Sunday, 10 December 2017

Vegetarian Vegan Healthy + Delicious Feast | Healthylicious R City Mumbai | Food Review | Food Photography

It is so heartening to see health taking center-stage nowadays. In past year, we have to been quite a few salad-soups-sandwiches/healthy restaurants and Healthylicious is a lovely new entrant that aims to develop into a chain for healthy food, (much like McD or KFC is for unhealthy ones) and looking at the quality of their food, they surely will :)

First things first, Healthylicious brings HEALTHY + DELICIOUS food,Prepared fresh everyday without using artificial flavors,preservatives or additives,
Prepared with ingredients such as Brown Rice, Whole Wheat Wraps, Multi-Grain Sandwiches,
Served in 100% eco-friendly containers, made of palm leaves, giving back to nature,
Taking care of different concerns like Energy, Heart Healthy, Immunity, Diabetes Friendly, Jain & Vegan!

No, this is not diet food. It is perfectly suited for Indian palate, and they are expanding into subscription service so we all have a chance to add to our health quotient right in our homes/ office.

We tried something from every category, soups, salads, sandwich, wrap, rice, beverages and desserts and would recommend literally everything here. Food that is fresh, wholesome, nutrient-rich, pocket friendly, not bland but with appropriate levels of dressings and spices, honestly this is going to be my go-to place whenever I am in R City next-

Started with round of Soups-both TOMATO BASIL and GOLDEN PEARL are must-have. None of that 'processed' 'packet' flavor, real tomato shining in former while dense mix of corn, bell peppers, parsely and macaroni pasta in latter made it as soothing as grandma's love,

Next up Salads-I loved CHILLING EFFECT with Cucumber, Iceberg lettuce, Bell peppers, Celery and Parsley with mild citrusy dressing while my sister loved Protein-rich HEALTHY SABZI with Broccoli, Paneer, Bell peppers, Tomato, Onions in sweet chilly dressing, a little oriental punch there, mildly sweet and mildly spicy :)

For those like my parents who love the chaat effect yet want it in healthy salad way, go for SPIRIT OF SPROUTS with Sprouted Moong, Chana and Corn, this is especially reminiscent of the chana chaat we have in monsoon or winter evenings, very chatpata! While sweet lovers like me must go for ENERGIZER with Apples & Pears in Lemon Honey Dressing, an unforgettable punch being provided by Betel leaves (the famed kolkata paan)! It is like having a paan mocktail with apple & pears :)

And for those who love something wholesome like Falafel, go for THAT'S COOL with crispy Nacho chips with cool Avocado dip with onions and coriander :) My MUST-HAVE every single time I am here,


While the salads here are quite filling, for those who want something heavier perhaps, go ahead to Wraps, Sandwiches and Rice! ORIENTAL WRAP is loaded with shredded cabbage, beats, beans, peppers in sweet-spicy mild dressing and TASTY TOFU SANDWICH with extremely soft bread & mash of tofu, peppers, onions, one of the best sandwiches ever!

For heavy eaters who do not want to have heartburn later, have anti-oxidant rich Brown Rice in RICE OF STEEL or ITALIAN HERBED RICE, both fantastic and loaded with spinach, paneer, corn, bell peppers etc. I have had brown rice at couple of places and this is one of the rare ones where it didn't taste like cattle feed, honestly! Even brown rice can be delicious and filling, go ahead and indulge.

We all know Cold Pressed juices are all the rage health-wise now, since they preserve all the nutrition of veggies/fruits, here we get a plethora of such juices, with targeted benefits such as hair growth, immunity, liver cleansing, glowing skin etc. We tried ENERGIZER and SLIM N TRIM and it was as expected, loaded with health benefits.

And for DESSERT, they have this unbelievably good POPSICLE. I never have popsicles because the 2-3 times I have had them, they felt too icy, but this one was BAE :D Fruits such as pineapple and papaya, made into a popsicle of simple lemonade, YES PLEASE :)

Keeping thing simple, nothing at Healthylicious is top-notch masterchef level gourmet or molecular gastronomy or any such glitz and glamour. It is simple, earthy food, made with locally sourced ingredients, prepared in a way to preserve maximum nutrients, leading to healthy lifestyle without losing out on taste. Yes, for our palates addicted to burgers, pastas, pizzas, loads of cheese, preservatives, sugars, salts, it would feel mild at first because this is basic food done very right.

I know I am guilty of gluttony too, but since we all know about the lifestyle diseases on the rise right now, it is important to nourish our bodies regularly. So please do not go here with pre-conceived notions of 'health food is bland' or 'it is diet food, I won't like it' and enjoy the healthy + delicious offerings. I wish this kiosk right opposite R City Mall food court all the best and would be a regular here with my family :)

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Rainforest Resto-Bar | Dining With Tarzan | Unique Ambiance Superb Service | Food Review

Nice place for those looking to chill out with friends or even steal some private moments with a loved one in a rocking ambiance :) Was here with my mom and sister for a review, we had a nice time and would definitely revisit. 

Ambiance suits the theme of rainforest with trees forming a canopy and even tables have a rustic, hand-crafted quality while figurines of monkeys, dinosaurs etc. perched atop branches over the tables give it a completely Tarzan-esque vibe. It's definitely unique. International pop hits keep the night young and place gets filled up quickly after 6 PM. Love how the tables are arranged nicely for privacy even when side-by-side. Lighting is dim so instagram addicts have to keep camera flash ready. 

Service is exceptional and staff remembers even the tiniest instruction till the end. For eg-we asked them to make our drinks at room temperature, minimal ice, and they did not need to be reminded of that for the entire 2 hours we spent here. Our orders were prompt, some things were unavailable from the menu but we were suggested good alternatives. Feedback was also taken very constructively, so definite 5 stars for them. Special word of Kudos to our host of the evening, Mr. Dinesh. 

Prices might seem higher at one glance but food is generously portioned so we found it well worth the price tag, especially the main courses. AND the menu is huge with loads of Oriental, Indian, Italian dishes, something for everyone :) Food is calorific so health freaks should just stick to salads or couple of starters, this is a place to enjoy some good grub and cool drinks without counting calories.

We started with a round of drinks-
Perfect Fresh Lime Soda
Refreshing Citrusy Rainforest Fantasy (medley of Cranberry, Black Currant, Orange, Raspberry)
Tangy Forest Spritzer (dominant Pineapple, Green Apple, Basil, Lime)

Moving on to soups-
Hot N Sour - Classic, Super Spicy, Crunchy Veggies
Lemon Coriander - Spicy, prominent coriander, hint of lemon, loads of chillies, fiery good :D

For starters, we went on to -
Bruschetta Rustica - Buttered grilled garlic bread with tangy balsamic vinegar, chopped tomatoes, parmesan and basil, quite good,

Kurkure Cheese Kebab - Cheese lovers rejoice, this is the molten cheese inside crunchy kebab that you dream of, a bit too cheesy for me but my sister couldn't stop! Must-have with alcoholic drinks, in fact I think most starters here are like this, fried and dense and cheesy to go better with drinks,

Paneer Angaray - My first favorite of the evening, big juicy paneer chunks marinated in yogurt + red chillies paste + herbs/spices, grilled to perfection and served flambeed with gin, so there is this whole fire on the plate show when it is served, giving it a slightly smokey touch. If you like paneer tikka, you will like it, paneer lovers just go for it,

Gorgonzola Stuffed Mushrooms with Spicy Plum & Kokum Chutney - My 2nd favorite here, huge solid mushrooms served fried (they look like american corn balls), and the chutney is fabulous. Explosion of flavors, must-have for mushroom lovers.

Frankly, we 3 were stuffed by now, but still wanted to try something from the main course, so we had-
 Veg Dum Biryani - Really realllly good biryani, layered, good amount of veggies, properly spiced, mom had a 2nd serving (which is rare for her) and not much discernible kevda essence (and no elaichi! woohoo!) 1 Biryani is enough to feed 3 light eaters or 2 Hulks, portions are great, so order accordingly!

Veg Raita - Perfect cooling accessory to hot biryani,

Kaju Makai Mirch Masala - Splendid, rich, dense medley of Cashewnuts, American Corn and Capsicum cooked in mildly spicy onion gravy, must have had about 5000 calories but we finished it all, will keep this one on my reorder list!

Another thing going on our reorder list is their Pizza Paratha which is basically like a naan laden with cheese and chopped bits of veggies such as bell peppers, it is cheesy, it is scrumptious, it has the earthy Indian taste and is a must have :)

Absolutely wonderful main course, we had no space left for desserts (I still downed a couple of Rajbhog, it was decent, should be softer and also their ice cream is awesome) so will have to come back to try the whole dessert section along with a 1000 other dishes from the main menu :D Here is to more prowling through this rainforest. ROAR!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Mandarin Oak Bandra Kurla Complex | Indian Chinese Affordable Feast | Food Review

A good option for Indo-Chinese lovers (like my sister), quite affordable considering quality as well as quality, we tried a couple of dishes from here at our office and it was delivered on time in amazing packaging. When we think of Indian Chinese food, we think of oil, spices, gravies, classics like manchurian and I would say this place serves pretty good version of what we all expect :)

We started with Steamed Veg Dumplings that were decent, they would be better if the outer covering was thinner and the stuffing was a bit crunchier or had exotic ingredients like water chestnuts. It was okay and the red dip given alongside was really good, but my sister is a dimsum fanatic and she wasn't a big fan of these,

Wok tossed Vegetable Dumplings in Kung Pao Sauce & Burnt Garlic Rice, now these were awesome :D The dumplings in mildly spicy sauce went really well with rice that felt like perfect fried rice with a little garlicky bite. Alongside was mildly sweet-ish Kimchi, really liked it too. A box of these is enough as lunch for 2 light eaters. 

Overall, quite good and with a little tweak here and there, it should be perfect :)