Burger King at Churchgate

At Churchgate, just outside the train station, in place of Satkar restaurant – Burger King has set shop. I was so happy…finally an option to McDonald’s.

BK opened its Churchgate outlet on 30th of April. I visited the outlet on the 3rd of May. Between 5 of us, we ordered 2 Crispy Veg burgers, a Veg Whopper Regular and a Mutton Whopper Regular. For dessert we tried the BK chocolate sundae.

At Rs. 35 the Crispy Veg is good. (All prices are subject to taxes). I kept comparing each dish to McDonald’s and BK came out strong in almost all. The Veg and Mutton Whoppers were a hit with the group. At Rs. 159 and Rs. 169 respectively, they are a whole meal in themselves. The burgers are large and full of flavour. The burger includes French fries and a cola. Eat this and your meal is complete. Unlike at McDonald’s were the burger size is so small and lacks flavour.

Crispy Veg burger

Crispy Veg burger

Veg Whopper - regular

Veg Whopper – regular

Mutton Whopper - regular

Mutton Whopper – regular

BK Chocolate sundae

BK Chocolate sundae

The BK sundae was regular in taste.

A relative who just past us on our way in, however recommend against the Razzberry Blues ice bolt beverage.

Loved the place so much that I went there again on the 10th of May – as part of the Mothers’ day celebrations I asked to be taken there for dinner. Ordered the Veggie Strips – Rs. 25, Veg Chilli Chezos Rs. 59, a Spicy Bean Royale Burger, a Chicken Whopper Regular and a Chocolate shake.

The Veggie Strips were good but the Chilli Chezos were fantastic. The Chezos were very cheesy and very spicy. The Spicy Bean Burger came in a hotdog-shaped bun. Again the taste was interesting. What I seem to like about BK is that their food is well flavoured and there is actually a taste to the food vis-à-vis to McDonalds where the food is bland (probably so that even toddlers can enjoy).

Veggie strips

Veggie strips

Veg chilli cheezos

Veg chilli cheezos

Spicy Bean Royale

Spicy Bean Royale

chicken whopper - regular

chicken whopper – regular

chocolate shake

chocolate shake

The chicken whopper was ok but the chocolate shake was so gooood.

The 3rd time – on the 14th, I got my hubby to parcel home for me a Veg Chilli Cheese burger – OMG – it was yummy. Everytime I bit into one of the burgers I feel so good – finally burgers that have flavours! I keep repeating that.

Veg Chilli Cheese

Veg Chilli Cheese

4th time on 21st May – 10.30 pm – craving for BK burger. Hubby was on his way back from work. My request for the Paneer King Burger came true. Oh nice, very nice. Craving satiated. (Sorry no picture – devoured it as soon as I got my hands on it)

5th time – 24th May – picked up dinner for myself – just a Veg Whopper – enjoyed it thoroughly.

Today is the 28th and I’m again waiting to eat again at BK! I guess it just goes to show how parched I’ve been to an option to McDonald’s.

Woodside Inn

Had a good time – 18th April. Saturday evening.

Met 6 friends for early drinks at Woodside Inn. It was Happy Hours. Drinks included wine, white wine Sangria – it was the first time I had Sangria in white wine. I’ve always had it red, and surprisingly – white is far more pleasing as it is lighter in flavour. Then there was the Spiced Mojito and the Cosmopolitan. Oh. Not to forget the beers! We had all these and ordered some appetisers. Three appetisers and each one was really well-appreciated.

Potato skins with mayo wasabi (RS. 245). Pizza Margarita (Rs.395) and finally the Baked goat cheese bruschetta with tomato confit (Rs. 395). Ah! The bruschetta was fantastic. A nice layer of melted goat cheese on well toasted bread.

The Pizza was lapped up immediately by each one of us. Everyone commented on the perfection of the pizza. I was lucky to get the photograph of the pizza as it was served last. The other 2 dishes came in at together and we just dived into them. Hence, the below photograph of the potato skins doesn’t do complete justice to the dish. You can’t go wrong with potato skins. A good portion and with well-flavoured dip, made my evening.

Pizza Margarita with roasted garlic and olive oil arugula

Pizza Margarita with roasted garlic and olive oil arugula

Potato skins with wasabi mayo

Potato skins with wasabi mayo

CRUMBilicious

logoThis is a 3 month old cake/pasrty – dessert store that has opened its shop at Colaba, close to the Colaba Postoffice. Selling cupcakes, cheesecakes, tarts and such.

The owner was in, while I was there. I tasted the mini chocolate cupcake (Rs. 25) – Its got good taste but I think its a bit too expensive for the size. Its a one-bite or actually its a put-the-whole-thing in your mouth sized cupcake. I then sampled the caramel sauce – its absolutely divine. Selling at Rs. 200 a jar (20ogms) its awesome.

As per the leaflet, cheesecakes are Rs. 70 a piece, but when I bought the baked lemon cheesecake, I paid Rs. 100 for it. (when I asked why-I was told it was a new addition to the menu and is more expensive). Was it worth it? NO. It was even below average. A big disappointment.

lemon baked cheesecake

lemon baked cheesecake

Aunt tasted it and she said, her’s homemade it even better! We plan to make it soon.

Leo’s Boulangerie

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This bakery turned a year old in January 2014. Its located at Colaba, between the market and postoffice, on the main road. I have passed-by this route numerous times, seen this bakery but somehow never got my foot in.

Finally, went there last evening. Wanting a light eat for dinner, picked up a vegetarian fare of pizza and puff.

veg pizza n puff

veg pizza n puff

The pizza at Rs. 4o is a 4 1/2″ pizza with a good amount of filling and cheese (the american corn pieces are a tad too many). Its got a good flavour and makes a very good mini meal with the puff. The puff at Rs 20 is a spinach and paneer stuffed savory. The puff is light and its almost a melt-in-the-mouth mini feast. I really enjoyed this light dinner, which I had with homemade coffee. I am gonna go to this place more often – I mean it! Its good, fresh and tasty.

The bakery is well designed and has an extensive menu. It boasts of cakes, pastries, breads, cookies, brownies, sandwiches and savories such as quiche, rolls, croissants. Next, I am keen on trying are their breads and quiche.

Janta Santosh Bhuvan

Eatery front

Eatery front

This small-ish eatery has been in the heart of Colaba market for years. But it is only recently that my yearning for misal pav, got it my attention. Actually, rather my husband’s attention.

Recently, I was so wanting to have misal pav and did not know any place close-by (around Colaba market) to eat from. My sweet hubby, came down to the market and approached this eatery. THEY SERVED MISAL PAV! And its good. I’ve now eaten here misal pav numerous times, and packed it for home as well on umpteen occasions.

misal pav

misal pav 

Janta Santosh Bhuvan is located right in the center of Colaba market. It is at the corner of one of the lanes leading into the market center.

Its also known for its farsans. I have picked a few of them on occasions and they are very tasty. Mithais (sweetmeats) too are good. I would recommend this eatery be checked out by all who want a good snack. Another plus for it – its their tea. Its hot and refreshing at Rs. 10. I love the tea there. Sometimes I just go to the market on a pretext of running an errand, to have their tea. Only snack of theirs I have tasted and not liked are the bhajias.

Farsan n mithai counter

Farsan n mithai counter

Many of make boondi – raita at home. I endorse the boondi from this shop. Extremely crisp and fresh. Another must have – potato wafers. By far, they pack one of the best wafers in town. I have served it to many guests and all have asked me from where the wafers are, as they are excellent. Till a month back they retailed the wafers at Rs. 200 at kg, today it sells at Rs. 300 a kg.

wafers

wafers

I appreciate this shop for the snacks.  Its owner is a wonderful gentleman who mans the cash counter.

Sufra – encounters of 3 kinds

Had 3 Sufra experiences (after my first visit) in November and December. My experiences.

Having tried the Original Falafel the first time round, loved it and then I had to try their other dishes. So, went back on the 29th of November 2013. Between the Spinach Pide (Middle-eastern pizza) and another vegetarian fare, I was recommended to try the Paneer and Vegetable skewers with Moujadara. This is grilled vegetables and cottage cheese skewers served with lentil and brown onion pulao, served with their piquant tomato sauce.

In non-vegetarian, was suggested The Crisp Chicken in pita pocket. This is garlic and cumin spiced chicken with lettuce, tomato, tahini, fresh coriander and mint sauce.

The Paneer and Vegetable skewers with Moujadara.

Paneer n vegetables skewered in tomato sauce

Paneer n vegetables skewered in tomato sauce

pulao

pulao

Paneer n veg skewers with Moujadara

Paneer n veg skewers with Moujadara

At Rs. 225, its a tasty and wholesome meal. The skewers are flavourful. The tomato sauce is aromatic and has zest. It goes well with the pulao. The pulao, I felt was nothing great. It was strongly scented with cinnamon, cardamon and other spices. However, on the whole its a good dish. Portion size is good and it adequately serves 1. In the above picture, the plate could not accommodate half of the rice and more of the tomato sauce. However, I am not sure if I would order this often as it is not an exotic taste or does not make me feel I am eating a Middle- Eastern fare. Its good and different but not strikingly unusual.

The Crispy Chicken is a non-vegetarian Falafel. Credit to Sufra for the chicken – it packs in a good flavour. On the whole its a good falafel. Gets itself a rating of 3.5 on 5. At Rs. 150 its a good meal.

Crispy chicken

Crispy chicken

Experience 2 – wanted to have the Spinach Pide. Went to the outlet one night, in the first week of December. Time 7:30 pm. NO SPINACH PIDE. Ordered the Original Falafel. NO ORIGINAL FALAFEL!

Experience 3 – 13th December 2013. Lunchtime around 1 p.m. I was close to the outlet. I decided to call them before reaching them for a pickup. NO SPINACH PIDE.

Pizza Express

restaurant front

restaurant front

Located at Colaba, Pizza Express is just a minutes walking distance to The Gateway.

I love the decor as well as the way the tables are spaced out. The layout offers enough privacy as well as gives you the open-look at the same time. The staff are courteous and well informed.

As it was just an eat-in for 2, we ordered a diet Coke (Rs. 115), a Romana – American Hot with jalapenos. This is a 14″ stretched out thin pizza with pepperoni, mozzarella, tomato and choice of jalapenos or roquito (Rs. 640). Also ordered a Classic Margherita with additional toppings of jalapenos and caramelized onions (Rs. 390 +Rs. 40 +Rs. 40=Rs. 470).  Total bill with taxes as well as their 10% service charge came to Rs. 1,439.

American Hot

American Hot

Margherita with caramelised onions and jalapenos

Margherita with caramelised onions and jalapenos

 

The pizza were great. The American Hot was very appeasing. I was totally happy with the vegetarian one as well. However, probably the next time I may not add caramelized onions and try another topping. Flavours of both pizza were wholesome. Had a good meal. Would definitely recommend all pizza lovers to eat here. I shall go back for more.