its good. The tortilla chips has a distinct maize taste, as should be. Priced at Rs. 100, its a decent deal but found the quantity a bit disappointing.

The Slushy Virgin Margarita is fantastic – just perfect, especially now in summertime. We spoke to one of the partners and he said they made the mix fresh, every morning – one can taste that freshness. Price Rs. 40. Its a must have.

Slushy Virgin Margarita

Slushy Virgin Margarita

Next was the Zesty Soya Bowl. Its spiced soya mince layered with spinach and tomato Mexican rice, refried beans and salsa, topped with lettuce and pico.

Zesty Soya Bowl

Zesty Soya Bowl

At Rs. 160, it delivers on taste – its nice. However, as a main dish it’s not enough.

The best was the BBQ Chicken Burrito. Priced at Rs. 160, it was a good meal. well-stuffed, full of flavour and wholesome.

BBQ Chicken Burrito

BBQ Chicken Burrito

Our final order of the day was the Smokin Hot Veg taco at Rs. 120. Spicy as hell, true to its name : )

It was decent.

Smokin Hot Veg Taco

Smokin Hot Veg Taco

All this eaten, we ran up a tab of Rs. 580 only.

Verdict – go there for a snack. Portion sizes are small and taste is average.