Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Birthdays are difficult. Specifically, birthday meals are difficult when you go out with your whole family. In my family, for instance, my dad loves North Indian food, my mom adores South Indian food (would settle for good North Indian food too!) and both are not at all experimentative. On the other hand, my sister is crazy about Chinese and Thai cuisines and does not like to spend any special occasion having Tandoori Roti or Paneer alone :P I, like the true blue Hulk, am fine with anything and everything vegetarian. Keeping all this in mind, on my birthday, we landed up at Global Fusion for lunch on Monday afternoon, one of those places where everybody gets something to satisfy their palate!
Excellent ambiance with fish tanks, Chinese art motifs and green plants creating an aquatic/forest dreamland, huge space divided in different sections for families, corporate crowds, couples and the like, nice comfortable sitting and the hustle bustle of staff everywhere. Walk in and soak in the different counters, one serving starters, another soup and dim sum, another devoted to sushi and salads, one loaded with main course items and finally the one enticing us in with all the desserts, including a Baskin-Robbins counter. You have got to starve yourself for a day before coming here and plan your meal. Common sense would dictate that you fill up on starters and desserts because those are the unique items that you won't get anywhere else (especially not within Rs. 800 per person price tag!) Unbelievably value for money for the sheer spread. Of course, for people like my parents, there are safe options too. Win Win all around.
Go to the various counters. Main course, sushi, salads, desserts are self service whereas starters have to be ordered via token. The staff explains the process, don't worry. Pace yourself or you will get stuffed soon and won't be able to enjoy a 3 hour long cuilnary extravaganza. Try sipping on fresh lime soda intermittently like we did and binge on :D
We started with Sweet Corn Soup (sweet,duh!) and Manchow Soup (nice crunchy veggies,spicy) and then came in a boatload of starters- recommend worthy being Veg Shanghai Paneer, Pepper Mushroom, Crispy Corn and Baby Potato. Oh, everything here is laden in oil and gravies and spices, the health freaks will have to stick to sushi and salads I suppose! Do not go looking for authentic gourmet preparations in anything, it all tastes good and that's that :)
Cheese Garlic Bread was also good and I also liked Baked Paneer but it won't be everyone's cup of tea, being all bland and everything, but yay for the health quotient. The dumplins section is especially good with delicious Spinach Corn Dumplings and Veg Ginger Dumplings, both equipped with thin outer layers and wholesome flavors inside, we repeated them thrice :D
I do not remember the various Sushi names but I tried them all and liked them. I remember Global Fusion Bandra outlet was the first place where I had Sushi 3 years ago and at that time,I had no idea how Sushi was supposed to taste. Now however I have tried good Sushi at some other places and can confidently say that the Sushi here is not the best, BUT it is not bad either. It is a good intro to Sushi for those who have never had any :) They can work on keeping the stuffing more flavorful and the rice part a bit less thick but overall, I like it still :) Among salads, Russian Salad is good but simply avoid Kimchi!
Now, for those who either want to stick to safe options or are still hungry after the huge spread of starters and sushi, there is a whole ship full of dishes- do try Tandoori Mushroom, Veg Seekh Kebab, Hakka Noodles, Red Thai Curry, Pulao, Tandoori Roti, Paneer Gravy, Jeera Aloo. Surely I am missing out on many items but you get the idea, they are all good, my parents had a hearty meal and no heartburn later either. (Just avoid the pasta, too oily and spicy) Other than pasta, everything else was fine. Good food, good experience :)
The desserts section has excellent Gulab Jamun and Moong Dal Halwa, in fact these are the best desserts here worth indulging in, even though there are other items such as French Chocolate Pastry, Chocolate Balls, Walnut Cake but somehow they paled in comparison to Indian desserts :) Ofcourse, the star is the Baskin Robbins counter-Black Currant, Mango, Banana-Strawberry, Almond Praline, Chocolate, Papaya-Pineapple flavors ensuring that we made at least 4 rounds here :D I think fruits were missing on this counter the day we went and they should definitely have it here too.
And the best part, they even played the birthday song for me and gave us a special chocolate pastry for the family (which we were too full to finish,but hey the gesture counts) making my birthday a truly memorable occasion. What more one needs to say- huge spread, value for money price point, individual attention by the staff despite huge crowds, quantity with quality..there are so many reasons Global Fusion is loved by Mumbaikars :)
Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Birthdays should be celebrated for an entire week, at least in my home it definitely is :D So 2 days before my birthday, our celebrations started with a much needed shopping trip to R-City mall in Ghatkopar with my mom & sis. On our way back, we stopped to meet an old friend at Vikrant Circle, Ghatkopar East and then while waiting for our cab back home, went to Oasiss for a quick dessert treat.
Extremely polite staff and a variety of colorful, really delectable looking delish dishes welcomed us in. My mom and sister are not that into desserts but I can scoop up 10 sweets in one go and not even burrp, so it was an evenly matched party I guess :D
Started off with Choco Chips Brownie, make sure to have it warm, the chocolate all melted and the brownie itself so gooey, this one is a must-have. Even my sister who is not a humungous brownie fan (unless it comes on a sizzling plate with vanilla ice cream :P) dug in like a maniac. Love!
They have a huge collection of chocolates, we tried Almond Rocks (my mom & sis found them too sweet,it was okay for me) and a white chocolate one with bubblegum flavor in the middle, unique and quite nice. I have had chocolates at Oasiss Matunga branch too some time ago and they have innovative flavors for every palate :)
Since my sister loves good cheesecakes, we tried Blueberry Cheesecake next and she liked it a lot. It was not excessively sweet or dense, rather light which is how my sister loves her desserts, so full marks to this from her.
My star dessert was the stone cold ice cream that we tried, a strawberry + blueberry mix with colorful rainbow sprinkles and chocolate chips, couldn't have asked for a better ending to a long and eventful day :)
The vibrant display, the chocolatey goodness around, the beautiful cakes were tempting to the hilt but it was already late, we had spent the whole day in traffic & standing in long payment queues at the mall, so we had to take our leave even though I would have probably spent 2 more hours trying out all their pastries, brownies and ice creams, if left alone! Suffice to say I will definitely be back soon for this unfinished business :D
Thursday, 1 December 2016
We almost missed the entrance to Global Chaos Kitchen & Bar when we reached here for reviewing their All Day Cafe menu. It is bang opposite Mumbai University and you have to keep an eye out for the small door. Inside, the ground floor is equally small but once you go up the stairs, you see a spacious restaurant open up, a rarity in Mumbai. Simple clean decor welcomed us. We did wonder about the name for a bit but then browsing through their extensive menu with choices from all over the globe explained the reason easily :)
The All Day Cafe menu takes the same spirit forward and provides a number of choices in terms of waffles, pancakes, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, pasta and beverages! Ask the staff to suggest dishes as per your preference, they would gladly and politely assist or if you already know what you are gonna like then go ahead and order as we did. Prices are a bit on the higher side but quality & quantity are good and don't forget the prima donna location it is situated in.
We started off with fruit juices and fresh lime soda for beverages as wanted to keep space for food and not fill it up with shakes and such, even though they all look tantalizing (Nutella Shake, I have my eyes on you :D)
First up was Classic Three Cheese Sandwich with a concentrated dose of Cheddar, Parmesan & Mozzarella cheeses for every cheese lover out there (and seriously, who isn't one :D) I was a bit worried that it might be a bit salty as I have seen, sometimes, some dishes with too much cheese blend turn out saltier. Hallelujah, this wasn't! What a relief :) Oh and the cheese blend had a smokey fried crunch, isn't that just swell!
My favorite was up next, Moroccan Pesto Paneer Panini, pretty self-explanatory there :D Scrambled Paneer with Moroccan Pesto in soft Panini bread, Pesto was a bit tangy which I guess is the Moroccan part coming to fore, yet every bit as refreshing as I love my Pesto to be. Absolutely smashing. Both the sandwich and Panini were served with fries that were pretty standard. Dip in ketchup and binge on.
Veg Fusilli in Creamy Mushroom Sauce Pasta was our final indulgence, very creamy, very mushroomy, very filling and very yummy. Would love a bit more exotic veggies but no complaints on its own, a dish worth having any time of the day. All the dishes are quite filling for one hungry person and a Panini & a Pasta would fill up even a hulk level hungry hippo like me (for both lunch and dinner) :D
Protesting tummy or not, Richa will not leave a meal without having a dessert, so goes the saying :P So had to try out the White Chocolate & Raspberry Mousse in the end, very soft and creamy, with the raspberry part not being overwhelmingly tangy, and edible flowers on the plate made the presentation pop too.
So the million dollar question remains. Will I walk in here when I am in the area?
And the absolute chaos-free answer to that is, why indeed Sir, I will :)